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Google Should Be Logging In To Facebook

Shimmer Re:Obvious? (95 comments)

> Can't you just look at your Facebook settings to see
> what information is available to other people who are
> logged in to Facebook?

Yes, if you trust Facebook to show you *exactly* what other people see. Personally, I would prefer a 3rd party to do this.

more than 3 years ago
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Berners-Lee: Web Access Is a 'Human Right'

Shimmer Re:When will these nutjobs learn? (480 comments)

Well, you're consistent in your ideology - I'll give you that. But in a thread titled "When will these nutjobs learn?", I hope you understand that this sort of hard-line Libertarianism places you way out on the fringes of American beliefs. I may not agree with his proposal, but I think Berners-Lee is much closer to the middle than you are.

more than 3 years ago
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Berners-Lee: Web Access Is a 'Human Right'

Shimmer Re:When will these nutjobs learn? (480 comments)

The right to jury trial requires mobs with guns to COMPEL some citizen somewhere to sit on the jury at my trial.

The right to vote requires mobs with guns to COMPEL bigots to allow minorities access to the ballot box.

Primitive man was not born with these rights in nature - they are positive rights provided by our society. You don't object to them because they are fundamental to democracy and you now take them for granted, but they are still positive rights.

One of my main objections to Libertarianism is that it does not seem to recognize civil rights as it should. Thus, we end up with people like Rand Paul, who opposes the Civil Rights Act.

more than 3 years ago
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Berners-Lee: Web Access Is a 'Human Right'

Shimmer Re:When will these nutjobs learn? (480 comments)

That's a logical position, but I don't think it's entirely compatible with the accepted notion of human rights.

For example, the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to a jury trial. This is a "positive" right that other citizens are forced to grant.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights also includes several positive rights: Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

Personally, I think we need to invent a new category of "reasonable expectations" that sits between "rights" and "privileges".

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

Shimmer Re:No. (1486 comments)

While there is some logic to your argument, you must realize that it leads inexorably to solipsism. How do you know that anything is true without personally verifying it? How, indeed, do you know that anything exists at all outside of your own mind? While you wrestle with this philosophical problem, science will go on making repeatable, demonstrable progress.

more than 3 years ago
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Drupal 8 Development Begins — 15 Bugs At a Time

Shimmer Re:Awesome! (88 comments)

My old boss wanted to start a software project with a single bug called "Nothing works yet". The dev team then would, in theory, then go to work "fixing" this problem, which would lead to new "bugs" with slightly more detail in them. Rinse, repeat.

We assumed he was joking and ignored him.

more than 3 years ago
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Infertility Could Impede Human Space Colonization

Shimmer Re:Bad things COULD happen. (360 comments)

Well put. But this article isn't just saying that space is dangerous, it's saying that reproduction is statistically impossible in space without better shielding. That's useful information, not scare-mongering.

more than 3 years ago
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3D Cinema Doesn't Work and Never Will

Shimmer And 2D will never work either (436 comments)

You can make the same argument that 2D movies will "never work" either. Projecting an image on a flat screen that somehow tricks our brains into thinking that it is looking at a real scene is just another "gimmick" that works well in some situations and poorly in others.

more than 3 years ago
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Betelgeuse To Blow Up Soon — Or Not

Shimmer Re:Already happened? (312 comments)

It's senseless to say that Betelgeuse has blown up hundreds of years ago if all the effects from the event can only be felt now

No, it's not senseless at all. You can only reason correctly about the universe if you acknowledge that we find out about events *after* they happen, sometimes *LONG* after they happen. Just because you don't know about event X yet doesn't mean that it hasn't occurred.

Example: Your twin brother, an interstellar astronaut, is scheduled to arrive at Star X today, Jan. 22. Star X is 10 light-days from your current location. Suddenly you look up and notice that Star X has exploded! Has your brother been killed? Not necessarily, because you reason that Star X actually exploded 10 days ago, on Jan 12. Your brother, traveling at 0.1 light speed, was still one light-day away from Star X on Jan. 12, so he might have been able to survive. You won't find out if that's true for at least 8 more days, but at least you have to admit the possibility.

more than 2 years ago
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Betelgeuse To Blow Up Soon — Or Not

Shimmer Re:Already happened? (312 comments)

We can't measure things until the information reaches us, so that is when it happens.

I think you are misunderstanding relativity, or perhaps just miscommunicating it.

Example: Some cosmic microwave background radiation from the early universe is just reaching Earth today. That doesn't mean that the universe is young "now".

