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Comment: Re:Victim Card (Score 1) 1501

by Certhas (#44294517) Attached to: Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

You just made this into a gender thing. She didn't you did. You used her gender to shut down her argument, which is entirely reasonable and worth of discussion.

In other words, in what elegant little subtle line you show how discrimination, dressed up as "let's treat everyone the same" works.

If a sensitive but brilliant guy comes on your team and the culture is rough and abusive, would you tell him to man up or get out or would you consider it reasonable to maybe tone it down a bit to give him a chance to contribute? That's all she expressed. Not only that, she didn't play the victim card at all, she even promised to stand up on this issue and yell at people in person.

This whole thread just shows how incredibly alive sexism is in tech and in wider culture.

Nota bene: I agree with Linus point that the level of harshness is appropriate.

Comment: Re:1 2 3 4 I declare flame war (Score 1, Troll) 976

False dichotomy: The problem isn't either people or weapons, with one excluding the other.

And false analogy:
There are benign objects that have potentially deadly applications. For example baseball bats. Or just run an SUV into a crowd, you're bound to do a lot of damage.

There are benign objects that are not really dangerous in any conceivable circumstances, but they get banned because people are paranoid like shit about them. Like little magnetic balls.

Then there are objects built for the purpose to kill, and nothing else.

The point is not that the last category is alone in being able to cause death. It's that is it is the category of objects that makes it easy and efficient to cause death, while having no other redeeming legitimate purpose.

That means you get accidental deaths. And that also means that when we fail at the people end of things the damage is that much more catastrophic.

Comment: Re:If it works - it works (Score 5, Informative) 170

by Certhas (#43793661) Attached to: Some Scientists Question Whether Quantum Computer Really Is Quantum

Indeed, the summary is misleading.

Citing from Aaronsons blog:

Among the many interesting comments below, see especially this one by Alex Selby, who says he’s written his own specialist solver for one class of the McGeoch and Wang benchmarks that significantly outperforms the software (and D-Wave machine) tested by McGeoch and Wang on those benchmarks—and who provides the Python code so you can try it yourself.

and

As I said above, at the time McGeoch and Wang’s paper was released to the media (though maybe not at the time it was written?), the “highly tuned implementation” of simulated annealing that they ask for had already been written and tested, and the result was that it outperformed the D-Wave machine on all instance sizes tested. In other words, their comparison to CPLEX had already been superseded by a much more informative comparison—one that gave the “opposite” result—before it ever became public. For obvious reasons, most press reports have simply ignored this fact.

In other words, if it works, it works, except that it doesn't.

Comment: Re:100 more will die today (Score 1) 1719

by Certhas (#42325923) Attached to: Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

Illusionary because if you actually study the effect of gun ownership on personal safety (remember, your personal anecdotes do not data make) it does not make you safer:

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/30/opinion/frum-guns-safer/index.html
http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/12/17/guns-dont-make-you-safer

Also from spending the last few days on various US centric forums, it has become entirely clear to me that Americans are not actually interested in having a fact based discussion on this. The same places on the internet that will happily eviscerate the American right for its anti-scientific, fact ignoring stance on Global warming downvote/downmod comments that do little more than point out the facts on gun ownership.

Comment: Re:100 more will die today (Score 1) 1719

by Certhas (#42317493) Attached to: Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

No. There was one in Germany which was perpetrated by an illegally acquired gun. There was one in China recently with a knife. 22 injured, no one died.

The US has about 3.2 homicides by firearm per year and per 100.000 people, out of 4.8 homicides total.
Germany has about 0.2 homicides by firearm per year and per 100.000 people, out of 0.8 homicides total.

So the US has "only" about 2.7 times as many non-gun homicides as Germany, while it has about 16 times as many gun homicides.

If you want to argue that the freedom to have guns as a hobby, or for the illusionary purpose of self defence, is worth this many deads, feel free to argue as such. But don't hide from the facts.

Guns make killing a hell of a lot easier. And if you make it easier to get guns, you end up with more killing.

Comment: Re:100 more will die today (Score 0) 1719

by Certhas (#42317267) Attached to: Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

While we're at it, I also find it abhorrent that I'm not allowed to own a tank. I'm a law abiding citizen! And that I'm not allowed to cross red traffic lights! Crossing red traffic lights doesn't kill people, irresponsible drivers do! And don't get me started on the fact that the government makes me obtain a license and mandates me to buy insurance from a private company in order to drive around! Fucking socialist commie liberals.

Comment: Re:100 more will die today (Score 0) 1719

by Certhas (#42317211) Attached to: Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

Well, these massacres are truly different from everyday gun control and require a different response. The response they require is basically Ban assault weapons. This will not prevent crazy people from snapping, but it will turn massacres such as the one we're dealing with into something more akin to this: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/12/22-kids-slashed-in-china-elementary-school-knife-attack/

Terrible, but a world apart from the carnage these weapons cause.

If you want to do something about gun violence in general though, then go after hand guns, as you point out. New York City is now 136th on the list of 100.000+ people cities in terms of violent crime in the US. Gun control, combined with better policing, and intelligent social policies (legalisation of abortion), worked.

Form wikipedia: "While crime rates have stopped decreasing for a decade in the rest of the United States, in New York the murder rate for 2009 is at an all time low of 466, more than a 10% decline from the previous year, and the lowest count during the period that crime statistics have been recorded."

Comment: Re:Boatware (Score 1) 403

by Certhas (#42132193) Attached to: Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

This is actually easily possible because, if you read the Ars article, Dell is actually supplying all its modifications and additions for free (as in beer), in a PPA.

Still 50$ isn't too much either on a 1500$ machine. And you get one year of support, which you wouldn't get if you put Ubuntu on the Windows version yourself.

Comment: Re:Why the unneccessary government bashing? (Score 2) 143

by Certhas (#41451801) Attached to: Schneier: We Don't Need SHA-3

Are there cases where running stuff through the government is inefficient? No doubt. Let's look at one of your examples though, ISPs. Do you know what is the grand unifying theme of all the countries with better internet access? The government got much MORE involved, not less.

Same with public transport and infrastructure in general. It's horribly inefficient to let this stuff be driven by the free market (see the UK rail system). Government is inefficient if it is structurally underfunded, or if ideologues prevent it from operating properly due to the blanket believe that the free market is always superior (rather than making efficient use of markets, for example in carbon trading schemes).

Let's look at one more example where every modern nation has either a heavily regulated or completely government run scheme while the US relies on a vast private market:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Life_expectancy_vs_healthcare_spending.jpg

How's that working out for you?

Comment: Why the unneccessary government bashing? (Score 5, Insightful) 143

by Certhas (#41447603) Attached to: Schneier: We Don't Need SHA-3

Is it really necessary to have a snide remark at supposed government inefficiency there? Can't we bury this ideological attacks that are not really supported by facts or data, add nothing to the point and are in fact grossly misleading?

This is a hard mathematical problem. Ordinary research papers in mathematics often spend a year or more in peer review in order to verify their correctness. If you're building a key component of security infrastructure a couple of years of review is not at all unreasonable.

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