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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

cryptoluddite Re:MeritNOTcracy (307 comments)

A goal of the program is indeed to retain women and underrepresented minorities, but the mechanism used to do so is solely by separating the intro classes between "have no programming experience" and "have programming experience".

This is one suggestion, a "possible project idea", but the rules Google lays out are clear: increase the proportion of women and minorities or lose funding.

Google set up this program as a competition among colleges to see who can come up with the most effective and least blatant ways to discriminate for women and some minorities, and against men and whites/asians. This is in the rules, in the selection process, and in the evaluation for continued funding. If a college comes up with a program that accidentally also increases white/asian enrollment as well then they lose funding.

Maybe you just believe in "good sexism" and "good racism"? I believe those are oxymorons, but if you do support those ideas you should just say so.

about a week ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

cryptoluddite Re:MeritNOTcracy (307 comments)

The very fist sentence states the goal to "attract and retain women and underrepresented minorities" and criteria include "enrollment growth and retention of women and diverse students" and funding based on increasing "underrepresented groups in computer science: women, underrepresented ethnic minorities".

The entire purpose of this program is to selectively favor women and some minorities. A poor white or asian boy is actively discriminated against by this program. It's unabashed liberal racism and sexism.

If you were born white or asian into a bad situation, should you be further punished by Google specifically excluding you based on your accident of birth, something that you cannot change? Because that's what this program is, and it's disgusting.

about a week ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

cryptoluddite MeritNOTcracy (307 comments)

Whether you negatively discriminate against some group or positively discriminate for every other group, it doesn't matter what your motives are it's always an injustice.

Liberals: it's racist to help poor blacks from the city while excluding poor whites from Appalachia -- by definition. There's no such thing as "good racism". It's sexist to help girls get into coding while excluding boys. There's no such thing as "good sexism".

The fair way to help some people over others is when you do it based on need and merit. Help poor kids of all types to get into coding. Help kids who's schools don't offer a programming class. Don't test somebody's genes or say their skin has to be darker than 0xE0A070 to qualify -- that's sexist and racist.

about a week ago
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Code.org: Blame Tech Diversity On Education Pipeline, Not Hiring Discrimination

cryptoluddite Re:This again... (227 comments)

Maybe you're too old and forgot, but back in the 50s and 60s blacks were actively prevented from doing these things, whereas today programs fall over backwards to recruit women into STEM fields but they still don't go into those fields.

Blacks were discriminated against, women are discriminated for.

In fact blacks are still discriminated against. The number of blacks in STEM is as low as women, maybe lower, and there's no reason to think they have less desire to be in those fields than men of other races. If you actually care about fairness instead of knighthood then you would see that getting more black men into STEM is a way more pressing issue.

about 3 months ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

cryptoluddite Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (129 comments)

You're just whining about minor cosmetic changes. The reason why Firefox lost share is because for a long time it was much slower at JavaScript, it had memory leaks, the interface would freeze when doing anything, pages didn't render quickly, and so on. None of that was something that Mozilla could easily fix because it was baked into the DNA of the browser.

They have put in the hard work to fix these things. Regular JavaScript in Firefox is as fast or faster than in Chrome and asm.js is much faster in Firefox. Memory leaks are almost all gone. The interface freezes sometimes, but not nearly as much. Pages render much faster.

The real problem for Firefox is not the interface changes that people like you whine about, it's mobile. Now 30% of traffic is mobile and Firefox doesn't have an app for any Apple mobile devices and is effectively excluded from Android by Google's Microsoft-like illegal anti-competitive licensing deals with manufacturers (you can get the app, but it's not preloaded and only a few geeks ever would). They're also up against a massive advertising campaign, with every Google property having a huge pop-up like ad telling users to use Chrome. Chrome users don't see this, but Google is doing everything they can except adding the words "or else".

Mozilla is doing a great job with Firefox, but they are up against a billions-dollar corporation that has set its sights on owning all the means to access the web that is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year and is willing to break the fair competition laws to do so.

about 3 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

cryptoluddite Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (560 comments)

You can only destroy the key if it is outside the police control.

What you do is to put half the key on the internet and store half locally password protected on the encrypted drive (so both parts are needed to decrypt). To decrypt you enter the local password and the DNS or IP address of the second half. The second half could even be in plaintext even since it's purpose is to make the other key half useless not to protect the data.

Because the police don't know about this internet site they can't make a backup, so you can have it self destruct after a certain amount of time. If you can hold out for 7 days or a month or whatever then it won't matter if they have write blockers and clones, they will be undecryptable. Or better yet, since you're entering the internet address of the key you can give them one that does expire (a dummy cloud instance so you can log in and 'prove' the self-destruct mechanism), but you also posted the key to some random forum. Without knowing what forum and account there's no way to find the key, but if you actually get out then eventually and with enough TOR you can retrieve the key and get your data back.

