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Misleading Robocalls Went To Voters ID'd As Non-Tories

Secret Rabbit Re:Who is responsible? Irrelevant... (148 comments)

Well he effectively is when people don't know about it and it isn't readily reported. You actually have to dig to find it. That isn't to say that you have to dig much. You're right in that the veil is... thin. However, generally people don't even attempt to dig these days. And if/when it is discovered, people generally go into a daze with rolling their eyes and just saying something along the lines of, "Politicians, eh." That without remembering it at all.

It's kind of ironic that the Liberals got ousted by a handful of nonsense, yet the Cons get more and more powerful even though the corruption points they have far exceeds the Liberals in less than half the time.

more than 2 years ago
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Misleading Robocalls Went To Voters ID'd As Non-Tories

Secret Rabbit Re:Who is responsible? Irrelevant... (148 comments)

Nope, they pull *far* more than any one else; others don't even come close. Just check out the number of votes of no confidence that they pulled when Martin had a minority; they didn't even try to make it work. At that point the Cons pushed for a coalition government, then when the Cons get a minority and the other parties go for a coalition Harper cries about it not be democratic, etc taking advantage of the electorates ignorance of how our system of government works. Not to mention during that minority they attached a no confidence rider to bills so they'd pass. He promised he wouldn't do it during the following election, but then that next time he gets in, what's one of the first things he does? That's right, the same bloody no confidence rider BS.

I could say the same thing about their Economic "action plan." According to the PBO it was their policies that got Canada into the situation it's in (made it worse that is) and their plan to get out of it was to do more of the same type of policies!?!?!?

And now with their majority, what do they do? They don't listen to every study done with regards to mandatory minimum sentences (they don't work), nor anything even approaching Science (hey, why use logic when yah got ideology). Thus, C-10 passes. Similarly, for C-11 with regards to digital locks and no doubt once the fire dies down with C-30 (the spying bill). As in, after C-30 passes, they'll, by regulation (add/delete by reg is already in the bill), add in information that'll be available without a warrant.

I could go on. (It's funny what a memory can do when used, eh.)

Harper is a two faced asshole that does nothing but dirty political gamesmanship. He's a disgrace. Same goes for Vic Toews and Dean Del Mastro and...

Now, I'm not saying that the other parties are squeaky clean. But, in comparison, Harper et al look as though they have been rolling in the mud while the other parties might have scuffs on their shoes (Liberals likely worse than the NDP).

Seriously, this election fraud shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. But, what would be nice is if the Cons would see at least some repercussions for their actions.

more than 2 years ago
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Trials and Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us

Secret Rabbit Medicine does not equal Science (474 comments)

This happens with disturbing regularity. What is going on in Medicine cannot be equated to Science as a whole. Hell, Medicine isn't even a Science. If it were, there'd be a overlying theory to explain how the body works, etc. But, Medicine can't even predict with /any/ accuracy what to expect with regards to side-effects when testing drugs (expectations from experience don't count, it has to be from the model). It's still, poke it and see what happens.

A real Science has a theory to explain the data, puts out new predictions, and those predictions get tested to prove/disprove the prediction. Also, those tests need to be verified by several people/groups (e.g. peer review). Rise, repeat. It'd be nice if people would just accept this as it is by definition.

Now, Medicine is what it is. It obviously has utility as can be seen from various metrics including our increased life expectancy, quality of life, etc. It is a good thing. However, just because it's a good thing, and those that work in the field try to apply the Scientific Method, that does *not* make it a Science.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handing Over Personal Work Without Compensation?

Secret Rabbit Re:Hey dumb ass (848 comments)

Not in the job description kind of deflates you argument.

Doing some extra work, good. Doing a lot however, is just asking to be exploited either in this job or his next.

more than 2 years ago
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Warner Brothers: Automated Takedown Notices Hit Files That Weren't Ours

Secret Rabbit Re:If they don't own it, then it's not a legal not (157 comments)

Yes, it is. However, if one submits such a false take down notice, the according to the DMCA they can be charged with perjury. It's too bad that (to my knowledge) no-one has taken advantage of this...

more than 2 years ago
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Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

Secret Rabbit Sink or Swim Wins (841 comments)

Sorry, but the sink or swim way of doing things means that only the people that actually have the intelligence and work ethic make it through to the degree. Changing that means that unqualified people will be getting degrees and industry, and to a much greater extent, Academia will suffer. A society that doesn't want to crumble doesn't want that.

