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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

magsol Re:Summary is Troll Rant (795 comments)

I have literally no idea what the summary even said.

about a month ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

magsol In before... (326 comments)

...all the comments about "Bayesianism is better than Frequentism" or "Why didn't the authors use this Frequentist analysis?" start popping up. Not that I'm advocating for one over the other, just arguing that they're both tools that are often used for the same nail without realizing that you need to hold them slightly differently for them to actually work the way they're supposed to.

I hope a carpentry analogy is acceptable in lieu of a car analogy.

about a month ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

magsol Re:I predict (1134 comments)

I get the distinct impression I'm only going to add fuel to the raging fire by responding...but I'm honestly perplexed by the "gay-bashing" comment. What in my history fits that moniker? I basically comment on science articles or I bash tech companies. That's pretty much it.

about a month and a half ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

magsol I predict (1134 comments)

We'll get about 10 minutes of halfway-decent discussion and debate before the trolls descend and start upvoting blatantly misogynistic tripe.

about a month and a half ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

magsol Re:No inherent meaning to this event (1262 comments)

So your solution, then, is anarchy? I mean if the human race is going to do its own thing anyway, irrespective of nuances like "laws" and "don't be a dick."

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

magsol The two hardest problems in CS: (143 comments)

pointer arithmetic, cache invalidation, and off-by-one errors

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

magsol I can't hear Verizon... (364 comments)

...over the sound of all its whining.

about 4 months ago
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Climate Journal Publishes Referees' Report In Response To "Witch-Hunt" Claims

magsol Re:The Science is settled! (330 comments)

yes, it was intended to be out of context

my point was that comparing climate science to eugenics is a vast (and incorrect) oversimplification

about 5 months ago
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Climate Journal Publishes Referees' Report In Response To "Witch-Hunt" Claims

magsol Re:The Science is settled! (330 comments)

Did you not read the part of TFS where it said "oversimplified"?

about 5 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

magsol Re:Does it make me a bad person... (293 comments)

I didn't stop caring; I just stopped watching CNN.

Truthfully, I stopped watching CNN years ago.

about 6 months ago
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New Shape Born From Rubber Bands

magsol This shape (120 comments)

literally ruins slinkys.

about 6 months ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

magsol Re:Creationisticism (194 comments)

No, science is the willingness to relegate interpretations of evidence to be less significant than what some people want it to be. The evidence itself is pretty clear; what the scientists potentially got wrong is the interpretation. Suiting evidence to specific theories (as opposed to the other way around) is when you start practicing faith instead of science.

about 7 months ago
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Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

magsol Re:There are no comments (410 comments)

Facts, evidence, and reason. On Slashdot. Oh, you funny person, you.

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study

magsol Re:Viruses Burn Out? (338 comments)

Hence the "mutation" aspect of disease spread, otherwise the infection would be one-and-done. Just like the flu.

about 9 months ago
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Patriot Act Author Introduces Bill To Limit Use of Patriot Act

magsol Re:The thing created turned on its creator (189 comments)

Or perhaps someone independent of his/her political affiliations believes this will truly improve things for America and its citizens?

Yeah, I couldn't keep a straight face either.

1 year,10 days
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Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway

magsol Re:Bureaucracy (311 comments)

Have you tried to get technical assistance from Apple without visiting their Genius Bars? It's like they don't want you to speak directly with a human being. Though I have to admit, the thought of airport officials walking into the Genius Bar of an Apple Store is more than a little amusing.

1 year,26 days
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Samsung Hits Apple With 20% Price Increase

magsol one word (447 comments)

pwnd

about 2 years ago

Submissions

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iPhone Available on Verizon by next year

magsol magsol writes  |  more than 4 years ago

magsol (1406749) writes "Multiple sources are now reporting that the iPhone, exclusively on the AT&T network since its launch in 2007, will also be available on the Verizon network starting early next year. In typical Apple fashion, the announcement likely won't be made until January 2011."
Link to Original Source
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My favorite medium on which to brainstorm is a

magsol magsol writes  |  more than 4 years ago

magsol (1406749) writes "-Markerboard
-Chalkboard
-Some word processor
-Piece of paper
-Mental mapping application
-Cowboy Neal's face
-I do all my brainstorming in my head, you insensitive clod!"
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Sunlight Labs Sponsors Apps for America Contest

