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Comment: Re:special software client (Score 1) 89

by frovingslosh (#47979285) Attached to: The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job
I wasn't saying that, because it is so hard to build your own exact copy of the binary that releasing the code is pointless, which was apparently stated here. I was saying that in this particular case where there is no good reason at all for the user to need a special downloading client then releasing the code that supposedly is the special downloading client is not enough to make me trust it. I see no reason for a special downloading client just to get the assignments, so I'm not going to go through the pointless effort to examine code that might or might not be the source code for the special magical downloading client.

Comment: Re: Other hackable things (Score 1) 28

by AvitarX (#47978837) Attached to: Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

The security feature I'd like to see is a way to with touch only turn off a phone that's locked ( for example the 5 quick clicks method on the power button most portable vaporizors tend to use) .

This with a long password and whole disk encryption on boot

I could then use sloppy security most of the time , ( 4 digit pin) ,but I could easily turn it off in my pocket before handing it over to a malicious actor ( law enforcement / theif) .

Comment: Re:The article isn't any better. (Score 1) 731

by swillden (#47978545) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

It isn't predictive capacity just in the sense that it will describe how known things happen - it should describe what will happen in a previously unknown situation, which is where experimentation comes in, whether it is contrived or found in nature. Take the theory that angels pushed planets around and that the movement of the stars was governed by the whim of the gods - when a theory came along (Newton's gravitation) that both described current phenomena, and also was able to predict something previously unexpected (the return of Halley's comet) it was a resounding vindication of the theory.

Yes, and the converse is also crucial: For example the Michelson-Moreley experiment observed a phenomenon (or, rather, lack of one) which defied explanation under Newtonian Mechanics. Because Newton's theory is a good explanation there was no way to make minor adjustments to it which could explain the null result. Instead, we got special and then general relativity, which completely changed the explanation to one in which gravitational forces don't really even exist.

To put it another way, what you said is that good explanations have "reach"; they explain more than the phenomenon they were created to explain. Further, they also tell us what those other phenomena are, because the explanation itself implies that reach (though sometimes we don't see all of the implications). And, finally, they are not easily modifiable to account for new observations which don't fit the theory.

This makes explanatory theories far more than simple predictive tools, and is the reason that the empiricist view of science as merely a process for deriving predictive rules is incorrect.

Comment: Re:Too be fair... (Score 1) 169

by drinkypoo (#47978211) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

when your people are dying and people are coming in, risking their own lives to try and help you, and your response is to attack and kill them, trying to use the injustices of the past to justify the mass deaths of the present won't win you any friends

This isn't about justifying deaths or winning friends. This is about if you want to try to help people, you have to craft your message in a way that they are ready to receive.

Comment: Re:Your employer (Score 1) 177

by drinkypoo (#47977915) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Yes, we do know what kind of conference this is because the OP told us.

What. No, no they have not. They said it was specific to a technology, that's it. You then concluded that it was more along the line of "C# or Java: Haskell to the Rescue!". but it could easily be technology-related, for example automation controls. There's lots of reasons why someone in the public sector might have something to gain by visiting a conference being held in Vegas. It's just a common place to hold them for a broad variety of reasons. You don't know what the subject matter is, but you're sure you do. Why? The provided evidence is insufficient to jump to the conclusion you're now standing upon.

Comment: Re:Why is this on Slashdot (Score 1) 416

by painandgreed (#47977449) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Dur wut? Obama is the one who caused this by creating, funding and arming ISIS in the first place. There would have been no war in Syria for the last 3 years if the United States and it's pals Qatar and Saudi Arabia weren't sending a steady supply of guns and fighters. The Saudi Arabia that chopped off the heads of at least 8 people last month.

My understanding is that the US backed the Free Syrian Army (along with Turkey, France, etc) which did fight alongside ISIL for a while against the Assad government but ISIL finally turned on the FSA and has been fighting them also for the last year or two.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 1) 416

by painandgreed (#47977307) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

No, political persecution was invented about a couple millennia or so earlier. The Nazis needed scapegoats. The Jews were different and low in number, therefore convenient. Like political hectoring today, it had nothing to do with reality. Hitler's religion had nothing to do with his goals or implementation.

Hitler's, the NAZI party's, and even Germany's hatred of the Jews goes back farther and is much greater than just the need of a scapegoat. There are times on the Eastern front where more men and material would have made a big difference, but in the end, Hitler ordered that more Jews be sent to the camps rather than supplies and troops to fight the Soviets. It wasn't just Hitler's usual bad tactical judgement, but a determined decision that exterminating the Jews was a greater goal than winning the war.

Comment: Re:Training Budget (Score 1) 177

by David_W (#47976985) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

either pay part of the cost or take PTO to attend if it isn't after-hours

Ugh. You know, I understand the desire of an employer to try to "protect their investment" as it were, even though I generally hate it, as it seems like they try way, way too hard. The employment relationship is already lopsided enough as it is. It is almost to the point that it feels like they don't really want to pay for it, they just want to pretend they do to look good.

That said, one thing I cannot stand is the idea of trying to force someone to do training on their own time (or take PTO). For classes (conferences are a bit different, but can be similar), they are typically scheduled right smack dab in standard working hours. Its obvious they were set up with the expectation that employers are footing the bill (for both the class and the time).

Companies give precious little PTO as it is already (I think it should be around twice as much as what is typical these days, or at least go back to separate sick and vacation time and raise those banks a bit higher), and many aren't willing to negotiate on it if you want more in lieu of higher salary. Plus they tend to act like taking unpaid time is a cardinal sin or something they really should consider firing you for, not just a situation of you'd like/need a little more time off than their standard policy allows for. So yeah, some sort of cost sharing/prorated reimbursement? Not a fan, but at least I get it... charging PTO? Oh hell no...

Comment: Re:Know who to sue (Score 1) 159

by TWX (#47976773) Attached to: Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle
Was this a space-science researcher? If he's working on anything tangible that doesn't have an upper limit on the bandwidth of data collection like space-science does, then yes, I guess I would expect a researcher to do more than play mix-and-match with a large volume dataset to produce papers.

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