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Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 1) 696

by Oceanplexian (#46770065) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding of American politics by Europeans. You're not supposed to vote directly for leaders; it's by design.

Even a pure democracy is natural rigged to defer to tyranny of the majority. Voters would simply stop voting for taxes until government was bankrupted out of existence. So yes, in that sense, our representitive democracy is working just fine. The general public is notoriously bad at understanding geopolitics, foreign policy, or the economy. I, for one, do not want a majority of Joe Sixpacks in a room deciding if we go to war or not.

As for our two party system, there are a lot of examples of multi-party systems that are a complete failure (Italy). The prime minister needs a majority in both the Senate and House of Deputies which is nearly impossible, so nothing gets done. Obviously you need some balance between a single party system and a pure democracy, go figure. You'd be surprised how effective a benevolent dictatorship can be (e.g. Pax Romana), so our founders tried their best to come up with a reasonable compromise.

That said, corporations do tend to trip up the system, I'll be honest. The US has lobbying groups and campaign finance problems, but those things too have a valid place in government. A business owner should be able to petition the government! Sometimes the corporation is an expert in a subject that the public is not. There should be ways to reconcile these differences but majority rule or restrictions on free speech are not the answer. Regardless, any path should be tread carefully or we risk removing the very safeguards in government that are designed to protect us from ourselves.

Comment: Re:Groovy ... (Score 1) 236

by Oceanplexian (#46441321) Attached to: SpaceX Wants To Go To Mars — and Has a Plan To Get There
If I were to put my money on something, it wouldn't be a non-redundant system with more single points of failure than your average unpatched Windows XP desktop.

The Earth has a vast history of extinction events, conservation or not. Humans have quite successfully endured by 'shifting locations'.

Comment: Re:NIMBY (Score 1) 176

by Oceanplexian (#46246519) Attached to: Germany's Renewable Plan Faces Popular Resistance
It's all because of the the LNT model

There's definitely a lot of evidence that low exposure is not dangerous (beneficial...the jury is out). A lot of the wildlife around Chernobyl had dramatically recovered despite high levels of radiation. I don't think this is unusual -- lots of places on Earth see elevated background radiation and we have a history of cosmic events. Most life probably has some yet-to-be-discovered adaptation mechanism.

We know that high levels of radiation are dangerous but statements like "A million people are 1% more likely to get cancer" grind my gears because they're based on a poor model.

Comment: Re:even a broken clock... (Score 1) 523

by Oceanplexian (#46070503) Attached to: RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance
The counter-argument is that we've changed a lot less than you think.

Transportation, communication and technology may have changed, the country may be a lot bigger and the world a lot smaller, but human nature goes back thousands of years unchanged. The struggle between large and small government goes right back to the Whigs and the Federalists. Our founders, too, stole lessons and concepts of governance from thousands of years before their time when writing the Constitution.

Comment: Fuzzy Hashing (Score 2) 243

I would try running all the files through ssdeep.

You could script it to find a certain % match that you're satisfied with. Only catch to this is that it could be a very time-intensive process to scan a huge number of files. Exif might be a faster option which could be cobbled together in Perl pretty quickly, but that wouldn't catch dupes that had their exif stripped or have slight differences due to post-processing.

Comment: Re:Which shows that people don't understand (Score 1) 846

by Oceanplexian (#46014977) Attached to: Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High
Why don't people actually work to solve these things instead of whining about how much water we use or fuel we burn? Drought or not, it shouldn't matter one bit. We're overextended and either need to

A) Kill everyone off
B) Fix the damned problem

Climate change breeds anthrocentrism. The universe is a tough place and we need to fight to survive. Trying to preserve oil or water is no different than putting quotas on how much wood you can burn instead of inventing petrol.

Screw conservation, bring on the technology. Nuclear desalination should have solved this problem 50 years ago.

Comment: Re:local weather (Score 0) 517

by Oceanplexian (#45940083) Attached to: How Weather Influences Global Warming Opinions
Yes except weather has and always will be highly variable. Pointing to records that have happened in our short human lifetimes don't tell the whole truth.

Are the number of anomalies increasing? Possibly.
Is looking at the past 100 (short) years of data to justify your climate change theory ethical? No.

