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The Formula That Killed Wall Street

STrinity Re:Citation, please (561 comments)

Let me introduce you to Mr. Charles MacKay, author of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. Published in 1852. There is indeed nothing new under the sun.

more than 5 years ago
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Dvorak Layout Claimed Not Superior To QWERTY

STrinity Re:!speed (663 comments)

From what I've heard, QWERTY wasn't designed to slow typists down, but rather to try to stop commonly adjacent letters being adjacent on the keyboard.

I think a glance at the top row is enough to disprove that -- qw/wq and yu/uy are the only uncommon two-letter combos, while extremely common ones like we, er/re, rt/tr, io/oi, and ty are present. There are even several common three letter combinations -- wer, tre, ert, rty, and poi. If you expand to include vertically adjacent keys, you'll find even more.

more than 5 years ago
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William Gibson's AGRIPPA Recovered and Revealed

STrinity Re:Could this be.. (98 comments)

Somebody obviously never played pirated computer games in the '80s. The "cracker" who had defeated the copy protection on the original software would add a splash screen with his name when he distributed the game. Similarly (although perhaps not strictly digitally), you couldn't just hook two VCRs together and copy a film you rented at Blockbuster onto a blank tape.

more than 5 years ago
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Paul McCartney Releases Album As DRM-Free Download

STrinity Re:No news here (292 comments)

More to the point, every artist on Amazon's MP3 store (which is most everyone now) is offering DRM free music, albeit at 256 VBR with no lossless option. How is it news when an artist does the same thing through his own website, unless he also does free/donation pricing a la Radiohead and NIN?

more than 5 years ago
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When Teachers Are Obstacles To Linux In Education

STrinity Re:Let's cut the conspiracy theory (1589 comments)

What's wrong with charging your friends for helping them? In high school, when I was the only kid around with a PC, I'd charge $5 to type reports for people. My friend Mike, who was the only one of us with a car, expected people to chip in for gas when we went anywhere. Friendship doesn't overcome basic market forces.

more than 5 years ago
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What the Papers Don't Say About Vaccines

STrinity Re:That is impractical. I mean, impossible. (737 comments)

You're overlooking the fact that vaccines are not 100% effective -- they don't always take, and even if they do, they can wear off over time. If enough parents decide to abstain from vaccinations, not only are they putting their sprogs at risk, they're putting people who've had their shots at risk.

more than 5 years ago
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What the Papers Don't Say About Vaccines

STrinity Re:Too many coincidences (737 comments)

If there is no connection why do we see so many stories similar to mine?

Repeat after me, "Correlation does not equal causation." This is a basic scientific principle which anyone geeky enough to post to /. should be familiar with.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Was 3 Hours Away From DOJ Antitrust Charges

STrinity Re:Could be fun (221 comments)

Yahoo isn't the marketplace, and the market isn't damaged when a company fails. In fact, failure is often good for the market, though you wouldn't know it listening to the Bush and Obama people.

more than 5 years ago
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Too Good To Ignore — 6 Alternative Browsers

STrinity Re:No they don't (291 comments)

Unless I've missed it there is one thing that none of them do as well as Firefox and that is block ads.

That's only because they didn't test Lynx, which blows away even Firefox.

more than 5 years ago
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Too Good To Ignore — 6 Alternative Browsers

STrinity Re:aren't there only 4 engines? (291 comments)

But Lynx has the best pop-up blocking in the industry, 100% prevents cross-site scripting, and reduces most ads to small text links.

more than 5 years ago
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BitTorrent Calls UDP Report "Utter Nonsense"

STrinity Re:Best of intentions (238 comments)

Don't some ISPs intentionally drop packets as a way of blocking/throttling bittorrent? I can see how the statement that in such a situation packet loss is noticeable to users is true.

more than 5 years ago
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James Boyle's New Book Under CC License

STrinity Re:Good thing? (80 comments)

(and no, I do not count a company that publishes Halo fanfiction "books" to be a publisher.)

You mean Tor, the publishing company that puts out Vernor Vinge, Charlie Stross, Ken MacLeod, Robert Charles Wilson, John Scalzi, the Wheel of Time, and Malazan in addition to Doctorow's latest book?

There are many reasons to think Doctorow is an intellectual lightweight, wannabe Jacobin, and all-around poseur, but this ain't it.

more than 5 years ago
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An Ethical Question Regarding Ebooks

STrinity Re:Gutenberg project (715 comments)

No it's not. Gutenberg deals primarily in books published prior to 1923, with a few more recent items where someone screwed up the renewal. That means the vast bulk of science fiction and hard-boiled novels are still copyrighted (Gutenberg has maybe a hundred sci fi books if you don't count Wells, Verne, Burroughs, and other pre-Gernsback writers.).

In fact, there's a website, Munseys.com that specializes in hard-boiled abandon-ware, though Conde Nast has gone after them several times for publishing ebooks of things that haven't seen print for decades.

more than 5 years ago
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Lori Drew Trial Results In 3 Misdemeanor Convictions

STrinity Re:Shit (568 comments)

Do you really want to live in a world where violating a website's TOS is criminal fraud? You lie on a site's registration page because they're asking intrusive questions that have nothing to do with the service they offer, and you get police knocking on your door?

more than 5 years ago
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Anathem

STrinity Re:have a problem with made up words? (356 comments)

I have to disagree, my droog. Proctolexicogenesis is doubleplusungood. Any muggle author or holodeck scenarist worth his quatloos should be able to make do with the words that exist in plain frakking English.

more than 5 years ago
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Fewer Than 1% Arrested From TSA's "Behavior Detection"

STrinity Re:seems to me (412 comments)

Actually, the article doesn't say it doesn't work. It says it has a high false-positive rate. To determine whether it works, we need to know its false negative rate as well. If the method detected 99% of all bad guys in airports, one could make an argument that the false-positives are a reasonable trade-off; but if it's only identifying 1% of all baddies in addition to the 99% false-positive rate, it'd be no more useful than random screenings.

about 6 years ago
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The Shady Business Practices of Classmates.com

STrinity Re:Damn (275 comments)

Your self-esteem should be low if you paid money to use Classmates.com as it does what MySpace and FaceBook do for free.

Not quite. MySpace and Facebook exist so you can keep in touch with your friends from high school and college. Classmates.com exists so your entire graduating class can keep in touch and organize reunions. The fact that Classmates.com charges crazy amounts of money for this little service is outrageous, but it's not the same service as other social networks.

about 6 years ago
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First Trek Film Footage Unveiled

STrinity Re:Continuity problems already (320 comments)

Not only haven't they seen the Cage, they apparently haven't seen Where No Man Has Gone Before, where the Enterprise had a completely different CMO even with Kirk in command. There also hasn't been any reference to Gary Mitchell, who's another key figure who should be aboard for Kirk's first mission.

about 6 years ago

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