In other words, it isn't a waste of resources. It's the only way to sort the wheat from the chaff.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is SHA-512 the Way To Go?

Secret Rabbit Re:SHA-1 is fine, but go for SHA-512 (223 comments)

"""
Replace "hours" with "centuries". Or maybe more. Nobody has ever created a SHA-1 collision.
"""

There is however a theoretical attack (2^{52}) discovered in 2009 (better than prior breaks). It has been recommended to go for SHA-256 or SHA-512 until the next hashing algorithm standard comes out. In fact, this recommendation is years old.

The SHA family is coming to an end; it's just a matter of time. And I would suspect that we'll see that day sooner rather than later (read: decades).

more than 2 years ago
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Professor Questions Sink-Or-Swim Intro To CS Courses

Secret Rabbit It's not the Curriculum!!! (606 comments)

The problem isn't the program, the problem is the students. Essentially, they come to University ill prepared and pay the price (i.e. high-schools are no longer doing their job).

However, when it comes to CS, there is a specific issue that must be brought up. Namely, that students think that Computer Science equals computer programming. Anyone that has studied both can say that they aren't even remotely the same. So, it's no wonder the students fail. They think they'll be learning to be programmers, and then get nailed with an Applied Math.

The solution here isn't to change the curriculum. But, rather to inform students what they will learn at a University (Academia) v.s. Applied Colleges (they're called Colleges in Canada, not sure what they are called in the US) v.s. trade schools, etc. Then send them in their desired direction.

In other words, University professors, stop becoming part of the education problem, think and become part of the solution.

more than 2 years ago
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Anti-Depressants Used Against StarCraft Addiction

Secret Rabbit Re:Anti-Depressants to lose weight (258 comments)

Look at the studies. In general, Wellbutrin does decrease appetite leading to weight lose. Please don't think that your experiences can be extrapolated to everyone. Especially, when the evidence contradicts you.

more than 3 years ago
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Inertial Mass Separate From Gravitational Mass?

Secret Rabbit Summary Wrong (405 comments)

Knowing the difference between Relativity and Quantum Mechanics fail.

more than 3 years ago
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First Look: H.264 and VP8 Compared - StreamingMedi

Secret Rabbit Different Frames (4 comments)

Anyone else notice that different frames were used for to compare? Sure, it may have been in the same or next second. But, that can dramatically change the blur in the frame. Quite frankly, given the apples to oranges comparison, I'd say that the only conclusion that can be made is that they produce similar quality output, but it is still unclear which is superior. Especially, when frame choice can drastically change the outcome.

more than 3 years ago
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EA Introduces "Online Pass" To Get In On Used Games Market

Secret Rabbit Already ran into this BS (223 comments)

When I bought Bad Company 2 it came with a VIP code. A one time only VIP code. What ran through my mind is what if I have to format my PS3, or a firmware update requires "servicing" (see former), etc. What happens then? What about going over to a friends house to play? Etc.

This is nothing but a money grab without any consideration for the needs and *rights* of the legal purchaser.

more than 3 years ago
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CRTC Approves Usage Based Billing In Canada

Secret Rabbit Re:North American internet users have been spoiled (381 comments)

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It's not a simple case of the telcos raking in more cash, it's a complex arrangement of supply and demand. Businesses will charge what they can get away with and people will only pay as much as they're prepared to pay.
"""

HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Ever hear of a monopoly? Or what about if all the companies decide to do basically the same thing? You're assuming that people have a choice which is the most fucking retarded thing I've heard in a while. Especially, since one can't really be a part of modern society without an internet connection anymore.

more than 3 years ago
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CRTC Approves Usage Based Billing In Canada

Secret Rabbit Re:Makes sense, really (381 comments)

Except for the fact that "bittorrenting" doesn't actually cause any problems. That has been proven. Its been covered here. Check the archives.

Oh, and what about all that, "watch our program on our website" stuff. Or on-line games. Or youtube HD. Or...

