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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

globaljustin Re:welcome to slashdot (125 comments)

almost 10 years isn't a 'noob' on any internet forum

6 hours ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

globaljustin welcome to slashdot (125 comments)

thank goodness the core /. membership hasn't abandoned the site.

says the user with a 7-digit UID

you have no idea what the "core /. membership" is like because you have just started commenting

9 hours ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

globaljustin Re:NGO's have the same problem (79 comments)

the problem is the decision makers - not the ideas

being in charge means *deciding between options*

9 hours ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

globaljustin **bad idea** not "big idea" (79 comments)

we have to blame the business people here

the problem is that the people with money don't know the difference between a *good* tech innovation and *bullshit* marketing gussied up as tech innovation

the problem is ignorance of the decision makers, not our ideas

there are plenty of good ideas to be had floating in the ether...

9 hours ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

globaljustin punishing Dice with griefer bots? (125 comments)

these extreme trolls are complex enough that they might mean something

i wonder what organization (and their PR wing) would be pissed that Slashdot published this story

it could be that if they can't keep it from being published then they systematically subvert it by putting racist/homophobic stuff as first post to make it obnoixious

in other words, sockpuppet griefers

yesterday
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Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

globaljustin dodged the question (62 comments)

There are many criticisms of the Turing test...from many angles.

You address none of them, you just simply stated the negative.

That's the problem...supporting the Turing paradigm means constantly avoiding the question (litterally and figuratively if you think about it)

yesterday
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Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

globaljustin **whoosh** (62 comments)

How about listing those rules. I don't ever recall seeing the handbook.

exactly the point/problem with the Turing and 'teh singularity' paradigms

Oh baloney.

that's the correct analysis here

yesterday
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Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

globaljustin Re:Turing test is flawed (62 comments)

I'd rather we figure out how to build machines that can do things we want to do but can't, or aren't very good at.

well said...this should be the paradigm in computing design

yesterday
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Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

globaljustin tautology ontology (62 comments)

exactly...it's all based on a tautology...a faulty ontology. The Computability Function is not a computing paradigm, it's reductive.

'AI' is complex machines following instructions. That's what it is. The rest is people projecting their own emotions onto inanimate objects.

When I say "it's a tautology" what I mean is, it's based on linguistic distinctions only. Not actual, functional distinctions.

A tautology says, "If people think a pile of shit is a steak dinner, then it becomes a steak dinner"

That's an extremem example, but it's actually not that far off from what 'teh singularity' crowd are doing with 'ai'

I'm a telecommunications engineer and cyberneticist...my MS is in Information & Comm Science and I'm ABD in System Science

I'm working on promoting the *Cybernetic* ontology as the foundational paradigm for computing.

Cybernetics for computing would be a combination of Claude Shannon, Norbert Weiner, Lovelace, and others...

In the cybernetic paradigm, the Atanasoff-Berry Computer is the prototypical advancement.

ahem...i'm tweeting about this using the #cybernetics hashtag...it's my way of trying to promote the idea

yesterday
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Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

globaljustin Lovelace is great, test is dumb (62 comments)

The Turing and Computability Function paradigm for computing is (finally) being rightly and fully criticized (ironically, as we get a Turing hollywood movie)

Ada Lovelace's theories ***do indeed*** provide the theoretical ground work (along with others like Claude Shannon) to cleans ourselves of Turing Test nonsense

However...this test...in TFA is not the test.

It's just a variation on the Turing test that still has the same tautology...it's a test of fooling a human in an artificial, one time only environment...which has nothing to do with actual computing

We need to stop pretending we can make a machine that thinks like we do...

It's a tautology and a waste of resources.

Machines follow the instructions we give them via code. End.

yesterday
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

globaljustin Re:"very telling" indeed (145 comments)

Greenwald is a thinly veiled attempt to convince an entire generation not to vote

true

2 days ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

globaljustin "very telling" indeed (145 comments)

Just asking this question (in a serious context) is foolish and ruining America:

Greenwald's argument is very telling: that society can rely on corporate interests for protection. Is it true that representative government is a lost cause and that lawmakers would never knowingly yield authority?

The enemies of freedom want us to be asking fsking moronic questions like this!

