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Comment: No it is not infuriating (Score 2) 161

by aepervius (#47507387) Attached to: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting
"Getting ads is annoying, getting ads for African American hair styling products when you're a redhead is infuriating"

No it isn't for most people, because we got used a LOT for this with TV. TV nearly never showed us advertising targeted for us specifically but more to a watcher class. But you know to whom it is infuriating to not target ads ? Marketing people. Because targeted ads means a better probability to transform an ad into a sale. In fact if marketing people could totally break our privacy and put camera everywhere to enhance their probability to higher level, they would do it, and pretend people like it. That's justification post hoc. They enable msot amrketing people to never discuss their own moral and ethical choice. Just pretend people like it and are infuriated when ads are not targeted to them. As opposed to be totally creeped out.

Comment: Non Story (Score 1) 200

Back before PCI DSS we used to store everything we got during the booking process. And that include FOP (Form Of payment, CA cash, CC Credit Card, CH Checks, government card have another code etc...), FOID (Form of Identification - often Passport number nowadays but used to be FF card and CC card) confidential remarks (financial data) non confidential remarks (address, tel numbers, etc... And for a web based system , yes the IP you used). Everything you have directly or indirectly was saved i the PNR. And when CAPS 2 came up yes all that was sent indiscriminately to the US government , privacy be damned. Only recently when PCI DSS came up the airline started to blank our new PNR , but in some case for interline you may need to still send the CC (Can't recall which interline ticketing scenario - not refund as interline refund is not allowed by any airline i know of - maybe exchange to keep old FOP and new FOP in synch). Old PNR were never really corrected, especially all that was sent to the US government.

Bottom line : that's sadly a non story.

Comment: Same difference (Score 1) 655

by aepervius (#47498813) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

We all forgot that, perhaps because it is not true? I seem to recall a murderous kleptomaniac thug being evicted from power on the strength of popular protest.

Hy ! Be fair with the OP, from all what we know from Putin's bloody politics and underhanded tactic "murderous kleptomaniac thug" and "elected pro-russian government" could very well be identical in the average Russian mind ;)

Comment: Sorry I was Not wrong (Score 1) 241

by aepervius (#47495981) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water
1) This is not about hydrogen bonding but whether the cage have been demonstrated to exists and form a cage of similar form than the replcaed molecule. There is no such demonstration for ethanol. The point was never about hydrogen bond , which as a chemist I am aware of, but about cage formation. Due to the nature of alcohol I would expect such cage to even be quickly gone, and the cage to even even a much rougher form than H2O.

2) protein folding is not the same phenomenon at all. The key zone where protein interract are identical, which is why some protein might be slightly different but still interrract. Protein which are utterly different do not itnerract the same way. There is no parallel at all with a *negative* form of a H2O cage having the same effect than the positive molecule. In fact protein shows quite clearly by their often key-key hole reaction that such cage CANNOT have the same effect as the molecules

3) look if you want to debate homeopathy and animal let's us gop to JREF.ORG and register on their forum and let us debate there. There is a wealth of information that most if (baring all) those study were bunk. And frankly if homeopathy WAS working, it would be pretty damn easy to demonstrate with a tight protocol. And yet it never is.

Comment: Re:String theory is not science (Score 2, Informative) 144

by Mr. Slippery (#47494263) Attached to: Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

Uh, yeah, we can measure -1. The charge of an electron. The distance along the x-axis that I travel when I walk one meter west. The effect on a wave when it encounters an identical one 180 degrees out of phase.

Not at all. None of those things "are" -1. They are observable phenomena that we tag with the human invention, the word/concept, "-1". Mathematics is not an aspect of objective observable reality, it is a language that we have found useful for describing our observations.

Comment: Not really (Score 4, Informative) 144

by aepervius (#47493319) Attached to: Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?
"This is an easy one. Entangled particles operate using the same physics as wormholes. If one of the entangled pair is accelerated to relativistic velocities, say in a particle accelerator, they will not exist in the same relative timeframe. (SNIP)"

That's a misunderstanding of entanglement. There is not per see communication between the particle. When you have an entangled particle there is not one "communicating" the other that it is getting observed. What happens is that *both* particle form a single system with the specific property that when the spin of one particle is measured , the other particle has the anti spin state. Using all sort of relativistic trick on one particle will not do anything whatsoever because there is no communication to the other particle therefor frame of reference do nothing whatsoever.

