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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

mvdwege Re:California Energy Commission still saying it (553 comments)

In short, these models results provide a somewhat fuzzy set of scenarios from which to view the future, they are not detailed predictions

I take back the liar allegation. You are just a subliterate moron.

And still proving TFA so, so, very right.

7 hours ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

mvdwege Re:I deny that San Francisco underwater by 2010 (553 comments)

The global warming alarmists and pitchmen said "San Francisco will be underwater by 2010"

When you start with outright lying about what was said or not, you do a good job of proving TFA right.

12 hours ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

mvdwege Re:Why Apple? (188 comments)

Because the buck has to stop somewhere.

And because as a civilisation we don't think "We didn't know" is a defense against crimes committed in the pursuit of your end goal. We used to hang people for that.

yesterday
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

mvdwege Re:Mod parent up. (153 comments)

It is you that is making a fundamental mistake. Adding value is wat technology is for, technology is not an end in it self.

We, meaning IT, are here to automate processes. By automating business processes, we make more efficient business possible, thus adding value.

2 days ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

mvdwege Re:what a load of condescending guff! (368 comments)

Perhaps you dislike his writing because liking writing presupposes an amount of literacy you obviously lack. Charlie specifically praises Hamilton in the linked blog post.

Now go back to your homework and stop bothering the adults.

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

mvdwege Re:Sci-Fi is not about the future (368 comments)

If, however, you overemphasise the relatability to the point of never challenging the reader's comfort zone, then you are just writing cheap escapism. If Science Fiction isn't about introducing new concepts, what is it about then? That was Charlie's point.

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

mvdwege Re:Nonsense (368 comments)

I really hope this was written by some adolescent who is fustrated because no publisher will accept the book

Ahem

about two weeks ago
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Fuck implicitly endorsing racist communities. I'm out

mvdwege Re:Please reconsider. (6 comments)

I agree totally. Please don't leave. Take a break if you must, but it is helpful if the vile and shitty part of the userbase is at least sometimes told they are vile and shitty. I'm not shy of doing so, and it helps to see other people wading in as well.

about two weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

mvdwege Re:Under the guise of loophole and law. (289 comments)

Oh dear.

  1. The Inquisition was at its most powerful during the late Middle Ages, not the Dark Ages.
  2. The primary target of the Inquisition was to fight heresy. In Spain that was considered being Jewish or Muslim, in NWE that was mostly the official definition of wilfully contradicting Church dogma. As it so happens, in the two most famous cases a scientist went up against the Church, they got hit with a trial not for the scientific content of their work, but for insulting the Pope (Galileo) and preaching a schismatic faith (Bruno).

Really, the Church has enough to answer for if you stick to the facts. No need to make shit up. Christianity's most virulent anti-science attitudes arose in the Protestant denominations, and are mostly a product of the 18the Century and later, and in the modern day mostly a US aberration.

about two weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

mvdwege Re:Under the guise of loophole and law. (289 comments)

The Dark Ages was caused, in large part, but the rise in political influence of the Roman Catholic Church

This is just flat-out wrong. The rise of the Church correlates strongly with the end of the Dark Ages. Unless you want to use the old definition of 'Dark Ages' derived from Petrarch as anything between 500 and 1500.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

mvdwege Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

So you specifically installed it. Unless you go about your business installing tasks without knowing what's in them.

And you couldn't be bothered to RTFM. Instead you rant on Slashdot. And when called upon it, you get defensive. You are not an admin, you're a script kiddie living in Mommy and Daddy's basement.

about three weeks ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

mvdwege Re:Of course not! (125 comments)

Apparently. I'm tired, so I'm not getting it, but I plead Poe's Law.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

mvdwege Re:Pathetic (1128 comments)

And the rightist disregard for the rule of law and presumption of innocence when the subject in question is of a group they disapprove of is disgusting. We used to hang people for that. Unfortunately Nuremberg is fading in our institutional memories.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

mvdwege Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

apt-cache show resolvconf

Let's snip some output, and then we see: Priority: optional

So, it only installs by default if you select tasks. What sane admin complains about a package that they selected themselves? And besides, it is only an apt-get --purge remove away.

For all your bragging that you have used Linux for so long, you sure make the impression of a script kiddie who thinks he's l33t for having successfully installed Ubuntu. Assuming you speak the truth, all it proves is that it took you ages to improve to merely incompetent.

