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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

infinitelink Re:Lies and statistics... (560 comments)

The solution is "get a specialized lawyer." A buddy of mine has been in training in the law since 9 years old (dad is the Constitutional variety) and then added an Accounting Degree (+CPA+[like 30 other sets of letters) and is not a fraud analyst. A doctor stuck a stethoscope in his wife's ear and billed a "surgery" to her insurance, BIG mistake...now they get free ear care.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

infinitelink Re:The American Dream (560 comments)

Samuel Gompers would like to have a word with you.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown

infinitelink Re:Complete clusterfuck (83 comments)

Microsoft identified malware that had escaped Vitalwerks' detection. Upon notification and review of the evidence, Vitalwerks took immediate corrective action allowing Microsoft to identify victims of this malware.

Yeah, if waking up one day to find that most of your business has been handed over to another company is what passes for "notification" these days. I hope Microsoft paid them handsomely.

For the land of the free, judicial misbehavior never seems to be mentioned when due a mention while it is blared from the rooftops when they rule correctly. IT SEEMS to me that the most important target of criticism here is missing since Microsoft went to--and got--an order by an authority, who should have had the competence to know better than to seize the private property of one and hand it over to another private party. Then again, everyone is afraid of the oligarchy of robes.

about three weeks ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

infinitelink Re:UK is not a free country (147 comments)

I'm torn because whilst things like this sicken me (as a British citizen)

You mean "subject"? When Parliament began using "citizen" in Britain it still conferred or recognized almost no actual (meaning, inalienable) rights to the British subjects. Your EU citizenship meanwhile has guaranteed that the State must respect that you have rights at all (http://www.jcm.org.uk/blog/2009/08/british-citizenship-vs-european-citizenship/). Best of wishes for you in the difficulties that lie ahead.

about three weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

infinitelink Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

One headed down a positivist trajectory, setting a trend; one went the other way. The point is that "old men in the sky" bespeaks a lot of foolishness. Whether theistic or otherwise, philosophies that impose constraints and morals, mysteries and hard things to consider on how to be moral vs. simply succeed, always have a place in human endeavors, whether scientific or political, business or personal (though I see the latter as a somewhat false dichotomy). When these things are forgotten not only are bets on constraints on harms off (see China), the foundations of each of those spheres get undermined and their purposes becomes only "success", whatever that is in the eyes of the actor.

about three weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

infinitelink Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

Not an assault on Darwin, assault on myths of Darwin and juxtaposition of the simple fact that the guy who had all the writing done and who was eventually ignored despite having demonstrably better work in some ways actually believed in some power in the sky if not an old man. And no challenge is made here to the place of Darwin's work as significant in history. ;)

about three weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

infinitelink Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

Nobody but Americans talk about religion in science. The rest of the planet doesn't care about old men in the sky.

Whereas Alfred Russel Wallace, who I believe can rightly be regarded as far more legitimate than Darwin himself (after all, he had a working paper that was observational while Darwin was still putsing and had nothing written, read Wallace's work, and back-fit "his" ideas to the notes from his voyage) but who simply wasn't a famous noble (damn pleb, stay out of the spotlight!), elucidated a theory of theism and the impossibility of life without it.

The general trouble faced by all for, as Hayek put it (slightly differently), rejecting "old men in the sky", is the reduction of vocabulary and thousands of years' refined traditions for thought of every kind; it's not accident the scientific revolution was preceded by religions ones, which formed the vocabularies necessary and led to the careful parsing of matters to be able to make distinctions and think clearly; nor that wherever religious have retreated throughout the globe, tyranny and mass murder have followed on scales unprecedented in history.

But hell, reject "religion" and one rejects the theoretical fundamentals. I've seen university professors go ape-shit when saying this, then reply to them such that the historically liberally ones STFU, and it takes only one word: "Spinoza."

Interestingly, a Christian-just-God-deist-Spinozan coalition on theology produced a document that put rights of man above the reach of rulers, wrote a whole document imbued with that philosophy and said it was only a silver mirror to a declaration that was gold and annunciated it; they were promptly ignored by others who don't "care" about the God of Nature or Nature's God, and their legal theory is tiraded againts on my country's shores by the "originalists" who reduce themselves in these moments to children with minds intolerant of something that can't be defined or set around an equal sign mathematically, with statements like "organic law is a theology, and not a theory of law." No, for lawyers, anything but brute force to the heads of all is no law at all--cause God ain't there.

