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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

mlookaba Re:The real crime here (463 comments)

"Just like we don't spank kids anymore because it's pointless and counterproductive, we should also stop "spanking" non-violent offenders but put them to good use instead."

The fundamental flaw with that logic is the assumption that the offender is remorseful, and wants to be put to good use. While it is certainly true in some cases, it's almost certainly NOT true in others. Figuring out which is really difficult, because it turns out that people tend to lie when they get caught.

about two weeks ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

mlookaba Re:The real crime here (463 comments)

You're arguing about something unrelated to my comment. My point is that sometimes the physical "violence" of being incarcerated is justified for non-physical crimes. That's all.

about two weeks ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

mlookaba Re:The real crime here (463 comments)

the real crime is punishing a non-violent civil offender with violence (i.e. forced into a cage)

Would you feel the same way if a financial advisor intentionally stole all the money your parents had for retirement? That wouldn't be a physically violent act, but would seem to have consequences that merit punishment other than a fine.

about two weeks ago
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Anti-Surveillance Mask Lets You Pass As Someone Else

mlookaba Sure, give that a try (196 comments)

Wearing a mask in public is already considered "probable cause" for detain and search. While I agree with the reasons, this product will go nowhere except Halloween parties.

about 4 months ago
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Feds Issue Emergency Order On Crude Oil Trains

mlookaba Re:Environmentalists eat your heart out. (211 comments)

As long as we are willing to include nuclear in that equation, than I agree.

Without a cheap storage mechanism, solar/wind/etc. cannot satisfy the baseline demand of the power grid. Yes, there are ways to do that. They also impact the environment and come with a steep cost.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company

mlookaba Security Through Obscurity (126 comments)

That memo is a wonderful example of why exposing poor practices is difficult. The terminology is so dense that only those on the inside can truly understand it without a good deal of research. Most times people probably give up because they fear looking stupid for not knowing the lingo.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

mlookaba Re:the games haven't changed much (285 comments)

Nobody cares about your tales of the old days, grandpa.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

mlookaba Re:Wasting Your Time (285 comments)

Let's try an experiment. We'll put 100 adolescent males in a room, and give them a choice of two gaming systems: One older "classic" system, and the latest high-tech thing available. We'll tell them "If you pick the older system, you'll be a better person someday", and "if you pick the newer system, you will regret it later". Would you care to guess what might happen? I don't know. I've not ever performed that experiment. But purely based on intuition, I suspect I know how it might go.

Go back to bed, grandpa, with your stupid "in my day" bullshit

Rather than debate something you disagree with, you turn to insults. You're a dick.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

mlookaba Wasting Your Time (285 comments)

I agree with your goals, but here are some of facts as I see them:

(1) Kids of this age do not have the higher thinking skills to appreciate sacrificing something for longer term gain.
(2) If you force them use an outdated or substandard system, they will resent you, be humiliated with their friends (or more likely, lie about it to prevent that).
(3) You're not really teaching them anything useful in a practical sense. Yes, I love the Atari 2600 too. It is completely irrelevant to anyone born after 1990 except in a historical sense.
(4) Desire to learn history has to come from the seeker, not the purveyor of that knowlege. It can be encouraged, but not forced.

about 8 months ago
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Neural Net Learns Breakout By Watching It On Screen, Then Beats Humans

mlookaba More AI Hyperbole (138 comments)

Very regularly, someone writes a clever new algorithm to crunch a specific limited set of data more efficiently.

Repeat it with me: "This is not an AI breakthrough".

about 8 months ago
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Investor Lawsuit Blames NSA For $12B Loss In IBM Value

mlookaba Not Really (204 comments)

"While anyone can file a lawsuit, being sued by an institutional investor is a little different than being sued by John Q. Disgruntled. "

Not in this case. Men in black will make the case disappear or be dismissed for trumped up reasons.

Good luck with that.

about 9 months ago
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8 US States Pushing For 3.3 Million Electric Cars

mlookaba There is no Magic Energy Fairy (327 comments)

Where do they think the power comes from? Those magic wall sockets most likely are connected to coal burning plants. There aren't enough sites for hydroelectric power to increase by a substantial amount, and solar and wind power aren't capable of supplying the "base curve" of the grid demand because of their unreliable nature. Either allow nuclear energy and/or fracking to supplement them, or STFU about renewable sources please.

about 10 months ago
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

mlookaba Re:Oh, really? (1255 comments)

As always, the problem is that people don't agree on what "success" means. I think that impersonal testing with static measures of success is best. Other people think that you need to factor in how this particular child got to this point.

1 year,18 hours
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Online Law Banning Discussion of Current Affairs Comes Into Force In Vietnam

mlookaba Re:We should invade (140 comments)

Wow. I guess everything I read over the last 40 years is wrong then. Oh, BTW, care to back that up with any facts?

1 year,21 hours
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Ask Slashdot: Permanent Preservation of Human Knowledge?

mlookaba Huge Obelisks (277 comments)

Build huge obelisks that are inscribed with instructions for technology. At the very bottom, instructions about how to read that script using pictures. Further up, details on how to farm and build basic shelters. Higher still (and out of sight from the ground), things like electronics, power generation, etc. Even higher (not reachable by primitive ground structures) things like nuclear power and advanced topics. Thus the populace would have all the info handy to get restarted, but wouldn't be able to use the advanced stuff until they had gotten the basics right.

Disclaimer: Not my idea. Read it in a science fiction book years ago, but cannot locate the title at the moment.

about a year ago
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Draft NASA Funding Bill Cancels Asteroid Mission For Return To the Moon

mlookaba Re:Realistic? (237 comments)

oops... $129.47 billion in 2012.

My ancestors apologize to you for birthing a pathetic moron who can't properly proofread.

about a year ago
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Draft NASA Funding Bill Cancels Asteroid Mission For Return To the Moon

mlookaba Realistic? (237 comments)

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_program#Program_cost:

"The final cost of project Apollo was reported to Congress as $25.4 billion in 1973"

According to http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ that would be $129.47 in 2012. Now obviously we have the benefit of relatively inexpensive technology to help offset that. However we also have the burden of stricter safety standards and more expensive "available" technology as opposed to "required" technology. Hopefully the government would be pragmatic enough to select the "appropriate" level of safety. That means quantifying the numeric value of a life (factoring in all the publicity involved, future projects, etc) which is something people don't seem willing to do. I suspect that NASA is very gunshy about repeating a shuttle type disaster, and would not be able to give an upper bound to that number.

All it all, it seems pretty farfetched that this will happen to me.

about a year ago
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Bloomberg To HS Grads: Be a Plumber

mlookaba Re:If it can be automated, it will be automated (368 comments)

Most jobs that involve sitting in front of a desk at a computer will be automated as AI improves.

Building an AI that can understand and implement business logic might be possible if the people making up that logic were somewhat logical. Or could even string together coherent thoughts.

I suspect that once we invent that AI, the 500th revision of the inconsistent and illogical "business rules" by some random jackass son of the owner will be the cause of skynet taking over.

about a year ago
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Vulnerability Found In Skyrim, Fallout, Other Bethesda Games

mlookaba Re:Wow, some discovery (179 comments)

Null pointers don't kill programs, it's sloppy programmers who kill programs.

There is no legitimate use for null pointer exceptions. We should ban them. Think of the children.

about a year ago
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Fedora 19 To Stop Masking Passwords

mlookaba Re:Only in the installer (234 comments)

Thanks for the info. Obviously I should have picked a topic I know something about to use as an analogy. ;-P

about a year ago

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