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Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

geekgirlandrea Re:I think it depends how you interpret it? (625 comments)

No, I'm afraid of the perfectly known horror of *utter personal annihilation* If you're so enthused about death, go enjoy yours and stop shoving your murderous naturalistic fallacy anti-'ethics' on the rest of us.

1 year,11 days
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Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

geekgirlandrea Re:That's so sad. (625 comments)

Feel free to enjoy my death for me. Oh, wait, you're an omnicidal psychopath and you mean you get off on the thought of *everyone else* being erased from existence.

1 year,11 days
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Senator Feinstein: We Need Video Game Control

geekgirlandrea Re:Out with the old. (424 comments)

I think you're assuming she's actually human without much supporting evidence there. I'm betting on her being an immortal blood-sucking space lizard, personally. :)

about a year ago
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Austrian Man Raided For Running Tor Node Exit

geekgirlandrea Re:Precedent set? (5 comments)

No, client-side Tor only makes outgoing connections to relays. If you configure it as a relay it also passes traffic, but always encrypted so it can't be linked to any particular circuit elsewhere at any other node. Legal hazard for Tor node operators is only an issue for exit nodes, unless things get so bad that cryptography itself is targeted.

(Disclosure: I am a Tor developer)

about a year and a half ago
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Is Non-Prescription ADHD Medication Use Ever Ethical?

geekgirlandrea Re:No... and please PLEASE stop! You're killing me (487 comments)

Stop blaming amphetamine users for stuff the government does to screw you over. Causality and responsibility are not the same thing.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

geekgirlandrea Re:It's called "Get A Grip!" (1127 comments)

No, getting 'razzed' isn't fine. A certain subset of mainly hetero men seem to think 'friendship' is expressed through taunts and insults, and the rest of us wish they'd knock it the fuck off but know it's pointless to say anything because they'll take that as a sign of weakness and get even more obnoxious. This does not constitute a 'fine' situation for anyone other than the overgrown frat boys in question.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

geekgirlandrea Re:It's called "Get A Grip!" (1127 comments)

On the opposite end she could be a geek girl herself and know even "better" jokes than the guys.

Just because she knows how to respond doesn't mean she should have to. Shockingly, not everyone enjoys the way groups of straight men always seem to set up a status hierarchy expressed through 'harmless' jokes. I've even (*gasp!*) heard a few guys complain about it now and then.

more than 2 years ago
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Spooky: How NSA's Surveillance Algorithms See Into Your Life

geekgirlandrea Re:FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (211 comments)

Wow, I see someone's a fucking bootlicker.

more than 2 years ago
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Dept. of Homeland Security To Build Better Cyber Workforce

geekgirlandrea Re:first step (57 comments)

Send in a resume claiming to be BloodNinja ?

more than 2 years ago
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Dept. of Homeland Security To Build Better Cyber Workforce

geekgirlandrea Re:first step (57 comments)

Whenever someone says 'cyber' unironically, just think of it as shorthand for "I'm a blithering nitwit and you should ignore anything I say from here on."

more than 2 years ago
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India's Proposal For Government Control of Internet To Be Discussed In Geneva

geekgirlandrea Re:Oh Boy... (230 comments)

One IP or AS number is just like another, so all you need is a simple administrative body to make sure two people don't try to use the same one.

Yeah, true with current or foreseeable future protocols. Not necessarily impossible to avoid, though - what if networks were addressed by public keys in a large sparse space, and you could just randomly generate them when needed?

That's a source of endless disputes, and so long as those domains remain a source of substantial income that will be the case. So a body is needed to resolve them.

You're presuming I recognize the legitimacy of intellectual property there, I think. I do not, and see no reason to object to "whoever claims it first owns it".

On the other hand, DNS is probably the most administratively problematic protocol around due to the need for someone to run the root zone. That one would sure be nice to find a workaround for....

more than 2 years ago
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India's Proposal For Government Control of Internet To Be Discussed In Geneva

geekgirlandrea Re:Oh Boy... (230 comments)

Ideally, the Internet would be run by a meritocratic UN group, ...

