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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

marvinglenn Re:Confusing position (496 comments)

Reverse discrimination.

Sorry, but discrimination is discrimination. There is no direction. It either takes place or it doesn't. Using the term reverse gives advantage and power to one group over another.

The modifier reverse implies that it's discrimination that's purported to be done for the purpose of correcting discrimination. It does not give any more advantage to one group, at least anymore than the original discrimination.

yesterday
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Twitter Capitulates To Governments, Censors Users

marvinglenn Re:twitter is probably used to imprison dissidents (91 comments)

the only really free speech is private speech

No, the only real free speech is anonymous speech. (Ask Donald Sterling how that "private" speech worked out for him.)

about 2 months ago
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AOC's 21:9 Format, 29" IPS Display Put To the Test At 2560x1080

marvinglenn reduced fractions (217 comments)

21:9... this is not a 7:3 aspect ratio? Well, I'm holding out for the 42:18's.

1 year,29 days
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IAU: No, You Can't Name That Exoplanet

marvinglenn Rocky Mozell's star registry (142 comments)

So where's the IAU when I keep hearing this radio commercial for the bullshit "Internaltional Star Registry" from Rocky Mozell? Or did they already smack that one down, and all the suckers who keep giving him money to run commercials didn't get the memo?

about a year ago
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U.S. ISBN Monopoly Denies Threat From Digital Self-Publishing

marvinglenn cryptographic hash (127 comments)

Especially for digital books, but to be used on the digital information that a regular book is printed from... a cryptographic hash of the book is the book identifier. Decentralized, unlikely to have a number collision, and the added bonus of a mechanism to make sure that the book you received is the book you wanted. The only thing that needs to be centralized is the decision of which hash to use, how to hash the data, and how to represent the hash as to the user.

about a year ago
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The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States

marvinglenn a simpler solution (642 comments)

While TFA is an interesting approach, the simpler solution to one of the main thrusts in TFA (of having equal EC representation/distribution) is to simply change the EC to where each congressional district (or in this case, electoral district) is autonomous and controls its own vote independent from the rest of the state it's in.

Even if the two extra EC vote afforded each state are kept, I see this as a far better system than a strait popular vote system. Why? Because the EC has a side effect of doing something amazingly positive that few realize. It contains vote fraud to within the state it happens in.

Consider this for example: Imagine a politically corrupt jurisdiction in your state. Imagine that they start cranking out fraudulent votes. The votes they dilute are limited to the vote in their state. But in a popular vote system, they now dilute everyone's vote. By tweaking the EC system to treat congressional districts autonomously, the fraud is contained even further.

And since congressional districts are explicitly drawn to contain apportioned sections of the population (given a few constraints of not crossing state boundaries and the like), the goal towards equal vote weighting is more naturally furthered.

about a year and a half ago
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South Korean Man Given Suspended Sentence For Retweeting NK Propaganda

marvinglenn Emigration, not punishment (90 comments)

Instead of bothering with punishment in SK, why not just help him emigrate to NK? Maybe after he's lived there, he'll realize what a crap hole it is and try to help the place go Gangnam Style.

about a year and a half ago
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NBC Erases SNL Sketch From Digital Archive For Fear of Copyright Lawsuit

marvinglenn Penis Song (128 comments)

Yet another piece of content going the way of the "Penis Song".

about 2 years ago
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US House Science Committee Member: Evolution Is a Lie From Hell

marvinglenn Re:Post bigotry here (1113 comments)

You can't be bigoted against an idea.

But if you hold a particular idea, can you be called a bigot and be summarily dismissed? And those ideas that are generally accepted to be bigoted never get a fair discussion because those that would argue in favor of them are marginalized and dismissed for merely advocating the idea.

about 2 years ago
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SSDs Cause Crisis For Digital Forensics

marvinglenn Re:trim/discard (491 comments)

Are you sure that the flash drives are actually looking at NTFS datastructures? Due to the proprietary and complex nature of NTFS, this sounds like something drive manufacturers would avoid like the plague.