One thing folks beyond our watery borders never have gotten is that religion has pretty much been a benefit to keep those mofo's in check at home, voting the cynics out or constraining what they can do. (Why they tirade about their being "idiots!!!!") It's as religion has declined in America that largely things have gotten worse, not only on account of removing the traditions and particulars that prevent a larger portion of people from buying their bullshitting or accepting the kind of things which only add to their historical litany of gross harms to human rights (forcible sterilization by the "superior" class of "educated" professionals who graduated stupid-U with inculcation of Darwinism? Only a troglodyte would dissent!).

Of course, as the sophistication of religion is drowned, its adherents' own harmfulness rises: the whole point of religion is largely to "do no harm", at least in the Christian tradition ("harmless as doves...", "...children of the Father..."), which includes the "do to prevent harm", which a certain left here hates heatedly. People hate religion because it can be used to coerce, yet then impose their own flimsier, undeveloped, and evidently harmful (which from the consequences which keep recurring, is obvious) ethics and shame, silent, threaten...in a totalitarian streak instead of fearful of a God should they be wrong.

My point is, really, "old men in the sky" shows a level of theological understanding that predates the Empires of Egypt and Nubia, or the Logos of Egypt, probably comes from those who think everything "Jew" is just late-made-up writing anyway (even as among some of the most significant of Egyptologists continue to uncover long-lost and forgotten sites are found by using Jewish writings) and don't know that the oldest mentions of a theology that is truly Divine comes from Semitic scratchings on cave walls in quarry caves in the (southern) ancient Egyptian empire, and that ignorance of how these things informed and shaped civilization is pretty much guaranteed to doom that civilization whose ideals and ethics were founded upon them, a la:

Why can Sovereigns be overthrown? The historic answer was that a King who breaks his own law forfeits legitimacy; why? See the notes of the Genevan Bible on a certain ancient king. Why do men have rights, equality before a law, not just to expect the violent force of Sovereigns? Because God made man in His own image, and the ruler either serves justice or loses "Divine Right", which is no right, nor privilege, but duty to serve justice. Why should strangers and sojourners in a land, though not of your tribe, be treated with dignity and justice? Because your God brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, where you were strangers and sojourners in the land...

etc.

about three weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

infinitelink Re:It'll come down to an opinion (255 comments)

Tell this to the ****** (self-censoring) judge: Tor was funded by the US government to permit those under totalitarian and murderous regimes engaging in human rights abuses gain access to information outside of State controls and preserve their anonymity against those who might kill or substantially harm them. p.s. Funny how its (US's) own agencies are now desperate to destroy or infiltrate it...

about a month ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

infinitelink Re: They're infringing my Second-Amendment drone r (268 comments)

the founding fathers never envisioned an article in the Constitution that would legitimaze the rise against the legitimate authority

"legitimate" and "authority" didn't mean "elected" and "power" in their parlance; and they were quite clear on this; infringe a natural right and you loose legitimacy; wield power to enforce it and you are a tyrant. And about that part of never envisioning, a little nobody named Jefferson (along with similar statements of a few others) mentioned the need for mass use of Amendment II, well, about every 20 years...

about a month ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

infinitelink Re:First post (274 comments)

The government can invalidate contracts but they can't force you to sign contracts or force you do things you don't want to do.

You missed the batshit Obamacare ruling, didn't you?

about a month ago
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Venture-Backed Bitcoin Miner Startup Can't Deliver On Time, Gets Sued

infinitelink Re:Breach of Contract (120 comments)

Why would anyone sell shovels? If it was profitable, they'd dig everything themselves. Actually, the real profit is in licensing the shovels with a per-scoop fee.

It's about balancing risk. Some people prefer taking a shot at mining. Some people prefer selling shovels. Some people probably do both.

Actually, it's about capital. If you lack access to it then once you're done making the money printer you don't have enough left to run it. So you sell the damn thing at a slight profit and build yet more, relying on the prior aggregation and assembly of capital in a useable form to produce something of value (more capital).

At some point it becomes about risk if you can afford to no longer sell them, but then someone else who can afford to print on their own but continues to sell them because of structuring their factors of production (including capital) which includes revenues from sales can give them an edge may mean you take a whole other level of risk on by relying on only one source of income.

Better get all the revenue possible, specializing, and out-innovate the other guy though, by doing this you may simply lose your skills edge to run and wield the thing you yourself are producing better than your buyers: suddenly we have a symbiotic relationship of maker and user and neither has the edge over the other in terms of the other's particular discipline and scope!

And of course, each have separate kinds of capital so even if you know how to mine better, they may have better conditions and contracts and equipment and environmental conditions and.... :)~

(Gotzta love deh economicz.)

about a month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

infinitelink Re:Yeah sure (371 comments)

You seem to be all for the utter and total betrayal of the "beta" soldiers, for the betterment of the "alpha" soldiers. There doesn't seem to be much else to say.

