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WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

iplayfast Re:Not sure what the "secrecy" fuss is (222 comments)

Off the top of my head, if any agreement is negotiated in secret, it has a much higher chance of agreement then if it is negotiated in public or by commitee. So the idea is that people you elect to represent you do it, and do it in secret in order to get things accoplished.

about 2 months ago

Samsung Apologizes For Workers' Leukemia

iplayfast Good for them (150 comments)

While I don't know the backstory, I applaud Samsung for stepping up and taking responsibility for the problem and compensating the workers who have suffered. SamSung over the years has struck me as a responsible company over and over, for multiple diverse reasons. This is just another to ad to the list.

A company cannot help that there are problems, but it can help by trying to do the right thing afterwards, and trying not to be evil.

I note that a number of the slashdot comments are cynical to the extreme, but I doubt any of the posters have more information then I do. It's too easy to be cynical while living in the 1 percent of the worlds wealth. I expect it's even easier to be cynical when you aren't.

about 4 months ago

Why Hollywood's Best Robot Stories Are About Slavery

iplayfast Re:It only can become slavery... (150 comments)

The problem with free will is that it can mean different things to different people depending on the argument.
I think that as soon as the concept of pain, and pain avoidance is taught to an AI it will have what you are describing as free will.

about 4 months ago

It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

iplayfast Re:HEY (268 comments)

That's it. Music overstimulates me as well. Can't listen to it at work unless I'm doing the boring physical tasks where I'm understimulated. I also much prefer to listen to a book on tape or nothing then have music playing in the car.
My daughter says she feels physically car sick if she doesn't have music playing. (I think that's weird).

about 6 months ago

It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

iplayfast Re:HEY (268 comments)

IAAL (I am a linguist)

Are you cunning? :)

Seriously, to respond.I developed a distaste for music after playing professionally for 3 years in bar bands. Realized that everyone I worked with was an alcoholic and I decided I had had enough of that life. The distaste was so bad, I couldn't even go into a store where there was musak going on. (It has since subsided)

I'm not saying that everyone of the 25% had the same experience, but that a lot can happen between birth and testing.

So it might be that yes language is a precursor to music, but that has no bearing on life experiences. You are linking one theory to your expected results instead of looking at actual ones.

As far as the animals not using music, I think it depends on your definition of music. There is no reason for a cat to purr when it's happy, other then to show it's joy through sound. They don't purr when they are upset do they. I've also seen videos of birds whistling along with tunes. I don't know why they would do it other then to join in, in a shared experience. (They were pet birds in a relaxed environment).

about 6 months ago

Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area"

iplayfast My Cat story (139 comments)

I swear to god this is true.
I live on a farm, that when we bought it inherited a number of cats, as well as a bunch from a neighbors farm. (owner had died so cats transferred to where the food was). Along with these cats came feline leukemia which is a sickness that will kill a 3 year old cat within a month, but is often picked up when they are kittens. (very sad). They end up being very lethargic and then die. We ended up with over 20 cats, peaking at over 30.

In anycase, there was one cat, we called the mother cat, that seemed to be like the mother hen of the other cats. She would adopt kittens from other cats that didn't seem to have the ability to take care of their own. She was a great mouser and would sit on top of a fence post watching for mice. Or she would do this strange echooy call as she walked through the fields. In anycase it worked for her.

She came down with the feline leukemia and was in a bad state. We did what we could for her, but she was going fast. On the day before she died, she was just lying around when other cats started bringing her presents of mice. She perked up with these gifts but was dead within the day.

The important point here is that other cats
1. knew she was dying, or at least in trouble.
2. brought her gifts which they would not normally do.
3. she accepted these gifts.

All the cats seemed sad after she died, and I supposed that I could be just anthropomorphizing their response. But I don't think so.

I've also heard in other barns, that cats have a hierarchy of places to sit. (on bales of hay). The top cats are the highest.

about 7 months ago

Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

iplayfast Re:Simple (255 comments)

Does openstreetmap have search nearby function? Cool!

about 8 months ago

DNA Detectives Count Thousands of Fish Using a Glass of Water

iplayfast So how many salt water fish (61 comments)

So how many salt water fish would they find in the sewers of every city. I think that just because the dna is present doesn't imply or cause the critter to be present. At least not alive.

about 8 months ago

Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

iplayfast Tech's gender is built in (489 comments)

I've had a daughter and two sons, and in my experience the tech gender is a built in thing. My daughter was the first born, and wanting to not push her into the dolls and such, I gave her a remote control car for Christmas when she was quite young. (1 1/2). She also had a doll. Guess which one got ignored.

Couple of years later, boy was born. From birth, anything with wheels was fascinating to him. Same for my second son.

