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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

mdielmann Re:where is the controversy? (639 comments)

The tree was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eating the fruit was the act of doing wrong, which bestowed the knowledge of good and evil. But before a choice to do wrong is put before you, you can't do wrong. A modern corollary is that a guilty mind is required to commit a crime. If you can't conceive that what you're doing is wrong, you're criminally insane.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

mdielmann Re:Not the first time this has happened (639 comments)

If you're trying to make a quality fleet, you don't just build more ships and crew them with people who "really wanna be a fleet member!" You select for quality. If you want a horde that wins through exhausting your enemy, recruiting anyone who can fog a mirror (or other non-human equivalents) is acceptable. That doesn't explain Wesley, unless they've seen people like this before, and realize they're often more trouble than they're worth unless they're brought down a notch or two first. Hmm...

Colonies can be started for a number of reasons, only one of which is disaffection with the homeworld. Overpopulation, racial security, desire for a challenge, cultural/personal need for space, desire to see new things. If you don't think cultural difference couldn't lead to people not having a problem with the population of a region/planet per se and yet still not wanting to live in certain conditions, compare standing in line in Finland and India.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

mdielmann Re:Let it die (507 comments)

That's a pretty insightful statement, seeing how he claims to be white and southern (US, I presume). Way to go - your literacy is paying off!

about a week ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

mdielmann Re:This is kinda gross. (564 comments)

We've been waiting and seeing for 15 years. People were reportedly surprised to hear he'd funded the Prop 8 group. The waiting and seeing part is adequately finished, I'd say. Although his more than a decade of apparently not firing people for their personal beliefs hasn't helped him any.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

mdielmann Re:This is kinda gross. (564 comments)

We also don't all work in a position of authority for 15 years, where he could easily have exerted his political views, and yet didn't to all appearances.

about two weeks ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

mdielmann Re:The new Hitlers (564 comments)

It's an archaic social custom that should have no place in modern society.

Like clothing. I'm sure there's no valid reason for that one, either.

Most things that have lasted for thousands of years have done so for a good reason. Find that reason, examine the possibility of other ways to meet the requirements, and maybe you will have a way to make it a thing of the past.

The two biggest reasons for marriage are raising children and determining inheritances. We can mitigate one (child-rearing) and set some rules in place of the other based on new technology like DNA testing, but the possibility of guaranteeing where obligations lie has only been around for a generation. Social norms will take a while to catch up.

I personally think marriage is a great idea, and I'm a big fan of freedom. (The two might be opposed to each other...) The trouble comes in when you tie things that aren't obviously interconnected and have to deal with the impact of that. Tax breaks and medical coverage being tied to marriage are just a couple of those. And also when you deal poorly with the things that are obviously linked to (the current idea of) marriage - child-rearing etc. - when the marriage dissolves.

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

mdielmann Re:Obviously? (353 comments)

I could see the use on a gaming rig (which is what the GPP mentioned). If the OS can handle it, dump the OS and your games on there, keep all saved data on your HDD/SSD, and have data access at a factor of 10x what you'd get from SSD (about 100x? 1000x? HDD). The only slowdown you'd see is on startup and game saves. Everything else would be now.

Not saying I'd bother doing something like this, but if the game you're playing is disk-intensive, you will see a world of improvement, even over SSD.

Now why games don't have an option of doing this themselves and saving you all the pain is another question. We live in an age where a good many of the serious gamers have more RAM than what is needed just to play the game and could easily have the game allocate a few GB as swap.

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

mdielmann Re:It will have a better field of view (496 comments)

Put a camera where the sideview mirrors currently are. This gives you the field of view of the outside edge of the mirror, rather than mostly in the middle. Given the right alignment, it will see everything you can by moving your head around. Put two cameras there, and you can even put a "fish-eye mirror" view in part of the field of view, and have more perspective than you'd ever normally have.

Another option is to put the cameras on the roof, near where the windshield meets the roof. This could be done relatively discreetly, about like what the radio antennas look like now. With a design that incorporates the placement of cameras for this, you will likely have more field of view than you ever could do with mirrors, especially on the passenger side.

None of this negates any possible stereoscopic effect you would get from using mirrors rather than a camera.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

mdielmann Re:Desensitizing the masses (168 comments)

This seems to be the attitude of the Roman government for a couple hundred years before the complete collapse of their nation. Then they started thinking that little things like the basic needs of the majority didn't really matter so much, and there was a revolution. America has gotten there a lot faster than Rome did. Maybe they will get to the next couple steps faster, too.

about two weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

mdielmann Re:Tolerance and reason at it's finest (824 comments)

And by diverse you mean...everyone has to agree with everyone else.

