Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

mi Re:Personal mistakes vs. governmental ones (374 comments)

If the government is providing food directly, such as in the case of school dinners

Yeah, that's a very common fallacy used to justify all sorts of government intervention, which the Constitution nor popular will supports. Other examples include federally-mandated minimum drinking age and speed limits — both forced upon States on pain of lowering their Federal highway-maintenance allowances.

Whatever the government is providing, it is not paid by its money — for it does not have anything, but taxes — it is ours. Unless it is a charity (private or governmental, such as Food Stamps), there is no justification to attach strings to such disbursements.

6 hours ago
top

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

mi Personal mistakes vs. governmental ones (374 comments)

People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades [emphasis mine -mi], a major new study shows.

A person can choose to eat this or that and it is his own responsibility. But, when the government decides, what's good for you (based on some "settled" science), it not only affects citizenry's opinion and makes us less responsible for ourselves, it also leaves millions directly controlled by the government — such as pupils in government schools — without choices at all.

Now, I don't doubt, that some of the stuff removed from schools by our omni-scient and caring Congressmen will never be considered good for anyone again. But they still force fat-free chocolate milk on kids, for example, in seeming contradiction to this new study. Maybe, both ought to be available — and parents, rather than the Federal government, be allowed to control the children's nutrition?

Sadly, the movement seems to be in the wrong direction. Some parents are already being punished for children eating incorrectly. And though in this case (200+ pound 8 year old), it is fairly obvious, that the parents are, indeed, screwy, it is likely to be a "poster-boy" for future interventions in cases less and less obvious.

8 hours ago
top

Invasion Of Ukraine Continuing As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

mi Re:Long Overdue (3 comments)

Sorry folks, we started this.

Huh?..

Call an emergency U.N. meeting, throw Russia out of the U.N.

With Russia itself wielding a veto, I don't think, the UN can be very useful in respect.

I agree, that Putin must be called on this, but don't believe, we have the right man in the White House to do it. If we had one, Putin would not have dared the attacks in the first place...

9 hours ago
top

DNA Reveals History of Vanished "Paleo-Eskimos"

mi Native Native Americans wiped out (55 comments)

Native Native Americans wiped out by Native Americans. This will be a fine discussion...

2 days ago
top

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

mi Re:Sure, it is all Koch brothers' fault... (525 comments)

But the problem isn't the cables in most cases, its the service. I no longer have to deal with Cogeco's policies, I get Teksavvy's instead.

Sure, I understand, I had the same deal — with Verizon in place of Cogeco and SpeakEasy in place of Teksavvy. While it worked things were fine. When something went wrong, figuring out, which of the two is responsible was rather difficult.

Because Verizon was selling their DSL service — direct competition with SpeakEasy — they weren't exactly anxious to help SpeakEasy resolve problems...

3 days ago
top

The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

mi Re:Different era (180 comments)

Yes, Yes he is.

Because?..

Union breaker .... You fucking got me started

I wish, you had anything on-topic to offer, when you get "started"... The topic, in this case, being the abuse of the Executive Order 12333 by the intelligence community decades after the order was signed.

4 days ago
top

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

mi Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

Sure, precision weapons. Solves all problems.

Fallacy of excluded middle. No, it does not solve all the problems — but it does solve many...

So long as we redefine "premature" to be a synonym for "forever", then yes, "we withdrew prematurely."

We are still stationed in Germany, Japan, and South Korea... Maybe, it is time to leave those places now — many decades since the fighting ended. But leaving when such a major force as ISIS remained in Iraq was irresponsible and stupid.

Your position has lost popular support

Not in the US it has not... When the troops stopped dying, the public was willing to see us remain in Iraq as we remain in Kuwait nearby... And we are still in Afghanistan without much outcry. Oh, and even the Gitmo is still open...

charismatic nut job à la Hugo Chavez.

Haterz gonna hate...

4 days ago
top

The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

mi Different era (180 comments)

That data ranges from e-mail content to Facebook messages, from Skype chats to practically anything that passes over the Internet on an incidental basis.

None of those things existed, when the order was signed, though. And if none of the subsequent Presidents — including the current "tech-savvy" wonder — have abolished it since then (when the explosive use of computers made it truly dangerous), then is Reagan really to blame?

