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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

srobert Depends on what you mean by "Us" (416 comments)

It will empower us. And by "us" we mean we in the 1% who will use it to further entrench our power over you, the little people.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

srobert Re:touchpad issues (267 comments)

If the problem was not being able to disable "tap-to-click", I had a similar problem. Eventually I stumbled onto a solution. I stopped messing with the synaptics driver and added 'moused_flags="-m 11=4"' to my rc.conf and let the touchpad be recognized as a PS/2. Voila, no more "tap-to-click".

about a month ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

srobert Re:They worry too much (406 comments)

"Really? They think people will be too interested playing Fruit Loop, or whatever it's called, to bother attempting to escape from an flaming aircraft?"
Yes really. In 1980 in Las Vegas, Nevada, people were to interested in playing the slot machine in front of them to bother escaping from the MGM fire. Quite a few of them died.

about 2 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

srobert Which Comedian Said? (406 comments)

If the plane goes down in water your seat cushion will function as a suppository.

about 2 months ago
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Pro-Democracy Websites In Hong Kong Targeted With and Serving Malware

srobert Re:But if Democracy comes to China... (44 comments)

I like to think it's more "tongue-in-cheek sarcasm" than a troll. The google charts you point to indicate that Chinese workers income is rising. But it's still a fraction of what workers in the U.S. make at current exchange rates. Sarcasm-off, I'd actually like to see both democracy in China AND living standards for working people everywhere rising. My post was to poke fun at those who see the rising call for democracy as a threat to capitalism-as we-know-it.

about 2 months ago
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Pro-Democracy Websites In Hong Kong Targeted With and Serving Malware

srobert But if Democracy comes to China... (44 comments)

My portfolio started taking a beating when these democracy agitators started causing trouble in Hong Kong. If Beijing doesn't do something to stamp this out, it could eventually lead to democratic rule in China. Labor activist will start demanding western style salaries and living standards and voting and such. Something really needs to be done about this so as to avoid labor costs getting out of control.

about 2 months ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

srobert Re:I have very little sympathy (487 comments)

Being cognizant of the consequences of his recklessness and having sympathy for him aren't mutually exclusive. We can do both.

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

srobert Mars Is Fine the Way it Is (549 comments)

There's nothing wrong with Mars the way it is now. We should leave it alone.

about 3 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

srobert Good for Planes too (907 comments)

Let's put this on private aircraft too. What could possibly go wrong?

about 3 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

srobert Re:Philosophy of Science (795 comments)

Any one that the students care to discuss. If one of them were to assert that the FSM created the universe, and that the moon being made of parmesan cheese is evidence of it. I could at least give him credit him for putting forth a falsifiable proposition arising from his hypothesis.

about 3 months ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

srobert Re:Philosophy of Science (795 comments)

That's exactly why I suggest that teaching about creationism IS appropriate for a science class. If I were a biology teacher (and my approach were permissible), when the subject of creationism inevitably came up in the class, rather than dismiss it with the arrogant assertion that "this is a science class, we'll not discuss your religion here", I would, instead, follow up with a discussion of Popper's criteria. Then I might request a short essay discussing how well evolutionary theory or creationism met the criteria for a scientific hypothesis.
That, in my opinion, is part of teaching science.

about 3 months ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

srobert Learn You A Haskell for Great Good (387 comments)

I'm not a programmer. Lately I started reading through http://learnyouahaskell.com/. I haven't gotten very far yet. My only purpose was to get a handle on the syntax in my xmonad configuration file. I had no idea it could be used to make money.

about 3 months ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

srobert UNION? (441 comments)

That's exactly why we must destroy what's left of the unions. As usual they're the last thing standing in the way of a fascist state.

about 4 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

srobert When Did Physicists Start Smoking Pot? (247 comments)

Hey didja ever think what if we were actually living in a holodeck and didn't know it?
Woww! You're totally blowin' my mind, man.

about 4 months ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

srobert Re:Urgh (531 comments)

Mostly the propaganda comes from the private sector rather than our government. For example, health insurance companies have Americans (or at least the stupid ones) convinced that a national health care system, or single-payer will result in substandard care and long waiting lines. My friends in Canada think we're chumps.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

srobert Re:Use FreeBSD? (430 comments)

The FreeBSD Handbook and forums are awesome. I use FreeBSD on my laptop, but also have Arch Linux running in a VM. Arch Linux is also incredibly well documented. On the Linux side of things, the fragmentation means that what you learn for one distro may not apply well to another. To the OP I'd advise, just focus on the documentation that applies to the distro that you're running. If it's not good or it's out of date, then choose a different distro.

about 4 months ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

srobert Baghdad Bob? (300 comments)

Baghdad Bob, is that you?

about 5 months ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

srobert Patented in the US (468 comments)

I notice the patent application is with US authorities instead of the Europe. Perhaps EU patent authorities saw right through the argument for originality like ... well like they were looking through a transparent cockpit window.

about 5 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

srobert Xfce with Xmonad (611 comments)

My usual environment is XFCE with Xmonad in place of XFWM. For more on how to do that http://www.haskell.org/haskell....
I tried using other tiling WM's, Awesome, i3, but none work as well for me as Xmonad though Spectrwm was really close.

about 7 months ago

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FreeBSD Developers Will Not Trust Chip-Based Encryption

srobert srobert writes  |  1 year,8 days

srobert (4099) writes "An article at ars-technica details that following stories of NSA leaks, FreeBSD developers will not rely solely on Intel's or Via's chip-based random number generators for /dev/random values. The values will first be seeded through another randomization algorithm known as "Yarrow". The changes are effective with the upcoming FreeBSD 10.0 (for which the first of three planned release candidates became available last week)."
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FreeBSD Instructional Videos

srobert srobert writes  |  about a year and a half ago

srobert (4099) writes "I found a large number of instructional videos covering FreeBSD installation,configuration, etc., have been recently posted on youtube by ComputerHelpDesks. I've watched several of them. They're very informative and cover a broad range of topics based on FreeBSD 8.x., but still mostly up-to-date information. Ideal for Linux or Windows users who might wish to explore FreeBSD.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Computer...?query=freebsd"

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