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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

medv4380 Re:Religious is better than philosophical? (1037 comments)

If the people claiming Philosophical objection were actually able to write up a well reason and argued case I'd personally accept their objection. However, most if not all of these case are hysterical anti-vac nutters claiming something due to mass hysteria and not a well reasoned argument.

5 days ago
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Study of Massive Preprint Archive Hints At the Geography of Plagiarism

medv4380 Seems more like a relationship with quantiy (53 comments)

I don't have there whole data, but they did put up 10 or so on their nice little map. Seems more like the fewer papers a country has the higher the percentage of plagiarism. However, the US has so many papers in this study it should be divided into smaller regions.

about a week ago
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New Destover Malware Signed By Stolen Sony Certificate

medv4380 Why wasn't this already revoked? (80 comments)

The scale of the Sony hack should have prompted the System admin to revoke any, and all certs that had the slightest possibility of being compromised. You can't keep the hackers out of your new fixed system if you still honor the certs they stole.

about a week ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

medv4380 In the event I have to prove my innocents (99 comments)

I don't like the Guilty Until Proven Innocent mentality. However, since some people are insistent on doing away with the basics of our legal system I do like the fact that my Wii FitMeter could be used to prove my general whereabouts since it records altitude information thought the day. I can easily see in my daily logs when I come home, and leave for work because there are substantial hills on the path. I'm fairly confident that between my phone and FitMeter I could prove my whereabouts with absolute certainty. Since I'm also pinned in a IT room in the back with only one other coworker who doesn't come in till 10, and leaves at 3ish I wouldn't have a provable alibi between 8 to 10 and 3 to 5 without my devices. I don't like having to do that, but since some people insist on Guilty Until Proven Innocent I'm happy that my devices do this.

about two weeks ago
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Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

medv4380 Re:What service, exactly, is Nielsen providing? (55 comments)

Yes, but not given publicly. This is so that shows can use the ratings as leverage in negotiating contracts with Netflix. Which is also why netflix doesn't release the data publicly. They don't want some show figuruing out that half the netflix audiance watches the same program every time it's pushed out. They might think they have an angle and try to get more money out of netflix, or more money out of one of their competitors by offering and exclusive deal. Like Downton Abbey giving exclusive rights to Amazon because they needed something to get people to watch Amazon over Hulu.

about a month ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

medv4380 Re:Bad Headline as Usual (335 comments)

That's how you read it? I read it as if you create a robot that tries to evaluate weather or not it should kill someone based on ethics the program will never complete. You can certainly make one that can always kill what you tell it to, but not one that can choose whether or not a given human is a rebel to be shot on site, or a human that is apart of the new world order. However, I'm more likely to have it kill all humans not holding an IFF tag.

about a month ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

medv4380 Quantum Fluctuations != null (429 comments)

Sorry, but Quantum Fluctuations are not a null value thus the claim in the headline is false. Stop spreading this particular lie about something coming from nothing. Otherwise interesting proof I'll have to read later.

about a month ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

medv4380 Re:Another 15 minutes (716 comments)

Shall I include the Middle Ages Murder rates as well? London 14th Century Murder Rate of 52 per 100k. Higher murder rate than every single war torn African country. Higher than ever Aisan Country, Higher than every country on the planet except for Honduras, and Jamaica with they're 60 per 100k. I could come up with some pretty raciest Erroneous conclusions with that too, but I'll let your mind fill them in for you.

about a month ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

medv4380 Re:Another 15 minutes (716 comments)

Just try and convince me humans have not already crossed the same threshold.

In 1995 the Murder rate in the US was 8.2 per 100k with a population of around 260 million. In 2012 the Murder rate in the US was 4.7 per 100k with a population of around 313 million. In 1980 the rate was 10.2 with a population of 225 million. Shall I now correlate internet usage with troll activity, and erroneously conclude that internet trolling reduces the murder rate? Or should I conclude the Humans are the opposite of rats, and they become calmer in over populated situations? Also Erroneous.

about a month and a half ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

medv4380 What's the PC Processor Usage Then (338 comments)

I suspect BS, but I'll hear out the argument if there is actual evidence. Sliding down the resolution to 900p from 1080p would mostly save you on GPU, and Graphics memory usages. In a more detailed artilce it was stated that they picked 900p because they didn't want to fight with the differences between the XBone and PS4. The main reason the PS4 keeps getting 1080p and the XBone does not is that the memory for the graphics is so much faster. So if someone actually has the PC version and can so that "AI" is burning every processor at 100% then I'll buy their argument as plausable. Until then the story has changed from day to day, and isn't believable. If the AI has something to do with it then the AI coder has probably deadlocked the system when they use multiple cores, and has been cheating by using only one core.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

medv4380 Re:The offending article (724 comments)

That sub culture is still the sub culture buying those Intel chips, and the ones who frequent gaming web sites like gamasutra. Only idiots who think that 15 years ago people playing solitaire on the PC hardcore qualified as gamers. Games have been mainstream since the dawn of history by that definition. However, gamer subculture is the only audience for gaming magazines. You're not really a hardcore poker player is all you do is visit vegas once in a while, but if you have a regular poker night then you probably are. You'd probably have your own poker take, chips, and hand marked cards. The chump who visits vegas on his honey moon and loses the ring... not so much.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

medv4380 The offending article (724 comments)

Could it have hurt to put the link to the offending article in the summery? Not a particularly offensive article, but reads like biting the hand that feeds you.

