top Ukrainian Attack Dolphins Are On the Loose
Everybody! Ignore this guy with stupid facts and continue with killer mutant dolphin jokes!
top Strong Climate Change Opinions Are Self-Reinforcing
Show me the numbers. Not someone's opinion about what they mean, but a detailed description of each experiment and the raw data that resulted.
They already have: it's called the scientific literature. It's not their fault you haven't taken the time and effort to read and understand it.
You obviously haven't followed Stephen McIntyre's never ending battles with Michael Mann and other luminaries in climate science community. Basically what we have is somewhat vague scientific literature and concentrated effort to hide the data and the details of methods.
top My relationship to military service:
What really bugs me about US Military and US population in general is the speak. They constantly speak that their military is "defending their freedom". That is utter bullshit as US military is waging offensive wars.
top CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Affair
As long as it was between consenting adults, an affair is between him, the 'afairee' and his family.
I disagree. The husband of Paula Broadwell (the 'afairee' as you put it) has the right to know that his wife is seriously two-timing him. If this getting this public is the only way of getting the word to him then so be it.
As long as it doesn't effect one's job performance its really nobody's business.
The director of CIA should not put himself in a position where he can be blackmailed. This is such a basic stuff that I'm willing to guess that CIA has a policy on this.
top NASA Scientist: Heat Waves Really Are From Global Warming
Wait for the dirty tricks and personal attacks to begin.
The fossil fuel lobby won't take such a show of flagrant anti-rich, anti-1% dissent lying down.
Like the poor fool who dares to step between the pigs and their swill, this fellow is gonna get mauled.
That is just bullshit.
First, there is no great conspiracy of evil "fossil fuel lobby".
Second, fossil fuels are the friend of the poor. It is Al Gore and other obnoxiously rich people who can afford their electricity bill to threefold without any impact to their lifestyle. Make no mistake about it: If the solutions that are on the table for solving the global warming are implemented, it is the poor who will see their level of confort plummeting. They probably won't be able to afford such luxuries as private automobiles. Meanwhile Al Gore will be still living in his air conditioned castles while flying between them with his private jet.
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Launches On September 25
I have 5 level 80+ chars on WoW, but haven't played the game in at least a year, maybe two, and don't plan to go back to it, even for Pandas.
Even for Pandas? So you are saying that Pandas are basically cool but the game sucks otherwise? I seriously thought that adding Pandas was a bad case of jumping the shark. Well, maybe I just need to admit it to my self: I'm totally out of touch with gamers today. Now if you excuse me, I'll go and find rumors about Football Manager 2013 which I will eventually buy but won't find time to play. about a year and a half ago
top How Do You Cool Your Data Center / Server Room?
No fucking clue. Ask Amazon.
about a year and a half ago
top Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050
It would be easier to believe that "Japan's Obayashi Corp" are out of their mind if we would have a link to this on their own web site.
top Help Shape the Future of Slashdot
I think the end result of meta-moderation is Groupthink. If you punish moderators that might have a bit of an edge, you end up with moderators that are Group thinking. That will show immediately if you browse at +5.
top Indian Mathematician Takes Shot At Proving Riemann Hypothesis
This is a cheap publicity stunt, nothing more.
And that is a bad thing exactly how?
Mathematics is not dancing with the stars or what not.
Says who? If you don't like it, don't watch it. I say that if this draw even a few bright people towards maths and shows them that this is really interesting stuff, it is a good thing. I do not understand why Mathematicians should appear as some sage-like, ascetic monks.
top Man Charged in Model Airplane Plot To Bomb Pentagon
A 26-year-old Massachusetts man with a physics degree
So, what was his Slashdot handle?
Let's find out. Every one who isn't him, reply here: Not me.
top Man Charged in Model Airplane Plot To Bomb Pentagon
Given that a RC plane controlling law is prepared, I am curious to find who idea the RC plane was. FBI's or guy's own. The risk that government generates crime to justify a legislation is a worrying one. This is one more reason why encouraging some to commit a crime, should be a crime even when done by officials.
top The London Riots and Facial Recognition Technology
this msnbc blog entry shows some interesting insight in the dynamics of the group:
a Londoner when asked by a television reporter: Is rioting the correct way to express your discontent?
"Yes," said the young man. "You wouldn't be talking to me now if we didn't riot, would you?"
The TV reporter from Britain's ITV had no response.
That is because the reporter was not up to the work he was doing. He should asked the guy what he would like to say now that he has a possibility to speak. He would have produced a gush of drivel of leftist platitudes. They usually do and with the general idea that they are victims of "state" and "society" while they are completely ignorant about their own conduct that adds to their state of being bored.
