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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Raenex Re:anacdotal evidence (601 comments)

And why should you have to?

Ideally, you shouldn't, and cops would always act according to enlightened principles. In reality, cops are people too, and the smart thing to do is not provoke them needlessly.

Should we beat rude people until they are less rude? Put them in prison? Take their property? Shoot them in the face?

Of course not.

2 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Raenex Re:anacdotal evidence (601 comments)

I've never had a positive encounter with a police officer.

Most of mine have been positive. Not a single one has been objectionable. Then again, I'm polite and show the cops respect.

2 days ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Raenex Re:Damage or Change? (513 comments)

Besides, who can be against reduction of energy use through using it more efficiently?

It's not so simple: Jevons' Paradox

2 days ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

Raenex Re:Another sign NASA is circling the drain ... (160 comments)

Air traffic control is the most subhuman job in the entire world.

Err, what? I'd take air traffic controller over trash collector or working in a coal mine, or a long list of hideous jobs I could think of.

about two weeks ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

Raenex Re:Oh good lord. (225 comments)

Allow me to paraphrase your comment.

Allow me to paraphrase your comment: I'm a jackass who thinks nothing substantial can be said when opinion counts, even when the accomplishments are well-documented and acknowledged by the larger scientific community. I also entertain spurious allegations about Eisenstein having plagiarized his wife, which has no credible evidence.

about three weeks ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

Raenex Re:Oh good lord. (225 comments)

Indeed, QED is the most successful theory that man has ever formulated, and Feynman was IMHO far greater than Einstein or Hawking.

Please. Annus Mirabilis papers

That's four groundbreaking papers in one year (1905), any one of which would have made Einstein of historical significance. To follow that up with the only major advance on gravity since Newton 10 years later puts him well past Feynman.

When the first shuttle blew up, NASA picked up the phone and called Feynman, someone that never did anything for NASA before and was not involved in any way with the shuttles, rockets, or even anything astronomy. Feynman figured out what happened quite quickly, went before congress and both explained and demonstrated the problem.

He did good work on the panel, but it was hardly a big mystery as to why the launch failed. There was actually a conference call the night before the launch between NASA and the manufacturers of the O-ring. The latter wanted to scrub the launch because of the cold, but pressure from NASA and worries about an upcoming contract with NASA resulted in a go-ahead.

Feynman was as much a showman as he was a scientist, which explains a lot of his fame. Who were the scientists who shared his Noble Prize for QED? Right.

Don't get me wrong, I like Feynman a lot. But saying he was "far greater than Einstein" is a joke.

about three weeks ago
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Google Sells Maine Barge For Scrap

Raenex Re:Lack of Real, Physical Products (79 comments)

The indicator that true creative thinking is dead inside an organization is when it must innovate by acquisition.

This is a strange statement to make, seeing as two of the examples you point to, self-driving cars and Google Glass, are expensive innovations that aren't ready for prime time. First you blame them for creative thinking that fails, then you accuse them of not doing any.

Instead of YOUR employees creating products that grow organically, you pay 100 times as much to buy established or growing products. YouTube, Twitch.tv, Nest, and whoever is next.

What about projects like Google Street View? Sure it debuted in 2007, but that was a year after they acquired YouTube. Google Chrome came out in 2008, and reinvigorated the browser market.

Google has tried a crazy amount of stuff and also made a crazy amount of acquisitions. Some of it sticks, most of it doesn't. Surprise.

about a month ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Raenex Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

If someone is a child molester, I would think it highly likely that they suffer from a mental illness, and need our help.

How do you propose to "help" them? I believe there is no effective way to "help" such people beyond castration.

And the whole "mental illness" angle seeks to remove personal responsibility from the equation. Why not cave in to your worst impulses? You just suffer from a mental illness, and it's up to society to "help" you.

about a month ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

Raenex Re:Adblock = INFERIOR to hosts files... apk (436 comments)

A.) Hosts do more than:

1.) AdBlock ("souled-out" 2 Google/Crippled by default)
2.) Ghostery (Advertiser owned) - "Fox guards henhouse"
3.) Request Policy -> http://yro.slashdot.org/commen...

