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Comment: Re:hubris (Score 1) 419

by Tom (#48162013) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

But the fact that you used that slur will be used against you by your competition in the campaign. Duh.

I'm not afraid of that. Media and opponents will find something to use against you anyways, and if they don't, they will make it up.

And your apparent deviant character as demonstrated by your racist bigotry online will be used to help convict you.

I pity you for the country you live in. Or maybe I'm just idealistic and believe that whether or not I committed the crime I'm accused of will be used to judge me.

Since you're on the level of ad-hominem attacks now, with no discernable actual content, I'll leave it at that.

Comment: Re:hubris (Score 1) 419

by Tom (#48157407) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

You're not a luminary shining light on the true inner workings of human minds,

I'm not? Now you confuse me. :-)

Maybe I'm influenced by being a European, so I don't have this history of living-memory slavery of black people and so the word is not such a trigger. But that's not the point. I didn't intend or claim to read peoples minds, but let's be honest here: If the Ebola outbreak were in Italy, the worlds reaction would be quite different. There is a definite element of racism involved in how we treat the matter, including the often made "let's just stop all travel" argument.

I don't care enough to try and dox you, but thanks for giving public permission to anybody who might. If what you say is true and you ever decide to run for public office, you're accused of a serious crime, you go through family court litigation, or you face any other circumstance whereby others have incentive to put your character under scrutiny, then God help you.

You're a bit strange. If you run for office, your private address will be public record almost immediately. Your family can be assumed to know where you live. If you're accused of a serious crime, you're going to be in jail, so it doesn't matter. So whatever point you were trying to make, I'm afraid your rage blurred your rationality.

Comment: cute, but flawed (Score 1) 94

by Tom (#48157261) Attached to: Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)

It's a really cute idea, but from what I've seen so far is lacking a few fundamentals.

Firstly, there's little mention of user interface design, which if you want this to be used by average Joes and Janes is about the most important thing.

Secondly, sharing your stuff on your own server is cute, in fact we've only had it for about 30 years, even before the Internet with BBS etc. - the problem is connections, networks. Facebook solved that problem and that's why it works and people use it. If everyone has mynamewithsomerandomadditionbecauseitwasalreadytaken.eggcyte.com - how do you find them? You will need a social network layer on top, at which point you're basically back to Facebook, minus distributed data storage.

Thirdly, the idea of having it mobile and being able to plug it in anywhere is cute, but it also means that the device - and thus everything I want published - is unavailable while in transit. In practice, the mobility will be a non-issue because of this.

Comment: others (Score 1, Troll) 57

by Tom (#48157249) Attached to: Commerce Secretary: US Wants Multi-Stakeholder Process To Preserve Internet

The United States will resist all efforts to give "any person, entity or nation"

other than the US, that is. Because we think our laws are applicable world-wide, our jurisdiction covers Earth and we invented the damn thing (ignore that this is only partially true) so get on your knees and thank us.

Comment: Re:hubris (Score 1) 419

by Tom (#48147989) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Would you choose different words were this an on-the-air interview instead of an anonymous Internet post?

No, I wouldn't. I post with my real name here as well, and finding my physical address is a matter of following some links and knowing how whois works, or for my business address, not even that.

You speak as you choose, damn the consequences.

Sometimes I choose the words that others only have in their minds, in order to expose their thinking to themselves. Also, sometimes a bit of provocation is helpful. See the first troll reply, who clearly stopped reading after "niggers".

Comment: Re:Robots? (Score 4, Informative) 419

by Tom (#48124113) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

To get to the point that a nurse is infected means that protocol wasn't followed. That it wasn't EVERY nurse and EVERY doctor that touched the patient is quite telling.

We know some details about the nurse that was infected in spain: She touched her face with her hands before disinfecting them.

Yes, protocol wasn't followed. But here's the point: You need to follow protocol 100% of the time to be safe. You only need to make one mistake to be infected. For a virus with such a crazy lethality rate, that's not good. Treating an ebola patient is a lot like playing russian roulette.

Just don't lick it, and you're fine.

Very few of the people who are now dead licked it. Yes, the media loves fear stories and it's overblown, but you're underblowing it.

Comment: hubris (Score 0, Flamebait) 419

by Tom (#48124085) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Who thought that bringing Ebola patients into countries not yet infected was a smart idea? Apparently, the thought of an american dying in Africa like all those niggers was too much for someone to stand, yes? Newsflash: The virus isn't racist, it doesn't give a fuck if you're a rich american or a starving african.

We have the same in Europe. At least one health care worker here has been infected and will probably die because someone thought it's smart to bring people infected with a 90% lethality virus home for treatment. Good job.

We cannot contain these viruses, and our assumption that we in the west are better than those primitives in Africa and we will certain contain it to the hospital wards has been smashed. Like basically anyone who's not an idiot could have guessed.

(and for the mentally challenged readers: Of course my use of "niggers" and "primitives" is to outline the very hubris I criticise. If you think I'm a racist, you're projecting too much of yourself into my words...)

Comment: goodbye Kickstarter (Score 2) 20

The moment I get spam about Kickstarter projects, I'll delete my account there. Who else?

Kickstarter is a cool concept, but one of the things that made it cool is that at its core, it has this idea of presenting your idea and letting people come to you. The more you reverse it, by "reaching out" (marketing speak) aka spamming (real human speak) people with your project, the more it is simply and advertisement platform. And nobody gives a flying fuck about advertisement platforms, as we can see from the absence of the Internet equivalent of the shopping channel.

Comment: poly-pseudo-graph (Score 1) 576

by Tom (#48118343) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

(Left un-explored is whether polygraph testing is an effective way to catch lies.)

And here I was watching from Europe thinking that this question had been settled years ago. Nobody else in the world is taking the polygraph seriously, it's a leftover from the time shortly after WW2 when too optimistic pseudo-scientists (mostly, some scientists as well) thought very soon now technology will solve every problem of the human race.

Comment: Re:Self fulfilling prophecy (Score 1) 155

by Tom (#48096381) Attached to: Europol Predicts First Online Murder By End of This Year

We're not talking radio-controlled. These drones use networking technology, and if their IP address is pingable from your location is not exactly the major point.

Given that many drone victims are civilians, in a conflict that is not officially a war, the only difference left seems to be that the murderers are not civilians. That's one of the flimsiest excuses ever to call something by a different name.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928

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