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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

infinitelink Re:Oh, another one (117 comments)

They should know that IP doesn't cover educational or research uses even of intellectual property. My response would be to call upon the bar of any lawyers involved to dis-bar the lawyers, as well as sue for mis-use of their credentials in unlawful threats, among other things--how to actually label the crimes depends on the jurisdictions involved. They get complacent when we say "this is just a normal/standard tactic by an entity attempting to stop activity/exposure it doesn't like, but it's safe to ignore" rather than "this is an attempt at unlawful suppression of information and threats of harm for lawful activity under colors of authority and in the name of the law" and responding appropriately to threats with action.

yesterday
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

infinitelink Re:Are those Amazon sales legitimate? (344 comments)

Fox is biased and MSNBC is biased, but only one promotes disinformation along with their bias - and refuses to correct their mistakes (if they're even accidental at all).

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Christ hedges calls MSNBC "the mouthpiece of the Democratic party." I am not a socialist (as he) but I respect the hell out of the guy's work (even if I find flaws in the "managed democracy" theory) and advocacy. MSNBC on the other hand?

about two weeks ago
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Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

infinitelink Re:Translation... (193 comments)

I'm blowing a mod point for this but my reply below (a) comes from personal experience, and (b) is why you don't drop stages in the development of medicines:

Even if a treatment gives them cancer, or HIV, or leaves them with something like chronic fatigue syndrome, they're still going to enjoy quality of life better than they would if they're dead.

How about an immune system that attacks its own body endlessly such that treated subjects balloon every day to twice their normal surface area, losing enough body heat to go into shock; but in addition, this feels like being stabbed and burned--everywhere--at the same time, and nothing really stops it? In addition, there is no posture in which a recipient can place himself for relief? In addition, ...

There are worse things than death, fatigue, and aids--and practically all of them happen to be related to the fact that the body can auto-attack using (literally) chemical warfare.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

infinitelink Re:Disturbing (742 comments)

Don't sever the cable--depending on the configuration there might be power running through it. You might also kill the connection to some other household/s (though it should not be set-up that way), and without knowing it the prior owner may have signed-away certain rights to permit them to run the cable on/over/through your property (even without State legislation). It's basically just a mess in these regards, but don't go touching cables you don't know about***. (e.g. guy at [company big] decides to wire-up cables outside one day when ZAP...theoretically safe position and activity wound-up not being so due to inserters-of-power running through cables and killing the poor bastard outside because they were still live: I was at meeting for [company big] the following day when we were informed about the misfortune being found a few hours later out in the back yard by the household owner going "where'd my technician go?") So I repeat...don't go touching cables/configurations that you do not know about***. Just don't do it--power could be coming from somewhere on your property, or from their unit outside. (***Unless, of course, you **really** know what you're doing but, then again, so did that level X--where X is the highest number we had but not a roman numberal--technician.)

about two weeks ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

infinitelink Re:Gladwell (192 comments)

Interestingly, I knew a guy whose high school conductor began screaming "stop" one day, pointed the baton at him, and said, "you will never amount to anything." His reply (in his head, he didn't want to get some teeth knocked out) was, "I'll show you, you son of a b!*ch." Fast-forward maybe 20-25 years later, and not only had he played in the Navy band designated for the president's events, but opened and purchased Jazz clubs throughout New York, which he eventually sold for so much that, by the time he was teaching us in middle school, he walked-in every day with a few thousand dollars in equipment, repairs, and sometimes additional in music for the library he was building ("stamp it all with the school's stamp", he would tell me--I was also his assistant). A couple of years later in high school, I heard he was retiring to his yacht--the whole district knew as apparently he was a huge driver, all on his own, of the music programs, funding, etc. Did I mention, he could pick-up even instruments he knew nothing about, fiddle with them a few minutes, then begin to play them like a pro?

about three weeks ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

infinitelink Re:ProfessorA emeritA (191 comments)

Why is this rated to 0? It's a true statement--not something to downmod. Downmoding such a comment, I'm sure, actually bespeaks ignorance or violation of the terms of modding! And while that's not new for /., it's still something to have the actual admins take a look at. It's especially problematic, though, since it's a true statement.

While it is preferable to follow certain rules of grammar for use of Latin phrases, that is within the confines of acceptable English practice. "Profesora" has not, in fact, ever been used--as far as I am aware--in the English language, as an English term. Not, at least, enough to be conventional rather than eccentric. These days, perhaps all the more due to it being Spanish (though being in the Western US where we have a lot of Spanish speakers, perhaps I'm just reinforced given that perception; the east coast, on the other hand, tends not to know jack about Spanish from our POV). I am okay with it to the extent someone would have a Latin or Romance background, but the significations associated with "professor" vs. "profes[s]ora" aren't quite the same, so from that POV I would avoid it myself since it would seem to be a mis-communication, therefore an error.