I read through the thread on RequestPolicy, and you were pretty thick when it came to recognizing some key points:

1) RequestPolicy blocks all external sites by default, which means you don't need a "bad" list that needs to be constantly maintained, so it's actually the simpler and more effective solution.

2) The reason to block YouTube from 3rd party sites is to avoid tracking by Google (they own YouTube). With RequestPolicy, I can still watch YouTube videos and avoid the tracking. But that's just one example. RequestPolicy blocks all such requests, so I don't have to worry about YouTube, Amazon, or any other site that probably isn't in the "bad" list from getting tracking info from 3rd party sites by doing something as simple as embedding a link.

3) You mention speed, but give no hard numbers. If, for example, RequestPolicy does its job in less than 1ms, then it doesn't matter if a hosts file is twice as fast or even ten times as fast, because either way the difference is imperceptible. I don't have any speed problems using RequstPolicy, at all.

I'll throw in another point: RequestPolicy is open source, meaning I don't have to trust a binary from "apk" being run as an admin to manage my hosts file. RequestPolicy is also cross-platform.

You can have the last word, as engaging in discussion with you is pointlessly annoying. I'm just leaving this response so that people who are rational can make an informed judgment.

about 1 month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

I am honestly very confused about what your point is. In response to another poster,

That poster would be me. Maybe if you read my original post the context would be clear.

Coryoth rebutted that the college was supposed to be about education, not vocational training. You incorrectly assumed that s/he was arguing that college was about creating well-rounded people.

That's the modern reason, where "education" is often synonymous with "well-rounded". I assumed his point was the modern defense, because the vast majority don't go to college anymore just for an "education" with the expectation to remain in Academia. They go there with an expectation of earning a higher-paying job. It's a checkbox on the resume.

The only reason I replied was to point out that the well-rounded person argument isn't one that anyone with a clue seriously makes.

Why? You yourself just said, "requiring students to take classes outside of their major was perhaps a historical anachronism". It's kept around on the "well-rounded" argument, which is essentially what is expressed by many of the people in the article you quoted.

about a month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

I often see it as a justification for requiring non-major classes, but I have never seen anyone claim that this is the primary goal.

I never said it was the primary goal. What I've been arguing is what I emphasized above. People today go to college expecting to get a higher-paying job, and that's been why I've been questioning the value of being forced to take courses that will most likely not be used in that endeavor. That was the start and context of the argument when you jumped in.

about a month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

When was the goal of higher education ever to produce well-rounded people?

When being an academic meant you specialized in one field, both in research and teaching. When people stopped going to college to become academics. The only reason it makes sense now to require diverse study is for the well-rounded argument, and it's the argument given whenever I've raised this subject (except with you).

about a month ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

Raenex Re:Only took 10 years (113 comments)

You'd think you learn your lesson. The best way to get a domain that is being squatted without paying a ransom is to not show any interest. It used to be domains could be held indefinitely, but ICANN closed that loophole a long time ago, so now it costs money to sit on it.

about a month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

Let's walk this back. You said:

It isn't even about creating well-rounded people, and never really was [..] the curriculum and organization of institutions of higher education---particularly research universities---is still geared toward that Enlightenment ideal of academia.

The bold is what I responded to, in particular the word never. Goals have changed in 400 years.

about a month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

That doesn't make any sense. You can be an academic in your field of interest without taking an array of courses that have nothing to do with it.

about a month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

Because you are a 20 years old know-nothing you arrogant bratand maybe there is more than one thing in the entire wolrd that could be of interest for you ?

Maybe if you weren't an arrogant asshole posting as anonymous coward you wouldn't make such statements. I've been to college and have long-since graduated. Most people go to college because it's a checkbox for higher-paying jobs and a chance to party on their parent's dime and government loans.

about a month and a half ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

The goal of college is NOT to train you like a puppy to do real work.

That's nice and all, but the vast majority of people go to college to get a well-paying job afterwards. That's what the point of the "major" is for.

You want to be trained ? go to a craft school or whatever you call them in your country.

