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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

capedgirardeau Re:Null hypothesis (556 comments)

It is actually pretty rational to believe in God because, why not?

Which god? What happens if you believe in the wrong one and the real god ends up super pissed off? For all you know, the god you believe in might be an ex of the real god.

You might very well be worse off than if you had believed in no god.

Pascals Wager has been a discredited reason for believing in a god for a long time now.

about a month ago

Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

capedgirardeau Re:Diaspora appliance (88 comments)

RE: Shared monitization of the ad rev, great idea. I'd like to see it work. The only example I know of is a gone now service called ZenZoo that did this.

It sort of devolved into a multi level marketing thing with people trying to get other people to sign up so their share of ad rev would go up and you had log in a certain number of times a month or something.

Anyway, would be worth look up if anyone is thinking of trying this. I'd be in on an advertising, subtle, share.

about 2 months ago

Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

capedgirardeau Re:Spiritual Needs (268 comments)

Faith without evidence is not always toxic. It depends on what that faith is in. Point to me a devout Buddhist who is somehow toxic. or one who has ever existed.


about 3 months ago

Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

capedgirardeau Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (397 comments)

I like my government to help make sure things are safe for eating and drinking.

And I especially like when the government responds to criticisms by saying they didn't understand this issue when they made their rules and will take comments from the industry and revise their proposed rules as they have done in this case.

I know it is not as fun for the anti-government types, but even the linked to article mentions it at the very bottom of the story:

The FDA will open up the rule to comments again this summer and then revise the proposal, which is due to be finalized by August, 2015.

So this is already a non issue, they have agreed to revise the rules so there are not the dire consequences the article was using to stir everyone up.

about 9 months ago

NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

capedgirardeau This seems plausable (149 comments)

I can understand this happening. It would make sense that the NSA would have someone or multiple people review every patch and check-in for a package as important as OpenSSH, just looking for exploitable mistakes.

I would not be surprised if they review a great deal of FOSS software they deem important to national security.

about 10 months ago

Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

capedgirardeau This happens all the time (173 comments)

This happens all the time, some quack alt "medicine" is recalled because it actually contains a known effective drug. Most often it is "herbal" dick pills that contain the active ingredient in traditional ED medications.

Getting on the "Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts for U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)" email list can be very entertaining:


about 10 months ago

Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

capedgirardeau Re:Which is why I use OpenDNS, or Google, or (349 comments)

I stopped using them because when there is a DNS lookup failure they reply with a web page that says:

"The site xxxxx is not responding"

Instead of correctly saying it can't be found in the DNS system.

Repeated emails and bug reports fell on deaf ears there.

about a year ago

Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

capedgirardeau Re:Stop (349 comments)

OpenDNS has the terrible policy of turning back the error:

"This website is not responding"

When in fact it was a DNS lookup failure.

I have written them repeatedly and filed a bug report, but they seem to think it is an acceptable response.

about a year ago

Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

capedgirardeau Re:So close, and yet so far (264 comments)

Your comment is exactly right on on the money.

I have driven a number of cars with digital controls for the radio, tuning, volume and climate systems, temp, fan, distribution and they were terrible.

You must take your eyes off the road to deal with them, whereas, if you have knobs, buttons and sliders your hands can take care of it all.

I will never buy a car will all digital controls, that is one place touch screens do not belong.

about a year ago

Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

capedgirardeau Re:Wrong (287 comments)

Of course people want to lay off 15% of the workforce. That is very typical in leveraged buyout processes and part of the plan from square one.

You are take out big loans to buy the company, knowing you are going to immediately gut it maximize profits in the short term so you can pay off the loans. Then you continue to milk what remains as profit, letting the business decline knowing you can sell off chunks to get the last drop of value out of the company, and then at the very end, when you have loaded it up with debt again, you declare it bankrupt and walk away.

about a year ago

Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

capedgirardeau Re:I have no doubt this is true in the whole (279 comments)

The placebo effect does affect animals. At least some of the placebo effect can be due to the attention, interaction and care the patient receives in the process of getting the fake/non effective medication or treatment and the same thing can impact animals if they get more attention/affection during the "treatment".

Also, since the placebo effect only works on subjective symptoms like self reported pain or ease of movement, if a person is doing the evaluating for the animal, they can make the same biased evaluations of the subjective symptoms, just about the animal instead of themselves.

1 year,30 minutes

Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating

capedgirardeau No real surprise (313 comments)

No surprise to me.

It is a terrible, mind numbingly boring job that is essentially a career killer in the Air Force. Not to mention the fact that the likelihood of them actually having to do what they train for is very low and if they do have to do what they trained for it basically means they are helping end life on this planet as we know it.

I completely understand why they would not be motivated to excel on the exams and/or might smoke a little grass.

I wonder what their Russian counterparts' moral is like.

1 year,1 day

Target Credit Card Data Was Sent To a Server In Russia

capedgirardeau Re:I don't get it (137 comments)

Could very well be router or firewall logs that saw the packets as they passed out of wherever the compromised server was.

1 year,14 days

Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

capedgirardeau As if passing a law will affect them (1216 comments)

As if they are not going to just find some other way to structure their compensation packages to make it appear to be under the cap.

I am sure there are at least a dozen ways they will be able to make as much as they possibly can and never have it run in to any restrictions like the proposed law in Switzerland. If worse comes to worse they can probably use off shore companies to have the executives get paid in a country that doesn't have these sorts of restrictions.