And you're a context-ignoring troll, willfully. He's saying that a byproduct of these people who are deemed (by you) to be idiots and useful tools for the "swine" of the MIC is that the betas don't actually have to be sacrificed up the hill; they're weeded-out of the process altogether (hence preserved) because a volunteer military PREVENTS a draft. Go bad and read it--unless you're just trolling. A beneficial consequence of the draft is we don't send flesh into a shredder just to slow the shredder down. And since folks like yourself lambast a great portion of a nation for aspiring to something like duty and being noble and "serving country", without particularizing the fault and explicating how this undermines those very ideals--though indeed general language has it splace--there doesn't seem to be much else to say. However should you take some time to produce examples, give the context, explain it, reference sources, argue details, etc. then you may even produce convincement for those noble savages to hold-off on aiding the MIC with their sensibilities of duty and patriotism, and more importantly strength of body, to instead turn such principles towards the demand that the MIC actually serve the ideal of nation which endears them to patriotism.

about a month ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

infinitelink Re:How deep is the rot in Washington? (682 comments)

Just a thought, but the Communist party is still designated a totalitarian subversive organization. That may have something to do with "issues" they are a having--and that classification DOES hinge on their own writings, histories, consequences of Communism being disastrous and rights-destroying globally...

about a month and a half ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

infinitelink Youtube Video crap? (257 comments)

What's with clicking on a /. page margin showing Youtube videos?

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

infinitelink Youtube Videos (321 comments)

Don't know if others here are getting this, but if I click to the left of the comments Youtube Videos load and cover the comments page. If anyone else is seeing this behavior on Slashdot, any suggestions to stop it? (I have JS disabled so maybe this is a downside to HTML5 for which will be needed new methods of crippling the shit thrown-into browser by the likes of whoever took-over and ruined Mozilla in the name of "empowering designers!!! TAKE BACK THE WEB [from the user]".)

about 2 months ago
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How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

infinitelink Re:Economic reasons (384 comments)

[...] the Byzantine Empire, which was what they called the eastern half of the Roman Empire after the Empire split).

Common mistake. As it was ruled by direct succession of Emperors from Rome itself and under the same laws (though developing, of course), and much of the same society, peoples, etc., the peoples of Byzantium called their Empire...Rome. So did their eventual conquerors and the proto-states of Today's Turkey, and various languages call Greek-speaking Turks and Greeks "Rum" or "Roman". Colloquial Greek itself still calls Greek-speakers "Romeyka", meaning "Roman" since they are (or like to think of themselves as)...the descendents/escapees of Rome/its conquerors and their successors.

about 3 months ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

infinitelink Re:Possibly Worse Than That (216 comments)

Okay, mind indicating the best way for doing so in, say, User Agent Switcher for Firefox? e.g. know which field actually transmits...or maybe you know a better agent with more mark-up and which field in options for a given agent to use?

I ask because I look and see a lot of options, for instance, like "Description" or "Vendor" and don't know precisely what actually transmits and which one to enter text like this into.

about 3 months ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

infinitelink Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (171 comments)

NSA letters, if my occassional skimming on the topic is correct, are gag orders about themselves as well. There are apparently ways to legally respond in the public to these without revealing one has been received but it involves not talking rather than talking.

about 4 months ago
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Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

infinitelink Re:oblig xkcd. TFA itself points this out (105 comments)

As much as scientists in other fields adore outspoken, know-it-all physicists, Bakâ(TM)s audacious idea â" that the brainâ(TM)s ordered complexity and thinking ability arise spontaneously from the disordered electrical activity of neurons â" did not meet with immediate acceptance.

about 4 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

infinitelink Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

Actually no. They know some of them "probably" will die, with such high certainty that they just say "will die", but there's a good chance you as the individual soldier will not actually die. For all the heroics surrounding soldiers, the least convincing thing to me is the 'facing death' idea given that your chances are actually pretty good. 2-10% chances of death vs. all the other crap people face daily...of course that's over huge numbers vs. local involvements but then that's also what we see in the real world: clusters of probabilities with more dilution between clusters. The real heroes are the...steely ones who can mentally put up with all the crap you can throw at them.

Sending someone to, say, Afghanistan vs. to Europa really are entirely different: in the latter case, barring some hyper-extraordinary rush of development ability to manufacture for space all within a few months followed by boosting to orbit the new ship that will then out-run the other to catch it...that probability approaches infinitely toward zero, not only of dying but even "making it" with one or two good radiation waves from the Sun.

On the other hand, come-up with a system and plan to get someone back, then you can avoid the "callous disregard" part and the person taking the risk isn't certifiable insane/stoppable but now the hero. Maybe it even consists rather not so much "get back", but perhaps "my some miracle all this stuff we'll send after you in a thousand different directions at different velocities will make it and you can survive out there a while."

