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White House To Drop Details of Cyber ID On Tax Day

gartogg Re:Connection Error (276 comments)

You know, by fixing elections.

more than 3 years ago
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White House To Drop Details of Cyber ID On Tax Day

gartogg Re:Connection Error (276 comments)

You don't understand. If the system is closed enough, the designer never has to worry about these hypothetical audits you suggest. That frees him to make REAL money designing software.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Charged With Bribing Korean, Chinese Officials

gartogg Re:Bribery fines are funny (263 comments)

Which doesn't mean that we are doing a good job; large governments breed corruption.

I heard about this one guy, he's the skinniest morbidly obese person in the world! Only 400 pounds.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Charged With Bribing Korean, Chinese Officials

gartogg Re:Bribery fines are funny (263 comments)

Dissolve companies that are caught doing these things; force receivership and sell off the assets. The executives involved would be jailed, and 95% of the workers would continue wherever their particular business ended up.

more than 3 years ago
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Contents of Leaked HBGary Emails Reveal Wrongdoing

gartogg Re:I call shenanigans (369 comments)

RTFA.

There were contracts and delivered goods with 0-day kits to both government and corporate sources.

more than 3 years ago
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LG Wants PlayStation 3 Banned From US Market

gartogg Re:US patents are stupid (165 comments)

1. (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability; "this road is worse than the first one we took"; "the road is in worse shape than it was"; "she was accused of worse things than cheating and lying"
2. (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner; "he did worse on the second exam"

more than 3 years ago
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LG Wants PlayStation 3 Banned From US Market

gartogg Re:US patents are stupid (165 comments)

How would you suggest running the patent office - the rest of the world generally does a worse job and/or relies on US patents.

You have a limited budget, and those skilled enough to investigate won't work for the money you can afford to pay them. Oh, and you have a legal requirement to deal with patents in a given time frame.

more than 3 years ago
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Teachers Back Away From Evolution In Class

gartogg Re:Try to understand ID first, please (947 comments)

Nope.

The basis of ID is exactly opposed to the basis of Evolution. Evolution posits that the way to understand scientific truth is to use the scientific method. The basis for Intelligent Design is that there is something other than natural processes that caused life, and we can phrase it in a pseudoscientific language to mask the fact that it is unfalsifiable and not a scientific theory at all, simply an assertion. As a contrast with this, Darwin (On the Origin of Species) wrote: "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down."

Where Behe (Darwin's Black Box) says that falsifying intelligent design only requires replicating evolution in the lab. It's been done repeatedly. He insists on a "Evolution of the Gaps," where once something is shown to be able to evolve, there is something else that is irreducibly complex. Take hormone-receptor complexity; it is an example of "Irreducible complexity" frequently used. Or it was, until this:http://www.sciencemag.org/content/312/5770/97

Considered, examined, rejected.

Sorry.

more than 3 years ago
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The Rise and Rise of the Cognitive Elite

gartogg So the super-rich are screwing everyone... (671 comments)

Cumulative inflation over the 20 year period being discussed is over 50% (a bit over 2% per year). The absolute dollar wages for high school graduates is flat over the time period (~$50k), and the wages for college grads is up only 10%. (From ~$87.5k to ~96k, reading the graph)

Both groups are paid less - the relative wages are spreading, but only because high school grads are getting screwed more than college grads.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Sony Cannot Stop PS3 Pirates

gartogg Re:Caps (378 comments)

You then have a problem with caps, not speed. It's a real issue, but a different one.

And ratio? Operator? What are you using, some kind of ftp site? Torrents don't have ratios. (Unless you are using one of those private illegal sites, in which case, it's not your ISPs fault you don't want to follow the law.)

more than 3 years ago
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Why Sony Cannot Stop PS3 Pirates

gartogg Re:Evil commenting on evil (378 comments)

But everyone IS willing to copy a game off of his USB drive onto their laptop. Or copy from their friend who got it from him, etc.

And worst case, people used to leave their computers downloading overnight (gasp) to download one of those 5mb massive games like Doom on a 14.4 modem - this isn't different, expect that torrents are easier to use than Usenet ever was - and there is no need to ask for reposts of expired disks.

more than 3 years ago
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The Significant Decline of Spam

gartogg Re:Why not go after the companies hiring the spamm (263 comments)

That's not the point; if they actively benefit because of spammers, and their distribution method currently allows it, then they could stop it. This means that economic pressure on manufacturers will stop the spam.

But it's not true, and manufacturers don't like it. Drug producers don't like people buying knockoffs and Canadian drugs at reduced prices.

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

gartogg Re:Seriously? (1352 comments)

To start, there is a story on the front page of /. Today.

more than 3 years ago
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Auditors Question TSA's Tech Spending, Security Solutions

gartogg Re:Why not use dogs? (239 comments)

A dozen dogs per airport would still be an order of magnitude cheaper than the amount we spent on less effective technology. And the ability for handlers to search is equivalent to the TSAs current powers, but at least then I know that there will be the understanding that the system is fallible. If cost were the issue, we'd be much better off with the dogs.

