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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

bledri Re:503 (391 comments)

... You've already done that once already by pushing forward an SSL-related change far ahead of when it really needed to be, and now it looks like you're floating a trial balloon to go one step further.

Am I overreacting here? Or is Google going too far, too fast with this?

You are overreacting. It's a positive step and there is no good reason in 2014 that all internet traffic should not be encrypted. Oh, and it's a free browser and there are other options both free and proprietary.

2 days ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

bledri Re:Huh? (189 comments)

because the DRM has long since been dropped in the music space.

This is not true, even if Apple insists on saying it is. As near as I can tell, what they mean is that they aren't putting DRM on music that was added after the DRM-free date. However, the iTunes library is full of music that is as "protected" by DRM as it ever was. Or at least that was true three years ago, when I spent far too much time working out how to strip the DRM off of a song I downloaded from it.

No, they removed the DRM from the vast majority of their catalog and automatically upgraded songs in the iTunes library back in 2009. The reason that not all music is DRM free is not all labels and artists agreed to sell non-DRM music. Apple has to abide by it's contracts, even if it pisses a few people off.

3 days ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

bledri Re:Or You Could Just Not Drink To The Point of Int (134 comments)

Not to be preachy, but it always strikes me as odd to what lengths some people will go to mitigate the damage their drinking does, rather than exercising just a bit of self control and not drinking to the point of intoxication. Having to make computers take care of us in this fashion and stop us from harming ourselves just seems silly.

Believing that it's silly to use technology to help people make better decisions when they are impaired seems silly to me. Doubly so on a site supposedly for people that are into technology.

about a week ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

bledri Re:No thanks (134 comments)

We are all capable of making our own decisions, without the need for verification. Those that need verification prompts to exist in our society, need to seriously rethink their basic thought process and self control.

It must be tough being perfect in an imperfect world. See, I can be judgmental too. That was fun.

Gravity forbid we use tools and technology to help us make better decisions.

about a week ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

bledri Re:Science does not work like that (329 comments)

You neglect about 8000 papers of 12000 papers originally involved that were discarded by the authors of this study, because they lacked a pithy statement in the abstract as to whether they agreed or disagreed with the global warming consensus.

Papers that are not addressing AGW and take no position on AGW are irrelevant, no matter how many ad hominem labels you spew and assumptions you make. Many climate studies are purely refining and making observations (and contrary to the spin of propagandist, the vast majority find that the heat content of the Earth as a whole is increasing). As to a "pithy statement in the abstract," the whole point of a fucking abstract is to summarize the findings of the paper.

The ACTUAL SCIENTIFIC CONTENT of those 12000 papers played no role at all in this crappy piece of cargo cult science, it was all about whether people made certain statements in the abstract or not.

It's a simple analysis of the position taken in papers. And, again, the whole point of an abstract is to summarize methodologies and findings. The fact that it collides with your worldview is irrelevant. The fact that in your heart of hearts you believe in a massive effort by climates scientists to take part in a worldwide multi-national conspiracy to do what ever strange thing it is that you think they are doing is irrelevant.

about two weeks ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

bledri Re:Science does not work like that (329 comments)

I understand how science works, thanks.

Can you link me to some conclusive research? Because I haven't found any. There seem to be just as many studies opposing that humans are responsible as there are studies implicating us.

Just as many? From Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature:

We analyze the evolution of the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming (AGW) in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, examining 11944 climate abstracts from 1991–2011 matching the topics 'global climate change' or 'global warming'. We find that 66.4% of abstracts expressed no position on AGW, 32.6% endorsed AGW, 0.7% rejected AGW and 0.3% were uncertain about the cause of global warming. Among abstracts expressing a position on AGW, 97.1% endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming. In a second phase of this study, we invited authors to rate their own papers. Compared to abstract ratings, a smaller percentage of self-rated papers expressed no position on AGW (35.5%). Among self-rated papers expressing a position on AGW, 97.2% endorsed the consensus. For both abstract ratings and authors' self-ratings, the percentage of endorsements among papers expressing a position on AGW marginally increased over time. Our analysis indicates that the number of papers rejecting the consensus on AGW is a vanishingly small proportion of the published research.

Based on those percentages, of the approximately 3977 papers published that took a position on AGW, about 3893 supported AGW and around 84 rejected AGW. So the appearance that their are "just as many" opposing studies is an illusion.

about two weeks ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

bledri Re:How about a straight answer? (329 comments)

Most of the debate comes from industries who stand to loose from climate based taxes.

Or from the various powerful special interests that stand to gain from climate-based spending and taxes.

Here's the list of largest companies by revenue. And that's excluding state owned companies, like Saudi Aramco. I'm not seeing a lot of powerful special interest groups that stand to make money from climate-based spending and taxes in that list . But I sure see a lot who would like to keep the status quo.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

bledri Re:As for the people who say "XXX kills more than. (769 comments)

terrorists, stop being an idiot. Richard Reid tried to light a shoe bomb and didn't kill anyone, yet let at all of the trouble and hassle EVERYONE who flies has to go through now. It isn't always about death. It's also about our way of life. How much money do you think is being spent to find explosives on persons who fly?

