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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

sploxx Re:The Future (269 comments)

So true and frightening. From 1992!

Stuff is definitely getting weird.

about 2 months ago

Waste Management: The Critical Element For Nuclear Energy Expansion

sploxx Re:No thanks on Nuclear proliferation... (281 comments)

There are options to generate synthetic fuel using nuclear power, though!

about 3 months ago

Waste Management: The Critical Element For Nuclear Energy Expansion

sploxx Re:No thanks on Nuclear proliferation... (281 comments)

I would say we have no other option than nuclear and this will become VERY evident in the next decade or so.

Oil prices are going up. The talk about peak oil does make sense.

But peak uranium and thorium are still a VERY LONG way out!

As soon as it really starts to impact our lifestyle, I bet that people will start building nuclear power plants again. Our current squabbles and distake for nuclear power is just the sign of decadent NIMBYs.

People talk about (nuclear) WW3 because of Ukraine. So that would be a devastating war about oil resources, using nuclear power in entirely the wrong way. How crazy is that??!

about 3 months ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

sploxx Re:Same old, same old. (798 comments)

I think there's a kind of deep inability on the part of adults to distinguish between rough play that got a little out of hand and a bully who's completely out of control. I can't see any school policy fixing that.

I would say some adults, but not all. I had my share of bullying in school, but there were teachers who actually were quite aware of who was the asshole. However, many teachers seem to be unfortunately emotionally blind to these kinds of situations. Or they just don't want to deal with it. I don't understand it.

about 3 months ago

Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

sploxx Re:Don't be ridiculous (207 comments)

sorry mismoderated. replying to revoke moderation.

about 3 months ago

GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

sploxx Re:Comparison to code bugs a bit flawed (236 comments)

No, I think you misread me. What I am saying is: Lets say you are an engineer in Iran and you work on WMDs and know they are going to be used. Working on them wouldn't be ethical.

I think what I am trying to say is the old 'I have just been following orders' thing. And in a way, because of 'ethical' implications, I believe 'working in and with the system' -and maybe even things such as change control- might have parallels to that idea of 'just following orders'.

As others said, the best thing the engineer could have done (if I understand everything right), is to go public and say: We have this flaw, we need to fix it!

I think the next best thing actually is to not follow change control guidelines - in that way 'orders' - and fix the problem, even though management says that he should bury the data that says that the switch is faulty, and hide from management that you fixed it. Of course, 'next best' could and probably should already be considered as some sort of 'bad'.

I might misunderstand the whole situation though and it what sense the engineers did/didn't make the situation worse.

about 4 months ago

GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

sploxx Re:Comparison to code bugs a bit flawed (236 comments)

Professional Engineers have an obligation to act ethically, not an obligation to be right all the time.

Not saying you are wrong, but 'acting ethically' can be complicated: If you engineer WMDs or similar, is it ethical to adhere to the design and workflow guidelines of the change control system?

I understand that in almost all cases, it makes a lot of sense to work according to the rules. And if the rules came into place from ethical considerations, it is ethical to follow the rules. But that's not necessarily true in all cases.

about 4 months ago

Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

sploxx Re:Until warp drive is invented... (292 comments)

First of all, science is trying to better understand the world, by making models predicting something. It isn't engineering.

In that sense, I think science is always a refinement of the understand of reality. Of course, there is now quantum mechanics and there is relativity. But if you go back in time before that, most of the basic ideas in (mechanical) engineering are pretty much settled since Newton got hit by the apple. And if there are humans in a 1000 years, they will still be ruled to a large extent by gravity!

I think we are approaching at least a phase where experiments and 'engineering' (and here I call everything except fundamental physics 'engineering') has to catch up with our knowledge of physics. In the sense of testing and exploiting what we learned about reality so far. The LHC and Icecube, examples for machines for doing fundamental (particle) physics, are already km-scale. Maybe we need to be able to see more subtle effects and maybe on scales that are either inaccessible or not easily accessible to us to make new 'great' discoveries? If so, I think, yes, science is indeed running out of 'great' discoveries. But maybe because we will need (I guess a VERY long time) to catch up with our engineering first.

about 4 months ago

NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

sploxx Re:"Collapse" is an overstatement (401 comments)

Lets take about the scenario 'nuclear annihilation': Tell me what you think will happen if the nukes vaporize a significant fraction of civilian nuclear power plants and their inventory.