Of course really you'll just spend the rest of your life in jail for contempt even if you can prove a self-destruct mechanism...

about 6 months ago
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Data Mining Shows How Down-Voting Leads To Vicious Circle of Negative Feedback

cryptoluddite Re:I have to disagree with TFA. (293 comments)

If you mod a troll post down to -100 or more like on reddit, that means 100 people read the post and that is a huge boost to trolls that want attention.

On the other hand, if you have no means to downvote like the majority of hacker news, then it rewards cliches that upvote their own content even though it sucks and you get stupid "Hello World... in Go" posts every day.

about 7 months ago
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Judge Overrules Samsung Objection To Jury Instructional Video

cryptoluddite Re:Bad law... (232 comments)

These are shown for about 5 seconds of a 20 minute instructional video, and none of them even show an Apple logo. Later in the video it shows people using an Apple laptop to do work, not as an example of a patented technology.

This is such a tea pot tempest. It'd be silly to not use this video.

about 9 months ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

cryptoluddite Re:"Minimum Advertised Pricing" not "Miniumum Pric (88 comments)

Unlike CDs, Apple only set a *maximum* price. The eBook publishers were free to set any price they wanted, even $1 a book. The reason prices went up to that maximum is because eBooks were more valuable than the wholesale or lower price Amazon was selling them for.

about 9 months ago
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Tesla Model S Caught Fire While Parked and Unplugged

cryptoluddite Re:Interesting (329 comments)

Oh, it gets better. He turned down financial assistence from Tesla including covering the car, and the costs of the garage burning.

Maybe he didn't feel like writing the required fanboy letter to Elon Musk about how grateful he was that the car spontaneously caught fire after he parked it instead of while he was driving, like we all know gasoline cars are wont to do.

about 10 months ago
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The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

cryptoluddite Re:Alarming? (325 comments)

People are different, but we don't know exactly the reasons how they are different or why, so all races and genders and backgrounds being represented according to their percent of the population is the most fair (not even 50-50, for gender it would be 48-52). The problem is the selective approach taken to this to only equal things out for specific non-white male groups.

If we want to solve this society should apply the same approach to everybody, proportional to their apparent disadvantage, so the black and hispanic men would get more help in CS than women since blacks and hispanics are much more underrepresented. In the same way, all men would get help in nursing and teaching. And the white kid that grows up in poor Appalachia wouldn't get the raw deal just for being born in poor rural conditions.

Institutionally helping equally for every disadvantaged person is this is the only fair solution. Anything that is "for women" or "for blacks" or any other specific group is inherently unfair right from the start.

about a year ago
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Ford Will Demo Solar-Charged Car At CES

cryptoluddite Re:Dear Ford.... (179 comments)

Having solar panels on the car means that the car can generate enough electricity to overcome battery self-discharge. So if you leave it parked somewhere, like say the airport, for a couple weeks or even months you don't come back to an dead car.

Tesla draws about 50w all the time. A car without Tesla's poor standby electronics could even get a tiny bit of charge over time from the roof panels.

about a year ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

cryptoluddite Re:What a load of bollocks (698 comments)

A hosed machine has to be replaced... and the replacements are made in China... and the replacements can have other flaws built in. So this would be a total win for China as long as they can do it anonymously and not get the blame for it.

1 year,5 days
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US Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts To Break Tor

cryptoluddite Re:Moral dilemma for Cowards (411 comments)

More folks die of heart disease every year than over fifty 9/11's... Think for a second about the lengths we've got to because of the pathetic terrorist attacks

If you are going to use that logic then you must be assuming that 9/11 is the worst that terrorists might do, which is patently false. How many would die if Ebola or even maliciously bred bird flu were released in DC? How many would die if a fission bomb were smuggled into a city? Do you really think breeding a super virus can be done by a couple researchers in a lab with some ferrets, but it's impossible that terrorists could?

Your argument that says that terrorists can only ever do as much damage as they have done in the past is just completely flawed. It's irrational thinking.

about a year ago
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Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

cryptoluddite Re:Just (261 comments)

The reaction I've seen in both of these forums is so extreme it's actually kind of terrifying. It's so far outside of my realm of understanding that it is literally giving me the shakes

I get seasick reading in a moving car... so I don't read in a moving car.

These transitions don't happen except by user input... so just don't look at the screen when you do something that causes these transitions.

