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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

StikyPad Re:Her work (1022 comments)

if you read more feminist writing, you will discover that feminists are just as opposed to the stereotyping of men in these commercials as they are the stereotyping of women.

True, but if you pay attention, you will discover that's typically little more than lip service, often included as a coda, or twisted to blame the victim.

13 hours ago
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Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

StikyPad Re: That's not how science works (137 comments)

Evolution isn't a theory; it's an observation. That it is responsible for speciation is the theory. That's why Darwin's book is called "On the origin of the species," and not "Evolution."

Interestingly, global warming is also an observation. That humans are the driving force behind this is slightly debateable, in the same way that it's still slightly debateable whether your kid is actually your kid after the second DNA test confirmed it. (Congratulations, BTW!) Yes, your baby momma could have setup an elaborate trick, or aliens could be playing a huge practical joke on all of us. (With the climate, I mean, but obviously they could be responsible for the baby too.) But in the meantime, we should accept the available evidence as useful for decision-making purposes. And by that I mean a few people will form a cult, and the rest of us can carry on under the relatively safe bet (but not absolute certainty) that the Hale-Bopp comet is not hiding the mother ship.

yesterday
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FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

StikyPad Nearly all hacks are "sophisticated." (95 comments)

At least that's the impression I get by reading the news. I can't remember the last time I heard an attack described as "simple" or "straightforward." It's never "the hackers just tried a bunch of words until one of them worked," or "turns out that if you type '); then a computer will often happily do whatever you tell it," or "if you give it a very long list of letters, sometimes the computer will start doing whatever you tell it." No, it's "the hackers used a sophisticated technique to plow through layers of security."

Although I'll grant you, that 'sophisticated' bit does sound a lot better. Maybe I should sprinkle that word around my resume.

yesterday
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

StikyPad Re:Why hasn't it happened already? (233 comments)

Social engineering - not the same thing as hacking the bricking/remote wipe protocol.

Your original post didn't restrict itself to protocol attacks, even tangentially. There are no "extra points" for using one method over another.

At any rate, the law permits the user to opt-out of the technological solution, so that's the protection, not the fact that the protocol is secure (which is unknowable/unprovable). If someone is uncomfortable with it, they can disable it. Although disabling a disabling feature might be a double negative.

2 days ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

StikyPad Re:There is no public benefit (300 comments)

FWIW, the term "snuff film" was coined to reference not just a video which merely shows death -- even intentionally -- but one which was created for the purpose of entertainment, usually for sexual gratification, and sold for profit.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/...

2 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

StikyPad Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (441 comments)

I've met some rednecks who fit that description as well. And, hell, some idiots with no accent at all. Poor communication skills are poor communication skills -- it's certainly not something that's either exclusive to, or endemic of, non-native speakers.

And FWIW, I've found that most people who can't understand accents tend to be poor communicators themselves.

about a week ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

StikyPad Re:Must be an alternate earth. (441 comments)

Exceptional workers don't need H1Bs. H1Bs are not designed to bring talent to the US; they're (ostensibly) designed to meet a temporary demand that cannot be adequately met by the domestic workforce. That's why they are temporary permits. Talented workers get first priority in immigrating, and I welcome them along with you. I welcome anyone who immigrates here, TBH. More power to them. But that doesn't change the fact that H1Bs are being exploited, and it's negatively impacting the labor market for citizens as well.

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

StikyPad Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (459 comments)

I'll admit that Noone's work hasn't exactly been Oscar material, but she's pretty hot, and her producing skills might not be bad. I say it's worth a try, at least.

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

StikyPad Re:The real crime here (459 comments)

He's not in jail for recording a movie; he's in jail for distributing copies and selling them. Selling copies isn't a civil offense; it's a crime. And did you miss the part where he kept selling and distributing even after his arrest? I have pretty liberal views on file sharing, but this guy was asking for it.

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

StikyPad People are bad at math (609 comments)

When you say $230, people are going to compare what you're offering -- ad-free browsing, in this case -- to whatever else they can buy for $230. Maybe it's a new phone, or some clothes, or whatever it is non-nerds spend money on. (Dates?) Regardless, it's probably going to be more satisfying than ad-free browsing.

If you rephrase it as $20/mo, you'll have a lot more takers. $20 falls into most people's "impulse buy" category. $20 will get you an order of pizza, or a short taxi ride, or a ballcap. They don't have to consider whether they can afford it, or what else they can do with that money.

about a week ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

StikyPad Re:I have worked at a few ISPs (249 comments)

But if you're looking for someone to subsidize basic research with little or no investment return potential, don't look to a competitive company to do it...

...or to Bell Labs. It's a common misconception that Bell Labs existed for nothing more than the pursuit of knowledge, but nothing in Bell Labs was meant for mental masturbation, or "little or no investment return potential." Discoveries were made as a consequence of trying to solve technological problems, but they weren't just standing around "doing science" for its own sake.

