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Judge In Oracle-Google Case Given Crash Course in Java

matt4077 Re:Why not ? (181 comments)

Yes, it sounds like everything is the way it should be. Judges are pretty smart people, at least at that level, and most of them are quite capable to grasp technical concepts and the legally important aspects of it.

more than 3 years ago
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Can World Governments Veto Your Domain Name?

matt4077 Re:Wonderful Idea! (177 comments)

If I understand the article correctly, this does only concern TLDs, not your average domain name. Some of this thread's hyperbole thus seems to be misguided. It's also worth noting what the status quo is that is supposed to change: currently, only the US has such veto power. This will expand to a larger group of nations. This seems to be a compromise to a behind-the-scenes-battle. I have no idea what these other governments are threatening, but one could assume that that alternative is worse for the US. The effect will likely be that only completely innocent new TLDs will be approved - no .sex, .godisgreat etc. I don't see much of a problem with that, but that might just be because I don't see the purpose of new TLDs at all.

more than 3 years ago
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Self-Control In Kids Predicts Future Success

matt4077 Re:Causation is not Correlia (245 comments)

The sentence is talking about the kid's offspring, i. e. their kids, not the initial subjects of the study.

more than 3 years ago
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Mail Service Costs Netflix 20x More Than Streaming

matt4077 Re:Duh? (473 comments)

Yes, next they should drop that silly government-knows-better requirement of shipping to everyone, everywhere. All those rural farmers cost us far too much. To further increase profits, they should be allowed to discriminate the material you mail. I'm sure there's more money in NOT shipping the ACLU's mail than in shipping it, if you ask the right people. Then, finally, the market will be free and everyone should be better off.

more than 3 years ago
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Vint Cerf, US Congresswoman Oppose Net Regulation

matt4077 Re:it wouldn't matter (156 comments)

The UN eradicated smallpox. What have you done lately that is comparable? It's true that the UN isn't really efficient. How could it be? It's 200 countries with vastly different cultures, ideas and goals. Getting all these powers to agree on something is bound to be hard. But that doesn't change the fact that having a common forum to talk in is a fundamentally good thing. There's also no alternative. The US has been trying to impose their will on other countries by force or political/economic power for decades, with decidedly mixed results. It's actually easier to find a compromise and get everyone to act on it. Politics is hard. Remember that the next time you can't get your family to agree on dinner.

more than 3 years ago
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Nigerian Email Scam Victim Sues Bank, Loses Appeal

matt4077 Re:Duh... (312 comments)

The least they could do is abolish this insane idea of sending around cheques to transfer money.

more than 3 years ago
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UN Considering Control of the Internet

matt4077 Re:global standards for policing the internet (402 comments)

The UN eradicated smallpox. What have you done lately that is comparable, except tying your own shoelaces?

It's true that the UN isn't really efficient. How could it be? It's 200 countries with vastly different cultures, ideas and goals. Getting all these powers to agree on something is bound to be hard. But that doesn't change the fact that having a common forum to talk in is a fundamentally good thing. There's also no alternative. The US has been trying to impose their will on other countries by force or political/economic power for decades, with decidedly mixed results. It's actually easier to find a compromise and get everyone to act on it.

Politics is hard. Remember that the next time you can't get your family to agree on dinner.

more than 3 years ago
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JBI's Plastic To Oil Gets Operating Permit

matt4077 Landfill? (223 comments)

If it ends up in a landfill right now, you're doing something wrong. Some countries (Scandinavia) have recycling quotas >90% already.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Anonymous Can't Take Down Amazon.com

matt4077 Re:Wrong weapon (392 comments)

To nitpick a bit, your idea might be true, but your arguments don't necessarily hold up. Firstly, the discrimination against immigrants is mostly a social problem, not a political one. The policies in most of Europe are quite liberal, but people seem to be racists. In the US it's the other way around (at least to a certain degree). Reasons for that might be higher experience with immigration, the diversity of immigrants to the US which makes it harder for them form communities closed to the outside, and a positive feedback loop that starts with integration (giving them jobs etc.) leading to wealth and education which then leads to even more willingness to integrate immigrants. The success in the US also seems to be highly divergent for different groups, i. e. asians are much better integrated (at least economically) than blacks, even though the former immigrated more recently and therefore had less time to adjust.

Regarding social security, every EU country spends more (as % of GDP) than the US on welfare, thus making cuts more likely. If unemployment benefits are cut, the unemployed have to switch to cheaper cigarettes. In the US, they die. In numbers: the unemployed in Germany get 60% of their last income (67% with children) for up 36 months. After that, they get about 400$+rent+heating+ electricity. In the US it's 3x% for a few months, and apparently not even food stamps after that.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Says Hardware, Not Hackers, Caused Outage

matt4077 Re:Managing Perceptions (128 comments)

More importantly, admitting it was a DDoS creates an incentive for more attacks, where otherwise people would just give up. Anyway, I'm hoping they're right and the script kiddies failed. The wikileaks debate should be about the better arguments, not the larger number of nodes.

