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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

forand Re: Unrelated to Github (145 comments)

You can run OS X on an encrypted case-sensitive file system without any issue. This is nota bug of windows and Mac but a bug of git allowing its own files to be overwriten because it thinks it knows better than the file system what a file is named.

2 days ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

forand Re:best thing for electric companies (461 comments)

Except he is referring to solar on rooftops so the 30 MW would be spread over much larger than a half kilometer.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

forand Re:best thing for electric companies (461 comments)

All of what you said makes sense except the seconds time scale. If the power company can't see changes until they are in dire need in seconds that is a problem they need to solve. Clouds do not generally cover large generation areas in seconds (minutes maybe). That being said having a local battery storage would be good but I doubt most users would want to cycle their batteries to benefit the power company especially when they will want that power when they get home and want a warm/cold home.

about two weeks ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

forand Re:Boys are naturally curious... (608 comments)

This statement and the one in the summary assert that US cultural trends are inherent and immutable. Look at other countries that have different cultural norms and you will find that India has a booming female coding population. If US cultural norms make it so women do not feel comfortable entering fields is that the fault of women as your statement and the summary's seem to imply? In my opinion, as there is sufficient evidence that the situation in CS (and other fields) in the US is cultural not biological it is societies problem to change the cultural norms. The US will lose out on great ideas if the culture systematically inhibits women from entering the field.

about 2 months ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

forand Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

That is a reasonable conclusion. That is not, however what the GP stated. The GP state the he wanted a text book written on anthropogenic climate change. That is very different than being able to explain it to a lay person that is being able to convince someone it is worth publishing. In the case of anthropogenic climate change the book would be rather short:

  • * A number of gases interact with the upper atmosphere is such a way as to trap heat within the atmosphere.
  • * Since the industrial revolution we have been releasing huge quantities of these gases that were previously sequestered within oil and gas deposits.
  • * The churn of the atmosphere allows for the passage of the newly released gases from the lower atmosphere to the upper atmosphere.
  • * Some of these same gases also sublimate into the ocean where they dramatically affect the PH of the ocean which cause major problems for the top dwellers of the ocean where much of our oxygen is generated.

The issue isn't that there isn't a text book or a clear laymen description of the problem it comes when someone says: so prove to me that the churn of the lower atmosphere can carry these gasses to the upper atmosphere and the scientist starts talking about climate models which cannot predict any specific event with a high degree of accuracy but do tend to predict trends with great accuracy. To me this is like saying: what is the energy of a particle in a chamber at a defined pressure, temperature and density. The answer is very easy to give the average but essentially impossible to give the exact unless your model knows ALL of the inputs (i.e. every momentum vector and quantum state of every atom contain within the chamber).

about 3 months ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

forand Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

I am a physicist. I have explained the expansion of the universe to many lay people without trouble. I have also tried time and time again to explain it to my mother. All such explanations end with her asking "so where is it expanding into." The short answer to this is: nothing. And one can either accept that or learn metric differential geometry. The belief that whatever any given PhD is working on can "describe in laymen's terms what they are doing" does not mean a laymen has the knowledge to understand or even accept the details of the theory. Heck look at Quantum physics in the early 1900s and you see many very intelligent people thinking it is crazy because it is probabilistic. So in short a good scientist can explain to a laymen what they do but the laymen has to accept their expertise when it comes to many specifics.

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

forand Re: Anthropometrics (819 comments)

As stated by others many frequent flyers are not flying by choice but buy direction from work. That work also REQUIRES many of us to purchase the cheapest fare. I cannot upgrade my seat and get reimbursed for my ticket. Furthermore you are technically correct about United, however, unless you are flying major city to major city you are going to be one of United's local carriers which do not have Economy Plus. Spend a couple hours on one of the smaller "local" carrier planes which has neither leg nor headroom for ANYONE on the flight and it becomes quickly clear that United doesn't care about anything other then their immediate bottom line.

about 3 months ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

forand Re:stopping who? (322 comments)

Do you have any citation for your assertion?

about 4 months ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

forand Hope they think about it... (369 comments)

As others have stated most of the information doesn't seem to be any more harmful than a copy of The Cookbook. With regards to biological weapons: one would hope that whomever thought of this would keep on thinking to realize that poorer nations always fare worse when it comes to communicable diseases. They have fewer resources, longer response times, denser populations, etc.. If the biological isn't communicable it still doesn't make too much sense without some industrial scale dispersal methods which are generally easy to detect.

about 4 months ago
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

forand Re:Germany not responsible for call recordings (170 comments)

Redundant system for what exactly are you referring to? If the US isn't recording important calls made by their Secretary of State's then there is something wrong.

about 4 months ago
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Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

forand Re:why internet connected? (111 comments)

Why can't they us a VPN AT LEAST? The GP is not ignorant but perhaps too idealistic. Personally while I don't think it is a good idea to have health records available on the internet I think it is far worse that our electrical system REQUIRES internet access and communication between various points. This is a horrible national security risk while private health records are rather difficult to either monetize or use (financial records excluded).

about 4 months ago
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The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

forand Re:Failure of the 20th-Century Environmental Movem (249 comments)

