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Deutsche Telecom Upgrades T-Mobile 2G Encryption In US

Verdatum Not so sure (26 comments)

They can use a great encryption algorithm, but if they continue to not authenticate the basestation, as per 2G specs, then it doesn't really help. It wasn't until LTE that this finally started happening.

2 days ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Verdatum Re: Moral Imperialism (470 comments)

I'm not sure what impeachment would have to do with a SCOTUS ruling, but it can be checked by a constitutional amendment, or a future SCOTUS ruling.

3 days ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Verdatum Re: Moral Imperialism (470 comments)

You're more than welcome to get emotional about whatever you like. But, you are in the minority of popular opinion on this matter. Even among those informed enough to have looked into the concept, they appreciate that it is an implied power of the court (all the courts, btw, not just the supreme), it is a reasonable implication, and consider it congruent with the intentions of the drafters of the constitution.

I'm not sure I follow your claim about it only applying with the supreme rulers of the land decide it does. Not to say that various leaders didn't overstep their bounds. An easy example is Lincoln suspending habeus corpus, and then ignoring the judicial review against him on the matter. But this merely requires improved enforcement of the checks and balances in the system.

3 days ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Verdatum Re: Moral Imperialism (470 comments)

"This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding. . . . [A]ll executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution." If the constitution is the supreme law, and the judges must support its supremacy, the only way I can perceive of upholding this is by way of judicial review. It might not be explicit in the constitution, but this is a very strong implication.

4 days ago
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Saturn's 'Death Star' Moon May Hide Subsurface Ocean

Verdatum Re:That's No Moon (48 comments)

It's a....It's a.....It's a rocket ship!!

about a week ago
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Microsoft Partners With Docker

Verdatum Re:What? (104 comments)

Thank you for that :)

about a week ago
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Microsoft Partners With Docker

Verdatum Re:What? (104 comments)

But it is nice be told what realm the product deals with beyond "Microsoft", "Linux", "Server", "Cloud" and "Enterprise developers" (terms like "Container" and "application" are far too generic, and have far too many meanings within the realm of software engineering, so that means nothing to me without more context). By providing such a background, I can know without reading the article if it is something that is likely to be of interest to me. At the very least, the first linked article should broadly describe what the product is before leaping into the announcement. Instead, I find myself scanning the article, getting confused, glancing around the website for useful links, finding a "what is Docker" link, scanning that, and still being a bit confused as to how this is different from virtual machines, despite having a section titled "How is this different from Virtual Machines?"

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Partners With Docker

Verdatum Re:What? (104 comments)

Don't you just love it when Slashdot summaries talk about some niche product without introducing the topic, just assuming everyone knows WTF it is?

about two weeks ago
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Companies Genetically Engineer Spider Silk

Verdatum Re:News? (82 comments)

Even TFA mentions research that goes all the way back to 1990. I'm all for progress in this field, but every time I seriously look into it, I see people who are "5-to-10 years away from practical applications" which continues to be the company line for decades on end, or companies that claim to do something truely novel, yet for some reason can't seem to get enough funding to avoid bankruptcy or support any further research. All this just reinforces the, "please tell me when something NEW happens" attitude. And they would do themselves a huge favor if they at least made an effort to not bury such a lede in a headline that sounds like old old old news.

about two weeks ago
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Companies Genetically Engineer Spider Silk

Verdatum Re:News? (82 comments)

Hmm, looks like Araknitek didn't form until February 2014, so at least that much is newish. But yeah, this article does a pretty lousy job at separating out what specific developments are new compared to what aspects of the story are background.

about two weeks ago
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Companies Genetically Engineer Spider Silk

Verdatum News? (82 comments)

Is it just me or does it look like this article was written in 2006, and just happens to have a 2014 datestamp? I'm pretty sure I've read most of this information years ago.

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

Verdatum Re:I hate those fucking keyboards. (304 comments)

I can't even imagine an A/B, let alone C or D switch in a computer lab. I've always thought of them as either a home PC make-do, or something you use when you want to solve the weird sort of "why on earth would anyone want to do that?" sort of problems.

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

Verdatum Re:I hate those fucking keyboards. (304 comments)

Yikes, I can't imagine that. My school was smart enough to keep the noisy printers off in a separate room where they couldn't really be heard. Unfortunately, dumb enough that when I say "separate room" I usually also mean "separate building...half a mile away...uphill."

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

Verdatum Re:I hate those fucking keyboards. (304 comments)

The best was when there were entire computer labs of Model Ms...such gorgeous cacophany

about two weeks ago
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Lost Sense of Smell Is a Strong Predictor of Death Within 5 Years

Verdatum Yay science (139 comments)

Man this thing is drawing some invalid conclusions. Gotta love these digested tertiary sources.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Verdatum Re:gtfo (724 comments)

Repeatedly, the reaction I seem to see from a number of gamers seems to me to translate to something like, "Hey!! That lady wrote that we're treating women like f-in' skanks! That's not true! I've never treated women gamers like f-in' skanks! I've never seen anyone do it either! I can't believe she'd claim something like that...God, what an F-in' skank!"

