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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

macraig Scorpion ot the rescue! (221 comments)

So did they send in the new Scorpion team to save the day?

3 days ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

macraig In case of emergency... (241 comments)

... like the Russian populace becoming too educated to put up with him any more.

about two weeks ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

macraig operational capability (73 comments)

NSW Police spokesperson John Thompson said it would not be appropriate to comment "given this technology relates to operational capability".

Indeed. The newfound ability to do very bad things always relates to operational capability.

about two weeks ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

macraig Next deconstruction: autism. (222 comments)

Next this needs to be done with what we call "autism". There's a reason it's called the "autistic spectrum"; it's a MUCH bigger but nebulous target than schizophrenia. There's so much symptomatic comorbidity that the diagnoses would be funny if the consequences weren't so depressing.

about two weeks ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

macraig Misdirection of a different sort (200 comments)

Aside from the other thread arguing that they were still guilty of unethical behavior whether anyone criticized them for it or not, there's another potential bit of misdirection here:

What if Snowden's means of raising concerns had nothing to do with e-mail and he only used verbal or hard-copy means, and the NSA knows it?

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

macraig Re:phonon is a widely accepted term (100 comments)

... piezoelectrically coupled superconducting qubit, which is pretty cool.

I saw what you did there, and it was pretty cool.

about three weeks ago
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$10 Bet Brings Researchers Closer to Industrial Scale Graphene Production

macraig Incomprehensible (74 comments)

This summary truly is fucking. It's incomprehensible. Thanks for the editing rubber-stamp, Soulskill.

about three weeks ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

macraig Actual dialog or just another video? (226 comments)

Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

So will the result be that there's no actual dialog, no direct responses from Saltzberg to questions that people took the time to pose, and just another talking-head video like we first had with Lawrence Lessig? Or will it respect the cooperative process of the traditional Q&A posts where the subject is actually engaged?

about a month ago
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Study: Social Networks Have Negative Effect On Individual Welfare

macraig Re:"Moderation?" Don't you mean "Censorship?" (76 comments)

There's also this dying art called self-moderation that would make forced moderation or censorship unnecessary. Too much to ask that humans rediscover that ethic, I guess.

about 1 month ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

macraig Outsourcing is Darwinian (233 comments)

This is the inevitable consequence of outsourcing. We've altered the local economies of those countries and the sucking sound is reduced, and so now the "outsourcing" will flow where the vacuum is now strongest... which perhaps just happens to be right here in our own back yards again.

What goes around comes around. Or something like that.

about a month ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

macraig Looks familiar (171 comments)

Their copper "foam" reminds me strongly of the brass "sponge" that I use to clean the tips of my soldering irons. I wonder if there's a DIY cooling project I've been missing?

about a month ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

macraig Communism is dysfunctional socialism (619 comments)

Can we please stop letting dogmatic capitalists distort the conversation about the relative value of socialism?

about 2 months ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

macraig Now if only... (219 comments)

... we in the USA could also tell the CIA to GTFO.

about 3 months ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

macraig Ouch! (133 comments)

Nothing hurts worse than these synthetic bee stings.

about 3 months ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

macraig Re:Didn't answer anyone's questions directly, did (42 comments)

And once again the minority voice - you and I and perhaps two other people - will get buried under a mountain of dogma and apathy. Nothing will change with Slashdot for the better (common good), which is the result Lessig should expect from all his efforts attacking symptoms rather than the "root" causes. "RootStrikers" is a misnomer and Lessig a fragment of the problem rather than a solution incarnate.

about 3 months ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

macraig Re:Didn't answer anyone's questions directly, did (42 comments)

I was speaking in general, you nutter! Of course I noticed the transcript in this instance. None of which is relevant to my original rant.

about 3 months ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

macraig Re:Didn't answer anyone's questions directly, did (42 comments)

Ditto. Textual information trapped in a linear non-searchable video has always pissed me off. It serves the interests of the talking head and his masters more than it does my interest of having maximal access to information. Talking-head videos are a means of controlling and limiting access to information. But I digress and was trying to stay focused in my rant....

about 3 months ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

macraig Didn't answer anyone's questions directly, did he? (42 comments)

Was this more of the new-and-improved Slashdot we can expect in the future? Historically these answers-your-questions posts were just that, direct responses from the interviewee to users who asked questions. What did we get here? A video chat with very generalized non-specific answers and primarily just an opportunity for Lessig to promote his cause and himself. It was one big spammy two-part advertisement, essentially.

Could you be any more disingenuous, Slashdot and Dice? Forget the silly mutinous talk over the Beta redesign; this is behavior deserving of a pitchfork-wielding geek mob.

about 3 months ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

macraig Wow, what a misdirection. Thanks, Slashdot. (148 comments)

The title of this post was, "Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions...", but what we got in response was a trendy video interview with generalized responses, not the promised (or at least implied by past history) direct responses.

Is this all we can expect from this sort of post in the future? One more nail in Slashdot's coffin.

about 2 months ago

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Can TOS force binding arbitration?

macraig macraig writes  |  about 6 years ago

macraig writes "I received an e-mail update from AT&T Internet Services today, notifying me of changes to the Terms of Service (TOS). The first change, and the one which concerns me, is this:

  • Arbitration Agreement. We have added language that requires customer disputes with AT&T regarding AT&T Internet Services to be submitted to binding arbitration or small claims court. Arbitration is less formal than a lawsuit in court and often faster. In addition, AT&T will pay for all costs of arbitration, no matter who wins, as long as your claim is not frivolous.

(By publicly quoting this e-mail, I'm sure I'll burn in Hell, or at least get dragged into court by AT&T for copyright infringement.)

Is this legally defensible language? Can they, after the fact of a contract, slip in language that actually limits the legal recourses which might otherwise be available to the other party, such as a traditional suit in full court or a class action lawsuit? Would any court actually uphold or defend such language? If so, might this be the defining moment when AT&T customers like myself should consider getting the heck outta Dodge and taking our Internet dollars somewhere else?"

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Phoenix launches for Mars after delayed launch

macraig macraig writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macraig writes "Somebody should report on the launch of Phoenix early this morning. I'm not bothering to submit a real article because I know better than to expect anything I submit to be approved. Somebody who groks the politics of article submission should do it, though...."
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macraig macraig writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macraig writes "On the heels of the Patricia Dunn et al scandal at HP comes an article titled "Staying undercover on the Internet" as part of the November 2006 issue of HP's Technology at Work e-mail newsletter. The newsletter summarizes the article: "When you surf the Web, you leave behind a trail of information about you and your online activities — and this can be misused. Fortunately, you can stay undercover and protect your privacy".

Perhaps HP should have released an advance copy of this article to the reporters and others whose privacy it violated? Can a corporation that authors articles that seem to demonstrate concern for consumer privacy, on the one hand, but wantonly violates privacy when it suits its internal purposes, on the other, really be trusted to hold our privacy in suitably high regard?"
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macraig macraig writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macraig writes "As reported in Yahoo! News, yesterday Brazilian scientists and geologists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced their discovery that the Amazon River once flowed in reverse of its current direction, during the middle Cretaceous Period. When the land mass that became South America separated from what we now know as Africa, a mountainous ridge was formed along the eastern coast of the new continent, causing rainfall to drain west because the Andes range had not yet formed."

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