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Comment: Re:Casper is Concerned (Score 1) 269 269

Note that I didn't say it was racist. I said it was embarrassing that it accidentally mimicked the behaviour of racists.

A person calls George W. Bush a monkey, and that's not racist or hurtful. Even though they're deliberately trying to be... racist and hurtful.

Technically he is an ape, but anyway... It's not racist because there is no historical racist context for calling while people monkeys, only black people. That's just the way history is. It's hurtful though, sure.

Comment: Re:Why talk? (Score 1) 114 114

The kind of forced optimism that CEOs of startups often have to show is actually one of the things that causes depression. They have to live a lie, where they tell everyone that their shitty platform which does the same thing as five other shitty platforms is going to be the next Facebook.

Comment: Re:if that's true, (Score 1) 334 334

TFA has the wrong screenshot. This is the important one:

When you connect to the network there is a box that very clearly says "share network with my contacts". It could be a bit clearer, but it does at least make it obvious that the network details you are entering are going to be shared.

Comment: Re:Antropologist (Score 1) 91 91

Japanese shinkansen (bullet train) drivers are required to follow written procedures in the event of any kind of anomaly, failure or emergency. They have a book in the cab with all the procedures, and are not allowed to follow them from memory, they have to read each instruction from the book, speak it out loud and follow it.

So far there have been no fatalities or serious injuries due to accidents on the shinkansen system, which has been operating since 1964 and carried billions of passengers.

Unfortunately, nuclear plants might be too complex for this sort of thing to work.

Comment: Re:Profit over safety (Score 1) 91 91

A lot of commercial insurance has to be mandated by law, including insurance for nuclear plants in the US. Otherwise the company wouldn't bother, they would just create subsidiaries that take on all the risk and immediately shut down if they ever become liable for a big pay out, but funnel all the profits to the parent company.

Also, insurance for nuclear plants is literally priceless - no commercial insurer will offer it, so plants only pay for limited liability insurance and the government insures the rest at its own expense.

Comment: Re:Casper is Concerned (Score 3, Insightful) 269 269

Historically racists have called black people apes and monkeys. Therefore this accidentally and somewhat embarrassingly mimics that behaviour.

Historically white people were not, to my knowledge, insulted and discriminated against by being compared to seals and dogs. It's a bit more embarrassing to have women labeled as dogs because they are sometimes called bitches as an insult.

It's really not hard to understand. Context and history attach additional meanings and sentiments to some words.

Comment: Re:Why force her to do something she doesn't want (Score 4, Insightful) 215 215

Ask Slashdot was useful once, but in the last few years it's just become an opportunity to abuse the questioner. Okay, sometimes the questions are really dumb, but how about we try to assume good faith and not expect them to write an essay covering every possible objection first? You know, kinda like Stack Exchange or something.

In fact, screw it, Slashdot is dying. I recommend asking the same question on Stack Exchange, you will get more helpful answers.

Comment: Re:Dumb as a Rock (Score 1) 76 76

And there lies the error in your assumptions. You assume that because you have seen X that most are X. That is not statistically or scientifically valid. In fact, it is irrational.

You are also wrong about your statement about connecting to the electric company. This further demonstrates your lack of knowledge. You're talking through your hat. We are utility connected.


So I'm wrong for speaking from experience, but you are right because you speak from experience. I can tell you with absolute certainty that in my entire country you can't hook anything up to the grid without it having been inspected and signed off by a qualified electrician, and they generally won't even consider DIY installations for liability reasons.

Comment: Re:You can still buy Windows 7? (Score 1, Insightful) 155 155

Yep, software resale is legal in the EU, so you can buy used Windows licences. Of course, you can probably just get them for free at the local rubbish dump... Maybe that's why Microsoft stopped printing the key on the stickers for OEM copies. Can't recycle them if the machine is dead and won't give the key up.

In places where resale isn't legal Windows 7 costs the same as Windows 8 and Windows XP. Microsoft keep the price the same of the lifetime of the product, it's never discounted.

Comment: Re:Dumb as a Rock (Score 1) 76 76

I have no certifications nor do I need them. It is something that most people could do. How to do plumbing, electric, etc is all on the internet and in books. Most people are intelligent enough to follow the step-by-step instructions and do it. They may or may not have the creativity to come up with the plan to start with but once they have the plan they could do it. I extensively documented how we built our house. There are lots of other articles and books out there about how to build your own house.

I've seen a fair bit of amateur wiring, and I can assure you that most people are not capable of safely wiring up a house. In any case, without certification the electricity company won't let you connect to the grid, so you are reliant on what you can produce.

So, nice work, but not very practical.

Comment: Re:IoT is unsecurable (Score 1) 76 76

You can create a secure base OS that runs on low cost ARM, for example, and then have a limited, sandboxed application layer. Think browser plugins - they can do a lot, have network access etc. but are executed on a virtual machine (Javascript) and with heavy sandboxing, with masses of security protections in place.

The problem with emebedded system is that you often can't remotely update the OS, or if you can manufacturer's won't bother. You can limit the damage from exploits to things like information leaks (heartbleed style bugs) or DOS, but those are bad enough.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 293 293

Sadly the same siren call to be nice to our enemies is being heard again, on the core assumption that their priorities and values are essentially similar to our own. Once you remove that assumption - which is certainly NOT evidenced by the history of Islam on which Iran seeks to model its behaviour - you are forced to conclude they are a very dangerous country.

But the assumption seems to hold up. Look at the history of Christianity. Crusades in the middle east, murdering Muslims, raking in massive wealth in the process. Was that the middle ages or the last few decades?

So actually, the goals of America seem to be pretty similar to what you (wrongly) suppose the goals of Iran are. Your mistake is assuming they think the same way you do.

Khomeni in 1942 argued: 'Islamâ(TM)s jihad is a struggle against idolatry, sexual deviation, plunder, repression, and cruelty. The war waged by [non-Islamic] conquerors, however, aims at promoting lust and animal pleasures. They care not if whole countries are wiped out and many families left homeless. But those who study jihad will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world. All the countries conquered by Islam or to be conquered in the future will be marked for everlasting salvation. For they shall live under [Godâ(TM)s law].... Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless.'1

Sounds a lot like the rhetoric from US politicians about bringing democracy and freedom to the whole world. Read it again. "A struggle against non-Christian values, plunder, repression and cruelty. The war waged by non-US conquerors, promoting puritanism and sub-human behaviour. They care not if whole countries are wiped out and many families left homeless. But those who study democracy and freedom will understand why the US wants to bring them to the whole world."

Bush even called Iran part of an "axis of evil", and then invaded two of the other countries on his list.

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