And "-a" isn't even a solid indication, in English, that a term is actually a feminine for Latin. ("-a" isn't even just feminine in Latin, depending on case!). It *frequently* is in Spanish, but not enough for someone without the prior knowledge. For the last three or so centuries, however, even when Latin was widely taught, been acceptable to mix Latin forms as properly understood or most likely to be, rather than force correctness based on the classical Latin forms (and I have critiques on usage dating back over a 100 years in my personal library), so I don't get the hostility: oversensitivity to "correctness", to me, bespeaks being a poseur--as is often the case in English grammar.

It all seems like the pedantry of correct for case with "I and me" without regard for the actual use-intentions of the personal speaking English, given that the complaints are often applied to usages which antedate the oldest grammars and indicate a different mode of thinking altogether--i.e. evince a feature of English-speakers' mind that doesn't even exist in other classical languages. (Even modern, simplified English, possesses pre-classical features, and actual mixtures of features that span several language families, that ante-date the periods of major influence by Romance and Latin upon the Teutonic, e.g. altering mid-vowels to change tense, not just endings). It's the...gilded age of English armchair philology and grammatical-wishful thinking by the sophomorically over-read and over-credentialed, regarded only for being critics and clever...just not "right."

But in general, critiques of English usage typically proceed out of posing rather than expertise. It's a long-standing tradition in Anglophonic countries, and unfortunate for all the confusion has bred. e.g. I was recently standing in line at a post office and literally stood next to two old women, one who had been warned against the horrific error in saying "dug" rather than "digged", and the other warned contrarily about the error of "digged" over "dug." Both were also pissed I wouldn't take their side...or amused that I could explain the history of that "issue" though a young man, and that the other was so stupid to prefer a "non-word" they had never encountered. I actually found myself in disbelief that either could have suffered such limited exposure.

about three weeks ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

infinitelink Re:Some criticism (184 comments)

Ouch! Those kind of errors aren't simply superficial, they're indicative of jacked-up plumbing. It's like sewage going into the freshwater pipes at several points. Poor KDE users. :(

about a month ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

infinitelink Re:Welcome to America! (462 comments)

Go away agitator. These are tactics right out of Stalin's regime.

about a month ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

infinitelink Re: Wrong Title (499 comments)

Is this irony or sarcasm or just some other kind of fun that is meant?

about a month and a half ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

infinitelink Re:English usage (97 comments)

The issue you're complaining of is one that isn't resolvable within English without either (a) awkward or unwanted redundancy or (b) a significant modification to add markers to the grammar. Consequently, the grammar here is classic in form; besides the fact that, psychologically, the meaning is understood, the rule is that the pronoun takes as its antecedent the closest noun; a supporting rule (that for purposes of avoiding ambiguity actually frowns on the spoken grammar's usage in speech where "they" is employed as a singular--not it's a dumb rule if one is using writing to imitate speech, such as in dialog) is that the pronoun and antecedent must match in number--thus no "use of 'they' to avoid SEXIST!!!(F***ING PATRIARCHCAL BIGOTS, RAAAAAR!!!!) pronouns" made-up "RULES!!!!" by the insane imposed on the usage of everyone else. (I say that despite using 'they' all the time in speech--in writing, nay!) For the prep. phrase "of them" we know "average baby" is singular and therefore "of them" must apply to the earlier "diapers", likewise for "they/'ll" which does not need follow the phrase nor would be--if the writing is any good--taken as applying to "baby."

about a month and a half ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

infinitelink Re:So ... (218 comments)

Your parent actually is that counter example, you failed to comprehend it.

How so? Hubris meant an especial sort of ignorance for imagining one is godlike, like the gods, may ignore the gods...it's use as mere insolence, overconfidence, or neglect of the dangers one may encounter, is to empty the word of any special meaning and make it superfluous--but people then proceed to use it because it SOUNDS educated and special. :\

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

infinitelink Re: You're doing it wrong. (199 comments)

If by "plenty of areas to improve" they meant the code and interfaces, then I agree with your statement: the end-users need something stable, minimum for 1-2 years. THAT DOESN'T MEAN SEPARATE VERSIONS CAN'T BE MADE! largely relying on the same codebase, it's just that when a large groups signs-up at first they need to be able to learn and keep a solid set of expectations.

If by "plenty of areas to improve" they simply meant the documentation for business use, however, then it just means they need the documentation improved.

about 2 months ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

infinitelink Re: So ... (218 comments)

Okay, I hope I've misunderstood you. I work in genomics research, and your post seems, on its face, misinformed at best. Are you seriously suggesting that the computer modeling common to physics and chemistry can be applied to biological systems?

Obligatory, https://xkcd.com/793/

Always keep in mind that physicists operate on a different plane in their own world dealing with quite different formal objects (or aspects) of "things" but they don't know it.

about 2 months ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

infinitelink Re:So ... (218 comments)

They essentially are making biological weapons in violation of international treaties, but they're saying it's all OK because it's for research?

No, they are seeing what happens with certain changes that occur in viruses that are not improbably to occur in the wild (e.g. any single human that picks-up two strains of flue viruses could be the incubator for a fused variety--and the odds are actually pretty good) so that we know how to respond; I was going to write more but someone else beat me to it, http://science.slashdot.org/co...

