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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Stirling Newberry Re:What we really need (856 comments)

Yes, obviously we haven't been stupid enough and even greater depths of idiocy need to be employed.

about a year ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Stirling Newberry Re:Congrats anarchist dipshits (856 comments)

The right to slaughter six year olds in schools and terrorize lawmakers from the wrong political party shall not be infringe. This is a topic, like internet sales with state sales taxes, which just brings out the crazies. They do not learn, they do not listen, they will never learn, and they will never listen.

about a year ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Stirling Newberry Re:What we really need (856 comments)

You do, it is called term limits. How's that working out for you?

about a year ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Stirling Newberry Re:Gun control however... (856 comments)

To the religious zealot the holy text is truth, and reality is frequently in accurate. This is true regardless of which religion they follow. LIbertarianism is a religion in the same way that Marxism is.

about a year ago
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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

Stirling Newberry Re:now we wait (586 comments)

"Scientists claim Europe must surrender to the European Commission or starve."

To surrender to a corporate tyrant is just as bad as to surrender to any other sort of tyrant.

I'm still a fucktard! I'm just not fucktarded enough for reddit

about a year ago
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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

Stirling Newberry Re:now we wait (586 comments)

"Scientists claim Europe must surrender to the European Commission or starve."

To surrender to a corporate tyrant is just as bad as to surrender to any other sort of tyrant.

I'm a libertarian fuck with plenty of sock puppet mod points.

Nope Fuck that fuck you is still trolling.

about a year ago
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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

Stirling Newberry Re:now we wait (586 comments)

"Scientists claim Europe must surrender to the European Commission or starve."

To surrender to a corporate tyrant is just as bad as to surrender to any other sort of tyrant.

I am a fuckwad and have lots of troll puppets with mod points.

Fixed that for you. You fucks don't get it. FTFY is trolling and I have plenty of karma to fight this out.

about a year ago
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Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

Stirling Newberry Re:now we wait (586 comments)

"Scientists claim Europe must surrender to the European Commission or starve."

To surrender to a corporate tyrant is just as bad as to surrender to any other sort of tyrant.

I'm a total fuckwad

There Fixed That For You.

about a year ago
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Senate To Vote On Internet Sales Tax (For Real This Time)

Stirling Newberry Re:One way to restore my faith in humanity (326 comments)

You clearly have not the smallest understanding of the Commerce Clause and have not read Quill. The federal government has plenary power to regulate interstate commerce, and can therefore grant to states the right to collect excise levies on particular acts of interstate commerce, or forbid them from doing so.

Learn to use Google, it's catching on, I hear it may be a big thing some day.

about a year ago
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Senate To Vote On Internet Sales Tax (For Real This Time)

Stirling Newberry One way to restore my faith in humanity (326 comments)

Is to read a tax thread on slashdot, that the rest of the world isn't this burblingly insane gives hope.

Yes states can collect excise taxes, and yes this bill is constitutional. "On a computer" or "over the internet" do not make fundamental law vanish. Whether state sales taxes are a good idea, is a different question, one of policy, not law.

about a year ago
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Terrible Advice From a Great Scientist

Stirling Newberry Do what he did (276 comments)

Say something wrong that people want to believe, then block the box for 30 years.

about a year ago
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Drug Site Silk Road Says It Will Survive Bitcoin's Volatility

Stirling Newberry Re:Speculation (293 comments)

Incorrect, the number of days of that level of volatility in a major currency since world war II is small (the Yen crash, the attack on the pound, a few other big days) this is normal for BTC, which is a thinly traded and volatile by design. That 9% of the economy was taken down by that volatility shows the reason for stabilizing mechanism in a trading system.

about a year ago
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ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

Stirling Newberry UI in general is getting worse (863 comments)

the new design principles of cow path work flow, one way trap doors, modal dialogs, and above all the great mouse click god are destroying the metaphor. We are building for fools and soon only fools will be able to use it. A/B testing is the worst idea in UI design since the rubber eraser joystick that was on lap tops from people too cheap to buy a track pad.

about a year ago
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Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

Stirling Newberry Re:Conversion (595 comments)

It's gambling + seigniorage.

about a year ago
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Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

Stirling Newberry Re:Conversion (595 comments)

Not all criminal enterprises are pyramid schemes. The growth of bit coin parallels the perception of moral decay of the regular economy. Bit coin doesn't have to be straight, just not that much more crooked than the legal economy.

about a year ago
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Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

Stirling Newberry Re:Conversion (595 comments)

CAPITAL LETTERS doesn't make your assertion any truer. Fiat currencies, in the end, must be able to enforce fiat, or there is no "being."

about a year ago
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Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

Stirling Newberry Re:Conversion (595 comments)

Those are what dollars and so on monetize.

