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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

StikyPad Yes we will. (452 comments)

1) The analogy doesn't fit. That horses were argued to be more reliable is not at all relevant to whether or not people wanted to own some form of transportation. They did, and they continued to even after the automobile supplanted the horse.

2) Most cars are used and sit idle during the same parts of the day for a large portion of the population, so sharing wouldn't substantially reduce the number of vehicles in use, and without reducing the number of vehicles in use (getting more rides per vehicle) you're not going to lower the cost per trip, which reduces the incentive to share.

3) Most people would prefer not to sit in other people's filth (but, ironically, many are fine sitting in their own filth). Regardless of any logical inconsistency, the "ick factor" will weigh heavily in any determination of whether to rent or own.

yesterday
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

StikyPad Re:Beware the T E R R O R I S T S !! (437 comments)

ISIS is not even close to being defined along ethnic or religious lines.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

StikyPad To be fair (437 comments)

They might not have succeeded with more attention to the issue. If, for example, Slashdot had posted the story, we might be reading a different story today.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

StikyPad Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (177 comments)

To be fair, most updates of OS X have required a reboot as well. I'm in the process of installing 10.10.1 right now, and will have to reboot momentarily. There are probably more patches for Windows, but on its own, I'm not sure whether that statistic is objectively bad.

about a week ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

StikyPad Only half of the problem (210 comments)

The other half is less use of URLs to pass parameters and query strings, where less is as close to zero as possible.

And while this will certainly reduce sniffing, it won't reduce "metadata" collection at all, and it won't eliminate the need for endpoint security -- if anything, it will increase it.

Also, why on God's green earth isn't Slashdot using https yet??

about a week ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

StikyPad Re:Horribly sexist ! (637 comments)

Still: women are more likely to be displayed in roles perceived as *de*grading, whereas men are portrayed with attributes perceived as positive

I'd like to see empirical evidence of this. Off the cuff, it doesn't ring true, and hasn't for a long time. The leading man in almost every comedy and drama is someone who needs to learn life lessons from his wife or another leading female role. In suspense, the villain is usually a man. Granted, there are certainly genres, most notably action, where women are damsels in distress and nothing more, but that idea does not uniquely appeal to men -- it also appeals to women who like the idea of having their own knight in shining armor. And, aside from some olympic events, most sports don't glorify women. Not sure what to do about that, or why the public doesn't like to watch women compete head-on, but is fine watching men try to stomp each other. I'm also not sure why we're squeamish about seeing women in combat. Why men are expected to earn more in dating, but the same on average, as if one were separable from the other. Why violence against women is generally considered to be *more* wrong, but violence against men is less wrong, despite being a larger problem statistically. Why men under 30 are less educated and earn less than women in the US. Why women's health issues dominate the media and popular culture despite the fact that women live more than 6% longer than men -- and that gap grew last year. Why men are punished more severely and women are forgiven more readily for the same offenses. Why men are less likely to pass on their genes than women, but are treated as if they were surreptitious philanderers, despite the fact that rates of infidelity are roughly equal, and that women are, in fact, more likely to have a child with someone other than their alleged mate. Why we ignore domestic violence and verbal abuse against men; indeed, we seem to expect men to tolerate and excuse bad behavior by women. Why child custody is overwhelmingly awarded to women. Why men are more than twice as likely to be homeless.

about a week ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

StikyPad Re:Unethical? (187 comments)

Thanks for posting an actual response to this!

I feel that artificial insemination is essentially the same thing, and that's conventionally accepted, and even encouraged in everything from ranching to rescuing species. Would the author have the same qualms about inseminating the elephant to increase elephant numbers? I suspect not. The only difference with mammoths is that we extincted them thousands of years ago.

The ethical concerns I would focus on (not that I am the arbiter of ethical concerns or anything) is whether and how to reintroduce them into the wild, since a) study in captivity would be of limited value, and b) that seems like the most noble and worthwhile end game.

about a week ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

StikyPad Re:huh? (187 comments)

That's relevant to, but not the full story of, the ethical controversy over human cloning, but we're talking about mammoths. I don't think anyone's proposing that we insert mammoth DNA into human eggs.

about a week ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

StikyPad Re:Good for him! (223 comments)

My co-worker had the exact same issue. I'll go ahead and attribute it to incompetence rather than malice, but that doesn't make it much better. The harm is the same.