As a general rule, I don't put up with intolerance, but I'm not saying I agree with his political choices, but I think he just might be able to separate his personal opinions from his work.

Also, he's in his fifties - his view is held by almost half the people in his demographic. Should they all be banned from leadership roles? A more reasonable idea might be to just wait for those who don't like the modern state of things to die off. It's a typical part of the process for a lot of social change. This will barely be an issue in a generation, although I can appreciate the discomfort this causes for everyone involved in the process.

about three weeks ago
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Hacking Charisma

mdielmann Re:Why is everyone being so negative in here? (242 comments)

You're looking at it from the wrong perspective. So are the people you're commenting about. Those who don't value interpersonal interaction (or haven't had it significantly hurt their career) see someone promoting something that holds little value for them. "It's all just marketing and bullshit actions to make the other person have better feelings about working with you. There's nothing of practical value here!" Then you come along and say, "What do you mean? Why all the hate?! She has a bunch of tools to help you get along better with other, diverse people." And the nerdy types respond with, "Exactly!"

I certainly see value in what she's presenting. But on a website made for people who count non-technical stuff as not "stuff that matters", she will get a cool reception. This can't be surprising. Certainly, once some of these people have been negatively impacted due to their behaviour (and they recognize it), or moved to a position where they have to deal with diverse types of people (management or hell, which are often thought of as the same thing), their perspective may change. Until then, this will be the typical response.

about three weeks ago
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Hacking Charisma

mdielmann Re:Olympic (242 comments)

Do a little research. Watch 6 hours of the Kardashian family, and you will have it made. If the DM disagrees with your actions, say, "But I'm so pretty! Don't you want to be my friend?" If that doesn't work, say, "I have a Charisma of 23. I'm so pretty! Don't you want to be my friend?" At this point, he will either give in, or you will have a chance to sell your obviously useless equipment and buy a castle somewhere.

I get that you're joking, but this is pretty much how the world works sometimes. It seems that a pile of cash, some marketing, and the resultant celebrity status can take someone with a Cha of 15 (or less!) and give them a modified Cha of 20.

about three weeks ago
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Xbox One Reputation System Penalizes Gamers Who Behave Badly

mdielmann Re:Giving "The Bully" Another Tool (183 comments)

First, if this is going to be at all successful, the implementers are going to watch, and see what happens with the system in real-world use. Unless they happened on the perfect system right at the gate, there will be room for improvement. Second, they may have more than one category, not visible to the user. Maybe "complainers" (people who always report on people who kill them) and "bullies" (campers and griefers) will both get a red rating over time. (Yes, the guy who responds to everyone who's better than him by labeling him a cheater is a bad actor, just of a different style than the bully.) And if they're put in different categories, then you'll have a bunch of red guys who all happen to be complainers accusing each other of having nice aimbots and another bunch of guys saying "fuck you!" when someone kills them and hunting each other down for the rest of the session. Couple this with a little bit of trust management, where the opinions of people who are higher in your levels of trust will make their opinions carry more weight for your experience, and therefore who you're likely to be playing with. I don't need to know someone very well to decide that I think they're a bit of a dick, and a good game will keep us separate just to make everyone's experience better. And my opinion might be shared by my friends for a number of reasons, some of them valid.

Really, you're thinking about this too simplistically. Most of these games aren't some seasonal league where you have to play a bunch of the other teams to see who's the best, and the people who want to play will generally be enough that you can use some discrimination in your grouping to keep conflicting personalities apart without diminishing gameplay for anyone, let alone the good actors.

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

mdielmann Re:Three words (323 comments)

The media industry has a cunning plan, you see. Rather than give the customer what they want, they'll sue anyone who tries to bypass the complex system their incompetence and greed has generated.

Always remember, no matter who wins or loses, lawyers win.

That doesn't appear to be the case in Canada. Last I heard, no mass John Doe subpoenas based on IP addresses, no cases with multiple defendants whose only connection is being caught by the same dragnet, and a maximum fine of $500 for any amount of non-commercial pirating, per case. This means that most IP lawyers will be taking a massive pay cut to even look at these cases. If the defendant stalls at all, they'll take a loss. And so there just isn't a lot of court cases for music and video piracy in Canada. Sure, we pay a percentage (about 10%, I think) on media prices to not have to put up with these lawsuits. It's been a couple years since I paid anything (haven't bought any media for a while), and I've never paid more than what I pay to go to the theatre every year. The people have won, and the lawyers have lost. It's pretty nice, actually.

