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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

The Wild Norseman Re:Terrible names (329 comments)

We're not a bunch of hipster douchebags who have nothing better to do than to break out in bad choreographed dancing at staff meetings.

That's a little harsh, man. I worked all month for that "tribute to Bob Fosse" number.

8 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

The Wild Norseman Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (369 comments)

We vote, we count votes, and the person who gets the most votes takes office (with rare exceptions like Gore in 2000 when Gore got more votes in Florida). That's democracy.

That's direct democracy, which we do not have except in limited instances. Your example of the presidency is an excellent example of this, actually. Are you aware of this thing called "the electoral college"? When was the last time you voted for members of the electoral college? Okay, so the POTUS election isn't an actual "one man, one vote" type deal in the direct democratic sense. Plus, it's winner-take-all for each state and thus not even a true representation of how the various electoral college members actually voted. So, not directly democratic either even in the limited arena of the electoral college.

Okay, so how about the supreme court justices? Who did you vote for during the last election? Or hugely influential people in the various cabinets such as Secretary of State. Who did you vote for?

Huh. Okay, so while the US has some parts of government directly democratic ("one man, one vote"), there were deliberately set in place those checks and balances (a constitution and republican structure of other parts of government) to thoughtfully and precisely limit direct democracy, as the Founders felt that direct democracy would be too damaging ("tyranny of the majority" for example) and unwieldy to boot.

yesterday
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Anonymous Slovenia Claims To Have Hacked the FBI and Posted Emails To Pastebin

The Wild Norseman Re:Sensitive information? (152 comments)

People James may know

                  Wen Wu
                  Chengang Wu
                  Cheng G Gong
                  Fan Wu
                  Chenggang G Wu
                  Wen G Gong
                  Cheng H Wu

Woh. I wonder wu else he knows, though my guess is he's long gong by now so wei can't ask him.

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

The Wild Norseman Re: Abolish software patents (204 comments)

All I know is that more than half the time, the screen stops halfway during the slide and it wastes my time and makes the iPhone look and feel shoddy.

"Here at Apple, we care about security. We care so much about security, in fact, that we refuse access to not only thieves and hackers but to our Valued Customers too!"

1 year,13 days
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

The Wild Norseman Re:Herpin' the Derp (599 comments)

Use of the product constitutes acceptance of its terms.

Use of the software constitutes acceptance, sure. Use of the car that the software just happens to be in, doesn't have the protection of copyright.

1 year,15 days
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Senior Managers Are the Worst Information Security Offenders

The Wild Norseman Re:Seen it on the job: (181 comments)

Why is there even a code on the Doctor's enterance in the first place? The Doctor's have enough to be concerned with without someone elses technological "solution" getting in their way.

Exactly. Doctors do not need a coded door; they just need a body of water to walk on.

1 year,16 days
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Court Rules Against Online Anonymity

The Wild Norseman Re:Appropriate Supreme Court Quote (314 comments)

It was a state court that issued the ruling under Virginia law, not a Federal court under Federal law. The US Federal government still has a Constitution and three branches of government for checks and balances.

And Virginia doesn't?

1 year,17 days
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Movie Review: Ender's Game

The Wild Norseman Re:Unfortunately, aside from Ender's Game.... (732 comments)

Oh, I dunno, hopefully someone who has a clearer memory will be along to help me out, but I thought that his book, Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus was a very good book and didn't seem to me to be all that homophobic or racist either. May want to give that one a try.

about a year ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

The Wild Norseman Re: NOT posted as AC. (603 comments)

OTOH, there hasn't been a single crime committed with a lawfully-owned civilian machine gun (or other automatic firearm) since 1934.

I believe you are correct. In fact, the only one on record that I can find was done by a cop who is automatically (no pun intended) exempt from the laws regarding ownership of fully automatic firearms in the US.

"On September 15th, 1988, a 13-year veteran of the Dayton, Ohio police department, Patrolman Roger Waller, then 32, used his fully automatic MAC-11 .380 caliber submachine gun to kill a police informant, 52-year-old Lawrence Hileman. Patrolman Waller pleaded guilty in 1990, and he and an accomplice were sentenced to 18 years in prison. The 1986 'ban' on sales of new machine guns does not apply to purchases by law enforcement or government agencies."

about a year ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

The Wild Norseman Re: NOT posted as AC. (603 comments)

Are you made that the government is allowed to enforce the law and you as an individual are not? Is that hypocritical of the government to keep law enforcement to itself?

Simply put, it doesn't. To be more precise, there are some powers delegated to the government regarding things like search and seizure, but I am fully able to, under the law, "enforce the law" as a common citizen. Some might argue that it is our duty to do so even.

Are you American? If so, you should know this already, if you feel yourself able to make knowledgeable comments on this topic.

about a year ago
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British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

The Wild Norseman Re:My spider sense in tingling.... (634 comments)

That's very wrong. I pay my insurance premiums for decades until at some point when I need to be covered and the very same insurance company can deny coverage for that based on whatever reason. They do not suddenly refund all the premiums I've paid in since that time, do they?