I dislike the analogy because it does not represent the true nature of QM entanglement , but think of this : you have a red ball and a yellow ball. Put one in a packet at random, keep another one hiddden in a safe on earth. Then send the packet at c speed somewhere. Openning the safe 10 years later will reveal the color of the safe ball and by extent the color of the packet ball no matter how far and that despite not being in the same frame of reference and 10 light years away.
What happens here in entanglement is similar. There is no "teleportation" at c speed of the state of one to the others. Read up on bell's inequality violation.

Comment: Re:Ads are good for the internet. (Score 2, Informative) 381

by Mr. Slippery (#47491017) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Imagine you had to pay every time you wanted to watch a YouTube video? Like when you goto a movie, or order cable TV, I'll gladly wait 10sec & click skip...

If it takes 10 seconds of your time, then you're paying with your time.

If you're a professional making $50/hour, then 10 seconds of your time is worth $0.14. If you're a laborer making $10, then 10 seconds of your time is worth $0.03. That's just the time wasted, mind, not counting the fact that watching ads is essentially subjecting yourself to black magic, attempted mind control, and trying to put a value on your neurological integrity..

IMO, if ads stopped across all internet sites, or the online advertising industry completely collapsed. The internet as we know it, would be gone.

And since the Internet as we know it has become, thanks to scum-sucking advertizers, a hive of scum and villainy, little would be lost, and we could go about cleaning out the cruft and building something better. Fuck the online advertising industry with a rusty dildo.

Comment: Re:Wait for it... (Score 4, Insightful) 750

by T.E.D. (#47477001) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

In the US pilots can and will alter their course to get around bad weather systems or take advantage of more helpful prevailing winds that day. For a trans-continental flight, 100 miles is a pittance.

Fortunately, for us, our pilots don't have to also take in consideration whether Nebraska is currently having a dispute with Kansas.

Comment: Unfortunately yes (Score 1) 423

by aepervius (#47467397) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review
There is so many laws so many statutes that more or less if you are sued, better get a lawyer to defend yourself, because on the OTHER side it will most probably a professional one, if not a team of them. Heck *most* advice asked on slashdot ends up with "ask a real lawyer +5 insightful". Why would it be different here ? Defend yourself and risk missing a statue or law and find yourself in hot places.

It is not much different from other works, really. If you want to construct stuff, ask an architect or a builder firm, if you want to heal a sore, ask a doctor or nurse. Why suddenly because it is "law" it should be different and everybody should be able to do it oneself ? For better or good laws and status have become far too complicated to the average persons. This story is not an example of censure, it is an example of what happens if you think you can defend yourself before a court of law.

Comment: the blogger did not ask for a lawyer (Score 1) 423

by aepervius (#47464929) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review
If you go thru the links you will find the following :

http://www.sudouest.fr/2014/07/10/une-blogueuse-condamnee-a-bordeaux-pour-une-critique-culinaire-1611693-3246.php
Roughly translated : 1) the blogger was not asked to change the negative content or even remove it, but the title of her blog simply
2) the blgoger went to the court and defended herself. One things valid in probably msot court of the world, is that if you want to lose, defend yourself. Even in the US it is dimly viewed really.


So as usual it is not as straightfoward as put as the article summary and the onlish translations.

Comment: Big Trouble in Mountain View (Score 2) 79

by T.E.D. (#47458961) Attached to: Led By Nest, 'Thread' Might Be Most Promising IoT Initiative Yet
The nice thing about a LoWPAN network is that it can effectively stay up forever within its confined area. The problem with it is that it can go rogue if it comes in contact with a green-eyed girl, and it is quite susceptible to attacks from wisecracking truckers, and any hacker with access to a seven-demon bag.

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