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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

preaction Re:Unprofessional (369 comments)

Thank you for burning down the straw me, because he was getting far too much of my paycheck. But if you continue to tilt at windmills, neither the issues you raise nor the issues others raise will ever get addressed.

But... They might be giants...

3 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

preaction Re:Unprofessional (369 comments)

I'm sorry that the world is not yet sunshine and light and that we can't just ignore gender issues and sexual orientation issue like we can race issues.

3 days ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

preaction Re:Respect yourself (369 comments)

I'm glad you live in a world without fear where all people can stand up and make a stand for what's right and doing so makes all the evil that humans do go away. I do not live in that world. I live in the real world.

In the real world, if you make a stand, you better be ready to get knocked on your ass. Not everyone wants that. In fact, some people have learned not to stand up, because every time they did, they got knocked on their ass. We call these people victims of abuse.

So, we all came together and said "These things are wrong, so we'll punish people who do them." Now not everyone has to take a stand themselves, alone, we can all stand together (or at least enough of us).

So you've blamed the victim and the victim's parents/upbringing. Strangely, an abuse victim had trouble dealing assertively with a new abusive situation.

Thankfully and correctly, you also blamed the perpetrator, and are raising a daughter that will hopefully never find herself in her own personal Kobayashi Maru.

3 days ago
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

preaction Re:About time (122 comments)

Instead of them printing it, they'll send the instructions to your home maker for a one-time build (or just give you the plans why not?). Instantly.

3 days ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

preaction Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (307 comments)

6/10. You had it until "Trolley McTrollstein". If it had been "Trollface MacTrollerson", you'd get 8/10

4 days ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

preaction Re:Here's an interesting follow-up idea (291 comments)

That's not a lie detector, it's an empathy detector. Tyrell thought he could give androids empathy by giving them memories, but he was mistaken.

about two weeks ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

preaction Re:Here's an interesting follow-up idea (291 comments)

No. Polygraphs measure your involuntary responses. Lying is stressful. Lying to people trying to tell if you're lying even more so. If you believe it, you'll pass the polygraph just fine.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

preaction Re:Fuck Me (552 comments)

I did not say "All you have to do is." I said "That sounds easy to fix", and it is. Reparenting a process to init is a common idiom (fork + setsid, see `man 2 setsid`). (x)inetd is therefore capable of doing it, it just did not because of the constraints at the time.

I am well aware of modern design patterns, but thank you. Dependency resolution during startup is a great idea, but it is also something that could be saved statically (which is _exactly_ what the management people built around init did) because the startup resolution order only changes when something is added or removed from init. So, somehow, for decades, we got by with the "worse" approach.

I don't see how one would need to install X and ghostscript to get a tty, shell, and ls, unless one was using a distribution build by incompetents.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

preaction Re:illegal taxi:$100 Obstruction of justice: jail (299 comments)

You expect the government to uphold a civil contract that charges the government $100,000 in order for the government to do its job enforcing the laws the government passed?

Wow.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

preaction Re:Fuck Me (552 comments)

That sounds like an easily-surmountable technical problem that would leave init simple and delegate this bit to a network-specific thing.

Also, at that point it's not really called a daemon anymore, it's just a program. It's like a CGI script, but for any incoming network connection.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

preaction Re:Fuck Me (552 comments)

You misinterpret me. Something like inetd would solve this problem without systemd. So whatever happened to (x)inetd?

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

preaction Re:Fuck Me (552 comments)

Init starts a daemon that watches for the event. This is how inetd worked. Whatever happened to that?

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

preaction Re:Why the overreaction? (166 comments)

And when the public sees how seriously errors of this nature are treated, it may help turn a negative (a bunch of leaked waste) into a positive (but we've got procedures in place to deal with and ensure the issue does not happen again). Anyone remember Deepwater Horizon anymore?

about two weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

preaction Re:A "new" Idea? (331 comments)

Freenet has had it for even longer.

about two weeks ago
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DuinoKit Helps Teach Students About Electronics (Video)

preaction Re:never heard of the RadioShack kit (61 comments)

I would've killed someone for that thing when I was 7. And I'm only 30 years old.

about three weeks ago
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DuinoKit Helps Teach Students About Electronics (Video)

preaction Re:Speaking of Radio Shack (61 comments)

It's because, turns out, the real estate the company bought is a more stable stream of income than the retail company itself. The company ebbs and flows at a rate related to the human attention span, but the world is not going to be getting bigger any time soon...

about three weeks ago
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Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

preaction Re:History Channel (166 comments)

The problem with American TV is the average American

about three weeks ago
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

preaction Clickbait (130 comments)

a DNN is only interested in the parts of an object that most distinguish it from others.

So it needs to learn that these exact images are tricks being played on it, so it can safely ignore it. This is exactly what machine learning is. What's the story?

about a month ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

preaction Re:Why not push toward collapse? (435 comments)

Pushing Germany to collapse after WW1 was an incredible success! We need more successes like that!

about a month ago

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