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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

shutdown -p now Re:let me correct that for you. (527 comments)

That is not fully true. At least in East Germany you owned things. You could own a car and the furniture in your house.

Soviet doctrine (and the broader Marxist doctrine) distinguishes between "personal property" and "private property". Things like furniture or car would be considered personal property, and hence okay. Land, means of (large-scale) production like workshops and factories etc, would be considered private property if owned, and that was banned. Houses and other things that straddled the line could be treated differently depending on the country and the era.

9 hours ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

shutdown -p now Re:let me correct that for you. (527 comments)

Russia was truly communist for a few years after the Russian revolution, until the Bolsheviks took over and turned everything on its head and forever corrupted the word "communism".

After the first revolution in February, 1917 (the one that saw the tsar abdicate), Russia became a capitalist republic. That lasted for 8 months.

After the second revolution in October, 1917, the power was in the hands of the soviets (councils) of workers and peasants, most of which were under Bolshevik control already.

In 1918, the power was very briefly (and largely nominally) exercised by the Constituent Assembly. It lasted for 13 hours before the Bolsheviks dissolved it.

By the end of 1918, Bolsheviks have purged the only remaining minority party that shared the power with them in the soviets, the left esers.

So, where do the "few years after the Russian revolution" come from?

9 hours ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

shutdown -p now Re:let me correct that for you. (527 comments)

If Communism never actually existed, then what the heck was the deal with USSR, China, E. Germany, Vietnam, North Korea, Cambodia, et al.

They didn't call themselves communist. They had communist parties, which were ostensibly dedicated to the goal of achieving communism - eventually, sometime in the future.

As Soviet joke went, a party lecturer holding a class on dialectic materialism in a remote village said to the audience: "Cheer up, comrades! Communism is on the horizon!"

One of the peasants in the audience raises his hand and asks a question, "Comrade, what is a horizon?"

The lecturer answered, "A horizon is an imaginary line where the sky and the earth seems to meet, which always remains the same distance from us as we walk towards it."

9 hours ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

shutdown -p now Re:let me correct that for you. (527 comments)

While some countries liked to CALL THEMSELVES communist, they were not.

None of those countries actually called themselves "communist", they were all "socialist". Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, for example. Communism, just as you say, was a label for a hypothetical future society that was just around the corner, kinda like fusion.

The one place where you'd see actual communist countries mentioned was in Soviet sci-fi. E.g. in Strugatsky brothers' Noon Universe, its early stages see an economic and scientific competition before the remainder of the Western world, headed by the USA, and the USCR - Union of Soviet Communist Republics - a result of the merger of all socialist states, with USSR and China as two cores, once communism was achieved in them.

10 hours ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

shutdown -p now Re:let me correct that for you. (527 comments)

Yup. The supreme irony is that capitalism did create the conditions for its own demise, as Marx predicted. Where he was wrong is the conditions themselves - he thought that communism would come first, and post-scarcity would only become feasible later. Turned out it's the other way around. Wait and see.

10 hours ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

shutdown -p now Re:The problem is... (171 comments)

You mean the theocrats that are always talking about bringing the US back to its "christian" roots?

These guys don't need smallpox, because they're doing just fine with plain old JDAMs and Tomahawks.

OTOH, when you're equally insane but don't have billions of dollars to piss off on making things go boom, you might start considering extreme but cheap options.

11 hours ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

shutdown -p now Re:This is just a repeat (259 comments)

The company's H1B quota in 2009 was significantly affected by the layoffs. It will likely happen again next year.

It will also affect the ability to sponsor green cards.

13 hours ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

shutdown -p now Re:The problem is... (171 comments)

No one who wasn't literally insane would try to use smallpox as a weapon

There's no shortage of people who are literally insane in politics. Consider what happens if the "Caliphate" gets their hands on some samples.

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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

shutdown -p now Re:How do you (587 comments)

This woman thinks I'm asshole with no self-control for no other reason than because I have a penis.

I've re-read the article, and I couldn't find the part where she's talking about anything like that. Can you cite the relevant part?

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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

shutdown -p now Re:Local testing works? (770 comments)

Yeah - what I meant is that if there was no corresponding capital gains hike, then the uber-rich would hardly even notice, since that's what most of their income tends to be.

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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

shutdown -p now Re:Local testing works? (770 comments)

Here in the UK we had a 50% tax rate imposed on the very richest a few years ago. There were lots of stories about how this was going to drive away people who were successful abroad but in the end it made very little difference

Was it a personal income tax, or a capital gains tax?

I suspect the latter, which would explain why the very richest were not actually bothered all that much.

2 days ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

shutdown -p now Re: meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

The original capture report listed two Buks, according to Ukrainians.

I've no doubt that Russia supplies arms to the rebels, but the source of this particular AA remains unclear, and could be either. Now that it has been hastily removed from the scene, and probably destroyed, I doubt we will ever find out.

