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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

mjtaylor24601 Re:Diaspora appliance (85 comments)

I think that we need to fundamentally change the web so that Google and Facebook share their profits with us. They are after all making profits by selling your data. Now obviously they do lots of complicated analysis which is where a lot of the value added is but the raw resource is your data. You should be compensated for it.

You are being compensated just not monetarily. You get free access to search engines and social networking sites.

3 days ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

mjtaylor24601 Re: Yeah right (308 comments)

Why should they be forced to lease it at less than optimal rates to a competitor? They built the network. It's their capital. No, that is an unacceptable infringement of economic liberty and property rights.

Why should I be forced to allow ATT to run cables for their network across my property? ATT wants to claim that it's their network and they should be free to do whatever they want with it? Fine, no more legal right-of-ways for you. You want to bury cables on my property? Pay me rent.

about two weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Bust, Eyes Turn To 'Untouchable' Decentralized Market

mjtaylor24601 Re:This is missing one of Silk Road's major featur (108 comments)

Old Testament allows men to have female children as brides, so does Islam, so do the Vedic religions.

The old testament also allows for stoning people for being "a stubborn and rebellious son". That does not, to my mind, make it a good idea.

about three weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Bust, Eyes Turn To 'Untouchable' Decentralized Market

mjtaylor24601 Re:Look on the bright side ... (108 comments)

that is why we have dmca safe harbor laws the one good part of the dmca. its why gmail isn't shutdown for facilitating drug sales as well

I could be wrong but I think the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act only applies to copyright infringement. It's not a blanket protection against all criminal acts.

about three weeks ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

mjtaylor24601 Re:Wait wait wait .... (553 comments)

What I'm trying to get at is that employers - as a group represented in the media - are schizophrenic or at least do not know what the fuck they want.

Yeah, it's almost as if "employers" referred to some vast group of different people with different goals and motivations...

about a month ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

mjtaylor24601 Re:I would never give Google or anyone else my cel (74 comments)

Yes you're correct. I didn't over Tor. Perhaps I misunderstood that signing up over Tor was a requirement.

GGP: "I would never give Google or anyone else my cell phone number"
GP: "You cant sign up without giving them your number anymore."
Me: "Yes you can."

I have not tested it but I'm entirely willing to believe that account creation over Tor is more difficult.

about a month and a half ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

mjtaylor24601 Re:I would never give Google or anyone else my cel (74 comments)

You cant sign up without giving them your number anymore.

That's just not true. I just tested this and I was able to create a new Gmail account without specifying either a phone number or an alternate email address. Go try it yourself. There's a phone number field on the form but it's not mandatory.

about 1 month ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

mjtaylor24601 Re:And that's a good thing (74 comments)

This is obviously a harmful security feature. It locks people out of their accounts by assuming that they always have access to a cell phone.

Yeah if they'd been thinking at all they would have made this an optional feature that you're under no obligation to use....oh wait they totally did that. *eye roll*

Or did you never want to be able to travel abroad?

You can also print out a list of codes ahead of time to take with you when travelling abroad if you so desire. But...you know...don't let the facts get in the way of your rant.

about 1 month ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

mjtaylor24601 Re:I have an idea (174 comments)

...or you could do it yourself, BASH is open source.

Maybe the GP is not a programmer and is thus not able to do it himself. Open source is great but it's not a magic panacea.

I suppose he could hire someone to do it for him but complaining on /. is just way easier ;-)

about 2 months ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

mjtaylor24601 Re:Old research also casts doubt on Gladwell's "ru (192 comments)

It's been quite some time since I read that book but as I remember it 10,000 hours was never presented as some iron clad rule defining how long it took to achieve mastery but rather it was a convenient notational shorthand for "lots and lots of practice is required". To nit-pick over the specific number of hours is to completely miss the point. The point was that lots of practice is required, and those that don't put in that practice (because of lack of passion or lack of opportunity) will never achieve mastery.

about 2 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

mjtaylor24601 Re:bullshit alert (795 comments)

Well, yes, Lemaitre was a Catholic priest as well as a physicist.