I agree that there was a great failure in the US to build out newer nuclear plants in the latter years of the 20th century. Unfortunately it isn't as clear as you state. Energy produces were spreading mis-information if not lies about nuclear power while the Environmental people were crying about the waste. Nuclear power is NOT without its drawbacks. I remember vividly having a PG&E rep come into our class and go through her whole spiel which included numerous falsehoods. When I called her on it she was literally dumbfounded that anyone would know enough to question her falsehoods. It took me YEARS to realize that while PG&E wasn't being trustworthy about nuclear power the other options where worse (generally). So the energy companies themselves hold some of the responsibility for the failure to build new generation nuclear reactors. People do not like being lied to or mislead and often will assume your goals are suspect because of it.

about 4 months ago
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Online Tool Flagged Ebola Outbreak Before Formal WHO Announcement

forand WHO reports verified outbreaks (35 comments)

This App reports on symptoms and could be very useful to the WHO to determine where they need to look for outbreaks. It do NOT verify , as the WHO, does that a particular disease or strain.

about 4 months ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

forand Actions speak louder than words (200 comments)

This might be reasonable if it was coming from a group who hadn't spent huge sums of money fighting to stop legislation that would have made it illegal for either netflix or comcast to charge for the specific route. That being said if Comcast, Time Warner, etc. make Netflix pay to be inside their networks now and in the future Netflix turns around and says "if you don't pay us to stay we will remove our servers from your networks and your customers will have to get Netflix through standard routing" then I have no sympathy for them but they may be right in worrying.

about 5 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

forand Re:You have this backwards. (749 comments)

I agree with everything you have stated. However, the situation is not one of Microsoft being required to produce their own documents, they are being required to produce other's documents. So the analogy would be that Microsoft has a rental storage facility in Ireland and the US wants them to riffle through a unit and send some documents they find. That is far less reasonable and clear cut as your summary.

about 5 months ago
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In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

forand Ethical Responsibility (130 comments)

This is quite interesting research that should never have been done. I am rather surprised that the National Academy published the results of a study which violated multiple ethical guidelines put in place to protect human subjects. Did Facebook track the number of suicides in the 700,000 sample? Was the rate of those given a sadder than average stream have a higher or lower rate? Do the Facebook researchers address the ethical questions posed by performing such an experiment at all?

about 6 months ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

forand Bad summary/Theory Conflicts with data (347 comments)

The summary (and linked article) do a poor job of explaining the process and imply some change in the speed of light (there isn't one). The problem with the article (http://arxiv.org/abs/1111.6986) is that it ignores a bunch of more relevant data: Fermi-LAT observed photons from the same GRB over a very wide energy range placing an extremely good limit on effects like this proposed in the article (http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.3463).

Furthermore this is NOT new; the original article was posted in 2011 and only recently published in the "New Journal of Physics" which has apparently only published 16 volumes and I believe has had its email permanently redirected to my spam box.

Finally why do people link to Medium and not the actual article for physic related news items? We have demanded open, free access to all our papers since the birth of the internet (I speak as a physicist). Do everyone a favor and find the arxiv link and include it in your summary when submitting physics stories to Slashdot.

about 6 months ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

forand Very short time window (686 comments)

We have had the ability to send out communications to the cosmos roughly the same amount of time we have had weapons capable of killing us all if used improperly. What are the odds that we will have sent something to someone listening before we either kill ourselves or are thrown back into the stone ages by some natural event? Basically I do not find it hard to believe that intelligent life, over time, may not be so great at propagating itself for the time needed to communicate with other civilizations.

about 6 months ago
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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day

forand Re: Two Problems (164 comments)

Thanks to you both for being good reasonable people. Props to you both.

about 7 months ago

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Netflix removing 'Add to DVD Queue'

forand forand writes  |  more than 3 years ago

forand (530402) writes "Netflix is removing the 'Add to DVD Queue' from streaming devices. Does this indicate a push towards a streaming only Netflix? Influence from the content owners? A poor business decision?"
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News Corp. Shuts off Hulu Access in Cable dispute.

forand forand writes  |  more than 4 years ago

forand (530402) writes "News Corp. has provided an excellent example of what can go wrong when corporations leverage their power in one market to affect another. By cutting off access to Hulu to Cablevision internet subscribers, News Corp. is making it clear to the market they they will use any means to get their desired outcome. In particular this brings up many questions relevant to net neutrality: is this evidence for the need for legal regulation? would regulation lead to a more dysfunctional marketplace? what recourse do consumers have when not offered any other providers of internet access nor traditional cable content?"
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US Calls for Investigation Into Google Intrusion

forand forand writes  |  more than 3 years ago

forand (530402) writes "US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, has called for China to initiate a 'thorough' and 'transparent' investigation into the recent attacks on Google and other US companies."
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Google attackers identified

forand forand writes  |  more than 4 years ago

forand (530402) writes "Researchers, examining the attacks on Google and over 20 other companies in December, have determined "the source IPs and drop server of the attack correspond to a single foreign entity consisting either of agents of the Chinese state or proxies thereof.""
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Copyright as National Security

forand forand writes  |  more than 5 years ago

forand (530402) writes "Both Arstechnica and Wired have called the Obama administrations recent dubbing of the specifics of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement as a 'National Security' issue, for what it is: the same old shenanigans. Wired's David Kravets further points out: "The national security claim is stunning, given that the treaty negotiations have included the 27 member states of the European Union, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand, all of whom presumably have access to the "classified" information.""
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