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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

frank_adrian314159 Re:Americans are smart. (443 comments)

Sharks, hyenas, and clowns. Always tied for #'s 1, 2, and 3.

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

frank_adrian314159 FTFY... (443 comments)

Grammar reasonable. For "is" sheep. -- Conformist.

yesterday
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

frank_adrian314159 So what... (267 comments)

Just put a sticky note on the mirror saying "This car may be internally monitored by video recording," and point it out when you give the car to the valet. That seems to be legal enough for customer service companies.

4 days ago
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NSF Awards $10 Million To Protect America's Processors

frank_adrian314159 Wow! $4 Million Dollars! (48 comments)

Dr. Evil would be proud.

Do you guys realize how minor this money is? Do you know how much research costs? Basically, this is an amount that would run one decent sized lab at a research university for maybe a year. If these are the grants we're crowing about... well, I guess it's a start.

$10M a year for five years might be reasonable to get some traction on the problem. All this will do is fund a few papers which will probably disappear. That grad students and post docs will survive another year, I guess, so that might be good.

4 days ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

frank_adrian314159 Re:You can debate without taking a side (132 comments)

Or, rather than being pugilistic, as both you and the GP are wont to do, it can simply be that you use it as way to make pleasant conversation to pass the time and potentially to learn something about something you hadn't much thought about before. But don't let me stop both of you guys sparring - it's quite entertaining.

about a week ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

frank_adrian314159 Re:What a Waste of Fossil Fuels (200 comments)

But I understand from your explanation that environmentalism is a special brand of religion whose dalliances must be overlooked for the greater good...

Well, no, but if you can show me the true Scotsman organizations of your world that somehow achieve their goals without stepping over the line into hyperbole and "active fundraising" I'm sure I can poke holes in those, too. You're just being a pedantic douche at this point.

about a week ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

frank_adrian314159 Re:Critical to the tech community? (260 comments)

And 77% of all self-started businesses fail within the first ten years - not shut down - fail. Even at that, self employed people, on average, make less money than those employed by businesses owned by others. And this is what you promote as a strategic choice for peoples' careers? Not to mention that many people don't have the entrepreneurial skills necessary to successfully run their business (see the first report - incompetence and inexperience are the top three reasons for business failure).

I thought probability of success figured into any proper decision calculation. You aren't a Republican by any chance, are you? Not being part of the "reality-based" community seems to be an indicator for that.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

frank_adrian314159 Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

The WP ecosystem is affected by fragmentation in an Android-like fashion because of how the operating system is rolled out to the devices.

To be fair, the "devices" word of your post is actually small enough in quantity so as to be hyperbole. Although I guess that makes it easier for Microkia to manage the "extensive" fragmentation of its "market".

about a week ago
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'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

frank_adrian314159 Re:Reactive is an extension of event driven (101 comments)

Well, that's about par for the course. An oversimplified example that gets the domain knowledge wrong. Almost no one looks for "peaks" like that in finance. They are either looking for mismatches in market prices from multiple sources or for trends.

Your example is stupid. You might want something like that for a domain needing signal detection, though, so good try. You just didn't know enough about anything in the real world to get it RIGHT.

about a week ago
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'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

frank_adrian314159 Re:BS Naming (101 comments)

They were called actor-based programming systems. They came about in the mid-to-late 1960's and incorporated into languages in the early 1970's (look up Hewitt's work on Actors). Pros: Decentralized computational agents connected by message-passing can increase resilience in a system. Cons: Non-local flow of control and unknown state/functionality within remote computational agents (which always inadvertently leaks out) makes understanding what is actually happening in the system overall difficult, leading to problems in debugging; lack of state within systems (monads, which are a difficult concept for most programmers to fit their head around, notwithstanding) leads to extraneous message passing load, potentially killing performance.

So, TL;DR (OK, so I did read it, sue me...) and tells us stuff we knew fifty years ago. About par for the course.

about a week ago
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'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0

frank_adrian314159 Re:agile != reactive (101 comments)

Fine, the reactive document is a manifesto describing a set of architectural principles that supposedly has benefits in the current world. The agile document is a manifesto describing a set of project management principles that supposedly has benefit in the current world (although, in reality, it's twenty years old now and the people who are now promoting it are becoming just as rigid and annoying as the UML/SEI/PDP/heavy doc assholes they replaced). Conflating the two as related (other than in name) was incorrect. Not only was the agile manifesto, short, pithy, and to the point, the reactive manifesto is just another TL;DR page that looks like it hasn't had enough work by actual smart (as opposed to successful) people to be short. Does this help?