And bored they are as they do not really have material poverty: They know not hunger, not cold from winter. That is what this is all about: This is about nihilistic,
bored, self-centered people doing something. People who do not have a slightest interest in anything sensible. If they would, they would appreciate other people's life's work (like a small business shop) and would refrain from burning it down.
God, I fucking hate when people are being complete dicks and these lefties treat them like some fucking victims.
top Google: Sun Offered To License Java For $100M
As an European (from Finland), this is mainly a spectacle of American justice system. Here are some random thoughts based on this news.
In here I constantly hear that "American justice system is corrupted, owned by politicians and big money... Blah blah blah." Now we have an example to observe. It seems to me that the judge is this case is not willing to cave in for anything. The junge is strict, has huge balls, and it appears that the best thing he can do for his career, is to make just decision.
I also bet that he is going to deliver his decision in plain language that is readable even to lay persons. This, and the fact that the case is public, will guarantee that if anything will go wrong, you will hear about it. This is quite a good guarantee that there won't be any funny business.
Nothing is perfect and there is a possibility that the decision is rotten. If this is the case, as I mentioned, the hell break loose. Unfortunately, the public ripping of judgements has one unintended consequence: Europeans will hear about it and somehow conclude that because the system is criticized, it must be worse than their own system that receives no such critique. If any, the opposite is true.
top Suppressed Report Shows Pirates Are Good Customers
You are correct. All the blathering about 'control' and stuff are borderline conspiracy theories. The study is being suppressed because MPAA/RIAA and movie studios, believe or not, are different entities. This requires just basic understanding of bureaucracy. MPAA/RIAA do not want to release the study. They are afraid that movie studios and record labels execs would read it; afraid that they conclude that MPAA/RIAA are a waste of time and good money.
Believe me, this report is read with great interest in head quarters of each and every movie studio.
top US Supreme Court: Video Games Qualify For First Amendment
And understands the difference between causation and correlation:
The State's evidence is not compelling. California relies primarily on the research of Dr. Craig Anderson and a few other research psychologists whose studies purport to show a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children. These studies have been rejected by every court to consider them,6 and with good reason: They do not prove that violent video games cause minors to act aggressively (which would at least be a beginning). Instead, "[n]early all of the research is based on correlation, not evidence of causation, and most of the studies suffer from significant, admitted flaws in methodology."  They show at best some correlation between exposure to violent entertainment and minuscule real-world effects, such as children's feeling more aggressive or making louder noises in the few minutes after playing a violent game than after playing a nonviolent game.
The footnote 7 in question in hilarious:
One study, for example, found that children who had just finished playing violent video games were more likely to fill in the blank letter in “explo_e” with a “d” (so that it reads “explode”) than with an “r” (“explore”). App. 496, 506 (internal quotation marks omitted). The prevention of this phenomenon, which might have been anticipated with common sense, is not a compelling state interest.
top Big Drop In Solar Activity Could Cool Earth
... the global warming naysayers are going to have a field day with this one...
They are all over the thread already. Can't be arsed to engage them anymore, to be honest. Well, we can bask in the warm glow of burning Al Gore strawmen....
I think you should make a reality check. Those of us who do not buy the whole "CO2 is destroying the world" -thing are not having a field day. I browse Slashdot with +4 threshold and I can tell you that it is you having a field day. And by you I mean the folk who is yelling "naysayers", and yelling "denialists", and, this is the best of all, setting up strawmen of "denialist arguments are strawmen relating to Al Gore".
top Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft In i4i Case
I realize that this is Slashdot, &tc... but please read the full opinion. As it makes clear, the Supreme Court (in an 8-0 decision, with the Chief recused) agrees that this aspect of the patent system is broken.
You can find it here:
This opinion is a good example of the Supreme Court essentially telling Congress to get its act together and fix the broken patent system. In the meantime, the Court reiterates what the problem is with the patent system in this case, and provides a solution for Congress to implement. But the Court is not empowered to fix the broken statute by itself, so it has to essentially settle for restating what the current broken statute says, and enforcing the law that's on the books.
