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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

gstoddart Hmmm ... (132 comments)

So, in this judges opinion, can we make a fake Instagram account for him or the police?

Or is this act of lying purely something they reserve for themselves?

Because, you know, maybe this judge should start sharing his fondness for sheep and Barbie dolls.

Oh, wait ... if we did it, it would be a crime. And, I'm sorry, but if it's a crime for us, then you should have some form of prior authorization.

Otherwise this judge has said "we can commit crimes, you can't" ... which will pretty much confirm that the law deems themselves above it. In which case this judge's new Instagram account should be interesting to see.

3 hours ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

gstoddart Re:Keep them busy. (230 comments)

He called me a "miserable son of a bitch" and slammed the phone down.

It never ceases to amaze me how someone who is actively scamming you, and knows they're actively scamming you, somehow expects to be treated with respect.

I'm sorry, but do you think you deserve to be treated as anything but a lying sack of shit?

It isn't possible to run this scam without knowing you're scamming. So if you don't get a good response, you shouldn't be surprised at all.

Don't care if it's the only job you can find. You know you're ripping people off, so you deserve all the shit and abuse you get.

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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

gstoddart Re:Copenhagen interpretation != less complicated (191 comments)

True, much work on it does need to be done before it is nearly as mature as the traditional interpretation.

In other words, it's voodoo mysticism which isn't useful for anything, and the author may or may not be reaching to make his theory look sound?

Because the GP kinda makes it sound like healing crystals, and generally not very useful at all.

When there is "much work to do" on your pet theory before it can explain a lightbulb, maybe your theory is worthless?

2 days ago
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Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

gstoddart Wow ... (166 comments)

I learned from that text, and only just unpacked it onto a shelf the other day.

When I eventually grokked (some) calculus it was via his book.

Peace out, James Stewart.

2 days ago
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After 40 Years As a Double Amputee, Man Gains Two Bionic Arms

gstoddart Re:Damn (66 comments)

When will then be now?!

Later. Now. Continuously. Maybe.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

gstoddart Re:Failed state policies (424 comments)

Please explain to the childish hamster brain why all the cars in Cuba were built during the Bautista administration.

It is not true that all the cars in Cuba were built during the Batista administration. It is true that all of the American cars predate the embargo.

But the Russian, Chinese and Korean cars which are all over the place? Not so much.

Again, do you know anything about Cuba?

Are you really going to make the claim that Cubans are better off now than they were during the Batista days?

As a matter of fact, I am ... Batista was overthrown in 1959, and in the last 55 years a lot of incremental changes have happened in Cuba.

Do attribute that all to the glory of communism? Not really. Do I personally know numerous Cubans with educations, access to health care, and insights into their society who have talked to me about what life has been like over the last several decades and how it has changed? As a matter of fact, yes.

Under Batista, pretty much everything in Cuba was to benefit a ruling wealthy, and American businesses which were mostly ran by the US mafia. Everyone else pretty much got nothing at all. This wasn't some noble democracy with freedoms which was overthrown.

Back in power, Batista suspended the 1940 Constitution and revoked most political liberties, including the right to strike. He then aligned with the wealthiest landowners who owned the largest sugar plantations, and presided over a stagnating economy that widened the gap between rich and poor Cubans.[5] Batista's increasingly corrupt and repressive government then began to systematically profit from the exploitation of Cuba's commercial interests, by negotiating lucrative relationships with the American mafia, who controlled the drug, gambling, and prostitution businesses in Havana, and with large multinational American corporations that had invested considerable amounts of money in Cuba.[5][6] To quell the growing discontent amongst the populace--which was subsequently displayed through frequent student riots and demonstrations--Batista established tighter censorship of the media, while also utilizing his anti-Communist secret police to carry out wide-scale violence, torture and public executions; ultimately killing anywhere from 1,000 to 20,000 people.

Batista was a thug and a crook operating under the approval of America, so don't paint yourselves as the white knights here.

Cuba is much more complex and nuanced than your ridiculously reductionist view of it.

You seem to indicate you think it is OK to just take foreign property in your response.

Tell you what, if you ever find yourself as a small nation in which most property has been bought by foreign entities, and you essentially have no rights so you can make money for foreign owners ... you decide if nationalization is a viable option.

Nobody said "go to any country you want and seize their stuff" -- that's what America was talking about with Iraqi oil in 2003 and the notion that stupid war would be paid for with oil revenues.

But when that foreign country essentially occupies yours and you have nothing? Well, if you think making yourself a serf in favor of foreign property ownership is a good choice, that's up to you.

Me, I would be inclined to think "fuck that".