Obviously, the problems of misogyny is far from being on the part of all gamers, or all male-gamers. It is a pretty small minority of the video game playing community as a whole. Unfortunately, it is, at times, also an extremely loud minority. It absolutely sucks to be made to acknowledge it, and it sucks to be "preached at" about it; particularly when you aren't an offender. And when things are written in a tone that makes it feel like it is the majority, and that you are being wrongfully accused of such offenses, it feels hurtful and can possibly even evoke some feelings of hostility. For some of these authors writing about feminism, it very well could be that addressing the problems with different wordings, different tone, different angles could turn out to be more effective at causing positive change and less polarizing. It's a difficult topic to write on, and I'm not going to fault authors for having less than perfect skills in rhetoric. The important thing is that the misogyny is a serious problem that unfortunately does need attention, and the tolerance for it in any form seriously does need to stop. Go back to reading your gaming journalism, and go back to playing your games. The message of equality isn't a very long one and isn't all that distracting from your entertainment.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Verdatum Re:gtfo (724 comments)

At least in the US, If you go to the police with an anonymous threat of rape or death from a random stranger on the Internet, the response is, "what exactly would you like us to do about it?". They can't put out a restraining order on a person without a positive identification. They can't exactly assign her a personal armed patrol. The police can't act without something solid. Until then, the victim of such threats is forced to just live with their fears and see if the threats turn out to be credible or not.

At best, you can go to the site/service they used to send the message and get the account banned and the messages removed. But it only takes a moment to set up another account to replace it.

I've personally witnessed a host of comments from people voicing what horrible and violent things they'd like to see happen to Zoey. I've seen multiple postings of links to her copyrighted nude photos. I haven't seen her address, but I have seen evidence of deleted messages on various boards with the indication that it was deleted due to sharing personally identifiable information. According to multiple sources, even the link that Adam Baldwin tweeted originally contained her address.

If you make it known you are a woman on an entire host of mic'd online-play games, you will almost always be harassed. The girls I know who are into those type of games only play them with the mic muted and using an androgynous user-name. More often, they will just stay away from those games, and stick to games that have a less negative social aspect. Similarly, you can easily get called the entire gamut of racial slurs and have your sexual preferences questioned and insulted. It might be true that most of the worst verbal assaults come from dorky 14 year olds, but that doesn't make it alright and that does very little to soften the pain it causes to be treated that way.

It's easy to miss this stuff going on if you don't frequent some of the cruder parts of the Internet, and there is often a strong instinct to want to deny that this sort of thing is happening. But that doesn't make the problems go away.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Verdatum Re:gtfo (724 comments)

The problems is that there are two sides to the story. And it's difficult to find sources that will decently explain both of them. One side claims that Zoe faked everything and slept with lots of people to get good reviews and get mods of all sorts of websites to censor anything negative said about her. It is likely true that she was involved with at least one person in the review industry, but not expressly for the purpose of getting good reviews.

The other side claims that it is the result of an ex-boyfriend doing his best to vilify her which caused a decent sized chunk of the gamer community to believe it was now alright to treat to woman like garbage. People, often using spambots, have posted her home address on countless websites (the real reason for most of the moderator censoring), and posted copyrighted nude images of her. She received a number of (idle) threats of rape and violence, and thousands of people on message boards and such started calling her just about every negative term I've ever heard used against a person.

Anti-zoe people were hurt because she became the target both for the reasons why the game review industry is so horrible (who hasn't purchased at least one shitty game do to inaccurate, overly positive reviews?), and the representation of every woman that ever hurt them personally. A large number of guys are drawn to gaming because they are not too good at interacting with women. For a subset of these guys, these problems with interaction have lead to bitter misogyny. In a number of threads and articles, a number of these guys have attacked anyone trying to defend her, claiming that those people either were currently sleeping with zoe, hope/wish that defending her will let them get to sleep with her, or they are loser-white-knights and Social Justice Warrior bitches who need to fuck off and leave us true gamers alone.

So yeah, it's a mess, and this bitter subset has gone and made the gamer community look really bad.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Verdatum Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

Perfection. I'm now considering this as a perfectly cromulent term. I look forward to using it in conversation.

about three weeks ago

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Netflix' Altered Web Interface given 1-Star rating

Verdatum Verdatum writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Verdatum (1257828) writes "Entertainment Weekly is one of many sites reporting the strong negative reaction from users of the new Netflix web interface. The new interface presents larger title images at the cost of visible ratings and the "Sortable List" view. To see a suggested rating or view details, one must now first hover over each individual title.

Netflix announced the new interface on Wednesday, in an official blog post. So far, the post has received thousands of negative comments, but only a few dozen comments by users believing the change is an improvement."

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