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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

ZorroXXX Re: Senator James Inhofe (282 comments)

If I know I'm right, there's a damn good chance I'm correct because those moments of idiocy tend to be rare.

You should perhaps not be so sure about that, see my signature.

about 3 months ago

LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

ZorroXXX Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

Yes, that would be the real solution adressing the core problem.

about 3 months ago

Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

ZorroXXX Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (839 comments)

Yes, a free market does not equal an unregulated market. Unfortunately that is a common misunderstanding.

about 3 months ago

DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

ZorroXXX Re:Passwords don't need to be killed (383 comments)

Actually, a solution very similar to what you describe are currently beeing developed as SQRL - Secure Quick Reliable Login. The main highlights and uniqeness of this is:

  • There is no trusted third party. There is the only a) the user and b) the website (and also notice that each website will receive different identities, so no cross site spying).
  • The creator, Steve Gibson, is doing this just because it is a good security solution and have no other interests. He has a long track record of being an security expert, starting the podcast Security Now! in 2005, currently up to 467 episodes.

about 6 months ago

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

ZorroXXX Re:Not going to work... (408 comments)

Selling little bottles of very expensive water with labels that very carefully imply that they do, indeed, cure diseases (while legally not saying anything of the sort) to people who don't know any better is what gets people up in arms.

I've come to the conclusion that victims that falls prey to homeopathy are probably similar to those victims that falls prey to nigerian scams.

When you receive an email from someone claiming to be Prince/Minister/whatever of Nigeria with some large amount of money they need to transfer, suggesting you could be a middle man for a fair share, it is common knowledge that this is scam and fraud. So since Nigeria is so heavily assosiated with this, on the surface it does not make sense for the scammers to continue to claim to be from Nigeria since that would potensially put off more potential victims, right? Well, that is true but it turns out that there is still a benefit for the scammers to continue to claim to be from Nigeria because that also acts like a very good filter to only get responses from those naive persons that will fall victim to the scam.

I think the same goes for homeopathy, Yes, the pyiscs clearly proves that this does not work, but it works nevertheless!. If you are naive enough to fall though that filter, then you are a good victim.

about 10 months ago

Speed Test: Comparing Intel C++, GNU C++, and LLVM Clang Compilers

ZorroXXX Re:first post (196 comments)

No, the ++ operation will take place before the next sequence point (super important concept! If you do not fully grok sequence points, you are not really programming C). The end of a statement is one sequence point, a function call is another sequence point.

Here you have two modifications to i before that, and that is what is invoking undefined behaviour (in the same way i = array[i++]; is also undefined behaviour since i is modified twice before the end of the statement).

about a year ago

Paper: Evolution Favors Cooperation Over Selfishness

ZorroXXX Re:Prisoner's dilemma? (245 comments)

This is particularly amusing because such game theory examples have been proved to only apply to WEIRD (white educated industrialised rich and democratic) nations.

Quite possibly not only WEIRD, but perhaps only for college students from those countries as well. From What happens when actual prisoners play The Prisoner's Dilemma?:

And here's the surprise: Compared to college students, the prisoners actually cooperated with each other much more often.

about a year and a half ago

55,000 Sign Twitter Abuse Petition After Jane Austen Campaigner Threats

ZorroXXX Re:Problem is always the same. (421 comments)

For any (large) group communication space, there is always a need for (some) moderation. See http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2005/05/a-group-is-its-own-worst-enemy.html for some discussion for instance.

Imagine a line representing freeness of speech, with 0% at one end and 100% at the other end (the word freeness here meaning lack of any restrictions). Where on that line would you put a cross for the optimum value of free speech? There are no countries in the world (or any society though history) that allows 100%. There are typically many things you are not allowed to say, like uttering death threats, crying fire in a theatre when there is no fire, in a court you are not allowed to lie (think about how enormous restriction of free speech that actually is), etc.

