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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

phantomfive Re:warnings are out there (247 comments)

The science is clear even if we don't 100% understand all he dynamics,

If the science were clear, the models would be reasonable accurate. In reality they are off by a lot. There's still a lot of science that needs to be done (which isn't surprising, because you can't really do a randomized double-blind study to determine the effects of things on the earth. It's harder than that).

9 hours ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

phantomfive Re:This is America... (184 comments)

... and if there's nothing to be outraged about we'll manufacture it.

I'm really wondering if people will ever get tired of being manipulated all the time with outrage.

If you haven't noticed it yet, notice it now: the television, radio, politicians, bloggers all manipulate people by making them feel outrage. Then they get what they wanted from the manipulee and move on. Nothing changes, "but it sure feels good I was upset at those [people on the wrong side of the issue]."

yesterday
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We Are All Confident Idiots

phantomfive Re:This does _not_ mean confident people are stupi (287 comments)

And yet you answered anyway.

In any case, even by "statistical implication" you are wrong.....if "confident people are a mix of a small group that actually has a clue and a large group that is stupid" (those are your words) then indeed confident(p) => stupid(p) more often than not. Surely you understand that.

Furthermore, another way you are also wrong is that the D-K effect indeed does say that skilled people tend to be less confident. That's "statistical implication" for you.

yesterday
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

phantomfive Re:almost useless (213 comments)

Have you ever tried to make your application a debian package

Yes, it's essentially a compressed directory, combined with a dependency list and a version number. You don't even need the specialized Debian tools to build them, although they make things easier. I'm kind of surprised you found it difficult, actually.

yesterday
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

phantomfive Re:Obama, Why wait ? (257 comments)

I don't get it. If it's a good thing, do it now. If it's a bad thing then why do it later or at all ?!?!?

Because he thinks it's a good thing, but he doesn't know how to convince the rest of us that it's a good thing. That's about it.

yesterday
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We Are All Confident Idiots

phantomfive Re:This does _not_ mean confident people are stupi (287 comments)

Are you trying to demonstrate the topic of the article personally, or does it really bother you that much when someone implies you might be stupid (since apparently you do have confidence)?

yesterday
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We Are All Confident Idiots

phantomfive Re:This does _not_ mean confident people are stupi (287 comments)

You got it wrong too. There are stupid people who are not confident, so there is no implication. A lot of stupid people are confident. And a lot of smart people are not confident.

yesterday
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Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free?

phantomfive Re:Yes it can (151 comments)

the legal definition of a corporation (that it continue to provide increasing profits yearly)

That isn't the legal definition of a corporation (and good thing too, since most corporations don't continue to provide increasing profits yearly).

yesterday
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We Are All Confident Idiots

phantomfive Re:I'm I smart? I guess I'll never know. (287 comments)

That said I typically stand back aghast at today’s Republican conservatives – I may be wrong, but in general they seem mean and – yes I’ll say it – bigoted. Of course that could just be Dunning-Kruger blinding me to the brilliance of the current Republican vision.

The question you should ask is whether you think the Democratic vision is amazing. Finding problems with one party is hardly original.

2 days ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

phantomfive Re:Not a chance (627 comments)

It doesn't allow foreigners to use it, therefor it's useless and will fail.

I think you overestimate the number of foreigners that are actually in the US

2 days ago
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Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free?

phantomfive Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free? (151 comments)

This legal opinion written by a lawyer.

Oh no, it's actually not. Bennet should learn how to program and then add some value to the world, instead of giving opinions and hoping someone else will.

2 days ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

phantomfive Re:How about we hackers? (803 comments)

I dislike MariaDB for much the same reason.

What's wrong with MariaDB?

2 days ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

phantomfive Re:Are you sure? (803 comments)

That's the problem. Systemd is just yet another instance where it bubbles to the surface.

Do you have other examples of that problem?

2 days ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

phantomfive Re:Are you sure? (803 comments)

Interesting thought.

2 days ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

phantomfive Re:How about we hackers? (803 comments)

Non-sequitur. It should prevent you from doing something even worse than what already exists, however.

2 days ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

phantomfive Re:It's about control (803 comments)

Certainly no one is willing to own up to the flaws in traditional init that have led to systemd's development.

I've looked through your posts, and the problems you mention were hardware problems, specifically, a problem you had on a box with two network interfaces, which came up with unpredictable names.

While I fully admit that is an annoying problem, I'm not sure the answer is to write an entirely new init system.........

2 days ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

phantomfive Re:Are you sure? (803 comments)

FreeBSD has a Linux compatibility layer, so most stuff compiled for Linux can run on it. I don't know what tools you use, though.

2 days ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

phantomfive Re:Are you sure? (803 comments)

Oh yeah, good call, it looks like Debian is having some kind of vote to see if they should support Init in addition to SystemD. To “preserve the freedom of choice for init systems.” Here is the original post.

2 days ago

Submissions

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Poll Finds San Francisco Voters Favor Tech Buses

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about 7 months ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "A recent poll to test SF opinions on the tech buses finds that most have a favorable view. 79% of those polled said that the tech industry has helped the city, and 67% said the shuttles should be able to use the MUNI stops.