magsol magsol writes  |  more than 5 years ago

magsol writes "Sunlight Foundation, a self-declared non-partisan and non-profit organization "dedicated to using the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency", is partnering with Google, O'Reilly Media, and TechWeb in opening the Apps for America 2: The Data.gov Challenge on the heels of the public release of Data.gov (discussed here earlier). Sunlight Labs, an open-source development team contained within the umbrella of the Sunlight Foundation and dedicated to building technology which improves overall governmental transparency and accountability, is hosting the contest. Participants have until August to submit an application — client, web, Adobe AIR, iPhone, or just about any other medium — which meets the three criteria of transparency, permanence, and visualization. Multiple cash prizes are available, including all-expense-paid trips for the top winners to the gov2.0 Expo Showcase in Washington D.C. on September 8."
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PHPList Exploit Used in Attack on phpBB.com

magsol magsol writes  |  more than 5 years ago

magsol writes "Sometime over the last few weeks, the main website for the popular bulletin board application, phpbb.com, was exploited through a vulnerability in the phplist mailer manager. The website has been down ever since the attack; however, sometime last week, the phpbb administrators assembled a temporary website at Area51, as well as an official announcement regarding the attack and the details of how the attack was carried out.

From the post: "The attacker gained entry through the PHPList application and was able to dump a complete backup of the emails on file. He then used the same exploit to access the phpBB.com database. Both the email list from PHPlist and a copy of the phpBB.com users table were then posted publicly."

Furthermore, it would seem that the passwords of longtime users who frequented phpbb.com back in the days of the 2.0.x distribution might be at risk as well: "Those users who registered while phpBB.com used phpBB2 and did not login on the new phpBB3 board continue to have their password hashes stored in the old format. Passwords stored in the old format are much less secure than those stored in the new format. The attackers have been focusing purely on the passwords stored in the old format."

Nevertheless, the administrators emphasized that there was nothing wrong with the core phpbb application; the exploit was leveraged only through an outdated install of phplist, so anyone using the latest release of phpbb3 shouldn't be vulnerable."
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PHPList Vulnerability Used to Exploit phpBB.com

magsol magsol writes  |  more than 5 years ago

magsol writes "phpBB.com, the home of the open source bulletin boards, was recently exploited through a vulnerability in an outdated PHPList installation. "The attacker gained entry through the PHPList application and was able to dump a complete backup of the emails on file. He then used the same exploit to access the phpBB.com database. Both the email list from PHPlist and a copy of the phpBB.com users table were then posted publicly."

Not only were usernames and email addresses public compromised, but due to the complexities involved in migrating from version 2.0.x to 3.0.x, some of the users registered with phpBB.com may have passwords that are at risk as well: "Those users who registered while phpBB.com used phpBB2 and did not login on the new phpBB3 board continue to have their password hashes stored in the old format. Passwords stored in the old format are much less secure than those stored in the new format. The attackers have been focusing purely on the passwords stored in the old format."

The phpBB team stressed that the core bulletin board application is not vulnerable to this kind of attack."
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Windows 7 Public Beta Release Delayed

magsol magsol writes  |  more than 5 years ago

magsol writes "Brandon LeBlanc, a member of the Windows Team blog, provided an explanation regarding Microsoft's delay in posting Windows 7 beta keys: "Due to very heavy traffic we're seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the Microsoft.com properties before we post the public beta. More updates can be found here, though your best bet may be to spam your browser's refresh button. The public beta is now 4+ hours overdue, and with a Microsoft-imposed 2.5 million license limit for general public, checking the site frequently may be a prudent course of action."

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So, I have to ask...

magsol magsol writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Why are my comments' scores on my profile page all significantly lower than what is shown on the articles themselves (when I follow the links to the comments from my profile to the articles on which they are posted) ? This started happening a month or two ago, and I figured it was a bug...buuuut it's definitely still happening.

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Wahooo

magsol magsol writes  |  more than 5 years ago Well then. I suppose a small introduction is in order.

Howdy. I'm magsol. I prefer reading over speaking, for the following reasons:

  1. I learn more when I listen first, speak later
  2. Chances are, someone more intelligent than I (and with a faster Ctrl+R finger) will make the same point before I will
  3. If you make a solid case for being a moron, I go something like this

So you probably won't hear much from me. 'sides, I'll be using my membership here mostly for reading and (occasionally) responding to the articles that are posted. But I'll be sure to say hello from time to time. :)

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