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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Tokolosh Roundabouts! (314 comments)

Oops sorry, I take that back. Americans are too stupid to use them - stop at the entrance, don't indicate, panic when the exit nears.

3 hours ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Tokolosh Re:Modern Democracy: A Prediction (167 comments)

I have taken to quoting Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.

To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution.

Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.

Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.

6 hours ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Tokolosh Proposed Rules (157 comments)

1. The service you provide is Internet. Therefore, no screwing with packets, strict network neutrality, no port blocking, no prohibition on uses such as servers. In short, plain bandwidth at a price that does not discriminate between customers.
2. You do not regulate yourselves.
3. There are no barriers to future entrants to the market that do not apply to you.

6 hours ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Tokolosh Re:Diversity is best (374 comments)

I was not aware that teledildonics was that far advanced.

yesterday
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Tokolosh Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (374 comments)

What weight can a woman lift? I guess 50 kg (on earth, yes I know the difference between mass and weight).
What weight can a man lift? I guess 100 kg.

What is the range of 90% of weights that could need lifting in an emergency? Anything from 1 to 1000 kg - guessing again.

So men are only useful for a range between 50 and 100 kg, which is (100 - 50) / 1000 = 5% of the time.
Not worth taking a man, I say.

yesterday
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

Tokolosh Re:She would've flunked the sperm test (198 comments)

Reminds me of this one: Girl to boy "You have one of those, and I have one of these. And with one of these I can get as many of those as I want!"

yesterday
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

Tokolosh Re:Competition urgently needed (149 comments)

Only one rule is needed. I believe this rule could be made by the FCC without any new legislation:

Rule #1: If you fuck with packets, block ports, prioritize any type of traffic over another, or do anything except providing the contracted bandwidth, you may not call your service "Internet". You may not use this word in advertising, in contracts or any communications. We call this "Truth in advertising."

You will be allowed to use the term An Obnoxious Laughingstock, or its acronym.

about a week ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Tokolosh My Personal Experience of Disdain (238 comments)

I have been on the receiving end of plenty of disdain about my gaming, from multiple members of the opposite sex.

I am male.

about a week ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Tokolosh Believe It Or Not (395 comments)

I have seen with my own eyes, stations capable of refilling 20 cars simultaneously, each in considerably less than five minutes. This would be equivalent to about 80MW, assuming 2.5 minutes.

Of course, the filling was with gasoline, not electrons.

about a week ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Tokolosh Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

Yes, but the courts signed off on it when they should fulfill their role as in checks and balances. They have also used impossible requirements of "standing" and arcane legal arguments to abdicate any responsibility to uphold the plain intent of the Constitution. It has gotten so bad that everyone is shocked and amazed when SCOTUS makes the otherwise obvious ruling that cell phones cannot be searched without a warrant.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay

Tokolosh Snowden's time will come (144 comments)

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Tokolosh Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

And the courts who are supposed to be overseeing them have proven to be no more than rubber stamps.

I think the judicial branch has a lot to answer for in this whole mess, from letting AT&T retroactively off the hook, to accepting secret FISA courts, to issuing warrants to SWAT teams on negligible evidence.

about two weeks ago
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Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

Tokolosh Let us consult the Constitution (146 comments)

"The Congress shall have power ... 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..." [Caps mine]

This fails the promoting progress requirement.

about two weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

Tokolosh Re:These guys are really stretching... (208 comments)

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

ALL men (and women, Stan), not just Americans. If we truly believe in these rights, we should seek to uphold them universally. Your rights should not vanish on the other side of the border, and neither do those of people who live there. RIghts are indivisible.

about two weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

Tokolosh Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (208 comments)

"To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution."

"Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

Tokolosh Chaos Theory (238 comments)

"...corporations and the U.S. government are failing at complex planning."

Mathematically, the world is a "chaotic" place. It is axiomatic that complex planning will fail. So those not familiar with the field, think of "butterfly effect" or "Black swans".

So inevitable planning failures are blamed on technology.

The best solution, proven empirically, is laissez-faire. I concede that "best" means different things to different people.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Tokolosh Re:Barney (480 comments)

I predict chokeholding, compliance holds, breathalyzing, cuffing, perp ridiing and walking, body searches and SWAT home invasions will decrease.

I also predict an increase in imminent danger requiring gunshots from 50 ft.

about two weeks 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  |  about 5 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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