AND by doing this sort of work they can also develop novel methods of treatment or ideas on how to do so for viruses with characteristics and behavior that haven't appeared in the wild *yet*. This is the only way to do it, really. The problem now is how to beat the **** out of the level-1 maturity bipolar psychopathic egos who run biology labs like little kingdoms and flagrantly ignore safety rules (a buddy of mine is actually a primary auditor for universities' science programs who receive government funding and he is almost never not floored with how egregiously endangering these operations are to their participants, those on the unversity, and all those around not because "OMG I'M A F***ING IDIOT AND NOTHING THAT COULD BE POTENTIALLY VERY DANGEROUS SHOULD EVER BE DONZ!!!" but because of things like "um, you do realize you're committing a felony by storing 1000 gallons of that kind of alcohol in water jugs, right?"

The hubris of thinking "it's OK, I'm a trained professional, nothing bad can happen" is mind boggling.

Ordinary mortals should never be taught the word "hubris", they always use it wrong/inappropriately.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

infinitelink Re:What about Oregon and Washington? (368 comments)

We are becoming a country where the rich can do anything they want to everyone else.

"Rich" is the wrong word--and the distraction (intentional). Here's your correction:

We [have become] a country where [increasingly] th[ose with pull] can do anything they want to everyone else.

about 2 months ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

infinitelink Re:Are they "small government" republicans ? he he (393 comments)

Centrists feel 'off', their views are more complicated, harder to grasp.

Or they don't really think that hard about them at all, just go what's known and comfortable. The linear view of politics and social issues misses that it's not an either-or with an in-between; those who actually are centrists are therefore pretty...sad creatures, especially when the "extremes" are often questioning the foundation of the views of the polar opposites...of the mainstream.

I'm sure you have plenty of experience with what is sadly the majority of Americans: "whatever as long as I can get my check to get my choice for hits in life."

about 2 months ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

infinitelink Re:Are they "small government" republicans ? he he (393 comments)

Amazing how you tell the truth and get modded "flamebait." By the time I post a reply I'm hoping you'll have been modded more positively up, though.

about 2 months ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

infinitelink Re:Regulations (125 comments)

Like the authorities who made those "laws" don't have to follow the laws limiting their authority--or the Feds whose actual job is to ensure natural rights don't have to enforce them in the States, only civil ones when they're politically useful?

Bullshit. The actual authors of this union's Constitution stated, repeatedly, frankly, any law that infringes or nullifies a right can, what? Be abrogated by the citizen with impugnity. It's only "radical" because dura lex sine jusiticia reigns once again.

I'm all for "law" that is "prudentia", i.e. for prudence or good; false laws pretending to be for public protection and other nonsense but really serve to erect unlawful monopolies, guilds, business protections, etc., are deprivations of rights under the colors of law--and those who make and enforce them deserve to be federally arrested and thrown down a hole as the Federal Code requires.

I live in Colorado, btw, notorious for this: the excuse here is that the cabs are a public utility. Strange that if I give a neighbor a lift for free it's legal but if he pays for gas it's technically and suddenly not. (Obviously they don't typically prosecute that, but selective enforcement to evade court scrutiny by ensuring the proofs the laws are not laws at all just invalidates the law in the first place.) That what millions do here daily, with insurance--including coverage of other occupants--is suddenly a public utility if any money or value, whatsoever, changes hands.

Go learn to think before citing dura lex without context. Even the Romans didn't put-up (long) with that bullshit. We just happen to be drunk under the stupor of "order" by force rather than...actual order. And it's damn time the boomers start getting off'd by their dementia to start eliminating their pseudo-sophisticate influences in that regard.

Moreover, you do realize the public figures who like to say "the laws the law" OPENLY MOCK THE IDEA THAT THERE IS ANY 'LAW' BESIDES FORCE--that is, in the law schools, don't you?

I DO get to choose the laws that I have to follow: if a "law" says to murder you--not going to do it; help you do it to or aid someone else in that, not going to do it; take your rights? not going to do it; assist any government actor in it? not going to do it.

Grow a pair.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

infinitelink Re:Why is (201 comments)

Not really, as people who obsess over correctness tend to be idiots trying to gain acceptance among others of their kind.

When used without sarcasm it is also called "synecdoche", and it's part of the reason why the word for "step" is not the word for "no" in French, why various words that had the exact opposite meaning in English at their earliest record.

Moreover dropping parts strengthens the assertion, another common feature in English.

The basic feature, though, is the statement is psychologically understood, and understood almost universally--wan[na] :)~ know the opinion of people in China recently?

This is like all the fuddy duddies screaming "don't start with a conjunction" in my ears--then having funny citing Shakespear, Milton, the Bible...and everyone else; or "don't end with a preposition..."; or nowadays even dumber statements like forbidding the semi-colon.

The immigrants I know who speak 6 languages including English--one nearing the "I'm a UN translator" phase after self-teaching English at age 8 (having come here as a refugee granted asylum and escaped not only the ethnic cleansing that Clinton's bombing was meant to stop but also Clinton's bombing in Eastern Europe) though she already spoke 3 other languages (and nowadays I don't ask the number anymore) always becomes breathless at the bullshit asserted by the older generations in the US.

about 2 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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