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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

frank_adrian314159 Re:Publicity stunt (220 comments)

You assume publicity could actually get someone to watch a Seth Rogan movie. Publicity could get folks to do some things, but not something that horrible.

2 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

frank_adrian314159 Re:If the wacko conspiracy theorists hadn't been s (634 comments)

Two years ago, the intelligent, thinking people realized that the most powerful person in the US government, the president, can't even get a blow job without the whole country hearing about it.

Wow! I thought that was more like 1998-ish - closer to ten years ago. I know I wanted to forget about 2000 and the Bush election and a lot of Obama's terms, but I didn't want to forget it so much I traveled in time like you!

2 days ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

frank_adrian314159 Re:The case of Idaho is particularly interesting (467 comments)

Well, you must be smoking something assuming that Idaho would legalize. Boise might be down with it, but the rest of state, due to its high rate of Mormon population, will never let it happen. Remember that Mormonism is a high indicator of Libertarian- (or Republican-) leaning behavior. They'll vote as Mormons first, not as Libertarians. And Mormons don't want legal weed in Idaho.

2 days ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

frank_adrian314159 Re:Who? (540 comments)

That would be the drama-mongers and the drama-mongees.

2 days ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

frank_adrian314159 Re:Mass production ? (187 comments)

When you say pencil, I'm pretty sure you mean "graphite". A lovely and useful substance, to be sure, but not especially close to graphene.

5 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

frank_adrian314159 Re:They're a resource, not a "problem". (307 comments)

It would be. So would learning how to change the paper in a printer. So would be training for reading documentation thoroughly. And giving presentations. And enough accounting and finance to get by talking with a CFO. There are many things that could be useful to many students. But this is CS. And there's already a lot of material to cover. Teaching is no more important than any of those other things.

about a week ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

frank_adrian314159 Re:Can you say... (263 comments)

That's effectively what they are. They don't do the testing. They simply tell you how much testing you have to do before you don't get charged with a federal crime by selling your poison. If you left it to the courts (which is what all Libertarian types like to do), you'd be decrying judges finding against doctors who prescribed under-tested products because that's not "free market" either. So to fight it, you go about bandying "facts" like implying that the FDA does the testing. They don't they just set the standards. Or should theree be no standards? Do you hate them, as well?

Just face it - you folks hate government and there's not a damn thing it ever does right in your eyes. As such, you're not adding to the debate - you're just mouthing platitudes. Yes we remember your side of the issue. Though, honestly, we've heard it before. And sadly, it's just as stupid now as when we first heard it. It's as religious to the free market as Catholics are to Christ. Take your faith-based economics and go away.

about a week ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

frank_adrian314159 Re:Really? (196 comments)

Only two? I got a boatload. Although now I just look at those phrases as tools in a game played to separate fools from money. In the end, they're only Rorschach ink blots showing the con men the fastest path between the marks' hopes and fears.

As usual, normal technology caveats apply. Don't discard wheat needlessly, but do your best to look in places where the wheat/chaff ratio is relatively high. And that ain't IoT.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

frank_adrian314159 Re:Great (602 comments)

Picking the rulers?!

Oh, how quaint hat you really think there is any difference other than in the level of technology involved.

about three weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

frank_adrian314159 Re:60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda? (409 comments)

Yes, there are. For example, we don't hold them to the same level of accountability as people. We do not punish corporations nearly as hard as individuals. What this says about our morality is as fascinating as the legal reasoning behind the quasi-personage of the state (which is no more a "given" than our morality).

about three weeks ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

frank_adrian314159 Re:I'll never be employed (139 comments)

Hmmm... Never got past (2) - or at least what seems to pass for (2) in the TLA's eyes. Didn't care much. I guess that means I'm even more of a degenerate.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

frank_adrian314159 Re:Quit demanding majority-minority districts then (413 comments)

So we'd do better splitting on what people vote on? Bad information and demagoguery? Maybe with a dash of party-line built in?

Actually, that sounds like what we have today.

about three weeks ago
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The New-ish Technologies That Will Alter Your Career

frank_adrian314159 Re:Shilling for dice. (66 comments)

Over on Dice, contributor Bennet Haselton writes....

On news tonight - an informational black hole formed at Dice headquarters in New York today. John Smallberries, NIST Underdirector for Strategic Initiatives said, "It appears that a company, Dice Holdings, tried to post their normal daily Bennet Haselton article. When they did that, they neglected to measure the amount of negative information that this article contained and failed to isolate it properly. The amount of negative information was so great that it started absorbing any intelligence that was close to it and the process now seems to have formed a closed loop. We know that, if not stopped, the resulting absorption of intelligence from the rapidly expanding stupid horizon around what we are now calling a "Haselton-type neginfo black hole" could potentially destroy civilization. We continue to search for an answer. The only positive news that we have to offer is that the black hole seems to be growing relatively slowly, as the investment banking community in New York has already driven away most of the intelligence that could feed the hole. We've attempted to send volunteer scientists across the threshold in an attempt to find a way to shut this phenomenon down. None of them have returned. We extend our sincerest condolences to theses brave scientist's families and continue to look for a solution to this dire emergency. I have no further comment at this time."

about a month ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

frank_adrian314159 Re:Story I heard as a kid (100 comments)

A rising tide may not lift all boats. Let's say that rather than giving your hybrid to all neighbors, you give it to the world. Now everyone in the world raises yields by 50 bpa. And now, you've glutted the market and the price per bushel is so low no one makes a profit, so the farmers go bust. Or the farmers agree to destroy commodities to keep the price up. That happened with dairy products during the great depression. Dairy farmers produced too much, prices collapsed, farmers could no longer buy feed for their cattle, and went out of business, destroying their herds in the process. This brought about farm price support programs.

