Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity
It's the redistribution of that mass that is the problem. It wasn't about the mass disappearing. That's a strawman that wasn't even being brought up.
U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'
Who would want to pirate U2's music anyway? ...
Ah, okay, I see the ingenuity in that tech.
Winners of First Seized Silk Road Bitcoin Auction Remain Anonymous
Another possibility is that the winner is lying about losing. I know personally that I wouldn't want to be known for winning that auction.
NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen
Records go back to 1880. Experts say there's a good chance global heat records will keep falling, especially next year because an El Nino weather event is brewing on top of man-made global warming.
That's not a confusing sentence at all...
Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?
Sorry, but I just can't see the feasibility of flying cars unless they're entirely autonomous. Getting a pilot's license is difficult for good reason, and is also part of why flying is so safe. I can't see how well it would work to teach everyone how to fly given that.
Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed
I don't understand why Sidhpurwala didn't have a back up contact in another time zone that could have been contacted when he was asleep.
Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake
Sure, but I'm willing to bet there are some people that have paid for OpenSSL support, and I'm willing to bet they will get compensation for this.
But still no lawsuit. Then again, this is what happens with proprietary software too.
Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake
To a certain extent, you're right, but open source lives and breaths on its reputation, and I'm fairly certain that the coders behind OpenSSL are employed somewhere in their capacity to actually write code. I'm not certain that they're necessarily employed to write OpenSSL code, but it wouldn't surprise me. On top of that, many employers of open source developers often offer paid support for what their employees are coding up.
And so to the extent of their reputation, and any paid support provided, they will be held to account.
Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
Did he mention anywhere that he's apologized for what he did?
Did he mention anywhere that he's changed his position?
Did mention anywhere that he would try to make up for what he did in the past?
I'm pretty sure he didn't do any of that. Sure, he said that Mozilla would continue to be inclusive, but he said nothing about his own views.
IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages
Just because something sounds like propaganda doesn't mean it's not true. That doesn't even begin to cover how many scientists actually believe that the IPCC reports are too conservative in their predictions.
Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?
Yeah, but bubbles are messy, but they are fun, but it's so hard to get them in order with them floating around, and people popping them. That's the worst. Just once I have them all in order, someone goes and pops one of them. I could never figure out where to put the bubbles that have another bubble inside them.
Ask Slashdot: Is Linux Set To Be PC Gaming's Number Two Platform?
With Wine, they must be translated to OpenGL...
This isn't as true as it used to be. Direct3d 9 has been implemented with Gallium3d, and the Wine developers, as I understand it, plan on taking advantage of that.
Google Sells Motorola Mobility To Lenovo For $2.91 Billion
I see what you did there.
IE 11 Breaks Rendering For Google Products, and Outlook Too
In my experience, Outlook Web Access has always worked better in Firefox than it has in IE.
DOJ Hasn't Actually Found Silk Road Founder's Bitcoin Yet
That seems obvious, but what are users going to do if all of it disappears behind these encrypted black holes?
DOJ Hasn't Actually Found Silk Road Founder's Bitcoin Yet
This brings up an interesting thought. Since the total number of Bitcoins is fixed, and if these coins seem to now be irrecoverable, what happens to the currency when it disappears into encrypted black holes like this?
SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work
Same with Deja Dup, which comes installed on Ubuntu. It actually works rather beautifully.
3D Printers Shown To Emit Potentially Harmful Nanosized Particles
The difference is that we don't know what these particular particles will do to our bodies yet, and this was something rather unanticipated with 3d printers. Ultimately more research needs to be done, and it may well turn out that these particles are harmless, but considering that we don't know much about their interactions with our biology, it's best to assume the worst until we know better.
With cooking, candles, etc., we've been doing it for so long that we can probably safely assume that the resulting particles aren't causing any significant harm.
MIT Uses Machine Learning Algorithm To Make TCP Twice As Fast
To be fair, I didn't see anything from them saying that everyone should go out and implement this right now. They are going to reverse engineer it to understand what is going on, and once they do, I'm sure they'll only propositions implementations after that based on their findings.
Sexism Still a Problem At E3
But that was of their own volition entirely. This is coercion.
Girl band groupies?
I want to be some girl band's groupy. That would rock! Any girl bands out there that want a groupy?
So I'm holding a miniature Magic 8 Ball, and I ask it, "Should I rely on chance?", in front of all my friends, and it replies, "Can't tell."
Slashdot: fair and balanced...
People shouldn't get overly upset if they feel like they're being censored. Reading Slashdot for objectivity and journalistic integrity is about as dumb as watching Fox News for the same reasons.
