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Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 94

by dskoll (#49666959) Attached to: Can Earthquakes Be Predicted Algorithmically?

You don't have to completely understand the physics to make predictions, but when it comes to earthquakes we cannot even observe the important parts of the system that are precursors to earthquakes. In fact, understanding the physics is most likely not the problem... it's the inability to measure any useful variables that stymies us.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 94

by dskoll (#49661405) Attached to: Can Earthquakes Be Predicted Algorithmically?

If you want a longer response, then I suggest you read a few books on geology and seismology. Earthquakes are far too poorly understood to be predictable and all the interesting events are happening tens or hundreds of kilometres underground with no feasible way to observe or measure them.

If you want a scientific paper, read this.

I was simply trying to save everybody time.

Comment: Umm, yeah... forget it. (Score 1) 353

by dskoll (#49658121) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Own the Rights To Software Developed At Work?

I own a software business. Anything written during working hours, for which the author is compensated by me, belongs to me. End of story.

Now, I did sign a contract with one of my employees who had his own open-source project from before he joined the company. it basically said that whatever he worked on on his own time was his, as long as it didn't compete with any of our products.

Comment: Google is on to something here (Score 3, Interesting) 76

by dskoll (#49584267) Attached to: Google Announces "Password Alert" To Protect Against Phishing Attacks

Google is on to something, but the implementation is wrong. First of all, this facility should be built in to browsers, not added as an extension. Secondly, it needs to be generalized: Just as browsers currently ask "Would you like to save this username/password for www.somesite.example", they should also ask "Would you like to lock this username/password combination to www.somesite.example?" and offer the usual "Yes / No / Not now" choices.

If you say "Yes", then the browser should alert you every time it sees that password on a different site.

Comment: Disaster (Score 1) 352

by dskoll (#49557063) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

If that vision comes to pass, then our education system will have imploded and we'll be producing generations of uneducated students.

I cannot think of a single person who hasn't had one or two teachers who've made a huge difference in his or her life. And I cannot think of a single child who would prefer a screen to a living human being. What a pile of hogsh*t.

Comment: Conflicted (Score 3, Interesting) 653

by dskoll (#49413573) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

I can see this both ways. On the one hand, Fiorina is right. Saudi Arabia, China, etc. have despicable human rights records and roundly deserve criticism and boycotts.

On the other hand, Apple is a US-based company and is much more likely to have influence in the US than elsewhere. We should recognize that we need to fight injustice everywhere, but just because we aren't able to effectively fight it in China that doesn't mean we should throw up our hands and ignore it in the US.

What Apple et. al. really should do is ensure that their employees in China are as well-treated on the job as American workers. Not to do that would be utterly hypocritical.

Comment: Re:We discriminate based on behavior all the time (Score 1) 1168

by dskoll (#49374241) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

Look, I agree that you shouldn't have to bake a cake that specifically celebrates spanking. But if a couple into spanking came into your store and asked for one of your generic cake designs, I do not believe you should be able to refuse them service.

Similarly, I don't believe gays should be refused a generic wedding cake.

Entropy isn't what it used to be.