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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

superwiz Re: No real need. (378 comments)

You can adjust ac's to have very negative modifiers. You'll almost never see them that way.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

superwiz pay? (378 comments)

Many people like the trolls. It's like watching bedlam as a form of circus. What I would appreciate is mandatory country of origin attach to each post though (based on geo location).

2 days ago
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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

superwiz Re:next... (167 comments)

You should end with QED. Oh, wait, Q.E.D. Just as, I am sure, you always punctuate your dates as "B.C." because "BC" would be lame. Yes, the difference between the two parties is not as stark as the difference between US and other countries. But the subtle difference is what makes THE difference. And yes, the extreme pro-Communist, pro-Slavery, anti-human position that is held by the modern Democratic party is too extreme for my tastes. I am very, very well-educated and supremely well-informed. Ie, you lose.

about three weeks ago
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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

superwiz in the Soviet America (167 comments)

The government registers you.

about three weeks ago
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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

superwiz Re:next... (167 comments)

Yes, the one in power. Ie, the Democrats.

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

superwiz I am certain (282 comments)

that they are doing it because every single one of them is a spy for a child molestation criminal conspiracy ring. I have it on good authority that each and every single member of the house of commons is on the ring's pay. And they are trying to prevent the anonymous exposures such as this one.

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

superwiz Re:So much unnecessary trouble (582 comments)

Because Hitler was maniacal and Putin is calculated. Just because Putin is able to read Mein Kampf in the original German, doesn't mean he would buy into it. Yes, Georgia was his Czechoslovakia and Ukraine would be his Austria. But the path to military domination is always a disaster. Putin is too much of a student of History not to realize it. He accumulated too much power too fast. Which means that the people with whom he has to share it (in order to maintain it) have not been people whom he could carefully select and vet. Enough of them have their own ambitions and enough of them are simply power hungry. I am a little disturbed, by the way, that you think that the terrorist organization that the Strelkov is running is not getting enough support. Why would you want Russia to be a terrorist state? What's the point? There is nothing to be gained in a military conquest of Ukraine that could not have been gained by simply opening the borders. The only people who benefit in this military aggression is the top military brass itself. They would reassert their relevance. But Russia itself would obviously lose. On a path to war, the test of a leader is his ability to avoid bloodshed -- not his ability to secure a victory.

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

superwiz Re:So much unnecessary trouble (582 comments)

Thing is, I don't think the people who run the country believe in all this crap.

Obviously not. But the fact that this is being peddled is a clear indication that the momentum is still building up for the war. They are dreaming though if they think that the resentment will pass. If, by some miracle (Putin resigning in disgrace, for example), a war doesn't happen, you are looking at 15-20 years of future resentment. If Russia actually goes through with the lunacy of invasion, no amount of purges will help. Ukraine will treat Russia in very much the same way that Poland treats Russia. Someone else said it in the thread, and I would tend to agree. The fact that the hostilities are happening is a clear indication that Putin has already lost much of his power.

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

superwiz Re:So much unnecessary trouble (582 comments)

But you have to admit that Ukrainians fit into this model much more than any other ethnic group. And it does buttress the "base" of this "core". The current conflict, however, will not likely to be forgotten easily. This will resonate and will create a level of resentment not dissimilar to the resentment that Poles have towards Russia. Turning 50 million friends into 50 million enemies would be a gigantic failure of policy for any regime.

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

superwiz Re:So much unnecessary trouble (582 comments)

The Cental Asian immigrants don't fit into the whole pan-slavic mythology around which the regime is trying to base its identity. And they are not looking for just a work force. Because people don't start families in their 20s, but rather in their 30s, they have a demographic gap in a crucial age group. They are looking for members of society who can be easily integrated rather than who will remain outsiders for generations to come.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

superwiz Re: Radicalization (868 comments)

Aha. Because what they are responding to is peace and harmony. When you fight a war you have to win before you can worry whether they'll love you afterwards. Israel didn't start this war. But Israeli government's first responsibility is to make sure they finish it.

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

superwiz Re: Great... (582 comments)

Have you ever heard of the Roman Empire. It became an empire but conquering the Greek empire. Now can you tell the difference between Greek gods and roman gods? It's not unheard of for the victor to adapt the ways of the conquered. Russia is now a perfect example... a text book example of a fascist state.

