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Comment Re:Donna Ford is racist (Score 2) 444

This issue is now a legacy of the "war on poverty/great society", not of slavery, nor of racism. Entire books have been written on the evidence proving that. See "Conquest and Cultures" (or many free online columns) by Thomas Sowell, raised by a single mother housemaid, yet a non-affirmative action Harvard graduate in 1958.

The murder rate among blacks in 1960 was half of what is was in 1980. In 1960 the vast majority of black children were raised in two-parent households. By 1990 the majority were being raised by single parents. Those changes aren't a legacy of slavery.

Also, racism doesn't explain why black immigrants are so much more successful than native blacks, or why even when there is official racism against certain Asian groups in a country, they still do better in that country. Culture does. A racist in a school situation or a job interview, just judging based on skin color, can't tell what country your parents came from, but your behavior is influence by their culture.

We tend to look at current American black issues and ascribe them to the results of slavery, but the fact is that effects of slavery and life for blacks were getting better for almost 100 years, then suddenly many things some people like to ascribe to the legacy of slavery started to have progress slow down and then began getting worse. It makes no logical sense that the impact of slavery on black family unity would suddenly begin to make things worse 100 years later, but not before that.

Comment Re:Science and Christianity are NOT compatible (Score 1) 260

Religion demands that you take the word of some unknown person having a revelation thousands of years ago as the truth for some pretty important questions.

From this statement, please consider you may have a limited understanding of religion, likely prejudiced based on what you grew up with, rather than something you've studied scientifically?

Would it shock you to learn of at least one religion which tells potential converts, "Don't take our word for it just because we (or someone thousand of years ago) says it, here, read this information, think about it, then test what we're saying by asking God for yourself and get your own answer directly from God about the truth of it?"

Sure, there are some religions who essentially declare "God is dead" and doesn't communicate with man anymore, but if he spoke to prophets in the distant past, why wouldn't he communicate with them now? And if with them, why not with you directly as well? In ways which are unmistakable, not relying on someone else's interpretation?

Comment Re:Science Requires Effort (Score 1) 246

Learning to read music is required for learning to play, hence why I used it in my example. What you didn't do was _only_ memorize note positions for the first few years. Instead, you probably started attempting to actually play your instruments almost right away, not after years of memorization to learn to read music, and after a short time spent the majority of your time practicing actually playing the instrument, not practicing reading music without touching it.

Comment Re:Science Requires Effort (Score 1) 246

It's not just science.

The current standard U.S. school model has this same issue with most other subjects as well, with typically the notable exceptions of Art and Music, which tend to be taught by practitioners thereof, rather than your standard teaching college graduate.

Can you imagine if learning a musical instrument started with, "Let's memorize all the different note positions/letters on the treble and bass clefs, but we'll worry about actually playing some music when you're in college..."

Comment Re:Security Model Sounds Wrong (Score 1) 99

Exactly. You can lose your real life wallet and thus lose access to your bank and credit accounts, but those methods have a backup authentication system in place which people end up using all the time.

Someone with any serious amounts of bitcoins would be well advised to rent a bank safety deposit box (or two) and store an off-line backup of the key data required to reclaim their bitcoin addresses if they lost them.

Neither one helps you if someone robs your account by stealing your CC info or your encryption keys, so you still want to consider a more secure system of preventing "spending" out of an account with a balance over whatever amount you find devastating to lose.

Comment Re:Security Model Sounds Wrong (Score 1) 99

The "wallet" in the article is really just your private key to be able to decrypt a set of bitcoin addresses which have had coins associated with it. It's not really a great analogy. The actual "wallet" is the blockchain, which is spread everywhere in the world. You just can't make a withdrawal (you _can_ make a deposit) from it without your private key to prove it's really you requesting the transfer.

Like any other sort of encryption, if you have the private key and passphrase, you can read it (and spend the coins), if you don't, you can't. You don't want your private key sitting out there everywhere, you want it securely stashed. Hence using two different set of private keys, one on the public server handling transactions and another in a more secure location associated with the address of your long-term storage. It's more like having both a checking and savings account. If you're making money, you want to periodically transfer it out of checking and into savings and you don't typically withdraw from your savings all day long like you do your checking account. So you're ok with having to jump through an extra hoop or two in order to ensure your savings can't get phished out of your account.