The problem is that your view is extremely short sighted. While 60GB might be more than enough for grandma who just checks her email, I can easily rack up a couple GB just watching a bunch of HD Youtube vids, etc. Things that are normal for todays "young" internet user. So, what happens when all this becomes prevalent? We're all screwed with massive internet bills is what. And your prevalent Prole attitude is what's going to do it to us.

more than 3 years ago
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CRTC Approves Usage Based Billing In Canada

Secret Rabbit Re:The internet wasn't always unlimited. (381 comments)

And if you recall, there were very good reasons for those limitations in the beginning. The main one being A LIMITED NUMBER OF LINES. So, of couse they HAD to limit the time and charge accordingly. We've gone beyond line limitations and as such, there is no technological reason for such limitations and as such, no reason to charge more.

But, you're right. Unlimited service isn't inherently a right. It's just something that's been provided to us for so long that it's essentially /become/ a right. It costs then sweet fuck all to provide unlimited service. So, I'm just going to call BS on this one. There also isn't any "slow down" or "bottleneck" issues as has been previously suggested (proven). So, again, this is BS. All this is, is a money grab.

What has happened is that these companies developed fast internet connections trying to out do each other being the "fastest." Now they are surprised that people are actually taking advantage of them. So, they cry about nonsensical things (see above) and when that fails, they try to monetize it. As long as there are still options, people with a brain will move to those. But, what happens when all the companies go to this model? What choice will there be then.

It's the North American way though. Provide as little as possible, charging as much as possible, while brainwashing us to think that we're getting a deal while they screw us.

more than 3 years ago
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Gene Therapy Restores Sight To Blind

Secret Rabbit Proved?!?!? (157 comments)

Um, it takes a fuck load more than SIX kids to /PROVE/ something. SIX isn't anywhere close to statistical significance, nor does it even remotely demonstrate safety. Proven/proof are VERY big words and shouldn't be thrown around lightly. These preliminary results may be encouraging, but are FAR from proof. Especially, in the medical field.

more than 3 years ago
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The Laidoff Ninja

Secret Rabbit Not particularly contradictory (237 comments)

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to determine what type of job would be suitable. But in the next breath, the authors suggest folding away the values-list and taking a job (any job) that will pay the bills. I fail to understand this contradictory advice, and wish they would make up their mind.
"""

This is not contradictory advise. Rather it is telling people to swallow there pride and get a temporary job to pay the bills while continuing to look for one more suitable. This is very practical advise given the most people won't survive a couple months without any income and it takes time to even find one of these jobs. How else would one survive while finding a job if they end up on the street because they can't pay there mortgage/rent?

more than 3 years ago
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Former Head of CIA Think Tank Talks Privacy, Technology

Secret Rabbit Re:Reason theres a difference (147 comments)

Actually, a better reason is that the general population doesn't know what the companies are doing. Sure, the information is out there. But, it's hardly wide spread and when told of it, the general pop. gives looks like you're crazy. In other words, the general population isn't educated enough (in all senses) to understand this issue and when it is put in front of them, they'll just think you're paranoid.

more than 3 years ago

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Reasons for getting called a troll.

Secret Rabbit Secret Rabbit writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Recently, I decided to get a new /. account as I've been away from this site for a number of years. Now, more mature, cultured and aged I have some critisism for the /. community.

Apparently, to get moderated a troll here, you just have to mention a couple facts that someone doesn't like.

See:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=170139&cid=14179134

and

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=168186&cid=14021891

All I did in these post is mention a couple facts and I get nailed as a troll. It is the first above the motivated me to create this journal entry.

The whole idea of a community moderating itself is in theory, a good idea. A good idea that is, if people are willing to think about what they are doing and willing to let other opinions aside from there own, especially if they disagree with the opinion, stay viewable for others to see.

But, in practice what we have here, is people taking it among themselves to filter other opinions, and mark them as troll. Even if the opinions represent the rest of the world (read: basically all non-US countries). See for instance, the first link above.

Another problem is the conformist mentality. See a reply off the second link for this. For convenience:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=168186&threshold=1&commentsort=0&tid=99&mode=thread&pid=14022237#14030153

and my reply: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=168186&threshold=1&commentsort=0&tid=99&mode=thread&pid=14030153#14083385

Are we all just drones not even willing to entertain ideas other than what we "know" to be true? Because this is certainly what seems to be happening. When did the /. community start acting like the intellegent design community? Because it certainly wasn't like this last time I was here.

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