The moral of the story? If you want a rising tide for boats when supply increases, demand has to rise, as well. As you have failed to address the demand side and assume an infinitely elastic market, you lose, economically-speaking.

Next time, we'll introduce you to the concept of inequitable distribution of market gains, so you can understand that rising tides do not lift all boats equitably, so even if a rising tide does raise all the boats, a majority of the fleet's captain's can still all feel poorer as a result of the process. Remember that, at the core, we're still dealing with human psychological processes here. Even if you raise the boats, relative level matters - especially if you want to look at rational models of effort vs. probability of reward.

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

frank_adrian314159 Re:What about the male stereotypes? (642 comments)

Which, if any, particular Disney princesses do you rate as "mindless bimbos"?

All of them? Because they're essentially sold characters who do not protest being sold? I thought selling people was wrong. But not these people. As such, they help to send a message that it is fine for some humanoids (or parts of their aspects) to be commoditized. Bad message on many levels... even worse for kids, who do not need to learn to use other people as commoditized tools for their own pleasure.

OK, that's harsh. But maybe one could uplevel this discussion a bit to point out that in a society where just about anything is commoditized, it might be a good idea to question that assumption, first.

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

frank_adrian314159 Re:Slashdot freaks out over $36,672 (642 comments)

We pay attention because Sweden is frequently held up as a model for the US by American progressives.

Yeah. Because American progressives have so much power these days... Snort. Try again...

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

frank_adrian314159 MOD PARENT FUNNY! (642 comments)

Or informative... or pathetic... I'm not quite sure which - I don't play that many Swedish games (which, according to the PP, might be a good thing).

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

frank_adrian314159 Re:Harassment Patrol (642 comments)

Fortunately, those in Gamergate care about stopping shitty behavior on both sides.

Tee hee. Right. Snort... Because we do that with more invective, more scorched-earth activity like doxxing and death threats against people who had the temerity to voice an opinion that someone didn't like. Maybe people never taught you folks this: YOU SHOULDN'T MAKE DEATH THREATS, ONLINE OR ELSEWHERE! The fact that it is done doesn't make it right. At least that's how I'd explain it to a five year-old, which seems to be the moral level of many in your "community".

about a month ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

frank_adrian314159 Re:Note to IT recruiters. (276 comments)

This week on AskHR!

When will the 5 year old be replaced by a 1H-B because it's cheaper?

This is a simple question for any HR professional! It's very obvious when you think about it. You're assuming that all engineers are equivalent - they're not! Each of them have different cost functions and must be handled as an individual on that basis! As such, the H1-B will replace the five year-old when the H1-B cheaper than a five year-old. And the easiest way for that to happen is if the H1-B in question is a five year-old! As, I said, simple... At least for an HR Professional like me!

Remember to send your questions to AskHR! Everyone who asks a question gets entered into a drawing for a free pink slip! Not that you weren't already in that lottery, but... May the odds be ever in your favor.

about a month ago

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FCC doesn't care about net neutrality anymore

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about 8 months ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The New York Times reports that, after a recent SCOTUS ruling ripped apart current net neutrality rules, the FCC has decided that net neutrality isn't worth arguing over — it's now perfectly fine for carriers (including your last mile providers) to charge different rates for different data. If Congress wants to change this, they can, but until then, the FCC has decided that this debate isn't worth debating any more."
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New CFAA "Reform" Draft Makes Law Even Worse

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "After the Aaron Swartz suicide, people had hoped that CFAA would be modified to be less draconian. Our naivete knows no bounds. Salon reports that the new draft of the modified CFAA makes the law even worse by expanding it (and its penalties) rather than by reining it in. One provision states that anyone conspiring to break this new law will be subject to the same penalty as if they had committed the crime in question. And even though the bill's language on "exceeding authorized access" has been trimmed a bit, the same language in the section about "unauthorized access" makes the point moot and is still broad enough to be troubling, especially given the law's penalties."
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Is the concept of "Cyberspace" stupid?