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Moves To Swiss Domain After DNS Takedown

matt4077 Re:Playing victim (DNS A recs still working) (488 comments)

Wasn't that attack directed at their services at amazon from inside S3? I seem to remember a story about someone bragging about that.

more than 3 years ago
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Students Banned From Bringing Pencils To School

matt4077 Re:Fear mongering 101 (426 comments)

worthless leeching motherfuckers who ought to be deported

Others call them children

more than 3 years ago
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US Marshals Saved 35,000 Full Body Scans

matt4077 Re:Good. Hope this keeps up (712 comments)

Using the same think of the children excuse to further my goals that I criticize when used to support privacy invasions and draconic criminal laws just doesn't seem right.

more than 3 years ago
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Pay Or Else, News Site Threatens

matt4077 Re:Clueless (549 comments)

You can enter into a contract in a number of ways. Signing and paying are two of them, but sitting down in a restaurant and eating food also completes a contract without signature or payment. It's more a "meeting of the minds" that's required. If the website has a visible notice one could argue that a contract exists. But people are used to free content and therefore it's highly unlikely that they actually wanted to enter into a contract, thus no meeting of the minds.

more than 3 years ago
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Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..

matt4077 Sad... (1270 comments)

Sad to see that even on slashdot, greed trumps curiosity.

about 4 years ago
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Supercomputer Sets Protein-Folding Record

matt4077 Re:Even though it was published in Nature News... (63 comments)

That's quite misguided. Both Science and Nature have "magazine" parts written by science journalists that cover current research at a level suitable for a general but well-educated scientific public. The real meat is in the articles that use the traditional scientific publication method (i.e. written by scientists, peer-reviewed). These articles come from all areas of science, but they're not written to be understood by outsiders or anything like that. In essence, if the system works a breakthrough in any field will be covered in these journals (or PNAS), articles of lower importance will find their place in more specialized journals. Thus Nature published papers such as the discovery of X-Rays (physics), plate tectonics (geo) or the structure of DNA (biology).

about 4 years ago
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Newspaper Endorses the Candidate It's Suing Over Copyright

matt4077 Nothing odd about it (166 comments)

That's not odd, that's how it's supposed to work. The editorial staff should be independent from the business side of the business. It's only after being exposed to Murdoch-media for too long that you think the owner should be the only one deciding the newspaper's opinions.

It's also possible that the owner is - shock! - able to disagree with someone on one issue but agrees on others. Or maybe he doesn't put his own interest ahead of what he thinks is good for society. OF course if you want to be cynical, maybe he wants the candidate to win so she can pay whatever he's suing for.

about 4 years ago
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I typically read about __ books per year.

matt4077 Re:Wrong option selection (as usual) (363 comments)

I've recently stopped reading the news, most blogs etc. and started reading books instead. While both qualifies as "reading", the knowledge gained from a good book stays with you for life, while Krugman's last editorial just fuels your rage and is useless after the next election.

about 4 years ago
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To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'

matt4077 I don't want... (764 comments)

I don't want a "range", developed with "partners". MS has repeated that mistake so often now, expecting different results every time. isn't there a witty saying that defines insanity this way?

more than 4 years ago

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Cotton Swabs Prime Suspect in 8year Phantom Chase

matt4077 matt4077 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

matt4077 (581118) writes "For eight years, several hundred police officers across several European countries have been chasing a phantom woman whose DNA had been found in almost 20 crimes (including two murders) across central Europe.It now turns out that contaminated cotton swabs might be responsible for this highly unusual investigation. After being puzzled by the apparent randomness of the crimes, investigator noticed that all cotton swabs had been sourced from the same company. They also noted that the DNA was never found in crimes in Bavaria, a German state located at the center of the crimes' locations. It turns out that Bavaria buys its swabs from a different supplier."
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Magnetic Alignment in Cattle and Deer

matt4077 matt4077 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

matt4077 writes "Sabine Begall et. al. studied the position of grazing and resting cattle and deer using google earth and other means. They found that these animals align their body axes in roughly a north-south direction, with the heads pointing north. Excluding explanations such as wind and light conditions by statistical analysis, they believe these animals possess a magnetic sense which was previously only known in birds."
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Islamists and Creatonism: Unholy Alliance?

matt4077 matt4077 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

matt4077 writes "Björn Brembs, a neurobiologist at the Free University of Berlin, seems to have discovered a connection between the Creatonism-advocating Discovery Institute and the islamic terrorists involved in the 1993 attack on the WTC. Quote:

Could it be that the apparently insanely wealthy [Adnan] Oktar is funding both radical islamists and the Discovery Institute at the same time?

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Do Fruit Flies have Free Will?

matt4077 matt4077 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

matt4077 (581118) writes "Researchers at the Free University of Berlin are modeling the behaviour of fruit flies. As it turns out, their flying patterns are not completely random, nor deterministic. Quote: "I would have never guessed that simple flies who keep bouncing off the same window otherwise have the capacity for nonrandom spontaneity if given the chance." There's also a video of Drosophila in the flight simulator."
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