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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Tokolosh Re:"...technological paths available..." (377 comments)

Therein lies the problem. The governments have agreed on what scientific basis that this is the most cost-effective solution?

Meanwhile I suggest you google "geoengineering" and "contraception". You will find a lot of pros and cons. Myself, I am agnostic. But a proper evaluation is needed before we do something stupid.

2 days ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Tokolosh "...technological paths available..." (377 comments)

It seems to me that only a single path is being considered - to reduce CO2 emissions.

In reality there are numerous other potential paths, none of which are being evaluated. This kind of blinkered approach reminds me of certain southern politicians. How about bringing some real science and economics to bear on choosing the best response to global warming?

2 days ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Tokolosh Home-Grown Terrorists (218 comments)

This kind of behavior by the US government has the unintended consequence of creating more terrorists than it catches. The result is a vicious circle of rebellion and crackdown. It has already happened in the middle east with the constant meddling of the USA, and it is going to happen more and more at home. The country is already starting to divide into Patriots and Tories.

As an example, the feds raid Waco, yada yada, Oklahoma City gets bombed. This is not to say that all was well with the Branch Davidians, but the excessive and heavy-handed response led to a bad outcome in many consequential ways.

Other examples are Prohibition and the War on Drugs. We know how they turned out.

2 days ago
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Wireless Contraception

Tokolosh Read-Only Access to Avoid Paternity (301 comments)

I think it would be great to have a phone app that tells me whether the women I have just me in a bar has an operational chip implanted. Then I would not have to trust her saying "I'm safe" or that the condom will malfunction.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

Tokolosh Re:LMGTFY (148 comments)

4. A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted work is not authorized by the copyright owner...

Thanks for this. "Good faith belief" can cover a multitude of sins. The use of copyrighted work does not necessarily have to be authorized by the copyright owner, for instance in the case of "fair use". Nevertheless, it can be subject to a legal takedown. What a messed-up system.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

Tokolosh Re:John Smith? (148 comments)

...they declare under penalty of perjury that they have copyright on the work that they believe you are infringing upon.

IANAL, but my limited understanding is that the original claim is NOT under penalty of perjury. However, if you dispute the takedown, your counterclain IS under penalty of perjury.

Can someone confirm or correct, please.

about a week ago
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College Offers Athletic Scholarships To Gamers

Tokolosh Cheerleaders! (102 comments)

Finally, an opportunity for ladies of the non-bimbo persuasion.

about two weeks ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

Tokolosh Re:Opportunity / Outcome (548 comments)

You are assigning assumptions, putting words in my mouth and then disparaging me for something I did not say or imply. Shame.

Let me set you straight. I hope for equal outcomes, and all power to women/immigrants/LGBTs/darker-skinned if they achieve equality (whatever that means), or even go on to dominate. So I am very much for change, disruptive change, even.

But affirmative action has a bad track record and ultimately is counterproductive for numerous reasons.

Yes, I am a dead white male, an engineer (the real kind), work in a high-tech design company. As a lead engineer I have chosen to surround myself with talented team members and guess what? The gender balance is even, although more male for the old-timers like me, more female for the juniors. We are happy and productive.

about three weeks ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

Tokolosh Opportunity / Outcome (548 comments)

I am all for intervention to ensure equal opportunity.

But I am opposed to interventions to manipulate equal outcomes.

about three weeks ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

Tokolosh How to defend youself (396 comments)

against a man armed with a banana?

Nearly 200 posts and nobody has asked the most important question!

about three weeks ago
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Judge Orders DOJ To Turn Over FISA Surveillance Documents

Tokolosh Re:OCA (184 comments)

You called him "apologist". I call him "Tory".

about three weeks ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

Tokolosh Re:This will hugely backfire... (422 comments)

The root cause is that politicians have the power to pass laws that create favorites. The problem is not money in politics, it is politics in money.

If politicians were constitutionally prevented from enacting laws that favor or impede certain classes, then the lobbyists would soon be looking for real jobs.

about a month ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

Tokolosh Criminal System (142 comments)

Credit cards are a ponzi scheme, are not backed by any hard currency, cannot be used to pay taxes and are only used by drug dealers and money launderers. Oh, wait....

about a month ago
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Security DVR + iNet + X10 = Easy Home Automation (Video)

Tokolosh Hacking (25 comments)

THIS is the real meaning of "hacking"!

about a month ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

Tokolosh Re:No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (378 comments)

Did "In the USA anyway..." not clue you in.... Nevermind.

about a month ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

Tokolosh No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (378 comments)

In the USA anyway, the kids are looking at adult jail time.

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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