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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

globaljustin Rope-a-dope (255 comments)

Romney would have rolled over like a trained collie & done anything he was told. It's lunacy to assert otherwise. Obama is a legit President, not like Nixon, Ford, Regan, Bush I & II and Clinton...Obama isn't perfect but he's not illuminati.

Obama stretches decisions bad for the Oligarchary out over time...he doesn't fire Sebelius when all the media heat is on it happens after...the Keystone XL pipeline is another example...

Net Neutrality isn't decided yet. I've seen alot of long well-thought out comments on this story but the FCC has no teeth & Obama likes to avoid using executive privilidge in the FCC.

As for voting...there is never a time you're not "voting for the lesser of two evils" from a systems perspective. Is the glass half-full or half-empty? It's both...and you always are choosing a **representative** that could never possibly do exacty as you would want. It's always a best choice of many (usually two at the national scale...state/local is different at times)

I'm freaking about Net Neutrality, but I have been since 2006 (check my comments)...now more than ever people are aware of it & understand the implications

Net Neutrality will win at the end of the day.

7 hours ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

globaljustin Re:equal protection (355 comments)

Selectively apply "Affirmative Action"

You can't just pick and choose...this whole thing is due to Michigan Law School's stupid, reductive points system...which Affirmative Action was never intended to be applied that way

Affirmative Action is not in any way a quota system & its proponents are consistent with that...except for a few places, with policies made by idiots, like Michigan Law School

This decision, on the larger scale, will help (republican) pols avoid equal rights requirements

10 hours ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

globaljustin equal protection (355 comments)

The majority is wrong, it is NOT constitutional for a state to selectively enforce civil rights legislation.

Virginian can't choose which parts of the Civil Rights Act to follow...

yesterday
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

globaljustin wrong & ruining slashdot (355 comments)

Bartles is a GOP troll, and so is anyone who up-modded his comment.

Sotomayor is as much a "racist" as Bartles is a contributor to productive discussion

Parent comment is not "insightful" and the notion that it would be is *ruining Slashdot*

yesterday
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

globaljustin Sotomayor != racist (355 comments)

Anyone who thinks Sotomayor is a "racist" is a total idiot.

Michigan's Law School brought this whole thing on themselves by their Frat Boy interpretation of "affirmative action"

If you read the opinions, all the justices agree this ruling is for a narrow application of the concept of "affirmative action"

The Michigan Law School had a stupid, reductive, over-simplified method...

4.0 in undergrad? +1
clerk for a judge? +1

black.... +1

it's fucking ridiculous...anyone who knows anything about "affirmative action" knows that application by the Michigan Law School would be **bound** for a court challenge

Michigan's Law School practically set this up. It's almost a perfect "test case"....

yesterday
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

globaljustin Re:This is completely absurd! (355 comments)

Yes.

I agree with "affirmative action"...Michigan's Law School brought this on themselves by how they chose to enact the policy.

Seriously...blacks and hispanics do suffer a racial bias that still exists...but Michigan's system was made as if it was intended to provoke this kind of decision.

yesterday
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

globaljustin Michigan's system was stupid from the start (355 comments)

Michigan's Law School used the absolute dumbest interpretation of "Affirmative Action" which precipitated this whole mess.

"Affirmative Action" does not mean your Law School has to use a "point system" where points are awarded for characteristics.

1 point if you were a clerk for a judge

1 point if you are black

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THIS

yesterday
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

globaljustin bullshit (355 comments)

No...she doesn't "want" that at all. Any cursory read of her decision, or...basic logic...would indicate to a thinking person that she made a proper legal opinion.

yesterday
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The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering

globaljustin "Obama's Tech Wizards" bullshit (95 comments)

You realize 'your party' does the same thing. Hell they BRAG about it and how 'far ahead of the republicans' they are. If you think only one party is doing targeted demographics your dreaming.

yes but not quite...there's a difference in scale & depth of corruption

as to the "BRAG" you mention...I know what you mean...it's the dipshits from Chicago "startup" that were profiled several times in places like Time Magazines under headlines like "Obama's tech wizards" and bullshit like that...

if you look at it...the 2012 election vs 2008 the notion that his 2012 "tech wizards" somehow **outperformed** the 2008 strategy is absolutely silly...if anything they fucked him over by telling him to narrow his message...aka "target"...

