Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?
Can you cite any events or references at all to back up that incredibly vague statement?
This could be said of all the whole of Europe, the Near East and North Africa. There were two world wars just in the previous century.
According the Smithsonian The region had existed as 3 separate stable vilayets within the Ottoman empire for nearly 400 years. I'm not sure where you're getting your history from.
Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution
I see so many posts here using IQ and intelligence as if they were interchangeable synonyms. They are not.
IQ tests have no basis in science. IQ tests have never been benchmarked against anything except earlier IQ tests.
IQ tests cannot be proven to exclude cultural bias.
IQ tests cannot be said to measure intelligence in any precise way, unless you define intelligence as the ability to do IQ tests.
If you demonstrate that different races perform differently in IQ tests, you haven't proven anything about race and intelligence. You have only proven something about race an IQ tests.
The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry
... one in every four women actually will be raped in their life ...
Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman
... The industry needs fewer people like you, and more young girls.
Are you sure it's not just you that needs more young girls bud?
Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River
And this is news for nerds how?
Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E
As does this Mazda 2 prototype with 0.33 litre rotary engine. http://www.autonews.com/articl...
Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts
I wonder, was that sample of people take from a single city/state/country whatever?
Generalising this to a study of, "People" might be more than a little misleading...
The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers
The title (of both the slashdot post and the original article) is misleading.
The article cites one Eugene Spatford who observes that, "software makers churn out products riddled with vulnerabilities." That's not the security industry's fault.
He goes on to tell us that law enforcement is inadequately equipped and that criminals protect themselves by bribing government officials. That's not the security industry's fault either.
Of the tools the security industry does use regularly he says that, "We’re using all these tools on a regular basis because the underlying software isn’t trustworthy." Again that's not the security industry at fault.
And the solution?
"... an investment in computer programming education and a major move by software manufacturers to embed software security concepts early into the development process."
Sounds reasonable to me. Also sounds like a task for the software development community generally, NOT just those specialising in security.
Perl Is Undead
... it's just the way people use it.
Perl was designed as a powerful, flexible, loosely typed scripting language for munging text files and streams, and that's exactly what it is.
It's great for those scripts that you write for a particular task and never use again after the few days it was necessary. It's also good for writing glue code on occasion, to tie the inputs and outputs of other applications together, and when shell scripting just won't quite cut it.
The trouble was that it was such a useful scripting language people started writing applications in it. Then they had to jump on the object-oriented bandwagon, which was done clumsily. Sort of like gluing a dog to your horse so it can fetch. And yes, it can be difficult to read, but it doesn't have to be.
Use Perl for the tasks it was originally designed for. If you're going to write real applications, use a more appropriate language. Don't kick your dog because he can't sing.
Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid
What's surprising is that the same people who look down their noses at Wikipedia probably believe that the Encyclopedia Britannica was an accurate source of unbiased information.
There have been serious studies of the reliability of wikipedia as a reference compared with the Encyclopedia Britannica at least.
Although I am aware of irony of Wikipedia as a reference for the reliability of Wikipedia...
Man Arrested For Parodying Mayor On Twitter Files Civil Rights Lawsuit
Interesting. Illinois police certainly do have a repuation. I'm not actually from the U.S.A. but nevertheless Amnesty International sends me emails about petitions such as this one about the Chicago police .
Sorry if that looks like a shameless plug for Amnesty International (well I guess it is) but WTH, they do good work.
Turing Test Passed
The bar itself is illusory. Intelligence is not a discrete quantized quality, and certainly not binary in nature. It's a continuum. There won't be a point in time where "real" artificial intelligence is created.
One day we will stop arguing whether true artificial intelligence can be created and start arguing about when it happened.
Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"
Nor has he shown that books are not fungible. He has only shown that books are not necessarily fungible between titles. (Of course even that is debatable, as it depends on the personal sensibilities of the consumer.) Two copies of the same book are clearly fungible. This is implicit in the fact that Amazon sells "the same book" to two different people in two separate transactions. Presumably the two readers don't care which book rolled off the press first.
U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong
The problem with the VAST majority of criticisms against drone warfare is this: /They don't cite alternatives./
This is the most blatant straw-man argument I have ever seen. You don't target the actual study named in the story, but some nebulous cloud of "... majority of [all] criticisms."
You imply this is a criticism of intervention policy generally.
Drones are incidental to the intervention policy...
It is not. It is a specific criticism of the current use of drones as a strategy.
And finally I take issue with your assertion that a criticism should be required to suggest an alternative.
I am wearing a dead toad around my neck to ward off the plague. You argue that all available statistical evidence shows that wearing dead toads has no effect on whether or not a person will contract the plague.
The fact that you don't provide an alternative to dead toads doesn't change the fact that my dead toad is completely ineffective.
Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released
... especially given Shuttleworth's complete and utter contempt for the open source community.
He's giving it away for free. You don't have to use it.
Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts
Back in 2003, there was a similar system called the Policy Analysis Market (PAM) that was close to being implemented. It got deep-sixed by some world-class idiots from Congress ...
Maybe they weren't idiots. Maybe the were protecting a lucrative after-Congress job market...
Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand
Oh, and the Mein Kampf thing is a desperate attempt by incumbent political parties to discredit him - so he doesn't get in a position to be kingmaker.
Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand
It's for exactly that reason that he gets any traction in public opinion in NZ. The first time he came to the attention of most Kiwis at all was when the NZ police raided his house with swat teams, helicopters and the works at the behest of US law enforcement. For ... copyright infringement.
Then it turned out that our intelligence services had been spying on him illegally, (along with 80 or so other foreign-born NZ residents) Some of our politicians had been taking political donations from him and later denying all knowledge, and our Prime Minister claimed to know nothing about the illegal spying despite being briefed on it 12 months earlier
In addition FBI agents in NZ sent copies of his personal files to the US despite the ruling of NZ courts.
In essence, our local politicians and law enforcement acted like such complete and total dickwads that they made even a guy like Kim Dotcom look the good guy by comparison. The let him into the country for his money, despite his convictions. Then when the US law enforcement came knocking they turned on him like a bunch of weasels.
In fact public opinion is starrting to swing against him. Kiwis typically aren't impressed by the kind of excess and showboating he is famous for. I don't think is party will get that many votes, but in a country the size of NZ, and due to the peculiarities of our version of MMP, a small party can sometimes gain a couple of seats and be in a position to act as kingmaker.
Silicon Valley Anti-Poaching Cartel Went Beyond a Few Tech Firms
It is a restraint of trade. If it was built into a contract it would be unenforceable at the least, probably illegal in many jurisdictions, although some restrictions in employment contracts are enforceable provided they are, "reasonable."
It tells you something that it had to be a gentleman's agreement. I'm sure if they could have legally put it into employment contracts they would have.
Math Models Predicted Global Uprisings
What worries me about this sort of knowledge, is that it could make it possible for political leaders to keep the masses working their asses off just above the breadline. But they can avoid pushing it so far that they get the kind of political activism that might result in regime change.
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