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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

pscottdv Re:666 (753 comments)

Yes, I went totally cashless about ten years ago, and still lament the loss of my freedom.

You are confusing a cashless individual with cashless society, i.e. a society where anonymous transactions are not just not common, but not possible. While I don't agree that such a society guarantees a loss of freedom, I do agree that IN such a society, loss of freedom becomes much more likely.

about two weeks ago
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Walter Munk's Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment

pscottdv Re:Happens every day (55 comments)

What I'm not quite buying is the idea of a wind fetch in the Indian ocean sending a swell to California (or Mexico), since it would be entirely blocked by Australia.

Or focused. Just sayin'

about two weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

pscottdv Re:why? (346 comments)

:-)

about three weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

pscottdv Re:why? (346 comments)

You're analogy is great. Now imagine GS calls the post-office and asks them to pull a letter out of your box. What is the proper response of the postmaster?

about three weeks ago
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Up To a Quarter of California Smog Comes From China

pscottdv Re:Pollution from China (259 comments)

...there's historical precedent for going to war in order to be able to 'write off' debt.

Oh, well that's OK then.

about 6 months ago
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Docker 0.7 Runs On All Linux Distributions

pscottdv Re:Awesome! (88 comments)

As far as I can tell it's a chroot jail with limitations.

about 8 months ago
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Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought

pscottdv Physics Has Had to Deal With the Same Issue (445 comments)

When I was in physics, we had the same problem. In a freshman class of 20 or so students, there would be 2 or 3 women. By graduation there would only be 5-10 men left and no women.

I asked one of the women that started the year after I did why she switched to math. She said that we guys all got together to work problem sets in the dorms while she had to do hers alone (the college offered limited opportunities for men and women to visit each-other's dorms at the time). This surprised me as I always did my sets alone.

This was back in the 80s.

Just last week I had a chance to visit the same college and sit in a senior-level quantum lecture offered by my favorite professor. I was pleased to see that there were three women to six men. Still not parity, but much improved!

about 8 months ago
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Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

pscottdv Everyone Here is Missing the Real Problem (670 comments)

The real problem is this country's insane War on Drugs. The logic for it is truly perverse:

1. People who use drugs are often willing to commit crimes to feed their habit such as theft and robbery.
2. Therefore, we'll clamp down people selling drugs.
3. But people who exhibit behavior X tend to be drug dealers so we'll clamp down on behavior X.
4. But people who exhibit behavior Y tend to exhibit behavior X so we'll clamp down on behavior Y.
5. None of this is working, so we'll use SWAT teams and Dogs and Really Harsh Sentencing for people who exhibit behavior Y.

Meanwhile, when someone steals from me or robs me the cops tell me, "There really isn't much we can do about it so I hope you have insurance. We are much to busy catching drug dealers to worry about minor crimes like this."

about 8 months ago
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Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

pscottdv Re:Just hold on now (519 comments)

So now she's being abused by two shady websites.

about 8 months ago
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Scientists Says Jellyfish Are Taking Over the Oceans

pscottdv Getting them out of the way... (274 comments)

I, for one, welcome our new jellyfish overlords.

I Soviet Russia, jellyfish sting you! wait.. that one doesn't work.

and of course:

frist post! posted from my raspberry pi.

about 9 months ago
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Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

pscottdv Re:locations (284 comments)

Stop applying logic to my favorite useless gripe.

about 9 months ago
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Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

pscottdv Re:locations (284 comments)

Well, and the whole football name criticism is a bit disingenuous as well.

In America, technically it's American Gridiron Football

"American" and "Gridiron" make sense. But "Football?" The players feet hardly ever contact the ball. And it's not even a ball.

about 9 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

pscottdv Re:poor question.. but... (663 comments)

The equation was to clarify things. Nobody expects from a 1st grader to fully grasp the concept and to be able to set up a an algebraic equation.

Yes. Your equation does clarify things. That's my point. Problem 1 doesn't provide the equation, it provides a bunch of unrelated images from which the student must infer the equation.

about 9 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

pscottdv Re:poor question.. but... (663 comments)

Right. So kids who have attended one and one-half month of first grade are expected to set up a simple algebraic equation from a picture problem with confusing iconography and then solve for x.

Sounds age appropriate...

about 9 months ago
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Pen Testers Break Into Gov't Agency With Fake Social Media ID

pscottdv So, they didn't really penetrate anything (109 comments)

Presumably this attractive 28 year old female would have to eventually show up in person with ID for an interview or at least an employee badge, right? How did they plan to handle that part of the "penetration"?

about 9 months ago
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The Case Against Gmail

pscottdv Re:iGoogle Disaster (435 comments)

Bingo!

Microsoft cripples its own product to make a competing service that less useful than their own. It's like Windows vs. Dr. DOS all over again. Microsoft hasn't changed their play book in 25 years.

about 9 months ago
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How Kentucky Built the Country's Best ACA Exchange

pscottdv Re:KY gets it (333 comments)

The bells and whistles in those cases are perhaps more to generate buzz among non-nerds. .

I don't believe that for a second. Non-nerds want an attractive page to look at and a design that works well. Most AJAX I see looks to me like someone is padding his or her réumé.

about 9 months ago

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Popular Video Site Hulu Appears To Have Been Hacked

pscottdv pscottdv writes  |  about 2 years ago

pscottdv writes "It would appear that the popular video site, Hulu has been hacked. Many of the links on the site have been modified to point to the domain of the Pirate Party of the Netherlands, piratenpartij.nl. For example, the link from the "Most Popular Shows" page to the page for "The Outer Limits" was presented as: http://www.hulu.com.proxy.piratenpartij.nl/outer-limits."
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Livna Repository Unreachable

pscottdv pscottdv writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pscottdv writes "The livna repository for Fedora appears to be down. Attempts to contact the mirrorlist at livna result in a 403 Forbidden error. Livna is (or was) a repository with the sole purpose of hosting the legally questionable libdvdcss package. Will it now become difficult for Fedora users to play DVDs?"
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HP to Open Source WebOS

pscottdv pscottdv writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pscottdv (676889) writes "This year the artists formerly known as Palm had quite a rough few months with HP dumping the hardware side of their own webOS mobile computing platform – their most recent move, having been announced just last month, is live today: open sourced webOS for all. While the actual main product which will be known as Open webOS 1.0 will not be released until September, they’ve already got the Enyo piece of the pie available today."
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pscottdv pscottdv writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pscottdv (676889) writes "An Astronaut is being charged with attempted kidnapping. I was under the impression that Astronauts went through extensive psychological screening to make sure people living together in small steel tubes in outer space don't go nuts.

Does an incident like this warn against possible problems with long-term missions such as manned exploration of Mars?"

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