Also, what happens to the already depleted oil resources? They magically reset, 'start at level 1' again?

about 4 months ago

How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

sploxx Re:Predictive Power (560 comments)

Sorry, replying only because i mis-moderated.

about 5 months ago

WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

sploxx Re:"pro-Russian forces in Crimea" (479 comments)

Sorry, replying to you, because I accidentally moderated as off-topic.

about 5 months ago

NYPD Is Beta-Testing Google Glass

sploxx Re:Usenet Slashdot and Dice (158 comments)

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I actually looked at the beta site and I do have to say that it looks
truly horrible, yes. So, although everything is offtopic everywhere today,
apparently, let me also chime and say:

Please keep the old system in place. It wasn't broken, so please don't fix it.

about 6 months ago

The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

sploxx Re:Simple enough... (397 comments)

I think "our problems" run even deeper than that. We seem to be always fixated lately on finding a solution for everything in society and chase a very diffuse idea of 'good' ideas and 'bad' ideas. I have the impression we would be ironically much better off if we accept that a lot of our problems are inherently part of the human conditition and are not solvable per se. That there will always be a murky middleground for a lot of our structures in our society, and never a perfect one.
The weird form of perfectionism we are chasing seems to be not unlike the total salvation that suicidal religious cults are striving for.

about 6 months ago

X11/X.Org Security In Bad Shape

sploxx Re:Not just (179 comments)

Hey Wonko,

this is totally unrelated to this post of yours. In the C+= discussion thread, you post about a tweet on twitter calling for job terminations or similar, the link is broken now, do you have a backup somewhere?

Cheers & thanks!

about 7 months ago

MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

sploxx Re:It's a disease (382 comments)

Yet, he could still have suffered from something in relation to society that caused this depression even in his earlier age, and that could still be the sole source for his depression. That is my point. That you can't cleanly separate that out.

And, no, I don't think that 'evil government' at all cuts it when it comes to influence from people around you that can make you depressed. Not at all. I am also talking, for example, more about the day-to-day strain on social ties if you are someone who stands out from the crowd. Which I guess he always has been.

about a year and a half ago

MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

sploxx Re:It's a disease (382 comments)

You say that, but there are underlying causes for depression.

Very often, those underlying causes are related to brain chemistry, not external factors.

Well... are you able to seperate them out? Really? With good, hard science? If so, how? I would be curious to know, as I strongly believe this is not possible at all.

I don't anyone think has ever or can really designed a good experiment that seperates the chemical causes for imbalance from external factors like a fucked up society. You would need to put people's brain into simulation tanks, right from their birth. Psychiatry certainly knows a lot more about brain chemistry than a while ago, but that still does not make it able to cleanly seperate those factors and there is always an element of 'social science' when talking about a diagnosis like depression, making the whole endeavour not so much hard science at all. Even if it sounds like that, with all the chemistry thrown in. You are studying an insanely highly nonlinear system here and I assert that you are simply not able to cleanly separate cause and effect.

It might be true that there are cases where you miss a protein or two and your brain starts to misbehave and there is a clear correlation and maybe even a known chain of events leading to depression. But generalizing to every case as it being an illness right away is just a sign of you being under control of the worldwide system that wants to convert us all to drones. Yes, I am half-joking, but only half.

If you want to argue that, well, depression is a clinical term, so therefore it is an illness, you are stating a tautology. A (group of) biased human beings sets those standards on what is a depression. And that even though you might define it like that, it still does not say so much about the actual causes of what has been defined a depression.

about a year and a half ago

Mass Psychosis In the USA?

sploxx Re:Forced (542 comments)

Hey, I think that part of the reason for this is that lots of people started to give psychologists lots of authority in their minds, over their minds. They are the reincarnation of priests in former times. And, as a natural scientist, I must say that in times when

weak correlations of fMRI studies are suddenly the 'answer' to how people work

and people who fall too far away from the regression line are non-existant in those views and when

psychology has a dozens if not hundreds of competing theories of how people tick, all beginning with the mostly made-up work of Freud

I think that questioning the authority psychologists have and are given is extremely important.

Basic conditioning studies from biology are about the only thing that are supported by sufficient evidence to use for describing what is going on in our brains. And findings from the _medical_ field of neurology. Falsifiable stuff!

Conditioning to not question authority is probably one of the strongest things going on in modern society.

about 3 years ago

Friday's Big Swings, Mostly Down, Illustrate Bitcoin Value Volatility

sploxx Re:Poocoin (476 comments)

Notify me when:

- checking your DNA is as cheap as checking the validity of a bitcoin
- you can actually transfer poocoin through the internet

more than 3 years ago



sploxx sploxx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sploxx (622853) writes "The german TV magazine Monitor has a report (sorry, german only) about a new law enacted in the German state of North Rhine-Westfalia. The law allows the police to secretly install trojans onto PCs of suspects. The trojans would covertly transfer interesting data on the user's HDD back to the bureau of investigation. The law has been pushed through by a member of the FDP party, formely known for their important role in the German civil rights movement."


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