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

superwiz Re: Great... (582 comments)

That's just stupid.

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

superwiz Re: Great... (582 comments)

Although it is often accused of it, Israel is not a terrorist state. Its actions are in self defense. Unfortunately, it has to defend itself against fighters so cowardly that they hide behind their mothers, sisters and children when they attack Israelites. So these cowards are causing high casual ties among Palestinian Arab civilians

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

superwiz Re: Great... (582 comments)

I have to correct myself. Projection is the propaganda mechanism that the Fascist Russia is using to justify its unprovoked aggression against Ukraine.

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

superwiz Re: Great... (582 comments)

There is no "we" here. You are spewing Russian propaganda that is so inanely dumb that only those inside of Russia believe it. Not because Russians are dumb, but because of complete media lock down that is happening there. In fact, this propaganda is so stupid even most Russians, in the absense of other information, don't believe it.

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

superwiz Re:So much unnecessary trouble (582 comments)

It's not a solution to increasing birth rates. But it is a solution to increasing population. In other words, they are trying to buy time in the hopes that the demographic trends reverse at some point. Central Asia immigrants don't speak Russian nearly as well nor do they have as much affinity towards Russian culture. Ukraine would have been a perfect partner if this was played right. Now it's a giant cluster fuck.

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

superwiz Re:Great... (582 comments)

Russia is a villain. The U.S. is a villain.

Absolutely not. Russia is the villain. US is an impartial observer not participating (yet) in the events, but US is being a prudent observer in stating that it would not do business with a bully (at best) or a madman (at worst). That doesn't make US a villain. It makes US sane.

The current fascist-riddled Ukraine government is a villain.

That's an outrageous lie. The only reason that Russia continue to promote this lie for its internal propaganda is in order to practice the psychological device of "deflection." Russia is a fascist state through and through. It follows all the state doctrines of fascism almost to the letter. And in attempt to avoid such labeling, it accuses another state of fascism. Which is precisely how the deflection pattern works.

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

superwiz Re:Great... (582 comments)

Which neighboring country did Ukraine invade to provoke the current Russian campaign of terror against it?

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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Scientist Claiming Threat to Polar Bears Suspended

superwiz superwiz writes  |  about 3 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "Just five years ago, Charles Monnett was one of the scientists whose observation that several polar bears had drowned in the Arctic Ocean helped galvanize the global warming movement. Now, the wildlife biologist is on administrative leave and facing accusations of scientific misconduct."
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A teen simplified Bernoulli formula

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "Fox news reports this (oddly enough I can't find this story on the AMS website, so it might be a hoax):

I am wondering if he found a formula for Bernoulli denominators. But so far I can find little details beyond the "he simplified the formula" statement."
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Does ABC populate discussions with fake comments?

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "I just read this story http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=4933727&page=1 on the ABC news web page and naturally I was tempted to comment on it. After registering as a member of the ABC news (first and last name were required for the registration, mind you), I tried to post a comment and was no longer able to load the website. Each browser that I tried was stuck in set-user-name-cookie/reload infinite cycle. I tried multiple browsers. And yet when I loaded the page without loging-in, there were already comments posted. If I wasn't able to log in and post comments, I would assume that neither could anyone else. So is ABC news putting up fake comments to the story as part of their attempt to control the content that they deliver? Is this astro-turf? Or is it a bona fide technical problem?"
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HP makes memory from a once-theoretical circuit

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

superwiz (655733) writes "
Thirty-seven years ago, Leon Chua, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, mathematically theorized that scientific symmetry demands that there should be a fourth fundamental circuit. Engineers were already familiar with resistors (which resist the flow of electricity), capacitors (which store electricity), and inductors (which resist changes to the flow of electrical current), which can be combined to build more complex devices. The fourth circuit, which Chua called a "memristor" for memory resistor, would register how much current had passed.
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9932054-7.html?tag=nefd.lede"

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Progress And Nihilism

superwiz superwiz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

A lot of soul-searching is happening in light of the Virginia Tech shooting. Many people sighed with relief that the shooter was not a video game player. Many others sighed with relief that he wasn't a Muslim. Everyone is shockingly asking "why?" Far be it from me to know what was the last straw that made him snap. I've known angry people in my life. I've known people fascinated with the truly morbid. None of them snapped. The last I heard, they were all living productive lives. So what made Seung-Hui Cho snap?

