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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

digsbo Re:"very telling" indeed (156 comments)

So long as the corporations don't get special legal protections from the government, I'm not sure that's a problem. If Wal-Mart agents come to my house to force me to buy their stuff, I shoot them. I can't do that with government agents - whether those government agents are acting on the corporation's orders, or mine.

4 days ago
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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

digsbo Re:learning piano - visual, aural, kinesthetic (63 comments)

I think it has helped, though I have no proof. But there's no scientific way I could get proof. IQ tests are pretty useless for this kind of thing, and there's no control group. Small sample size and all...

4 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

digsbo Re:Here we go again (495 comments)

Plan 9.

Oh. You meant a drug?

5 days ago
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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

digsbo learning piano - visual, aural, kinesthetic (63 comments)

I started studying piano 7 years ago (I'd previously been a semi-pro woodwind player). One of the things I noticed was that I was i/o bound reading the highly parallelized piano input stream (two staves w/ multinotes on each) and this interfered with my proprioception (perception of where my limbs and philangeas are in space). Over time,it's gotten a lot easier to read and perceive muscle motion through space. This process started at age 33, and I'm pretty sure it's been more difficult because of that, but I can't help suspecting the forced rewiring of my brain hasn't helped my general learning capacity. You're simultaneously stimulating the visual, aural, and kinesthetic senses in concert for a sustained period during practice.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

digsbo Re:You Still Need Geographic Diversity (167 comments)

1/5 of the systems on Azure are running Linux. There is not a specific hard link between Azure and Windows or other MS software stacks.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

digsbo You Still Need Geographic Diversity (167 comments)

Just like the Amazon AWS failure that took down Netflix, architecting your cloud infrastructure for geographic diversity can significantly reduce the likelihood of these kinds of outages.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

digsbo Re:Wait a min.... (437 comments)

Once you oversimplify things enough, you get broad support from either brainless socialists or xenophobic evangelicals. Take your pick.

about a week ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

digsbo Re:No thanks... (210 comments)

Where do you think there's an honest government?

about a week ago
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Polyphonic Overtone Singing Explained Visually With Spectrograms

digsbo Re:So can anyone with Pro Tools... BFD. (51 comments)

Music is more than just notes. A lifetime dedicated to mastering control and technique brings with it a lot of taste, subtlety, and nuance. You may not care about that nuance, but that actually disqualifies you from having an informed opinion on fine arts.

about a week ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

digsbo Re:biased claims (459 comments)

Dude, I know you were trying to make a point here, but fucking seriously. The example of grammar here seriously questions your initial claim.

Not really. A lot of the posters on /. have terrible spelling and grammar.

about two weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

digsbo Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

I'd recommend you check out Rothbard's writings on homesteading rights. He has a lot of respect in the community, and basically says that your property rights are to use your property with a reasonable expectation of freedom from noises, smells, and pollution as were apparent when you bought the property. I.e., if all the above were clearly present when you bought the property, you cannot move in and then demand the neighbor stop (though you could ask for arbitration), but if it was a reasonable expectation that you were going to exist in a quiet residential neighborhood in which noises and intrusions were no more than what you'd expect to mow a lawn and collect leaves, yeah, then that would be a violation of your property rights for him to start a lead smelting operation, due to reduction of your utility of your property for quiet enjoyment. Other libertarians have different ideas.

about three weeks ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

digsbo Re:This is the latest in a long unfortunate evolut (331 comments)

I don't think people generally see a problem with liberal arts taught well. I think many people rightly see "liberal arts education" as an intellectual wasteland where little is asked of students in return for tuition money. If standards were kept high, that simply wouldn't be the case. But they haven't been kept high.

about three weeks ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

digsbo Re:That's a howler (331 comments)

Yes and no. While the law does address that problem, it was very charged language in TFS that also attracted my attention about "predatory for-profit colleges". It's reasonable to offer a counterpoint to that. Even a waiter with a degree in critical theory could see it.

about three weeks ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

digsbo Re:Why Cold Fusion (or something like it) Is Real (350 comments)

There has already been a lot of research into this by people who have the correct understanding. Unfortunately, palladium is really, really expensive.

about 1 month ago
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Detritus From Cancer Cells May Infect Healthy Cells

digsbo There is no "trash". (46 comments)

Either in the DNA or any other part of the body's systems. We just made a lot of simplifying assumptions to get a handle on some extremely complex systems (i.e. genes are the only place inheritable traits are carried). Now we have to start addressing the complexity behind those simplifying assumptions.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

digsbo Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (839 comments)

You are not the first person I've heard claiming that just because monetary base has increased and money supply hasn't that the inflationary aspects of fractional reserve banking don't apply. I think it's pretty obvious that it doesn't apply YET. I certainly expect a deflationary period, followed by reflation. This is so intuitive to me I am more than a little surprised others don't see it as such.

Regarding the dollar vs. bonds, just remember that the big players (banks holding more in excess reserves than the total monetary base as of 2008) will be well suited to rush in and grab assets with dollars at fire sale prices when the bonds are written down. The USA cannot pay its debt honestly, it can only default directly, or with printed money.

about a month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

digsbo Re:Maybe it's learning style? (786 comments)

The cause I think is spot on, that males are competitive and in general more solitary (damn that testosterone)

As soon as I read this I thought of the under-recognized phenomenon of dominance within a cloister. Obviously I wasn't going to be dominant in stickball, BMX biking, or gym class; few of the other computer nerds were. To a large extent our need for dominance resulted in conquering territories we were successful in. So for me, being a guy who was cracking copy protection on video games in 1987 made me like the varsity quarterback of the computing circle.

It only makes sense that in a world where available areas to express dominance are already taken, a new subtype forged into the territory available because of the advent of the PC. Women, wired differently, would not value dominance in the new arena in the same way.

about a month ago

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