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Comment ad hominem (Score 1) 536

This seems like a dig at Sarah Sharp, implying that she hasn't contributed anything, and further implying that one's argument is wrong or unworthy if you haven't contributed work. This is basically ad hominem. Whether someone has contributed work is irrelevant to whether their argument is sound or not.

Comment Re:How it should be (Score 1) 536

Sadly I predict that many comments here won't get that. They will instead call him a pussy because he couldn't stand the heat, and acted like a girl by leaving. Let's see if I'm right.

If people sling misogynistic, sexist comments like that at him, then I'd say he was absolutely right.

Referring to women's genitals or their gender to insult a man is doubly sexist and inappropriate.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 1) 381

I've never seen a serious, credible libertarian advocate pure absolute 100% anarchy, just like I've never seen a serious, credible businessperson advocate 100% unrestrained laissez-faire capitalism. What I have seen is such people making arguments for a step closer to those things, an alteration or rethinking of the current balance or list of priorities.

What I've seen time and time again is that "libertarians" vocally object to regulation that hurts their profits and government programs that don't benefit them, and are very quiet about regulation and programs that do benefit or protect them.

See: industrialists who want to dump shit in the local river, but also want the police to bust down the doors of someone who is making copies of their widgets.

See: rich people who don't want social welfare programs, but want the city to plow their private drive.

See: the handicapped guy at my local makerspace whose rear window is covered in libertarian/Ayn-Randian stickers, but parks in the handicapped parking spot, and filed a complaint with the state when his space wasn't cleared fast enough last year, costing the makerspace $6,000 in fines.

See: rural residents who hate "tax and spend liberals" and demand their representatives vote against any sort of social programs or things that benefit cities.....but live in revenue-negative states and are more than happy to take from the public till for the thousands of miles of roads one or two people a day drive down, huge fancy new medical and community centers, etc...not to mention the massive farm subsidies. Rural politicians survive mostly by pointing a grubby finger at other politicians for supporting programs that don't benefit Joe Midwesterner, while quietly making sure Joe has smooth roads everywhere he drives his assault-vehicle-sized pickup and a nice football stadium for Joe's kids to play in, and the shiniest fire trucks with NBC gear in case the "towelheads" decide to dirty-bomb his town.

(Seriously: DHS pays for fire trucks in the middle of nowhere to get positive-pressure, nuke/bio/chem filtration systems. It's insane.)

These "baby with the bathwater" excuses for argumentation really get tiresome. They don't remotely represent what any thinking person actually believes. Thus, they are strawmen.

And you've created your own strawman: libertarians who don't act out of pure selfishness.

Comment Minecraft? Secret? Huh? (Score 1) 842

The dude was head of a company that made one of the top-selling software packages of all time. He sold the company to Microsoft.

When someone googles your name and they get "minecraft creator sells to MS for $2BN", there is no way to not tell people.

Furthermore, when you're worth that kind of money, you *have* to change your lifestyle for personal safety.

Comment Not in Gmail; images are cached (Score 3, Interesting) 294

Gmail caches any images in an email, and serves them through their own servers, in order to prevent tracking bugs from having any effect.

The greater concern for me is what happens when you hover over a link that causes action by virtue of the URL being hit? I assume they must have done some filtering-out GET URLs, but...what about URLs that are prettified? Jesus, this is such a bad idea all around.

Comment And if you're not BoingBoing? (Score 2) 104

It's amazing that Doctorow is so thick as to not understand his privilege.

The FBI agent probably dropped it as soon as he realized who Boing Boing was.

Your average home user or small business running a tor exit node is not going to be treated with anywhere near that kind of kindness.

Comment It was a BlackHat / DEFCON publicity stunt (Score 2) 26

Hackaday is pretty much spot on:

There's always posturing for PR before BlackHat and DEFCON. This was to get the researcher's name on people's radar.

Many a competent unix sysadmin could come up with something similar.

What's hilarious is that despite how easy it would be to make something like this, the "researcher" just bought a yagi antenna and posed for a picture. They didn't even bother to point the yagi antenna towards the ground, for that matter.

Comment Physics called... (Score 2) 549

It's preferable for the car that is struck to not release its brakes. Basic physics. The more the struck car moves, the more injuries from the passengers in it. Also, the struck car moves and hits another car, etc.

The struck car's momentum is what mitigates the impact for its occupants. Ideal would be deploying a system to keep the struck car from moving at all. Mercedes has a braking system they've been testing that would probably do the job. It's basically an airbag on the bottom of the car, with a very high friction surface.

Comment Europe has also had wire transfers (Score 4, Interesting) 294

Wire transfers are extremely common in Europe; virtually instantaneous, cheap, etc. Customers can do them themselves, person to person.

Here in the US? Anywhere from a day to WEEKS for absolutely no legitimate reason. You generally need a teller or branch manager to do it. At least $5; $40 if the transaction ends up going through the Fed.

It's 2015. Why does transferring money in the US take more than a minute and a few cents?


Researchers Claim a Few Cat Videos Per Day Helps Keep the Doctor Away 59

bigwophh writes: A study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior suggests that watching videos of cats may be good for your health. The study pinged nearly 7,000 people and asked them how viewing cat videos affected their moods. Of those surveyed, over a third (36 percent) described themselves as a "cat person" and nearly two-thirds (60 percent) said they have an affinity for both dogs and cats. Survey subjects noted less tendencies towards feeling anxious, sad, or annoyed after watching cat videos, including times when they viewed the videos while at work or trying to study. They also reported feeling more energetic and more positive afterwards. There may have been some guilt from putting off work or studying to watch Internet videos, but the amusement they got from seeing the antics of cats more than made up for it.

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