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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

smoothnorman soooo..?.. (622 comments)

...don't blame the victim (which is generally a good policy) because their benefit/risk estimation wasn't erroneous? I don't want to blame Jennifer Lawrence (as she seems to want to blame all those cursed with natural interests) but that she would've normally seen a benefit to her actions doesn't seem to directly address blame in any sense. Perhaps this ethical argument requires a simpler "ipso facto" tacked on the end for us stupid folks which are missing the connection between benefit and blame.

about a week ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

smoothnorman Re:tldr; why is blood the perpetrator's? (135 comments)

So yer say'n the ripper perferred prostitutes who were formerly choir castrati ...i like the way you think! (that's much more cunning that your theory, Watson, that the pimp got in the way of the ripper's blade)

about a month and a half ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

smoothnorman Re:tldr; why is blood the perpetrator's? (135 comments)

And, of course, it's inconceiveable that there were cross-dressing prostitutes during that period..?

about a month and a half ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

smoothnorman tldr; why is blood the perpetrator's? (135 comments)

it's probably after the link somewhere, but one useful explanation in this summary would be why DNA analysis of the blood:

employed DNA analysis on the blood-soaked shawl of one of the Ripper's victims, and has declared it in a new book an unambiguous match with

wouldn't just reveal the identity of the victim. ("y'see, it was a man's- blood!" "y'see the ripper had cut 'imself shav'n that morning" "y'see the worker girl she had 'er own knife a'course")

about a month and a half ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

smoothnorman achtung! fertig.. los! (701 comments)

hey, anything with "achtung" in it is pretty attention getting

about 3 months ago
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Telcos Move Net Neutrality Fight To Congress

smoothnorman article summary didn't really summarize... (52 comments)

let's imagine that a majority of Slashdot readers is in favor of net neutrality -and- typically doesn't want to click to grind through to get the gist.

"House members plan to try and add an amendment to H.R. 5016 the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act to block funding of FCC network neutrality rules. so since the "FCC's (current proposed) network neutrality rules" suck, then we -want- this plan to add an amendment to succeed? or... since "Public Knowledge is asking citizens to tell Congress to stop meddling with net neutrality." we should instead want congress to leave the FCC alone (and its current commissioner, Tom Wheeler, fresh from the telecom industry)

please explain, in simple terms, on which side we "news for nerds" ought to feel about this news item!

about 3 months ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

smoothnorman Re:immigrant taxi owner? (139 comments)

They do in Seattle and SF and Chicago at least (often, but not always Sikhs). they started as drivers and now own a medallion. often they are paying off loans for it. and along comes Bezos backed Uber...

the cities demanded that they buy them to do business. now some of these cities are negotiating with Uber. how does your trusting immigrant business owner feel now?

about 3 months ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

smoothnorman Uber astroturfing marches on... (139 comments)

Where's the posting which shows that Uber, which is bank-rolled against the small time (typically immigrant) taxi owner, is now coupled with ALEC ("the notoriously evil American Legislative Exchange Council" aka Koch brothers)?: http://slog.thestranger.com/sl...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

smoothnorman Fight fire with a camouflage conflagration (148 comments)

Establish a side-line where you manufacture credible 'DMOA' legalistic take-down threats to -all- users of a hosting service (for you know every "thief doth fear each bush an officer") and, of course, copy the host's office themselves. Hide ye in the vast underbrush of your own making; because, really that's all the DMCA is, is a bully for hire.

about 4 months ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

smoothnorman a fair price for a biased product... (270 comments)

...is not a worthy goal. Robert McMillen is essentially saying "the market is historically uncompetitive" (and thus broken) "but that's not the point" (i always love it when people tell me that their point is the point) "you should be able to receive [only] that broken product at a fair price". If he actually believes and understands what he's saying then he's promoting a system of government supported monopolistic and anti-capitalistic cronyism. (i'll leave it to Godwin to apply a label to that system)

about 4 months ago
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Book Review: Hacking Point of Sale

smoothnorman Re:i'm so *old* i recall when hacking meant... (56 comments)

man, where did that come from? cuz my horse could hardly be lower. (my offhand remark even included the notion that "Language Changes". which couldn't be more true)

about 5 months ago
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Book Review: Hacking Point of Sale

smoothnorman i'm so *old* i recall when hacking meant... (56 comments)