So stop saying "More people are killed by albino left-handed sharks than terrorists because that isn't the point."

No, that's exactly the point. We've completely caved to fear and thrown what little moral standing we had in the world right out the window. We've spent well over a trillion dollars, killed thousands of people directly, tens of thousands indirectly and replaced an evil but fairly contained dictator with a sectarian battlefield. Because we're bad at math and suck at assessing threats. We are a nation cowards, armed to the teeth and afraid of shadows. We are the fucking boogieman.

And before I get shit for it, no I don't think we deserved to be attacked on 9/11 and terrorists are asshats. But that doesn't justify overreacting and it doesn't justify holding people sans due process and torture.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

bledri Re:*yawn* (769 comments)

This was 100% politics and had little to do with much else. Why else release such inflammatory information AGAIN?

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The really sad part though is that it is highly possible that the release of this report will cost Americans their lives. The world is a dangerous place, but it's stupid to poke the enemy or hand them such a public relations win as this will be. We will be lectured by Iran and North Korea for human rights abuses and you can bet ISIS will be happy to use this to recruit/conscript more help.

(sarcasm)Oh Yea! That's great.. (/sarcasm)

The really sad part is that people get so caught up in petty politics that they can't see that torturing people is immoral and ineffective and that maybe we should consider not fucking torturing people and hold ourselves to a higher standard than "other people are worse than us."

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

bledri Re:Not even close (769 comments)

The waterboarding done by the Japanese involved putting a hose down peoples throats, filling their stomachs to the bursting point and then hitting the victims stomach with sticks until it actually did burst.

Not even close to the same thing.

But still cruel, ineffective at actually getting reliable information and likely used on people that didn't have the information they sought and we (US citizens) should be fucking ashamed of our government and ourselves by proxy.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened

bledri Re:Partially. $400 radiator cap. Like Comcast inte (137 comments)

Abusing / competing with dealerships is one issue.

There is another issue with vertical integration, and it's been discussed a lot in relation to Comcast having some vertical integration; both producing and distributing content, running the infrastructure and the value-add services on top of that infrastructure. As mentioned elsewhere, dealers make their money via their service department and extras like upgraded stereos and other options. If the manufacturer is the only dealer, that means for some items they are the only service center, and can charge $400 for a radiator cap which should cost $4.

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The irony here is that dealers are the ones that are notorious for overcharging for parts and labor now. I understand the intent of the original laws, but they don't work. Having dealers has not worked out in the best interest of consumers. Times have changed and we don't live in the era of two or three big automakers. There are about a dozen major automakers selling cars in the US so there is plenty of competition in case a few "behave badly." This is the exact opposite of the cable industry.

Dealers basically have a geographical monopoly. We'd be better off if GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Suzuki, Mercedes, BMW, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Tesla etc were competing for return customers.

about two weeks ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

bledri Re:Suprised *gasp* (135 comments)

Don't worry, Cameron is doing his best to keep up. ...

So you're saying he opted-out?

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

bledri Re:Who cares... (346 comments)

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You don't have a single right wing outlet in Europe. Even the most right leaning is way into the political left in the US. You've got so used to extreme left as central, you cannot see you're living in a fascist state.

If you think Europe is facist, you don't know what the word means. And as I've pointed out elsewhere, Obama is to the right of Nixon. The GP is correct, there is no significant "left" in the US. The Republicans and Democrats have everyone fighting over wedge issues and the oligarchs are laughing all the way to the bank.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

bledri Re:Its own editors said so (346 comments)

In practice "progressive" is a very fluid label that is used to describe a spectrum from hard left communists to liberals uncomfortable with being called liberal but will accept being called "progressive." Progressive" is also a handly label for persons of the far left that want to get elected in the US. They simply assume the label "progressive," join the Democratic party, and stand for election. Democratcs are electable in the US, communists aren't. ...

You're right that it's a fluid label, which is why it's what I've adopted. For me it means believing in progress (rather than being reactionary, which is what current conservatism is in my book as well as the more extreme "liberals.") Current conservatives are very ideological, no-compromise, let's go back to the good old days when everyone was totally free (to live as heterosexual Christians) and everything was perfect and most people were much better off. Extreme Liberals want to go back to the good old days when everything was natural and we lived in perfect harmony with Mother Earth. Both views are complete bullshit. Life's been brutal, hard and short for most of human history and anyone that thinks their were "good old days" is misinformed.

Maybe there are communists that hide behind the label progressive, but it's the Dominionists that have hijacked the Republican party that scare me.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

bledri Re: Who cares... (346 comments)

What you mean is that conservatives are Right.

