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Comment: The Knowledge (Score 4, Interesting) 272

by Mr 44 (#48248583) Attached to: A Library For Survival Knowledge

Various people have been mulling this idea around before, summary could do a better job of giving credit to previous works. Primarily, Lewis Dartnell's recent book, The Knowedge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch covers exactly this topic quite well.

Human knowledge is collective, distributed across the population. It has built on itself for centuries, becoming vast and increasingly specialized. Most of us are ignorant about the fundamental principles of the civilization that supports us, happily utilizing the latestâ"or even the most basicâ"technology without having the slightest idea of why it works or how it came to be. If you had to go back to absolute basics, like some sort of postcataclysmic Robinson Crusoe, would you know how to re-create an internal combustion engine, put together a microscope, get metals out of rock, accurately tell time, weave fibers into clothing, or even how to produce food for yourself?

  Regarded as one of the brightest young scientists of his generation, Lewis Dartnell proposes that the key to preserving civilization in an apocalyptic scenario is to provide a quickstart guide, adapted to cataclysmic circumstances. The Knowledge describes many of the modern technologies we employ, but first it explains the fundamentals upon which they are built. Every piece of technology rests on an enormous support network of other technologies, all interlinked and mutually dependent. You canâ(TM)t hope to build a radio, for example, without understanding how to acquire the raw materials it requires, as well as generate the electricity needed to run it. But Dartnell doesnâ(TM)t just provide specific information for starting over; he also reveals the greatest invention of them allâ"the phenomenal knowledge-generating machine that is the scientific method itself.

Comment: Contract (Score 2) 224

by Mr 44 (#48156561) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Every employment contract I've signed has a separate form to explicitly enumerate all your pre-existing Intellectual Property (patented or not). This benefits both the company (in strengthening their claim towards owning things you come up while working for them) and you (in that it establishes that you had the concept prior to working there).

Comment: Media Viewer (Score 5, Insightful) 239

by Mr 44 (#47724787) Attached to: Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

I really don't get the uproar. The crux of the issue seems to be that an update to the software running all the various instances of Wikipedia enabled a new slideshow viewer by default, and removed the ability for site admins to disable it by default (but users still can individually choose their preference).

Tempest in a teapot?

Comment: How fucking stupid are you (Score 4, Informative) 100

by Mr 44 (#47663283) Attached to: Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

This is great news for stopping this particular batch of spam.

You just posted the same point twice in this thread, and its completely wrong both times, and shows a total lack of reading comprehension on your part.

They are NOT emailing these addresses, they are attempting to log in to them.

Read the fucking summary, at least. You are what's wrong with the internet.

Comment: very important (Score 1) 109

by Mr 44 (#47524869) Attached to: Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

A lot of people miss this element - "spying" is very different from "legally admissible evidence in court by a police agency". I care a lot less about intelligence agencies, than police agencies.

And yes, that why the supposed collaboration with DEA is so bad, that is far worse than almost anything else that's come out in my mind.

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.