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JSTOR an Entitlement For US DoJ's Ortiz & Holder

rbmyers Re:Of course, so many from Wall St have gone to ja (287 comments)

That was because of taxes and because they were insane enough to think that Americans would be dumb enough to fall for Mitt Romney.

Make no mistake. Obama 2008 was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wall Street. He expected raising money from them to be just as easy the second time around, because he had done everything they asked. They wanted more.

I've spent so much time publicly cataloging the long list of lies, grotesque appointments, and errors of omission and commission that I'm not going to repeat them for a quoter of irrelevant statistics such as you are.

The Dow was down 313 points the day after Obama was elected. They had bet on the wrong horse the second time around. Why haven't we seen a temperamental fit of reprisal from Obama? Why should he bother? He won't be running again. People who embarrass him, though, like Aaron Swartz, Bradley Manning, and Julian Assange,...now there's something worth getting worked up over.

The REALLY grotesque irony is that Romneybot would have been a disaster for Wall Street. As it is, we never saw meaningful Wall Street reform and we never will, for reasons that have been crisply explained by others.

about 2 years ago
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JSTOR an Entitlement For US DoJ's Ortiz & Holder

rbmyers Of course, so many from Wall St have gone to jail (287 comments)

What baloney. Prosecutors make decisions about whom to go after and for what all the time. The law is the law is just total BS.

I will repeat, so I can be labeled as flamebait again, that the real culprit here is Mr. Unequal Justice himself, the POTUS and his slimy DoJ, of which the Boston prosecutors are just cogs in a smoke manufacturing machine.

about 2 years ago
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After Aaron Swartz's Death, the Focus Now Falls On the Prosecutors

rbmyers Re:Look to the White House (430 comments)

You're so f**king smart. I voted FOR President-for-Life Obama. My stocks are doing great. Romneytwit would have been a disaster for Wall Street. I really, truly think the money people lost their minds in the election cycle. Your consummate mastery of popular wisdom and the single entendre is simply stunning.

about 2 years ago
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After Aaron Swartz's Death, the Focus Now Falls On the Prosecutors

rbmyers Re:Look to the White House (430 comments)

I can't believe I just replied to someone who thinks that owning a Blackbarry demonstrated a mastery of technology. Maybe it is time to take me away. He got what all the other cool dudes were getting, that's all, which is probably how you do technology, too.

about 2 years ago
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After Aaron Swartz's Death, the Focus Now Falls On the Prosecutors

rbmyers Re:Look to the White House (430 comments)

Barack Obama was and is the bought and paid-for stooge of Wall Street, none of whose really bad guys have gotten even a slap on the wrist. One of them became Secretary of the Treasury. To show what a tough guy he is, he bombs the s**t out of people who can't shoot back and makes sure that people who do things like Occupy Wall Street, cooperate with Wikileaks, or do anything that embarrasses him, are treated harshly. As to what you do or do not know about Chicago politics, or its history with Presidential elections, not to mention your ability to evaluate mental health, stick to your day job. As to his mastery of technology, you'd have done better to have cited his election day performance, which actually demonstrates an understanding of how to use technology to do direct marketing. For a president, we have a fantastic call center director with a really mean streak, which most call center directors do have.

about 2 years ago
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After Aaron Swartz's Death, the Focus Now Falls On the Prosecutors

rbmyers Look to the White House (430 comments)

1. Don't ever cross or embarrass Barack Obama. 2. Don't use technology, about which he knows nothing except how to pick up the phone and order another drone kill. 3. If you intend to do something illegal, and you failed to give POTUS or his agent hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in advance, you are going to be in big trouble. And do look at the treatment of Bradley Manning. Can't blame that on Boston prosecutors. "Don 't get mad. Get even," said one of the also Chicago-mob-connected Kennedys. It's how they do business there. This all has little or nothing to do with a couple of twits in Boston and everything to do with President-for-Life Obama, with perhaps the continuation of millions of dollars in defense contracts for MIT Lincoln Labs thrown in.

about 2 years ago
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US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

rbmyers Charles M. Vest (656 comments)

May he never again have a good night's sleep, and my his name live forever in infamy.

Robert B. Myers
MIT, SB '72 Course VIII

about 2 years ago
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Does Even Amazing Partisan Tech Deserve Applause?

rbmyers Getting out the vote is Democracy 101 (209 comments)

And politicians since time immemorial have used any method they could conceive of to do it. I scanned the posts quickly to see if anyone had already stated this very, very, very basic fact about democracy.

Voter turnout among young and minority voters has been a big problem for the Democratic party for a long time. The GOP tried to make it an even bigger problem. The Democrats used technology to solve a real problem in one of the most basic realities of democracy: what voters think doesn't matter unless they actually vote. Romney was astonished that he lost only because he expected the Democratic voter turnout problem (along with dirty tricks) to win it for him. What a shock. Democracy won, and technology helped. Yes. That's news.

about 2 years ago
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$250 Chromebook With Ubuntu Linux Is Very Fast

rbmyers Re:Now that ARM is faster than Atom... (117 comments)

Ok, so I noticed that one system is apparently using a solid state disk and the other a conventional disk.