4 days ago
top

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

mi Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

I'm pretty sure the Kennedy doctrine was falsified the second we got involved in Vietnam and propped up a murderous dictator.

None of the dictators we propped up was as murderous as the Communist alternative...

4 days ago
top

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

mi Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

It's not even clear that the issue is weapons. This isn't 1980s Afghanistan we're talking about. Ukraine is a former member of the USSR and was within spitting distance of NATO, so they're armed with fighter and attack aircraft, helicopter gunships, transport aircraft, artillery, armored personnel carriers, etc. etc.

None of it in a particularly good order, most of it a generation behind. And not enough of it to withstand Russia, which poured their gas-monies into weapons and training — in addition to skilful propaganda relying not only on the Leftists traditionally sympathetic to anything "revolutionary", but also on the Rigthists this time...

early on in the conflict, a group of soldiers simply surrendered their armored personnel carriers without a shot being fired

And the keyword here is "early in the conflict". Up until late Spring Russian television was allowed to broadcast in Ukraine... But, yes, Ukrainian's regular military does have issues of its own — many senior officers entered service during Soviet times. But not the newly-formed National Guard volunteers, who remain the shining edge of Ukraine's otherwise rusty blade. And they had to scrounge equipment themselves — from guns and ammunition to infra-red detectors to life-saving Celox...

presumably they're offering intelligence support such as satellite photos as well

Yeah, "presumably". Maybe, now they do alright. But what prevented them from doing it before Crimea got invaded? Russia was massing forces for it for a month in advance — had Pentagon not seen it from above? They had... And they surely had informed the President. But Mr. Incompetent did no see fit to inform Ukraine — neither side of the political fight there — so the invasion was a complete surprise for them... Ukrainian units stationed on peninsula did not know, what to do, and the new leaders did not have a worked-out policy. Their excuse is, they had more important things to do, what's Obama's? Too busy signing people up for Obamacare?

The US has sent body armor and night vision goggles.

Only in June! Four months since Russia first invaded — and only after multiple people, both Republican and Democrats, demanded it. Had Obama been anything more than a pathetic "community organizer", he would've reacted in March instead of trying to glue the pitiful attempts to "Reset" his relationship with Russia back together. But then, if he had been, Putin might not even have dared to invade in the first place...

Perhaps more importantly, the West has committed $27 billion in aid to Ukraine over the next two years

First of all, it is an IMF loan, not true aid. It is still welcome, of course, but it will be a while before it helps troops on the ground. Putin remains a step ahead of our amateur, who is training on-the job (as his own Vice-Amateur once said).

4 days ago
top

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

mi Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

If Maliki's politics are to blame, then Bush is ultimately the one to blame for Maliki

Tenuous in the extreme...

Except wait a minute, who was it who approved a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq that called for all U.S. troops to leave in 2009... hm, it'll come to me... oh, that's right, it was BUSH!

The forces withdrawn under the agreement left in December of 2011. Obama was in charge for three years...

They're pretty badass, they act more like an occupying army than a terrorist organization. Turns out, there's a reason for that- they include a whole bunch of former Iraqi Army officers, who went to military academy and everything. Iraqi army officers who joined the insurgency after the Iraqi Army was disbanded by, wait for it... George W. Bush.

Yeah, Bush disbanded it the same way his predecessors disbanded German military. He also started de-Baathization of Iraq the same way we de-Nazified Germany after winning there.

And, guess what, those Nazis — fired from the army and banned from public life were pretty upset too — had we left West Germany to its own devices back then, there could've very well have been a similar insurrection there too (happily encouraged by the USSR-occupied East)... Obama should not have withdrawn from Iraq, period.

The "might not have handled things terribly well" is rather damning indeed, considering the source...

4 days ago
top

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

mi Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

Germany didn't have the power to vaporize most of the planet with the push of a button.

Please, explain the actors in the analogy you are trying to build.

5 days ago
top

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

mi Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

Right, as opposed to the previous guy, who went into Iraq to settle his daddy's score

His daddy has kicked Saddam's ass so bad, there were no score left to settle. But let's not change the subject, Ok?

blunder around with pointy objects in the dark making a lot of noise and hoping everyone swoons over your manliness

Oh, I guess, you just can't help it, can you?

the country you did invade is falling into civil war.