Well there is more to it. I find this concurrence by Breyer interesting. It gives a layman such as myself a clear picture what they ruled:
I join the Court’s opinion in full. I write separately because, given the technical but important nature of the invalidity question, I believe it worth emphasizing that in this area of law as in others the evidentiary standard of proof applies to questions of fact and not to questions of law. [...] Thus a factfinder must use the “clear and convincing” standard where there are disputes about, say, when a product was first sold or whether a prior art reference had been published. Many claims of invalidity rest, however, not upon factual disputes, but upon how the law applies to facts as given. Do the given facts show that the product was previously “in public use”? 35 U. S. C. 102(b). Do they show that the invention was “nove[l]” and that it was “non-obvious”? 102, 103. Do they show that the patent ap-plicant described his claims properly? 112. Where the ultimate question of patent validity turns on the correct answer to legal questions—what these subsidiary legal standards mean or how they apply to the facts as given—today’s strict standard of proof has no application. [...]
Courts can help to keep the application of today’s “clear and convincing” standard within its proper legal bounds by separating factual and legal aspects of an invalidity claim, say, by using instructions based on case-specific circumstances that help the jury make the distinction or by using interrogatories and special verdicts to make clear which specific factual findings underlie the jury’s conclusions. [...]. By isolating the facts (determined with help of the “clear and convincing” standard), courts can thereby assure the proper interpretation or application of the correct legal standard (without use of the “clear and convincing” standard). By preventing the “clear and convincing” standard from roaming outside its fact-related reservation, courts can increase the likelihood that discoveries or inventions will not receive legal protection where none is due.
top Germany To End Nuclear Power By 2022
The headline should read:
Germany To End Nuclear Power By 2022 yet again
Politicians are good at two things: making large strategic decisions that do not require anything now but much in not-so-near future and apologizing stuff that their predecessors have made. This decision will be repealed; nothing to see here, move along.
top Apple To Distribute OS X Lion via the Mac App Store
This may sound trivial but app-store has a few advantages to apt-get:
1. Programs are presented as icons
2. Programs can be rated 3. App-store tells you what applications are popular
These are important features for casual users.
top Military robots, the future of warfare
nyri writes " The New Atlantis has an article on military robots. Even as the article is of some length, it is a good read. It gives a decent history and the current state of military robots. It seems that the Asimov's laws are now discussed lawyers and soldiers. And the Petagons stand? The article says:
[J]ust as any human's right to self-defense is limited, so too should be a robot's. This sounds simple enough, but oddly the Pentagon has already pushed the legal interpretation that our drones have an inherent right to self-defense, including even to preemptively fire on potential threats, such as an anti-aircraft radar system that lights them up.
More over did you know that there is even a "robot hospital" in Baghdad or that by 2015 Pentagon plans to deploy new kind of brigades which contains more unmanned vehicles than normal vehicles."
top A call to action agains OOXML
Jari Mustonen writes "As most of the Slashdot readers know, Microsoft is pushing for their no-good document format to be an ISO standard. I encourage all reader to go and write their name to a
NO to the Microsoft Office format as an ISO standard -petition."
top School shooting; annouced in youtube
nyri writes "There was a
school shooting in Finland a few hours ago. This time the killer annouced his intentions on youtube before the killings. This is a strange world. Here is a clip from his rationale
What an asshole."
I am prepared to fight and die for my cause. I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection.
You might ask yourselves, why did I do this and what do I want. Well, most of you are too arrogant and closed-minded to understand... You will proprably say me that I am"insane", "crazy", "psychopath", "criminal" or crap like that. No, the truth is that I am just an animl, a human, an individual, a dissident.
top Java 6 and Leopard
nyri writes "As a professional Java coder and consultant, I switched to OS X two years ago. I felt that my Java stuff works on it. After release on Java 6, I have felt otherwise: there is no OS X release. I assumed that Leopard would have Java 6 but I haven't seen a trace of it. I am seriously considering moving back to Windows (Linux, alas, is not an option for me in my corporate enviroment).
Has Apple, for some reason, decided that Java support does not pay off? Is this just a delay or has Apple decided to abandon Java support for good? Maybe you fellow slashdotters can give some answers to these questions.
All in all, other Java coders out there, how long are willing to put up with this kind of blatant ignorance of your needs? Or, do you have some nice technical solutions to this, which I am not-so-blissfully ignorant about?"
Jari Mustonen writes "Time to hide your Mac-fanboy hat. Or maybe you are beliver enough to defend Apple even on this one. The question is simple: Where is the Java 6 for OS X? Let the gossips fly and let the slashdot do what it is best at: to summon an anonymous coward from Apple to tell us what is happening and where is my Java? But in the mean time, let's hear your theory."
Jari Mustonen writes "Java 6 SE is now available for
download. It is, of course, accompanied by a biztalk filled press release. The full content is specified in JSR 270. New major features include scripting support for another languages ( JSR 223), JDBC 4.0 ( JSR 221), new monitoring and management framework, new version on JAX-WS and more."
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