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On Independence for Scotland:

globaljustin directly misquoting me (190 comments)

i said in my post:

Canada is ruled by the Queen of England

i did not say Canada was ruled by England

it's a distinction w/o a difference anyway, the Queen/Royal family call the shots for both

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On Independence for Scotland:

globaljustin hedge against democracy (190 comments)

you're telling the history backwards

first, the Netherlands certainly was a monarchy under the Anglo/Saxons and later

it was **precisely because** of the Dutch Revolt that the Monarchy had to vest it's interests elsewhere!!!!

that was my whole point!

monarch's used corporations for vehicles of their power as a hedge against democratic uprisings and to increase their wealth

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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

globaljustin 'Crown is regarded as a corporation' (949 comments)

wiki, under Canadian Monarchy:

the Crown is regarded as a corporation, with the monarch being the centre of a construct in which the power of the whole is shared by multiple institutions of government[131]—the executive, legislative, and judicial[7]—acting under the sovereign's authority,[87][132] which is entrusted for exercise by the politicians (the elected and appointed parliamentarians and the ministers of the Crown generally drawn from amongst them) and the judges and justices of the peace

the facts are there...well sourced

you're trolling...you're misrepresenting my argument by taking it to the extreme:

the onus is on you to prove "Elizabeth controls everything."

no.

i never said she does that, and that is in no way a burden of proof for what I *actually* claimed...

here's what I actually said

they have soft power...influence...Royals are like the Koch brothers on steroids, because of their family history of despotism

howso?

let's start with BP...British Petroleum

formerly known as "Royal Iranian Petroleum"

so you're shown to be a troll, blatantly misrepresenting my claims

I claimed the royals function now like legal-mandated Koch Brothers...that's what the facts indicate

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On Independence for Scotland:

globaljustin more on the Queen of Canada (190 comments)

the more you study it, the more you see that blatantly the Queen has vast powers

again, from the above linked wiki:

the Crown is regarded as a corporation, with the monarch being the centre of a construct in which the power of the whole is shared by multiple institutions of government[131]—the executive, legislative, and judicial[7]—acting under the sovereign's authority,[87][132] which is entrusted for exercise by the politicians (the elected and appointed parliamentarians and the ministers of the Crown generally drawn from amongst them) and the judges and justices of the peace

**the Canadian people let this happen**

why why why why ????

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On Independence for Scotland:

globaljustin look at the facts (190 comments)

I strongly doubt that anyone reading this was previously unaware that Canada had a Parliament, etc.

I invite people to *look at the facts* and ignore statements like "They're really just a figurehead" or "It's limited by a Constitution"

We have to look at policy, not an unfalsifiable statement like "they're limited in power"...let's get past platitudes...there's obviously more to the story

From the same wiki you quoted from...note the list of powers:

Per the Canadian constitution, the responsibilities of the sovereign and/or governor general include summoning and dismissing parliament, calling elections, and appointing governments. Further, Royal Assent and the royal sign-manual are required to enact laws, letters patent, and orders in council. But the authority for these acts stems from the Canadian populace and,[8][9][10] within the conventional stipulations of constitutional monarchy, the sovereign's direct participation in any of these areas of governance is limited, with most related powers entrusted for exercise by the elected and appointed parliamentarians, the ministers of the Crown generally drawn from amongst them, and the judges and justices of the peace

Also, the Queen (and anyone she allows to represent her) cannot be arreseted or tried of a crime in any court....that's in there as well...all sourced

In practice today, Monarchies (Portugal, Dutch, Norweigian, Spanish, Belgian, etc) wield less power directly through their role as sovereign an more through the corporations they started and control

They are like the Koch Brothers but with a government mandate....

You cannot give me any logical reason why a democracy should have a monarch...none exist.

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On Independence for Scotland:

globaljustin monarch/aristocracy/corporations (190 comments)

who would want a monarch?

a monarchy is like the Koch Brothers only they have a legal charter for their family in perpetuity

every American and French person should by default be in favor of any movement towards liberal democracy and away from aristocracy

example: Canada is a monarchy ruled by the Queen of England, who has final say on all major government decisions.

it's not "symbolic"...the power is real...but it is usually weilded through corporate power not legal power

Also, Monarchies invented the multinational corporation to hide/maintain their power as democracy grew throughout the world....the Dutch Monarchy formed the first multinational corporation the Dutch East India Company: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

globaljustin yes (181 comments)

1000% this ^^^

i can't stress enough that if you work in IT, signal processing, and t-com in general none of Snowden's revelations were surpising in the least...the only **actually surprising** info is that we were seeing it discussed on the nightly news

there has been a continual conversation about the issue since /. first began

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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

globaljustin defined by coverage (181 comments)