While this may be an unpopular position during this time of our unsuccessful prosecution of the war in Iraq and the all-too-obvious fact that the war on terror was hijacked to become a war to grab oil, I will still make the claim that this was a terrorist act. And I will attempt to say why terrorism occurs and why it is the scourge of civilization. While the term "civilization" is often used to distinguish those within one's group from those outside of one's group, I will try to be more precise in defining it. I will say that a civilization is a society that is committed to progress. Where progress is a process of making physical life (not spiritual, but physical) more comfortable. That is progress is the process of improving creature comforts for people so as to relief the suffering and discomfort that is caused to them by the mother nature.

Progress has a certain life-cycle. First, it is born. It is born out of innovative thinking of visionaries or out of aimless wondering of the curious. But it always starts with a new way of seeing the world. That is followed by a period of convincing the general population that this particular piece of progress is a good thing (tm). This is not always successful. Often the new and innovative ideas die at this stage. But those ideas that succeed, attract a following of the competent (often confusingly called "technologically elite") that wish to profit from blessing the world with this new way of living. As they go through the iterative stages of making the new progressive idea more usable and acceptable to the world, the "technological elite" earn enough power in the form of the world gratitude (usually expressed in financial compensation) to join the ranks of the actual elite -- the people who wield actual power over the general population.

Those who don't see the hard work, ingenuity and talent that is involved in creating progress don't see why it happens. All they see is the progress' missionaries' rise in power or affluence. They feel that they are not part of this rising tide (even though they do become benefactors of progress) and as a result they loose hope. For what is hope? It is the belief that future will be better than today. And once the rise of others is clear and is accompanied by realization that one cannot participate in that rise, it becomes very easy to believe that endeavors of one's life do not improve one's condition are not fruitful. Many times this is a fallacy because one's "moment of greatness" simply hasn't come, yet. Alas, sometimes it is, in fact, true. There are those who just coast through life not trying to improve it. Their moment of greatness never comes.

So what is the next step after the hopelessness sets in? Well, inevitably it is nihilism. And that is the last stage in the life-cycle of progress. Those who did not participate in progress' fruition loose hope and become nihilistic. Nihilism is a destructive tendency. As a matter of fact, it can be defined as taking joy in destruction (not necessarily caused by one's hands).

Nihilism takes many forms. Communism is one of the most grandiose nihilistic movements because it wishes to reverse the clock on progress and to re-distribute the wealth created by progress so that those responsible for it get no more benefit than those idly standing by. Large scale terrorism is a smaller scale nihilism. It only wishes to wrest the laurels of progress from the peoples that created it in order to give it to those peoples that did not. Mass murder is an even lesser scale and harder to understand form of nihilism because it is always impossible to predict when it so happens that a single individual passes that threshold of having a glimmer of hope and having none.

It is the wish of everyone involved in the work of bringing progress to fruition that they be recognized for the great benefit that they bring to the world. They are the only ones that separate us from savages. Social scientists and clerics would argue that they contribute a great deal, too. But their work has not changed much in 2000 years. Civilization has improved in that time tremendously though. So what can a civilization do in the face of nihilism? Well, its only choices are to surrender to it or to fight it. Now I can feel the reader's eye rolling up at the word "fight". How can I suggest that destruction be met with something so uncreative as more destruction? I am doing nothing of the kind though.

This fight must be for the minds of those without hope. It must be waged by teaching the world how to become active participants in the work of progress. The primary goal of governments must be not only protecting the civilization from the destructive drive of those who surrendered to the nihilism, but also the educating of those who have a glimpse of hope -- educating them how to create. The missionaries of progress must walk hand-in-hand with those in power so as not to isolate themselves from those who can contribute and who wish to contribute to the work of creation. It is very tempting to argue that it is a basic human right to be left alone. But that won't stem the building tide of nihilism outside of one's castle.

In the end stage of life-cycle of progress is a test of civilization. The test of whether a civilization can fight nihilism without itself becoming more destructive than the nihilists. The civilizations that pass this test get to part-take in the next wave of progress. The ones that fail it, get to be fondly remembered as the "good old days".

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