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Do-It-Yourself Brain Stimulation Has Scientists Worried

bjourne Re:Placebo effect? (311 comments)

We don't. But you may want to watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M53ov7Fifgo of a dystonia patient with the dbs device turned on and off to grasp how potent electric brain stimulation technology is.

about a year ago
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Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

bjourne Re:Passwords are shit. (538 comments)

My bank (not named to protect the guilty) has the following restrictions on password:

Name and shame away! Stupid password restrictions like that is a telltale sign that they are storing your password in plain text. Probably on some really arcane or buggy system if it doesn't even handle case-sensitivity correctly. The only way that companies are going to get their act together is if customers change to a competitor because they are fed up with crappy account security.

about a year and a half ago
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Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

bjourne Re:I Got It! (538 comments)

Possibly so, but would you take that chance? Brute-forcing passwords for some account on some site is pretty obviously illegal and it's hard not to leave a traceable trail after yourself if you have to send thousands of http requests to a single site.

about a year and a half ago
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Racism In Online Ad Targeting

bjourne Re:Racism is a cause, (474 comments)

Hitler tried to eradicate all Jews, not just the small subset of the Ashkenazi that supposedly have higher than average intelligence. By the way, the Askenazi Jews are also the victim of a number of hereditary diseases because of low genetic diversity in their group. I've even heard doctors recommend Ashkenazi to breed with non-Jews and other Ashkenazi outside of their own community so that their offspring will not end up with two recessive genes that carries a genetic disease.

about a year and a half ago
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As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

bjourne Re:Demand More (665 comments)

Now, wait a minute. Seems to me this isn't bad at all. I don't know that this is "down" from the past at all... in the radio days (not very long ago), 0.1 cents per play would have been a pretty good return.

Really? Do you have any reference for that preposterous statement? If an artist wants to make minimum wage at about $8/hour that would entail 64 / 0.001 = 64 000 radio plays per day. Assuming an average song length of 3.5 minutes, you would need 156 radio stations ((64000 * 3.5) / (24 * 60)) doing nothing except playing this one artists music non-stop 24h per day.

about a year and a half ago
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Cuba Turns On Submarine Internet Cable

bjourne Re:Good (132 comments)

They did offer compensation. The previous owners refused to accept it because of duress from Uncle Sam.

about a year and a half ago
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The Problem With Internet Dating's Frictionless Market

bjourne Re:Or just stay single. (453 comments)

Getting laid is NOT as hard as people make it out to be...you just have to have confidence and know how to talk to women (most of the times, just means have them to talk about themselves)...go out a couple times and you're laid.

If it's that easy, then why the hell are you wasting time telling us the secret on slashdot? Get out there and start your own pickup school that actually works and you can make BILLIONS. :)

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

bjourne Re:We need gas control! (1591 comments)

No. People in that state of mind aren't thinking straight. Depressed, suicidal people aren't as ingenious as you think they are. If Adam Lanza hadn't had easy access to lots of guns, it is not likely that he would instead create some cunning plan to import assault rifles from Russia or something. Instead he would have executed his killing spree with other accessible weapons such as a knife, like a Chinese lunatic recently did. He managed to stab 23 children and one elderly woman, none of which died. Clearly a considerably better outcome than Adam Lanza's mass murder.

about a year and a half ago
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The Problem With Internet Dating's Frictionless Market

bjourne Re:Or just stay single. (453 comments)

I'm separated, and I can't think of any good reasons to be in a relationship again.

Regular sex?

about a year and a half ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

bjourne Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (1059 comments)

No, the problem is with idiots like you who think that people enjoy living on food stamps. YOU consider yourself to be of good morals so YOU would never abuse the social security system. But everyone else are scumbags leeching on the system and your tax money. Nobody likes begging for aid, it is shit and dehumanising and not something you do unless you have to. People dont get food stamps because it is fun but because they would starve.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

bjourne Re:three letters... (338 comments)

That's not how it works. You can not sink a site by pointing lots of outgoing sites to it. You can only sink your own site that way by linking to lots of dubious sites. If you could sink sites the way you propose, I can assure you that there is a whole industry of unscrupulous marketers that would have exploited that technique already. Rankings in high-competition keywords such as poker, gambling and travel are so valuable that it would make sense to spend a small fortune downgrading a competitor a few steps. To remove them completely from the index? Invaluable.

about a year and a half ago
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Automation Is Making Unions Irrelevant

bjourne Re:Title is misleading (510 comments)

Automation is only making human labour irrelevant as long as it is cheaper. Low labour costs means there is no incentive to invest in automation. Which is why Japan and Sweden has the highest number of industrial robots per capita in the world. Evil unions that drive labour costs through the roof and forces poor companies to automate.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Technology Eroding Employment?

bjourne Re:The sane option... (544 comments)

That's right and all that is possible thanks to technology. But what you don't have is more leisure time than the kings had. Likely you have less of it than even the lowly peasants of the day.