4 days ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

shutdown -p now Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

Read these links in order, paying close attention to the dates of each article (use Google/Bing/Yandex Translate if you don't know Russian, it's good enough to understand the meaning). They pretty much answer all the questions: who did it, what they did it with etc. Note that ITAR TASS is the Russian official state media, so while it is obviously propaganda, in this case it only gives credence to the claims, since the result is strikingly not in their favor:

http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunar...
http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunar...
http://www.vz.ru/news/2014/7/1...
http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunar...
http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunar...

4 days ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

shutdown -p now Re:Russia has no choice (503 comments)

There are many other gas suppliers in the region - Azerbaijan is the most obvious one, but then there's Turkmenistan, and hell, why not, even Iran. The trick is building new pipelines such that they don't end up on Russian territory. But that is already in progress.

4 days ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

shutdown -p now Re:Russia has no choice (503 comments)

It's actually a really funny way to word it, because if you ask the rebels, it's not the territory of Ukraine. It's the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic (or is it Novorossiya Federation now?).

4 days ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

shutdown -p now Re:Perhaps but... (751 comments)

It now seems from the reports that they were running the system without the radar installation that it is supposed to be paired with in order to detect targets, and using only the smaller radar on the launcher itself that's only meant to be used for missile guidance. I don't know what the full implications of that are, but I strongly suspect that the smaller radar does not have any means of proper target identification, so they were probably just spotting them visually. A passenger jet flying at 10km would have a silhouette pretty similar to An-26 flying at 5km (which is where the last one that they have downed was flying at).

I just don't see any reason at all for them to knowingly target a passenger plane. There's no military value in it, and, on the other hand, it's a PR nightmare for them, and might actually prompt Europe to enact tighter sanctions, and for US to start giving direct military aid.

4 days ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

shutdown -p now Re:To me it's pretty clear. (503 comments)

The sad story of the Odessa fire is that the people who were actually responsible for earlier violence have all got away - they either didn't retreat to that building in the first place, or quickly vacated through the back windows when they saw the fire. The ones who burned or choked to death in the building were anti-Maidan sympathizers, but none of them were of the violent kind (at least, there's no evidence implicating any of them).

4 days ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

shutdown -p now Re:Propaganda won't help this time (503 comments)

It's "the USA", because the long form is "the United States of America". "The" here attaches to the "states", not to the entire name of the country.

Similarly, in "the UK", "the" is attached to the "kingdom"; and in "the USSR", it's "the union".

The Netherlands is a bit less obvious because people don't usually know the full name of the country. It's "The Kingdom of the Netherlands", and "the Netherlands" is just a geographic region - it literally means "the low lands", for obvious reasons.

In case of Ukraine, it's a bit trickier. The etymology of the word itself is from Old East Slavic "oukraina", which literally means "area at the edge" ("ou" - "at", "krai" - "edge"). When applied to geographic places and countries, it's the same as English "march", German "mark", or Polish "kresy" - i.e. "borderland", a region of some larger territory that is on the frontier. Which, of course, is what Ukraine was for Muscovite Rus - the borderlands with Poles, Ottomans, Crimean Tatars, and numerous small raiding steppe tribes; a place where life is harsh and violent, but there's no rigid state hierarchy;a place where criminals, runaway serfs, and anyone else who wanted to escape the oppression in Muscovy or Poland-Lithuania would go to join cossacks, because "there's no extradition from Don", as cossacks themselves put it.

Now, if you use it literally, as a descriptive term, then in English you'd put the "the" there - a literal translation of Russian "okraina Rossii" would be "the borderlands of Russia". So saying "the Ukraine" is basically saying that the country is the borderlands (by implication, of some other country). When you drop the "the", you are basically dropping the etymological baggage, and accepting the name as a proper name in its own right.

Depending on the language, this same distinction can manifest itself differently. For example, Russian doesn't have articles, but it has two different prepositions, "v" and "na" (roughly equivalent to "in" and "on" in English). The equivalent of saying "in the Ukraine" in Russian is "na Ukraine", and the equivalent of saying "in Ukraine" (without the "the") is "v Ukraine". Similarly to English, the "the"-equivalent form has been the literary standard for several centuries now, and is commonly used, but Ukrainians don't like it and prefer that the other form is used. This often results in lengthy flamewars on forums, Wikipedia etc.

4 days ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

shutdown -p now Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

Most of the rebels there are people who served in the Soviet military (most as conscripts, some as volunteers) years ago - some of them might have served on this very thing.

More likely is that it's some of the people with past combat experience. A lot of volunteers coming from Russia are veterans of Afghan and Chechen wars.

4 days ago

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Microsoft adds Node.js support to Visual Studio

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  about 8 months ago

shutdown -p now (807394) writes "Coming from the team that had previously brought you Python Tools for Visual Studio, Microsoft has announced Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, with the release of the first public alpha. NTVS is the official extension for Visual Studio that adds support for Node.js, including editing with Intellisense, debugging, profiling, and the ability to deploy Node.js websites to Windows Azure. An overview video showcases the features, and Scott Hanselman has a detailed walkthrough.

The project is open source under Apache License 2.0. While the extension is published by Microsoft, it is a collaborative effort involving Microsoft, Red Gate (which previously had a private beta version of similar product called Visual Node), and individual contributors from the Node.js community."

