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Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

Your.Master Re:Credible? (109 comments)

What does the medium of the threat have to do with its credibility?

2 days ago

By the Numbers: The Highest-Paying States For Tech Professionals

Your.Master Re:Flash? (135 comments)

100k doesn't sound right at all for somebody making 140k a year in non-stock (base+bonus). I would have guessed more around the 30k-40k mark. Quick searches for some well-known Silicon Valley companies corroborate that. Can you support the claim that anybody making 140k should expect 100k of stock?

3 days ago

China Cuts Off Some VPNs

Your.Master Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (205 comments)

You don't think that deliberately causing a panic with the intent to hurt people is an action? I think you're being deliberately obstinate on this point. That's like saying it's not your fault for pulling the trigger, it's the bullet's fault for jumping out of the gun so quickly.

"This man murdered my son!", regarding a person who you know full well did no such thing, is an example of speech that is expressly intended to cause harm and has no real value. This is why when you're giving testimony in a courtroom your right to free speech is deliberately abrogated and perjury is criminalized.

You do realize that same court case was used to suppress war protestors, correct?

Sometimes people can make good points in the process of making bad arguments. This historical context is interesting but ultimately irrelevant. Unless you intent to advance a slippery slope argument.

Speech does not possess people and force them to act, so you are mistaken.

Does a real fire in a packed theater force people to act? Suppose you set such a fire, but you cleverly arranged it so that people were in no real danger, but had every reason to believe that they were in real danger. You are the theater owner and harmed no-one else's property. People predictably panic. Have you committed no crime? You are completely innocent?

If not, what is the essential difference? In both cases, there was the impression of danger from fire without actual danger from fire.

If so, then if a man literally holds a gun to your head (and, for that matter, the heads of those close to you) and said he will kill you unless you aid him in stealing all the jewellery from the jewellery store, are you fully responsible for your actions? Even if it turns out the gun wasn't loaded?

What about the guy goes around yelling "fire", or "sniper", or whatever, whenever he sees a gathering by members of a political party he opposes? Is he not now an agent restricting free speech?

Yelling fire in a crowded theater is a threat. Credible threats were never considered to be protected free speech by basically any society.

3 days ago

Quantum Computing Without Qubits

Your.Master Re:Einstein was among the guys ... (81 comments)

No, quantum mechanics is a thing humans invented. Newtonian mechanics is a thing humans invented.

Gravity (aka gravitational behaviours) and quantum behaviours existed previous to any human.

As for Einstein? Einstein "invented" quantum mechanics in about the same sense that Shakespeare "invented" English.

3 days ago

Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Your.Master Re:Good news (420 comments)

Because Star Trek was known for how tight its plotlines were?

4 days ago

Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Your.Master Re:Still doesn't make sense (170 comments)

You can *absolutely* be thrown out of a hotel for using running water, and I guarantee -- outright guarantee -- that some people will use this in hotels and not be kicked out. I'd say being obnoxious about running water is *way more likley* for you to get booted from a restaurant or hotel (and a hefty fine at that) than being an asshole with one of these.

You don't need a tablet, but people buy tablets.

4 days ago

Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics

Your.Master Re:Force women at gun point to join tech (335 comments)

No he didn't. He claimed that his statements were examples of existing institutional sexism.

about two weeks ago

What Africa Really Needs To Fight Ebola

Your.Master Re:Attention all socialists! (83 comments)

The best part is:

by Anonymous Coward
[...] Or hide in your anonymity and know you are a coward [...]

about two weeks ago

Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

Your.Master Re:Sounds fishy... (218 comments)

IQ tests may or may not be good but none of the things he said tell us that.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Your.Master Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (639 comments)

Your statement is actually reinforcing his point.

You are *not* a business user. If you were, you:

a) would not have been able to get Windows into a state that requires a reinstall. For instance, you would not personally install or update anything.
b) ...also would not have been able to reinstall Windows in the first place.

Your experience with a personal computer is irrelevant. This isn't mean as an insult -- you're just discussing a completely different thing.

about two weeks ago

Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

Your.Master Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

You can't seriously believe this is the same thing.

