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SkyOrbiter UAVs Could Fly For Years and Provide Global Internet Access

Tokolosh Alternative to Drone Strikes (48 comments)

If all the money spent on military action in the Middle East were diverted to blanketing the area with these UAVs, together with an air-drop of 50 million tablets, the political outcome would be favorable to the West.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Tokolosh Get a job (177 comments)

"I should add that I work for a public entity and due to some fairly public issues, we have enjoyed record levels of funding the past couple of years."

99% confidence that you work for the military/industrial complex. If so, resign and get a job that contributes to society.

yesterday
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

Tokolosh Robert Cringely (129 comments)

He anticipated and wrote perceptively on the subject five years ago - http://www.cringely.com/2009/0...

It is ludicrous that the mainstream media is only now getting a clue. This says much about the media in general.

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Tokolosh Re:Ironic, isn't it (952 comments)

Alcohol, too!

about a week ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Tokolosh Re:America Cannot Compete (324 comments)

Like Ireland, Switzerland, Singapore and New Zealand? The new Tories are fossilizing the USA.

about a week ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Tokolosh Re:America Cannot Compete (324 comments)

It reminds me of the car dealers complaining about Tesla selling their cars directly to motorists. It reminds me of taxi drivers complaining about Uber. It reminds me of AT&T complaining about Netflix.

A bit of upending is clearly needed.

about a week ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Tokolosh Re:Imagine That... (198 comments)

Yes, working systems (eventually) get delivered. Show me one that came in close to budget.

about a week ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

Tokolosh Re:If true thats great (191 comments)

If Apple, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Cisco, Intel and AT&T stood together and told the US government to fuck off (as they are obliged to to), I think the shoe would be on the other foot.

about a week ago
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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

Tokolosh Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (191 comments)

Is he required to lie about this?

Yes, a National Security Letter may do so. We have no way of knowing, so have to assume the worst.

This will continue until there is independent oversight of the security apparatus. And by apparatus I mean all three branches of government.

about a week ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Tokolosh America Cannot Compete (324 comments)

If the US, the most developed country in the world, with all its advantages of a functioning economy, education system, infrastructure, mineral and agricultural wealth, moderate climate and fundamental rights, cannot compete with the rest, things have come to a sad pass. The America war cry goes up "It's not fair!" and the kind of corporate shenanigans we deplore are now to be deployed on a global scale - protecting a doddering and clueless incumbent from the nimble upstarts, to the detriment of the common man.

about a week ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Tokolosh Re:Let's compromise... (241 comments)

Tolchock the starry dedoochka AT&T!

about a week ago
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NATO Set To Ratify Joint Defense For Cyberattacks

Tokolosh Re:Why is this a military thing? (34 comments)

I see the need for protection in this arena, I just don't see why it has to be part of the military. Words like "attacking" and "war" are not appropriate. You make some valid observations, but have not provided a reason for the action to come from the military.

You agree that when script-kiddies arrive, you call the cops. But military involvement will result in generals and Dr Strangelove taking charge when Johnny next door leaches my wifi. We will just bypass the whole militarization of the police.

about three weeks ago
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NATO Set To Ratify Joint Defense For Cyberattacks

Tokolosh Why is this a military thing? (34 comments)

I am uncomfortable with military involvement with civilian affairs. The end result is usually a military coup of some kind. People and organizations should be responsible for securing their own systems. Call the police and use the justice system in the event rights are infringed by crackers.

about three weeks ago
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New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

Tokolosh Important Data Omitted (121 comments)

The article does not make clear who wants the funding that this scare story is supposed to generate.

about three weeks ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Tokolosh Re:For a country so good at engineering... (212 comments)

This kind of environmentalism is based on faith, and not on science. It should therefore be called a religion and lumped with the other populist delusions.

about three weeks ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

Tokolosh Photos, or it didn't happen (336 comments)

Come on people, I should not have to remind you.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Tokolosh Third Branch Delinquent (108 comments)

I read a lot of discussion comments vilifying Democrat or Republican presidents, representatives and senators. People are slowly realizing that both parties are equally bad. I take this as given, and anticipated by the Founding Fathers.

The antidote is supposed to be the judiciary, from the bottom all the way up to the Supreme Court. However, the scales are now falling from my eyes. I a sadly conclude that judges are partisan, stupid, have not respect for the Constitution and the long-term consequences of their decisions. They are completely beholden to the executive and legislative branches and have abdicated their responsibilities. They have lost my respect.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Tokolosh Re:It's a small, good start. (643 comments)

My garbage is collected by a private company, not the government. And I have alternatives if they do not perform to my satisfaction. So no cameras for them. But if my local government wants to get into the garbage business, they wear cameras, sorry.