'Gamer' isn't just a dated demographic label that most people increasingly prefer not to use. Gamers are over. That's why they’re so mad.

This is in particular a contradiction. If Gamers are over then why do a portion of those PC Gamer Enthusiasts continue to buy Intel's processors for a premium which happens to pay for the advertising?

I'd want to have an intellectual discussion on this, but both sides have had it and are at the point of being stupid so that's not going to happen.

about 2 months ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

medv4380 Re:Hmmm ... (356 comments)

Since Hawking Radiation hasn't been observed in any repeatable experiment, and the universe is too warm to tell it apart from the background radiation if black holes do emit it I'd say that the assumptions could be wrong. Since the claim is that the event horizon never forms it's claiming that those black things in the center of galaxies don't exist, or should be just above the minimum to be a black hole. I'd say this is actually a hit against Hawking Radiation, or one of the other assumption, and not a hit against Black Holes.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

medv4380 Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (533 comments)

How much video are you streaming? I've found very little if any issue with 10mbps on my home line, and I find that every once in a while that I'm streaming to my living room, the basement play room, a 2DS, and 2-3 computers simultaneously. I might not be streaming 1080p to every device, Heck, 1080p is over rated. Give me 480p or 720p as long as it's 16:9. The only time I notice a significant issue is when someone logs on with their un-synced phone, and steal all the upload bandwidth sending all their photos to Google.

about 3 months ago
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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

medv4380 Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (110 comments)

Because it creates competition and drives down the profit margin?

about 4 months ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

medv4380 Probably has to do with pages. (105 comments)

With a physical book that I've read I have a fairly good idea where I need to open it up to find something I'm looking for. With an eBook there are no pages to really catalog because they're all on the same page. Just a thought.

about 4 months ago
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

medv4380 Re:"Philosophically, this opens up an interesting (239 comments)

Isn't minimize overall damage, and minimize liability usually equal. I can't think of one where they wouldn't be off hand. Anything greater than minimized damage would be increased liability.

about 3 months ago
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The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

medv4380 Re:String theory is not science! (259 comments)

Test-ability and the Title of Theory. String Theory is a Mathematical Theory, and an interesting Scientific Hypothesis. You can have a Math Theory as long as your math is sound given your assumptions. You can only have a Scientific Theory if your experiments, and data can be tested. Everything String Theory predicts and is testable for is in Relativity and Quantum mechanics. It doesn't provide anything new that we can test for yet. So giving it the mantel of Scientific Theory when it hasn't yet done the work needed gives it more credit then it should have. And doing so gives legitimacy to creationist claims that evolution is "Just A Theory".

about 4 months ago

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38 Studios Financially Collapsing

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  about 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "38 Studios, run by Curt Shilling, is having a hard time paying its bills and employees. The gaming community hasn't been happy with 38 Studios since issue with an Online Pass for Single Player Content discussed previously here. For Curt to rant against Obama and welfare addiction makes it seem like the pot has been calling the kettle black since he received a $75 million dollar loan from Republican Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. When 38 Studios defaults RI will have to cover the loan and interest of nearly $100 Million."
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Crenezumab Antibody to Begin Human Testing to Combat Alzheimers

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "The US Government is committing 16 Million to 100 Million dollar prevention trial of Crenezumab that is intended to help combat early onset Alzheimers. The Government has also committed an additional 7.9 million for a second trial."
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Judge Dismisses Patent Lawsuit Against Nintendo

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "The patent lawsuit filed by IA Labs regarding Wii Fit and other Nintendo accessories has been dismissed before it could go to the Jury. The case was previously discussed on slashdot here. It appears that Maryland courts maybe a much better venue then East Texas."
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News Reports WoW used as Mass Murder Simulator

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "It should be no surprise that the Mass Murderer, Anders Behring Breivik, found a game like Modern Warfare entertaining. However, in his manifesto he writes

example, tell them that you have started to play World of Warcraft or any other online MMO game and that you wish to focus on this for the next months/year. This "new project" can justify isolation and people will understand somewhat why you are not answering your phone over long periods. Tell them that you are completely hooked on the game (raiding dungeons etc). Emphasize to them that this is a dream you have had since you were a kid

The news has taken this clear use of Warcraft as cover for cutting off contact with friends and family as Norway Terrorist Used World Of Warcraft As A Training Simulator

I guess we can expect this to spur anther round of game bashing very shortly."

