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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin Re:protesting downmods (448 comments)

look man, I lol'ed when you said this:

You owe me an apology.

so in the spirit of progress, "I apologize"

it's still possible you have other accounts (as i guess the same is possible for me) but fsk it

7 hours ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin protesting downmods (448 comments)

i love that someone just downmodded **only my responses** on this deepthread between me and dblll (whom i still suspect may have multiple accounts, regardless of UID)

i protest these downmods...either downmod us both or not at all...

2 days ago

Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

globaljustin so I went & had me a look (65 comments)

I went here:

They have a nice little drop-down to select year/quarter and links to financial's all right there

My problem is I don't know how to read this MBA/budget speak...

I looked at 2009, their xls "financials" info...Q4...

Saw the breakout by sector tab, but the categories were type of services (servers, 'client', etc) but couldn't see where there was a "Public Sector" or anything similar...couldn't find a category for type of client.

Also, I"m a bit miffed that my GP post was labeled "troll"...seriously...not trolling...trying to find out info here that we all, in our industry, should have some idea of...

2 days ago

Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

globaljustin Government Contracts & Microsoft (65 comments)

Is there any way to find out how much of M$ revenue/profits are due to government & other public sector contracts?

It's our money, so I'd be nice to know how much we're paying them.

2 days ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin Re:WTF? (448 comments)

ok, fine, let's agree to mostly agree

And what's with the threat? If you feel you really are being trolled then just do it instead of threatening to do so.

it''s about 'dblll' or is it 'dbIII'....trollers use screen names with lots of capital 'i' and lowercase 'L' so they can post from multiple accounts...*that* would necessitate an email to the moderators (it's happened before, but another /.'er emailed and reported them before I did...also, i've had people insert 'i's for 'L's to mimic my account)

i thought you were doing that...i checked a few variations when you replied and it appears you only use the one screenname (i wasn't going to check this if you didn't respond)

also, IMHO you definitely seemed to be trolling with your comment

but look, you have at least tried to defend yourself, which is a sign you're not, at heart, just trolling

2 days ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin clear dblll is a troll (448 comments)

Clear enough yet?

clear you're a troll who likes to start arguments over nothing

respond again and I will actually take the time to email the moderators and report you

3 days ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin iron dome tech not hamas rockets (448 comments)

when I said this:

but even so, technology has just gotten so much more precise & fast

i was obviously referring to the "Iron Dome" system, not what is being launched at it

3 days ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin "Patriot Missiles" (448 comments)

Remember Patriot Missiles from the 1st Iraq war?

Saddam was lobbing SCUDS at Israel & the US lent IDF a bunch of our trailer mounted ABM interceptors

We've got to assume the Israelis have the state of the art this as good as it gets? Seems like it should be better, given what we had in 1991...I know Hamas isn't launching big fat slow SCUDS, but even so, technology has just gotten so much more precise & fast. I wonder if the intercept rate would be higher if Hamas didn't use DIY rockets among others.

3 days ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin Yes, but... (448 comments)

TFA is very interesting & I'm smarter for having read it...

I'm glad people are looking at this kind of is *one* way to get some unbiased information

So, "5% effective"...

As TFA description reads, the number of Israeli casualties is mostly due to a combination of factors, including bomb shelters and early warnings...

I think the "Iron Dome" people would respond to TFA thusly:

"Yes, but **the program** is effective. "Iron Dome" is our missile defense system, which is one part of our civil defense, which is an entire program of things to keep people safe...if you look at the program in its entirity it's a success"

3 days ago

Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

globaljustin Wal-Mart = evil business practices (191 comments)

you're reductive notion, that anything that sells is therefore 'awesome' and worthy of praise

People largely CHOOSE to shop there.


you're blatantly wrong about this, and it's common knowledge

Wal-Mart is easily an evil, despotic purveyor broken dreams

5 days ago

Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

globaljustin protesting downmods (191 comments)

some crooked fsker went and downmodded all my responses

***i protest these downmods b/c they are not deserved***

my posts have always been on topic, IMHO interesting, and at least involves direct clash of ideas


cowards show yourselves, and explain as an AC or GTFO

5 days ago

Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

globaljustin Wal-Mart are cheating criminals (191 comments)

Wal-Mart is a know exploiter of labor & is roundly hated for their business practices

the fact that you somehow idealize their outsourcing of small town America indicates further discussion with you will be unfruitful

Watch this documentary to start educating yourself: Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

5 days ago

Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

globaljustin i can explain... (191 comments)

my original comment, and the point of this thread is not to explain every shitty film/book franchise out there

there's taste, personal preference, etc...

but what I *can* explain is why the idea that "print is dead" and TFA's assertions about why are dumb and wrong.