I hear what you are saying about longer days. But then, how long was my grandfather's "farm day" where all the work on the farm was manual, no electricity, no refrigeration, and all the work was done by man and mule?

Much shorter than yours. Keep in mind that without electricity, it's pointless to work after dark and you can't till fields in freezing weather. Your grandfather would also work with his friends and family, not strangers at the office you happen to share a skillset with. He would also stop working when there was no more chores to do, while when you are done with your work, your boss will just pile on more keeping you busy until your hours is up. He also exercised some control over when to do what work, in what order and how to do it. Stuff that your boss nowadays have control over. Technology has given us a lot, but to wage slavery there is no end in sight.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Technology Eroding Employment?

bjourne Re:The sane option... (544 comments)

That's the idea with more technology of course. But in reality, we seem to be experiencing the reverse. Collectively we spend more hours at work today than we did 50 years ago and many more than we did 200 years ago. It may be more cushier jobs sitting in front of a computer for 8-9 hours per day than digging ditches or cutting trees or whatever manual labour they did. Less risk of getting hurt in an accident, higher risk of getting fat and having a heart attack I guess.

about a year and a half ago
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New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

bjourne Re:The taser was excessive (936 comments)

Check the video. They did indeed sit on her. It wasn't before she was laying face down to the ground that they tasered her. It looks more like the tasering was used to get her to shutup than to pin her down.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Richard Stallman Anything

bjourne Re:did you realize... (573 comments)

Wrong! He definitely works on Emacs. Just read the mailing list sometime.

about a year and a half ago
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Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense Shield Actually Works

bjourne Re:Accuracy (861 comments)

Israel is the aggressor here. They have continuously tried to provoke a response from Hamas. They are not stupid, they know that if they murder their leader, then they will retaliate with rocket attacks. That was what broke the cease fire being negotiated with Egypt. Israel does not want to negotiate, doesn't even recognize Hamas or that Palestine exists. If they want peace, then why are they so vehemently against Palestine getting observer status in the UN? Why are they hi-jacking aid ships going to Gaza on international water? Why are they expanding their settlements on the West Bank? You see, it most definitely is a numbers game as your opinions most definitely are shaped by how many dollars each side has to lobby politicians and buy propaganda for. Numbers do mean shit. If you can't by yourself deduce that if Israel manages 1200 kills in a month, Palestine 28 in 10 years, then that means that Israel hardly is an innocent victim. Good luck and continue deluding yourself.

about a year and a half ago
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Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense Shield Actually Works

bjourne Re:Accuracy (861 comments)

There is something called "proportionality" too. Rocket attacks have taken exactly 28 lives since 2001. Compared to only the Christmas offensive in 2008 that killed over 1200 Palestinians. The planned attack is not because of rocket attacks, it is because there is an election coming up in Israel in about a month. Nothing improves the chances of an incumbent to be reelected as much as a fresh war to show he is tough on the "terrorists."

about a year and a half ago
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EFF Wants Ubuntu To Disable Online Search By Default

bjourne Someone has to pay (124 comments)

Developing a Linux distro isn't cheap. Even if they are mostly just assembling free software components, it still costs money to create a reasonably polished user experience. Canonical seem like a decent enough company and have sponsored lots of conferences for example. Back in the day you could request install cd:s from them which they sent you free of charge so that you could give to friends and family. So why not be nice back and let them have some small Amazon affiliate income? If that's what it takes to keep Ubuntu running, it's fine by me.

about 2 years ago
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The Text Message Typo That Landed a Man In Jail

bjourne Re:I can only assume (547 comments)

All operators log text messages so it would be trivial to see if his story checks out or not.

about 2 years ago

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How do you aquire a parked domain name?

bjourne bjourne writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bjourne (1034822) writes "I'm about to launch my startup company which will sell software
services. I'm deciding on an appropriate domain name to use, but all
relevant names have already been taken by domain parked sites filled
with ads. It is quite frustrating to see good names being wasted on
worthless ad spamming pages. I don't mind paying for a com domain, but
the prices these domain parkers ask are steep; 500 to several thousand
dollars for uncommon names. Especially since they themselves pay at
most 8-15$/year to keep the domain parked. So how should I go about
aquiring a domain name? Should I use a broker such as Sedo or try and
contact the domain owner directly? How do I ensure that I wont get
ripped off?"
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bjourne bjourne writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bjourne writes "Geir Magnusson Jr. head of the Apache Software Foundation has written an Open Letter to Sun Microsystems urging them to lift certain IP rights restrictions present in their license of their Java Compatibility Kit. Apparently, the current JCK licensing terms are unacceptable to the Apache Harmony project. Sun's initial response is fairly vague, but ASF:s request has not been dismissed outright. Sun recently choose to to free Java itself, so one must wonder if a free and GPL licensed JCK isn't also on the horizon. If not, what is preventing them from doing that and how does it affect free Java implementations such as Harmony and Classpath?"

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