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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

sideslash Re:Maybe citizens saw duplicity? (451 comments)

For every study that suggests (or is construed to suggest even though it clearly doesn't) that climate change isn't occurring there's at least a hundred that says it is.

Ummmm, I think there are zero serious scientific studies that claim that climate change isn't occurring. Most people are aware that the climate has always been changing. You know, ice ages and so forth.

You know what I find hilarious? Just for making this observation, many people will peg me as a "climate change denier".

2 days ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

sideslash Don't stop there (404 comments)

How about:

* Mein Kampf
* Protocols of the Elders of Zion
* The Turner Diaries
* Anarchist's Cookbook
* Or one of these fine titles

Make no mistake, I'm not endorsing any of these books. Just pointing out that there's nothing either heroic or difficult about recommending historically banned books that aren't banned anymore, and in fact are widely read in public high schools. However, if a student was caught today reading some of the above books, they might be directed to remedial counselling and in some cases be expelled. Heck, every now and then a kid in the news draws a picture of a gun in school, or eat their slice of bread into the shape of a gun, and is suspended. If you want to highlight today's censorship, that's a much more fruitful area to harp about than a bunch of books that were occasionally banned 50 or 100 years ago.

/rant

about a week ago
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IOCCC 2014 Now In Progress

sideslash IOCCC again? (14 comments)

These IOCCC conferences always come up with more and more global warming alarmism, hurricane warnings, hockey sticks, polar bear extinctions, and the list goes on. Can't they give it a rest? And what about this pause, why don't they talk about that?

Huh? What? Oh. Sorry, carry on.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

sideslash Glow in the dark coffee (167 comments)

Let's do it for science.

about a month ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

sideslash Yawn, already debunked (116 comments)

This whole thing was just a big prank, and there was no crime involved.

Sincerely,
Sundance Vacations

about a month ago
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Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

sideslash Re:All about the brand (132 comments)

Certainly it would be unfair of me to say that all of my professors had a stilted and artificially narrow grading process. Some of them were very much as you describe and no doubt put a lot of effort into doing it right. Cheers!

about a month ago
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Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

sideslash All about the brand (132 comments)

I have dealt with App Store rejections on various projects, and it was quite a culture shock coming from the desktop development world. In many ways it reminded me of college. Giving the right answer is not important per se, but rather just providing the answer you know the professor/grader wants to hear. As a programmer, it rankles me for someone else to dictate major issues of app architecture that touch on quality in a debatable way.

But it's their way or the highway if you want to sell to iOS users. And yes, you do want to sell to iOS users. Android users never spend any money. /slight-exaggeration

about a month ago
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Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

sideslash Re:let 4chan have a go (134 comments)

The one guy had a British accent, so I'm pretty sure no dentist in the picture. /justkiddingcantyoulimeystakeajoke

about a month ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

sideslash Re:One person's definition of "troll" ... (457 comments)

Even that is problematic. When people debate the most contentious issues, they tend to talk past each other and just repeat their side's talking points -- which are meaningless to the other side, due to lacking a common frame of reference in the debate. Bottom line, it would be way too easy to say that someone you disagree with is "unwilling to debate or defend that opinion" even though the other person thinks they are doing exactly that. It's almost like certain abstract topics themselves are the trolls, and both of the people are along for the ride in such a conversation.

about a month and a half ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

sideslash Re:Fucking Obama (457 comments)

I think moderators flagged this post before reading the whole thing -- the troll bits are obviously humor and the second half does express a serious and on-topic opinion.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

sideslash Automated notice not necessary here (368 comments)

In my state, only one party needs to be aware of a recorded conversation, and it's perfectly fine for that to be the person doing the recording.

about a month and a half ago
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Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits

sideslash Re:So many problems (118 comments)

Forgot to mention: any official policy that the US would disclose the purchased security vulnerabilities would be a sham. They would undoubtedly hang onto the most important/useful ones for some period of time. Lying is not an aberration at the TLA's, it's more like their job description.

about 2 months ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

sideslash Re:Well I guess it's time (99 comments)

Fair enough, thanks for commenting. I enjoy beating up on ACs, hope you take no (major) offense. :)

about 2 months ago
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Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

sideslash Re:Oh, god (175 comments)

Interesting. At least I don't have false negatives on my Yahoo account, as I get hundreds per day. I don't take the time to look for false positives, and I agree that would stink.

about 2 months ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

sideslash Re:Well I guess it's time (99 comments)

For me to bite the bullet and get an android phone. No way am I going to get a windows phone again and risk it going out of support within a year or two.

Yeah, I definitely believe that this AC uses an old WP7 phone. They just exude credibility, and there's nothing fake or phony about their outrage whatsoever. Given that you can pick up an Android off Ebay for peanuts that will run circles around an old WP7 device and support a lot more apps to boot...

about 2 months ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

sideslash Re:WP7 was a limited platform (99 comments)

It's easy to forget the WP7 is a 1.0 product, but I do feel sorry for the people who have phones running that OS.

Remember, a lot of non-savvy people opted for WP7 based on the name of Microsoft. They will be shocked to find Skype missing.

Eh, WP7 is old. I don't think people will be that shocked. They should feel guilty for being so far behind the times, and give all their money to a smartphone manufacturer right away. /sarc

about 2 months ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

sideslash WP7 was a limited platform (99 comments)

I'm sure somebody at Microsoft is annoyed at this, but the Skype devs are probably relieved to stop supporting it. It's easy to forget that WP7 was essentially a 1.0 product. It was a restart from Windows Mobile 6.5, and very limited versus concurrent Android and iOS. With WP8 and 8.1 they've been getting up to speed nicely. I still want to see better third party Bluetooth support for devs, though.

about 2 months ago
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Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits

sideslash So many problems (118 comments)

1. Exploit sellers will turn around and secretly sell the same goods to other parties regardless of any agreement they signed with the US government.

2. This will inflate the sale price and create perverse incentives to inject defects to "discover" and sell them later.

3. The government is really bad at pretty much everything it does. Some of it is necessary stuff so we tolerate it, but c'mon, this isn't!

4. Everybody is mad at the NSA for its misbehavior and spying on Americans/the world right now -- is this really the best time to remind people that the US government wants to collect tools to hack everybody?

about 2 months ago
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Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

sideslash Re:Oh, god (175 comments)

My comments were re: general usability. I don't know that I've lost email, and my message history goes back to 2000. Hmmm, this is disturbing, will have to research this some more. Do you have any specifics about how it happened, or did stuff just disappear?

about 2 months ago

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