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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

neiras This is nuts (223 comments)

Beyond the sick-fuckery involved in permanently deafening marine life after just one exposure to the signal, it really pisses me off that the gathered data remains a secret between the government and the oil companies.

This shit is just disgusting all around.

3 days ago
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

neiras Re:Alternate use for this technology (188 comments)

...and gets promptly taken down by a dumb old bullet.

Assuming dumb bullets haven't been made illegal by that point. The population will demand it! Anything that can be done to reduce deadly error, right? /s

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

neiras Re:Alternate use for this technology (188 comments)

Imagine a round that *avoids* a target. No more friendly fire!

Neat idea!

On the other hand, someone will probably develop "dazzlers" that send guided bullets off course.

Imagine - bank robber keeps lasers pointed at his hostages and dares the cops to take the shot.

about two weeks ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

neiras Yeesh. (484 comments)

America gets it wrong, yet again.

about a month ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

neiras Re:Rinse Lather Repeat. (1198 comments)

What discussion are you participating in, exactly? Your comment appears to be out of context. Who is denying "rape culture"?

about 2 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

neiras Re:Rinse Lather Repeat. (1198 comments)

Some variation of this comes up now and then, this has been a topic and argument within geekdom for, well, as long as I can remember at least. Sadly I rarely see people actually starting to see from another perspective and instead just circling the wagons to defend about their misogyny.

It's a topic that relates as much to geekdom as it does to any other group. There's no evidence that geekdom is any worse than, say, stockbrokerdom or cardealerdom.

Most people here are objecting to the pigeonholing of our subculture as "misogynistic" when in fact the problem of misogyny is much more widespread.

about 2 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

neiras Let's play the labelling game. (1198 comments)

Rapist. Misogynist. Nerd. All labels.

You can apply them to individuals specific criteria. Have you raped? You're a rapist. Do you hate all females? Mysogynist. Overly intellectual, obsessive, or socially impaired? Nerd.

However. The existence of Nerd Mysoginists does not make all members of the Nerd set into Mysoginists. The existence of Rapist Misogynists does not mean that all Misogynists are Rapists.

The author has a problem with Mysoginists. Hating women is not part of any nerd culture I've ever seen or participated in.

about 2 months ago
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The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

neiras Re:Average across models (230 comments)

It seems that a mechanism to determine the "trustworthiness" of each method and thus weighting its individual influence in the vote would make sense. That way the system would weed out the models that produce incorrect results.

Then we feed the system a steady diet of Fox News and watch it downvote the lonely "liberal" model.

Man, this stuff makes me want to go back to school. Highly interesting.

about 2 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

neiras Who the hell cares? (409 comments)

What's next, Slashdot - "One Weird Trick That Clouds Your Cloudy Cloud Cloud?" ...back to SoylentNews.

about 2 months ago
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"Going Up" At 45 Mph: Hitachi To Deliver World's Fastest Elevator

neiras Re:Hmm. (109 comments)

I was thinking it would slow down just enough to get my feet on the ground, then decelerate hard. Obviously free fall to a dead stop would suck. ;)

about 2 months ago
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"Going Up" At 45 Mph: Hitachi To Deliver World's Fastest Elevator

neiras Hmm. (109 comments)

I want my high speed elevator to descend at a rate *just* fast enough to have me hovering six inches off the floor, which should be made of glass.

about 2 months ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

neiras Re:Mod parent Troll (360 comments)

The evidence is getting quite compelling. But I guess some people cannot see what they do not want to see.

Look, if you think you have something and you want to be the messenger, by all means register a catchy domain name like Heartbleed (HatMunch?) and present your evidence of conspiracy in a straightforward, peer-reviewable way. I recommend staying away from Comic Sans when choosing a typeface.

It's a wild theory, but if you can present anything other than character assasination, cherry-picked facts and NSA O NOE, you might get listened to by people who matter. Until you do that, you're gonna get modded down, and rightfully so. It's put up or shut up time.

But I guess some people would rather vomit paranoia than actually put in the effort it takes to be heard.

about 3 months ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

neiras Mod parent Troll (360 comments)

How the fuck does this kind of trolling/tin-foil-hattery get to +5? The only "Interesting" thing about it is the apparent level of paranoia being experienced by gweihir. I mean, Red Hat as an NSA tool to Destroy Linux? Sure!

I get it, some folks hate systemd and everything Lennart does (and I'm not picking sides anymore), but the parent is just a smear job.

about 3 months ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

neiras Aha! (360 comments)

This. Seriously. People may not think that appearance is important, but it is. Comic Sans does not inspire confidence.

WEB HIPSTER DETECTED! ;)

about 3 months ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

neiras The trailer (642 comments)

The trailer is a laugh.

One line in there: "We are the only life in the entire universe."

HAHAHAHA. Okay.

about 3 months ago
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Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

neiras Re:People use GnuTLS? (144 comments)

Hey! I got the karma for posting that link in the first article, you... you... karma whore! ;)

about 4 months ago
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Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

neiras Re:Old news (144 comments)

This is a dupe. We saw this on slashdot weeks ago.

about 4 months ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

neiras Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

MOD. PARENT. UP.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

neiras Re:Desensitizing the masses (168 comments)

Government organizations like the NSA are playing a long game. If one generation is desensitized, the next will be uncaring as long as basic needs and a sense of freedom are preserved.

They are winning, and even if we form long-lived organizations to fight them on their terms they will undermine until those organizations are publicly ridiculed and useless. Individuals who speak up will be tarred as "activists", "protestors", and later "traitors". They have the upper hand and there's no way to get it back without an actual war, which no one wants.

They are winning.

This began a long time ago. In two generations they will have won.

about 4 months ago

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Mozilla is mapping cell towers and WiFi access points

neiras neiras writes  |  about 6 months ago

neiras (723124) writes "Mozilla is building a map of publicly-observable cell tower and WiFi access points to compete with proprietary geolocation services like Google's. Coverage is a bit thin so far but is improving rapidly.

Anyone with an Android phone can help by downloading the MozStumbler app and letting it run while walking or driving around. The application is also available on the F-Droid market."

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Filtering software now required on all Chinese PCs

neiras neiras writes  |  more than 5 years ago

neiras (723124) writes "The BBC is reporting that China's ruling Communist Party has ordered all citizens to install government-controlled filtering software on their computers. Apparently the software only manages to filter pages visited in Internet Explorer, transmits user information over the wire in without encryption, and is so poorly implemented that it may effectively make every Chinese desktop vulnerable to exploitation. Here comes the One Botnet To Rule Them All!"

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