BTC monetizes the infrastructure of anonymity, but does not enforce transactions. It's short of key differences between a token and a currency. Fiat is the ability to create currency, but fiat does not come by fiat. A real currency is one that can command an economy capable of enforcing its will. This is why the money of many countries is called "junk" currency - the country can't actually enforce its writ.

about a year ago

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KIrby Ferguson TED Talk: IP is a bad remix

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  about 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "Techdirt has a link to one of Kirby Ferguson most recent talks, as well commentary on his point:

"The key point he makes in the end is that the system is broken because of the combination of a few factors that conflict with the fact that everything is a remix. When you mix laws that fundamentally treat creative works as property, with the massive rewards and huge legal fees associated with court cases, combined with the cognitive bias people have against others copying themselves (with a complete blindness for the fact that they are always copying others), you have a system that fundamentally does not work and cannot work."

Anyone familiar with say, Derrida's ideas on deconstruction will find little new on that side, however he puts the other point: that IP doesn't protect the idea, but the branding of it, in order to create a stream of money. Has the fuel of interest strangled the fire of genius? Or do we really want a system that rewards those who push paper better?"

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Microsoft makes Skype easier to monitor

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  about 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "The Washington Post reports that since its acquisition by MS, Skype has made it easier to turn chats and conversations over to law enforcement:

Skype, the online phone service long favored by political dissidents, criminals and others eager to communicate beyond the reach of governments, has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats and other user information available to police...The company has “a long track record of working successfully with law enforcement here and internationally,” he added.

...Hacker groups and privacy experts have been speculating for months that Skype had changed its architecture to make it easier for governments to monitor, and many blamed Microsoft, which has an elaborate operation for complying with legal government requests in countries around the world

...The issue is, to what extent are our communications being purpose-built to make surveillance easy?” said Lauren Weinstein, co-founder of People for Internet Responsibility,

The article notes that the introduction of super-nodes both improved performance, and enabled monitoring, and reports that the company states that records are kept for 30 days."
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Infosys CEO to employees: suck it up.

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  about 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "The Times of India Reports:

A day after Infosys 'lackluster performance, chief executive officer S D Shibulal wrote a letter to its 1.5 lakh employees to reassure them that their company is on the right track.

According to Wikipedia's bio, Shubilal is worth over one billion USD, and wants to improve employee engagement, which obviously is at the root of his strategy to take unavoidable headwinds, in his own words, and "one time occurances," out on employees:

"Last quarter, we said that we would review the possibility of increasing salaries during the year. However, given the business outlook, we will not be able to do this at this time. We will continue to look for any signs of improvement in the business outlook, which might allow us to revisit this in the quarters to come.

Thus despite a massive miss in revenue and continuing to compete on price, it seems that the floggings will continue at the software services giant, until morale improves."
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Cell Carriers Responded to 1.3 million Law Enforcement Requests for Data.

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  about 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "The New York Times reports:

In the first public accounting of its kind, cellphone carriers reported that they responded to a daunting 1.3 million demands for subscriber data last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations.

One stinging statistic: AT&T gets 230 requests for data per hour, and turns down only 18 per week. Sprint gets 500,000 requests per year. While many requests are backed by court orders, most are not. Some include "dumps" of tower data, which captures everyone near by at a certain time."
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Icelandic MP Claims US vendetta against Wikileaks

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  about 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir details more of the evidence for what she calls a "judicial vendetta" against Wikileaks, and its volunteers, including attempts to gain access to her twitter account. Her efforts to block the National Defense Authorization have been mentioned by slashdot before. The story was taken up last year by Glenn Greenwald and Wired. As a result the International Parliamentarian Union adopted a resolution on her case.

What's new? She asserts that there is a grand jury investigation into Wikileaks and related organizations, and is calling on Sweden to provide assurances that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange not be re-extradicted to the US."

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Is there a Titan Ocean?

