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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

TangoMargarine Re:/. title adds inherent bias (327 comments)

He's schizophrenic.
He's a programmer.
He wrote an OS that he says is for talking to God.

Which one of these is nonfactual or biased?

6 hours ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

TangoMargarine Re:Oh, please (327 comments)

Some people are intrinsically good; and some issues are not sins [...] The idea that all are born with/into sin is a superstitious notion with absolutely no root in reality.

You believe in sin but original sin is a superstition? I would think those would kind of be in the same belief space.

I'm also under the impression that if you don't believe in salvation, you don't call it sin.

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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

TangoMargarine Re:Be Gentle With Him (327 comments)

I love how "racist" is up there with "terrorist" and "pedophile" on the list of words that we're supposed to instantly fly into a rage about.

Except one of those 3 doesn't get heckled on Slashdot. Hmm...

6 hours ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

TangoMargarine Re:FTA (327 comments)

Who would bother writing malware for this?

6 hours ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

TangoMargarine Re:Political tactic these days? (159 comments)

Yeah, I realized after I posted that those 2 sentences were rather at odds with each other. I meant, non-animated ones are already criminalized for possession so I really don't see why they need to filter/track/snoop at the ISP level as well.

7 hours ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

TangoMargarine Re:The problem is when they DON'T act... (159 comments)

He's complaining that they won't censor anti-Semitic media and that makes him an anti-Semite?

10 hours ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

TangoMargarine Re: Yes! (159 comments)

You may wonder why the president needs to declare a state of emergency to deal with what appears to be fairly routine instances of corruption in far-flung corners of the world. Korte notes that Congress provides little oversight on emergency declarations, even through it's mandated to do so by law. In an era when tussles over executive power are a near-daily occurrence, this is a strange incongruity.

"What the National Emergencies Act does is like a toggle switch, and when the president flips it, he gets new powers. It's like a magic wand. and there are very few constraints about how he turns it on," said Kim Lane Scheppele, a Princeton professor interviewed by Korte.

Oh, so it's like Chancellor Palpatine back in the Star Wars prequels. Only this is IRL. Nice.

10 hours ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

TangoMargarine Re:Also ban cars (159 comments)

Like how the Boston bombers got charged with using a "weapon of mass destruction."

10 hours ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

TangoMargarine Political tactic these days? (159 comments)

It seems like a number of politicians these days have this strategy of boldly saying things that don't stand up to scrutiny, but as long as they say them confidently enough and call you a traitor for disagreeing, it mostly works.

He demanded that internet companies live up to their social responsibilities

I would argue that the "social responsibility" he proposes does not exist. Why do ISPs supposedly have to manage access to content hosted in other countries? Why can't they just be "pipes"? If people want to see offensive things, I say fucking let them. (And see also the multitudinous posts above about how anything can be used for evil.)

to report potential terror threats

Oh, so of course they need to be reading our communications all the time looking for sarcastic comments they can nail us to the wall over. Great.

and said there was no reason for such firms to be willing to cooperate with state agencies over child abuse but not over combatting terrorism.

Oh look, when we* fold for one thing we get called traitors for not supporting, they immediately snowball it into another thing and feed us the same line. I assume by "child abuse" he actually means "child porn," even the kind that is animated and in no way hurts any actual children. And that, y'know, are already covered under non-invasive laws anyway.

The greater threat to democracy these days is our own politicians, rather than anything the terrorists can do to us. Seems like half our own fucking representatives don't even believe in democracy as anything other than a vehicle to get themselves more power and money.

*Okay, yes, it's the U.K. but I'm sure the U.S. government would love to do the same thing.

10 hours ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

TangoMargarine Re:Rape Apologetics Go Here (242 comments)

As for Assange, that guy is obviously a complete sociopath and misogynist. Which makes him being a rapist a lot more likely than not.

"obviously"

Geez, I hope you never get called for jury duty.

12 hours ago
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Leaked Documents Show EU Council Presidency Wants To Impair Net Neutrality

TangoMargarine Re:Subterranean BS. (76 comments)

Rotating the eyes wildly, especially in a way regarded as indicative of frenzy:

Huh. My guess was it was some sort of ethnic slur directed at Asians. Never heard that term before.

12 hours ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

TangoMargarine Re:What's it good for? (235 comments)

We can't believe you think this is a serious issue. It's mind-boggling. There are 7 billion people right here right now and 200,000 more every day.

Yeah. Let me get all mathy on you for a second here...

