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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

asylumx Re:Another giant leap? (91 comments)

Now it doesn't mean it IS a Yeti. It doesn't mean it's even our kind of Yeti.

What d'ya mean? Every Yeti is our kind of Yeti. Perhaps the Higgs Boson just needs to leave giant footprints in the snow.

Without the Higgs Boson, there would be no snow... so doesn't that kind of mean that the snow itself is the "footprint in the snow" of the Higgs Boson?

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered

asylumx Photos? (55 comments)

I've been googling but can only seem to find artists' renditions. Does anyone have a link to any photos of the fossils?

about three weeks ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

asylumx Re:501(c)(3) Classes (228 comments)

According to my joke? The ones that are most profitable.

about a month ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

asylumx Re:501(c)(3) Classes (228 comments)

Why not religion ? Stallman makes a decent prophet.

But very little actual profit.

Well then he won't make a very good religion...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

asylumx Re:Java or C# + AngularJS (536 comments)

Agree. Also .NET MVC is really getting pretty good as a framework.

about a month ago
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Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat

asylumx Re:No airgap? (86 comments)

Stuxnet affected airgapped machines...

about a month ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

asylumx Re:Isn't the FB Newsfeed a giant experiment anyway (219 comments)

I have to agree. The comments on these articles is much ado about nothing. This is news for nerds and the nerd response should be followup questions. What did the research show? What does that mean about humans? Did people from different cultures and backgrounds react differently? etc.

The responses we see here are less nerd-like and more political.

about a month ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

asylumx Re:A/B-Testing (219 comments)

so all kind of products trying to claim they're healthy while they're absolutely not isn't happening, and never has happened?

e-Cigarettes, for example.

about a month ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

asylumx Re:I think it's fine (219 comments)

If your relationships with your friends are solely (or even largely) based on Facebook, you're doing it wrong.

about a month ago
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China Leads In Graphene Patent Applications

asylumx Re:How does a country lead in patents? (86 comments)

Either you misread my question, or I have no idea how I'm supposed to interpret your answer: If patents only apply to the country they are filed in, how did China file for 2200 patents? Do they really mean that Chinese companies filed for 2200 US patents? Or do they mean Chinese companies filed for 2200 Chinese patents? Samsung is a Korean company, as another comment mentioned, so the lawsuit you mentioned doesn't really make sense.

about a month ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

asylumx Re:The real issue is stopping bandwidth oversellin (270 comments)

I have to say that while I agree that the marketing is devious, in practice my bandwidth has always been at least as good as the "up to" amount the companies have promised. I don't defend these companies in general, but the "up to" speeds & marketing is going to be a hard one to argue against if it's not currently a problem.

I think the lack of market competition is a much bigger problem than marketing techniques. Customers can't "vote with their dollars" because their only two realistic options are 1. internet or 2. no internet.

about a month ago
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Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

asylumx Re:What would Justice look like? (150 comments)

It's not about me or what I support & don't support, it's about finding the best solution to problems. If people would get over this "you vs. me" mentality perhaps we could stop squabbling over these false dichotomies and actually come up with solutions.

So, yes, sometimes it's possible that an entity exists that is so big and important that losing it would harm far more people than its existence harms. Perhaps it *is* OK to keep that entity there, at least until some support is built around it so that the rest of the structure doesn't collapse when you finally do remove it. Recklessness is generally not a good answer to a complicated problem.

about a month ago
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China Leads In Graphene Patent Applications

asylumx How does a country lead in patents? (86 comments)

Patents are implemented within a country, and then honored (or not honored) by other countries by means of treaties, right? So how has China "filed for" 2200 patents?

about a month ago
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Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

asylumx What would Justice look like? (150 comments)

Justice in this case might look simple -- take a bunch of money from the companies and give it to the employees that would have earned it (and penalties, of course). The problem is, this affects a bunch of innocent bystanders. These are top stocks in this country. Lots of retirement funds are wrapped up in these stocks. If you penalize the companies the "rightful" amount, you will definitely harm their stocks, which means members of the police retirement fund in Maine (across the country) stand to lose their asses through no fault of their own.

It's easy to throw around ideas of vengeance & justice on these kinds of situations, but the world is a complicated place, and sometimes what appears obvious and "common sense" is actually the most harmful thing you can do.

about a month ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

asylumx Re:Want to code? (548 comments)

They want you to believe that...

about a month ago
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Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

asylumx Re:Why I don't buy the misogyny argument (548 comments)

I don't blame misogyny for girls not getting into programming, because I don't think computer programming is necessarily characterized by social interaction.

I do. Look at the first post on this article for an example. For that matter, look at the first response to that post as well. Immediately, Slashdot readers (who we *used to* expect more from) objectified all of these women. Twice. Before anyone else could make a remotely educated comment.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

asylumx Re:Yes, let's tax the poor (619 comments)

Honestly, gas goes up more than 12 cents in a day several times a year anyway, so who is even going to notice? If it weren't for the news article, everyone would just mumble about speculators or blame Obama and go on paying the new price anyway.

about a month and a half ago
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Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones

asylumx iOS7 release = less thefts...? (137 comments)

if the drop in theft of one device and the rise in theft of a competing device both seem to hinge on the same event, then it does stand to reason that the event (the release of iOS7) is the reason... but why would we believe it is this specific feature? Given the security issues and complaints that accompanied iOS7 when it released, isn't there another reasonable explanation? Perhaps iOS devices became somewhat less popular and the Samsung devices filled that void? I'm just saying, there is a correlation for sure, but there's not compelling evidence that the implied cause is correct.

about a month and a half ago
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Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones

asylumx Re:Are thieves that selective? (137 comments)

You may be right, but the summary & article both pretty strongly imply that the kill switch is reducing theft numbers for the device. I can't help but wonder if this is actually a result of there being more samsung phones in the wild now than before, and/or less iOS phones.

about a month and a half ago

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Italian Earthquake Scientists Convicted for Missed Prediction

asylumx asylumx writes  |  about 2 years ago

asylumx (881307) writes "Six seismologists and one public official in Italy have been convicted of manslaughter charges for failing to correctly predict a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in 2009 that killed at least 300 people. During a meeting a week before the quake, the scientists declared it was unlikely but not impossible for a major quake to occur, even though the area had been experiencing recent seismic activity. From the article: The Italian geophysics institute expressed "regret and concern" about the verdict in a statement Monday. It said the ruling "threatens to undermine one of the cornerstones of scientific research: that of freedom of investigation, of open and transparent discussion and sharing of results." Let's hope other countries don't follow suit!"
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US Supreme Court weighs on on Warrantless GPS Trac

asylumx asylumx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

asylumx (881307) writes "We've been following this story on Slashdot for a while now, well the US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect’s car and monitored its movements for 28 days. While the vote that the tracking was illegal is unanimous, there is some disagreement whether it simply constitutes a search (which should require a warrant under the 4th amendment) or if it was a breach of reasonable expectation of privacy. The latter seems to imply that GPS Tracking without a warrant is sometimes legal."
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US Eavesdropping Couples' Intimate Phone Calls

asylumx asylumx writes  |  more than 5 years ago

asylumx (881307) writes "Congress is looking into allegations that National Security Agency linguists have been eavesdropping on Americans abroad, including military officers in Iraq who called friends and family in the United States. One former linguist said military intercept operators would often share recordings of what he called "phone sex" and "pillow talk.""
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