Something more similar to the wearing provocative clothing would be somebody who was wearing clothing so glaringly unstylish that it provoked murder (which, I will note, happens, for certain values of "stylish"). Something more similar to advocating and cheering murder would be advocating and cheering rape (which, I will note, people do in prison contexts).

about two weeks ago

Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Your.Master Re:Free? (703 comments)

Yes, absolutely.

The older people where I grew up, grew up in a time when high school was not compulsory and was attached with real costs, and most did not partake in it. There is a sharp educational distinction between them and the younger generations which had University at least, and usually University.

(I'm in Canada, so it's not exactly the US system.)

about three weeks ago

Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

Your.Master Re:Perfect? Really? (340 comments)

Limit hold'em is real poker, and people actually do play it, at real casinos and everything.

about three weeks ago

Ford Touts Self-driving Car, Launches Global Mobility Experiments

Your.Master Re:When will this stupid crap-o-rama end? (73 comments)

I can't believe nobody has mentioned this, but "daily commute", even when it's not all that long, is consistently among the most hated timesinks. I don't think results like this are terribly surprising: http://www.economist.com/blogs.... A technical and economic advantage is you can do something else while "driving" between home and work, without taking on the compromises of public transit (which may not be available at all, may take a long time or be beholden to a schedule that's incompatible with your lifestyle, or may otherwise be unpleasant).

I can't *wait* to have a self-driving car.

about three weeks ago

What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Your.Master Re:Chinglish (578 comments)

I would expect that a concerted effort to resist change would both be a cause of reduced change, and reflective of a lesser cultural desire to introduce change. Therefore I would expect French to absorb other languages less.

I expect French still has a relatively high rate of absorption because to this day it still has a large number of second-language speakers and I suspect that's a big source of linguistic cross-contamination.

about three weeks ago

What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Your.Master Re:Few you say? (578 comments)

Nobody understands Lady Gaga.

about three weeks ago

Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015

Your.Master Re:Gamergate Doxxing (171 comments)

At least the pro-GG makes an effort to detect, condemn, and report this shitty behavior, no matter which side it comes from.

You're clearly not above twisting it to political ends.

If both sides are doxing, and both sides are complaining about doxing, then both sides are clearly not above hypocrisy. QED.

(PEOPLE: It's not always about sides! You can say doxxing is wrong and admit that you agree with others who also say doxxing is wrong, even if those others have the opposite position on an unrelated issue).

about three weeks ago

How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

Your.Master Re: (272 comments)

I don't know exactly how long it would take to terraform, and I can grant that it may be less than it took Earth to bootstrap an oxygen atmosphere, but I suspect it's much much much much longer than a couple decades.

about three weeks ago

Russia Plans To Build World First DNA Databank of All Living Things

Your.Master Re:Kinda Like Cryogenesis for Humans ... (83 comments)

Depends what you mean by "from scratch".


To me, that qualifies as "from scratch", justified in the same manner that I justify people saying they made a pizza "from scratch" using store-bought tomatoes and mozzarella.

about a month ago



IE8 to default to IE8 standards mode, not IE7

Your.Master Your.Master writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Your.Master (1088569) writes "After weeks of frustrated developers calling for blood, Microsoft has reversed their earlier decision about backwards compatibility. The reasons for doing so are detailed on the latest IE blog entry. Web developers can still explicitly opt-in to IE7 compatibility mode."

IE8 to use full standards DOCTYPE switch after all

Your.Master Your.Master writes  |  about 7 years ago

Your.Master (1088569) writes "There's been a lot of fuss about the new IE8 meta tag. After scraping through the comments, it seems apropos to mention some facts about IE8 that were overlooked in previous articles: first, there is a registry setting to force IE8 to always use IE8 standards mode, and far more importantly, future, current unestablished well-formed DOCTYPES, such as the upcoming HTML5, will cause DOCTYPE-switching to IE8 standards mode in IE8. The meta tag is apparently intended to allow opt-in for currently-used DOCTYPEs, and to let future versions of IE know to limit themselves to IE8's capabilities (or to tell IE8+ to use IE7's "standards mode", or quirks mode)."


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