As a bonus, dogs + simple metal detectors would reduce time needed by an order of magnitude.

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

gartogg Re:Seriously? (1352 comments)

Facts are facts, but the choice of facts matter. The questions chosen were done so to pick ones that Fox has misled viewers about.

But there are plenty of facts FOX watchers know that non-Fox watchers do not. There is a value judgement, and I think that the fox conservatives have gone a bit too far, but I can pick facts to bolster the other side pretty easily.

As I said above, can liberals list companies that got a bailout as well? Can they talk about tax rates, or Tea Party candidates? You might say these are specific examples chosen to prove a point, but the U of M researchers did the same thing.

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

gartogg Re:Seriously? (1352 comments)

To amplify this, let's ask the MSNBC crowd about the appreciation of the price of gold and the level of overall government debt, or what size the bailouts were and which companies were involved, and the FOX viewers would arguably come out on top.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles

gartogg Re:Shakespeare? (641 comments)

So you are saying that the book of jude clarifies what happened more than a thousand years earlier? Hard to believe that it's authoritative. Oh, wait, the bible is literally true. (Unless you're Jewish, then you don't need to read the second half.)

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Cluster Hits a Petaflop, But Linux Retains Top-5 Spot

gartogg Re:Excel spreadsheets for banking and stock exchan (229 comments)

It doesn't matter what large means to you; you weren't involved in the discussion. It also does not speak well of your abilities with numbers if "days" means nothing to you. It's multiple, as in more than one.

A 10gb database may not be huge, but the complexity of the convolutions that need to be performed on the location losses to find the loss curve is a bit difficult. Some re-insurers have an arbitrarily large hardware budget (in the millions per analysis machine, since they only need a couple,) and the software maxes out its ability to use multiple processors after 16 or so, and so HPC solutions in windows would be very useful.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Cluster Hits a Petaflop, But Linux Retains Top-5 Spot

gartogg Re:Excel spreadsheets for banking and stock exchan (229 comments)

Any other application built for windows has the same issue.
I work for a company doing modeling for insurance, and the software for catastrophe modeling (RMS, AIR, Eqecat,) all are windows only. The simulations and models take days to run for a large data set, and the software/modeling companies aren't about to switch off of windows for the software licensed from them, and there is nowhere else to go.

about 4 years ago
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T-Mobile G2 'Permaroot' Achieved

gartogg Re:this just encourages them (262 comments)

But picking the definitions to suit your ideological goals is?

One standard usage of "Free Market" is where supply and demand determine the price of goods; if cartels and monopolies form, the supply/demand cause is replaced by cartel or monopoly pricing, which disassociates the supply and demand.

about 4 years ago

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I saw this online just now, the intro to my first website!

gartogg gartogg writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I Guess I was thinking. I was thinking about making a web site. I know how to make one, so I started thinking of ideas. And then I thought something else. I guess I think alot. This time, however, it was a mostly coherent thought; Why Bother? After this wave of apathy had washed over me in much the way it likes to do every once in a while, I thought "HEY! What a great name for a web site." Realizing I was hungry, however, I decided not to bother doing anything about my idea quite yet, and get some food. When I finally walked to the kitchen, I saw chocolate chip cookies, freshly cooked. My first instinct was to scientifically observe the speed with which a starving teenager can swallow still-hot chocolate cookies, but quickly realizing my mistake, I understood it was a trap! I quickly went in search of the maker of these cookies to ensure that they were, indeed, for a school project, or to sell at a bake sale, or some other ridiculous project that didn't involve me eating the cookies. As I searched, I quickly found my mother, who had baked the cookies. She said I could eat them! As I headed back into my room half stuffed with cookies, I realized my first instinct had been correct. No, not the scientific observations! or, actually, them as well, but more importantly the first instinct preceding that: Why Bother? Suddenly I had an insight! If problems are left alone for long enough, they will go away! I had something I needed to tell people! No, not the crap about ignoring problems, I needed to inform the public that since I only ate MOST of the cookies, the remainder are still warm, sitting on the counter in my kitchen!
I hastened to write this account up, and put it online so that others would have tho opportunity to hear how good these cookies are, and possible to get some of them. (As I write this, I am realizing that I am still hungry, so before I finish this rant, I beleive I will finish the rest of the cookies.) Realizing that there is now no point in me finishing this, as I am finishing the last cookie, I'd just like you to welcome anybody who is reading this to the site.

(I wrote this in 1999 as an intro to a PHP generated Blog, [though that name did not exist, AFAIK] and it's kinda funny to think about what I spent my time doing as a freshman. Wow did I have too much free time.)

(Then again, I am posting this to a Slashdot Journal, so I guess the more things change...)

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