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Comment: Re:Climate change phobia (Score 1) 240

by Kohath (#49155161) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Many things may be possible at some time in the future. But I was responding to a post that specifically mentioned "50 years from now".

Exaggerating climate change to alarm people isn't working. Stop doing it. If you want people to take the threat seriously, be honest.

If you just want to troll people, divide people, and score petty political points for your side until the next issue gives you a new opportunity, then keep it up.

Comment: Re:Climate change phobia (Score 1) 240

by Kohath (#49153153) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

It's not going to be too bad. Think about it. We all have handheld computers that are continuously connected to essentially all the world's information. We have the ability to shape our world as never before in history. People move across and between continents routinely. The advantages of modern life make otherwise catastrophic problems into mere inconveniences.

And that's now. This article wants you to worry about hundreds of years in the future. We can expect technological progress to continue to improve things for us unless some sort of government totalitarianism puts an end to it.

Comment: Re:git blame (Score 1) 300

by Tom (#49152659) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

Three years ago, I tried to start something called the Human Security Initiative. Not by accident acrynomically close to Human Computer Interfaces.

This is desperately needed. We need to sit our asses and oh-so-smart brains down, get some designers and psychologist into the room, and talk about how to properly design security, not just engineer it.

Comment: Re:git blame (Score 1) 300

by Tom (#49152651) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

Top labs are *still* researching how to replace passwords while maintaining security.

I know. I've tried my own hand on this topic, to no avail. It's really hard.

And yes, entering your password once is a very big progress.

That's true except all kinds of people have learned to use GPG.

If you have to, or really, really want to, you will learn to use the worst tool in the history of mankind. But we should think about people who have no such drive.

The real reason people rarely use it is pure laziness

That's a cop-out. Another cheap excuse. You're blaming the user and stopping there. Let me help you with some cognitive dissonance: The same users that you call "lazy" spend an hour a day clicking on a screen to plant FarmVille crops. The most useless and boring activity ever invented. If Zynga can get them to click on some pixels repeatedly, twenty times a day, why can't we get them to click on a button once?

Comment: problem (Score 1) 351

by Tom (#49152641) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

it insisted that the very idea of Net neutrality squished its First and Fifth Amendment right

There's your problem right there. Once we grow three brain cells and understand that corporations are not people, and while they deserve rights, they don't deserve the same rights. I'm not even saying higher or lower, just saying there's a fucking difference, acknowledge it!

Comment: Re:fees (Score 0) 351

by Shakrai (#49151719) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

I've already had to turn down a couple of high-prestige projects for some remote stuff because of this.

If they're "high-prestige" why aren't you willing to move? It's not like you own that apartment you're renting. Move out when your lease comes up and make sure you tell management why you're doing it. Good tenants are hard to find, if you complain infrequently and pay your rent on time (less common than you'd think) they'll be sorry to see you go and will listen to your reasons for doing so.

Doesn't solve your problem in the short term but it's more effective for long term change than griping about the problem on Slashdot.

Comment: Re:Stomp Feet (Score 1, Troll) 351

by Shakrai (#49151691) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

Because corporations bad, mmm'kay?

That's really the crux of it. Any argument against this ruling is immediately shouted down. I posited this question on another forum and received the equivalent of -1, Troll: Why is everybody cheering a ruling that attacks hypothetical problems (the oft discussed "fast lane" has yet to actually happen) while ignoring the actual problems that are impeding innovation? The "killer app" that started this whole argument is streaming video, so ask yourself which of these two things are a greater threat to that: The data caps that are currently being imposed or the fast lane that only exists on paper?

Comment: Re:Romulan Ale (Score 1) 392

by Shakrai (#49149197) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Last Halloween I got suckered into running a 13k in costume; since the only costume I own is a TNG uniform and one of my friends wore a TOS redshirt it wasn't much of a leap to get smashed afterwards on Romulan Ale. Alas, I found out the hard way that my Playmates Type II Phaser doesn't work on the bouncer at our local pub. He's a big guy, so maybe I just needed to bump it up to maximum stun....

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