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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

SparkleMotion88 Re:Official Bags (110 comments)

You have a bug in your parser.

about a week ago

Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

SparkleMotion88 Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (266 comments)

What actually happened is that there was something that you really wanted to believe, and you carefully filtered and interpreted information until you had constructed enough of an argument to convince yourself. Since I have no desire to believe in the Resurrection, I conclude that the things you describe don't come close to "proof" (in either the logical or the scientific sense).

And this all has nothing to do with IQ, it is something that all people do. The best we can hope for is to try to be aware of it in ourselves and others. For more information:

about three weeks ago

Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

SparkleMotion88 Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (266 comments)

You have a source for that?

The poll that you supplied supports GP's argument. From the data, 40% of people change religion after birth, but over half of that is caused by people switching "within the same tradition" (e.g. changing from Baptist to Methodist or Agnostic to Atheist), and most of the rest is people leaving the church altogether. Only 4% of people in the survey were raised outside of religion and later joined a religion. So of all religious people in the survey, 96% got there by being born, and the other 4% were raised non-religious and then later became affiliated with a religion. By any reasonable definition, 96% is a "vast majority".

As to your anecdote, some denominations (e.g. Charismatic) cater to the "born again" crowd and so will be composed of a lot of converts, which others (Catholic, Episcopal) are composed almost entirely of people who were born or married into the faith.

about three weeks ago

Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

SparkleMotion88 Re:What was and wasn't working... (97 comments)

Providing the console you were using was set as one of your primary consoles, then downloaded games (including PS+ games) were also fine all day.

Not completely. I tried to play a PS+ game that I haven't played in a couple of months. It turns out is was "expired" and it needed to be reactivated by talking to PSN. The activation service was offline, so no dice. This was on a PS3.

about three weeks ago

Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

SparkleMotion88 Re:Shenanigans! (371 comments)

Agreed. This shit is just nerd clickbait.

about a month and a half ago

Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

SparkleMotion88 Exclusion zone (181 comments)

Currently the Irish navy has deployed one vessel to maintain a 2 mile exclusion zone around the island.

I hope, for all our sakes, that the U.S. military does the same thing around movie theaters after the film is released.

about a month and a half ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

SparkleMotion88 Re:Also human (277 comments)

Except this isn't "I forgot to turn off the coffee maker and my coffee burned" territory. It is closer to "I forgot to de-ice the Pitot tubes and a plane full of people crashed." Companies have figure out how to manage stuff like this when it is important enough (process, checklists, redundancy, etc), Sony just failed to do so.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

SparkleMotion88 Re:Not MITM (572 comments)

I object to the phrase word "Man in the Middle Attack" because that phrase has a very specific meaning. This is not a MITM attack -- at least not a successful one. The submission suggests that the corporation is exploiting some security vulnerability, when really it is just using trust in a completely appropriate* way.

*Note that all of my comments are about computer security, not acceptable corporate behavior. Whether this is a case of corporate douchebaggery is a separate issue. I didn't comment on that part of the issue because it doesn't interest me.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

SparkleMotion88 Not MITM (572 comments)

This is not a MITM attack -- it is a trusted proxy. The employees all trust the proxy, so everything works as it should. You don't trust the proxy, so you get a certificate validation error, so everything works as it should.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

SparkleMotion88 Don't do it. (246 comments)

Students would not learn enough higher math, algorithms, and data structures to be viable employees when their industry changes every five years

about 7 months ago

Why Johnny Can't Code and How That Can Change

SparkleMotion88 Re:if you're not interested in computers.... (527 comments)

The problem is that people entering college now are too young to remember when they were first exposed to computers because computers are everywhere and they've had them all their life. I remember being excited about my family's first computer (and IBM PC XT) and wondering how it works, but that was because I was 9 at the time. Computers are so commonplace today, and many are not even recognizable as computers, that we shouldn't expect kids to have an immediate sense of wonder about them.

Another issue is that young people probably see computers and software as these mystical things that are handed down to us from large, powerful companies like Apple and EA. So they may need to be informed that it is within their means to tinker with software and build things on their own.

more than 3 years ago

Cooperative Cars Battle It Out In Holland

SparkleMotion88 Re:so who do you blame? (139 comments)

Self-driving cars hold a lot of promise, but I think it will always be better to deliver your children in a hospital.

more than 3 years ago

Evolution Battle Brews In Texas

SparkleMotion88 Re:sad isn't it ? (916 comments)

Atheism is a luxury that prisoners cannot afford. They are in an unpleasant situation and thus they are more likely to require the comfort of religion.

more than 3 years ago

CERN, LHC Sets New Luminosity World Record

SparkleMotion88 Cave Johnson says.. (71 comments)

"Higher intensity means more data, and more data means more science!"

more than 3 years ago

Glasses Purge 3rd D From Films

SparkleMotion88 Don't bother (123 comments)

The glasses don't do anything about the plot or the characters, which are already 2-dimensional.

more than 3 years ago

Wi-Fi Shown To Interfere With Aircraft Systems

SparkleMotion88 Re:"Blanking" (300 comments)

Blank display is a term used in avionics to describe a condition in which a display is blank. This condition could could be caused by any number of things, including failure of the computer that is driving the display. It's not necessarily "momentary."

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Reportedly Working On TV Service For Xbox 360

SparkleMotion88 Re:Windows Media Center (121 comments)

Even if you have the codecs installed, it cannot browse or play non-WTV or DVR-MS without the use of something like MediaBrowser (which itself, is a slick application).

I feel compelled to correct this in case others misunderstand you and it reflects poorly on Media Center. Media Center can play videos in a variety of containers and codecs. I commonly put m4v files encoded using h.264 in my "videos" folder. Media center picks them right up and allows me to play them (even on my extenders). Perhaps what you mean is that you can't play these files from your "Recorded TV" folder (perhaps this is the case -- I've never tried it).

more than 3 years ago

Real-Life Gadgets For Real-Life Superheroes

SparkleMotion88 Re:Trying to find the words... (391 comments)

Agreed. I think the douchebaggery peaked at this point:

"Right now, the suit is still largely on the drawing board...We are just finishing up the ideation phase and beginning design and prototyping.”

Still, this part gives me an entertaining mental image of some superhero trying to get tech from his supplier, only to be met with a Dilbertesque sequence of overhyped marketing, corporate buzzwords, and eventual disappointment.

more than 3 years ago

MySpace Revamps Site To Recapture the Magic

SparkleMotion88 Re:How about music sites that cater (137 comments)

From the point of view of marketing, you die when you turn 30 and come back to life when you turn 55. In between that time, you have just the right combination of poverty and responsibility that prevents you from throwing money away based on advertising.

more than 3 years ago



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