Insurance companies and medical research
Do health insurance companies sponsor research for cures to diseases and illnesses? I would imagine it would be in their best commercial interest to do so, but I have no idea. Of course, this is something so common sense that I doubt it happens.
I thought about this question when I thought about the accusation that drug companies specifically do not sponsor such research since they make money off of people buying their drug treatments at semi-regular intervals, and profits from a cure would be temporary and sporadic. I don't know whether this accusation is pure conspiratorial myth or completely true or somewhere in between, but I have heard it before.
I don't know the answers to any of these questions. Maybe both industries do research into various cures. I can see the reason behind not wanting to find a cure and keeping people on treatments perpetually. Any such research would be for purely humanitarian reasons, which, I guess, would be a good commercial reason as well, or at least the guise of there being research would be a good commercial reason.
What's "rediculous?" I've heard of "ridiculous", but not of "rediculous." Is it something is so ridiculous that it should be red or something so ridiculously red that it becomes "rediculous?"
Men, women, and movies
I'm beginning to notice a general trend about movies lately, at least within my close circle of relationships (friends, relatives, etc.) Many of the males within this circle, inclusive of myself as well, have a pretty good idea of many of the plots of so-called "chick-flicks", and I am often able to predict the entirety of the plots within them. Let's turn the coin over and I can say that many of the women within my circle of relationships have a similarly uncanny ability to predict the entirety of the plots of action, horror, and other such largely male-targeted movies. Such occurrences are are not simply limited to movies either. I have noticed as such with similar mediums.
Am I alone in this oddity of such a situation?
War, justice, necessity, morality
I got an interesting email to this journal entry. I've posted my response below, along with the email.
On Wed, Jul 21, 2004 at 10:47:25AM -0400, <name_protected_but_encourages_author_to_respond_here> wrote:
> >>No war is justifiable, nor will there ever be a justifiable war, not even
> WWII. Was WWII necessary? Yes, it was to protect the lives of innocent
> people. Justice would have been convincing the Nazis that what they were
> doing was wrong, and making them stop without force, but protecting the
> lives of innocent is a more important issue that can necessitate force.
> Do you know your history lesson on the root causes of WWI and WWII?
> Not a chance in hell anyone could have convinced the Germans (note, not
> Nazis...Germans) that their "exapansion" policy was wrong, in their eyes, it
> was extremely justified.
> Bad japanimation aside, try not to mix your ideals. Concentrate instead, on
> backing up your opinions. "Justifying" a war is tricky, but I'm certain
> there are several hundred thousand Brits who would disagree with you on
> whether WWII was "justified" or not.
> Something to think about.
I'd rather debate you on my /. journal than over email. If you repost
this there, I'll gladly respond, but...
What makes something justifiable, doesn't necessarily make it moral.
The moral actions that were taken for WWI and WWII were the necessary
actions that were taken. Part of the reason I wrote that journal was
in response to many things, much of which I will not mention, but I
will say that too often, people try to do the "justifiable" actions,
when what they really do is dismiss a person and any possibility for
that person to become better. That's exactly what happens in the
justice system here in the US. People get locked up, and the key is
"thrown" (metaphorically, not literally) away. There are very few
attempts at rehabilitation or helping them to find job skills that
would keep them out of prison when/if they get out. I'd rather have
tax payer money spent on something that may have a small success rate
than just locking them up and hoping they get better.
My Pedantic Anger flares up again
What the hell is "vauge"? Is it some new French-inherited English term? Is that how all the "young-uns" speak these days?
All dem yoots be speakin' all dat fangle'y new lingo dese days.
Disappointment: Dean lost Wisconsin
Dean lost Wisconsin, which saddens me, but does not surprise me. I had invested so much time and energy into trying to get students at my campus to vote. There seems to be such a blasé attitude around here towards politics, but I blame part of that on campus policies, which were originally intended for solicitors and evangelizers, but people have been using it to depress any sort of political campaigning as well. It seems to be such a shame from my perspective. Noting that, I hear students complain about tuition hikes, unfavorable policies placed upon college students, etc. and they all act as though they are things that just happen to them, outside of their control. If they are not willing to participate within the politics of this nation, then they should not be surprised with what happens to them. Some people expressed the notion that they did not vote because they had not gathered enough information to make an informed decision, which is something of which I understand, but I still place blame upon them since it is simply an extension of the blasé attitude that I had mentioned earlier.
