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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

matbury Re:The hosers are right (458 comments)

And your logical fallacy is... tu quoque! Literally translating as 'you too' this fallacy is also known as the appeal to hypocrisy. It is commonly employed as an effective red herring because it takes the heat off someone having to defend their argument, and instead shifts the focus back on to the person making the criticism. Example: Nicole identified that Hannah had committed a logical fallacy, but instead of addressing the substance of her claim, Hannah accused Nicole of committing a fallacy earlier on in the conversation. https://yourlogicalfallacyis.c...

2 days ago

Music Training's Cognitive Benefits Could Help "At-Risk" Students

matbury Re:Maybe, we just should not do SAME thing nationw (58 comments)

However, how we test dictates how we teach. You can give students a liberal arts education in the classroom but if the tests are CCSS, there's little or no incentive for them to participate in class. In effect, the tests directly inform students what's expected of them in class. If they can fool around and misbehave in class and then just cram a few hours/days/weeks before a big test and still get good grades, guess what'll tend to happen? For more info, look up John Biggs' SOLO taxonomy and the idea of Constructive Alignment.

about two weeks ago

Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

matbury Re: A fool and their money (266 comments)

Yes, with this technology, you can also detect if a woman's pregnant, find out if she's a virgin, find buried treasure, expell evil spirits, and pleasure the gods until they make it rain. People have told me it works in all of these cases so it must be true.

about two weeks ago

Free Law Casebook Project Starts With IP Coursebook

matbury Do you mean like this? (22 comments)

Creative Commons licensed university course books. You mean like these? You can download and print the whole book, or chapter by chapter as you study. How long do you think it'll take for Duke to catch up with Athabasca University?

about three weeks ago

Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

matbury Man, what a bad idea... (140 comments)

Geo-engineering to counter the effects of CO2 is like someone taking sleeping pills to counter the effects of habitually doing amphetamines at an alarmingly increasing rate. If that doesn't convince you, how about listening to a well-informed 3rd party who isn't chasing research funding for their pet geo-engineering project: Can Geo-Engineering Save the Planet? - Christopher Williams on Reality Asserts Itself

about three weeks ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

matbury I'm not surprised... (251 comments)

I'm not surprised that these scams work. People will readily give their bank and credit card details to random strangers in the street, with clipboards, and wearing colourful vests with logos on, who claim to be collecting subscriptions for charities. How do you find out if they're legit?

about three weeks ago

California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

matbury Just for irony's sake... (233 comments)

I think all these phones should come with a copy of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four and a copy of the US constitution... for irony's sake. They should also be made suscpetible to packet injection so that the authorities can alter the information that people receive through them. Down the memory hole!

about three weeks ago

Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

matbury Re:Already there. (108 comments)

Does this mean that the terminators of the future will be modelled on cats in shark suits riding vaccuum cleaners? Is THIS how we'll all meet our demise?

about three weeks ago

Securing the US Electrical Grid

matbury "Inclement weather" (117 comments)

I reckon "inclement weather" will turn out to be the most disruptive force on electricity production and supply. Firstly, drought will starve coal, gas, and nuclear power stations of the huge amounts of water they need to run at all. Secondly, warmer water in water sources may make cooling less efficient for nuclear power stations (and possibly a danger in some cases). Thirdly there's a higher and growing risk of extreme weather events; floods, flash floods, droughts, tornados, hurricanes, and ice-storms. Just think of the more recent extreme weather events but more extreme and more frequent.

about three weeks ago

Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

matbury Re: Yeah, as music artists know, not so fun is it? (275 comments)

Re: "you'd already be sleeping on a bed made of money" -- Simply not true. Having worked in the music business, I can tell you that it's anything but meritocratic. I have friends and colleagues who were signed up, promoted, had moderate success, and some had hits (Top tip: Getting a distribution deal is the only thing worth having. It means that they have to invest substantial funds into promoting you so that they don't make a loss on all that distribution. This stops them from signing you up simply to shut you up and to stop you from competing with another band/artist they've already signed and are planning to promote). They all ended up owing their record labels money. It's a sad fact that even a successful recording band/artist doesn't see any money until their 3rd successful album. It's a nest of vipers, a tank of sharks, whatever metaphor you want to use. Nobody survives for very long by playing fair and keeping things ethical and above board. With a few rare exceptions, i.e. the longer-term stars that we see on TV, the only people who make decent money out of music are the ones who don't play instruments. If you're wondering why more bands and artists don't go public with this, read a recording contract.

about three weeks ago

Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

matbury Why are they censoring in this way? (130 comments)

The question is why? What do they hope to achieve with this kind of censorship. I can understand wanting to censor sites that promote and enable illegal activities. I can understand K-12 schools trying to censor porn and violence (doesn't work but at least trying keep parents happy, BTW). So what do they hope to achieve with blocking Wikipedia and other sites? What's their intended outcome? And if they're blocking individual pages, who's combing through the entire internet and deciding what to allow and disallow and how are they deciding it? (Abviously not volunteers from Westboro Baptist Church).

