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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

jmd Re:PLEASE! (216 comments)

What are you waiting for?

13 hours ago

L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

jmd No surprise here (188 comments)

Lets see... Judith Miller of the NY Times... and don't forget the NY Times also delayed publishing the story of ATT illegal wiretaps until after the 2008 elections. So many more....

The days of Watergate are over. Now media is a manipulative source claiming to be guardians of freedom.

Epic Fail

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

jmd Re:I guess I'll just (127 comments)

hahahaha seems that way doesn't it?

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jmd Re:Agreeing with Gov? (419 comments)

I agree. While the US gov't has a lot to account for, the truth multinationals take advantage of this scenario in any number of arenas. Tax invesrion and as you sugest, they might run emails that directly violate US laws onto foreign servers to exempt them from courts.

The truth is..we are laying the ground work for globalization. If governments cannot hold a multinational corporation accountable for any number of situations, who can?

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

jmd Globalization (419 comments)

I'm suspecting the zeal MS is showing in challenging the US gov't has more to do with laying the groundword of "nation-states" being neutered. This is about power in the future. If they win against the US gov't this is just one more nail in the coffin of the battle to make governments useless. This goes hand in hand with the Trans Pacific and other trade agreements. These things are designed to strip power from government.

This is just one more step in the march of capitalism that will likely destroy civilization in the long run.

about three weeks ago

If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

jmd Re:One word... (305 comments)

Yes. Thorium. Should have been done long ago.

about 1 month ago

The Benefits of Inequality

jmd "was rife" (254 comments)

and still is rife.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

jmd TOR relay (208 comments)

Because it is not just a job.. it is an adventure!

about 2 months ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

jmd Tell me how... (928 comments)

this is news worthy for

about 2 months ago

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

jmd Ideological Footprint (725 comments)

Something like this might go a long way in providing an alternative to the usual suspects:

about 2 months ago

Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

jmd 100K? let us aim higher (186 comments)

how about you give back a small percentage of your riches and save even more lives.

about 3 months ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

jmd Re:Careful what you wish for.... (265 comments)

I would agree that today affirmative action is a bust. However, in the early part of its implimentaion, one could quantify benefits to poor people in general. when looking back at "The Great Society" with an honest eye one will find there were lots of people (across all spectrums) rising out of poverty. As with most well intended programs they disolve into generic programs that become quite ineffective.

"One of Johnson's aides, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., has countered that "from 1963 when Lyndon Johnson took office until 1970 as the impact of his Great Society programs were felt, the portion of Americans living below the poverty line dropped from 22.2 percent to 12.6 percent, the most dramatic decline over such a brief period in this century."[26] The percentage of African Americans below the poverty line dropped from 55 percent in 1960 to 27 percent in 1968."

The above is from wikipedia:

In my mind the reason we cannot acheive these goals is simply that there is a powerful contigency in the US who feels strongly that government has no role in these matters. I suggest if there is no role for the government, who then will insure this remains a civilized society. And not a dog eat dog world?

about 3 months ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

jmd Re:Careful what you wish for.... (265 comments)

>> Is it possible that, in general, black and latino kids just don't put as high a value on a college education as white kids do? And, therefore, just don't work as hard to get the good grades necessary to get into a good college? What part does having children out of wedlock play in this? Black and latino women have a much higher instance of this than either white or Asian women.

My father was a professor of education and his main focus was in the public education system. K-12 and beyond. In his writings it is clear he believed that a committment to education gave the best result. In both education for enlightenment or for job prospects. He would also speak of disadvantaged people (not only race and gender etc but developmentally disabled or physically handicapped etc as well) not having a strong committment to the educational process. And he attributed most of this to each person's life experiences. Hence, if you grow up without some sort of affirmation that an education will be beneficial you will not committ to the educational process. i.e If I grow up in a poor violent neighborhood do you think I will commit to a higher education? That person's world view is: As far as I can see McDonalds is the only place hiring in my neighborhood.

This in a nutshell is what the affirmative action ideas was to address. Until a given group of people begin to believe that change is possible and that they would benefit from the change, that group will not risk time and energy let alone financial resources to make the changes.

I agree with this poster. This kind of article only scratches the surface. There are no easy answers.

about 3 months ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

jmd Resume requirements (265 comments)

How can poor minorities obtain employment in the tech giants when one of the requirements is to list "lived in Mom's basement for 1 year"

about 3 months ago

A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

jmd Oh Geeez (501 comments)

Wouldn't it be cheaper to move all of the people in the midwest to China? That's where all the jobs went anyway

about 3 months ago

Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

jmd Some say (284 comments)

Profit IS the problem

about 3 months ago

Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

jmd Re:Because... (325 comments)

Yes... this is unfortunate that humanities students have no place to go to study humans, I mean humanitites.

What we need are more and more computers and gadgets to isolate ourselves from other humans. See. No need to study humanities

about 3 months ago

Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

jmd Money Matters (325 comments)

Human rights don't.

And by the way... next time you hear someone compare today with the 60s tell them it just ain't true! The 60s was about human rights and humanities were an integral part of everyone's life. Now with disappearing humanities in universities..... comes the curtailing of human rights.

Because we know less and less what it means to be human.

about 3 months ago

EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

jmd The root cause (269 comments)

If you want to understand how our country came to this, it is quite well summed up in 260 or so pages in a book called "The Authoritarians" by Bob Altemeyer.

Download the book here:

This is written from extensive research into right wing authoritarian personality (right wing is not a political aspect here). If you want to know why the entire globe seems to be following this destructive (destructive from a majority point of view) read this. It becomes easy to see why politicians can kill their own citizens. How can someone let Wall St bankers off the hook yet throw someone in jail for possessing one joint and throw away the key. is very enlightening. And FREE!

about 3 months ago

EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

jmd The Future (269 comments)

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
has crossed the threshold
and it has overturned
the order of the soul - Leonard Cohen "The Future"

These are not isolated events anymore. Everything is being turned upside down.

about 3 months ago


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