...making something functional with less than optimum resources (cf MacGyver, bodge-up, gerryrig, uzw). which preceded the notion of "one who gains unauthorized access to computers" by oh... perhaps a whole !@#n seven years.

here's another current worthy tome which supports that earlier notion, and thus causes undue confusion: Hacker's Delight, which gets down to the hardware bits with some amazing cycle optimizations

about 5 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

smoothnorman Re:yes really (634 comments)

yep. along with all the rest of the BLAS, EISPACK, CERNLAB, MINPACK, SOFA, ATLAS, EIGEN, ... and even the comparatively more recent Bioinformatics cores.. BLAST, BLAT, ...

I really don't understand the "scientific computing .. almost all new software is written in C++" comes from. It's all become Python (and Perl before that) calling old libraries at the scientific meetings i've attended. (but i suppose YMMV)

about 5 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

smoothnorman Re:It's the right tool for the job (634 comments)

mod the above up please (i'm fresh out of mod points), because that's it in a nutshell. Fortran was designed for science/engineering work. And here's something that a majority of computer-science mavins never seem to grasp. In academia, at least, the use of a program is often relatively ad-hoc, and for the life of the publication. they need to have lots of numerical stuff down by easily references libraries, then handed off to their (poor) dost-docs/grad-students to study for their own one-off programming purposes. That is, the next vital program will have little to do with the previous except for those same well referenced peer-reviewed linked-to numerical libraries. Does that sound like a perfect use (model) of Clojure or Haskell to you? (yes yes you in the back, i know you brush your teeth with monads, but you're the rare case). Haskell and friends force you to think a lot up front for gains at the rear-end, but with much of academic programming there's no rear-end.

about 5 months ago
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Erik Meijer: The Curse of the Excluded Middle

smoothnorman functional programming catch-22 (237 comments)

to interact with an imperfect world one needs monads. to have monads is to compromise functional programming. ipso-facto-quod-splut: i always did rarther fancy Fortran. (hsst: don't tell anyone, but Forth is the -only- way to go, (and by 'go' i don't mean "Go" (or "Dart")))

about 6 months ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

smoothnorman Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (54 comments)

this is what it does: It provides the necessary software to support a private, possibly semi-secure, social network. Think: Facebook, but small and secret, presumably to protect your membership from an oppressive large authority.

(this post is a traditional trick to get someone who actually can answer this sensible question to become so enraged by this incorrect reply that their activation energy is achieved and we get a good answer. so take what i've written up there as false bait. (this works particularly well when one wants a clear definition to obscure technical terms. just get yourself on a Haskell board, and write: "monads? simple! they're factory objects that provide closures for a formal lambda expression" then watch the horror and outrage and eventually you get the correct answer from the former lurker class))

about 6 months ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

smoothnorman lame ducks produce some of the best legislation (97 comments)

Just one catch: he's a lame duck, and will be out of office in January.

i don't understand why that's a "catch". these dark days of oligarchy, this may be the main way we get any honest political effort.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

smoothnorman be there, done that, barely survived... (452 comments)

If your boss has any basic science education try to sell them on the "a monoculture is at more risk to attack" approach. that's not entirely false, but mostly it sounds good and pointy-hairs tend to swallow it.

Then choose some version of Ubuntu or Red-Hat, but be ready to suffer all the horrors of dealing with the document, spreadsheet, calendar exchange formats. Those issues, more than any other, will spell failure. (just one middle-level moron who can't open your LibreOffice 'power-point' stack and you're toast) So, far more important than distribution is to be ready (practice!) your corporate compatibility two-step. (once saved my bacon by showing that my 'beamer' stack made everyone's powerpoint stack look like crap)

Beware of the vindictive IT staff who don't want to learn one more thing beyond their 'microsoft certification' merit badge. They will make your life a living hell. good luck!

about 6 months ago
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Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

smoothnorman Re:Question (129 comments)

I'd like to know if there's any real hope for technocrat.net ..? it re-started, i've followed it fairly frequently, and now it already seems rather moribund

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

smoothnorman Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (2219 comments)

i think if you were to do this i'd visit it often in-lieu of that slashdot seems hell-bent upon doing to itself. consider yourself encouraged by the vast faceless horde.

about 8 months ago

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