No time delay, no court. No exceptions - I'm looking at you, Mr. President, congressman, justice, TSA and NSA. And any tampering is evidence of malfeasance.

about a month ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Tokolosh Re:It's a small, good start. (643 comments)

Every person whose salary I paid by the taxpayers must wear a camera while on duty, which shall stream in real-time to a publically-accessible internet site.

about a month ago

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ISPs Monitoring Your Internet Habits

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  about a year ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "Are ISPs actively monitoring your web browsing? A man in Anderson, SC, was arrested and and has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges, after his internet provider reported him to authorities. What are the Safe Harbor implications for the provider? What other internet activity is being watched? Are all ISPs doing this?

Mandatory statement despising child pornography here."

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Stephen Hawking Needs Help From Slashdotters!

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "It appears that Stephen Hawking's hardware and software is crufty. He is looking for someone to maintain it.

Wouldn't it be better for the great minds and talent of Slashdot to create an entirely new system, one that would be cheaper, more efficient, easier to maintain, and more importantly, easier to use?"

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Telecoms Competition 100 Years Ago

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "With all the discussion of net neutrality, regulation, competition and government involvement, a review of the situation 100 years ago is instructive. Read the "Twentieth Century Magazine" from 1910. This was a "progressive" and "socialist" publication, and its opinions are not always what you might expect.

The most interesting part are the roles of government and the courts — there are none at all. Barriers to entry for competitors are low: no regulations, no taxes, no licenses, no patents, no franchises, no "last mile", no court injunctions, no lobbying. Imagine what we could do in such an environment! What have we gained or lost in 100 years? How should things be different, or the same?

The same publication has a lot to say on the subject of the government involvement in healthcare. Hint: They think it is a bad idea."

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Yet Another Idiot Politician Wants to Filter

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "Again the public will have to play whack-a-mole with nanny-state politicians who want to play porn-whack-a-mole (not as kinky as it sounds).

In this case the analogies get tortured past the Geneva Convention and into Guantanamo."

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Politicians share many of the traits common to ser

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Tokolosh writes "I PREFER rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest. â" Alexandre Dumas.

In June the LA Times reported on a study by Jim Kouri, vice- president of the American National Association of Chiefs of Police, that showed politicians share many of the personality traits common to serial killers.

âoeOur elected officials often show many of the exact same character traits as criminal nut- jobs, who run from police but not for office,â Kouri was quoted as saying. According to his study of material obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigationâ(TM)s Behavioural Analysis Unit, âoePsychopathy is a personality disorder manifested in people who use a mixture of charm, manipulation, intimidation, and occasionally violence to control others, in order to satisfy their own selfish needs.

âoeInterpersonal traits include glibness, superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth, pathological lying, and the manipulation of others.

âoeThe affective traits include a lack of remorse and/or guilt, shallow affect, a lack of empathy, and failure to accept responsibility. The lifestyle behaviours include stimulation-seeking behaviour, impulsivity, irresponsibility, parasitic orientation, and a lack of realistic life goals.

âoeConsequently, violent offenders who are psychopathic are able to assault, rape, and murder without concern for legal, moral, or social consequences. Allowing them to do pretty much what they want, whenever they want.

âoeWhile not resorting to violence, many political leaders display similar degrees of anger, feigned outrage and other behaviours,â Says Kouri. âoeThey also lack a âshameâ(TM) mechanismâ.

Which means that they have to mimic what they believe, and present these as appropriate responses to situations that would otherwise trigger sadness, empathy, sympathy, and other human responses to outside stimuli.

While psychopaths are unlikely to respond to altruistic themes, such as sympathy for their victims or remorse/guilt over their crimes, they do possess certain personality traits that can be exploited, in particular their inherent narcissism, selfishness, and vanity.

Still not convinced of the application to politicians?

Then consider this. In his book, The Mask of Sanity, deemed to provide one of the most influential clinical descriptions of psychopathy in the 20th century, Hervey Cleckley introduced 16 behavioural characteristics of a psychopath. They include: superficial charm and good intelligence; absence of nervousness; unreliability; untruthfulness and insincerity; lack of remorse and shame; signs of irrational thinking; poor judgment; pathological egocentricity; general poverty in major affective reactions; unresponsiveness in interpersonal relations; fantastic and uninviting behaviour with drink and sometimes without; and a âoetrivial and poorly integratedâ sex life.

Could any group better match that description?"

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How To Optimimize Progress of Science?

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "Patent and copyright law in the US derives from the Constitution, which says "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries".

Assuming we want to maximize the "promote the Progress" part, there exists an optimal strategy for "securing", and an optimal "limited Times". Zero and infinite time are both non-optimal.

Has any research been done to determine these optima?

Can "promote the Progress" be interpreted to mean maximizing the income of authors and inventors? Or is it a more general benefit to the nation as a whole?"

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