Yes, we still have to keep on our toes, lest the politicians try to screw us over once again. But that's a better position than many other countries are in.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

mdielmann Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (870 comments)

The far better system is to have someone trained and (over time) experienced with the system and have the customer see a copy of the screen so they can review what the order says. This is a small cost increase, and will reduce the high level of errors with outliers like yourself, and also help reduce the level of errors with people who tend to buy the standard stuff ("I wanted [no] cheese on that burger..."). It will also have the benefit of bypassing issues like non-payment (also solved for automated systems) and returns (EVERY return in the food industry is a loss in profit, if not a complete loss).

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

mdielmann Re:Fed Ex and Amazon (466 comments)

And what you will see is that you pay about 100 times what you paid before and a semi truck pulls up to your house rather than a mini-van. Because you pay per piece (with possible bulk reductions) for material objects. But that's not the deal that Comcast and AT&T have made with their customers.

about three weeks ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

mdielmann Re:Kind of an empty gesture (250 comments)

To be clear, I mean specifically the "multimeter with a yellow border = Fluke" trademark. As plenty of people in comments to the previous article noted, yellow is the natural color for a safety device.

You're completely correct. And I, not being a design specialist, can look at the Fluke design and make about 10 different variants that wouldn't match their designs while still using just grey and yellow. Seriously, just reversing the colors probably would have bypassed the trade dress requirements. If not, any number of different options could have been used. Having looked at images of the devices in question, it's clear they're trying to mimic Fluke's trade dress.

Whether you agree with trade dress or not, it's obvious that the Chinese version is trying to mimic, probably to mislead potential buyers. The effort to make a reasonably standard design of their own, with standard safety colors (which doesn't include grey), would have been a minimal effort.

about three weeks ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

mdielmann Re:ATMs? (367 comments)

They've been dead here for 5 or 10 years. Before that, they were the norm. With banks that had a stated focus on customer service, if you didn't fill one out, they would and have you sign it.

about three weeks ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

mdielmann Re:Want to write a kernel ? (392 comments)

I wonder... maybe that's why you don't see a lot of ninja proctologists out there.

I personally wouldn't mind having a proctologist who can get in and out without my noticing. "Alright, drop your drawers, tuck up your knees...and we're done!" This idea should be promoted!

about three weeks ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

mdielmann Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

And all that said, the current system is designed to condone and promote abuse of prisoners, whether they are in the category you believe can't be rehabilitated or not. Unless your premise is that prison is primarily for punishment in those situations, and not for the protection of society, there is no need or benefit for this attitude. The article's author merely takes it to extremes.

about a month ago

Submissions

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Possible Backdoor in New Encryption Standard?

mdielmann mdielmann writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mdielmann (514750) writes "Bruce Schneier writes in Wired that there may be a backdoor in a new encryption standard released by NIST, which the NSA proposed. It runs 3 orders of magnitude slower than the other encryption systems included in the new standard, and it also appears to include a second set of secret numbers that act as a sort of skeleton key. If you're concerned about security, you'll probably want to avoid the Dual_EC_DRBG encryption method."

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How I use Friends/Foes

mdielmann mdielmann writes  |  about 2 years ago

I'm not sure if I use the friend/foe system the same way as most, but I find my system interesting and useful, and thought some people (possibly those on my friend/foe lists) might be interested, too.
I'm not interested in keeping a list of people I don't like, nor am I interested in keeping it visible for the world to see. Opinions are generally personal, and may not be valid for others. If there's someone I really don't like, I'll remember their name and ignore what they write. There aren't a lot like that, and some of them might be on my foe list. I can only think of one, but as I said before, I'm not interested in publishing my (at least partly) emotional biases.
I'm also not interested in having a list of people who say the same things I believe, or modding them up and (further) distorting my view of the world.

So what can one do with these friend/foes lists that doesn't fall into those categories?

Well, I use friends almost normally. These are people I generally agree with, and who have comments that I find interesting. I don't add mod points - if I'm going to see their comments, it will be because someone else thought their comment was interesting, too. The important part is that they're interesting.
I use foes for a different purpose. These are people I generally find challenging my beliefs, though not necessarily offending me. I mark them because they've made me think about things more than once. They, too, don't changes to their mod points, for the same reason that I don't add them to my friends.

So if you see I'm on your foe list - the odds are good that you're there because I wanted to make sure to give your latest comment the attention I've decided you deserve from previous experience.
And if you're on my friends list, I'm sure I'll be seeing another comment from you that will bring me pleasure of one kind or another soon.

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