Cynthia Crews from the League of Pissed-Off Voters disagreed, saying, " “[it was] paid for by tech companies""

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Why is US Broadband so Slow?

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about 8 months ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Verizon has said they will not be digging new lines any time soon. Time-Warner's cash flow goes towards paying down debt, not laying down fiber. AT&T is doing everything they can to slow deployment of Google fiber.
How can the situation be improved? Mainly by expediting right-of-way access, permits, and inspections, according to Andy Kessler. That is how Google was able to afford to lay down fiber in Austin, and how VTel was able to do it in Vermont (gigabit connections for $35 a month)."
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Why Whistleblowers Cannot Get a Fair Trial

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about 9 months ago

phantomfive (622387) writes ""Seven whistleblowers have been prosecuted under the Obama administration," writes Jesselyn Radack, a lawyer who advised two of them. She explains why they can't get a fair trial. In the Thomas Drake case, the administration retroactively marked documents as classified, saying, "he knew they should have been classified." In the Bradley Manning case, the jury wasn't allowed to see what information was leaked. The defendants, all who have been charged with espionage, have limited access to court documents. Most of these problems happen because the law was written to deal with traitorous spies, not whistleblowers."
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Congress Becomes Aware of Patent Trolls

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about a year ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Congressman Charles Schumer has written a piece decrying the evils of patent trolls. "Because of the high cost of patent litigation—the average litigation defense costs a small or midsize company $1.75 million—it is often marginally cheaper for a defendant to pay up front to make the case go away. The average settlement for the same group of companies is $1.33 million....Patent trolls cost U.S. companies $29 billion in 2011 alone."
His solution? Make it easier for low quality patents to be re-examined and rejected by the patent office."
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Google Maps Used to Find Tax Cheats

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about a year ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Some countries are worried about the privacy implications of Google Maps, but Lithuania is using them to find tax cheats. "Two recent cases netted $130,000 in taxes and penalties after investigators found houses photographed by Google that weren't on official maps....'We were very impressed,' said Modestas Kaseliauskas, head of the State Tax Authority. 'We realized that we could do more with less and in shorter time." The people of Lithuania don't seem to mind. "Authorities have been aided by the local populace. 'We received even more support than we expected,' said Mr. Kaseliauskas, the chief tax inspector.""
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Hacking the Android VM by Facebook

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about a year and a half ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Facebook's new Android App literally modifies the Dalvik VM runtime while it's running.
They found this necessary because the Dalvik machine has a hard-coded limit on the number of methods that can be loaded in a process at one time, so they used JNI to modify to increase this hard-coded limit at runtime.

Is this a horrible programming technique from Facebook, or is it a workaround for a poorly-designed runtime?"

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Former TSA Administrator Speaks

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 2 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Former TSA head Kip Hawley talks about the TSA: "it's simply no longer the case that killing a few people on board a plane could lead to a hijacking. Never again will a terrorist be able to breach the cockpit simply with a box cutter or a knife. The cockpit doors have been reinforced, and passengers, flight crews and air marshals would intervene.

I wanted to reduce the amount of time that officers spent searching for low-risk objects, but politics intervened at every turn. Lighters were untouchable, having been banned by an act of Congress. And despite the radically reduced risk that knives and box cutters presented in the post-9/11 world, allowing them back on board was considered too emotionally charged for the American public."

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Global Warming Scientist Slamdown

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 2 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Earlier 16 scientists said anthropogenic global warming is not something to worry about. This generated some rebuttals, "Do you consult your dentist about your heart condition? In science, as in any area, reputations are based on knowledge and expertise in a field and on published, peer-reviewed work."
Now the 16 are hitting back. "We urge readers not to depend on pompous academy pronouncements—on what we say....everyone should look at certain stubborn facts that don't fit the theory espoused in the Trenberth letter.""

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Microsoft Wants Your Information

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 4 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "The company everyone loves to hate is after your private information, as the Wall Street Journal reports. The IE8 design team had planned on adding the best privacy features available, but the advertising executives wanted to track users. From the story, "In the end, the product planners lost a key part of the debate. The winners: executives who argued that giving automatic privacy to consumers would make it tougher for Microsoft to profit from selling online ads. Microsoft built its browser so that users must deliberately turn on privacy settings every time they start up the software.""
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GoDaddy Follows Google's Lead

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 4 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "GoDaddy has announced they will no longer register domain names in China, in response to new requirements that each registrant be photographed, and their business ID number be submitted. GoDaddy's representative said, "The intent of the procedures appeared, to us, to be based on a desire by the Chinese authorities to exercise increased control over the subject matter of domain name registrations by Chinese nationals." Is it possible that GoDaddy has any ethics at all?"
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Prize for Finding Unintended Acceleration Cause

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 4 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Edmunds Auto has offered a $1million prize to anyone who can find the cause of unintended acceleration. As Wikipedia covers, this is a problem that has plagued not only Toyota, but also Audi and other manufacturers. Consumer Reports has some suggestions all automakers can implement to solve this problem, including requiring breaks to be strong enough to stop the car even when the accelerator is floored."
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New Type of Cloud Discovered

