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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

mjtaylor24601 Re:Wait wait wait .... (485 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...

yesterday
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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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

mjtaylor24601 Re:When will we... (266 comments)

Yeah, only when their lips are moving.

about 3 months ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

mjtaylor24601 Re: Well, duh... (210 comments)

If the cost of ethically maintaining their services becomes excessive, they can bear the cost ir shut down.

The cost of "ethically" maintaining their service is that sometimes a case will fall through the cracks and information that probably should have remained available will be unduly censored because Google can't afford to do exhaustive analysis of every request that comes in. And that's a cost we all get to bear.

about 4 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

mjtaylor24601 Re: I beg to differ. (370 comments)

The rest of the world does not need America or American software developers. They have their own...

...who would also be subject to European laws and thus likewise potentially unable to run a successful search engine business without being sued into oblivion.

about 5 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

mjtaylor24601 Re: I beg to differ. (370 comments)

Thats their own problem. If they want to do business in europe, they have to respect european laws. They are free to close services there.

The phrase "be careful what you wish for" comes to mind.

Remember that this ruling will apply to every search engine or other public index. Does anyone in Europe really want them all to just pull out of Europe because the European legal system makes it impractical to do business there?

about 5 months ago

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