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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Tokolosh Land Conservancy (99 comments)

Every week there is a news report of a "conservation easement" whereby land owners give up their rights (not ownership) in perpetuity. There are usually tax benefits.

How is this different to putting something in the public domain? Does it mean that Monty Burns' children can say they changed their minds and want their park back?

3 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

Tokolosh Re:Lets blame google! (194 comments)

If Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, etc. stood together against government encroachment, the Feds would have to back down. The collateral damage to the US economy (read: taxes) would be huge if they were all shut down and their executives given orange jumpsuits.

For the sake of their long-term business interests, and our liberty, it is time for some civil disobedience from corporate America.

3 days ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Tokolosh Re:10 is an even number (489 comments)

By skipping 9, they have indeed assured us of two duds in a row. Most people think 7 is ok, as was XP (5) before that, and so on. 8 was rubbish, together with Vista (6) and ME (4).

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Tokolosh 10 is an even number (489 comments)

Everyone knows that an even-numbered Microsoft release is no good, starting with DOS 2.0.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Tokolosh Re:I hope not (489 comments)

My company uses Lotus Notes, you insensitive clod!

about two weeks ago
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Winston Churchill's Scientists

Tokolosh Attention Americans (75 comments)

The meaning of "liberal", or "radical liberal" is the opposite of what you think.

about two weeks ago
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US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts

Tokolosh Re:Um... (77 comments)

"When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost... All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
  - H.L. Mencken

about two weeks ago
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US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts

Tokolosh Re:Any bets? (77 comments)

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H. L. Mencken

They are priming the pump.

about two weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic To Launch 2,400 Comm. Satellites To Offer Ubiquitous Broadband

Tokolosh Re:The internet will route around (123 comments)

This just in: By an amazing coincidence, US, Chinese and Russian defense spokesmen announced that their would be stepping up their research into laser weapons. As an aside, they mentioned their ongoing efforts with drones capable of carrying large payloads into the stratosphere.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Tokolosh The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

Not who or what you think they are.

All power to the Meitivs.

about two weeks ago
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US Central Command's Twitter Account Hacked, Filled With Pro-ISIS Messages

Tokolosh Re:This is all out WAR (128 comments)

Just put a fence around the Middle East, sit back with a beer and enjoy the cage fight.

about two weeks ago
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US Central Command's Twitter Account Hacked, Filled With Pro-ISIS Messages

Tokolosh BBC News - Suicide Bombers Go On Strike (128 comments)

Oldie, but goodie:

Muslim suicide bombers in Britain are set to begin a three-day strike on Monday in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to in the afterlife. Emergency talks with Al Qaeda have so far failed to produce an agreement.

The unrest began last Tuesday when Al Qaeda announced that the number of virgins a suicide bomber would receive after his death would be cut by 25% this February from 72 to 54. A spokesman said increases in recent years in the number of suicide bombings has resulted in a shortage of virgins in the afterlife.

The suicide bombers' union, the British Organization of Occupational Martyrs (or B.O.O.M.) responded with a statement saying the move was unacceptable to its members and called for a strike vote. General Secretary Abdullah Amir told the press, "Our members are literally working themselves to death in the cause of Jihad. We don't ask for much in return but to be treated like this is like a kick in the teeth" Speaking from his shed in Tipton in the West Midlands, Al Qaeda chief executive Haisheet Mapants explained, "I sympathize with our workers concerns but Al Qaeda is simply not in a position to meet their demands.

They are simply not accepting the realities of modern-day Jihad in a competitive marketplace. Thanks to Western depravity, there is now a chronic shortage of virgins in the afterlife. It's a straight choice between reducing expenditures or laying people off. I don't like cutting benefits but I'd hate to have to tell 3,000 of my staff that they won't be able to blow themselves up.

Spokespersons for the union in the North East of England, Ireland, Wales and the entire Australian continent stated that the change would not hurt their membership as there are so few virgins in their areas anyway.

According to some industry sources, the recent drop in the number of suicide bombings has been attributed to the emergence of Scottish singing star, Susan Boyle. Many Muslim Jihadists now know what a virgin looks like and have reconsidered their benefit packages.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Tokolosh Man Show (480 comments)

Reminds me of the episode collecting signatures for a petition to stop women's suffrage. Needless to say, the petition drive was very successful.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Tokolosh One Hand Clapping (790 comments)

Not heard that since the 60's.

about three weeks ago
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In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

Tokolosh Truth in Advertising (163 comments)

They cannot call their service "Internet". This goes for any company that messes with packets, discriminates, blocks ports, or in any way defeats standard protocols.

about three weeks ago
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Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

Tokolosh Fiat Better? (161 comments)

http://www.wsj.com/articles/ch...

The value of the ruble isn't the only thing that is vanishing in Russia. A Moscow hedge fund chief executive has disappeared, along with all the money in the firm's accounts.

That's according to a stunning feature in The Wall Street Journal. Kim Karapetyan, 29, the youthful founder of Blackfield Capital CJSC, has disappeared, much to the dismay of his staff, which didn't know until a group of men charged into the firm's plush offices.

From The Journal:

The firm’s employees didn’t know anything was amiss until mid-October, when three men charged into Blackfield’s offices in an upscale complex along the Moscow River in central Moscow, said people who were there.

The men, who didn't identify themselves, said they were looking for Blackfield's 29-year-old founder, Kim Karapetyan, according to the people who were there.

But Mr. Karapetyan wasn't in the office that day or the next, when senior executives explained to the staff of about 50 that there was no longer any money to pay their salaries, said one former senior executive and ex-employees. The executives disclosed that all the money in the company accounts — some $20 million, including investor cash — was also missing, they said. It couldn't be determined whether investors were from Russia or other countries.

"Our CEO just disappeared," said Sergey Grebenkin, one of the firm's software developers, in an interview.

No attempts to contact or find Karapetyan were successful, and he is still MIA. The company's website brags that its "systematic investment process helps avoid human-factor, cognitive-biases, and emotional-trading errors," but the CEO running away with all your money seems like a fairly big human error.

about three weeks ago
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Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

Tokolosh Government Permission Should Not Required (221 comments)

Why does anyone have to be classified, by the government, as a provider, under title, yada yada?

Poles, conduits, rights-of-way should belong to the local authority, managed and maintained by the lowest bidding contractor. Anyone or any company then has the right to use, for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, said infrastructure to run their cable or fiber, upon payment of a reasonable fee to cover the upkeep.

I am not a fan of eminent domain, but if the incumbent says "We installed these poles, they belong to us" then they should be bought out.

about a month ago

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ISPs Monitoring Your Internet Habits

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  about a year and a half 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 3 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 4 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 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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