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Study Claims Human Intelligence Peaked Two To Six Millennia Ago

million_monkeys Re:no (637 comments)

Agree, attaching fox testicles to one's head in the hope of curing a headache....well lets just say it's not my idea of "genius".

Maybe not, but being able to convince other people that attaching fox testicles to their heads will cure their headache....pure genius at work.

about 2 years ago
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FAA Permits American Airlines To Use iPads In Cockpit "In All Phases of Flight"

million_monkeys Re:How about just an iPhone and save even more? (372 comments)

Which is great until you discover a time related software bug that puts all 3 iPads into an endless reboot cycle, or you find that the documentation loaded onto the iPads is corrupt and the engine-out landing checklist is not available when you need it.

Even a complete failure of all iPads in the cockpit (however unlikely that is) will probably not be a big deal. You're forgetting that the crew still has radio contact with air traffic control and their company. They can still get vectored where they need to be and have whatever information they need read to them. There multiple thing that are far more likely that an obscure bug affecting multiple iPads simultaneously.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hackable Portable Music Player For Helicopters?

million_monkeys Re:Time equals money (158 comments)

Seriously, this post is the very definition of "penny-wise, pound foolish".

$1000 is, what, like one flight's worth of fuel? It's like... maybe half of one month of one employee's health benefits? It's nothing.

Your time is worth far, far more.

$1000 per helicopter is more than nothing. But it's not just a money thing. You're also overlooking the time and paperwork to install it, plus any FAA paperwork (and time required for it) for certification in their operation. Once they have it, fixing/replacing it in the future requires all the hoops of a certified system. For that trouble they get a crappy, out of date product.

He's looking for an alternative. There may not be a simple one out there. But if he happens to find one that meets his criteria, odds are it will not only be cheaper, but much better. It's also quite possible that it will ultimately require less time and hassle than the certified system. Depending on what's out there, he could come away with substantial savings of money AND time, while equipping his fleet with a superior product. It's at least worth looking into.

about 2 years ago
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Obama and Romney Respond To ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire

million_monkeys Re:Here be no surprises (608 comments)

The idea is to disconnect the money from the influence - you can promise a politician that you are giving a million dollars, but you can't prove it. There is no restriction on speech at all - you can "say" all you want with words or money. You just can't tie the two together in a provable fashion.

Apparently something like this system was tried in an election for judges in south florida - the result was that none of the candidates got a single dime.

Do you happen to have any links handy to document that? I've heard this claim before and if true it's quite telling and i'd like to know more. But I haven't seen anything more than a claim that it happened with judges somewhere in Florida.

about 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%

million_monkeys Re:DRM worked out then.. (464 comments)

FUCK their estimates. I want hard scientific data of how they got their supposed numbers.

Google "goatse" and you'll find a picture that shows where they pulled the numbers from.

about 2 years ago
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Kasparov Arrested By Russian Police

million_monkeys um... ok? (374 comments)

Some one want to explain to me why we're supposed to care about this?

about 2 years ago
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Ecuador Grants Asylum To Julian Assange

million_monkeys Re:Oh, the delicious irony! (923 comments)

Try and look at this from the other point of view, leaving emotions aside for a minute.

You have a man accused of committing sexual crimes in Sweden. Sweden wants that one man to return to the country for questioning, in the country where he's accused.

That man says screw you, instead you have to figure out the logistics and spend a lot of taxpayer money to send over a whole team of interviewers to an entirely different country, so they can then enter a third country's embassy to suit his desires. This will invoke a whole host of legal, territorial, and logistical questions, based on who has sovereignty at what point, as well as cost a lot of money.

So... to avoid a situation that "will invoke a whole host of legal, territorial, and logistical questions, based on who has sovereignty at what point, as well as cost a lot of money", we now have him holed up in an embassy of a country that's granting him asylum, with the host country threatening to revoke diplomatic privileges in what may or may not be a treaty violation with far reaching implications on the sovereignty of embassies worldwide. While their lawyers figure out whether that's legal, the police are surrounding the building to make sure he doesn't get out and to keep the protesters at bay. Until they figure out an answer, diplomats on all sides are rattling their sabers vying for the upper hand. Meanwhile there's talk of whether it's legal to smuggle him out in a diplomatic bag as a way of crossing the British sidewalk that stands between the foreign soil of the embassy and its sovereign embassy car. All this coming after months of legal proceedings and requests between countries.