Given that the limiting bottleneck of a notebook with a decent processor is almost always the disk subystem, I stopped reading. Did I miss something?

about 2 years ago
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Spreadsheet Blamed For UK Rail Bid Fiasco

rbmyers Re:WTF (125 comments)

Let all of us who are old enough raise a glass to toast the days when people who wrote programs, who rarely referred to themselves as programmers, understood full well that they didn't know what they were doing and were going to make mistakes.

more than 2 years ago
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Training Cops To Use Social Media Information

rbmyers What kind of training do cops need? (51 comments)

They are already the most effective street thugs and panty sniffers in society. They don't need the help of social media.

more than 2 years ago
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Bad Software Runs the World

rbmyers Re:It's a big world (349 comments)

Spoken like a witness from Microsoft arguing for more H1-B visas. Slashdot is dominated by software types, and if the world is run by bad software, I don't know why you would look for a hard-hitting and insightful discussion of the subject on slashdot.

The old-timers, the ones who weren't born into a world of smug software fantasy, know that good and reliable software is not only hard, it is expensive, and that "See, it works" must be scrutinized very closely and sometimes at great cost.

The whole situation is a perfect storm: the cost of doing it right is high, the moment of truth is often delayed in time, and blame for the mess too hard to pin down to prevent recurrences by prominently displaying a few severed heads near the Tower of London.

more than 2 years ago
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GPU Supercomputer Could Crunch Exabyte of Data Daily For Square Kilometer Array

rbmyers Re:GPU I/O bandwidth? (40 comments)

The previous post should have said bytes/flop, but it hardly matters. I've had the conversation with the people who matter, and flops are just a helluva lot cheaper than bytes per second, and no one is the wiser when the Top 500 list comes out.

more than 2 years ago
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GPU Supercomputer Could Crunch Exabyte of Data Daily For Square Kilometer Array

rbmyers Re:GPU I/O bandwidth? (40 comments)

Yes, and the pervasive use of GPU's will actually make the flops/byte bisection bandwidth problem worse. Actually, almost no one talks about bisection bandwidth any longer because the numbers are already embarrassingly small.

more than 2 years ago
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GPU Supercomputer Could Crunch Exabyte of Data Daily For Square Kilometer Array

rbmyers Faux Supercomputers (40 comments)

"One of the project heads said that graphics cards could be cut out for the job because of their high I/O and core count, adding that a conventional CPU-based supercomputer doesn't have the necessary I/O bandwidth to do the work." And maybe one of these days even the national labs will realize that billions and billions of CPU's that can barely talk to one another do not a supercomputer make.

more than 2 years ago
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Political Science Prof Asks: Is Algebra Necessary?

rbmyers Re:Professors are obsolete (1010 comments)

Perhaps we could put our collective wisdom to the task of finding ways to weed out people like the author of the article earlier.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot. Best Online Science Course?

rbmyers Re:There is value in "shallow" learning (166 comments)

If you have the requisite math to understand the cited Wikipedia article, the presentation is clear and concise. If you don't have the requisite math, I have no idea what could be done for you. This all reminds me of a fellow TA in a different department complaining that his undergraduates students at the well-regarded State U wanted math to be like Sesame Street. I doubt very much if the nations that are consistently outperforming the US on math and science exams are pandering to such a desire from students. If you wind up reporting to a high-level bureaucrat or manager who doesn't understand the subject matter he or she is overseeing, you can thank "broad strokes" education, I'm sure.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued Over IPO

rbmyers Re:Fuck 'em. (445 comments)

Whatever happened to Peter Lynch's advice that you should invest in businesses you understand, and where are all the people at Slashdot who supposedly understand the computer business? Everything is going mobile, and that's changing everything. Processor design. Screen size. Advertising strategies. Even bets on the prospects for Intel and ARM. You didn't need a call from a stock analyst to tell you that mobile was potentially a game-changer for Facebook. Okay, so I pay attention to processors, but even I knew that only obstinate blindness would have kept you from seeing that Facebook and its investment bankers wanted to rush the IPO in before the mobile problem was spelled out in foot-high letters. You bought in not knowing that and hoping for a predictable IPO pop? That's exactly what the investment bankers were counting on.

more than 2 years ago

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Facebook censors posts not directy related to occu

rbmyers rbmyers writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rbmyers (587296) writes "I shared a link from the LA Times, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2011/12/tahrir-egypt-protest.html, about police brutality to demonstrators in Egypt, on Facebook and asked rhetorically why we were having no such demonstrations here. That link remains. All of the comments to the link, none of which contain the flag-word "occupy," were deleted within minutes by facebook. The first comment by a friend was that we haven't been repressed long enough. My response was that my friend was too young by about ten years to remember cities in flames and protesters against the Vietnam War being beaten and killed. The third comment, which I never got to read, was from my one right-wing Facebook friend. The censorship had to have been performed by humans. I followed up with a snotty post about the Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg and freedom of speech. They haven't pulled that down...yet. Oh, brave new world."
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I only read slashdot firehose

rbmyers rbmyers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rbmyers writes "Has anyone but me found slashdot firehose to be far more useful than slashdot itself? Many of the most interesting stories never make it past firehose, and the discussion on slashdot itself is rarely interesting to me. The moderation system on slashdot produces results that seem to border on the bizarre. Sophomoric jokes routinely get high ratings while posts with real information or an important clarification get buried in the noise. In rare instances, I'll go to the main slashdot page, but I'm usually disappointed."

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