Cute word play, but the current batch of conservatives are reactionary. They want to wind back the clock and go back to "the good old days." The problem is, there were no "good old days." It's all a fiction, most of human history has really sucked for the majority of humans. That's why their were socialist movements. I'm not saying socialism is the answer, but neither is everyone fending for themselves. But it does work well for the oligarchs. At least in the short term.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

bledri Re: Who cares... (346 comments)

By the way, Barack Obama is hard left which is why the American media fucking love him.

The US doesn't have a meaningful left anymore and Obama is to the right of Richard fucking Nixon (ended the draft, signed the EPA and Title IX into law, desegregation, and a proponent of the 26th amendment). All the real political fighting is over wedge issues where I happen to side with what Obama says (but doesn't necessarily do): Gay rights, access to birth control, etc... As far as actual economics go, Obama is firmly entrenched with the large financial institutions. As is the actual Republican party (the part of the party that wields any power).

The whole left-right political spectrum in the US is absolute bullshit. In general boiling down all complex issues down to a single dimension is completely meaningless. But if Obama was on the left, he would have tried for a single-payer healthcare system.

The economy is way better than when GW Bush left office, yet everyone blames Obama for the economy. Of course it's a systemic issue, not really much under the control of any President, but the spin sure is interesting. You'd think a media that "fucking loves" Obama would make a bigger deal out of his accomplishments. One last thing, the effective tax rate for the rich is at a near historic low while it's simultaneously at near historic highs for the poor. Obama has tried to rectify that, but the right seems only interested in tax cuts for the rich. Maybe Obama would be a "leftest" if he could be, but the current political reality is so skewed that his record is far right of center. (I'm referring to the center of the possible political spectrum, not the center of the paucity of choices we have.)

about two weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

bledri Re:Rap isn't free speech. (436 comments)

The only time when the idea of free speech should be trumped, is when there is intent to cause harm, like yelling bomb or fire in a crowded area

The first amendment lists no such exceptions. If people panic and harm others, that is on them and no one else.

There have always been limits to the 1st Amendment. At least the Supreme Court has always believed there are limits and contrary to ideologues' rantings it is the Supreme Court's job to define how the Constitution applies in the real world. Here's a Wikipedia page on United States free speech exceptions.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

bledri I turn 50 in a couple months and still coding (376 comments)

I think agism is real in some environments, but it varies company by company and it's actually getting better.

If you keep coding, and if you establish a reputation as someone that knows what they are doing you should be fine. Building relationships is key, but not in some cheesy way. If you're passionate about software and get along with people and treat them with respect, that should be enough. At least it has been for me.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

bledri Re:He's not just speculating (96 comments)

No. Its not NASA, its Boeing, Lockheed Martin, et al.

When people talk about the "privatization of space" I generally laugh. Spacecraft where always made by private industry, and always operated by the government, so far nothing has changed.

Why else did the space shuttler look like an airplane? Thats not a practicle design for space. Its because it was made by boeing.

Its just that SpaceX is not a defense contractor.

No, the big difference is how the contracts are written, how the winners are selected, and how much design influence NASA and Congress exert (yes Congress).

Historically, NASA was heavily involved in the design and many decisions were forced on them by Congress to direct the money to specific congressional districts (remember those segmented solid boosters on the Shuttle? You can thank Congress for them. And they are going to use them again on the next generation SLS which is not a commercial contract.) Historically, once NASA/Congress have doled out the contracts, the work was performed on a cost plus basis. The contractors had very little financial risk, and NASA/Congress had a lot of control over the process.

The way a commercial contract works is that the companies bidding on the contracts are given requirements and they have much more freedom in how they meet those requirements. They respond with a proposal as to how they intend to provide a solution and a fixed cost. SpaceX builds almost everything in house, Orbital Sciences outsources almost everything in their rocket. Both choose exactly how they wanted to meet the requirements and NASA/Congress had no control over them which allowed them to take very different approaches.

Ideally, more than one company wins a commercial contract (SpaceX and Orbital for cargo, SpaceX and Boeing for crew). This provides redundancy in case there is a failure, unlike when the shuttle failed and our entire manned space program was grounded for years. Twice. It also allows for more competition to put some downward pressure on prices and allows for new entrants for future contracts.

Now system is perfect, but the commercial cargo/crew program is absolutely better than how we used to handle "routine" space requirements.

about a month ago
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What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

bledri Evidence that society is in decline... (170 comments)

Just kidding, but people will make a big deal out of this because they can twist it to whatever "everything is falling apart" worldview they hold. The statement got added post peer review accidentally and people that had read the paper a million times missed it. As they use to say at the height of the Roman empire, "Pol fit."

Frankly, I bet that crappy Gabor paper gets a lot more interest now than it would have garnered with an appropriate reference.

about a month ago

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Climate-Change Skeptic Richard A. Muller Now an AGW Convert

bledri bledri writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bledri (1283728) writes "The results of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature are in and Richard Muller, the study's director (formerly an AGW skeptic) declares, 'Call me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.'

The study was funded by the Folger Fund, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research (created by Bill Gates), the Bowes Foundation, the Koch Foundation, and the Getty Foundation."

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