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

ultranova Re:Rewarding the bullies... (472 comments)

And what they could possibly have hoped to achieve by filing charges, other than a nasty (and well deserved) publicity backlash?

Most likely they were defending the concept of domination. In their view, society is made of hierarchical power relations, and the only way to advance is to challenge someone above you. Bullying is a natural part of such system, used to establish pecking order, and it's "cheating" to expose it to outside judgement.

Basically, the school administration approves of bullying because it helps perpetuate a system where they're top dogs, and consequently view any effective attempt to stamp out bullying as a direct threat to their own status. It's ultimately the same reason why some people like to shit on the poor (sometimes despite being poor themselves), or get bent out of shape at the thought of everyone getting a prize: if there's no way to divide people into winners and losers - or pure and impure, or whatever terms you prefer - the hierarchical system will collapse, and take with whatever part of your identity you have invested in status in it.

2 hours ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

ultranova Re:Over 18 (601 comments)

By that reasoning, I don't owe said debt, as no one I've ever voted for has actually been elected.

You don't owe the federal debt, actually, the entity known as the United States of America does. You are only affected insofar as the US might be unable to provide its current level of services at their current price, and are free to renounce your citizenship and move elsewhere.

Federal debt operates just like limited liability corporations debt would, in this sense.

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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

ultranova Finland (370 comments)

Here in Finland, the tax department sends me a tax card which tells how much to withhold each month based on my estimated yearly earnings, which I give to my employer. I later get a prefilled tax return based on my real earnings, which details any extra to be paid or returned. I check it, and if it's okay, I need do nothing.

A more cynical person might think a system where the market for tax apps or accountants for the average person exists is intentionally designed to make paying taxes difficult and aggravating.

yesterday
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

ultranova Re:Trembling in fear. (144 comments)

Or it could be simple hubris. A lot of religious leaders seem to have trouble telling themselves and their deity apart.

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

ultranova Re:Can the writings be read? (427 comments)

A walk through the ocean of most souls would scarcely get your feet wet.

But is that because they lack depth, or because you took a few lazy steps at the shore and called it a day?

2 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

ultranova Re:Funny (671 comments)

we have a right to exist

This kind of socialistic entitlement is destroying America and the very concept of personal responsibility. Why do you hate freedom so much?

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

ultranova Re:Why do people listen to her? (581 comments)

I can only imagine how many adults would opt for several shots at the same time.

I did. Why wouldn't I? It's not like actual pathogens act like mooks in a film and come at me one (type) at a time, so if I can't deal with multiple declawed versions at once, I'm dead already.

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

ultranova Re:Why do people listen to her? (581 comments)

knowledge is not inherited.

Sure it is, just not through DNA. The whole reason we have such long adolescence is to receive cultural inheritance.

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

ultranova Re:Why do people listen to her? (581 comments)

In order for this to be dishonest she'd have to say things without believing it

There's also dishonesty in talking with great conviction about a subject you have inadequate knowledge of.

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

ultranova Re:u can rite any way u want (427 comments)

But, despite what people frequently seem to think, making lots of grammatical errors does obscure your meaning, especially if you're trying to communicate technical or complex thoughts. Without knowledge of grammar, you're limited to general, simple sentences.

Complex thoughts require simple sentences. The reader already has his hands full trying to understand the idea. He does not need to struggle with parsing text too.

Unless, of course, you are trying to make simple thoughts seem deep, complex and subtle, in which case - and no other - obscure, riddle with unnecessary grammar structures, and generally flourish - in the gesturial, not growth, sense, for the latter would just make no sense in this context, altough it might be an appropriate pictorisque description for the metaphorical tangle of such sentences, if we consider words to grow like vines in a jungle (tropical rainforest, but the underbrush of any thick area of vegetation might do as a metaphor for such off-tangent rambling) - your sentences away.

2 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

ultranova Re:Deniers (837 comments)

We absolutely, positively need petroleum right now in order to exist.

And we absolutely, positively can't keep relying on it, for the simple reason that it's running out. We need to start investing serious money into moving to post-fossils economy while we still can, so why not start now and save ourselves some of the pain of full-scale climate change?

3 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

ultranova Re:Solution (837 comments)

If you believe that humans are causing the problem, and believe the solutions that the UN is suggesting, then you are a hypocrite if you want to force other people to pay for it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy_of_the_commons

3 days ago
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Racing To Contain Ebola

ultranova Re:Nuke it from orbit... (111 comments)

If that shit gets loose and starts infecting thousands or millions there might not be much of a choice... I say kill a few, maybe save a billion. Whats wrong with that?