No. Ideally it wouldn't be 'run' at all.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Building A Server Rack Into a New Home?

geekgirlandrea Re:Hinged (402 comments)

Pfft, what a boring distinction to make. A *proper* home server room would combine the functions of both. Haven't you ever heard of a cat5-o'-nine-tails?

more than 2 years ago
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House Passes CISPA

geekgirlandrea Re:Lyle Myhur said it best (616 comments)

Please do kindly explain how you can censor a corporation without censoring some specific person associated with said corporation? Have you merely never thought about it for the two seconds it takes to notice that before regurgitating this tripe, or do you simply not care about censoring people as long as they're evil corporate-type people rather than saintly progressives who plainly can do no wrong?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask MIT Researchers About Fusion Power

geekgirlandrea Re:Tokamak vs. Cold Fusion Concepts (318 comments)

Or is it that Cold Fusion is totally dismissed in the serious science community for obvious reasons that escape a novice like me.

That. There's no source of energy to overcome the electrostatic repulsion between nuclei in any of the (quite implausibly) alleged cold fusion reactions.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Poor Numeracy Ruining Lives?

geekgirlandrea Re:Must be said (489 comments)

So are you claiming the revenue is zero or negative for all tax rates other than 0% or 100% under all conditions, or concede that, holding all other parameters equal, there necessarily must exist some tax rate within that range which maximizes revenue? Apparently, freshman calculus is ideologically motivated. Who would have guessed?

more than 2 years ago
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Majorana Fermion May Have Been Spotted At TU Delft

geekgirlandrea Re:Condensed Matter (73 comments)

They cold be a Dirac fermion with sterile right-handed counterparts. You can even make the mass of the right-handed neutrinos different: Seesaw Mechanism.

more than 2 years ago
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Leap Day, to me, means ...

geekgirlandrea Re:Leap day is NOT today (337 comments)

While it's true that the 24th was the traditional leap day, this explanation of why is, shall we say, orthogonal to reality. If a full day of error accumulated so early in the year, the one day every four years intercalation would be much more wrong than it actually is; if there were no leap years, a full day of error would accumulate a few minutes before midnight on Dec. 31 of the fourth year.

In fact, the reason is that in the ancient Roman calendar the days of each month were counted relative to the kalends (first day of the month), ides (fixed day about mid-month, the 15th in March, May, July and October, and the 13th in other months) and nones (two each month mid-way between ides and kalends). Thus, the Romans would have called Feb. 24 in a common year ante diem sextum Kalendas Martias (the sixth day before the Kalends of March; in Latin one counts from one in such contexts, so Feb. 28 would have been ante diem secundum Kalendas Martias in a common year). See Wikipedia on months of the Roman calendar.

After Julius Caesar's calendar reform in 46 B.C., the leap day was inserted after the 24th, and called ante diem bis sextum Kalendas Martias ("second sixth day before the Kalends of March"); thus, the purpose of designating a particular day as the leap day at all becomes apparent in regards to the Roman calendar. At some point later on, the bis was attached to the first day of the two sixths (the 24th), leading to the custom of regarding the 24th as the leap day and the alternate terms 'bissextile day' and 'bissextile year'.

more than 2 years ago
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Leap Day, to me, means ...

geekgirlandrea Re:Alternate calendar ideas vs redefine seconds? (337 comments)

Wow, I can't even begin to untangle the confusion of ideas that could have provoked this post. Maybe yours is different, but the Earth I live on is pretty much a rigid body modulo some viscoelastic and molten parts deep inside and has one and only one angular velocity, which fixes the duration of the sidereal day, and one and only one orbital period, which in combination with the angular velocity determines the tropical day [1], which is what the length of a calendar day should match on average to stay properly phase-locked to the day/night cycle.

[1] Yeah, I know, I know, the orbit isn't perfectly circular and the rate of apparent motion of the sun against the fixed stars varies a bit by the time of year, so this only keeps things synchronized when considered through a sufficient low-pass filter. It doesn't accumulate phase error that increases linearly with time like the proposal in question would, though.

more than 2 years ago

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