That's the real disconnect when it comes to people and insurance companies. The vast majority of people do not want to rip anyone off; they just want the services for which they've been paying if the situation ever arises -- which is the whole bloody point of insurance, isn't it?

about a year ago
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Rapid7 Launches Crowdsourced Security Research Project

The Wild Norseman Hopefully (39 comments)

Hopefully this is not a stupid question, but how long would it be, approximately, before much of these data go stale (stale before it becomes useless)?

about a year ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

The Wild Norseman Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (1440 comments)

You can keep trying to insult me and poisoning the well; it does nothing to change the facts as I have already stated.

You wrote "[i]t is dangerous to text at traffic lights. You are more likely to be rear-ended, and more likely to cause a delay (And delays increase congestion and congestion increases crashes)." That is a positive claim against the null hypothesis that texting at stoplights is no more dangerous than just sitting there.

Your positive claim, your burden of proof. That you are not willing to come up with any evidence is fine; it just means that your statement is unevidenced opinion and can be dismissed as such. The null hypothesis stands.

about a year ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

The Wild Norseman Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (1440 comments)

If you'll read what I wrote you'll see that when I quoted your specific words, I used quotation marks. Where I did not quote your specific words, I did not use quotation marks. If conversation and clarification were important to you, you'd have noticed that I paraphrased what I understood your point to be and addressed that rather than playing your little game of trying to distract by attacking me.

A few posts previously, your actual words were "[i]t is dangerous to text at traffic lights. You are more likely to be rear-ended, and more likely to cause a delay (And delays increase congestion and congestion increases crashes)."

This statement is a positive assertion which means the burden is on you to provide some evidence that it's valid and to disprove the null hypothesis.

It's not really that difficult a concept to grasp.

about a year ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

The Wild Norseman Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (1440 comments)

Ha ha ha. That's the state of the Internet. Assert something stupid "texting at a light is not dangerous" And don't back it up with explanation or cite. Then when someone disagrees, with a logical argument (a non moving car at a green light is more likely to be rear ended), demand cites to oppose your uncited opinion.

What's the rule, he who demands cites first, wins?

Umm... no, it's called 'logic'. To put a more-formal title to it, it's called 'the null hypothesis' -- in this instance, texting at a stoplight is no more or less dangerous than merely sitting at the light and waiting for it to turn green. You came along and said that texting at stoplights was far more dangerous than sitting there; that's a positive assertion which retains the burden of proof (i.e., show evidence which supports your conclusion and which disproves the null hypothesis).

Also, stating that "a non-moving car at a green light is more likely to be rear-ended" is trivially true; your unstated presumption is that texting while waiting for the light to change is the cause for a sharp increase in these kinds of rear-end collisions (which you'd also need to show).

about a year ago
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Indiana Man Gets 8 Months For Teaching How To Beat Polygraph Tests

The Wild Norseman Re: Tumbtack in your shoe, pressure when telling t (356 comments)

I took one, for the Defense Intelligence Agency. And in addition to the stuff you mentioned, I sat on a pad that was wired to the same machine the rest of it was. Considering this is the federal govt that pressed charges, not some low budget local police station, I'd say my experience is a little note relevant.

Yup, that's why I sought clarification.

about a year ago
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Indiana Man Gets 8 Months For Teaching How To Beat Polygraph Tests

The Wild Norseman Re:Tumbtack in your shoe, pressure when telling tr (356 comments)

Holy shit, you are such an asshole. Yes, it was King County Sheriff's department. My fucking mistake. I was never arrested; I took the screening polygraph for potential employment and very grateful now that I didn't pass.

about a year ago
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Indiana Man Gets 8 Months For Teaching How To Beat Polygraph Tests

The Wild Norseman Re:If you can beat Polygraphs then doesn't that me (356 comments)

Courts still accept polygraphs under strict rules. If you have information to the contrary, I'd like to see it; I would love to be wrong in this instance.

about a year ago
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Indiana Man Gets 8 Months For Teaching How To Beat Polygraph Tests

The Wild Norseman Re:If you can beat Polygraphs then doesn't that me (356 comments)

You do realize that no court of law considers a polygraph admissible ... right?

If the government doesn't want to hire you, they don't need to frame you on a polygraph.

You need to stop watching so much Law and Order or whatever silly show you got the idea from.

Unfortunately, you are still quite wrong. The United States has courts that accept polygraph tests under strict rules. Dunno why, but it's still true.

about a year ago

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School Me On... Schools

The Wild Norseman The Wild Norseman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The Wild Norseman writes "Hi everyone,

My daughter is fourteen years old and has recently made a statement that she wants to go into astronomy. I can't tell you how thrilled I was when I heard that she has leanings towards becoming a geek/nerd like her old man though I'm in computers and networking and not physics, but still.

Today, she mentioned that she wants to attend a school like Harvard because "once you go to Harvard, you can get a job anywhere in the world."

I suggested that she shop around for other schools more known for their physics and sciences programs, mainly because the first school that I always think of when someone says "science" is "MIT" and not "Harvard".

However, I could be wrong and so that's my question to all y'all. What colleges and universities would be some of the best places to learn astronomy and related sciences? Colleges/Uni's outside of the US are also in the running; her mom speaks Russian fluently and so she has some exposure to Russian, though I don't know if she'd be interested in studying in Russia for example.

Also, what kinds of things could she do to better prepare for that kind of degree? Do those high school science fairs or "build a robot" type competitions help these days?

Any and all feedback is appreciated and I'll answer questions if asked of me and her."

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