Frankly, we need more manifestos released more often. The good ones will be followed; the stupid ones will evaporate in time.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

frank_adrian314159 Well why not? (234 comments)

Christ on a shingle, what's up with the "Will it be a pointless venture?" You already answered that when you said you wouldn't be the next Neil deGrasse Tyson or Carl Sagan. If that's your only limitation, then there's a lot of room between doing nothing and being in the top 100 recognized members of the pack.

And, even if it is a pointless venture, who cares? A person doesn't need to justify his choice of hobby and we all need our recreation time. Astronomy and astrophysics seems to be a place where an amateur could potentially still contribute - there's EM radiation coming down in a lot of different wavelength ranges and not a lot of coverage for what seems to be a very big sky. Sure, it'll be a lot of work, but what worthwhile isn't? Besides, you'll be entertained and you don't seem to have anything else better to do.

about two weeks ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

frank_adrian314159 Re:Some people *do* pay for jobs, and quite rightl (183 comments)

OK, let's put it this way - if you don't show up in uniform, you're sent home and don't get invited back to the party. The employer gives you a list of place(s) to buy your uniforms. How you pay for those is up to you. This happened at the first low wage job I had (as an orderly in a nursing home), as a construction worker (you couldn't show up in tennis shoes), and I'm pretty sure that's the case in almost any place in this country where low-wage employees are hired. And it's completely legal. So legal that you're allowed to write those off as a tax deduction. So, yeah, it's not "paying for a job" per se, but it does put a financial burden on people who are just starting one.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

frank_adrian314159 Re:they will defeat themselves (973 comments)

Yeah, but luckily you haven't told him the "2. ???" part of your strategy yet. So STFU quick, unless you want to be poor and not keep the "best" goats for yourself!

about two weeks ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

frank_adrian314159 Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (494 comments)

But if they are actually stupid enough to do that they'll have made an enemy of an economy much larger than theirs, their largest export market, a country they're heavily dependent on for the basic infrastructure of running a government...

I have no dog in this fight (not that it's not entertaining theatre), but I also know that capitalists have very few enemies they will not sell to. If they were willing to deal with tinpot Central American dictators, you know they'll have no issue whatsoever in dealing with the Scots. You're probably overestimating the actual level of dislike between Britain and Scotland, even in the face of divorce. And you're especially overestimating the dislike of bankers cozying up to whomever they can make a profitable deal with - sharks have no national loyalties.

That being said, if the Scots really wanted to piss off the British, they could apply to France to become a protectorate and then keep the nukes.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

frank_adrian314159 Wait, wait... (494 comments)

What happens to Scotty in this universe? Instead of engineering, will he go all Braveheart on the Southerners in the UK? My world is so confusing...

about two weeks ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

frank_adrian314159 Re:Uber Fresh? (139 comments)

Fine, Wrong, why do we have doctors? After all, a bunch of sensors cameras and pressure monitors guiding a functional idiot could do the job if backed with the proper knowledge base. After all, it works so well with Comcast.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

frank_adrian314159 Re:STD's (610 comments)

Be happy she's an ex-wife. Besides, one of my ex's sisters would have been fine for boinking, if not any sort of long-term thing. At least that's the only reason she'd be in my bed.

about two weeks ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

frank_adrian314159 Re:You are measuring it wrong (182 comments)

Because they don't need to succeed, they need to DISRUPT. And disrupt one of the largest and most entrenched institutions in the world - the higher education system, which has been around, adapting, and surviving since the mid-15'th century. Plus they have to do it with a minimum of money to pay for decent course materials. But it needs to DISRUPT! Simple success is not enough. Investors don't pay for success any more. You must DISRUPT the dominant paradigm or you're rubbish. Whether this is a problem with the education system or financial system can be decided by the casual observer.

about two weeks ago

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FCC doesn't care about net neutrality anymore

frank_adrian314159 frank_adrian314159 writes  |  about 5 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 a year and a half 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  |  more than 3 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  |  more than 5 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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