It is nice to put the executives on notice that it would be good for everyone if pay rates were not so disparate, but really the law will make zero difference.

about a year ago

A Chat with Kristian von Bengtson, co-founder of Copenhagen Suborbitals (Video)

capedgirardeau Re:2 minute advertisement?! (26 comments)

Oh I see. Strange I didn't see any other commercial and I do not block ads on slashdot.

about a year ago

A Chat with Kristian von Bengtson, co-founder of Copenhagen Suborbitals (Video)

capedgirardeau Re:2 minute advertisement?! (26 comments)

I felt the same way. But really it is because they are not making clear they are basically an amateur serious rocketry hobby group. More professional than just hobbyists because their goal is manned missions, but not a for profit commercial company.

That makes it a lot more cool with me. Their name and their descriptions (the English ones I mean) just make them sound too commercial without some background and explanation.

about a year ago

A Chat with Kristian von Bengtson, co-founder of Copenhagen Suborbitals (Video)

capedgirardeau Re:Looks like they are about 5 years behind SpaceX (26 comments)

I think you guys would do well to emphasize you are a non-profit, amateur group.

It looks at a glance like you are trying to do stuff commercially and so are judged based on that impression.

People would end up with a totally different impression if they understood this is basically a very advanced hobby for you and your team.

And I do not mean to say you are amateurs, just that you are not a for profit commercial enterprise. There is probably a good English word for what is between those two but I can't think of it.

about a year ago



The Windows Store is a Cesspool of Scam Apps, Why Doesn't Microsoft Care?

capedgirardeau capedgirardeau writes  |  about 5 months ago

capedgirardeau (531367) writes "Microsoft’s Windows Store is a mess. It’s full of apps that exist only to scam people and take their money. Why doesn’t Microsoft care that their flagship app store is such a cesspool? ... It’s now been more than two years since Windows 8 was released, and this has been a problem the entire time, and it is getting worse. If Microsoft was trying to offer a safe app store to Windows users, they’ve failed. Searching for most popular apps will return a list of many scam clones that charge a fee for what is a free app from the official publisher and you have to hope there is no malware installed as well. Worse yet, the Windows Store is now integrated with the system search feature. Search for an application using the Start screen search or search charm and these garbage apps from the Windows Store will appear. The article points out the reason is probably "Microsoft hasn’t been encouraging quality apps. Instead, they just want quantity. In March, 2013, Microsoft ran a promotion where they paid developers $100 for each app they submitted to the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store.""
Link to Original Source

New Permission System Potentially Makes Android Much Less Secure

capedgirardeau capedgirardeau writes  |  about 8 months ago

capedgirardeau (531367) writes "An update to the Google Play store now groups app permissions into collections of related permissions making them much less fine grained and potentially misleading for users. For example the SMS permissions group would allow an app access to both reading and sending SMS messages. The problem is that once an app has access to the group of permissions, it can make use of any of the allowed actions at anytime without ever informing the user. As Google explains: "It’s a good idea to review permissions groups before downloading an app. Once you’ve allowed an app to access a permissions group, the app may use any of the individual permissions that are part of that group. You won’t need to manually approve individual permissions updates that belong to a permissions group you’ve already accepted.""

A simple DIY game controller for people with physical challenges

capedgirardeau capedgirardeau writes  |  about a year and a half ago

capedgirardeau (531367) writes "Caleb Kraft of the well known Hack-A-Day site noticed that game controllers and alternate keyboard for people with physical challenges were very expensive. Simple switches for buttons that could be made for a few dollars were running USD$60 or $70 apiece. Working with a young man he knew who loved gaming and has muscular dystrophy, Caleb created a do-it-yourself controller for people with physical challenges using a 3D printer, a super cheap micro-controller board and some simple keyboard emulation software. He is freely releasing all the 3d printer files and tutorials to make his and other controllers on a new site, http://thecontrollerproject.com/ and encourages people to also checkout The AbleGamers Foundation"
Link to Original Source

The "Defensive Patent License" an open defensive patent pool

capedgirardeau capedgirardeau writes  |  more than 2 years ago

capedgirardeau (531367) writes "Via Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing:
Ars Technica's Jon Brodkin has an in-depth look at the "Defensive Patent License," a kind of judo for the patent system created by ... EFF's Jason Schultz (who started EFF's Patent Busting Project) and ... Jen Urban (who co-created the ChillingEffects clearinghouse). As you'd expect from two such killer legal freedom fighters, the DPL is audacious, exciting, and wicked cool. It's a license pool that companies opt into, and members of the pool pledge not to sue one another for infringement. If you're ever being sued for patent infringement, you can get an automatic license to a conflicting patent just by throwing your patents into the pool. The more patent trolls threaten people, the more incentive there is to join the league of Internet patent freedom fighters."

Custom made game controllers for the disabled

capedgirardeau capedgirardeau writes  |  more than 3 years ago

capedgirardeau (531367) writes "AP: ...with [a] retired Bozeman engineer's 70th birthday approaching, disabled gamers say they fear there will be no one to replace Yankelevitz, who has sustained quadriplegic game controllers for 30 years almost entirely by himself. The retired aerospace engineer hand makes the controllers with custom parts in his Montana workshop, offering them at a price just enough to cover parts."
Link to Original Source

capedgirardeau capedgirardeau writes  |  more than 8 years ago

capedgirardeau (531367) writes "By way of Declan McCullagh's Politech mailing this comes what many have suspected for a long time: The FBI can listen in on you via your turned off cell phone's mic. From his mailing list quoting a news.com.com story:

The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a mobile phone's microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations.
The technique is called a "roving bug," and was approved by top U.S. Department of Justice officials for use against members of a New York organized crime family who were wary of conventional surveillance techniques such as tailing a suspect or wiretapping him.
The U.S. Commerce Department's security office warns that "a cellular telephone can be turned into a microphone and transmitter for the purpose of listening to conversations in the vicinity of the phone." An article in the Financial Times last year said mobile providers can "remotely install a piece of software on to any handset, without the owner's knowledge, which will activate the microphone even when its owner is not making a call.""


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