"national conversation" in practice means mainstream media...nightly news...CNN...all making a *big honking deal* about something

you know how it works, it's happening right now with the NFL

media producers choose these stories...it's ***their choice***

Stallman, the EFF, most people on /. and many others (including Sen Wyden from Oregon) were **trying** to get mainstream discussion of these issues but no chance

it never needed to be this way...it's about idiot news people and an industry (ours) that doesn't know how to explain itself

if all Snowden has in his corner at this point is "he started a national conversation" then you've really just accepted defeat

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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

globaljustin objecting to downmod (181 comments)

my above comment, modded "-1 Troll" was done so unfairly

agree or not with the content, I have a salient point and provide evidence....that's real discussion not trolling

i offer falsifiablity to my claims as well...not trolling...

whoever downmodded me is a dastardly evildoer

2 days ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

globaljustin defined by mainstream media coverage (181 comments)

we didn't need him **at all** to have a national conversation

in 2006 we knew this was happening...but it wasn't reported

why?

what *is* a "national conversation"...for better or worse, practically speaking "national converstation" is defined by mainstream media

mainstream media is made of people in roles that make decisions about what you see

producers **choose** what to cover, how to cover it, how in-depth to go, who to interview, how long the segment lasts, where it is placed on the web page and print paper....whether to do a follow up story...

that defines the "national conversation"...and we could have had it in 2001 with the Patriot Act or 2006 when this info came to light...

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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

globaljustin information was there (181 comments)

it was reported in the link i posted, from government sources

and if you work in IT or t-com you already knew it was all technically possible

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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

globaljustin knew in 2006 (181 comments)

GP is right...if you're a router jockey, none of it was news

also, it was first reported publicly **in 2006** right here: "NSA Has Massive Database of American's Phone Calls"

Snowden only gave operational specifics like the names of the programs...he himself was either a dupe or blackmailed or self-deluded...and he's probably not a free man in Russia

He does not get credit for "starting a national conversation"....because that conversation is dependent almost purely on how how mainstream news covers the event (we can scream until we are blue in the face here on /. but to influence non-techs you need mainstream news)

We could have had a "national conversation" about the Patriot Act or in 2006 when this info was first released.

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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

globaljustin both/and (949 comments)

that's a false dichotomy

you're making it out to be a binary when international politics is infinitely more complex

the fact is the legal mechanism exists, but in practice they prefer to not need to use it b/c there are obvious benefits (ex: this conversation) to staying behind the scenes

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globaljustin how it continues (949 comments)

they have soft power...influence...Royals are like the Koch brothers on steroids, because of their family history of despotism

howso?

let's start with BP...British Petroleum

formerly known as "Royal Iranian Petroleum"

it was a deal with the English Crown, who, at the time the deal with Iran was made over 100 years ago, still ran BP outright

BP is a publicly held company now, but the ties are still there financially...the Royal Family still has controlling interest

that's one example...think of it this way, here in America we have no Royals, yet rich people still influence government...now, Royals are rich people *plus* a huge network of dependencies and relationships that go back for centuries

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globaljustin veto power & soft power (949 comments)

the British Royals have veto power on every major decision Canada makes

you agree that Royal Assent is necessary yourself...and it's in that wiki *very well sourced*

so Royal Assent exists...your "what if" scenario about what would happen in a confrontation situation with the Canadian subjects is *Pure Speculation*

also, it is foolish to assume that the Royal Family wouldn't try to push policy in other ways that are not as confrontational

the whole point is to keep their involvement low profile

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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

globaljustin canada is owned by the Queen (949 comments)

you are absolutely wrong my friend...you need to accept it...Canadians aren't 'citizens' they're 'subjects' just like the British

it's all right here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

Elizabeth II has final say on all important decisions of the Canadian government, foreign and domestic via Royal Perogative...and Canadian Parliament must **ask her permission** to meet

It's true...look at the sources in the wiki above

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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

globaljustin BBT and you and me (102 comments)

he chose not to answer....whether the show truly makes geek culture mainstream....or if it just holds geeks up for ridicule to millions of ordinary Americans

right...I'm totally with you on your analysis of the show's relationship with 'science' and the culture of scientists and academics...100% agree

this guy is a science advisor...that's it...he would be acting very unprofessionally to speak officially and talk about the fact that the characters protrayal is a backhanded ridiculing of geeks

the truth is, YES...there are definitely major things wrong with BBT & science...but this guy is not part of those decisions

to go further, I *wanted* to ask a question like you suggest, but as I typed it, I just tried to picture a day on the set for this guy...he's not part of those decisions that we hate at all...

instead, I tried to get at it from another angle with my question (which he did answer!)....I asked him how much input about his daily life as a scientist the show makers ask him about...the answer confirms what we suspect

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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

globaljustin good stuff (102 comments)

love this about /.

it's almost like our secret 'AMA' only it's actually informative

thanks again to Dr. Saltzberg for taking my question!