Linux now has decent NTFS support. That lead me to believe that anyone who wanted to implement these GC routines would have enough (indirect) documentation of NTFS internals to do such.

more than 2 years ago
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Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

marvinglenn Re:sad (2166 comments)

If the attacker turns out to be a tea party paranoid type, then I honestly believe people like Beck hold indirect responsibility for the attack. Incitement to rioting is a crime; so, in a (non-legal) way, is the winking threats and paranoia that's been on the airwaves for too long.

So what you're saying is... that you don't watch Beck, but you believe what his adversaries say about him. Okay. At least I know how informed you are.

more than 3 years ago
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The Right's War On Net Neutrality

marvinglenn Re:Lets call it what it really is... (945 comments)

The reality is that Net Neutrality has nothing to do with neutrality and everything to do with carriers wanting to enjoy common carrier protections without having to provide common carrier openess.

I don't have mod points, so I have to post. It's discouraging to see so much lefty-Flavor-Aid blather here at +5, and something like this only sitting at +4 (at the time of me seeing it).

more than 3 years ago
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US Government Seizes Torrent Search Engine Domain

marvinglenn Re:But Americans *SUPPORT* things like this (305 comments)

Since you didn't explicitly state this, and for anyone else reading this and curious about it, the clueless senator in this exchange is Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). (As suggested by the phone number included.)

more than 3 years ago
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Congress Investigates Carriers' Debt Collections

marvinglenn wasn't there a feceral circuit precedent on this? (134 comments)

If I'm recalling correctly, the federal 9th circuit struck down the binding arbitration clause of the contract in a suit against Verizon, stating that a cell phone contract is a contract of adhesion, and that one can not sign away their rights to legal recourse. I'm sure read this from a story linked from a /. front page post. I don't have the time to find this, but hopefully my post will jog someone's memory and they'll get a +5 comment for recalling it.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Says First Sale Doctrine Doesn't Apply To Licensed Software

marvinglenn Re:Bad consequences (758 comments)

You know what their response to that is? It's very simple: "Right, you're buying a license."

It probably is their response. It may be even more flippant... "Right, you're buying a box". Everyone need to push back and state that such is not the way to convey such in our language. That they need to explicitly state that the price is for the priveledge to enter into a license agreement with them for use of their software, and that a reasonable jury will interpret the language of "buying the product" to mean "buying the product".

Of course, I may still be under the misguided impression that our world still has a good percentage of reasonable people.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Says First Sale Doctrine Doesn't Apply To Licensed Software

marvinglenn Re:Bad consequences (758 comments)

Also, I'd like for it to now be legally disallowed to use the term "buy software" in a commercial context as it no longer applies and would falsely advertise what it is that we "purchase".

An absolutely brilliant point. And following up on that point, I went to their website to see how they phrased it, and indeed they are using the language "reasons to buy" and "review and buy" on their product pages.

more than 3 years ago
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The Rise of Small Nuclear Plants

marvinglenn Re:The Navy? (490 comments)

I would assume the nuclear plants found on submarines and large warships both provide a lot of energy and are not in the category of 'extra large.'

Many of them would also be in the category of running a fuel enriched beyond what is allowed in civilian reactors.

about 4 years ago
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Google-Backed Wind-Powered Car Goes Faster Than the Wind

marvinglenn Re:Why propellors? (393 comments)

In TFA, the prop pushes the vehicle. It does not receive power from the airflow, it expends power INTO the airflow. A vertical turbine will only (effectively) receive power from the airflow. If you drive a vertical turbine, you could sit and spin, but you would only really be stirring up the air you're in.

more than 4 years ago
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The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture

marvinglenn Re:Who reads the manual? (457 comments)

(And) Did you have to break the shrink wrap on the manual to use the camera?

more than 4 years ago

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