So, please, when you know something about the topic, chime in. In the mean time, you're just another clueless idiot who doesn't know a damned thing about it.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

gstoddart Re:Going back (279 comments)

You know, the "mean spiritedness" comes down to people rolling their eyes and thinking this story boils down to "Waaah, I took the wrong degree, and now I can't find a cool job, how do I get into the profession I didn't get a degree in?". Because that's exactly what I thought when I saw this.

Slashdot isn't your guidance counselor, or your parent. Slashdot certainly isn't even your friend. Slashdot is the collective snark and bile of thousands of people across the interwebs with questionable social skills.

Do you want us to offer him a warm cup of tea and see how he feels about his bad career choice? Do you think that will change anything?

I'm sorry, but if you want warm and fuzzy ... you're in the wrong place. We mostly do caustic and bitter, with a side of "take responsibility for your own actions".

An English major who finds himself outside of the STEM field? Well, that's not exactly surprising to anybody, is it?

3 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

gstoddart Re:What better way (573 comments)

Why does Steve Carell keep getting to make films?

What is the sound of one hand clapping? ;-)

3 days ago
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After 40 Years As a Double Amputee, Man Gains Two Bionic Arms

gstoddart Re:Not completely useless, but... (66 comments)

1) He cannot break an egg with this level of dexterity

Bah, breaking eggs is easy, and requires very little dexterity. ;-)

Keeping the yolk intact and not getting egg everywhere? A lot of people with two arms haven't mastered that yet. :)

And, really, if the man has been without arms for 40 years ... I'm pretty sure any additional independence is very welcome.

3 days ago
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After 40 Years As a Double Amputee, Man Gains Two Bionic Arms

gstoddart Re:Damn (66 comments)

Nothing like a reminder that you live in the future. [imgur.com]

Hmmm ... is that the now future, the later future, or the past future (which could be now)?

The now future when you typed that is in the past, so it's the past future. Now the now future is an ever changing thing, and isn't the same now future as when I started typing this.

The future future we haven't gotten to, but we will, eventually.

So, I'd say we live in the present, which in the future will be the past. The future now will have a future future, but that's not now, that's later.

Are you sure we live in the future? Seems as soon as you finish the thought it's already in the past, even though it seemed like like now.

This all gets very complicated. If the future is now, but that now is already in the past ... isn't the future the future past?

Now, I think in the future, you will look back on your past and wonder if you ever want to say we live in the future. Because by the time you said it it's already in the past, so therefore we're never actually in the future ... in the future we will be, but since then it's now we'll never actually get there.

3 days ago
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After 40 Years As a Double Amputee, Man Gains Two Bionic Arms

gstoddart Re:Unfortunately.... (66 comments)

You say that like it's a bad thing. :-P

3 days ago
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After 40 Years As a Double Amputee, Man Gains Two Bionic Arms

gstoddart Re:This is so cool. (66 comments)

I lived long enough to see cyber limbs. Now to make them specialized for specific tasks, and have quick release mechanisms.

No, you're doing it wrong.

They should dynamically reconfigure. Switch from a hand to a ratchet, become scissors, turn into a hammer or a clamp, or just the big bashing fist.

All with super cool sound effects.

Suddenly the amputee is the cool guy at the party, and the women are whispering about what else it can turn into.

3 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

gstoddart Re:What better way (573 comments)

To implement an agenda of draconian regulation than use the "Sony Crisis" as an excuse.

So, you're saying this is a false flag operation by the shadow government to instill more fear in people, and to allow the passing of additional laws which expands their power and further justifies their abuse of the law and our rights?

I like your ideas, and would like to subscribe to your news letter.

The really scary thing is no matter how paranoid the scenario you come up with these days, reality might be trying even harder. What was batshit crazy stuff a decade ago is pretty much commonplace now after Snowden told us about it.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

--Hunter S. Thompson

3 days ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

gstoddart Re:signal blocking (110 comments)

If the wireless cards don't have ample protection against copying of information and forging then the platform design is flawed.

Of course it's flawed. It's been flawed since it was introduced. This was introduced by credit/debit companies to make it more convenient so people would use it more so they'd collect more fees.

The first time I saw one I thought it was dangerous and idiotic. I largely still do because it's un-authenticated. Sadly, pretty much every card comes with it now.

When will people understand ... companies who create these products don't give a damn about security, they care about getting people to use shiny new baubles. Security comes much later after it's been hacked.

We know all this. We discuss it every time this topic comes up. It's well traveled stuff around here.

But, dude, you're missing the big picture here ... freakin' tinfoil pants. How awesome is that? I mean, now we can have an entire fashion line of tinfoil clothing so we can go out and look normal.