College is a checkbox to get into higher paying jobs, so your suggestion of going to a "craft" school doesn't help.

PLUS YOU GET TO CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECTS so stop bitching!

Err, no, you don't when your major is something like computer science and they force you into heavy calculus courses. That's the topic under discussion. Try to pay attention.

2 years into the job I have greater mastery of pretty much any aspect of the project we are working on, and my skill-set is improving exponentially, while they almost never learn anything beyond what they know because they lack the methods to learn.

Yeah, that's a lot of bullshit. It's impossible to become a programmer without learning. What your one-sided anecdote says is that many workers do just enough to get by, not that they couldn't improve their skills if they applied themselves.

about a month and a half ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

If being well-rounded "never really was" the point of college education, why are college students force to take an array of courses outside their field of interest?

about a month and a half ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Raenex Re: Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

Yes, I've heard the "well rounded" person argument. I can even accommodate it, to a certain extent, but it would stop at being exposed to ideas versus having to become competent at doing calculus problems in order to pass a course. I personally am not interested in doing calculus and haven't made use of it in over 20 years of programming.

about a month and a half ago

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Unmasking a Reddit Supertroll

Raenex Raenex writes  |  about 2 years ago

Raenex (947668) writes "From the article: "If you are capable of being offended, Brutsch has almost certainly done something that would offend you, then did his best to rub your face in it. His speciality is distributing images of scantily-clad underage girls, but as Violentacrez he also issued an unending fountain of racism, porn, gore, misogyny, incest, and exotic abominations yet unnamed, all on the sprawling online community Reddit. [..] But Michael Brutsch is more than a monster. Online, Violentacrez has been one of Reddit's most reviled characters but also one of its most beloved users. The self-described "creepy uncle of Reddit" has played a little-known but crucial role in Reddit's development into the online juggernaut it is today."

This is the same Reddit user/moderator behind the now banned "jailbait" subreddit."

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Nintendo posts loss, cuts prices

Raenex Raenex writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Raenex (947668) writes "From the article: Shares of Nintendo Co. shed a fifth of their value Friday after the Japanese video game giant posted a deep loss in the latest quarter, cut its full-year forecasts and slashed prices on its new 3DS handheld device. Nintendo on Thursday posted a net loss of 25.5 billion yen ($324 million) in the April-June period, worse than the 25.2 billion yen loss a year earlier. For the fiscal year through March 2012, Nintendo expects net profit of 20 billion yen, down 82 percent from its previous outlook, on sales of 900 billion yen. The 3DS will cost 15,000 yen in Japan starting Aug. 11, down from 25,000 yen. In the U.S., the price drops to $169.99 from $249.99 on Aug. 12. Nintendo does not set suggested retail prices for Europe but said it would lower wholesale prices by about a third. Such a big price cut so soon after a product's launch is unprecedented for Nintendo, and it's likely to annoy the loyal fans who have already bought the device, said Eiji Maeda, an analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities in Tokyo."
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US nuke regulators weaken safety rules

Raenex Raenex writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Raenex (947668) writes "An investigation by the Associated Press has found a pattern of safety regulations being relaxed in order to keep aging nuclear power plants running. From the article: "Reactor parts or systems fall out of compliance with the rules. Studies are conducted by the industry and government, and all agree that existing standards are 'unnecessarily conservative.' Regulations are loosened, and the reactors are back in compliance.""
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Blogger Convicted of Threatening Judges

Raenex Raenex writes  |  about 4 years ago

Raenex (947668) writes "A right-wing New Jersey blogger was convicted at his third trial of making threats against three federal judges in Illinois in retaliation for a ruling supporting gun control. The case stemmed from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in 2009 by three judges that upheld a district court decision dismissing lawsuits that challenged handgun bans in Chicago and Oak Park, Ill. The same day, Turner protested the decision with an inflammatory post online. In one passage, he quoted Thomas Jefferson as saying, "The tree of liberty must be replenished from time to time with the blood of tyrants and patriots," court papers said.

Authorities said he crossed the line by writing: "Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges must die. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty.""

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