CMB was discovered while looking for noise sources in microwave communications. Transistors weren't patented because the lawyers thought it wasn't new. (Arguably a huge mistake.) UNIX made money by being used internally, and was marketed within a few years, both directly through AT&T as System V, as well as licensed to third parties. Every famous accomplishment was the direct result of looking for technologies to either add new commercial offerings, improve existing offerings, or reduce operating costs.

If you're looking for research for its own sake with little or no direct goals for commercialization, you'll only find it at a very small subset of colleges, universities, and government/NGO enterprises like CERN. Even then, it often becomes necessary to license inventions to stay afloat.

about a week ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

StikyPad Glenwarner Glen-Cast (249 comments)

Interesting bit of the training material I found:

"Fuck you,"-- that's my name. You know why, mister? You drove a Hyundai to get here. I drove an eighty-thousand dollar BMW. THAT'S my name. And your name is "you're wanting." You can't play in the man's game, you can't close them - go home and tell your wife your troubles. Because only one thing counts in this life: Get them to sign on the line which is dotted. You hear me, assholes? ABC. A, always. B, be. C, closing. Always Be Closing. Always Be Closing!

about a week ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

StikyPad Re:god dammit. (518 comments)

If we estimate only perfect performance, then we fail to acknowledge that we live in an imperfect world. Spills are normal consequences of oil operations. It's not whether or not they *should* happen, but rather how often they *do* happen that matters.

about a week ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

StikyPad Re:Privacy, not drones. (199 comments)

Oh, forgot to mention that this law is basically unenforceable, which makes it a bad law. If my neighbor is flying a drone, and I presume that he's behaving lawfully (as I should) and not filming me, then there's no justification to get a warrant to see if he actually was recording me. OTOH, if his use of a drone is itself a reasonable suspicion, then no one can use drones, period. (Or planes, or satellites, or telescopes.)

about two weeks ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

StikyPad Privacy, not drones. (199 comments)

First, I'm almost positive that Arizona can't regulate use of its airspace, including the reasons for use.

Second, this seems like a bad idea. The problem is not drones, it's a lack of comprehensive privacy protection. With well-defined expectations for privacy, it won't matter how those expectations are violated or what technology is used to do it. Address privacy, and the rest will follow naturally. (And good luck expecting privacy in outdoor spaces.)

about two weeks ago

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Comcast to remove data cap, implement tiered pricing

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "Comcast is reportedly removing its oft-maligned 250GB data cap, but don't get too excited. In what appears to be an effort to capitalize on Nielsen's Law, the Internet's version of Moore's Law, Comcast is introducing tiered data pricing. The plan is to include 300GB with the existing price of service, and charge $10 for every 50GB over that limit. As with current policy, Xfinity On Demand traffic will not count against data usage, which Comcast asserts is because the traffic is internal, not from the larger Internet. There has, however, been no indication that the same exemption would apply to any other internal traffic. AT&T and Time Warner have tried unsuccessfully to implement tiered pricing in the past, meeting with strong push back from customers and lawmakers alike. With people now accustomed to, if not comfortable with, tiered data plans on their smartphones, will the public be more receptive to tiered pricing on their wired Internet connections as well, or will they once again balk at a perceived bilking?"
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How often do you clean your computer case?

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "2+ times/week; Weekly; Monthly; Biennially; Yearly; Only when I install new components; What's this cleaning you speak of?; Just fin... oh wait, there's another spec of dust!"
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Sony Lawsuits Targeting PS3 Jailbreak Authors

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 3 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "PS3News is reporting that Sony's latest legal salvo is targeting the creators of PS JailBreak, PSFreedom and PSGroove related PS3 hacks, citing numerous court documents (login required) for those interested.

From one of the documents: 'Having considered the Motion for Expedited Discovery of Plaintiff Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (oeSCEA) [...] the Court hereby grants SCEA’s Motion. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that [...] SCEA has leave to serve similarly targeted subpoenas or deposition notices to any other third party who SCEA learns may be involved in the distribution or sale of the oePS Jailbreak software, known as, for example, "PSGroove," "OpenPSJailbreak," and "PSFreedom," or who may have knowledge of the distribution or sale of this software.'"

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The Once and Future Clone

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "CNET has news that Mac clone maker Psystar is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company apparently has over $250,000US in debt, and states that it cannot turn a profit in the current economy. According to Cnet, "The Chapter 11 filing will temporarily suspend Apple's copyright infringement suit against Psystar, which is currently before the U.S. District Court of Northern California. But once the bankruptcy protection is sorted out, the copyright case will resume." Meanwhile PC Mag reports that, on the other side of the Atlantic two new clone companies are just getting started. Like PsyStar, FreedomPC and RussianMac promise to deliver PCs with the OS X preloaded. Unique to RussianMac is the MiniBook. The MiniBook is "guaranteed to 'correct work,' although the company notes that features like multitouch won't work.""

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