Had we withdrawn from Germany in 1955, that country would've fallen into a "civil war" as well... Whatever you blame Bush for, the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq are squarely Obama's doing. As is the emboldened Russia, to bring us back on topic.

5 days ago
top

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

mi Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

The US can't afford to perform any surgeries.

Of course, we can. Obama's economy may be weak, but it is still greater than that of Russia and Ukraine combined. Many times greater.

We don't need to send "boots on the ground" — just help Ukrainian defenders with weapons. Like, for example, precise ground-to-ground missiles to let them destroy a Russian "Grad" parked behind an apartment building without hitting the building too. Or all that surplus equipment, that Pentagon has been sending to police departments nation-wide, militarizing them against fellow citizens . But the charlatan-in-chief would not even send Ukrainians the perfectly defensive helmets and body armor...

pissing it all away invading Afghanistan and Iraq?

We pissed nothing away invading those two. We pissed it away by withdrawing prematurely.

5 days ago
top

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

mi Re:Classics (377 comments)

What? Hell no. Classics are: checkers, chess, a deck of cards, a pair of dice, dominoes and backgammon. Everybody has heard of them, everybody has seen them, (almost) everybody have played them in their lives...

Anything invented in the past few decades simply has not been around long enough to become a classic.

5 days ago
top

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

mi Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

Chairman Mao, Ho Chi Minh and Hitler, not so much with the bluffing.

We fought Hitler and now Germany is a free and prosperous country at peace with its neighbors. China — where we dithered — not so much. Nor is North Korea — in the 60 years since we decided to "give peace a chance" there and not use nukes against the invading Chinese "volunteers", generations of millions lived in dire poverty and suffering, that they deserved even less than the Chinese soldiers.

Some times non-invasive therapies are indicated, but quite often the best course is surgery. Sadly, what we have in the White House is a "herbal remedies" charlatan...

5 days ago
top

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

mi Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

I don't know how Russia, you know, the big one, reacts if the US decided to support

I wonder, what happened to:

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

Perhaps, the author of the above was a war-mongering neocon teatard — not a Nobel "Peace" Prize laureate...

5 days ago
top

DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

mi Re: UDP/broadcast only (261 comments)

You can't turn it off even now. The GPS tracking is built into the circuitry and there is no way to disable it.

I doubt, that's entirely true. While I'm sure, cell companies keep track of each phone's approximate position (relative to their towers), the phone's battery drains considerably quicker, when the "location service" (an iPhone term) is turned on. If it really were on all the time, there would not have been such a pronounced effect on the batter from starting the "Maps" application or "Uber"...

5 days ago

Submissions

top

Facebook's Ukrainian office is in Russia. Blocks Ukrainians...

mi mi writes  |  3 days ago

mi (197448) writes "Ukrainian media are reporting (link in Ukrainian), that Facebook is getting increasingly heavy-handed blocking Ukrainian bloggers. The likely explanation for the observed phenomenon is that Facebook's Ukrainian office is located in Russia and is headed by a Russian citizen (Catherine Skorobogatov). For example, a post calling on Russian mothers to not let their sons go to war was blocked "Due to multiple complaints". Fed up, Ukrainian users are writing directly to Zukerberg to ask him to replace Catherine with someone, who would not be quite as swayed by the "complaints" generated by Russian bots. The last link (in both Ukrainian and English) is also on Facebook. Will it survive for long?"
top

Certified "green" buildings consume more energy than regular structures

mi mi writes  |  about 6 months ago

mi (197448) writes "The "greenness" of a building is measured as EUIs — the higher the number, the more energy the structure is consuming relative to its size. Environmentally-aware construction is supposed to have the LEED-certification by U.S. Green Building Council (a private environment-protection group).

Washington, DC was the first city to mandate LEED-certifications for all new construction in 2010. Today the city-wide average EUI for LEED-certified buildings is 205, whereas the non-certified buildings average 199..."

Link to Original Source
top

Lenders look at social media to check on loan-applicants

mi mi writes  |  about 8 months ago

mi (197448) writes "We know about Human Resources departments checking job-applicants online. Well, the lenders are catching up too. Writes Wall Street Journal:

Lending companies are looking at potential problems such as whether applicants put the same job information on their loan application as they posted on LinkedIn, or if they shared on Facebook that they had been let go by an employer. A small business that draws negative reviews on eBay also could undermine its chances of getting more credit, lending companies say.

