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Comment: Re:Block spoofing. Or charge for that privilege (Score 2) 143

by aardvarkjoe (#48923445) Attached to: How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

I don't even care if they allow spoofing or not -- Just when the number is spoofed, the receiver should get an indication that it has been spoofed, and then I can make my own decision on whether I want to receive those calls or not.

I'd just drop any call from a spoofed number. If somebody want to talk to me, they can get a real phone.

Comment: Re:Could be useful in certain rare cases (Score 4, Insightful) 162

by aardvarkjoe (#48880365) Attached to: Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

In situations where moving the original object physically to its destination is difficult or cost prohibitive, and there is no further need of the original at the source (maybe it only has utility at the destination). The most obvious case would be from Earth to space, either to a location in orbit, or eventually another planet.

I would think that a trash can next to the scanner would probably do this particular job just as well.

Comment: Re:building municipal broadband is prohibited (Score 1) 160

by aardvarkjoe (#48853023) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

Its called the "commerce clause" and even "originalist" extraordinaire Anton Scalia has no problems with that (see his concurrence in Gonzales vs Rauch).

People buying their internet from a local municipal broadband service is about as far from "interstate" as you can get.

It doesn't really matter if the federal government can convince the Supreme Court otherwise. (The SC, by its nature, tends to allow federal overreach). The fact of the matter is that it shouldn't -- this is something that can be perfectly adequately addressed at the local level, and should be. You should get your state representatives and government to fix their laws, not the President of the US.

Comment: Re:ITS HIM (Score 1) 157

by aardvarkjoe (#48827229) Attached to: Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

So since you're using your nifty little script to filter out Bennett... Why are you still bitching in this thread? Shouldn't this story be filtered out for you?

Because the point of the exercise is to help others. It's not productive for me to spend the time to create the script and keep it to myself. So I don't have it turned on yet. I figured I'd post a link to it once or twice so that those who would be interested will see it, and then I'll turn it on and be rid of him forever.

If you don't like it, set me as a foe and filter my comments out. Unlike Bennett, I don't have any desire to force anyone to read what I've written.

Comment: Re:ITS HIM (Score 2) 157

by aardvarkjoe (#48823523) Attached to: Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

1. How hard is it to see "Bennett Haselton" in the storyline and ignore it. Does the computer have to do everything for you?

Do you also refuse to use adblockers and spam blockers on the same principle?

Obviously people want to get rid of the stories they don't want to see. That's why Slashdot has the story filters in the first place.

Comment: Re:ITS HIM (Score 5, Interesting) 157

by aardvarkjoe (#48823339) Attached to: Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

As I remarked in the comments for his last story, If Slashdot would make Bennett an editor, then those who don't want to read his stuff could filter it out using existing tools. That improves the site for those who don't want to see it, and for those who do by reducing the amount of spam and trolls that flood the comment section for every "article" he writes.

I sent an e-mail to /. to ask them to do so, or comment on why they won't. They didn't bother to respond, which is disappointing, although not unexpected given how hostile the Slashdot staff is towards their users.

So, I made the following user script to remove posts that mention "Bennett Haselton":

It works with Chrome and Greasemonkey in Firefox. If anyone wants to improve it or package it up nicely, please do; I don't have any prior experience with Javascript or browser extensions.

Obviously this isn't the best solution, but it's the only one we're likely to get.

Comment: systemd... (Score 5, Insightful) 553

by aardvarkjoe (#48814835) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features

systemd seems dead set on becoming an alternative operative system.

Which wouldn't be a bad thing if it wasn't ruining perfectly good operating systems like Debian while it grows.

I've stuck with Debian for a pretty long time (since around 2000) mostly because I know how everything works. But in the last year running testing, more and more frequently I'll find that something has been yanked out and replaced by something harder to use and understand. Maybe it's finally time to switch to BSD instead.

Comment: Re:Hey Bennett, (Score 1) 182

by aardvarkjoe (#48783655) Attached to: Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

Actually that's the first time anyone asked that specific question, and the answer is: Nobody ever constructed a plan such that all the editors should have editor accounts (which, among other things, lets people filter out their stories), but my stories would be run under other people's accounts instead of my own so that there was no way to filter them out, because they were deemed "too important". Instead, I don't have an editor account because I'm not an editor, and when people suggest making me an editor so they can filter out my stories, the answer is always that we're not going to pander to people who are too lazy to just skip the stories themselves.

You're demonstrating a lack of familiarity with Slashdot here. The whole reason why the "filter by posting editor" feature was introduced in the first place was so that people could filter out articles posted by a particular "editor" (Jon Katz) who had about the same reception here that you do. Making you an editor so people can filter out the drivel isn't "pandering" to anyone -- it's allowing a particular feature of the website to work as designed. Didn't you just post an article about a website that doesn't work as it should?

The word "editor" on Slashdot doesn't actually mean someone who edits anything, as anyone who has ever read the Slashdot front page is well aware.

Comment: Re:Hey Bennett, (Score 1) 182

by aardvarkjoe (#48775399) Attached to: Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

That cannot be explained by (a) me only picking friends who agree with me; or (b) me intimidating people into pretending to agree with me; or (c) my personal charisma [**snort**] charming people around me into agreeing with me; because if any of those were the cause, then my non-mathlete friends would agree with me too -- and they don't, at least not as much.

An obvious explanation, and the one that I suspect is actually correct, is that your perception of your friends is wrong -- you actually respect the opinions of the people that share your opinions, not the ones who are good at math. Very likely the "smart" people that don't share your opinions are the ones that you're less likely to associate with, and so there are probably fewer of them within your circle of friends.

Another obvious explanation is that you choose your "smart" friends with different criteria than your "not-so-smart" friends. For instance, say you met the majority of your "smart" friends through academic pursuits, and your "not-so-smart" friends through recreational pursuits. Of course generalizing anything based on the "smart" group to the entire group would not be valid.

Fundamentally, drawing general conclusions about an entire population based on observations of people in your social circle is not going to give valid results, no matter how you try to justify it. If you don't understand that, I'd suggest getting one of your "smart" friends to explain it to you.

How else would you do it?

Well, you could submit the article to a large community of relatively intelligent people who actually do form a representative subset of your audience, and then get your feedback from them.

Oh, wait. That's what you do. And by and large, those few who read them dislike it. And virtually everyone dislikes the presentation.

Comment: Re:Hey Bennett, (Score 2) 182

by aardvarkjoe (#48775273) Attached to: Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

Well, I guess that's that then. Like I said, you sound like an idiot, but at least you've confirmed your position now.

Just about everybody who writes something thinks that their work is important, but very few have the nerve to claim that readers should not be allowed to ignore their writing. I invite you to consider the logical conclusion (since you claim to place a premium on logical thinking) of what happens if everybody thinks like you do.

Comment: Re:Hey Bennett, (Score 1) 182

by aardvarkjoe (#48772381) Attached to: Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

Well I already clarified to the other poster that my sample of "smart people" is based on how well they do at math and logical reasoning (real outside-the-box stuff, not just getting good math grades in school), which is objectively measurable and not subject to my biases.

Do you seriously expect us to believe that you are selecting a statistically representative sample of people who have high, objectively measured, skills at math and logical reasoning? If so, please explain how you do this.

But your statement "I often run the ideas past smart people whose opinions I respect" suggests to me that you are relying on the input of people that you know, and probably know fairly well given that you are soliciting their opinions on your work. A sample of people who are in your social circle is going to be, by its very nature, incredibly biased.

In the face of that, your argument that somehow the majority of your audience must be wrong kind of falls apart.

Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.