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Comment Re: Makes sense (Score 1) 154

Yep, that has been my experience. When I was in high school, in an accelerated/advanced science/math program, most of the kids were cheating on their lab reports. I had one teacher, in biochemistry, who really taught me the value of personal integrity. Most kids that was lost on, unfortunately. Surprisingly enough that lesson is what taught me to rely and adhere to principles, rather than doing whatever it takes to get ahead - I may not be rich, but I'm happy with who I am as a person.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the kids who went on to mostly cheat became ardent socialists, and I wound up an ancap.

Comment Re: Why is this a story? (Score 1) 84

New stories with back and forward references would make more sense. If you pull up a Slashdot story from Google and read it you'll never know there's a Slashback with an update or correction. A filter could be applied for exclusion or presentation changes based on tag from that point forward.

Put a feature request into the Soylent github - hopefully /. will finally go open-source under @whipslash's leadership.

[I'm expecting these tags will magically start working one day.]

Comment Re: Wow what a surprise... (Score 1) 87

The trouble with merely modding down comments like these down is we don't have a "long winded, no idea what he's talking about" mod.

This is simple crypto optimization, like happens every year. It's necessary and expected, and :shudder: anticipated by the designers of bitcoin (aside: stop looking for one man, stupid magazines).

Personally, I'm intrigued as I have a very old wallet I've forgotten the password to, and commission-based cracking services have been unable to touch it. Sadly, it's not worth much more than the EC2 time but it's a bur in my saddle to have it outstanding.

Comment Re: Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 0) 507

The best thing about Sanders's economic policy is that it's utterly fantastic, impossible thinking, entirely ungrounded in reality. Which means Congress won't go for it unless it's a Democrat majority, so that's a NOOP.

Don't get me wrong - nobody who is running is at all qualified for the job, but when John fucking McAfee is the best of the field, this country is in huge trouble.

Comment Re:And? (Score 4, Insightful) 289

If you're in the US, losing the entire Russian government market is a blow to the balance of trade and local economy. This single contract is just representative of everything that's happening across the industry - it's far larger.

But Americans seem to WANT NSL's and are willing to sacrifice the entire tech sector, the basis of their economic growth, for an increased police state. Maybe they'll get to pick the size of their grey tunics.

Comment Re: Too late (Score 1) 403

Republicans aren't "free marke"t or "freedom" people - they're theocratic corporatists. You might be thinking of libertarians - they're more of the "do whatever the fuck you want unless you're going to hurt someone else" mentality. They might think that an SJW company would run itself into the ground in pretty short order, but whatever - they can destroy their company if they feel like it.

Comment Re:Oops (Score 1) 653

That's an idiotic security model, and wired should know it.

Wired probably does, but so what? The surveillance vendors are their customers. They only write content to get you, their product, to visit the site, so they can sell your private information.

They're not going to screw over their customers for your benefit. If you go away, the unwashed masses will still stay and they'll never notice. I can't see why Wired would change anything.

Comment Re:IoT is rebranded home automation (Score 1) 88

Tomorrow you won't have an option. It will become a mandatory insurance and liability device.

It might be cheaper to have drivers who agree to tracking. That's fine - people who don't want to be tracked can pay a little extra (I would, and I haven't had an accident claim in decades). As long as there are people who don't want to be tracked, an insurance company can profit handsomely from it, and there will be a market offering.

The trouble will become when a government forces insurance companies to require tracking. But if that's the case, then the problem isn't with the IoT or the tracking; it's that you've got something that claims to protect your liberty forcing you to engage in certain types of commerce instead. Yeah, yeah, yeah, good livestock management practices on the tax farm - I get it.

Comment ask Shatner who gets credit (Score 4, Insightful) 217

From my experience with kids of this generation, there's one teacher who's responsible for most of the positive increase in mathematical competency in recent years: Salman Khan.

I'm sure you'll find any number of politicians and their cronies at the textbook corporations who will claim credit, but when they mess everything up and the children find themselves mystified and befuddled, they turn to Khan for help.

Comment Re: I am not a physicist but... (Score 5, Interesting) 331

An interesting trend to watch, even if this one doesn't turn out to be verified, is that China is where most of the the significant energy research is happening.

The US will be buying most of its advanced energy tech from China in just a couple decades. A couple decades ago that would have seemed unconscionable.

Say what you want about the relative historical value of the two governments, but one stymies progress with fear-based regulations and denial and the other takes the engineering approach to solving problems. Only one of those can drive prosperity - the leads to despair.

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