A) There are 7 billion people we could help now and ignore the long-term. Alleviating human suffering should be our goal, right?
B) If there is no ELE there's more or less an infinite number of humans in the future (less because the universe will presumably end).
C) If there IS an ELE and we prevent/avoid it, see B.
D) If there is an ELE and we DON'T do anything about it, and we're all still on Earth, the number of humans comes to a dead halt.

It's all about debating the values of A and D.

Because doomsday nutters like you rarely actually believe your own crap

A) Thanks for the insult that doesn't add anything to the conversation.
B) You're the one who's labeling me a "doomsday nutter" to begin with so there's no reason for me to defend the position. I'm not; I'm just talking probability space.

You say "there's absolutely no point in spending money on space." I say, "We don't know enough about the universe yet to make a definitive statement on the matter." (For my next trick, I'll debate religion vs. agnosticism vs. atheism!)

In the entire history of mankind only 18 people have gone further than Low Earth orbit. For three days.

Kind of fits into my point, funnily enough. What we need the money for is to get further. Is "cutting our losses" at this point winning? I can see the argument for that.

And again, another programmer with completely batshit beliefs about space unmasked!

Well, you got one thing right, at least--I am a programmer. Hey, I'm arguing probabilities, so big surprise, right?

Oh wow, do you fellate yourself too when you "figure this out"? Oh you're SO smart!!

Aaaand more ad hominem insults. Good day, sir.

P.S: After skimming the first bit of that extremely long article, I'm not sure what point you're trying to make with it. The guy actually comes down as a supporter of the space program. Or are you taking the "it's hard therefore we should give up" line? s/hard/expensive/g

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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

TangoMargarine Re:Sounds reasonable (242 comments)

If you are going to bum around Europe raping women, it is best not to piss off the world's most powerful governments

I would state that in an if-and-only-if form. It's also a bad idea to piss off the world's most powerful governments and then go bum around Europe raping women.

And, y'know, raping people in and of itself is bad.

yesterday
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

TangoMargarine Re: Ba Da ... (394 comments)

Maybe internally, but Mozilla labels the categories separately as plugins, add-ons, search engines, etc. I'm talking about things actually found under the menu option labelled "Add-Ons."

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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

TangoMargarine Re:I think (327 comments)

Thanks for the infodump.

Then there's also the question of, how many wars have there been lately where both sides were clearly identifying themselves? Those fighting have gotten the hint that it's a dumb idea to engage bigger powers in anything other than asymmetric/guerrilla/whatever warfare.

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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

TangoMargarine Re:Wow ... (299 comments)

I just find this whole conversation so bizarre. You criticize me for a position I don't hold, and when I tell you so, you insist that you know better than me what my opinion is.

I'm done.

yesterday

Submissions

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Machining A TI-89 Aluminum

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TangoMargarine (1617195) writes "Sometimes, expensive calculators hit the floor. It’s happened to almost anyone with a graphing calculator from TI or HP. Sadly, they don’t always bounce. After this happened to [Howard C.], an Industrial Engineering student from U. of Iowa, he decided to spend $50 on milling his own replacement case out of aluminum rather than trashing the device over a broken battery compartment."
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"Zero Day"

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia has this to say about "zero day exploits": A zero-day (or zero-hour or day zero) attack or threat is a computer threat that tries to exploit computer application vulnerabilities that are unknown to others or undisclosed to the software developer. Zero-day exploits (actual code that can use a security hole to carry out an attack) are used or shared by attackers before the software developer knows about the vulnerability.

I wish every exploit could just be called an exploit (sans "zero day" in front of everything) unless it's specifically 1) a vulnerability the company has chosen not to fix, or 2) a vulnerability some guy somewhere knew about but hadn't used in order to keep it valuable. It's like if we were to start calling Microsoft Office "Microsoft Office for Windows" incessantly. It's assumed, unless you're specifically on a Mac or running it in WINE or something.

I'm pretty sure. Amiright?

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Ha, You're A Horrible Person!

TangoMargarine TangoMargarine writes  |  more than 4 years ago

What is up with the term Homophobia? It's an alarmist umbrella term for anyone who disapproves of homosexuals for any reason, while in every other use, the suffix "phobia" only describes an irrational fear. From Wikipedia:

Phobia: "an intense and persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, animals, or people"
Homophobia: "a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards homosexuality and people identified or perceived as being homosexual. Definitions[1][2][3] of the term refer variably to antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, and (irrational) fear"

I disapprove of homosexuality, but I don't have an irrational fear of it. So I would probably be labeled homophobic.

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