The point is, exactly what the "optimum" value of free speech is is always a subjective opinion, and it is always less than 100% (although normally quite close).

Also I assume you are a man that have not been exposed to the darker side of the this problem which apparently is significant (I am also a man so I have neither a first hand experience). I recommend you to watch the documentary "Uppdrag granskning: Menn som nÃtthatar kvinnor " (men net hating women), http://www.svt.se/ug/man-som-nathatar-kvinnor, if you can find a translated version (https://sv-se.facebook.com/granskning/posts/10151724543289883).

about a year and a half ago

Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be Abolished

ZorroXXX Re:The height of irony... (297 comments)

Dear Anonymous Coward.

Please take a piece of paper, divide it into four coloums and put on top of each coloumn the questions respectively

  1. What is the problem(s)?
  2. What is the cause(s)?
  3. What can be done to solve these?
  4. Who should do that?

From your already performed actions you can in the third coloumn fill in "call someone on slashdot a brainwashed, ignorant luser" and in the fourth coloumn put your real name. But I am really curious what you would put into the two first coloums! My suspicion is that the problem might be something along "you (e.g. Anonymous Coward) feels offended/hurt and respond with childish/immature name calling". Since I do not know you I am blank on what the cause might be. These are just my speculations though and I might be wrong, so if you could provide your answers that would be great.

about a year and a half ago

450 Million Lines of Code Can't Be Wrong: How Open Source Stacks Up

ZorroXXX Re:and all the children are above average (209 comments)

The selection of sample projects is biased. For proprietary software, the data is taken from projects that at least cares as much for code quality that they run some tools (e.g. at least Coverity) to analyse it. I would suspect that the industry standard is below that because there exists some companies that mostly only consider "get the product out the door". For open source the selection is probably also somewhat scewed, in that they have analysed relatively large, mature and highly successfull projects. I would assume those have higher quality than the average sourceforge/github project.

about a year and a half ago

Mozilla: Unlike FB and Twitter Single Sign-in, Persona Protects User Privacy

ZorroXXX Re:+1 (81 comments)

I have been using https://www.ixquick.com/ for a long time with decent result (decent in the meaning that I seldom compare with google to see if here are some results missing).

about 2 years ago

Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

ZorroXXX Missing tag (400 comments)

This post ought to be tagged with what-could-possibly-go-wrong.

about 2 years ago

Swiss Referendum Backs Executive Pay Curbs

ZorroXXX Re:As a voter from the US (284 comments)

The holes! The holes are tasteless. It's kind of obvious when you think about it.

about 2 years ago

Future Fighters Won't Need Ejection Seats

ZorroXXX Re:Better use of money and effort (622 comments)

And how do you plan on making this world "safer" when all the bad guys are using weapons to KILL YOU?

By removing the reasons for the bad guys to want to kill you.

France and Germany opened their borders to allow for free passing without the need for passports in 1985, just 40 years after WWII ended where they were bitter enemies. War between those two countries have been unthinkable for decades. Do you think that is something that can be credited to any military effort or is it because of political and social effort to increase co-operation and integration?

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed" - Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is no us and them, there is only us.

about 2 years ago

Future Fighters Won't Need Ejection Seats

ZorroXXX Better use of money and effort (622 comments)

Is it time to stop spending billions on obsolete aircraft?

It is time to stop spending billions on military weapons in general; sadly weapon is the world's largest trading goods. If all that money had been spent more wisely the world could have been a much safer and better place.

about 2 years ago

Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens

ZorroXXX Re:If there is no oversight.... (800 comments)

Well, it seems that the government of USA has chosen to replace Blackstone's formulation

Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.

with its own

Better to shoot ten innocent persons than that one guilty escape.

about 2 years ago

Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

ZorroXXX Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (732 comments)

If I, a cash customer, can stop paying your fees, I'll happily shop at the retailer you boycott.

I wholeheartedly agree. Putting the cost on the card users is the right way.

about 2 years ago


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