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Taking the Battle Against Patent Trolls To the Public

Turminder Xuss So... (107 comments)

Examine harder. The US has absurdly low thresholds for utility and prior use.

1 year,19 days

New Zealand Government About To Legalize Spying On NZ Citizens

Turminder Xuss Worlds best practice surveillance (216 comments)

Make sure your elected officials get a hold of the Administration 12 Stasi operations manual. No sense re-inventing the wheel.

about a year ago

Tech Companies Looking Into Sarcasm Detection

Turminder Xuss Re:Yeah... (167 comments)

What if the simile is itself a metaphor ?

about a year ago

Aurora Borealis Likely To Be Visible In Southern NY and PA Tonight

Turminder Xuss Borealis Shmorealis (67 comments)

Booking a ticket to Hobart if the Aurora Australis is going to light up like this again.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Explain That Humans Didn't Ride Dinosaurs?

Turminder Xuss Re:Sigh (278 comments)

Be polite, be cool and be truthful. Women know when you are lying and (lets face it), anyone reading /. comes off as patronising at the best of times, so its best to downplay that as much as possible. Unless you are a specialist in the field and analyse raw data, your state of knowledge on this specialist topic is actually formed by a combination of an appeal to authority and Occams razor. Scientific method is a great way to avoid falling into error, but knitting your socks anew every morning is a very inefficient way to keep your feet warm. You believe that at least some of the primary source specialists in this area are applying scientific method and believe that the secondary and tertiary commentators, which is usually what you have read, can be trusted to accurately report the findings and critique the methods of the primary sources. An explanation which assumes that all commentators are collaborating in a non-scientific is vastly more complex than an explanation that the sources are actually applying the methods claimed and reporting findings and analysis accurately, so you believe them. Your girlfriend is using the same techniques. She trusts her grandfather as an authority in the field and considers any explanation in which he was duped or misled to be far more complex than alternative explanations. She may not be aware of the history of alternative explanations; but you never met her grandfather. She probably isn't expecting that you accept her grandfather's account uncritically or without reservation; just that you don't dismiss it out of hand in an arrogant way. So listen to her explanation uncritically. Ask relevant questions such as where the site was and what was her grandfather's involvement etc. You can say things like "Wow, if that's right it would be amazing". Ask if she would be interested in finding out more about it. If not, don't push it. If yes, then help her find out stuff. You will find out more about her from either a lack of curiousity in finding out more about it, or the lengths that she is prepared to go to by rationalising data to avoid disrespecting her grandfather than her initial account of his story. Some people find the latter trait very attractive in prospective mates, others find it infuriating.

about a year and a half ago

ICANN's Trademark Clearinghouse Launching Today

Turminder Xuss Cheap (49 comments)

All those complaining about the cost of pre-emptive action that could prevent an infringement suit are welcome to compare it to the first billable hour of lawyers engaged in emptive action.

about a year and a half ago

Did Google Tip Off EU About Microsoft Browser Ballot?

Turminder Xuss A long and noble tradition (187 comments)

Competitors dobbing on each other to regulators. Shock horror.

about a year and a half ago

Spinning Black Hole's Edge Rotates At Nearly the Speed of Light

Turminder Xuss Re:WRONG! (227 comments)

Doesn't the light have a constant speed for all observers but it's frequency is shifted for an observer in a different frame of reference ?

about a year and a half ago

Music Industry Sees First Revenue Increase Since 1999

Turminder Xuss Re:Lossless Files (393 comments)

So the introduction of better quality formats might push down the price of formats acceptable to you, what's not to like ?

about a year and a half ago

Lessons From the Papal Conclave About Election Security

Turminder Xuss Re:Absurdity at its best (183 comments)

Or church steeples have lightning rods.

about a year and a half ago

Six of Hanford's Nuclear Waste Tanks Leaking Badly

Turminder Xuss If you want this cleaned up ... (221 comments)

Plant some evidence that it's a fiendish Al Quaeda radiological weapon; a dirty bomb with a long fuse planted by sleeper agents who hate the USA.

about a year and a half ago

CAPTCHA Using Ad-Based Verification

Turminder Xuss Re:Spyware (174 comments)

Glad it wasn't just me with that dumpster thing ...

about a year and a half ago

TPB Files Police Complaint Against CPIAC for Copying Website

Turminder Xuss Re:Cultural Diversity? (268 comments)

Well that sucks. Without the dialog in the subtitles you've got no chance of knowing whats going on.

about a year and a half ago

TPB Files Police Complaint Against CPIAC for Copying Website

Turminder Xuss Security for Costs (268 comments)

If Finnish procedure is anything like Australian procedure then TTVK might apply to require TPB to provide security for costs. TPB would have to disclose its financials, there could be interesting argument over the sustainability of its business model.

about a year and a half ago

Lab Rats Given "Sixth Sense"

Turminder Xuss Some claim (78 comments)

to have a fashion sense. Slashdotters are blind to that.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

Turminder Xuss Perhaps a bar is the wrong metaphor (736 comments)

For a file transfer process why not use a picture of two tanks separated by a pipe. Water level in the tanks for source and destination. Size of the pipe and a flow rate for bandwidth and read/write speed. You could tell what an estimated completion time was based on and why it was changing.

about a year and a half ago

Living Cells Turned Into Computers

Turminder Xuss Why wetware ? (34 comments)

I suppose the ability to store data and program instructions in DNA would enable a Von Neumann architecture. The possibility of simulataneous "operations" on different parts of the genome might even make common bus based bottlenecks (where data cannot be fetched simultaneously with an instruction) less of a limit. But the speed of the thing would be agonisingly slow compared to silicon. Massively parallel perhaps but slow as a wet week.

about a year and a half ago

Astronomers Want To Hunt Down Earth's Mini-Moons

Turminder Xuss Re:Cruithne (44 comments)

I think Cruithne is one that doesn't. One way of putting it is that Cruithne is never in Earth's shadow. I'm happy to call it a moon though, if for no better reason than to see Stephen Fry discomfort Alan Davis.

about a year and a half ago


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