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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

Tokolosh Re:1-600 kilotons (151 comments)

It has been determined that the required levels of population scaredyness are not being attained by Global Warming (TM). To make up the deficit, the possibility of imminent random annihilation must (literally) hang over the heads of the public.

yesterday
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Tokolosh Re:Partial vulnerability list (234 comments)

Are there any government agencies that use these routers? Just curious...

3 days ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Tokolosh Re:...er... (234 comments)

Unless the router firmware is open source, you have no way of knowing what it is doing, DOCSIS or not.

3 days ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Tokolosh Re:Spirit of JFK (403 comments)

Alan Shepard had a go!

3 days ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

Tokolosh 15" Golf Holes (351 comments)

Google employment interview: "Do you think increasing the hole size is good for golf?"

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

  John F. Kennedy

3 days ago
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General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

Tokolosh Re:Part of a bigger trend, sadly (88 comments)

While this may be true, it does add to you litigation cost. If you ever need to sue them, you will first have to go to court to have the arbitration requirement overturned. So, another hurdle to jump, deep pockets needed to prevail, just to get to the starting point.

3 days ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Tokolosh Spirit of JFK (403 comments)

"We choose to go to the moon, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."

President Kennedy, announcing the goal of landing on the moon before the end of the 60's.

3 days ago
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Snowden to Critics: Questioning Putin Has Opened Conversation About Surveillance

Tokolosh Re:Dumbass (168 comments)

So Snowden has not lived up to your expectations of him? Meanwhile, what have you done?

Instead of sneering from you perch, get involved yourself.

3 days ago
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Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

Tokolosh Re:He's just an idiot (207 comments)

Trurl and Klapaucius beg to differ...

4 days ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Tokolosh Classroom (312 comments)

This should be extrapolated to the classroom. In particular, to boys in elementary and middle school.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Tokolosh Re:Holy shit (466 comments)

Well, that is a stupid and bad plan.

about a week ago
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Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

Tokolosh Re:Also Disturbing (128 comments)

Agreed.

"The medium is the message." - Marshall McLuhan

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Tokolosh South Fayette Mission Statement (797 comments)

From their website"

Mission Statement
The mission of the South Fayette School District, in partnership with the community, is to cultivate academic, artistic, and athletic excellence by instilling a spirit of collaboration and communication to develop confident, ethical and responsible leaders.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Tokolosh Re:AT&T also sucks (327 comments)

Now that Comcast got Netflix to fall in line, watch them shake down the rest of the ISPs in turn - Charter, Uverse, etc. But first, Netflix subscribers can expect degradation.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Tokolosh Re:I Pay (327 comments)

There I was, thinking that I was paying my ISP for the bandwidth. Wait a minute, what is that bill I get every month?

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Tokolosh Re:huh? (327 comments)

Once upon a time, cable TV did not have ads, either. One day we will look back fondly at a Netflix (subsidiary of Comcast) without ads.

about two weeks ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Tokolosh Re:What if we overcorrect? (343 comments)

You'd be lucky to see a star. Wood burning was the main energy source. Together with pine tar cooking you could barely see your hand in front of your face. People really don't understand how much their environment has improved.

about two weeks ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

Tokolosh Re:Prediction fail (275 comments)

"It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future." Apparently an old Danish saying, but attributed to various people.

about two weeks ago

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ISPs Monitoring Your Internet Habits

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  about 9 months 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 3 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 3 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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