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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

nedlohs Re: Russian Programmer's are Brilliant! (152 comments)

Sure, media buzz meant people blamed their errors on that. However, that doesn't mean there wasn't also a problem. That Toyota lost that particular court case seems a reasonable indication there was in fact a problem.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

nedlohs Just another Jack Thompson (1189 comments)

Though she has managed to manipulate the inevitable* death threats far better than he ever did.

* It's the internet. You'll get death threats from "Christians" if you argue on the internet about evolution v creation. You'll get death threats from American Football fans if you argue that soccer is a better sport. You'll get death threats if you argue that New York pizza is better than Chicago pizza. Who would have thunk you'd get them if you pick a topic close to the heart of teenage boys.

2 days ago
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Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

nedlohs Re:Less profits for big banks (50 comments)

Sure.

Launder money for drug cartels, sanctioned states, and terrorists for years, ignore multiple "stop doing that" orders for regulators and when caught red handed you get a fined a few weeks profits and told you are too rich and powerful for the government to bother with the slam dunk criminal case.

Very severe!

2 days ago
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Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

nedlohs Re:What can be done about this? (107 comments)

There's no "compared to".

Perfect isn't a comparison - something is not "more perfect" than something else. Something is either perfect or it is not.

Remove malaria from the Earth and it would be a better place for humans to live - hence it is not "prefect for us".

2 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

nedlohs Re:The death of leniency (601 comments)

Which is fine, since I can control those minor violations and they are by definition minor. Whereas a police officer having a bad day and deciding to falsely charge me with something not minor, like say resist arrest and assault police, is completely outside of my control.

And of course using warnings is part of police procedure anyway and not something to be afraid of being audited about. Though if it makes the police officer think twice about giving all the white guys warnings while charging all the black guys for the same thing, that sounds like a plus.

2 days ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

nedlohs Re:Got one of these once (247 comments)

What could possibly be unprintable on slashdot?

"""
Fuck, shit, cock, ass, titties, boner, bitch, muff, pussy, cunt, butthole, Barbara Streisand!!
"""

4 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

nedlohs Re: The world we live in. (583 comments)

So not a rape culture? A violent crime culture and of course rape is a subset of violent crime?

4 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

nedlohs Re: The world we live in. (583 comments)

They wouldn't. You might notice that the two cases you reference made national (and international) headlines because they were unexpected, unusual, and considered abhorrent to everyone else. Again, there are crazy people but they don't define what society as whole is.

Oh and yes I'm sure people made jokes at the time. "What color were Christa McAuliffe eyes? Blue - one blue this way and one blue that way" also didn't mean there was a culture of wanting space shuttles to blow up in the 80s

4 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

nedlohs Re: The world we live in. (583 comments)

There were 132,802,859 homes in the US in 2013 - http://quickfacts.census.gov/q... - which counts individual rooms rented out as a "home".

There were1,393,152 burglaries of home in 2009 - https://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2...

Assuming those numbers haven't varied too much then, yes if homes have average existence of 20 years (the one I'm in right now is older than that) 1 in 5 will be burglarized in their "entire existance".

And of course you are using unreported sexual assaults in your numbers. There are also unreported burglaries that aren't in the burglary numbers - if you don't have insurance there's no reason to report after all. If it was your stash of drugs that were stolen you aren't going to call the police. When your child broke in and pawned off some of your stuff you are probably not going to report the crime. And so on.

Rap songs have also glorified murdering people, murder culture?

4 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

nedlohs Re: The world we live in. (583 comments)

Right. there are more rapes than burglaries! Inside prisons I'll buy that, in the rest of America not a chance.

No one* is teaching boys it's ok to harass and rape. Just like no one says "you didn't lock your doors enough" when a house is burgled.

* Well OK I'm sure there is someone. Just like there is someone teaching boys that jews are evil incarnate and somone teaching boys that violence is a good first resort. I'm assuming we are talking about "normal" people.

4 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

nedlohs Re: The world we live in. (583 comments)

It already is.

But non-idiots mitigate risks as best they can - trading off against convenience and so on of course, sometimes with convenience winning by miles.

The message is "never burglarize" and no one thinks advising people to lock their doors somehow changes that message.

The message is "don't abduct children" and no one thinks that "stranger danger" type idiocy in schools changes that message.

Why does any mention of mitigating rape risks always get portrayed as undermining "don't rape".

4 days ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

nedlohs Re:Odd material selection (162 comments)

Spirit recorded temperatures of +35C - http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/s....

You are claiming that in say the last 10,000 years nowhere on the planet has ever managed to get just 5C higher than what was measured in an arbitrary few year window?

about two weeks ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

nedlohs Re:Logged in to email? (117 comments)

Don't they all do that already - at least the 911 part. Every cell phone I've ever owned of the dumb and smart variety have all allowed calling 911 while locked. I'm pretty sure it's a legal requirement that they call 911 when they are locked and when they have no sim card.

On my samsung you can add numbers to the emergency contact group and they'll be callable from the emergency call button that shows up on the lock screen as well as 911. Given it's a samsung there is a 0% chance that they didn't copy that from elsewhere and hence iphone's must do the same thing (and probably all the other smart phones too).

In fact people keep complaining about it - apparently it's easier to butt dial 911 when the phone is locked then when it isn't :)

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

nedlohs Re:You have to understand (359 comments)

Sure, but other people don't matter...

about two weeks ago
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Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

nedlohs Re:Well duh (115 comments)

You are going to pay my fines, right?

I took you advice and drove a little below the posted limit, while driving straight through all the red lights. I now have a dozen tickets for going through those red lights!

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

nedlohs Re:You have to understand (359 comments)

Your specific example is not irrational. It's the same situation as my eating berries example. At least until people keep dieing even after not going to said facilities. Assuming causation is what rational people do. It's the people who grab the hot pot, yell "ouch" and drop it and then proceed to grab it and yell "ouch" and drop it over and over again because they refuse to assume causation are the ones being irrational.

That we "know" it's an incorrect hypothesis doesn't change that it's a rational first attempt for people without all the information that you have.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

nedlohs Re:You have to understand (359 comments)

I'm pretty sure looting an ebola quarantine facility is not "equally deadly" to having a view on one side or the other on US healthcare.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

nedlohs Re:You have to understand (359 comments)

"post hoc ergo propter hoc" is rational.

"Everyone who has eaten those berries has died frothing at the mouth a few hours afterwards, thus we should probably not eat those berries" is rational. It might not actually be true, but it's a good first step. When people keep dieing in the same way after everyone has stopped eating said berries then you can move to a different hypothesis - but when that's all the information you have it would be irrational to keep eating the berries.

In this case they already have other information - well I'm assuming the health care workers and government and so on are telling them something other than "oh yes, these are death camps where we torture and kill everyone who comes in the door".

about two weeks ago

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