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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

stoploss Re:you must not have done well in math class (212 comments)

It's a cultural difference, just like we don't believe in curtailing freedom of speech as you do in Canada.

Look: if we completely eliminated access to firearms in both the US and Canada, I practically *guarantee* you that the US would still have a substantially higher murder and other violent crimes rate.

The US was founded by a bunch of dissident malcontents (mostly Protestants, with a fetish for working) and we have had a cultural hardon for firearms ever since our ancestors used them to ethnically cleanse our territory and subsequently drive off the mother country whose policies we came over here to try to escape.

I'm actually happy the Canadians kicked our asses when we invaded. Our cultures aren't congruent. But, by all means, you're welcome to your culture even if I find aspects inscrutable and unappealing. I'm sure the opposite holds true for you.

4 days ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

stoploss Re:I've got 10 mod points (327 comments)

But comparing to the old days, there is a clear difference how much mod points there is in circulation in general. Look at this How Do Geeks Exercise article from 2008, and see how the comments are modded.

Heh, when comparing to the old days, Slashdot is definitely dead (Jim!). Just look at the raw comment counts on average. That can skew analysis of mod distribution and density. For example, on that discussion I gave up after clicking "load more comments", getting up to 1250, and finding there were still more left.

about a week ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

stoploss Re:Poorly disguised dice.com job ad (160 comments)

give them 6 months to figure out the benefits are there to keep you in the office and working almost 24x7 and so you can sleep on the bus instead of driving home tired so you can work longer

Okay? When I was fresh out of college I *wanted* to work until I dropped. I just made sure I got paid for it... started my own consulting business.

If you're working on a project you find intellectually stimulating and inspiring, and have no family attachments, and are being well compensated, then why not? Of course, when a client really wanted me to take a salaried job with them, I told them I wouldn't work over 40 hours a week... and so I didn't.

If you don't want to work that much, fine, but don't let your predilections interfere with those of others.

about a week ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

stoploss Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

Ah yes, that is the moral of the Words that End in GRY fable.

about a week ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

stoploss Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

The phrase should be abandoned, IMO. Use "raises the question" for the one, and "assumes the conclusion" for the other

That's the conclusion I drew a few years ago. For years I had been correcting the modern usage of the phrase, but then one day I got irked at the ambiguity and decided to read about it. Finding out that "beg the question" was a mistranslation of the petitio principii term changed my outlook. I mean, not to mention that the modern usage is syntactically and semantically valid English. The campaign to preserve a mistranslated term in favor of valid, intuitive English seemed untenable to me.

Now, I eschew the use of the term altogether (in either sense). Depending on the audience I will refer to the fallacy using a self-explanatory version, or, if the audience is educated/receptive to learning, I like to promulgate the petitio principii term. It's trivial to circumlocute the modern form.

about a week ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

stoploss Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

The only inevitability is that the term "begs the question" is now and will remain ambiguous.

The point of language is to communicate, and ambiguity is typically noise in the channel. I will leave deliberately injecting ambiguity into communication to the diplomats and artists—I don't refer to the fallacy using the poorly chosen original term anymore, especially when plainer terms communicate the concept more clearly and efficiently.

about a week ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

stoploss Re:I've got 10 mod points (327 comments)

Right. Unless they have a very skewed RNG, there is a blacklist.

My former account was at the karma max even back when they still published numerical karma values, and there was a period of several years where I got literally zero mod points while at karma max, browsing logged in daily, and even metamodding. Then, one day, I was "forgiven" and the mod points resumed at the normal rate.

I moved to this higher UID account a few years ago and I got mod points very regularly (more than once a week) until the day of the revolt. Then literally nothing for three months. I have probably gotten a 5 spot of mod points no more than 3 times since then. My karma is still listed as "excellent", though the hidden numerical value is unknown.

Draw your own conclusions. Or not.

about a week ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

stoploss Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

Give up. Language evolves.

Sure. But that doesn't mean it should, at least not in every case. In this case, it shouldn't. Fighting back is appropriate.

I beg to differ, and I will fight your efforts.

"Beg the question" was a poor choice for the English name for the logical fallacy initially, and the entire issue can be sidestepped by using a self-explanatory term like "presumes the argument".

The modern usage form, meaning "prompts the question", is perfectly cromulent and befits the parsing of the phrase.

Give up the dark side.

about a week ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

stoploss Re:I've got 10 mod points (327 comments)

I was getting 15 mod points a week until the first time I posted "fuck Beta" in a comment during the mass "audience" (*cough*) revolt. Then, no mod points for three months. I now get them maybe once a month, five at a time.

Occam sent me a nice letter explaining this was no fucking coincidence.

So, fuck Beta, and also: I'm a member of a community, not a goddamn audience. Enjoy your secret blacklisting... I probably just re-upped.

about a week ago
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Enceladus's 101 Geysers Blast From Hidden Ocean

stoploss Re:Astrobiology (39 comments)

Prions are "alive" the way that an earworm is "alive". Contact with others will cause them to have the earworm as well, but it's not like the earworm replicates itself.

about three weeks ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

stoploss Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

There has never been a warhead that "provided" any freedom, not in my lifetime, and not in yours.