TLS cert chains work in a similar fashion. The private keys for the internet facing services are out on servers everywhere. The Certificate Authority is setup on a hopefully secured server to issue new ones. The root private certificate which can be used to manage the CAs is ideally on an air-gapped machine where you have to have specific permission to access it.

Comment Submission/Firehose glitch or what? (Score 2) 371

Anyone have an idea of why submitting the same story yesterday morning (http://slashdot.org/submission/4917489/chinese-tech-startups-hiring-cheerleaders-for-programmers) doesn't seem to show even in the firehose and shows as still pending to me, but "HughPickens.com" (nothing promotional there...) with the same primary link and who seems to submit stories daily has already been included and posted?

Granted, you can certainly make an argument that he quoted more from the article in his post and say that's superior... I'm mostly trying to figure out why the story submission I made never even seemed to appear on the firehose and is still pending, while this duplicate of it seems to have passed it by. Is there a submission process glitch?

Comment Re:Not to overplay the "ironic" label, but... (Score 1) 344

Hillary's e-mail server could have been much more secure than the State Department's system.

We do have a few details on it.... for example, the server was located in the bathroom "server rack" in a NYC townhouse of a very-small ISP.

Pretty sure with that kind of physical security, anyone who really wanted to could walk in and grab a copy of her emails. The real crime is that none of her political opponents realized in time how easy it would have been...

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 5, Interesting) 288

"Each person’s vote in the 2013 election takes up about 27½ inches of the electronic machine’s paper trail. Each roll from the 2014 election is 385 feet long, and stored in 42 boxes that are not segregated by precinct or voting district."

Definitely not as easy as making a photo copy. Maybe they could let her pay to hire someone to sort through, find the right roll (without damaging anything), then carefully unroll and photograph it for later study before re-rolling it?

One issue of course would be that the voting registry (which is public already and contains who voted and is time stamped, so also in what order) could very easily be used to guesstimate matching up specific people with specific votes, as the roll is going to be in chronological order as well. I'm not totally familiar with Kansas law, but there's a good chance they're legally supposed to have a secret ballot.

Comment Re:SJW prove the SP's point (Score 2) 1044

And yet... David Weber has been publishing for 25 years and never even been nominated for a Hugo in all that time, but he's just one of those Baen authors, right?

The Sad Puppies point isn't that it's not ok to nominate left-wing authors, or women, or minorities, etc... they nominated some themselves, but that your publishing house or your SJW credentials shouldn't be the most important thing for the results of the vote, the story you wrote should be.

Comment SJW prove the SP's point (Score 1, Insightful) 1044

From the wired story linked above:

But in recent years, as sci-fi has expanded to include storytellers who are women, gays and lesbians, and people of color, the Hugos have changed, too. At the presentation each August, the Gods with the rockets in their hands have been joined by Goddesses and those of other ethnicities and genders and sexual orientations, many of whom want to tell stories about more than just spaceships.

While on the other hand, most SF fans like stories about spaceships as part of their science fiction, hence the rocket shape of the award.

But no, mustn't have anyone who isn't on-board with the latest politically correct dinosaur win!

I'm sure the fans can't wait until next year, when a concentrated campaign will emerge to vote one particular non-SJW in each category as the winner, turning their own tactics (block voting on one option and refusing to even consider the quality of others and vote for the "best") on their head.

Comment Re:But but but.. (Score 1) 278

Governments, at least if they deserve the name, first and foremost have the goal of keeping a country running. There you actually have the chance that the service provided IS the primary goal.

There's a whole branch of economics which completely contradicts that, so let's start with some examples... can you name a few governments among the 196 or so in the world today which "deserve the name" under your definition and we can see how the people in those governments actually behave?

After all, how many lives has the FDA cost? What medical devices are we missing because the FDA delays them?

What you seem to see as a feature (long delays and hoops to jump through for government approvals), others have identified as a bug in the system.

All science is either physics or stamp collecting. -- Ernest Rutherford