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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

kaputtfurleben Re:"bad press", "interested in security" (306 comments)

"Bad press" doesn't necessarily imply a virtuous subject being distorted, it can also imply articles that are generally interpreted as negative. Journalism is supposed to be impartial after all (though it doesn't always end up that way). And the NSA aren't "bad people with a bad agenda" because "bad" is about as subjective as it gets. They are just not moving toward the same goals that you or others are.

about a month ago

Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

kaputtfurleben Re:Some hilarity (95 comments)

My favorite one is the most recent:

Here comes the conspiracy theorists...

Take note, RyuuzakiTetsuya is also a disinformation agent funded by the Molemen.

about 2 months ago

Internet Archive's San Francisco Home Badly Damaged By Fire

kaputtfurleben Re:Why is the archive worth preserving? (104 comments)

It's attitudes like yours that caused so many silent films or early episodes of Doctor Who to be lost to time.

My attitude of asking a question? I didn't say the answer was "nothing," I just wasn't sure what it was. Thankfully ibwolf gave a pretty good answer.

about 10 months ago

Internet Archive's San Francisco Home Badly Damaged By Fire

kaputtfurleben Why is the archive worth preserving? (104 comments)

Aside from the chuckle I get from visiting geocities pages once a decade, what reasons are there for helping to preserve it? Is the preservation of old internet sites anything more than a curiousity that will end up in museums? Is it useful to the human race in some way?

about 10 months ago

Blizzard To Require Real First and Last Names For Official Forums

kaputtfurleben Using a fake name has downsides, implausibilities (833 comments)

There are a lot of replies about how you don't have to provide your "real" name. However, most people that already play have almost certainly used their real names to create their account(s). And once an account is created, the name on the account cannot be changed. Further, should your account ever be compromised, the only surefire way to recover it is to provide some identifying information, such as a driver's license or birth certificate. If you don't use your own name, you risk losing it to some scammer or javascript exploit, and no way to get it back because your name is not legally "I.P. Freely".

more than 4 years ago

Google Releases Chrome 5.0 For Win/Mac/Linux

kaputtfurleben Re:Apple topic? (347 comments)

Mod parent up. Putting this under 'Apple' messes with filters. I have Apple stories filtered out, and were it not for my iGoogle RSS feed I would have missed this story because some guy thought he was being funny (maybe it is funny, to some people).

more than 4 years ago

Iran Suspends Google's Email Service

kaputtfurleben Re:Don't bother R'ing TFA (436 comments)

I don't believe brevity can necessarily make something non-newsworthy.

more than 4 years ago

Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot

kaputtfurleben Re:Bad summary (398 comments)

Nevermind, ignore this comment, I am apparently a hypocrite.

more than 4 years ago

Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot

kaputtfurleben Re:Bad summary (398 comments)

Additionally, it adds the assumption that the second shooter always winning is somehow a widely know 'fact'.

more than 4 years ago

"Vegetative State" Patients Can Communicate

kaputtfurleben Re:False Positive (347 comments)

I have no idea why this comment is modded up. If he had read the article his question would have been answered.

more than 4 years ago

Are Complex Games Doomed To Have Buggy Releases?

kaputtfurleben Re:Refunds for broken merchandise. (362 comments)

Mod parent up, the motorcycle analogy is actually quite awful and implies the opposite of what it should be implying.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Finally Open Sources Windows 7 Tool

kaputtfurleben Re:Good. (284 comments)

Damn you d$avi!!!!!!

more than 4 years ago

SCO Terminates Darl McBride

kaputtfurleben Re:Job search licence (458 comments)

Why do people keep referring to a price of $699?

more than 4 years ago

Collaborative Filtering and Rise of Ensembles

kaputtfurleben Re:I'm sorry (58 comments)

As much as I share your loathing for marketing, I don't believe this is a case of that. There is no company pushing this term, it's a community (or research?) -driven word. I'm not sure there IS a word for it yet except for ensemble. If you know otherwise, please let us know.

I'll get off your lawn now.

about 5 years ago

Twitter Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit

kaputtfurleben Re:Not again (236 comments)

I'm pretty sure that 'subscribing' counts as pulling, since subscribing is an 'opt-in' type behavior.

more than 5 years ago

Verizon Asks Court To Affirm 'Most Reliable' Claim

kaputtfurleben Re:It's called puffery (111 comments)

The factors that go into determining reliability are objective, but the way you piece them together is not, I don't think.

For example, you would want to consider up-time on a regional basis, but you would also want to consider up-time on a worldwide basis. How do you objectively weight these two measurements, especially when they might vary on a wide basis? Perhaps town A has 10% up-time, but it's the only town with that problem. Perhaps that leaves Verizon with a %99.999999999 world-wide up-time. But, they didn't specify where that up-time existed, just that they have 'the most reliable' network. Well, their statement wouldn't be true in town A. Thus, they can't really say that in the way they want to.

Additionally, how do you prove that your measurements are accurate? You would need a third party to do the assessment, hired by someone other than Verizon. Yeah, I'm sure that's going to happen.

more than 5 years ago

Sunspots Return

kaputtfurleben Re:"The magnetic field lines are clearly visible. (276 comments)

Magnetic field lines are not really like a river. The lines of a magnetic field represent paths around a center rather than paths from high potential to low potential. It's more like a car. The wheels on a car move around a central point, creating a "circle" which is quite real, while the line of a river is not. There, now it's a car analogy.

more than 5 years ago


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