The way to manage a Debian system is to set up a boot server with a netinst image, ideally with some preseeded packages and config, and then pull in the rest of the packages and config using a management system like cfengine or puppet. Either way, if you're an experienced Debian admin, you should know about the existence of resolvconf, and when it is useful or not. Installing it on a server and then complaining about it managing your resolv.conf file makes you a luser.

about three weeks ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

mvdwege Re:Ah yes, the religious - philosophical masters - (455 comments)

In fact, we will progress to artificial life and artificial intelligence in erratic steps - some large, some small - some hard, some easy. Yep, got your pseudo-religious bullshit right there. The real Rapture of the Nerds

about three weeks ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

mvdwege Re:Of course not! (125 comments)

I know it is popular these days in our little nerd bubble to hate on positive portrayals of girls, but when the highest-grossing film of 2013 gets called poorly-performing, I think it is time you turn in your geek card and search for a forum more appropriate to your intelligence.

about three weeks ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

mvdwege Re:I'm just curious... (125 comments)

There's a saying in my native language: "Higher trees catch more wind". I think the most obvious reason why this gets more attention now is the size of the organisation doing the product placement.

about three weeks ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

mvdwege Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

So, given your admiration for an economy driven by government land grants and the US army genociding the inhabitants of such lands, coupled with an other aspect of fascism, reverence of power, how does this not apply to you?

The question was rhetorical, by the way. There is no way you can come up with a rational answer to deny it, you'll probably just come up with another deluded rant.

Calling government led genocide of natives "winning in the marketplace". Dear God, I knew you were mad, but you get worse by the day.

about three weeks ago

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FreeBSD moving to systemd-like architecture

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about three weeks ago

mvdwege (243851) writes "For months now the most heard parting shot heard in systemd discussion from the detractors was: "I'll just move to FreeBSD". However, in his keynote (YouTube video, slides with transcript at Slideshare) at MeetBSD 2014, key developer Jordan Hubbard essentially told that systemd was the right way to go, and that FreeBSD would work towards a similar architecture."
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Apple HealthKit forgets half of humanity

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 2 months ago

mvdwege (243851) writes "Apple proudly presented HealtKit as tracking all your basic health parameters. Rather amusingly, they forgot a basic health issue for about half of humanity: HealthKit can't track a female user's period, as that functionality is not implemented."
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Recommendations for classic superhero comic collections?

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 6 months ago

mvdwege (243851) writes "Due to being in a relationship with a comics geek, I have gotten interested in the history of superhero comics. I would like to get a better grounding in the Golden Age (pre-Comics Code) comics, so here's my question to the Slashdot audience: what are your recommedations for essential reading? What collections/omnibus editions of Golden Age comics would you recommend?"
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Most Underaprreciated SF Writer

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mvdwege writes "In the thread on Most Depressing SF there were hundreds of posts and but four mentions of John Brunner, dystopian writer par excellence. Now, given the normally US Libertarian bent of the Slashdot audience, it is understandable that outright British Socialist writer Brunner would get short shrift, but it got me thinking: what SF writers do you know that are, in your opinion, vastly underappreciated?"
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Fukushima finally reaches cold shutdown

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "The BBC reports that the reactors at Fukushima have reached cold shutdown, meaning that they no longer need active cooling to stay at safe temperatures. Plans can now be made to start the cleanup of the site. Unfortunately, TEPCO has also admitted that not all problems were out in the open until now; an estimated 45 cubic metres of contaminated water have leaked out of cracks in the foundation of a treatment plant."
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How not to handle a security bug

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "Calibre is a cross platform application to manage collections of ebooks. It provides you with a set of helpers that, among other things, allow you to easily upload content from your PC to your ebook reader. Unfortunately, instead of relying on system tools, the author has written his own mount helper to manage removable devices, and as usual with people inventing the wheel themselves made a series of critical security mistakes, such as overlooking race conditions. In a setuid application no less. The ensuing discussion is a prime example on how not to handle a security bug report."
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Prominent female dev harassed out of tech

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "Alex Bayley, until recently known as Kirrily Robert, and in tech circles better known as 'Skud', has decided to quit all her Open Source work and move into a different career because of persistent gender-based harassment.
Matthew Garret wonders if a persistent unwillingness to speak out against sexist trolling and outright harassment isn't a worse problem than the trolling itself."

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Dennis Ritchie dies

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "Rob Pike, long time collaborator, confirms on his Google+ account that Dennis Ritchie, co-creator of the C programming language has died this morning. I learned my first C ages ago from the famous K&R book, and I'm sad to see another part of my computing youth pass away."
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Journalist dumps date for playing 'Magic'

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "So, you're a hard-working up and coming young journalist, too busy to have a social life, so you make an OKCupid profile.

After getting hit by creeps and weirdos, a charming fellow turns up and asks you out. You go on a date and enjoy yourself, until you find out this guy plays Magic; in fact, he's world champion.