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about 2 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "In an article titled "Stop Pretending Cyberspace Exists", Salon writer Michael Lind notes that "Some ideas make you dumber the moment you learn of them. One of those ideas is the concept of 'cyberspace.'” He says that analogizing cyberspace as a real place leads to an inability to think logically about laws, rules, and how and when the governments could or should intervene to regulate the Internet. He states that such a debate is essential, but that that an "[invasion of] a mythical Oz-like kingdom called cyberspace is just as dopey" when talking about governments and corporations taking a larger role in online communications. Is Lind right? Does the notion of cyberspace make the debate over its governance less fruitful?"
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New Music Boss Worse Than Old Music Boss

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "David Lowery, musician (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven), producer (Sparklehorse, Counting Crows), recording engineer (Archers of Loaf, Lamb of God), and geek (programmer, packet radio operator, ex-CBOT quant) talks about the economics of the music business and how the "old boss" — the record labels — have been replaced by the new boss — file downloading services, song streaming, and commercial online music stores. His take? Although the old boss was often unfair to artists, artists are making even less money under the new boss. Backed with fairly persuasive data, he shows that, under the new distribution model, artists — even small independent ones — are exposed to more risk while making less money. In addition, the old boss was investing in the creation of new music, while the new boss doesn't. This article is lengthy, but worth the attention of anyone interested in the future of music or music distribution."
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Should Reporters be "Truth Vigilantes"

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "Arthur S. Brisbane, public editor of the New York Times asks if reporters in this world of balance should become "truth vigilantes"? So rather than reporting facts — i.e., politician said X about Y, even if X is false — should the media become "truth vigilantes" by pointing out that X is indeed false? That the public editor of the New York Times has to ask this is probably an indication that the media has strayed too far towards balance rather than truth. Should the media be worried about truth anymore?"
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Boeing CEO Says Outsourcing Didn't Pay

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The Seattle Times reports that Boeing's CEO is saying that the cost overruns on the 787 "Dreamliner" were greatly exacerbated by the company's heavy use of outsourcing. Although it is now fairly well accepted that outsourcing provides little cost savings and what cost savings there are often get spent in increased management costs and rework, the outsourcing drive goes on. It's nice to see a major industry figure saying that all is not so rosy as the MBAs would have us think."
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US Gov Pressuring Manning to Implicate Assange

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about 4 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "In his Salon article today, Glenn Greenwald tells of the government's plan to prosecute Julian Assange. In short, the government believes that, if they can get Bradley Manning (the source of the leaked information) to testify that Assange convinced him to leak, they can prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act. As a means to this end, they have been holding Manning in isolation and subjecting him to other inhumane treatment, offering him better treatment should he would be willing to testify. That this would endanger with prosecution any investigative journalist who got information from a military informant has not passed unnoticed."
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RIAA to Appeal Thomas-Rasset Ruling

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The RIAA will appeal the ruling that reduced Jammie Thomas-Rasset's $1.92 fine for file sharing to $54,000.

"It is a shame that Ms. Thomas-Rasset continues to deny any responsibility for her actions rather than accept a reasonable settlement offer and put this case behind her," said RIAA spokeswoman Cara Duckworth.

Joe Sibley, an attorney for Thomas-Rasset, said his client would not settle for the $25,000 that the RIAA has asked for.

"Jammie is not going to agree to pay any amount of money to them," Sibley said, adding that it doesn't matter to Thomas-Rasset whether the damages are $25,000 or $1.92 million.

In addition, Thomas-Rasset's attorneys say that, win or lose, they plan to appeal the constitutionality of the fine."
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Video Title Says it All - HP Computers Are Racist

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The folks at HP have outdone themselves this time. It turns out that when a white person tries to use the tracking software on their laptops, it works fine. When a black person tries? It doesn't work as well (or at all). It could be any number of causes to this fault, but one thing is clear — the more complicated you make something, the greater the chance of unintended consequences."
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Pope Comes Out Against Over-Zealous IP Restriction

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "In his latest encyclical, Benedictine XVI comes out against overly aggressive IP restrictions. In it, he attacks "excessive zeal for protecting knowledge through an unduly rigid assertion of the right to intellectual property, especially in the field of health care." He doesn't seem to be that into a lot of today's capitalism, either — must be that whole uphold-the-downtrodden thing."
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Music From Stock Charts?

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "German composer/artist Johannes Kreidler has digitized various stock charts and other graphs, using Microsoft's SongSmith to generate the backing music. The video produced from the animation of the charts using the music as background is interesting. From his web page (my translation):

The prettiest melodies come from life itself! Every man is an artist — so too, every politician and banker: Songs for millions! Times of crisis are always good for art. Thanks for the music!

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Texas BoE Wants Decade of Hol(e)y Evolution

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about 6 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "Clay Burell, 40-year veteran teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator, blogs about a majority in the Texas Board of Education which is likely to vote for state science standards requiring science teachers to teach the (non-existent) "weaknesses or limitations of evolution." The problem? Textbooks used in Texas must align with these standards and as goes Texas (the second largest textbook market in the US, following California), so goes your kids' textbooks, wherever you are in the US. Even worse? These guidelines will be in place for a decade, warping Biology content for that period of time."
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The seven habits of highly subversive people

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

frank_adrian314159 writes "Tired of the repression in the US? Want to fight "da man"? Want to be a subversive? A person who grew up in an authoritarian regime tells you how to do it in seven simple habits. Although couched in language of ecological concern Amanda Kovattana gives everyone who wants to get off their butts and make a difference a good set of guidelines."
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