Tokolosh 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?
Tokolosh 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?" Link to Original Source top
Tokolosh 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." Link to Original Source top
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.
Tokolosh 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?"