Who with the training and highest qualifications in the world wouldn't go for an opportunity to do such insane sol-system shattering R&D real-time when your life is on the line? Just as long as there is a substantive, serious, committed--irrevocable--effort to sustain that life or lives, then people would back it and be correct to do so.

about 4 months ago

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Learning to Program

infinitelink infinitelink writes  |  more than 7 years ago So I'm a busy student seeking pre-med while also trying to keep-up with hobbies and things important to me. Since I've never written a slashdot journal here is my basic info: My major is biology, with bio-medical sciences and spanish as minors, which is why I find a lot of the slashdot-users' comments on biology and the state of it amusing: on that note, I'll defend just about anyone who is being unfairly attacked-mainstream or not, or whether or not I agree with them. Please, slashdotters, this gets to be a real bore: I'm VERY tired of people trying flapping their mouths in debates such as the Evolution vs. ID one in America when their exposure is the aweful textbooks and to fanciful literature by the likes of Richard Dawkins the "evangelist", (i.e. the most religious atheist I know of these days, and who attacked on of the most respected thinkers and philosophers of biology in the world for a differing opinion, relegating the guy to a "former" great thinker: something totally abhorrent and inconceivable of deserving any respect). Stephen Gould, however, is very well-known, Carl Sagan was a brutally honest intellectual, and for balance try Michael Behe (formerly an atheist but became and ID-proponent), though Behe's worthwhile writing can be quite technical and in my opinion requires a background in cellular biology to appreciate: not *necessarily* to "understand", mind you, but to "appreciate". I won't advocate anyone here, for now, just throw some names. Other than that, I'm a Windows user, mainly, though I'd like to switch to linux full-time. Last year I managed to wipe-away my boot record and had to use a knoppix CD till I could find some documentation on how to use one of its programs to restore said record and it was great, no crashes, no glitches: and using Ubuntu it was the same! But it always seems that the progress in OSS is never satisfactory. Hype gets built-up and then...dissapointment. Features proposed in the likes of Ubuntu which should be top priority get defferred. Meanwhile a bunch of people tit-for-tatting like little kids fight over Gnome vs. KDE, to which I might add, from a purely business and technological perspective, KDE appears, upon examining features and technical merits, policies, and history, to be far superior: I was a business major for a while till it got boring. It is precisely for those dumb fights that, when I asked (visitors who gave lectures), CEOs said they avoided OSS, especially because of the rebellious punkishness at-heart which just destroys any facade of teamwork: similarly I've read many complaints that Gnome rarely accepts advice or submissions by anyone! So those are some very incomplete rants, but with that background information: I'm REALLY tired of waiting-around for projects to move-forward, for KDE on the likes of Ubuntu to catch-up, and etc. A programmer friend of mine has a linux shell-programming books she said I can have, but since I'm going into the medical field (which is using more and more Unix/Linux systems) I'm wondering, how do I learn to program and troubleshoot for these platforms? Where do I start? I'm not interested in slow progress, either: I took Java back in High School and I'd started to understand it, barely (the teaching wasn't great) but was interrupted by cancer. I'm interested in comprehensive stuff so that I can jump wherever I want/need and get things done. The OSS programmer-types are the guys encouraging people to jump-in and contribute, so fine, though I ask, once someone learns this stuff, how are they supposed to do anything with the poor documentation? OSS is miserable in this regard: professional businesses usually require tons of docs, as far as I know, for everything a programmer does--at least, according to some of the computer-guys around my university, but Linux and OSS seems void: not always, but at the least it seems its philosophy is "code first, explain later", though it makes it near-impossible to enter. I'd like to look at something and be able to see what it is, what it does, etc, then look-up the appropriated sources on "why" so that I can figure-out this whole programming game. You'd think linux would have a low barrier to entry, considering cost, but time and effort are another thing: not docs means little progress. Like I said, I'm tired of sitting-around, and I don't wonder at why people flee Linux and such: as useful as something might be it still creates a lot of painful headaches. Microsoft has the likes of MSDN, linux? So advice!? What, how, suggestions, and what experience do you guys have? Nothing childish, please, but if anyone can please think it through carefully, I want resonably helpful advice here. If I sound condescending it's not to you guys, I'm just frustrated here: Windows can't do the simple things I want without a lot of hassle or a chunk of change for software that only exposing feature built-into my OS already, while Linux is always dragging its feet and focusing on crap that's useless for anyone needing to do professional work. Forgive me that this thing is so long. Anyone else similarly put-off or frustrated with similar developments, and how do you deal? Thank you very much for your time, and good day. inLiNk

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