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HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

mellon Re:HTTP isn't why the web is slow (161 comments)

The anonymous hit piece is the Slashdot article, submitted by "anonymous."

about three weeks ago
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HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

mellon Re:HTTP isn't why the web is slow (161 comments)

Personally I have no opinion about HTTP/2, but I have to say that this anonymous hit piece looks a lot like some IETF participant who didn't like how the process came out trying to create the appearance of consensus against it by pumping up the anger of the interwebs without actually saying what's wrong with the spec. When I see people making statements not supported by explanations as to why we might want to consider them correct, my tendency is to assume that it's hot air trying to bypass the consensus process.

It's also a bit annoying to see the IETF accused of having published a document advocating snooping when in fact someone floated that idea in the IETF and it was shot down in flames, and what we actually published was a document stating that snooping is to be considered an attack and addressed in all new IETF protocol specifications (RFC 7258).

about three weeks ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

mellon Re:"Expected", "could", and "maybe" (329 comments)

If all predictions had indeed not come to pass, you might have a point. But of course that's hyperbole, which is to say: you are making shit up. In the real, fact-based world climate science has an all-too-good track record. Yes, it is not perfectly accurate, but that's really not something with which to comfort yourself. If you get run over by a bus, it doesn't matter whether it hits you from the front or the side: you're still dead. It's best to pay attention and get out of the way when there is a bus bearing down on you. And as for extinction events, it doesn't matter whether they're human-caused or not. What matters is not being taken out by them. Or anyway, so the thinking goes...

about a month and a half ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

mellon Re:Only CO2 matters (329 comments)

Right, that was my point. The methane doesn't just disappear.

about a month and a half ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

mellon Re:"Expected", "could", and "maybe" (329 comments)

Expected, could and maybe do not have probabilities assigned. So when you say "with a very low probability," you are putting words in gmustera's mouth. The probability isn't very low. It's likely that this caused the Permian-Triassic extinction event. But I'm sure that you, with your anti-government rhetoric and your bunker in the basement, will survive an extinction event just fine. No doubt you've done the science, and figured out how much stockpiled oxygen you need to stockpile to get through it, and how big your airtight greenhousese need to be to grow the food you won't be able to safely grow outside, and that's why you're not worried.

Remember that uncertainty cuts both ways, Padawan.

about a month and a half ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

mellon Re: "Expected" to release methane (329 comments)

About seven times better. Which is great if you don't have a warming problem; not so great if you do. Also, excessive CO2 production in the ocean leads to acidification, which leads to dead zones. And you really, really don't want dead zones.

about a month and a half ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

mellon Re:Only CO2 matters (329 comments)

Methane oxidizes, yielding CO2. You don't even know basic chemistry, and you are making scientific-sounding statements about atmosphere science. Sigh. One of the big problems with society today: idiots are completely sure of themselves, and smart people communicate with equivocation in contexts where equivocation will be understood to correlate with uncertainty. See? I can't even stop myself!

about a month and a half ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

mellon Re:An unidentified drone (325 comments)

In addition, had the drone hit the airplane, how do we know that it wouldn't have bounced off? Did it weigh more than a frozen turkey? Mid-air collisions between airplanes are really bad, but mid-air collisions between airplanes and turkeys are generally only bad for the turkey, modulo the occasional fluke where you get enough birds in each engine to cause a real problem.

I frequently see other airplanes from my airplane when I travel. Does that mean that there was a risk of a mid-air? No, they're at a different altitude. So "the pilot saw a drone" is evidence of a near-miss only in the realm of directed reasoning. Someone has an agenda, and that's why this is news.

about a month and a half ago
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US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque Attack" Threat

mellon Re:In other words (98 comments)

Actually in the case of iOS it is substantially better. Application sandboxing makes it a lot harder to get pwned.

about 2 months ago
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Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

mellon Re:Dark Matter here (103 comments)

Don't worry. You're a fine mixture of baryons and leptons. Any WIMPs or SIMPs are just along for the ride.

This article is a bit frustrating in that they haven't actually discovered a dark matter particle—they've just come up with a new idea for what it might look like. So it's not even a virtual particle. It's a hypothetical particle. But interesting nevertheless...

about 3 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:Try reading the examples (387 comments)

You are drawing a meaningless distinction.

about 3 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:What you read has been cleaned up (387 comments)

You misunderstand. Linus routinely personally insults people he disagrees with. That'll get you shot today, in the wrong neighborhood. I am by no means asserting that people didn't cuss a hundred years ago.

about 3 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

Yes, the American frontier was nowhere near as violent as portrayed in Hollywood. But that's a really high bar to squeak under. It was plenty violent.

about 3 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

That's right. You guess. And no, I'm not fantasizing.

about 3 months ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

mellon Re:In short... (232 comments)

I'd rather have a competent town manager who isn't corrupt. Why the Hobson's choice?

about 3 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:Society hypocrisy.... (387 comments)

It's that the language used is too harsh. A hundred years ago that kind of language would have gotten you shot. The sense in which our society is gentler is that nobody has gone gunning for Linus yet. Personally, I think that's a good thing, but it's no excuse for him to behave that way. It's totally possible to express disagreement without shrieking.

about 3 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

Srsly? My 19-year-old niece swears like a sailor. I've seen no evidence that Kids These Days swear less than we did. But we're not talking about swearing. We're talking about saying things that would get the shit beaten out of you if you said them to one of your beloved manly men face to face. Torvalds would be a bloody spot on the pavement if he said some of the things he's said to people to some guy in a bar.

So let's not pretend that that kind of behavior is socially acceptable. It's not, and the fact that you'd get the shit beaten out of you for saying it to someone's face is all the evidence you need.

about 3 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

mellon Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

In the wild west you would have got shot for saying the things Torvalds has said. And unfortunately, this is a mouth-only apology. The way he worded it makes it clear he's not serious. More's the pity.

about 3 months ago

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