BTW, are they also blocking TOR and encrypted proxies? Are they preventing students from using their own mobile connections? Can't see how this will achieve anything other than generating suspicion ill-will and contempt for the university's leadership.

about three weeks ago

Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

matbury Re:Actually, it does ! (375 comments)

AFAIK, the UK doesn't actually have the authority or capability to launch Trident missiles unilaterally. The UK are basically "caretakers" to the US nuclear deterrent. In effect, the UK taxpayer is subsidising the US military. Britain and Scotland would be better off without it. Scotland would probably be better off with more autonomy and responsibility. The Tory govt. and the BBC have been pursuing an overt and shameless propaganda campaign, complete with misinformation and misdirection at every turn, against Scottish independence. With this in mind, I can't see how London has the Scottish people's best interests at heart: If they have rational, evidence-based reasons for Scotland not gaining independence then let's hear them instead of this nonsensical propaganda. (BTW, I'm English, not Scottish).

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

matbury Re:End state and private capitalism. (331 comments)

Re: "Much like minimum wage, the only thing you'll accomplish is raising the cost of living" -- An example of another fallacy promoted by the neo-liberal, free market, faith-based (faith in the invisible hand, that is) end of the spectrum. How many studies and examples in the real world does it take to put this one to rest? Check:

If you phase out corporate wage subsidies from the govt., corporations will have no choice but to pay their workers a living wage. Add to that manditory, single payer health insurance and the costs for both employers and employees go down dramatically. Raise the minimum wage and workers get a bigger share of corporate profits which goes back into the consumer economy boosting demand for consumer goods and the economy as a whole. Everyone wins. We're continuing to push all the money up to the 1% and they aren't spending it in the real economy. They aren't creating any substantial demand and demand is what drives consumer economies.

about three weeks ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

matbury Revenue doesn't equal cost (611 comments)

Don't confuse revenue with cost. By the author's calculations, the internet in the UK generates £140 revenue on average per user. That's not what it costs to run the internet, which is substantially lower or else the companies selling services and ads wouldn't make any profit. What proportion of that £140 goes to Google as pure profit, tax free? And how much money are et al making by selling your details and metadata on to loan sharks, online gambling, aggressive opportunistic sales agencies (AKA con men), etc.? Should we include that in the price it costs to "run the internet"?

about three weeks ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

matbury Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

Better have a moratorium on building construction too: "An estimated 300 million to 1 billion birds die each year from collisions with glass on buildings, from skyscrapers to homes. Birds simply can’t tell reflection from reality. Even if a bird flies away after striking a window, it may die elsewhere as a result of the collision." Source:

More data on deaths from collisions with wind turbines, towers, power lines, roads and vehicles, urban lights, and glass here: Looks like glass on buildings, roads, and vehicles are more deadly to birds.

about three weeks ago

The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

matbury Re:What could possibly go wrong? (174 comments)

Geoengineering is yet another stalling tactic by the fossil fuels industry, like carbon capture and storage. They promise huge grants and investments into research which stimulates a lot of interest from researchers and universities who are desperate for the money. They'll build a bunch of white elephant projects and then move on to the next grant while the fossil fuels industry thinks up yet another stalling tactic. If you're not convinced about how ridiculous geoengineering as a concpet is, check out what Christopher Williams has to say: Can Geo-Engineering Save the Planet?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

matbury What's a troll? (382 comments)

No, seriously, as others have alluded to in this thread as well, the term "troll" is subjective. And some commenters on /. seem to be particularly sensitive to anyone posting anything they disagree with and deciding it's trolling.

OK, suppose you set up a public web forum with 1,000,000 users where trolls are banished for life based on a consensus opinion from other commenters. How long do you think it would take before they reached a total number of 1 commenter? That's by a combination of #1 - banishing each other as trolls and #2 - users leaving because the resulting commenters are so afraid of being labelled trolls that they daren't write anything against the consensus and therefore all the discussions become bland, blithe, agreeable, re-iterations of the already accepted and established consensus view.

Or am I just trolling? ;)

about a month ago

Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

matbury Re:Delays... anything new? (142 comments)

Re: "The world has moved on - now, in the US at least, it's about truly epic levels of pork and comfortable sinecures." -- More than likely true. Still, alarming amounts of fissile materials go "missing" each year. Where's it going? Who's got it?

about a month ago



Google Moves Right By Funding ALEC & Heritage Action

matbury matbury writes  |  about 9 months ago

matbury (3458347) writes "According to Jessica Devereux at The Real News Network...

"Corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, or what it is more commonly known as, ALEC, is holding a conference celebrating its 40th anniversary through December 6. But the guest list may be running a little thin this year, as ALEC is losing some corporate friends. But it's also gaining some new ones, like Google. Google has been funding right-wing groups like Heritage Action and ALEC, which is known for drafting some draconian laws in education and right-to-work policies which undermine collective bargaining."

Whatever happened to "Don't be evil?""

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