If Sweden's goal in not questioning him abroad was to avoid complication and expense, it seems like they failed miserably.

If you let go of your emotions for a moment, there are plenty of valid reasons for Sweden to want him to return to Sweden to be interviewed about a crime he's alleged to have committed in Sweden against Swedish women.

I'm all for having him interviewed and charged if there were crimes committed, but surely provoking an international incident isn't the most effective way to do that.

about 2 years ago
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Indian Government Mulls Giving Away Mobile Phones To the Poor

million_monkeys Re:They are creating jobs (104 comments)

Someone will have to manufacture the six million phones, batteries, sim cards and power adapters.....

How thoughtful of India to create all those jobs for Chinese children.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Reaffirms Default Do-Not-Track For IE10, Windows 8 Express Setup

million_monkeys Re:yay! (184 comments)

But in this case, it's horribly wrong.

This will effectively KILL the do-not-track project.

Perhaps. But that reveals the underlying flaw in the do no track (DNT) idea (even if companies want to honor it): It doesn't work if everyone opts not to be tracked. There's just too much perceived value from tracking users. When it's less than 1% of the total users asking not to be tracked, marketers don't really lose anything by honoring the system. But setting IE 10 to use DNT by default means 95+% of IE 10 users will be using DNT. That's a huge market share gone,

And maybe more importantly, DNT becomes no longer opt-in. It's now an opt out system for nearly half of the users. That adds a pretty powerful argument to ignore the opt out request: nearly all of the users didn't really choose to opt-out of tracking, they just selected the default setting. So tracking them doesn't really violate their wishes. Out of 20 people who say "don't track me", maybe one actually means it. If you're a web company, even with the best of intentions, it's hard to give up tracking 20 people just to honor the wishes of one.

(This post brought to you by a six pack of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.)

about 2 years ago
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Australian Agency Rules Facebook Pages Responsible For Comments

million_monkeys Re:Good on them (141 comments)

I am an Aussie and I am glad if this will get these companies off facebook and run their own services. I am sick and tired of companies blackmailing their customers for a "like" to get their advertising.

Well now you've got a way to blackmail them back. If they force you to 'like' their page, just hop over and post a comment describing how their product is the perfect way to give people the energy needed to oppress minorities (or whatever it is that will get them in trouble). Then file a complaint with the appropriate government agency. Be sure to send a note to the company letting them know that you'll stop if they stop.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

million_monkeys Re:a 'fun' way sounds like a bad idea (1127 comments)

some simple, fun ways — anyone who [acts inappropriately] will have to wear an embarassing tie, etc. — instead of swear jar, having a sexual innuendo jar

This does not sound like a good idea to me. It makes it seem like some kind of American college comedy film, where you wink and tsk tsk the naughty fratboys for their inevitable innuendos and they smirk and promise to behave better.

That's exactly what I thought when i read it. It's like he's making this into a joke. If they use these sorts of policies and ever end up defending against a harassment suit, it's not going to end well. The accuser is going to be on the stand testifying about all the harassment she suffered "...and then i complained to my manager, and all he did was make the offender wear a pink polka tie. Everybody got a big laugh out of that, like this was all a big joke to them." Any halfway decent lawyer is going to make that look like he was encouraging it, He's gonna get crucified.

I get that the guy asking is trying not to make a huge thing out of this so he can avoid destroying what i guess he thinks is a good work environment among the team, but he's clearly in over his head on this one.

about 2 years ago
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In Advance of Ramadan, Indonesian Gov't Starts Massive Censorship Push

million_monkeys Re:Why bother? (184 comments)

This is very confusing. I wish someone would just make a plot of horniness versus day of the year so we could see whether there was a spike around Ramadan. This is slashdot, surely there's enough horny geeks to be able to pull this off. And now that i've mentioned it, i wonder if there's some way to objectively measure horniness?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Must Publicly Post That Samsung Did Not Copy iPad

million_monkeys Re:YES! (278 comments)

One of my biggest issues with corporate culture is the ending to so many disputes where the misbehaving corporation "admits no fault" for the situation.