Now all children have different personalities right from the beginning so my experience may not line up with yours, but I suspect that there is something natural about more boys liking tech then girls.

about 8 months ago

Should Facebook 'Likes' Count As Commercial Endorsements?

iplayfast Re:Ummmm .... (189 comments)

The fact that they couldn't use those clicks for ads is probably the whole reason why such a button does not exist. (which in turn should make you extra aware of the meaning of the like button)

I try not to read things into other people's assumptions about the meaning of like.

about 8 months ago

Should Facebook 'Likes' Count As Commercial Endorsements?

iplayfast The best way to express myself... (189 comments)

Just because I like somebody doesn't mean I want to go to bed with them.

about 8 months ago

Should Facebook 'Likes' Count As Commercial Endorsements?

iplayfast Re:Ummmm .... (189 comments)

Except for the Mark Zuckerberg comment (I don't know him personally) I totally agree with you.
If they had a dislike would they use that for anti-endorsements?

about 8 months ago

The Geek Group's Hacker-Oriented High Voltage Lab In Michigan Damaged by Fire

iplayfast Re:Not again... (65 comments)

I watched the video, and he seemed to be handling the situation as well as anyone could. What exactly do you think he should have done. They cleared the building of people, and animals. Found that the fire was in the other end of the building so went and retrieved the expensive cameras. Helped the firemen as best they could, and assessed the damage. He obviously had a plan in place, since they were talking about head counts, and the time it took to evacuate (2 minutes).

I don't think he was out of his league. He was just in a tight spot. Anyone trying to do anything difficult will occasionally get in tight spots. That's just life.

about 9 months ago

RMS: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?

iplayfast Re:More than you can provide or articulate (264 comments)

It seems to me that every time RMS has had an opinion on something it has been validated some time in the future. That's not to say that his solutions have been validated, just the problems he has pointed out. Every single problem that he has stated an opinion on, has come to haunt us. An almost always he is described as a crackpot when he states his opinions. I think RMS is one of the true visionaries in the world, he sees the future and suggests ways to avoid it. Sometimes his views are followed with great success (gnu/linux for example) Other times they are ignored, (copyright and patent problems stated way back when have been a thorn in the side of many software developers).

about a year ago

U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?

iplayfast Re: Sounds good to me (555 comments)

I really hate governments that decide they need to make an example of someone. Is it my imagination or is the US doing that A LOT?

1 year,21 days

Gore Site Operator Arrested For Posting Video of Murder

iplayfast Re:Things like this... (289 comments)

I don't believe that Canada has less protection for freedom of speech. Maybe lately, because they've been following the lead of the states. But to give a historical perspective, Canada had a communist party decades before the US would allow it. They were never voted in, but they were allowed to run. (free speech and all). Canada has never nationalized gold (The US has twice), Canada has never locked up a group of people because of race. (Negroes, American Indians, and Asian for the US). Canada has never shot protesters. They've locked them up recently but they were let go later. The US has songs about it:

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

The Americans are tend to give Christian religions a free pass, but anything else is under very tight scrutiny. Less so in Canada.

Americans in general give great lip service to free speech but compared to Canada it's not as free. Then again, Canada isn't as free as it's lip service either.

about a year ago

Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

iplayfast Re:Political Correctness has no place in Kernel De (1501 comments)

People should feel uncomfortable about making a mistake. The purpose of the language is to make them uncomfortable. If being publicly embarrassed about code that you enter makes you think twice or three times about the quality then I'm all for it.

about a year ago

Digia Releases Qt 5.1 With Preliminary Support For Android and iOS

iplayfast QT makes for big apps (86 comments)

I'm sorry to say that in trying out QT a hello world app involves over 10 megabytes. (I remember doing it in Dos with only 16 or so bytes). Of course it's doing a lot of graphics etc, but if you've got to port the qt system and all the supporting libraries over it will be substantial.

Please correct me if I'm wrong. (I would love to be mistaken about this).

about a year ago



dragon naturally speaking virus

iplayfast iplayfast writes  |  about a year and a half ago

iplayfast writes "I'm livid. My site updates information on a daily basis. Over the last few months Firefox has been asking for a plugin, I never put that in the code....

Turns out that Dragon naturally speaking version 12, is adding extra code to entries if you are using firefox. This code is hidden inside of div tags. So users don't know they are inserting it. It is asking visitors to my site (who are also using firefox) to install a plugin. This plugin doesn't exist.

In otherwords, if you go to the site and use firefox you will be asked to install a plugin. If you do it, none will be found.


Just a big waste of time and resources.

As anybody can enter things into the site (similar to slashdot) anybody using dragon dictate 12 will be filling my site with this pointless code.

I view this as a virus. It infects computers in a hidden way, is made by a fairly large company, on purpose, with I assume, the idea of releasing their plugin to promote their software.

Am I overreacting?"