And Einstein was a patent clerk. Does that mean that the patent system has a lot to teach us about the theory of relativity?

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

mjtaylor24601 Re: they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

Aren't sweeping generalizations fun!

Not if they're wrong.

all sweeping generalizations are wrong....including this one ;-)

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

mjtaylor24601 Re: they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

"asylum seekers"

You mean, greedy Third World swine with nothing to contribute, who think that they're "entitled" to live in a rich country because Whitey is rich and they are poor?

As opposed to the greedy First World swine with nothing to contribute who think they're "entitled" to live in a rich country because of who's uterus they happened to be expelled from?

Aren't sweeping generalizations fun!

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

mjtaylor24601 Re: So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Which would only be other Tor nodes. All traffic on the Tor network routes through several hops before traveling through an exit node. That's the entire basis of the technology. If it was as simple as tracing back one hop, it wouldn't be very effective, would it?

Beside the point. Comcast doesn't need to know where your traffic ultimately exits. All they need to know is whether or not you're using Tor. For that purpose detecting traffic being sent to a known Tor entry node is sufficient.

about 2 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

mjtaylor24601 Re:Discrimination (579 comments)

why must we force equal distribution of gender/race/etc in everything?

Oh we don't have to force an equal distribution into everything. For example the prison population is drastically gender imbalanced and no one seems terribly bothered.

about 2 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mjtaylor24601 Re:Her Videos Are Shit (1262 comments)

Okay. Suppose that's true. This justifies graphic torture/death threats?

To be fair the GP never claimed that it justified any such thing.

about 3 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mjtaylor24601 Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

I liked this comment: "Her arguments [are] open to plenty of valid criticism that the female gender is not always misused in video games." So many things wrong with this sentence. Somehow, people have the urge to bend their view so the troll side, and their means of death threats, is also justified.

Wait, what? How does suggesting that her arguments might be open to valid criticism in any way attempt to justify death threats? In fact if you read the entirety of the comment you're quoting they say pretty much exactly the opposite

Yes the subject is uncomfortable and no she isn't completely correct. Her arguments open to plenty of valid criticism that the female gender is not always misused in video games.

The problem is and will always be a reactionary subset of people who cannot be peer pressured into behaving like sane human beings on the Internet. You don't respond to a feminist critique by sending her death threats.

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

mjtaylor24601 Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (110 comments)

If the government developed and manufactured drugs, what criteria would determine which diseases are targeted for cures? It would be those diseases with the largest and most obnoxious lobbying groups.

I'm not sure that's any worse than what we have now where the deciding factor seems to be "will rich people buy it". So we'll spend billions researching the next Viagra but almost no one manufactures malaria medication anymore because there's no money it. We focus on symptom relief rather than cures because "repeat business".

about 3 months ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

mjtaylor24601 Re:CS Core Curriculum? (329 comments)

Your path is pretty much "how to make a semi-competent corporate drone from someone with vague interest in something useful to corporate". People with innate passion for something don't need to be spoonfed and trained up to having interest.

Perhaps but not everyone has an innate passion for CS. And most people won't know they're passionate about something like CS until they're given at least a little cursory exposure to it.

If you don't care, why are you in CS, and not something you do care about? Is it because your real passion is the almighty dollar?

Because we're talking about the core high school curriculum that everybody has to take regardless of what they're actually passionate about.

> We spend our enitre schooling lives learning things, then the next year, learning that actually, that was an abstraction to make it easier, and it *actually* works like this.

I found this endlessly frustrating in primary school.

Good for you. But did it ever occur to you that perhaps not everyone is as smart as you are?

about 3 months ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

mjtaylor24601 Re:Google don't be evil (155 comments)

No one forces you to provide a search engine that accepts illegal content. Just screen everything before it goes into the index or don't host it, as simple as that.

Sure no problem. We'll just lookup each file uploader and check to see if they're authorized to distribute the material in question...what's that you say? It's impossible to verify the identify of most uploaders? Well we can at least check every file against the master database of copyrighted material...wait, you're saying there is no such database? Hmm...maybe your plan needs a little more work.

about 3 months ago

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