Myself having neither Facebook, nor Twitter, nor LinkedIn accounts, I am wondering, if I am at a disadvantage — these are the people, who already consider imperfect credit history to be better, than no credit history at all..."
Link to Original Source

top

Britney Spears' music used to deter pirates

mi mi writes  |  about 10 months ago

mi (197448) writes "Blasting Western music seems quite effective against the people, who hate Western culture in general, according to the article in Mirror Online, and Britney Spears' tunes proved to be a great deterrent indeed. Second Officer Rachel from Aberfoyle in Scotland said: “Her songs have been chosen by the security team accompanying our tankers because they thought the pirates would hate them most."

The music is currently used as a second line of defence and is broadcast when initial calls from armed security guards on board fail to deter the pirates. The speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates so as not to disturb the crew. “They’re so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns," — says Rachel.

Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, said the US police and military were the first to use music to quell rioters.

Security industry is well aware of the power of music — and is cautious not to exceed humane limits. Justin Bieber, for example, is not used, because officials are wary of violating Geneva Conventions."

Link to Original Source
top

NASDAQ shut down earlier today and is struggling to get up

mi mi writes  |  1 year,11 days

mi (197448) writes "The NASDAQ exchange has abruptly halted all trading in early afternoon today, August 22, 2013. At the time of this writing (15:32) they remain down despite the earlier promises to reopen at 14:45, 15:10, 15:25...

The nature of the problem remains a mystery and may turn out to be anything — from a varmint chewing through some critical wire to the decision to switch to Microsoft back in 2005."
top

Companies in China learn to bypass government's firewall

mi mi writes  |  1 year,11 days

mi (197448) writes "According to the article in South China Morning Post, it is common for corporations in the country to reach out to the "real" Internet by using their own lines out to Hong-Kong. Recently, some luxury hotels started offering the access to guests. Of course, some sort of "communications with the local government" have taken place before this apparent violation of the country's federal law was attempted.

I, for one, can't wait for these folks to start getting a bigger say on how the Internet operates."

Link to Original Source
top

Computer keeps sending cops to the same house

mi mi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mi writes "

Embarrassed cops on Thursday cited a "computer glitch" as the reason police targeted the home of an elderly, law-abiding couple more than 50 times in futile hunts for bad guys. Apparently, the address of Walter and Rose Martin's Brooklyn home was used to test a department-wide computer system in 2002

Police have tried to remove the address from their databases for years, but it keeps popping up... This is the scariest part of the government collecting personal data — they can't expunge it, even if they sincerely try to... And if they are even a bit insincere, they can always explain keeping it by a "computer glitch"."
Link to Original Source

top

Leak of Congress' ethics-investigators documents

mi mi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mi writes "A document describing investigations of the House Ethics committee was accidentally leaked through peer-to-peer software running on a PC of a "junior employee" working from home. Although the employee was quickly fired, the embarrassing details are now well known.
At the time of this typing, no mention of the documents on WikiLeaks. Not yet..."

Link to Original Source
top

Nigeria shuts down scam websites

mi mi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mi writes "Nigeria's anti-corruption police said Friday they had shut down some 800 scam websites and busted 18 syndicates of email fraudsters in a drive to curb cyber-crime the country is notorious for. 18 arrests were made. Maybe, the amount of "From the Desk of Dr. Foo Bar" e-mails will drop for a while."
Link to Original Source
top

Plagiarism-detection software find Shakespeare

mi mi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mi writes "Software intended to help essay-graders to detect plagiarism was used to attribute — with high probability — a hitherto unattributed play (The Reign of Edward III) to Shakespeare. It seems, the work was co-authored by Shakespeare and another playwright of the time, Thomas Kyd."
Link to Original Source
top

White House admits harvesting e-mail addresses

mi mi writes  |  about 5 years ago

mi writes "After people appeared on Fox News complaining, White House admitted to not be using the Confirmed Opt-In (a.k.a. Double Opt-In) for adding new addresses to their list of subscribers.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs offered the classic spammer-defenses: "we hope they were not too inconvenienced," — and: "we suggest that they unsubscribe from the list by clicking the link at the bottom of the e-mail."

