top Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
The problem is that the term " cracker [npr.org] " is already well established in use, a derogatory term referring to white people from the rural south.
We prefer to be called "Saltine-Americans".
top Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?
1-indexing is principally better than 0-indexing, because it is more intuitive, logical and less error-prone.
If my wife and I were truly error prone we wouldn't have this indexing problem in the first place.
top The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought
Why are breaches being marketed so hard, what's the REAL agenda?
should be serving as a wake-up call to companies that it is time to take data security seriously. Incredibly, it seems to be falling on deaf ears. I guess it's easier to ignore the issue.
top Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk
I propose something else: all police wear cameras and audio recording 100% of the time, and a zero tolerance for police who do not adhere to the law, and dismissal/criminal charges are the outcome. Any police officer who turned off his recording stuff is presumed to be lying.
Remove the ability to turn the cameras off. Same with the ability to erase what has been recorded. Anything less than that is just inviting abuse.
top Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water
IIRC, The Professor built one of these out of bamboo, and then made Gilligan pedal the bicycle.
I thought they just drank the water out of the coconuts broken open on the Skipper's head, which seems to happen every time he stands under a coconut tree.
top Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph
there's no way for the train to derail, considering the design
I'm not usually one to brag, but here in the US we've mastered the art of crashing two trains together on the same track.
top Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech
Constitution shmonstitution, we got us a mujorty! We can do as we likes. First up, let's repeal the goddam 15th.
I felt certain that sentence was going to end with the word 'Obamacare'
about a month and a half ago
top Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying
Can anyone else on Comcast get to it?
I can, works just fine. Not that I'll ever go there again.
top Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin
What is the difference between selective breeding and genetic modification?
For starters, you can't breed a jellyfish with a zebrafish, no matter how kinky they are. But you can take the flourescent genes from a jellyfish, put them in a zebrafish, and make Glofish.
top Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease
Would you silence a dissenting view?
I would not. I would let them to speak in public so that everyone can see what idiots they are, and sieze the opportunity to mercilessly ridicule them.
I am reminded of a similar situation several years back when the Smith College Republicans invited Ann Coulter to spout her particular brand of idiocy on campus. "Coincidently", that night Tristan Taormino was also invited on campus to discuss her book The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. There's something unmistakably brilliant, almost poetic, about that particular juxtaposition.
I implore the students at MSU to not miss this wonderful opportunity for levity.
top Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?
The inner partitions with awful performance are where my media goes (movies, music, photos).
Hmm. I keep my media (movies, music, & photos) on an external USB drive. It's probably the slowest of all my storage devices and it works just fine. I'm sure there are higher latencies than your setup but I certainly never noticed them.
top Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant
As a bonus, putting these criminals in jail will also most likely stop all this complaining about a prisoner shortage.
I have a better idea. Why don't we put police who routinely break the law by conducting warrantless searches in the vacant jail cells. Two birds, one stone.
top FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption
The issue is the balance between public safety and personal privacy.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches is not just a nice idea, it is codified by the founding fathers as a fundamental principle differentiating this country from others..
The only "issue" is whether you agree with this principle, or not.
top Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right
IN short, the Fair Tax would destroy the middle class with any practical implementation.
Would that be the same middle class that is being destroyed by the current system? Seems like they're fucked either way.
top Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq
The reason for war was WMDs like nuclear and biological weapons
The real reason was they happened to be sitting on vast oil reserves. Now all their base are belong to us.
top ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption
As long as the ISPs retain monopoly positions, they will be able to do as they please (or as the NSA pleases to make them do).
I'm hopeful that wireless speeds will continue to increase and become more reliable. If I can connect with my neighbors, and they can connect with their neighbors and so on, we have the beginnings of a decentralised network. The sooner the companies relying on monopolistic control of wired internet access become irrelevant, the better.
top Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct
It's not hard to roll your own nursery rhyme:
I only have three fingers,
Suspended by three springs. Instead of choosing passwords, I do more important things.
There ya go, no Google hits.
top More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks
I'm currious if anyone is being exploited in the sense of exploiting children if they take their own pics and you end up seeing them.
Not in my view.
I'm just under the impression that the exploitation comes from children being forced or enticed into the photos and the viewer while not participating in the actual act, it enabling it by creating demand.
It's funny how Hollywood claims that downloading music and movies is destroying the entertainment industries, while the think-of-the-children crowd says downloading photos somehow "creates demand". I suspect both sides are just making shit up to bolster their particular agendas.
top US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants
1) It is not a violation of US law to hack into Chinese computers.
I'm not so sure of that. There have been a a number of amendments over the years to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. One in particular broadens "the definition of "protected computer" in 18 U.S.C.1030(e)(2) to the full extent of Congress's commerce power by including those computers used in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or communication."
That's a pretty wide net, and could be interpreted to include whatever the prosecutor wants it to.
top Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job
They can cut off 100% of your income suddenly and at a whim.
No they can't. I have several job opportunities.
'll bet you cannot cut off 100% of their productivity at a whim, can you?
Nor would I want to. What happens to them after I leave doesn't really matter to me.
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