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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

RichardJenkins Re:Forget reading, GET AN IMPLANT! (87 comments)

"a lot of basic research needs to be done first" == "is unlikely to happen in your lifetime"

about two weeks ago

Best arguments to defend privacy around the coffee table?

RichardJenkins Privacy (16 comments)

Do you close your curtains at night? Do you like to speak to your doctor alone? Do you lock the door to your bathroom when you take a piss? Do you do things out of work that you don't discuss with your coworkers? Have you done things in the past that you'd rather stayed there?

I do. I have plenty to hide and none of it's going to cause you any harm.

Maybe you do too.

about 7 months ago

Telegraph Contributor Says Coding Is For Exceptionally Dull Weirdos

RichardJenkins Re:brace yourself (453 comments)

Everyone damn well should know the basics of how engines work, though.

about 9 months ago

DOJ Hasn't Actually Found Silk Road Founder's Bitcoin Yet

RichardJenkins Re:Money for his defense (294 comments)

Looking at the shows she does watch, you'd assume she doesn't finds televised fiction too stimulating.

about 10 months ago

Relicensing of MySQL Man Pages Just a Bug

RichardJenkins Re:WTF.. (68 comments)

I know right. How hard is it to say something fewer good??

about a year ago

Chemists Build App That Could Identify Cheap Replacements For Luxury Wines

RichardJenkins Re: More objective would be welcome (206 comments)

it does if you're trying to indirectly identify chemicals in a glass of wine.

about a year ago

Today Is International Day Against DRM

RichardJenkins Re:a rose by any other name (256 comments)

But without a big explanation, it doesn't look like you're attemping to point out that the actual name is a deceptive ploy to obfuscate what DRM does. It looks like you've made an embarrassing mistake.

People love writing off people who make silly mistakes as nuts.

Look at my post above - typed it on a phone, full of typos and grammar errors. If I was trying to argue something important there, anything that could be interpretted as error on my part invites ad hominem attacks which are always good for swaying the opinion of the masses.

about a year ago

Today Is International Day Against DRM

RichardJenkins a rose by any other name (256 comments)

calling it 'restrictions' is petulent and confusing. without a verbose disclaimer about what you mean and why youve corrupted the name it becomes confusing.

arguments against DRM are just as valid whilst avoiding cheap shots.

about a year ago

Stolen Laptop Owner Outwits Mugger, Police, and the Media

RichardJenkins Re:How to be retarded. Step one: Buy a Mac (272 comments)

Calm down polemics aren't much use if you don't address the facts.

Seems to have strong evidence this chap new the laptop was stolen, even if he didn't steal it himself.

Laptop belongs to the insurance company now. It was insured.

about a year ago

My primary, active (vs. backup) local disk space is ...

RichardJenkins Re:Gauss is back (163 comments)

"What's the ideal number of options in a /. poll?"

about a year ago

Apache Terminates Struts 1

RichardJenkins Re:What? (61 comments)

Yes. It wasn't always terminated.

about a year ago

Do Tech Entrepreneurs Need To Know How To Code?

RichardJenkins Re:No, coding is useless to an entrepreneur (202 comments)

"But this is a fundamental change in the data model and means touching nearly our entire code base"

Red flag. Badly designed system.

about 2 years ago

Social Robots May Gain Legal Rights, Says MIT Researcher

RichardJenkins Re:No. No. Fuck no. (288 comments)

"if we treat animals in inhumane ways, we become inhumane persons. This logically extends to the treatment of robotic companions"

Non sequitur, surely.

about 2 years ago

The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent a Box Office Record

RichardJenkins Re:Facts! Don't talk to me about facts! (663 comments)

Most people I see on Slashdot, whether they think piracy is great, terrible or anywhere in between don't think the damage it does warrants special laws or draconian civil penalties. Reading anecdotes like this makes economic arguments for additional copyright legislation harder to swallow.

Saying piracy is theft confuses it with a completely different thing. Only good to call it that if you are looking to confuse people.

You (I guess?) live in a country where your copyright on what you create outlasts anyone alive when you publish it. Madness to think this is a good thing.

more than 2 years ago

How Long Before the Kickstarter Bubble Bursts?

RichardJenkins Re:No bubble. (192 comments)

Everyone I know buys pet food online<creepy>, but none of us have pets</creepy>.

more than 2 years ago

Android Ported To C#

RichardJenkins Re:c# what a lousy name (351 comments)

Generally, for those who don't get it: don't explain.

more than 2 years ago

Is Humanity Still Evolving?

RichardJenkins Genetic influence (374 comments)

Is this the same as asking if their genetic makeup influences a person's chances of having kids?

more than 2 years ago

I believe humanity will first achieve ...

RichardJenkins Re:Define immortality (637 comments)

I've thought of myself as a kind of series discrete moments of conciousness. Every instant I'm alive, I'm sitting on the top of a whole history of these long since finished moments. Moreover - this moment now, will be gone in an instant, and they'll be another moment of conciousness which claims it as part of it's history.

Here today, I think I'd consider myself to be still alive at any point in the future where someone exists who claims to be sitting on the top of my entire history of moments of conciousness, and this current moment of conciousness that I'm experiencing.

more than 2 years ago

The Optimum Attack Rate For SSH Bruteforce? Once Every Ten Seconds

RichardJenkins Re:Passwords are for philistines (167 comments)

Are you thinking of RSA SecurID? That is something quite different.

If you want to log in to my SSH server, then in practice you need a private counterpart to a public key which you have added to your authorized_keys file.

more than 2 years ago


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