So what do you do? You publicly dump him in a Gizmodo article, making fun of his nerdy hobby."

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Nokia to sell Symbian to Accenture

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mvdwege writes "Nokia announced today that it is to sell its Symbian software activities to Accenture (following the sale of the Symbian services division to Accenture earlier). This decision leaves one to wonder: who is Accenture going to sell Symbian to, now that the largest manufacturer of Symbian devices is leaving this market?"
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TV Tropes Self-Censoring under Google Pressure

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mvdwege writes "The popular wiki TV Tropes, a site dedicated to the discussion of various tropes, clichés and other common devices in fiction has suddenly decided to put various of its pages behind a 'possibly family-unsafe' content warning, apparently due to pressure by Google withdrawing its ads.

What puzzles me most is the content that is put behind this warning. TV Tropes features no explicit sexual content, and no explicit violence. It does of course discuss these things, as is its remit, but without actual explicit depictions. In fact, something as relatively innocuous as children being raised by two females, whatever the reason are put behind the content warning, even if the page itself doesn't take a stand on the issue, merely satisfying itself by describing the occurence of this in fiction."

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CRU exonerated by second inquiry

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mvdwege writes "After being cleared of charges of misconduct by a parliamentary comittee, now the CRU has the results (warning: PDF) of the inquiry into their scientific methods by a panel of scientists. (CRU press release here.

Criticisms: The statistical methods used, though arriving at correct results, are not optimal, and it is recommeded futures studies involve professional statisticians if possible; and the CRU scientists are lacking somewhat in organisation.

A far cry from the widespread allegations of fraud. It seems 'Climategate' is ending with a whimper."
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mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mvdwege writes "Apparently, Eric Raymond has decided that proprietary software is now a good thing, according to The Register. I must say it is rather revealing how easily he is willing to compromise on this particular freedom. Is his earlier vocal proclamation of the importance of freedom (still visible on his homepage mere posturing? And if so, how about his vocal support of other freedoms?"

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Wilting flowers

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about 4 months ago

When Anita Sarkeesian posts a mildly critical video on how women are portrayed in video games, she gets rape and death threats serious enough to flee her home, and a large portion of the comments are basically saying "she asked for it".

But dare to call such posters rape apologists, or shitheads, or imply that suicide would make the world a better place, and suddenly the screams for fainting couches are deafening, and pearl-clutching moderators mod you down.

What a bunch of wilting flowers. Really, if you can't take it, don't dish it out, or else shut the fuck up when people call you out for the despicable cowardly piece of shit you are.

I spurn you like I would a rabid dog. I wouldn't trust any of you to sit the right way on a toilet seat.

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Short thought on the violentacrez kerfluffle

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 2 years ago

On the minor Internet kerfluffle that erupted when Gawker's Adrian Chen outed the identity of Reddit participant violentacrez, I have one minor thought:

Sure, the First Amendment means you can be a creep on the Internet as long as you skirt the edge of legality, but it also means that other people have the right to point out you're a creep.

Funny thing about rights: they work both ways.

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The REAL lessons from Fukushima, part 1

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Reading technologically oriented web forums, like e.g. Slashdot, amongst those that are not outright against nuclear power, two views seem to dominate in this author's opinion:

- The earthquake and tsunami were unprecedented, no-one could prepare for that.

- If only TepCo had sited their backup generators better, there would
    not have been a problem

As a computer security professional, this line of thinking sounds familiar to me: it's a 'Default Allow' strategy. This is where you allow full operation, and only build in safeguards or blocks against exceptional circumstances.

Unfortunately, as any professional in the field can tell you, this is a losing strategy; defense against exceptions is futile, as there will always be an exploit that you did not foresee. This makes your security policy an endless race to catch up to the bad guys, a race where you will always trail the leader.

If the nuclear industry's view on safety really comes down to assuming safety and planning for contingencies, then any mistrust thrown their way is deserved. This strategy leaves us scrambling for a solution when, not if, a disaster occurs. Fukushima is merely a case in point.

The only way to implement fundamentally safe nuclear power is:

- Make sure that with no outside intervention the reaction slows down
    and stops gracefully. Any system that relies on outside influences
    on the reactor core to keep it stable is fundamentally unsound.

- Assume failure. Build emergency response procedures assuming total
    failure of even the passive systems mentioned above. The point is
    not to think of what can go wrong and try to prevent it, but act to
    contain the damage if things do go wrong.

As long as these two principles are not implemented, not widely supported, and not communicated to the public, the industry will have to live with a well-deserved reputation of being dishonest about the risks of nuclear power.

Part 2, with my thoughts on what the other problem in the nuclear industry is coming up next.

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