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Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.0 Beta Released

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  1 year,26 days

shutdown -p now (807394) writes "My team at Microsoft, which works on Python Tools for Visual Studio — a free, open source extension for Visual Studio that adds support for Python to that IDE — has just shipped a beta version of the upcoming 2.0 release with numerous new features and improvements.

PTVS supports most Python interpreters including CPython, advanced code completion, debugging, and profiling. Some highlights of this release are mixed-mode debugging of Python and C/C++ code with integrated call stacks, stepping and breakpoints; the ability to remotely attach to and debug Python programs running on Linux and OS X; and Django support with ability to conveniently deploy Django websites and services to Windows Azure.

PTVS works with Visual Studio 2010, 2012 and 2013 Preview, as well as the free Visual Studio Shell."

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Code from Microsoft submitted to jQuery

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 3 years ago

shutdown -p now (807394) writes "Microsoft has previously announced its support for jQuery JavaScript client framework when it started bundling it with Visual Studio back in 2008. Since then, Microsoft developers, in direct cooperation with the core jQuery team and the community, have developed three new plugins — Templates, DataLink and Globalization. Today, this contribution has finally found its way upstream into the main jQuery code base, and will be included into the upcoming 1.5 release. As all other jQuery code, the plugins are dual-licensed under MIT and GPLv2, making it another rare case of Microsoft contributing code to an Open Source project under the GPL."
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Windows Phone 7 Series - Developer Perspective

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 4 years ago

shutdown -p now writes "As previously promised, at MIX10 developer conference, Microsoft has released details about the development side of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series.

It is now confirmed that two frameworks for application development will be XNA for games and game-like fullscreen, high-performance applications, and a subset of Silverlight 3 for everything else. Both frameworks support managed .NET code only — no native (C++) code support. Furthermore, the applications are sandboxed, and "unsafe" functionality, such as P/Invoke, is not available. A fairly detailed set of UI guidelines for developers has been made available as well.

The integrated web browser is claimed to be based on Internet Explorer 7 engine with some extra features, such as proper XHTML support.

An single centralized store will be available, called the Marketplace. It will include both applications and other media (such as music). The Marketplace will be the only way to install applications onto the phone (though, supposedly, "enterprise customers" will have some workaround). There will be an approval process for publishing applications on the Marketplace, and, aside from filtering out malware, it will also require that applications are "generally good taste excluding pornography, hateful/inflammatory speech, and gratuitous violence".

On the hardware side, the specifications will be tightly controlled for the benefit of developers. A standard set of hardware buttons is mandated on all phones ("Back", "Home" and "Search"). Screen size is limited to two standard resolutions: 320x480, and 480x800, and touchscreen must be capacitive, with at least 4-point multi-touch. Other requirements hardware requirements include 3D acceleration, GPS, and accelerometer.

Unlike past mobile SDK releases from Microsoft, a free version of development tools for Windows Phone will be available, named "Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone". A preview of that is presently available, complete with an emulator. In the future, a mobile-oriented version of Expression Blend 4, a designer-centric development tool, will also be available."

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Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 Released, Supports ODF

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shutdown -p now writes "On April, 2008, Microsoft has released service pack 2 for Microsoft Office 2007. Among other changes, it includes the earlier-promised support for ODF text documents and spreadsheets, featured prominently on the "Save As" menu alongside Office Open XML and the legacy Office 97-2007 formats. It is also possible to configure Office applications to use ODF as the default format for new documents.

In addition, the service pack also includes "Save as PDF" out of the box, and better Firefox support by SharePoint."

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ISO publishes final Open XML specification

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shutdown -p now writes "ISO/IEC 29500:2008, better known as Office Open XML, is now a published ISO International Standard. Major changes since last public drafts include splitting the standard into "strict conformance" and "transitional conformance" parts, with all the Microsoft Office compatibility hacks going into the latter, "for Office Open XML consumers and producers that comply to the transitional conformance category ... provide support for legacy Microsoft Office applications". The complete standard, including the transitional part, is still rather unwieldy at 7,228 pages; of those, the transitional elements take up only 1,475 pages.

In addition, the ISO press release explicitly references something called "Microsoft Office 2008" at least one time. Presumably, it would be a Microsoft Office release fully compliant with the newly released specification in its final form; however, there haven't been any announcements from Microsoft about a product named "Office 2008" yet."

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Exploits generated autpmatically from patches

shutdown -p now shutdown -p now writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shutdown -p now writes "A group of researchers wrote a paper (PDF) on automatic generation of exploits from security patches. It works by performing flow analysis on the code that is changed by the code to find the boundary conditions that lead to vulnerability in an unpatched version. It's not just theory, either: they have successfully generated exploits for 5 known vulnerabilities in Microsoft products using their algorithm. The authors note that a successful attack using this method is particularly likely when vendor deliberately delays releasing security patches to the general public, to push them in a single bundle on a regular schedule — as is the case with Windows Update and its infamous Patch Tuesday."
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