Comment: Too big (Score 4, Insightful) 520

by Oceanplexian (#45917409) Attached to: 4K Is For Programmers

For the time being, there is no single higher-productivity display for a programmer.

You can currently buy a 2560x1440 27" display for around $350. The Seiki display they refer to is actually two 1920x2160 panels stitched together and limited to a painful 30hz. Second, the monitor is not 4k, it's 3840x2160 which is only UHD. 4k is 4096x2160.

Finally, this is a nearly 40 inch display. They look ridiculous as a computer monitor and the ergonomics suck.

Just give us 4k in a 27-30" form factor for people that aren't blind. I'm amazed that phones can have higher pixel densities than computer monitors.

Comment: Re:Goodbye Server Admins (Score 5, Insightful) 152

Sysadmins are worried about a lot more than how fast something is for development.

As a DevOps minded person who does code and understands hardware very well, Amazon and Rackspace are both a pile of garbage. They run on 4-year old Xeons that have been split 30 different ways. There are major IO contention issues. Snapshots take hours. SSDs cost thousands a month. They lock you into their service by using proprietary standards (e.g. RDS disables external replication). They come with little to no SLA.

Secondly, we've got privacy and security issues to worry about, regulations like HIPAA, PCI compliance, backups, redundancy, failover, documentation and continuity of business planning. We'll probably still be working for the company long after Amazon has gone out of business and the development team has been replaced or quit.

So, please, forgive your admin if he gets upset. A lot of us are in it for the long game and prefer not to shit all over our employer so they can continue to do business in the future.

Comment: Get the real number (Score 2) 497

If you're up for it, just run the calls through an Asterisk server running off a 800 number or PRI from a provider that actually gives you the real caller data.

At that point you'll have the real ANI instead of the CPN (caller ID). Grab that number, track down who owns it, then get a lawyer to serve them with a cease and desist.

Comment: Re:Why put the automation in if not to use it? (Score 4, Insightful) 270

by Oceanplexian (#45481467) Attached to: Airline Pilots Rely Too Much On Automation, Says Safety Panel
If it were so easy to just automate extreme failures, websites like Google, Facebook, and Amazon would go down a lot less often. Unfortunately despite thousands of employees with extreme technical skill, there are still mistakes that bring them down from time-to-time. If we didn't have human SREs or System Administrators, things would be a lot worse. A computer doesn't have the analytics skill of a pilot and never will unless we end up with a singularity.

We don't have strong AI yet and pilots will never just "sit down with a programmer". Automation has to be tested thousands of times across thousands of scenarios in different aircraft and conditions for decades. Even then, there's always the chance that some snippet of code is waiting to kill a plane full of people because it got the wrong set of sensor inputs.

Comment: Re:Double down (Score 2) 534

by Oceanplexian (#45434351) Attached to: Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated By Half
Personally, I'm confident the experts can be very wrong because if you look at history, it's happened time and time again. Computers and spreadsheets don't change that.

I'd say the science is pretty new. Things need time to settle down before we can sit back and take them for what they're worth.There simply hasn't been enough time for it to have established rigor and respect.

This doesn't mean I don't believe in AGW, but it also doesn't mean I blindly support the deindustrialization of the western world without, you know, a little more investigation.

Comment: Re:Great for CC scammers (Score 1) 222

by Oceanplexian (#45434031) Attached to: Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card
More secure for the Bank that is. In the US we see so much fraud because merchants are negligent. I'm not sure if you've heard the horror stories, but in Europe banks will refuse to admit that fraud has occurred because they consider the system unhackable.

When someone uses a rigged terminal to capture your pin AND card data, you're up shit creek and the stuck picking up the pieces. The credit card company will not do a chargeback.

Comment: Precedent? (Score 1, Interesting) 599

by Oceanplexian (#45332901) Attached to: Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?
Doesn't this set dangerous precedent?

Plenty of organizations have dozens or hundreds of passwords. Is it really the employee's responsibility to remember each and every password and keep records of them indefinitely after employment? Should I be required by law to produce network diagrams?

Yes, this guy was a douchebag, but he shouldn't have to turn over anything.

Access control policy is the responsibility of the employer. If they fail to set policy or fire employees before it's too late, it's their own damn fault. This is just another example of mismanagement backed by a broken justice system.

Never trust an operating system.