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  about 5 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "In Iowa and Scotland there are reports of a type of cloud not yet recognized by the World Meteorological Foundation. It seems the cloud does not match any of the clouds in the International Cloud Atlas, and thus there is a campaign underway to have it included. Some have said the clouds look like armageddon has arrived. For me, writing clouds all these times makes me want to eat cotton candy."
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3 charges against Terry Childs dropped

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 5 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Terry Childs, who was arrested nearly a year ago for refusing to turn over the passwords to the San Francisco's FiberWAN network has been cleared for three of the four charges against him. The charges that were dropped referred to the attachment of modems to the network. The remaining charge is for refusing to turn over the password. The prosecutor has vowed to appeal, to have the charges reinstated. We have the original story, and the story where Childs tells his side, for those who want a refresher."
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Redhat now part of S&P 500

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 5 years ago

phantomfive (622387) writes "Redhat has made it onto the S&P 500, an important measure of the stock market. It is replacing CIT, which is expected to go bankrupt after the government refused to bail them out. Redhat is the first Linux company to make it on to the S&P500. While this means little directly for the company, it is an indication of the importance Linux is taking on in the world."
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Journals

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World Peace is Easy

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 4 years ago

World peace is an unusually simple problem: it's entirely a marketing problem. We don't even have to get people to buy anything, all we have to do is get them to want it. The marketing is the whole problem. Once everyone wants it, then the problem is solved because no one will fight anymore. It really is that easy.

In talking to people, I have observed three broad 'market segments' that need to be addressed, three types of people. Maybe there are more, but this is what I have found so far:

1) Those who think that humans are violent by nature, and thus war is inevitable. These are believers in the 'killer ape' theory or perhaps they've just seen too much violence in their lives. Fortunately men are not violent by nature, the 'killer ape' theory is discredited, and in any case we are capable of choosing our destinies.

2) The second group are those who would stop fighting, but the 'other guys' won't stop. These are most Americans. They didn't want to attack Afghanistan originally, but the Afghanis struck first, so what choice was there? These people happily would support peace if they saw it as a viable possibility. Fortunately, peace is viable because it is the most profitable solution, we just need to help the world see that. The more people start supporting peace, the more this group will become convinced that peace is possible.

3) The third group is the most difficult group, because they actually have something to gain from war. In this category was Slobodan Milosevic, who wanted to consolidate power in his country, or warriors on the edge of the Sahara who want to take others' land for their own cattle. Some people fight because it is exciting, they like the thrill. These people need to see that there is a better way, and that their children will want to live in peace, and sometimes compromise is worth it. Anyone who has loved has learned the value of compromise. These people can too.

Try to talk to everyone you can about world peace, because word of mouth is the best type of marketing.

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Religion is falsifiable

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 5 years ago

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1301347&cid=28687519

Religions are falsifiable (science is the un-falsifiable thing: it is a tool, not a proposition. How do you falsify a hammer? How do you falsify science?). Any decent religious system has ideas of the type, if you do X, then Y will happen. Let's investigate a bit, and see what some religions say:

Buddhism: if you follow the eight-fold path, your suffering will end. Extremely testable. If you follow the eight-fold path, and you are still suffering, then man, they led you astray.

Tantric yoga: do these exercises and meditations and eventually you will have a kundalini rising (enlightenment). So if you do them, and you don't have a kundalini rising, then you know tantra is worthless (either that or your teacher sucks).

The Bible: Those who believe shall be able to do miracles, such as drink poison and not get hurt, or heal the sick (Mark 16:17). So if you follow Christ and you can't do those things, then......yeah, you've just falsified it.

Daoism: 99% of the battle of daoism is figuring out what you are supposed to do. That is an ancient Chinese way of teaching.....but, if you ever do figure out what it is you're supposed to do, then you will be able to tap into the mysterious power of the Dao. If you figure out what you are supposed to do, and do it, and still can't tap into that power, then you've just falsified Daoism.

Mormonism: fast and pray oft, grow in humility, and you will be filled with joy and consolation. I really like Mormonism because it is even more scientific: it says all over the place things like, "if you have faith, God will give you anything that is good." It gives examples of people who became good enough that God gave them anything they asked for, and it says that you can do it too. It even directly gives an example of how to test these claims, and verify/falsify them. I like it because the more clear the promises, the more easily it is falsifiable.

See? If all you are saying is that some being out there exists who affects life on earth in some undetectable way, then yeah, it's pretty pointless. But any preacher who preaches that doesn't know his religion.

Also see:

http://interviews.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=39406&cid=4207448

http://interviews.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=39406&cid=4208176

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Programming Style

phantomfive phantomfive writes  |  more than 5 years ago

"I'd crawl over an acre of 'Visual This++' and 'Integrated Development That' to get to gcc, Emacs, and gdb. Thank you." (By Vance Petree, Virginia Power)

Amen.

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