it's bad business decisions made from the managers who think their job is to hit abstract "numbers" instead of facilitate their talent

*that's what i can explain*

5 days ago

Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

globaljustin PRINT IS NOT 'DEAD' (191 comments)

Who the hell are you


and **I NEVER told anyone what to do**

my point was/is that **people want better things** and that TFA's assertions, at the general "print is dead" meme is BS

now go watch a documentary

5 days ago

Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

globaljustin another transformers film? (191 comments)

There ARE 'other' options available that man people say are much better.

tell me, what other Transformers remakes are out there?

but that's parenthetical (you and I both know there isn't one)

my *original main point* was that TFA's diagnosis is just dead wrong

a certain number of people are "sheeple" yes...but that does not prove TFA's assertions ***AT ALL***

just because **some** people will watch "whatever is on" doesn't mean that they wouldn't choose a better option, when put in front of them

5 days ago

Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

globaljustin false choice (191 comments)

I responded to another person like you, but since you mentioned TRANSFORMERS...

The first Transformers movie made $700 million. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" made $830 million, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" grossed over a billion dollars and "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is 75% there after two weeks. Reality disagrees with you.

that proves my point, actually

Transformers remakes are shit

they grossed alot of money

that ****does not prove you right****

because there is ***NO CHOICE***

moviegoers couldn't choose between different versions of the are taking a false choice and twisting it to prove a non-existent point

if they want to see Transformers with updated special effects, there is only one option...seeing the ones with horrible writing

also, we're several iterations into this now...people have been conditioned to accept lower quality by artificial scarcity

lastly, it doesn't matter that some people will watch anything...YES...I admit that is a true fact

just because people will watch whatever shit gets most marketing doesn't mean that they wouldn't ***choose a better option if they had one***

you logic is your logic, a zoo animal *must* like their food because they eat all of it...forget the fact that *it's all the food they get*

about a week ago

Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

globaljustin Wal-Mart proves you wrong (191 comments)

A problem is that this market isn't especially large nor lucrative.

you are believing the are accepting *their* framing of the situation

it is a false choice...many excellent films are also hugely popular **when they get the marketing push**

producing shitty movies still costs alot of money, ex: ***TRANSFORMERS SERIES***

end of discussion

The big money is in mediocre crap. Always has been.

absolutely hook line and are part of the problem

YES...people often just want to be distracted...busy people working hard dont have time to curate their entertainment like some of us


just because people will accept the best of what is available doesnt mean that ***if they had a choice*** they wouldn't choose the better option

your point is like saying "People go to's hugely popular...that proves that people would rather have a cheap chinese made bicycle rather than a US made one"

Wal-Mart gets all the customers not because of quality, but because of *******ARTIFICIAL SCARCITY IN THE MARKET*********

it's an engineered lack of's obvious and you are a dupe for not seeing it

about a week ago

Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

globaljustin "the market" = biz managers (191 comments)

the whole "print is dead" meme is a myth

people want relevant, accurate news more than ever

people want entertainment that is not formulaic & trite more than ever

the ***ONY*** reasons authors, musicians, journalists and other "content creators" are suffering is because of:

***bad business management of the companies they work for***

these unscrupulous business managers are trained to understand "business" and "profit" as ONLY SHORT TERM METRICS that are abstracted into more "numbers" that they have to "hit"

it's based on the **incorrect** concept that people don't care if their journalism, art, music is quality or not...they cynically assume that people will watch whatever is on TV, read whatver books are put in front of them, and listen to trite, predictable music indefinitely


people want variety, they notice repetition...

the only reason is that we, as consumers, have been conditioned by bullshit marketing to have ***REDUCED EXPECTATIONS OF VALUE***

this is a hoodwink, plain and simple

about a week ago

Math, Programming, and Language Learning

globaljustin more of why it starts w/ symbols (241 comments)

it starts with symbols...then goes to 'logic'...then math/code/language

here's one way we can know this is true (besides using the SMCR model)...

it mirrors human development

humans use symbols before we know what they mean...before we can use **logic** to manipulate symbols in real time to get what we want (aka talking/writing)

we first mimic the symbols around us like a parrot...we just repeat what we hear

then we **associate** symbols with things...

that association allows for us to use logic...logic tells us what symbols result in what actions around us

***THEN*** we choose from all symbol systems available to us the best for the situation...

that's your answer to TFA

about a week ago



"Canvas Fingerprinting" Online Tracking Difficult To Block

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  4 days 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 7 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..." this good for Bitcoin?"

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Obama Directs FCC to Mandate All Cell Phones Be Unlocked

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about 10 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 9 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...


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'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 accomplishes the goal

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