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Comment: Re:Technology might not help. (Score 1) 87

by Dragon Bait (#48181047) Attached to: Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

This is controversial but it should be said. but the biggest problem, religion, cant be solved with technology because religious zealots dont operate logically.

History doesn't bear this out. During the black plague in Europe, the Jews fared much better than others because of a ritual of cleanliness. Islam also has numerous cleansing/washing rituals. At best, lumping all religions together is ignorant.

+ - Torvalds: I Made A "Metric Sh--load" Of Mistakes With The Linux Community->

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electronic convict (3600551) writes "In a Q&A at LinuxCon Europe, Linux creator Linus Torvalds — no stranger to strong language and blunt opinions — acknowledged a "metric shitload" of interpersonal mistakes that unnecessarily antagonized others within the Linux community. In response to Intel's Dirk Hohndel, who asked him which decision he regretted most over the past 23 years, Torvalds replied:

From a technical standpoint, no single decision has ever been that important... The problems tend to be around alienating users or developers and I'm pretty good at that. I use strong language. But again there's not a single instance I'd like to fix. There's a metric shitload of those.

It's probably not a coincidence that Torvalds said this just a few weeks after critics like Lennart Poettering started drawing attention to the abusive nature of some commentary within the open-source community. Poettering explicitly called out Torvalds for some of his most intemperate remarks and described open source as "quite a sick place to be in." Still, Torvalds doesn't sound like he's about to start making an apology tour. "One of the reasons we have this culture of strong language, that admittedly many people find off-putting, is that when it comes to technical people with strong opinions and with a strong drive to do something technically superior, you end up having these opinions show up as sometimes pretty strong language," he said. "On the Internet, nobody can hear you being subtle.""
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Comment: Re:Divergence (Score 1) 153

by Dragon Bait (#48160907) Attached to: Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

...mice and rats diverged somewhere between 12 and 24 million years ago.


What does this even mean?

Part of the problem is that we want clear and distinctive buckets (labels) to put things into: this a rat, this is a mouse, ... Evolution, slow, gradual changes over time, doesn't work that neatly. 12 to 24 million years ago there was some animal with some its descendants became today's rats and some other of its descendants became mice. That animal could interbreed with others of its kind. At some point its descendants branch that eventually became rats and its descendants branch that eventually mice could no longer interbreed. But it wasn't a "Gee, we could interbreed last night but not this morning" kind of deal.

+ - Ian Wright is Turning Fedex and Garbage Trucks Into High Performance EVs->

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Tekla Perry (3034735) writes "Ian Wright was employee number one at Tesla, but left that carmaker and started Wrightspeed because he wanted to go all out on performance. The X1 electric sportscar he designed went superfast and could stop on a dime--but was hard to handle unless you were a trained race car driver. So he turned towards making putting motor systems in each wheel that allowed the car's computer to constantly fine-tune speed and make the car hug the road--as if a professional were at the wheel. He's now got a patent on “vehicle dynamics control in electric drive vehicles”, makes powertrains based on the technology, and landed FedEx as a lead customer. He's not saying that FedEx trucks are going to handle like racecars...or are they?"
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Comment: Re:DESI Is the SUPREME RACE! (Score 1) 117

by Dragon Bait (#47902657) Attached to: Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

Most of them are buddhist, vegetarians or vegans.

Do you think buddhism is some kind of diet? Or should that have been a period after buddhist?

Do you think vegetarians is some kind of diet? Do you think vegans is some kind of diet? I suppose if you're a cannibal it could be, but I highly doubt that what GP meant.

+ - Despite Obama's Pledge to Curb It, NSA Mass Surveillance Wins Rubber Stamp->

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schwit1 (797399) writes "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Justice Department's request for another 90-day extension of the National Security Agency's controversial mass surveillance program, exposed publicly last summer by Edward Snowden and authorized under Section 215 of the post-9/11 Patriot Act. The spying authority is next set to expire on Dec. 5.

The extension marks the third of its kind since President Obama pledged in January to reform how the NSA spies on Americans during a major policy speech delivered amid withering scrutiny of the nation's intelligence-gathering practices."

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Comment: Re:What are the bounds of property? (Score 1, Redundant) 166

by Dragon Bait (#47898507) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Also, as far as I am aware, you are not allowed to have security cameras on your property that film parts of other's properties. Those laws should suffice, or at least be amended to include "roaming" cameras.

Be sure to check with your local laws. IANAL and I understand the law slightly differently --- which might be because we're in different localities (or because IANAL).

Comment: Re:define "customer" (Score 1) 290

by Dragon Bait (#47889429) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

We are not customers, however I would argue that we are service providers. We provide service to Google's business by consuming advertising. As a service provider I also do not want my emails ignored.

If you're the service provider to Google then according to this ruling it is you that is not allowed to ignore e-mail from Google.

Comment: Re:yet if we did it (Score 1) 463

My initial perception was the same as your experience: that the black and Latino populations were solid blocs

I never said they were solid blocks. That one day --- when violence was threatened --- then they formed one solid block. During normal times they weren't.

That said, they form pretty solid voting blocks. Blacks have consistently voted 90% for Democrats since Johnson's Great Society.

Comment: Re:zero privacy = full control (Score 1) 206

by Dragon Bait (#47840009) Attached to: Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

I'm just saying if we can embrace the positive parts of full transparency, that will be better than the fallacy of believing we can successfully safeguard our privacy.

You do realize that Roe v. Wade is based on privacy rights, don't you? If you get rid of privacy, including (or especially) medical privacy then you undermine the foundation of a woman's right to choose.

Comment: Re:yet if we did it (Score 1) 463

Or it could mean that white people benefited from better education and privilege, there-fore having less reason to riot over perceived ills and taking alternative means of remedying the situation.

Or there could be different cultures at work.

My junior high was 1/3 white, 1/3 Hispanic, and 1/3 black. In 8th grade, a white kid was beaten severely enough to be sent to the hospital by a group of Hispanic kids. The vice principle (a huge black man with a commanding presence) got on the intercom and indicated that any retaliation would be dealt with severely. After school, all the blacks were in one large group, all of the Hispanics were in one large group in another area, and the whites were completely scattered---you couldn't find more than 4 white kids together in one group.

I found it interesting that the whites did not band together like the other races.

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