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why isn't my site more popular

iplayfast iplayfast writes  |  more than 2 years ago

iplayfast (166447) writes "I figure there are lots of smart people on my favourite website, so I'm putting the question out there.
My site is and it is used to track what experts say on public TV about stocks. We have over 10 years worth of data, and it is updated daily.

If you invest in the stock market, it gives good guidance. You can see what many experts have said about a company over time. Or you can see what one expert has said about many companies.

So my question is, why isn't this site more popular? Or, how do I let more people know about it?"

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Companies fight antivirus false positives

iplayfast iplayfast writes  |  more than 3 years ago

iplayfast (166447) writes "False positives in Antivirus software have some companies fighting back. Compulife Software Inc, updates their software on a subscription basis, and has to deal with Norton telling Compulife's customers that Compulife's software is a virus, because the software is often updated. Even after notifying Norton of the problem it persists, so ... Compulife is fighting back by telling it's customers Norton Is Crap."
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Compromising Twitter's OAuth security system

iplayfast iplayfast writes  |  about 4 years ago

iplayfast (166447) writes "Facebook, Twitter, and Google all have different variants of the [OAuth] standard that have to be handled differently by third-party applications. Twitter's approach is, by far, the worst.

Twitter has screwed up big time,and this article tells how. The author has been ignored by Twitter so he's publicly outing them, with their Not so secret consumer key."

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Is it safe to program .NET for Linux?

iplayfast iplayfast writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iplayfast writes "I program for a number of operating systems and usually end up using C++. However as C++ is getting more and more knarly (IMHO) I'm thinking of going to C# which is similar to C++ without the knarlyness.

My worry is that given Microsoft's tendency to sue or back law suits against anything Linuxy If I develop an app for Linux using .NET will I have to re-write it 10 years down the road due to legal issues. Is it safe?"

Lightbulbs Could Replace Wi-Fi Hotpsots

iplayfast iplayfast writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iplayfast writes "Researchers expect to piggyback data communications capabilities on low-power light emitting diodes, or LEDs, to create "Smart Lighting" that would be faster and more secure than current network technology.
This initiative aims to develop an optical communication technology that would make an LED light the equivalent of a Wi-Fi access point."

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Conservatives Promise to Re-Introduce Canadian DMC

iplayfast iplayfast writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iplayfast writes " A re-elected Conservative Government led by Stephen Harper will reintroduce federal copyright legislation that strikes the appropriate balance among the rights of musicians, artists, programmers and other creators and brings Canada's intellectual property protection in line with that of other industrialized countries, but also protects consumers who want to access copyright works for their personal use. We will also introduce tougher laws on counterfeiting and piracy and give our customs and law enforcement services the resources to enforce them. This will protect consumers from phoney and sometimes dangerous products that are passed off as reliable brand-name goods. In otherwords, the Conservatives remain bought by the music and film industries."
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iplayfast iplayfast writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iplayfast writes "The kernel trap has an excellent post of a flame war between GPL2 Linus Torvalds and GPL3 Alexandre Oliva.

Some of the highlights are:
Linus: What kind of logic is that? ....
Alexandre: By this reasoning, .... Is this why you're overreacting?
Linus: ....How stupid are you to not acknowledge that?
Linus: ...I'm sorry, but people who cannot see that difference are just stupid.
Alexandre: No. The FSF actually ....
Linus: ....If you really thought anything else, you're just uninformed and stupid,
and didn't think things through.
Linus:...You're a moron.
Linus:...Go away."

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iplayfast iplayfast writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iplayfast writes "RSA Factoring Challenge is no more.
From the site Why is the RSA Factoring Challenge no longer active?

Various cryptographic challenges — including the RSA Factoring Challenge — served in the early days of commercial cryptography to measure the state of progress in practical cryptanalysis and reward researchers for the new knowledge they have brought to the community. Now that the industry has a considerably more advanced understanding of the cryptanalytic strength of common symmetric-key and public-key algorithms, these challenges are no longer active. The records, however, are presented here for reference by interested cryptographers.

I think they've realized that with cheap cpu's and modern OS's, these challenges are more at risk, and can be cracked more easily. They just don't want to pay the money :)"

iplayfast iplayfast writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iplayfast writes "Whilst France is currently in the throws of a vicious election campaign, it seems that quietly in the background another victory has taken place. The victory isn't just for freedom, it seems that the victory is for free software. Story here"

iplayfast iplayfast writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iplayfast writes "The RSA Factoring challenge used to be here has quietly disappeared. RSA Laboratories has been sponsoring the RSA Factoring Challenge since the 1990s as a way of highlighting progress on integer factoring, the mathematical problem underlying the security of the RSA public-key cryptosystem. The research community has done excellent theoretical work on algorithms for finding the prime factors of very large numbers, and it's always nice when the algorithms are put into practice and prime factors are actually found. The challenges offer a showcase for such accomplishments. So does this mean all the challenge numbers have been factored? Who won?"


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