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Comment: Re:OK, but seriously... (Score 1) 91

by chihowa (#49736021) Attached to: Tweets To Appear In Google Search Results

As someone who uses DuckDuckGo, I have to point out that that's a misleading suggestion. If other engines start doing this, it may well end up in DDG as well.

DDG relies heavily on the indices of others and many of the crappy trends in modern search engines are filtering into DDG. Search terms are replaced by synonyms and common misspellings, all searches seem to be boolean OR searches and terms are dropped without any notice at all, etc. More than that, any dissatisfaction with the results is dismissed and blamed on the other indices that they use.

Honestly, if it weren't for the extremely addictive bang searches (holy shit are those awesome), I'd probably ditch DDG. I know that you can implement those in Firefox, so I might get around to that eventually.

Comment: Re:Stupid question: how do you use it? (Score 1) 88

by chihowa (#49727811) Attached to: Yubikey Neo Teardown and Durability Review

It also has a CCID compatible secure element, so you can use it to store your SSH keys. Instead of setting up OTP on each server and pressing the button, just add the NEO's key to .ssh/authorized_keys on each host. Much simpler.

It also acts as a OpenPGP Card and has support in Android for signing/decrypting email.

Comment: Re: Bad good idea (Score 1) 198

by chihowa (#49705641) Attached to: European Telecoms May Block Mobile Ads, Spelling Trouble For Google

Actually, APK is totally right on this count. Adblock Plus on Firefox mobile is a dog on older, or lower end, phones. A hostfile based adblocker makes for a much better experience in this context. Of course, your phone has to be rooted, which isn't the case with Firefox + adblock.

Comment: Re:Fairly simple (Score 1) 277

by chihowa (#49702465) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Keychain?

Actually, in addition to a couple of real keys, a little flash drive and a Yubikey NEO (for my GPG keys), I have a tiny little knife on my keyring.

TSA has bugged me about extra camera batteries, a little bit of water left in a bottle, hotel shampoo that wasn't in its proper ziplock bag, even nail clippers... but not once about the knife on my keyring.

Comment: Re:really everyone? (Score 2) 604

by chihowa (#49697753) Attached to: A Plan On How To Stop Sexism In Science

There's a wide plain between Einstein (who was a theoretical scientist anyway and didn't observe, record, and verify data) and a technician whose only role is to observe, record, and verify data. The GP was referring to PhDs in science, whose role involves making models to explain the data that they collect, not just collecting data and applying it to models that somebody else made.

While anybody can observe, record, and verify data (which isn't even remotely true and many people trained in science are terrible at this, let alone determining what data needs to be collected), very few people have the talent, training, and desire to make models that explain the collected data.

Comment: Re:finally, some responsibility (Score 1) 544

by chihowa (#49694331) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

Considering that the vast majority of people have been vaccinated and vaccines aren't 100% effective, the answer to your question wouldn't be the huge blow to vaccination policy that you're thinking it would be.

Here are some more questions that may provide some context:

How many people who didn't get sick with measles were vaccinated?

How many people are there who got sick with measles and were vaccinated, compared to the total number of people who were vaccinated? Now, how many people are there who got sick with measles and weren't vaccinated, compared to the total number of people who weren't vaccinated?

What is the frequency of measles outbreaks since kids started getting MMR and the the frequency of measles outbreaks since the rise of the antivax movement.

Comment: Re:Sociopath (Score 1) 170

Now on to the players who hit each other. We're playing a game, we hit each other. But we're not trying to hurt each other - and the exceptions tend to get tossed from the game. Intent is important.

I think that this is an important distinction to draw attention to. The overwhelming majority of contact sports do not condone the intentional injury of other players. There's a general acceptance that incidental injuries are inevitable, but the same is true for non-contact sports and even solo athletic activities. Even when hitting other people is a part of the sport, doing so recklessly or maliciously is not cool and will end with you being excluded from the game or entire sport.

Comment: Re:I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you... (Score 3, Insightful) 87

You don't go there because of the war on drugs, not the drugs themselves. The US became a much safer place when the war on alcohol was abandoned and the world will be a safer place when the war on drugs is abandoned.

Black markets create a criminal element, so it's important policy to only use prohibition when absolutely necessary (contract killing and the like). The war on drugs have killed more people and caused more economic damage than drugs ever have.

Comment: Re: 23 down, 77 to go (Score 1) 849

by chihowa (#49684177) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

Those, and most purges, aren't about "rational inquiry and the scientific method", but about eliminating fervent devotion to anything but the state. They're really more akin to interdenominational wars. Political purges attack the entrenched and competing power structures, not the metaphysical beliefs themselves. The point is to make sure that there is no authority higher than the state.

There's a whole WORLD in a mud puddle! -- Doug Clifford