Is it because most people have never experienced debilitating motion sickness and thus cannot believe it's real? I don't know, and that's what spooks me.

The reaction is so disparaging and heartless because the people with the problem, even if real, are massive whiners.

"I now have to close my eyes or cover the screen during transitions, which is ridiculous," she told The Guardian

These people have an easy solution and it is really just pure whining. It's first world problem. These complaining are histrionics, like your "literally giving me the shakes" is.

You know what makes me mad? Those people having so little sympathy for the blind, deaf, paralyzed, or others with *real* problems to overcome that they think their complaints are anywhere nearly on the same level.

about a year ago
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Can Even Apple Make a Watch Insanely Smart?

cryptoluddite Re:Flexible displays are the answer (196 comments)

Watches aren't flexible. Why would you think flexible display is important? The only way a flexible display could matter is if it unfolds to make a larger display than the watch face... but that's not going to happen.

The key feature will be the display though. An e-ink display that doesn't flash for instance (can change single pixels without having to refresh whole areas). An always-on display that takes next to no power is the key feature for a smart watch. Combine that with something useful like a always-on heart rate or blood pressure monitor would finish it.

about a year ago
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Google Chrome 29 Is Out: Omnibox Suggestions, Profile Resetting

cryptoluddite Re:Trust (120 comments)

I do not trust google not to load it with spyware or some "legitimate" excuse to constantly call home/checkin/spy on me.

You'll get a lot of replies saying "but they *don't* do that" or "check the source" or "use chromium". Even if it is true that Google *does* nothing bad with Chrome, currently, what do you think they will do when they hire too many people and need to raise more money? Or once there are no other browsers but Chrome?

At some point Google will reach a balance of income and spending because too many people will get fat raises and inefficiency will creep in, and any corporation is going to favor screwing over users/customers before giving themselves a haircut. If they own the browser then they're going to do things with it that Google fans right now think are unimaginable.

about a year ago
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Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

cryptoluddite Re:Google's right on this one (482 comments)

If your machine is ChromeOS then it has a secure bootloader and doesn't have any way to access the actual unix system except through Chrome, so there is no official way to access the passwords directly. But Chrome simply hands your passwords over and anybody using the computer unsupervised for 10 seconds can see all your passwords and take a photo of them to use later on. Just going to the bathroom while somebody is using your computer and all your saved passwords are compromised. A user would have to root ChromeOS in order to do this without Chrome's help, which is an extremely high bar.

The only difference between ChromeOS and desktop Chrome is that the bar to stealing protected passwords is lower than rooting the OS -- but the bar still exists and it is higher than most people can reach, so it is still mostly effective at protecting the passwords.

If Google feels that a master password is annoying and useless because people won't use it then the proper solution is to *never show the saved password*. Except then if some site changed their forms a lot then you couldn't log in unless you remembered the password, but so what? Use the site's password recovery mechanism.

The simple fact of the matter is that Google purposely made an insecure system to make the browser more convenient, and allows no option for people that want to choose security over convenience. This is Google's vision of the future internet: whatever they decide is your only option. That's the real reason why this teapot has a tempest in it... if Google gets what it wants and the only browser is Chrome, on ChromeOS, what then? Sure Chrome has poor security for the passwords, but the real problem here is Google's explanation which is "we decided to do it this way, and that's final".

about a year ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

cryptoluddite Re:Windows problems (1215 comments)

2. Windows still doesn't have proper package management. Which leads to...

Ironically this is the main reason why I use Windows, because it doesn't have a "proper" package manager. I can install an 8 year old copy of winamp alongside the newest iTunes and everything just works. You can't do this with a "proper" package manager like any of the ones for Linux because there will be 100s of conflicts.

Also due to this I get to decide when I want a completely new interface foisted on me. If I don't want Windows 8 I can continue using Windows 7 with almost any software for years. You just can't do that with the "proper" package managers in Linux, at least not without a ton of work.

about a year and a half ago
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Futurama Cancelled (Again)

cryptoluddite Re:who's gonna pick this up and make $BIG MONIE$$$ (390 comments)

Futurama has a cast of likable characters, great voice actors, is a cartoon, and it is set in the future in space so any story you can think of can be told. The problem with the Simpsons is the setting; once you explore every possibly lame alleyway and monorail, and every two-bit character in Springfield what's left? Shelbyville? Who cares?

That you can tell any story and are only limited by the writer's imagination is what made Star Trek, Dr. Who, and others such great programs. But even those had the problem of being live action, where you can only tell stories that can be filmed or CG'd. Futurama on the other hand has everything going for it and it shouldn't, and can't be allowed to die just due to some corporate politics.

about a year ago

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