Interesting consideration: as you know, the founders feared the outcome of having a standing army, and we aren't supposed to have one. Thanks to our nuclear warheads, we could disband our army and still have an effective deterrent against nuclear attack or invasion. In this (sadly far-fetched) scenario, the existence of warheads that enabled the safe disbanding of the army would implicitly "provide" freedom.

about a month ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

stoploss Re:What? (175 comments)

It's hard to find apps whose manifest doesn't request the INTERNET permission. Is there some sort of control within Google Play Store that would let the user filter apps by permissions?

I presume you understand that your desired mode of operation is far outside the typical user's goal of having things Just Work(tm). Concordantly, you are likely going to have to accept non-maintstream solutions.

That said, I share your goals.

I rooted my phone and installed DroidWall to configure the built-in Android iptables firewall in whitelist mode. I whitelist the apps I wish to have internet access (either over WiFi, cellular network, or both); all other apps are blocked from accessing the network at all. For the apps that I do allow to access the network, I use XPrivacy to block access to my device identification/serial number, access to my internal storage, access to my clipboard, control access to location services on a per-app basis, etc.

Between DroidWall and XPrivacy, I no longer care what permissions are listed in the Play store. I control what permissions the apps are allowed to have, regardless of what their store manifest indicates. It's easier for me that way, but I have no illusions that a typical smartphone user would want to have to learn and control this type of configuration.

I hope you find a solution to your liking.

about a month ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

stoploss Re:Showroom; hardware warranty (175 comments)

I'm whining about the possibility that Google might be coercing manufacturers into adding this warranty condition.

I think that's paranoia, given that the Nexus line of devices has an unlockable bootloader and Google provides factory images. More plainly, on devices made by Google, Google allows you to trivially load a different ROM and then subsequently flash the device back to pristine factory condition if you so desire.

Of course, YMMV with other manufacturers. For example, Samsung is evil and has e-fuses that permanently void the warranty if you unlock the bootloader. However, this is public knowledge and you can easily determine if any given manufacturer is an evil bastard.

Also, CyanogenMod and other ROMs are kind of old and busted. The new hotness is using the vanilla ROM that came with your phone, rooted, and with the XPosed framework installed.

XPosed allows all the customization of a ROM without the heavyweight ROM installation process. Also, you get to pick and choose which mods you want, while with a ROM it's all or nothing. Furthermore, with XPosed you can still use OTA updates.

As for XPosed modules, XPrivacy is even better than PDroid for privacy/Android permissions override, and GravityBox gives me all the UI tweaks I want. Hell, I wrote my own XPosed module to allow a delay between screen off and security keyguard activation, replacing the keyguard with a simple slide to unlock in that interim interval.

Naturally, I don't care what you do... it's your decision.

about a month ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

stoploss Re:How does the current POTUS fair ... (242 comments)

That's a Stanley Kubrick kind of question and I can picture something of a Kubrickian rendition of an answer...

Kubrick? I'm thinking this is more of a David Lynch work, presuming we're constraining ourselves to use film analogies. Otherwise, this is effectively the definition of Kafkaesque.

about a month ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

stoploss Re:Is anyone left to care? (194 comments)

"Living 4 years ago" is a claim that's incompatible with you referencing features that aren't officially released yet. Thanks to your flame I actually googled again about it, and like the past 7 years I have checked, there are "plans" to multiprocess Firefox.

However, multiple process Firefox doesn't actually exist in practice yet. Go ahead and enable your multiprocess flags in about:config. Spawn a bunch of tabs and windows and admire the "pretty underlining" on the tab titles. Now check your task manager and count the number of Firefox instances. What's that, you say? There's only one?

Now kill the single Firefox process that's there and see how many FF windows stay open. Zero is the answer.

Fail.

Instead of astroturfing for FF, perhaps you should sit down at your desk at Mozilla and get back to coding your has-been product.

about a month ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

stoploss Re:Is anyone left to care? (194 comments)

I may have control over this plugin, but I don't have control over my whole browsing experience the way that I did 8 versions ago.

AKA "last month". Mozilla really lost the community's goodwill with that move. There was no compelling rationale to support FF after that. Their insistence on using a single-process model really destabilizes their browser, for example. Every release seems to remove functionality or force you to change the way you use the browser in ways you don't want. It's like they hired Gnome 3/Unity/Windows Metro program managers and asked them how best to fuck up their main product.

Thanks to this change to their support model I relegated FF to rare use when I need to check to confirm if another browser is being flaky or if the site itself is to blame.

about a month ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

stoploss Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

It is usually expected that highly-developed countries will use less power in the future, because of more efficient technology.

O rly. I'll just leave this here: Jevons paradox.

about a month ago

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