However, going back to Dean, I cannot figure how people can just seemingly ignore what he had done in Vermont. He balanced the budget there (in fact, he turned a $60M deficit into a $100M surplus), brought in jobs, got almost everybody health care coverage, particularly those under 18 (~96%, with an additional 3% that are eligible). Not only that, he's not trying to promise everything plus the stars. His promises are realistic goals that can actually be met.
About that last point, one should take into consideration that he is a medical doctor. That means he is a scientist. Scientists must often make decisions based upon preponderance of evidence. A preponderance of evidence allows for objectivity when making a decision. That is, however, somewhat of a weak, and fallacious argument. It is, nonetheless, something to consider, although a decision about political candidacy should not be made upon such a characteristic.
Some people do not like that he was born into a rich family, however, that is as fallacious as my point about him being a medical doctor.
Overall, this is simply my own rant. I needed to write about it somewhere, and I decided to write it here.
Dean may not become the Democratic nominee, but the first link that I provided gave me some hope that something will come out of Dean's historical campaign anyway, and I sure as heck hope so. I want something for all my time and effort here on campus. Maybe he will become the running-mate to who ever wins the nomination. Even if he does not get that, I hope that maybe some type of political action committee will be formed with all the funds. I voted for him, not because I agreed with everything he stood for, but because I felt he could do the best for our country out of all the people running for the presidency. Perhaps, by some miracle, things will turn around in the next few elections. I have heard that Dean's campaign is very large in New York (as was related to me by some of his campaign managers that came here to Oshkosh).
A very interesting post about Dean's positions on various issues
Selling Dean Short
How not to argue
I'm a pedantic ass****
What the hell is "whinging?" I'm seeing people use that word here more and more often. From whence the eff did it come? I understand that it is to mean "whining," but poor spelling is just a sign of a thoughtless troll.
People also need to learn the proper utilization of "there," "they're," and "their." It is not of much difficulty. If something or some group is not possessing some other entity/object and replacing it with "they are" does not make sense, then "there" must be used.
The "dict" command is available and installed on many *nix systems, and yet it seems underutilized.
For a site that prides itself upon its knowledge, and extols the virtues of *nix systems, I find myself boggled that such erroneousness is so prevalent.
I could write a composition detailing all the spelling and grammar errors that would be of equitable length to that of a modern novel.
I apologize for the rant, but the grammar and spelling here is getting worse everyday, which is both frustrating and demoralizing.
I've been spending too much time writing stupid little scripts (and other things that I'm too lazy to link to) over the last few days. I need to get some real work done. I need to earn some money. Money, yes, I remember money. I remember being able to get stuff with it. These days, I just make the lame excuse that I'm a poor college student, ok, so that's not really an excuse, but I'm too lazy to have my employer come around and drop off the checks he owes me. Wait, that doesn't seem right. Oh, that's right, I remember now, I get paid crap.
I should ask Elizabeth out. I know that everyone is going to think she's rather odd, but I don't really care.
War is never justifiable
War may be necessary, but it is never justifiable. What would be justifiable would be changing people's lives and ideas into what one believes to be right and truthful. However, the threat that certain people pose to others may necessitate immediate use of force. No war is justifiable, nor will there ever be a justifiable war, not even WWII. Was WWII necessary? Yes, it was to protect the lives of innocent people. Justice would have been convincing the Nazis that what they were doing was wrong, and making them stop without force, but protecting the lives of innocent is a more important issue that can necessitate force.
Was the war in Iraq necessary? I consider myself to be rather liberal, far left standing, but I am not sure. Getting rid of an evil regime that would murder its own people is a compelling reason. The motivations of terror and WMDs seemed to rely on sketchy evidence, at best. Throwing people's lives (the lives of the people of Iraq, in this case) into chaos seems be a compelling reason against the necessity of war. War brings to point the darker sides of human nature, which cannot bring about justice.
In the anime series, Trigun, Vash the Stampede refuses to kill anything, human and non-human alike, even though he himself is superhuman. He grows up with the notion that all life is precious, in stark contrast to his brother Knives' view that only the lives of people like themselves (Vash and Knives, who are in every manner superior to humans) are worth saving. Knives' motto is to "kill the spider to save the butterflies," whereas Vash's motto is "all our lives are open [ended]" (or something like that, I do not recall the exact quote.) Vash, ironically, has a $$60 billion bounty on his head, and is well-known to be an ace gunman. He does sport a gun throughout the show, but he always uses it to save the lives of others. His idealism leaves him with large scars all over his body. Knives, on the other hand, lives in secrecy using his henchmen (the Gung Ho Guns) to carry out his plan to destroy humanity (who he considers inferior.) Legato Blue is the top ranked Gung Ho Gun, who, ironically, does not carry a gun, but he does not need to. He has the ability to control people telepathically, and so therefore he can kill people without a gun. He is, arguably, more evil than Knives himself, and is one of the best villains I have seen in any show (second only to Vicious from Cowboy Bebop.)