I still remember — in the 1990ies — spammers covering themselves up with something like: "Under Bill S.1618 Title III passed by the 105th U.S. Congress, this letter can not be considered spam..." Now, the most technologically-advanced Administration is sanctioning the spammer's other excuse: "What's the big deal? Just press 'Delete'!""
top

Palin's e-mail account broken into

mi mi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mi writes "A private e-mail account of Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin was broken into and detailed screen-shots published. The publishing site defends the stunningly unethical action with: "It's newsworthy and we will not be taking it down!""
Link to Original Source
top

Craigslist forced to reveal a seller's identity

mi mi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mi writes "The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts has won a judgment compelling CraigsList to reveal the identity of "Daniel", who tried to sell two tickets to the Oscar-ceremony recently. The plaintiff's argument against such sales is scary and can be taken very far very quickly: "If you don't know who's inside the theater, it's very difficult to provide security".

The CraigList's handling of the case may be even scarier, however — instead of fighting tooth-and-nail for the user's privacy, as we expect Google, Yahoo, and AOL, and even credit-card issuers to do, CraigsList simply did not show up in court and lost by default."

Link to Original Source
top

Fugitive sues C.C.-issuer for aiding his capture

mi mi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mi writes "A short article describes attempts by a disbarred lawyer, who pleaded guilty of statutory rape, to sue American Express for violating its pledge "to withhold customer information from third parties". It seems, the man was captured when police obtained information about where his credit card was used.

His crime is repulsive to most, so there will be little sympathy, but the legal implications are interesting. Was AmEx compelled to disclose the information by the authorities, or did it volunteer the information? In the latter case, what will the company do, if the next suspect-on-the-run is accused of, say, copyright violations, or threats against President, or terrorism — will it consider the magnitude of the accusations and the available evidence, or always cooperate with the police?"

Link to Original Source
top

France to outlaw "inciting thinness"

mi mi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mi writes "Yahoo! and others report, that "encouraging severe weight loss" may soon become a crime in France. The National Assembly has already approved the bill. The law would punish "inciting others to deprive themselves of food" to an "excessive" degree with prison time and/or fines, even though the doctors still say, the link between anorexia and media images "remains hazy"."
Link to Original Source
top

French gendarmes switching to Linux

mi mi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mi writes "French paramilitary police will be switching their 70000 desktop computers to Ubuntu "every time they have to replace a desktop". The move is expected to affect 5000-8000 machines in the first year alone. The cost of the OS is cited as only the third of factors:

The first is to diversify suppliers and reduce the force's reliance on one company, the second is to give the gendarmerie mastery of the operating system and the third is cost.
They started migrating away from Microsoft by switching to alternative office and web-browsing software first."

Link to Original Source
top

Chinese dissident taken from house- to real arrest

mi mi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mi writes "Yahoo! is carrying an AP article on the recent arrest of Hu Jia on the charge of "inciting subversion of state power".

Gross violations of Human Rights by Chinese government are nothing new. What's special about this case, is that the victim has spent 223 days under house arrest by the time he was taken away from his home (and newborn daughter). Despite the house arrest, he was able to continue his work, including participating remotely in a European Parliament hearing..."

Link to Original Source
top

Amazon fights off a federal customer-list subpoena

mi mi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mi writes "While prosecuting a tax-evasion case against a used-book seller, federal prosecutors contacted Amazon requesting identities of his customers, so that some of them can become witnesses. The company refused to divulge the customers' identities and the judge agreed:

"The subpoena is troubling because it permits the government to peek into the reading habits of specific individuals without their knowledge or permission. It is an unsettling and un-American scenario to envision federal agents nosing through the reading lists of law-abiding citizens while hunting for evidence against somebody else."


The Feds eventually withdrew the subpoena."

Link to Original Source
top

Hurricane-research UAV to be tested on Noel

mi mi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mi writes "USA Today is reporting on an unmanned aircraft developed to research hurricanes being sent into Noel. It should reach the eye of the storm at around 10pm tonight, November 2nd. The whole flight is expected to take about 20 hours:

"Unmanned flights at very low altitude are important since they give us unique insights and continuous observations in a region of the storm where the ocean's energy is directly transferred to the atmosphere just above. Attempting this type of research flight with our hurricane hunter aircraft would risk the lives of our crew and scientists," said Joe Cione, hurricane researcher at NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, and project manager for the Aerosonde field study.
"

Link to Original Source

Journals

mi has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>