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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

mvdwege Re:Not even much money (416 comments)

Are you attempting to argue

No.

I don't argue with libertards. I just insult them. I save my arguing for actual libertarians, not basement-dwelling teens on a Rand trip.

3 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

mvdwege Re:Not even much money (416 comments)

Your definition of progressive is broken.

Then again, you are obviously a libertard, so what else would I expect.

4 days ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

mvdwege Re:Oh why not? (313 comments)

She was an integral part in shaping the disastrous foreign policy that led up to the war. In an interview before the inauguration (maybe even before the election itself) on CNN she was telling the interviewer that when in power she and the rest of the team would make an end to the 'Clinton multilateralism'.

In other words, she was pushing for the disastrous 'our way or the highway' policies of the Bush Administration since before she even got to the State Department.

about a week ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

mvdwege Re:Really? (301 comments)

Maybe it wouldn't be so underresourced if the developers weren't such arrogant jackasses. This and the Debian disaster a few years back show that OpenSSL is hopelessly broken at the social level and should be ditched by all parties.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

mvdwege Re:Short story: See to what Linus responds (641 comments)

The interesting bit to me is that the whole thrust of systemd seems to be to inject a Windows NT style Registry onto Linux.

Yeah, but that's because you're an idiot. Seriously? Cough up some good proof, and not just personal speculation.

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

mvdwege Re:Drama queens... (465 comments)

If we adopt this policy, then the winning strategy is to constantly be an asshole to everyone,

I take it you haven't looked at Karmashock's posting history?

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

mvdwege Re:I'd watch that for a dollar (465 comments)

"Downing their tools" means "they walked out of the job". It's perfectly standard British English.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

mvdwege Re:How could you do it? (276 comments)

Just like he blamed 'One More Day' on Joe Quesada?

My question to JMS would be: how do you always get away when you produce crap and manage to make others take the fall?

Note to the JMS fanbois: yes, he does produce good stuff, but he slipped up plenty of times, and for some reason noone holds it against him but always blames Executive Meddling

about a month ago
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It Was the Worst Industrial Disaster In US History, and We Learned Nothing

mvdwege Re:Don't forget Duke Energy (290 comments)

It's a bullshit argument regardless. If there is enough elasticity in the price that costs can be passed on, then a rational actor would have raised prices already.

about 1 month ago
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Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

mvdwege Re:Really? (169 comments)

Really? So the depositors got their money back from government-backed insurance?

Fuck off back to La-La-land, please.

about a month ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

mvdwege Re:One side of the story (710 comments)

Shitheads like you is why far too many women put up with harassment for far too long.

Enjoy it while it lasts, because the tide is turning.

about a month ago
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UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

mvdwege Re:Self censoring already the standard (250 comments)

Not spouting bigotry is being polite. Some self-censorship is a good thing.

about a month ago
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The Future of Cryptocurrencies

mvdwege Re:Crypto-coin advocates = anarchists or libertari (221 comments)

Wait, you're seriously arguing that the deregulation of the financial sector in the latter half of the 20th century was a good thing?

I give up, you're another libertard.

about a month ago
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The Future of Cryptocurrencies

mvdwege Re:Deflation = BAD (221 comments)

I am continuously amazed at the ability of Libertards and Bitfanbois (a large overlapping demographic) to be confronted with historical facts and then just assert 'nuh-uh, ain't so.'

about a month ago
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The Future of Cryptocurrencies

mvdwege Re:Bingo (221 comments)

Creating scarcity sounds like a baron homesteading a piece of land and telling the peasants that they now have to answer to him.

Once again the language used betrays the Internet Libertarians as neo-feudalists.

about a month ago
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Up To 1000 NIH Investigators Dropped Out Last Year

mvdwege Re:Welcome to a third-rate USA (111 comments)

Better? The ones that venerate anti-intellectualism, misogynie, homophobia and starving the poor?

Fuck you.

about a month ago
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Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

mvdwege Re:Read between the lines (303 comments)

"Turn your schools into training camps for us"

about a month ago
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Up To 1000 NIH Investigators Dropped Out Last Year

mvdwege Re:Austerity (111 comments)

Obama tried to continue that upward trend during his first term, but reality has set in

Stop lying. It was an intransigent Republican Congress that set in.

about a month ago

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Most Underaprreciated SF Writer

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about a year and a half 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  |  more than 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 7 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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Short thought on the violentacrez kerfluffle

mvdwege mvdwege writes  |  about a year and a half 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  |  about 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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