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

StikyPad Re:Two thoughts (716 comments)

My personal views don't affect the process of the legal system any more than yours do; I was just trying to explain that not all threats are crimes in the eyes of the law. How and where that distinction is made is outside the scope of my post.

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

StikyPad Re:Wait.. (716 comments)

That was

1) Not a stranger.
2) Posted after the fact, not a threat before the fact.
3) Not premeditated.
4) Not an online conflict that spilled over into "real life."
5) Related to GG in exactly the same way, and to the same degree, as it was related to Syria. (Which is to say, not at all.)

But other than those things, you're spot on.

about three weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

StikyPad Re:Wait.. (716 comments)

Or aren't a women, who, coincidentally, happen to be a bit physically smaller and weaker on average than men and therefore are more vulnerable to physical assaults.

Stop. The only times that physical strength is the difference in who wins are in arm wrestling and weight lifting, neither of which are frequently used in attacks or to settle interpersonal conflicts.

Incidentally, men are the victims of violent crime significantly more often than women, so being female makes one less likely to be a target of violence. (Page 6, Table 5. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub...)

about three weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

StikyPad Re:Two thoughts (716 comments)

It depends on the state, but generally it has to be a credible threat of violence, where a reasonable person would interpret it as such. I think most reasonable people would dismiss threats of violence on the internets, particularly given the very low (zero?) rate of historic follow-through from utter strangers.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

StikyPad Re:Puffery (95 comments)

Why do we allow that, though? It's ok for companies to lie to you, as long as someone smart enough (i.e., someone who's learned through experience that advertising claims are unreliable) knows that they're lying. Sure, it makes the people who say such things feel better/superior for being "smarter than a gnat," but, at the heart of it, we're still saying it's ok for companies to mislead in order to take money, as long as they're cagey enough about it. Boo.

about a month ago
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3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids

StikyPad Re:Intellectual Property (64 comments)

Eisner (the president of Disney at the time) was driving in Florida. He saw a small daycare where someone had painted Disney characters on the walls.

Close, but not quite.

The controversy over the cartoon characters began when Hallandale city officials realized the 5-foot-high painted figures violated the city's sign code. The cartoons are considered signs by city officials, and as such they cannot cover more than 20 square feet of wall space, Growth Management Director Ron Muscarella said.

After learning about the figures from the news media, Disney sent an investigator to photograph the murals. The photographs were reviewed by Disney attorneys, who agreed that the figures too closely resembled Disney's famous characters, Champlin said.

http://articles.chicagotribune...

about a month ago
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First Demonstration of Artificial Intelligence On a Quantum Computer

StikyPad Re:Captchas! (98 comments)

It's still AI, just not leading edge anymore (unless you're doing something completely novel, like doing it on a quantum computer).

Indeed. The headline here shouldn't be AI; it should be that the algorithm ran in logarithmic time instead of polynomial time, as hypothesized.

about a month ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

StikyPad Who cares? (263 comments)

Can we take Carl off the pedestal yet? I know, it's hard to let go of childhood heroes, but almost all of his "contributions" to science were of a metaphysical nature, which is to say, not really scientific contributions at all. These writings included.

about a month and a half ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

StikyPad Re:Land of the Free (191 comments)

Read your own link: entrapment isn't not a crime; it's a defense.

And to the above poster who wrote, "courts used to take a very dim view of it,": Au contraire! Per your sibling poster's link:

Courts took a dim view of the defense at first. "[It] has never availed to shield crime or give indemnity to the culprit, and it is safe to say that under any code of civilized, not to say Christian, ethics, it never will" a New York Supreme Court said in 1864.[7] Forty years later, another judge in that state would affirm that rejection, arguing "[courts] should not hesitate to punish the crime actually committed by the defendant" when rejecting entrapment claimed in a grand larceny case.[8]

We humans find it much more satisfying to "find" and point out the evil in others than to look for the good, let alone encourage it. We like to admonish people for things we'd "never do," having never been tested to see if our morals really match our rhetoric, and knowing full well that we probably never will. I believe Jesus is quoted with words to that effect, though it doesn't take a self-proclaimed deity to realize that we're all capable of being shitty.

about a month and a half ago

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The USA Freedom Act: What's to Come and What You Need to Know

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  about a week ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "The USA Freedom Act, the leading contender for NSA reform, is set for a vote this week. The bill has some problems, but is a major step forward for surveillance reform. That's why we're asking you to call your Senator and urge them to support the USA Freedom Act. Here's a rundown of what's to come, what you need to know, and what may happen this week."
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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 4 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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