Redemption and forgiveness seem to be notions lost upon many Christians, in spite of their constant preaching of them. If God gave people their freedom, why can people not give each other freedom? It is one thing to preach the wrongness of a viewpoint or lifestyle, but a wholly separate issue to enforce the Christian lifestyle upon others. They seem hell-bent (no pun intended) on pushing and enforcing their lifestyles and viewpoints upon others.
Brought to you by an organized and (hopefully) grammatically correct flurry of stream-of-conscious thought.
I'm spamming myself...
Sort of... Not really. I'm just signing up to a whole bunch of mailing lists. I don't really get any spam, though, and I don't get a whole lot of personal email, so my inbox was rather boring. I'm hoping that the mailing lists I've signed up to (debian-kde, kde-devel, mono-users) will help spice that inbox up a little.
This journal talks
I am a journal, and I am writing. Stuff, stuff, stuff, stuff... Muahahahaha! You can't get away from my nonsensical mannerisms.
Anyway, I still want to write some story about aliens and stuff. I just don't know what I want to write. Well, they really wouldn't be aliens, but rather us, humans, from the future, only we, humans of today, know nothing of that. That's my theory in a nutshell...a pistachio nutshell that is, not a peanut nutshell because I don't like peanuts.
Sometimes I somehow realize that I've written stuff in places that I really didn't wish to write that stuff in...
I'm having that realization right now...
My latest rant...
...got modded up to five, but now it's back down to three. And all I did was rant. I really didn't expect to have any responses, or even moderation points from it, I just felt like ranting. Its strange that people even bother reading such flamebait. I usually ignore it, even as moderator.
I'm fucked up
I have this constantly nagging feeling in me and it won't go away. No, it goes away when I'm with a girl. I feel better when I'm with women. I'm not sure why.
If that doesn't happen, then I always feel it. Yeah, maybe I need a girlfriend, but why can't I just ignore this feeling. It doesn't matter what I do to distract myself, it's always there. This constant feeling of loneliness, emptiness. Not even writing about it helps right now.
Why is it that the things that you hate are the things you are really good at? That doesn't make any sense to me. I hate politics, partly because it's too easy for me, as is philosophy.
However, the things I like are the things I'm not that great at, for example, soccer. I love soccer, but I've never been that good at it. I made my high school's varsity soccer team my senior, but I didn't my junior year. Once I was on the team, I admittedly didn't contribute much to it.
Do I just dredge through my one time at life? Que sera, sera? With that out look, how can people look at life and say it's so beautiful?
Perhaps life isn't about doing what you're best at? Perhaps I'm placing too much emphasis on how good I am at something? I have a hard time doing something if I know I'm not doing that well in it though.
What's the point though? I've done this type of reflection a million times over. Why haven't I found the answer to these questions yet?
Premises for my new democracy
My ideas for a new form of democracy relies on a few premises:
- The masses cannot be trusted to protect the minority, and so thus cannot be trusted to be without government.
- The government cannot be trusted to govern fairly and justly (part of governing justly requires swift action.)
- Firms in oligopolies and monopolies cannot be trusted to not abuse their economic power.
So how does one resolve this issue? I'll have to answer that in another journal.
I missed it
I realized today what it is I missed from what college students were ten years ago.
I want to be a part of that, but I'm too young, I missed it, the days of when college students were the vanguards of society, the ones who brought about political and social change. Not the hippie days of yore, but rather the collegiate enlightenment of when we we were all shocked by Tiananmen Square, were going to keep the US from collapsing in on itself due to its mass capitalism, and generally make the world a peaceful place.
Today, college students are stung by the disease of apathy and carelessness. "Each to his/her own agenda," or so goes the saying. What happened to the excitement of creating a new economy in which no one is poor? What happened to saving the Long Beak Echidna? What happened to all of that? Are things so bad that we no longer feel we can do anything about it?
Perhaps we need to start a movement to go against this trend of apathy. We will save the world by bringing back the excitement of yore, but making sure we are the vanguards of current topics. I want to feel rebellious again without the violence. I want the excitement of bringing about legislation that would change the world.
I do not want to just drink it all off, sex myself up, and ignore it all any more, because then history will forget us. I do not want my generation to be forgotten. I want to tell my kids that I was a part of something world transforming.