My understanding of relativity is that you can still use distance = speed * time to figure out when an event occurred in your reference frame. You just have to give up the notion that everyone else will agree with you.

more than 2 years ago
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Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released, P==NP

Shimmer Re:encryption (700 comments)

That is a good point. Given this, it probably does take a large difference in exponents to ensure safety. For example:

* Practical safety ratio = 1 : 10^50 (1 second of encryption time requires 10^50 seconds of decryption time)
* Encryption algorithm performance = n^2
* Decryption algorithm performance = n^10

How big does 'n' need to be before we cross the safety threshold? 10^(50/(10-2)) = 10^6.25 = 2 million. That's a large key.

more than 3 years ago
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Polynomial Time Code For 3-SAT Released, P==NP

Shimmer Re:encryption (700 comments)

This makes sense to me - it's all about the actual exponents and coefficients. Even if the exponents in the first term are the same, the coefficents might make a big difference (e.g. 100*n^3 grows 100 times faster than n^3 alone). And even if the entire first term is the same, the exponents/coefficients on the second term might come into play.

If P=NP, it means that there is a POSSIBILITY that MAYBE someone can come up with a code-breaking algorithm that is fast enough to start an arms race with code-makers. It doesn't mean that encryption as we know it is suddenly broken.

more than 3 years ago
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Are 10-11 Hour Programming Days Feasible?

Shimmer Re:Bye-bye! (997 comments)

Be sure to ask how many outstanding shares there are, and be prepared for the possibility that he lies about the answer.

That is a mistake. Negotiate a percentage ownership of the company instead of meaningless number of shares.

more than 3 years ago
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MySpace Lays Off 47% of Employees

Shimmer New product? (206 comments)

What "new product"? MySpace is MySpace, isn't it? What else do they do? (Can't bear to RTFA and find out.)

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 7 Trumps Vista By Reaching 20% Share

Shimmer Re:Bad news for anyone doing web sites (404 comments)

Your argument is not very persuasive (IMHO). I think you got your way by being difficult, not because you were in the right.

Some parts of your argument are simply nonsensical ("there's nothing wrong with this OS", except that it's defective and I want a new one). Others seem spoiled (Apple should "keep functionality of this laptop" because it's not fair that web sites have changed in the six years since I bought it). Do you really think it's reasonable to expect a six-year old OS to work with every current software app?

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 7 Trumps Vista By Reaching 20% Share

Shimmer Re:Bad news for anyone doing web sites (404 comments)

What exactly was the nature of your complaint? "I want a free OS upgrade and you're not giving it to me?" _

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Set To Introduce Android-Based iPod Touch Competitor

Shimmer Re:Always the best (221 comments)

an Ipod or Ipod touch would distort at about 75%

I call B.S.

I plug my iPod Touch into a Bose Wave (another device hated by audiophiles) and it sounds crystal clear at 100% output. In fact, I think it's foolish to output at anything less than 100% when you're listening through speakers, because then you are forcing that system's amplifier to work harder, which does introduce distortion.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook's Zuckerberg To Give Away Half His Cash

Shimmer Re:Since when is he a billionaire? (450 comments)

I read the Wikipedia page on this market and couldn't make heads or tails of it. Could you give a simple example for a newbie? Thanks.

more than 3 years ago
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Paper Airplane Touches Edge of Space, Glides Back

Shimmer Re:DUDE! (158 comments)

Two six-digit accounts talking about the good ol' days of Slashdot. Precious!

about 4 years ago
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Rounding the Bases Faster, With Math

Shimmer Re:Hitting the brakes slows you down. (212 comments)

This whole scenario assumes the ball is still in the outfield, so no one can attempt to tag you out.

about 4 years ago

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Why can't you watch TV on the web?

Shimmer Shimmer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Shimmer writes "Why isn't live broadcast TV streamed over the internet? Want to watch CNN? They don't stream it live. Want to watch your local TV station? They don't stream it at all. It seems absurd.

Yes, I know that I can buy a TV tuner card for my computer, but that's not the point. After all, I can listen to live radio from thousands of stations without installing a special radio card. Why can't I watch a TV show as it happens?

Is it due to technical limitations? Seems unlikely. Is it due to copyright problems? Possibly, but in that case, why are radio stations able to broadcast most of their content unhindered, even if they didn't produce it themselves? Is it because of the business model? I would be willing to watch the commercials if they would just make the stream available!

It's a little corner of the mediaweb that seems to still be stuck in the last century. What's the explanation?"

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