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Utah To Teach USA is a Republic, Not a Democracy

Theatetus The two questions are orthogonal (1277 comments)

There is nothing about being a Republic that prevents a country from also being a Democracy. I'm sick of that false distinction. A Republic is a state whose head of state is not a monarch. A Democracy is a state whose government's authority derives from the people. A state can be one, both, or neither.

more than 3 years ago
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Firewalls Make DDoS Attacks Worse

Theatetus I'm a heretic on this, but firewalls are pointless (217 comments)

for computers that deliberately offer a server to the public. Do what you want to do with network topology, instead. If your computer offers a web server, why is it listening for anything other than HTTP requests on its public-facing interface? If its not listening for anything other than HTTP requests on its public-facing interface, what does the firewall do?

more than 3 years ago
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Do Tools Ever 'Die?'

Theatetus Mercury-based medicines? (615 comments)

Not sure if that counts as a "tool", but I really don't think anyone uses them anymore. The Blue Pill and the Corrosive Sublimate are pretty much gone.

more than 3 years ago
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Tool Use By Humans Pushed Back By 800,000 Years

Theatetus Re:Did the author sleep through Anthro 101? (189 comments)

Right, that was my point. I read an article where a commentator said "We have a lot of Cassandras running around predicting doom, but nothing's happened yet." Of course (and maybe this was your point about self-consistent foolishness), this was about the financial system just before the collapse in 2008, so in a way the guy was vindicated in calling them Cassandras. It's just not what he meant.

more than 4 years ago
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Tool Use By Humans Pushed Back By 800,000 Years

Theatetus Re:Did the author sleep through Anthro 101? (189 comments)

We clearly went to different schools. In my case, EE 101 was a freshman survey course introducing students to engineering. And, yes, the "quantum leap" thing bugs the hell out of me too. That and dismissing doomsayers as "Cassandras".

more than 4 years ago
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Tool Use By Humans Pushed Back By 800,000 Years

Theatetus Did the author sleep through Anthro 101? (189 comments)

Even non-hominids use implements like rocks and sticks. Tools are specifically fabricated or altered: what's important about tools is not that they are used but that they are made. Unless we find the rocks they used and see whether they were flaked by the hominids or just found already sharp, we can't call these "tools".

more than 4 years ago
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New "Hairy" Material Is Almost Perfectly Hydrophobic

Theatetus They've discovered Italians? (133 comments)

Hairy? Check. Water-repellent? Check. How hard is this, guys?

more than 4 years ago

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Apple iPad3 dock connector images leaked?

Theatetus Theatetus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Theatetus (521747) writes "According to Interconnection World, apple.pro has released images of a new dock connector, possibly for an upcoming iPad model.

Lots of the sort of speculation you always get from leaked Apple inventory photos."

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OpenBSD 4.8 released

Theatetus Theatetus writes  |  about 4 years ago

Theatetus (521747) writes "OpenBSD 4.8 was announced today, though as of submission the man pages aren't up on the man site yet and some of the mirrors are still catching up. A lot of ACPI work with suspend/resume now apparently supported for most network interfaces, some work on tmux (a native GNU screen-like capability). Still no USB installer, so my netbook will have to wait, but congrats to Theo for another ahead-of-schedule delivery."
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Moderator Points

Theatetus Theatetus writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Is it just me or are there suddenly a lot more moderator points floating around than there used to be?

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