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  about 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "Luciano Iess and team have hypothesized that Titan joins Earth, Europa, and Ganymede as ocean worlds. They measure the size of the tidal bulges and find that the moon is likely not solid. Team member Jonathan Lunine points out that Titan's methane atmosphere is not stable, so needs some source, perhaps from outgassing. On earth, water means life, and in the future, ice covered ocean worlds are targets for human colonization, since as the late Arthur C. Clarke observed, water is the most precious substance in the universe to humans."
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Facebook changes users email to @facebook.com

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "Remember when Facebook promised that future privacy changes would be opt in?

They lied:

Facebook has introduced its latest social media innovation – changing the email addresses posted by users on their profiles, en masse and without warning.

In the change, which took effect on Monday, Facebook abruptly replaced the details users had elected to associate with their account with addresses using a "@facebook.com" convention.

They fibbed."
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Wales Launches Dwyer Petition

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "One of the important moral principles that has made everything we relish about the internet possible, from Wikipedia to YouTube, is that internet service providers need to have a safe harbour from what their users do. Writes Jimmy Wales to announce the launch of Change.org petition against the extradition of TVShack's Richard O'Dwyer. He does not defend violating copyright, but does argue that providers have a safe harbor from what their users do – and as the founder of what may be the largest user created site on the internet, not surprising.

His other point is that O'Dwyer is being extradited for activity that was not a crime in the UK, and for which he was not prosecuted there, raising the troubling question of who can be arrested under what laws in the internet era. For example, could you be extradited to India for blasphemy for running an atheist site so long as people in India could access it?"

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Google was told about Snooping Code

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "The Google engineer who wrote the payload snooping code on unprotected networks told his senior manager according to documents dumped Friday night by Google. The LA Times combed through the FCC report and found that while the engineer was taking the 5th, his colleagues at work stated they knew about the network snooping code.

Don't be ebil."

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New DoD CIO now has slash budgets

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  about 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry (848268) writes "Teri Takai won accolades for her tenure as CIO of Michigan, and then California from industry press. However, her welcome in Washington was far less warm. Acting since January, she only officially was confirmed in October.

With the collapse of the "super committee" budget talks the agreed automatic rescissions are the subject of an upcoming legislative battle but neither side yet has the votes to push anything through. This means that for the billions of dollars coming through Defense IT technology salaries and contracting, Teri Taki is the person who is going to be making the front line decisions about how, and what, to do. An unclassified PDF from April shows how she approaches the DoD infrastructure, but probably is not relevant in the context of the upcoming cuts in its details.

One thing that will be likely, she not going to be twittering that much and she's not good at updating her profiles. However she does seem have the same focus on service for lower cost prevalent in industry, as this FedScoop video with Diane Bryant of Intel highlights."

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US Army Has First Test Flight of Mach 6 Weapon

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "In a terse press release the US Department of Defense announced the first test of the the AHW, which uses rockets to launch and then glides to its target, in a manner similar to the Space Shuttle's re-entry. Earlier ABC News posted a story with animation video of the concept. Over at DefenseTech they argue that the trajectory being different from an ICBM is meant to show that it is not a first strike, but even the comments don't think that explanation flies.

More likely it is the speed of deployment, the ability to strike targets without going high enough to be seen by many advance warning radars, and without using nuclear warheads makes it a precision surprise attack weapon, a kind of super cruise missile for surprise asymetric attacks."

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Science Magazine: Disgraced Researcher Gives up Ph

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "Science Magazine reports that Diederik Stapel, who falsified data on virtually all of his papers has given up his PhD. The university released a statement, which Google Translate renders as:

Diederik Stapel on November 9, 2011 voluntarily surrendered his doctorate at the University of Amsterdam. The certificate he received in 1997 after his promotion is now back in possession of the university.

Stack has declared in writing to waive his Ph.D. because he believes that his behavior in recent years does not fit with the duties associated with the doctorate. Stack graduated in 1997 from the University of Amsterdam. He worked there from 1993 to 1999. He then worked in Groningen and Tilburg. On October 31 the Committee recommended Levelt, who investigated the scientific integrity of the work of Stack, the University of Amsterdam to investigate a Ph.D. may be withdrawn.

"

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Some in "vegetative state" are aware.

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "It is the nightmare from a dozen horror films: people who are thought to be in a coma, but are really not. The Lancet published yesterday on how this really was the case for a noticeable percentage of people diagnosed as "vegetative." The article shows how an EKG indicated at least some were really aware. The study authored by Damian Cruse et al urges that their method of testing be made standard for patients in such a state. The Spec has an excellent write up which includes a picture of the apparatus. The study grows out of earlier communication by the same authors that looked asserted that some cognition had to occur in the "minimally conscious."