They should always have to post a "we did wrong" letter after they get shown the door.

Maybe selling ad space to publish "we did wrong" letters can be the new business model for newspapers? They can make it into a racket and charge exorbitant fees for 'our bad' space. Since the companies have been order to post the ad by the courts, they'll have to pay the fees. If they charge enough, they won't even need subscribers.

more than 2 years ago
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DARPA Creates Machine Which Extinguishes Fires With Sound

million_monkeys Re:Who knew that naming a rocket... (121 comments)

Coming up with a name is easy. The hard part is making that name into an acronym for something. That's a new rule: all names have to be an acronym as well. For example, the unnamed rocket linked to in the summary is called Falcon and it stands for Force Application and Launch from CONtinental United States. I'm sure they spent a lot of time trying to get that right.

more than 2 years ago
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How the Inventors of Dragon Speech Recognition Technology Lost Everything

million_monkeys Re:It's unfortunate ! (606 comments)

The way for geeks to survive is to ally themselves with people much badder than lawyers or politicians: professional assassins. For all the power that a lawyer or politician has, they're nearly powerless against a professional assassin. Only the highest-ranking officials get security details, most politicians don't, and I don't think I've ever heard of a lawyer with a bodyguard.

I don't know if this is a joke or not, but the underlying idea is that there are some people who can get away with being scumbags. Many of them happen to also have the ability to screw over large numbers of other people for personal gain without any real consequences. That's a bad combination. I wouldn't encourage anyone to follow the OP's advice, but it has always surprised me that there aren't more people getting shot for the crap they pull.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Tries To Live an Open Source Life For a Year

million_monkeys Re:In other news (332 comments)

I took a dump today.. Seriously this is just attention seeking, link bait. If I didn't know better I'd think it was a paid /. add.

Was it an open source dump? If not, we don't want to hear about your proprietary shit.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Tries To Live an Open Source Life For a Year

million_monkeys Re:Open source... (332 comments)

What about open source babies(whatever that means)?

Well... I assume in most cases it means someone had an idea of how a baby should behave, but he couldn't make changes to existing babies, so thought it'd be a good idea to create his own baby, possibly much like many other babies out there, although different because he could make it behave the way he wanted it to. He had all kinds of grand ideas and greatly enjoyed the process of making the baby. But after it was made, he realized that it actually takes a lot of work to keep it running. The baby relies on volunteers to get it going and fix problems - sometimes that happens, other times it doesn't. Lots of people want to do the easy and fun things (like play peek-a-boo), but no one wants to do the hard work (like changing the poopy diaper). Few, if any, are willing to donate money to offset the costs of developing the baby. But they will definitely tell him how to manage his baby. Many are rude in doing so. The whole thing becomes a big hassle and he starts to lose interest in his baby. Eventually the baby ends up abandoned waiting for someone else to take interest in it and keep it alive.

more than 2 years ago
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No, You Can't Claim 'Negligence' In a Copyright Case

million_monkeys Don't do a search for the movie (108 comments)

The movie in question is "Corbin Fisher's Down on the Farm". Don't do a google search - it's an adult film. I'm told the adult film industry files these suits expecting people to settle rather than be publicly embarrassed by what they were downloading.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux.org Quietly Comes Back To Life

million_monkeys Re:Quietly coming back to life.. (52 comments)

Until we /.'d it..

Do sites still get /.ed? I haven't seen it happen in a long time. I remember people used to post comments with links to mirrors so people could still see the story when the main site was down. I haven't seen that in a while either.

more than 2 years ago

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Dealing with monkey plagiarism

million_monkeys million_monkeys writes  |  more than 2 years ago

million_monkeys (2480792) writes "The recent 'success' of the virtual million monkey project has highlighted the important issue of whether works created by monkeys (even virtual ones) should be held to the same standard as humans. While Shakespeare's works are in the public domain, monkeys retyping his works and claiming them as their own is a clear case of plagiarism. In order to prevent future occurrences of plagiarism by monkeys, the million monkey spanking project was formed. Spanking all those monkeys is an important step in ensuring that future work produced by monkeys is original."
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