That styling cap I'm wearing? Yeah, it looks like a hipster fashion statement, 'cuz that's how I roll. Inside? Tinfoil hat bitches.

No more strange looks when I go grocery shopping. Now, all of your paranoid needs can be met while still remaining fashionable and discrete ... which has the added benefit of remaining inconspicuous so they Aliens don't even notice you.

Hmmm ... what's that van parked outside my house for?

3 days ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

gstoddart Re:Man, am I old ... (173 comments)

Well, there was a point (and I am talking DOS here) where some PCs did.

Because I used to own the little punch thingy and did it. I did not own an Apple.

I honestly don't recall the disk sizes, so I could be wrong about that.

But, since I had a PC in around 1984/1985 which did this, I can tell you that some of them did use single sided floppies. Granted, it was a crappy Tandy PC, so it was extra useless and special. I had a whole 256K of RAM, so 640K seemed like so much. :-P

On a machine running DOS, I most definitely punched floppies to get extra capacity. That I can guarantee you.

So, you remember what you remember, and I'll remember what I do.

At the time, owning one of those punches was kind of a geek badge of honor when it wasn't cool at all to be a geek. :-P

4 days ago
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

gstoddart So, useless then? (129 comments)

For example, DNNs look at TV static and declare with 99.99% confidence it is a school bus.

Unless it's static of an image of a school bus, these things sound utterly useless.

According to TFS, Charlie Brown is a schoolbus.

It's OK, if AI is this stupid, we need not worry about it taking over any time soon.

4 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

gstoddart Re:Failed state policies (424 comments)

Cuba's failures have nothing to do with Cuba seizing and redistributing the property of its people.

The property which was seized was mostly owned by foreign countries, and benefited the existing dictatorship of Bautista -- who was a brutal bastard, but friendly to the US so America was fine with it. America only objects to dictators who dislike them.

When Baustista was in power, the average Cuban worker was pretty much a serf, and all of the economy benefited only a few.

I'm glad you are keeping up with the DNC memo's and talking points.

You're a drooling idiot.

I'm not an American, and I have no idea of what the DNCs talking points are on this. But your childish little hamster brain apparently needs to make this a Republican v Democrat issue, so you're only capable of seeing thatg.

I've been to Cuba a bunch of times. I've read books my Castro and Che, as well as the history of how the Platt Amendment came to be foisted on Cuba despite their not wanting it. I've also read about the history from non-Cuban sources so try to see the whole picture.

The vast majority of Americans really have no clue about Cuban history. They boil it down to about a 10 year period, and then haven't bothered to learn anything which happened before or since. Cuba and Casto are just the bogeymen to get yourselves worked up about.

So, it's tragic you're so ill informed and are tied to whatever idiotic talking points you're repeating.

Because clearly don't know a damned thing about it you haven't been spoon fed.

4 days ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

gstoddart Oblig ... (216 comments)

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win."

-- Ghandi

4 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

gstoddart Re:Failed state policies (424 comments)

So what your saying is that if we took all the illegal -- uh "undocumented" immigrants from third-world countries that Obama lets in and dump them into the socialist paradise of Cuba that America's healthcare statistics will look massively better than Cuba's.

No, America would probably still rank lower than most third world countries on that front.

In the U.S. they bend over backwards to save babies but since they aren't always successful, the statistics get skewed.

Yes, they bend over backwards to ensure they don't get aborted, and then they decide that the raising of them is someone else's problem. As soon as it's born, doing anything to take care of it would be socialism.

'Cuz that works well in the long run. Mostly it lets the church ladies moralize, and then they can move on to ignoring poverty and crime and focusing on prisons for all the poor people.

4 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

gstoddart Re:Why not push toward collapse? (424 comments)

What do you mean? The country was then conquered within months by us. Saddam Hussein himself was then captured, tried publicly, and executed deservingly.

My god, are you that delusional?

You toppled a government, but you sure as hell didn't "conquer" them.

You barely got out of there with your asses intact, and every single justification for going in there in the first place was provably false before anybody got sent in. Oh, and your inept fumbling about led to the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians -- far far more than were killed in 9/11.

The entire reason for being in Iraq the second time was a colossal lie perpetuated by a chimpanzee of a president trying to finish what daddy started.

You were in the wrong fucking country, because Iraq had nothing at all to do with 9/11. And now you've left a giant power vacuum which has destabilized the entire region.

Being in Iraq was such an epic failure that only people who can call it a success were the private companies who made huge profits, and the lying bastards who got you in there in the first place.

If you think that's a template for how to fix the worlds problems ... the world doesn't want any more of your "help".

4 days ago

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