If the findings hold up – always essential to have others be able to duplicate the results – it could dramatically change how people in a coma are handled, perhaps even the ability to allow them to communicate."

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23:59:60 Never Again? Leap Second Abolition Advanc

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "When time keeping changed from astronomical measurements to atomic clocks, a problem arose: how to keep the calendar in sync with the clock, since the reason for atomic clocks, is that the earth's rotation varies slightly over time, and generally slows because of tidal drag from the moon.

Nature is reporting that the push to get rid of leap seconds is gaining traction. Any system admin knows that leap seconds have their own lore and maybe responsible for hard crashes. Meanwhile others, such as China's central government and some astronomers, are uncomfortable with the corollary of getting rid of leap seconds: clocks and the stars will slowly grow out of sync . Have you seen a leap second crash, or had to make changes because of them?"

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Italy's Government teeters on brink of collapse, G

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "Berlusconi's government lost by winning: a routine budget vote passed, but only because of abstentions 308-0-321. Without a majority, he has gone to Italy's President, who as with many parliamentary systems has few powers, but can declare new elections.

Meanwhile in Greece al jazeera reports that Lucas Papademos a career central banker, is going to be tapped to be the next PM. An MIT graduate, his academic work included a paper co-authored with Franco Modigliani on how to fight stagflation.

Italy is facing the same bond attack that Ireland, Portugal, and Greece have, but as the Eurozone's third largest economy, behind Germany and France, it is too large to bail out."

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NASA Captures Radar Image During Asteroid Flyby of

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "We've all heard by now that asteriod impacts may be the cause of periodic mass extinction events – and perhaps of calls to defend earth against them. Maybe you have heard of comet panics. But near Earth passing events aren't all doom and gloom, in these images NASA and JPL used radar to capture images of Asteroid 2005 YU55, which will be closest at ~324,600 km at 1128 UTC, or 6:26 PM EST. Related NASA video is here, and as you can see, the moon will get a much better view than we will – though depending on the results of the asteroid's close pass of Venus in 2029, it could well pass this close to us in 2041. The images come from the Goldstone Complex in the Mojave desert."
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More Evidence for Human Effects on Climate

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Stirling Newberry writes "While the development of a crack in the ice in Antartica that will be a large iceberg is providing some of the most interesting pictures of the day, and the story about record jumps in CO2 emissions are on many newspaper sites, two new articles are pointing to the subtle effects of human activity on climate. One, in Nature, is focused on how carbon is changing the dynamics of tropical cyclones, the other ,in Science, is focused on Nitrogen fertilizer and its effects on rainforests.

The Nature article focuses on cyclone genesis in the Arabian Sea, particularly whether human carbon emission reduces upper level winds. Of the three components of cyclone formation — warm sea water, unstable air masses, and low upper level winds — the last is what turns small storms into big storms, and allows storms in unusual places. This is because upper level winds shred the chimney effect that storms use to pull warm air from the sea and shoot it upwards. Low winds are like no predation in biology: without upper level winds to tear them apart, all sorts of strange storms can survive.

The Science magazine piece shows how human generated fertilizer shows up in leaves of trees in tropical rain forests. Since fertilizer is an essential part of increasing agricultural output, and rain forests are key parts of the atmospheric cycle, their study is important to climate stability as well."

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Steven Weinberg explains broken and accidental symmetries in physics

Stirling Newberry Stirling Newberry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I do not know how many readers of Slashdot are also regular readers of the New York Review of Books, however, this article on symmetry in physics sheds light on how the "Standard Model" came to be. It's author is Steven Weinberg, who with Sheldon Glashow and Abdus Salam, was awarded the Nobel Prize winner for Physics in 1979 for unification of the electro-magnetic force with the weak force.

Why read it? It's where to send your non-geek friends when they ask why experiments such as the velocity of neutrinos are interesting, and why anyone would want to spend billions of dollars on figuring out the mass of invisibly small things.

It turned out that the Standard Model obeys certain symmetries that are accidental, in the sense that, though they are not the exact local symmetries on which the Standard Model is based, they are automatic consequences of the Standard Model. These accidental symmetries accounted for a good deal of what had seemed so mysterious in earlier years, and raised interesting new possibilities.

By this he means that not all patterns in physics, are basic patterns, and sometimes the small differences point to whole new worlds in physics. In the case of neutrinos, how much mass they have tells us a great deal about physics.

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