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

globaljustin Oligarchy world (949 comments)

100% agree

this is an insane world....and it's not nearly as free and democratic as we like to think it is...

Saudi Arabia isn't an 'ally' it is a despotic monarchy...basically ISIL with official sanction to a nation/state

Canada is a monarchy that's allowed to make some of it's own laws and have meetings but really its an oil emirate for the Brittish Royals

Iran is a modern country with pockets of progressivism that actually likes America and freedom, but oil interests (again with the Brittish Royals) prop up a psychotic religious extremist hierarchy

2 days ago

Submissions

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"Canvas Fingerprinting" Online Tracking Difficult To Block

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about 2 months ago

globaljustin (574257) writes "First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it.

[The] fingerprints are unusually hard to block: They can’t be prevented by using standard Web browser privacy settings or using anti-tracking tools such as AdBlock Plus.

The researchers found canvas fingerprinting computer code, primarily written by a company called AddThis, on 5 percent of the top 100,000 websites."

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Rappers & actors invest in Coinbase, Bitcoin

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about 9 months ago

globaljustin (574257) writes ""According to Pando , Nas and partners have invested in Coinbase, a company that lets you buy and store Bitcoin.

CBS Local reports that Childish Gambino (otherwise known as Donald Glover from Community) are believers. Glover seems to think we're still on the gold standard and that it should be replaced with Bitcoins..."

So...is this good for Bitcoin?"

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Obama Directs FCC to Mandate All Cell Phones Be Unlocked

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  1 year,2 days

globaljustin (574257) writes ""Several months after calling for legislation to unlock cellphones, the White House filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday asking that all wireless carriers be required to unlock all mobile devices so that users can easily switch between carriers."

This move should be met with universal acclaim from cell phone users, right?"

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Bill Proposes Database of Offenders to Aid Dating

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

globaljustin (574257) writes "A California state bill would create an online database open to the public of men and women convicted of domestic violence in California.

"If you're online, Googling and looking for information on someone you met in a bar or on MySpace, this would provide a tool for people to go and look to see if someone who is suspicious and a little creepy has a history of violence," said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, who introduced the bill.

Also reported by the New York Times and GCN"

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Journals

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cybernetics in the 3rd order

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about a year ago

This is my first journal entry.

I will chronicle my scientific and business related endeavors.

My business approach uses Cybernetics.

What do I mean by Cybernetic Approach:

A 'cybernetic' approach to problem solving and decision making is a way of contextualizing and processing decisions.

Cybernetics is, roughly, the study of how humans interact with systems. What makes the approach useful is the trans-disciplinary connotations of the word 'systems'

Everything is a system! Nature is a system, your face is a system, a soufflé is a system, a beer in your glass is a system, a crowd of people is a system, this website you're reading is a system...

Everything!

It might seem reductive...'of course it's a 'system'...that tells me nothing' you might say...however this contextualization puts everything we observe into a systemic context, which guides how we progress.

So that is a bit of theory about cybernetic systems. Now, the **application** of that systemic approach is where cybernetics really shines, and IMHO shows that it is the most fit method of inquiry.

Cybernetics is **applied** trans-diciplinarily as well. No application of a action to control a system is out of bounds. ALL methods and means are used to capacity as needed.

ex: writing a 'novel'...

there are many approaches to writing a novel, some authors I've read will sit and type out a book they like as a way to get the feeling of doing the work...others like seclusion...it's up to the writer...the writer **chooses** at several decision nodes exactly how the novel will be

choices, multifactor analysis, nonquantifiable data, decision nodes...this is something a cybernetic approach can assist

if an author was truly taking a 'cybernetic' approach to the decision making process of writing a novel, she would use **every** style and genre as it fit the needs of communication

nothing is out of bounds, and indeed, by design, all possible methods are not only 'in bounds' but the method requires using all of them (or at least the possibility that any might be used)

ex: choice of narration style. will this novel have a narrator? will the narrator be a 3rd person omniscient? will they be a character in the story who is 'telling' the story to the reader? will they be a reliable narrator?

"yes" is the cybernetic answer...

communicating the message to the reader is the single most important factor...full expression...

cybernetics gives us the freedom to choose any tool we like to accomplish our goal, as long as...it accomplishes the goal

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