the whole "Obama's 2012 tech wizards" narrative was *hype from a dumb startup*

Here's the secret to getting elected: focus on registering as many people as possible and then communicating with them about what's important to them in **all the ways humanly possible** without violating privacy

it's really that simple

2 days ago
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The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering

globaljustin "Republicans" first but others second (95 comments)

the Republicans will keep abusing these tools. Also, these tools make it easy to determine which people to fuck over because so many people will either fill-out their race or give-out enough data to make it obvious

fuck yeah!

also: it's more than just those jerk-offs you mention

it's like we have a huge asteroid that is a "planet killer" followed by dozens of smaller "city killer" sized ones headed *straight for earth*...we obv need to take out the first one but the job isn't over at that point

Hillary Clinton...wtf...I want to think that if she gets elected she wont be beholden to corporatists, but that's not her typical M.O.

there are many others...but Democrats will fall in line to a progressive agenda if either one brave person pushes the limits and is rewarded *or* someone like Hillary gets defeated by an Elizabeth Warren type

2 days ago
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The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering

globaljustin "just like physicists!" (95 comments)

good comment...I came here to post a violent rebuttal to the notion that:

Social scientists will be able to understand and predict the interactions of people the way physicists understand and predict the interactions of objects

but then I saw your comment and realized that i'm not the only one who thinks this research is absolute shit ...srsly..."just like physicists!"

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

globaljustin Republican by *policy* not "tribe" (631 comments)

You're a Republican because you *choose* to forfeit analytical thought and parrot the GOP line in all your communication.

You **dont engage in actual discussion of an issue** you spout the GOP line and then TROLL

You're a troll, Republican, and you're fooling yourself if you think you have any tenable position

about a week ago
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Lying Eyes: Cyborg Glasses Simulate Eye Expressions

globaljustin so...emoticons? (56 comments)

This is not "innovation" or a new "tech frontier"

This is reductive design, with the human usage of the tech as almost an afterthought

Anyone who spends any budget money on this shit is a total idiot

about a week ago
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'Accidental' Siberian Mummies Part of Mysterious Ancient Arctic Civilization

globaljustin Then Fox News... (34 comments)

will talk about how Obama is such a "wimp" for not invading the Arctic Circle immediately.

about a week ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

globaljustin fraud horseshit (320 comments)

No. When the government is doing it, then it becomes a right to a resource that the person is entitled to. They will abuse it and rob the tax payer blind if they are allowed.

This is the most ass-backwards, head-up-your-ass argument...it's opposite to logic but it *sounds* so logical to people who don't think analytically

Take this **same philosophy** that you're accusing all people who receive assistance of having and apply it to your personal finances...

**ANYONE** who doesn't take advantage of all the government's programs for their benefit is an idiot, wasting resources

corporations spend **BILLIONS** to do just as you describe...maximizing their benefits

people don't want to be broke and poor...your whole logic is fallacious and it's obvious you're a closet Republican...just spouting the same tired bullshit

about a week ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

globaljustin Re:perception (320 comments)

The issue isn't seeing, the issue is caring.

right...i get your point (another poster said the same)

what I mean is, today there are good people who see homeless out the car window just bumming around under a bridge and that's all...that gives the perception that *all* homeless people are that way by choice

when our cities were smaller homeless families couldn't hide...

but yeah, i agree that the will to care has to be there in the first place

about a week ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

globaljustin good info (320 comments)

thanks for the link!

and yes, I see your point about SF today...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

globaljustin blame businesspeople (285 comments)

the Internet broke the culture of willingness to pay for journalism

Right effect wrong cause...blame the business side. I saw this happen firsthand as a web editor in Colorado, but it's not "the internet" that broke...it was narrow-minded business people in the administration that refused to adapt their concept of ad revenue

It's a narrow, non-tech MBA-style business approach that did this

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

globaljustin channel differences (285 comments)

right, there are "differences" because, inherently, the channel is different, but it doesn't affect the content...journalism is still journalism

there are myriad benefits to using the internet in the newsroom...the CMS's they have are great...very streamlined.

digital media, as you point out, is different by scale...the resources it takes to print 100,000 newspapers is much different than the resources to make an internet article that 100,000 people see

there are other obvious differences, and they matter to things like ad sales

this in no way proves TFA right or lets newspaper owners off the hook for their bad business decisions

about a week ago

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Rappers & actors invest in Coinbase, Bitcoin

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about 4 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  |  about 7 months ago

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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cybernetics in the 3rd order

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about 6 months 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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