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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

RichardJenkins Re:Unusual in a huge system ... (211 comments)

It isn't not an entirely unreasonably way to discuss the opposite.

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

RichardJenkins Re:Dumbest argument ever (531 comments)

It's not dumb if it costs you nothing and influences your victim as you desire.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

RichardJenkins Re:That's it? (611 comments)

Without a TPM or asking questions about the ads that the user has seen, ad-blocker blockers are ultimately fallible.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

RichardJenkins Fire(wall) and forget (348 comments)

It sounds a little like you're trying to just fling a firewall at the system and improve some sort of objective security metric.

What threats are you risks to mitigate with the firewall? What threats will it help guard against?

They don't come for free, and configuring them don't come for free.

about 2 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

RichardJenkins Re:The only good thing (511 comments)

Where's the '-1 heartless' mod?

about 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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 a year ago
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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 a year ago
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 and a half ago
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Apache Terminates Struts 1

RichardJenkins Re:What? (61 comments)

Yes. It wasn't always terminated.

about a year and a half ago
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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
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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
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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

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