Well, for starters, the world's nuclear arsenal isn't capable of sterilizing the entire African rainforest system, or even killing all the people living there. Therefore, all you'd get is the fun task of enforcing a guarantine in a radiactive area with devastated physical and social infrastructure.

3 days ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

ultranova Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (445 comments)

I really wish that the U.S. would live up to its ideals

US was founded on genocide, slavery and whitewashing said activities with sanctimonious bullshit. It is following its ideals, all the way to Hell by the looks of things.

3 days ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

ultranova Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (445 comments)

Eich's views on same-sex marriage really don't relate Mozilla (I don't think), and they don't really make him a bad or nasty person either - at least, not themselves without knowing the reasoning behind them.

Eich's views on same-sex marriage don't make him a bad person, any more than having the view that starving children should be fed makes you a good person. However, the second those views manifest into actions, whether it's giving money to a charity to feed those children or to an organization attempting to legalize against gays, they do push your alignment towards good or evil, respectively.

No one can see into your heart, so no one can judge it, but the second you bear fruit it can, will and should be judged. And Eich's fruit was - correctly, in my view - judged to be no different than that of those who opposed "miscegenation": rotten. And so he was cast aside, out of the way of someone better.

4 days ago
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Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts

ultranova Re:Question of scale (136 comments)

Professional intelligent agents were not fooled. People who only heard what they wanted to hear do not count as professionals.

In my experience, professional people fool themselves all the time, and refuse to listen to anyone who contradicts them, so why would professional intelligence agents be an exception?

CIA is "the Company"; like all others, it's run by pointy-haired bosses.

4 days ago
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Crowd Wisdom Better At Predictions Than Top CIA Analysts

ultranova Re:Luck resets every time you guess. (136 comments)

Unreadable? How sad you have a comprehensive system so primitive.

It's called optimization. "Unreadable" means that the low-level - indeed, in most people subconscious - routine was unable to comprehend the text, and kicked it up to a higher-level one. The higher level subsystem is more flexible but, as a result, needs more resources which could be put to better use; and of course the process can occur again, escalating text comprehension all the way to the conscious mind. Thus, if you write unreadable - which means nonstandard - text, you are inconveniencing everyone who reads it, and deserve to be modded down.

4 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

ultranova Re:If you make this a proof of God... (589 comments)

Of course gods are imaginary, and you can't really say that the imagined central character inspired a piece of fiction. That would be crazy.

God(s) may or may not be imaginary, but many works were inspired by imaginary characters, and any long-running series tends towards "character X meets situation Y and reacts".

5 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

ultranova Re:Learn your math (589 comments)

Thats an exercise on futility; the conditional probability of an event happening given that it happened is always 1.

Isn't the whole point of quantum physics that the condition - "something has happened" - is in itself a fractional number? For example, a photon does not go through one slit or another, but both, and these histories interfere with each other to produce the interference pattern on the wall.

Which, of course, is the answer to the qproblem about apparent causality violations in quantum mechanics: no, observing one of entangled particles does not send a FTL signal to the other paricle; any point in spacetime where you can compare observations of both is by necessity causally linked to both, and these pasts interfere with each other to promote those combinations where purely random chance caused a seeming linkage over those where it didn't.

Not that you can ever prove an event happened even in classical physics. No matter your observations, you can never know if you have all the relevant facts; "Last Thursdayism" is undisprovable, even in principle.

5 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

ultranova Re:If you make this a proof of God... (589 comments)

We know that the universe itself is a finite age, and it did not always exist....

No, not really. Time is a property of the physical universe, so saying "universe did not always exist" is an ill-defined concept - it's referring to a point in time before time began. And since time is governed by General Relativity, which is incompatible with out current theories of quantum mechanics, saying anything certain about how it behaved in an early universe is extremely difficult.

5 days ago

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Finnish HIV vaccine testing to begin

ultranova ultranova writes  |  about 4 months ago

ultranova (717540) writes "FIT Biotech, based on Tampere, Finland, has developed a vaccine it claims will cut the cost of HIV treatment to 1/10th of its current price and might eliminate the virus entirely. The vaccine is based on genetic engineering and will enter clinical human trials next year."
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Firefox 4 released

ultranova ultranova writes  |  about 3 years ago

ultranova (717540) writes "Firefox 4 has been released. However, 100% CPU usage bug seems to be back (and severe enough that I was forced to downgrade back to 3.6 after half an hour or so), and the new interface is just different enough to be annoying; for example, "Open in new tab" and "Open in new window" menu items have been swapped around for no apparent reason.

In short, I recommend you don't upgrade at this time."

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