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Blizzard Authenticator Change

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Some of you maybe aware of the change blizzard made to the authenticator system at the end of last week. The basics of the system is if Blizzard sees that you are using a system that you've used in the past the authenticator will be requested less often to log in. Since it seems that only a tech audience would understand what was done I have a question for slashdot. Is this more or less secure then what it was prior to the change?

If you use an authenticator – and we hope you do – you may soon notice that an authenticator prompt may not appear with every login. We’ve recently updated our authentication system to intelligently track your login locations, and if you’re logging in consistently from the same place, you may not be asked for an authenticator code. This change is being made to make the authenticator process less intrusive when we’re sure the person logging in to your account is you. We hope to continue improving the authenticator system to ensure the same or greater security, while improving and adding features to make having one a more user friendly experience. If you don’t already have a Battle.net Authenticator attached to your account, don’t wait until it’s too late -

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Java SE 7 Finally Approved by JCP 13 to 1

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Java Platform, SE (Standard Edition) 7 has been passed this week by the JCP Executive Committee for SE/EE (Enterprise Edition), by a vote of 13 in favor and 1 — Google — against. Oracle, IBM, VMware, Red Hat, and Fujitsu are among the affirmative votes, and two committee members — Credit Suisse and Java architect Werner Keil — did not vote. Specifically, committee members voted on Java Specification Request 336, which pertains to the Java upgrade. Voting on the public review ballot for Java SE 7 finished up earlier this week after beginning on May 31. Java SE 7 still faces another vote on a final approval ballot."
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Worlds.com gets 4th Virtual Worlds Patent

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Worlds.com has received another Virtual Worlds patent.

The present invention provides a highly scalable architecture for a three-dimensional graphical, multi-user, interactive virtual world system. In a preferred embodiment a plurality of users interact in the three-dimensional, computer-generated graphical space where each user executes a client process to view a virtual world from the perspective of that user. The virtual world shows avatars representing the other users who are neighbors of the user viewing the virtual word. In order that the view can be updated to reflect the motion of the remote user's avatars, motion information is transmitted to a central server process which provides positions updates to client processes for neighbors of the user at that client process. The client process also uses an environment database to determine which background objects to render as well as to limit the movement of the user's avatar.

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FCC Moves to Convert Phone Fund to Broadband Fund

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "The Federal Communications Commission is expected to change the Universal Service Fund and instead of having the funds go towards Rural Phone Infrastructure it would not go towards Broadband Infrastructure. You can see a transcript of what was presented to the FCC here."
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Scientist claims Jupiter is messing with WMAP

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Tom Shanks at the University of Durham reprocessed the published WMAP data using radio galaxies instead of Jupiter, and claims that the data no longer excludes theory's like one-dimensional cosmic strings."
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Worlds.com Settles Lawsuit Against NCSoft

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "Worlds.com is implied as about to go under financially but with the number of times zombie SCO has appeared World.com maybe no different in the long run. If true NCSoft probably could have fought off the case by waiting for World.com to die but then the patents would be sold off and we'd be back at the same place."
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Is IE8 really better at malware?

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

medv4380 (1604309) writes "I recently read an article that stated that IE8 Tops Blocking Malware.

Internet Explorer 8 wiped the floor with the other products in the malware tests, blocking 81% of live threats. Firefox 3.0.11 was closest at 27%, with Safari 4 at 21%, Chrome 2 at 7% and Opera 10 beta at 1%. NSS Labs says that they confirmed that this protection is identical in Firefox 3 and 3.5, as well as Opera 9 and 10.

I was curious how accurate this could actually be. It has been my experience that I run into more actual malware threats (mostly unwanted activex controlers) using IE then I have in any other browser. After reading bits of the report the "malware" they were referring to was the Social Engineering kind of malware. I'm not sure if this is an honest way of reporting malware security, but then I'm of the mindset that malware distributed though the "Click Here for Viagra" as malware for dummies.

Am I crazy or are they right about IE?"

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Microsoft Ordered to stop selling MS Word

medv4380 medv4380 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Michael (1604309) writes "

Microsoft Corp. has been ordered to stop selling several versions of its popular word-processing software, Word, in the U.S. after losing a court battle with a Toronto-based company.

A Texas judge issued the injunction Tuesday and awarded small Toronto technology firm, i4i, more than $290 million US in damages, ruling Microsoft wilfully infringed on the company's 1998 patent for software that opens up documents using the XML computer programming language.

As much as I dislike Microsoft I hate this kind of patent abuse even more."

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