**of course 'representative government' isn't a lost cause**

The fact that we are even putting this on /. is the thing that is actually "very telling"...it shows people have forgotten the basics of being a free individual

2 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

globaljustin Re:Nuclear Test Ban? (493 comments)

good info thanks!

3 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

globaljustin Q&A of parents (145 comments)

what does some random 17 year old with rich helicopter parents have to tell us?

seriously...

all these "child prodigy" stories are bullshit and nothing more than advertisements for the parents

3 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

globaljustin Re:Nuclear Test Ban? (493 comments)

well, if you're sure then i believe you...it's just that if there's no ban then it'd be crazy not have been developing it for space...

so we could have been using nuclear in our spacecraft this whole time?

see, like any kid in the 80s with an interest in space and too much time in the library, i wondered why we didn't have a RAMJET powered single stage to orbit space plane powered by a big version of 'mr fusion'

or something like that anyway...the X planes were on the cusp back in the 60s for crying out loud...

i thought there must be some kind of archane law like that, otherwise it would be foolish not to use nuclear power...

but if you're sure...

3 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

globaljustin Nuclear Test Ban? (493 comments)

Is this all about a treaty between NATO and Russia?

We can't send anything nuclear into the atmosphere.

3 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

globaljustin what is good research? (108 comments)

Mr. Gladwell, thanks a bunch for taking questions from us! I read you book 'Blink' and it was definitely value-added, esp. the story about war games...and how they gamed the war games.

My question: How do you, personally, evaluate research science? How do you differentiate the good research from hype? What is your process for evaluating scientific research?

I ask because everyone in media is quoting "research" now..."pop science" is a thing in our culture...I'm interested in how *you* a person known for writing about science, evaluates the research.

___________

When I did data analysis in grad school, any human survey research would automatically send me to the Methodology section to see **the actual text of the questionaire** that was given. I find that helps me fight through the hype of an unscrupulous article

5 days ago
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Fascinating Rosetta Image Captures Philae's Comet Bounce

globaljustin not disaster (69 comments)

aw, c'mon now!

everyone in the known universe wanted to see those harpoons...they didn't launch...that's a failure...

same with the retro-booster

but it is nonsense to call it a disaster

a 'disaster' is a shuttle exploding, or a probe failing because of metric/english unit conversion errors (google it)...

for this mission...if Rosetta had missed it entirely, no rendevous...or if the lander had totally not worked...maybe that's a 'disaster'

but this is not that

about a week ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

globaljustin true (337 comments)

what you say is true, but i think your attitude is a bit off...

sure those are failures, but ESA has alot of catching up to do...how many ESA astronauts have been killed on the launch pad?

how many ESA shuttles have be lost?

ESA should celebrate success wherever they find it...

no excuses of course...they should just...do better next time!

about a week ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

globaljustin Re:free market (219 comments)

Linux isn't a total solution for education/academia but it's definitely in the mix all over the place

at my last university, all the computer labs were iMacs that could boot into windows or the reverse...keyboard and mouse were standard on all...it really was just preference

it also depends on where you tried to implement Linux...for graphic design as much as i hate it they have to use Adobe CS which doesn't reliably run on Linux...obviously GIMP should be part of the cirriculum, but you can't go in there with janky Ubuntu ACS installs and expect them to say yes

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Interview at Startup From Hell

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about a month ago

globaljustin (574257) writes "The author recounts an interview for a non-tech, full time job at a Silicon Valley startup that exemplifies the unprofessionalism in the industry.

"Late in the day, one of the programmers took out a toy helicopter and began flying it around the office.

[The Boss] was still at his laptop, laughing along but looking increasingly desperate at his lack of control over the employees.

"Come on, guys, what about some work?" he asked pathetically.

Everyone ignored him...""

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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Suggests a Women-only Mars Mission

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about a month ago

globaljustin (574257) writes "Alan Drysdale, a systems analyst in advanced life support and a contractor with NASA concluded, “Small women haven’t been demonstrated to be appreciably dumber than big women or big men, so there’s no reason to choose larger people for a flight crew when it’s brain power you want,” says Drysdale. “The logical thing to do is to fly small women.”"
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"Canvas Fingerprinting" Online Tracking Difficult To Block

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about 4 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 a year 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 a year 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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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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