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Comment: Re:Not Actually $3500 (Score 1) 262

by ultranova (#49614035) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

You don't even know what it's being used for, so how can you call it a waste?

It's being used for providing cloud gaming - or somehing similar - services. nVidia GRID is specialized enough technology to pinpoint it, and furthermore, every user gets two SSDs. And waste or not, hosting a personal data center is pretty atypical.

Comment: Re:Looks like the prophet's gunmen (Score 1) 759

by ultranova (#49611899) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Well, when all you have to convince people that they should work for you is promises of eternal bliss after death without any kind of proof, you can't really expect nobel prize material to flock to you...

But that's not all fanatics have. It's just local flavoring. What their message is is the same as always before: "All your problems are caused by group X. Join me and take your revenge!"

Such memetic viruses don't strike at stupidity but at lack of self-awareness and -control - in other words, immaturity - and consequently, being smart - even Nobel-smart - doesn't help protect against them. In fact, should the infection take hold, all that intelligence will simply be used to construct elaborate rationalizations of the fanaticism's guise which make it even more virulent.

Fanaticism is a memetic disease. If you have lots of angry young people, you get outbreaks, just like with flu. And sooner or later one of these outbreaks mutates into a form that can cause an epidemic, or perhaps even a pandemic. In the 30's, we got fascism which eventually mutated into nazism; in the middle of the century we got small outbreaks of red terrorism, but thankfully general prosperity made the population too resistant for transmission to continue except in much-diluted form; and right now we're seeing an epidemic which is parasiting on Islam. Islam itself isn't the problem, it simply provides a new outer form - like robes for a ringwraith - for the same force that was behind Hitler and has now returned for round n+1. But the heart of this darkness is the same as it has always been.

The question is: what to do about all this? Is this some kind of inevitable function of human biology or merely an artifact from our cultural past? Would it be possible to rid the world of suhc maladjusted memes once and for all, or perhaps develop memes that work as antidotes - for example, surely knowing all this helps notice when someone's trying to pull the trick on you? As noted above, greater general prosperity would help a lot, but is not foolproof, is already being worked on, and perhaps most importantly, current iteration of the fanaticism pandemic seems to be evolving to get around it - bin Laden came from a very privileged background, and many people who have lived their entire lives in the West have gone to join Isis.

Comment: Re:Thank god they're using Tor (Score 4, Informative) 22

sniffing one node won't help

sniffing a lot of nodes won't help

sniffing ALL of them (or, in practice, at least the great majority) let's you do timing, target, and content analysis: taking the entire firehose of tor exit node packets, inspecting them, profiling them, and drawing the connections

this is obviously not remotely doable for almost all organizations in the world. except an organization with the reach, resources, and abilities of the NSA. would you really be surprised if the NSA was actively seeking and tracking almost all tor exit nodes in the world? i wonder how many tor nodes the NSA just flat out started in the first place on their own initiative to guarantee a sizable chunk of awareness of what is going in and out

such a difficult effort will get you some useful information. not everything, and not all the time. but you *will* find out some interesting things, some of the time

thus, "kinda sorta figure out who you might be"

Comment: Re:i don't understand the premise of the post (Score 1) 214

yes, exactly

i don't understand how someone couldn't understand your point

all freedoms have natural, logical limitations: where they impinge on someone else's freedoms

there is some weakness of intelligence or social ability going on in a person who can't conceive this

Comment: Re:Thank god they're using Tor (Score 4, Informative) 22

yes, it was originally intended for spies and dissidents in regimes hostile to the free flow of information to share information

that the us government is plugged into it from the ground floor doesn't change that fact

since then

In 2004, the Naval Research Laboratory released the code for Tor under a free licence, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) began funding Dingledine and Mathewson to continue its development.[20]

In December 2006, Dingledine, Mathewson and five others founded The Tor Project, a Massachusetts-based 501(c)(3) research-education nonprofit organization responsible for maintaining Tor.[23] The EFF acted as The Tor Project's fiscal sponsor in its early years, and early financial supporters of The Tor Project included the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Internews, Human Rights Watch, the University of Cambridge, Google, and Netherlands-based[24][25][26][27][28]

ah yes, those great crushers of freedom: the EFF, human rights watch, and now wikileaks

i'm certain the NSA has enough sniffing going on on enough tor exit nodes to kinda sorta figure out who you might be if it was important enough to them

but the point is simply that without tor, that ability to sniff still applies, but even more so. tor isn't bulletproof. it is but one more tool in your toolbox for cloaking and anonymity. combine it with other tools and methods and it is quite useful

tor is simply a good deal, not perfect. what is?

but if you are in moscow or beijing or tehran, and you want to divulge something nasty about those governments, you're certainly free to not use tor, because apparently only washington dc hurts people to keep secrets?

Comment: Re:i don't understand the premise of the post (Score 1) 214

you're not pointing out logical fallacies you're pointing out side topics. stay on topic and make a relevant point, don't look to the existence of other points and say that somewhere in regards to another topic my point doesn't apply. no shit genius, but that's not the topic before you

Comment: Re:Remeber (Score 1) 112

that's just ignorance. valuing life means you value vaccines. if you value life, but you don't value vaccines, that's not a separate belief, that's lack of knowledge

everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. no one is entitled to their own facts. if you don't understand that vaccines protect life, you're simply a stupid person

Comment: Re:i don't understand the premise of the post (Score 1) 214

You do not have a right to live free of threats, sorry

i stopped reading there, you're an idiot

as a free man, i absolutely have the right to live free of threats

not that i expect no one will ever threaten me in my life, there's always some fucking douchebag

but that when my life is threatened, i can expect that person to recognize they have transgressed on my freedoms and to apologize or make amends, or be caught and punished by me, someone else, or the authorities, for transgressing against the freedoms of others

freedom must be maintained from all threats, indeed

what most don't understand is that threats to your freedoms do not come only from above, corrupt authority, but also from losers around you who abuse your freedoms out of malice or stupidity

Comment: Re:Sanders amazes me (Score 1) 377

by circletimessquare (#49609055) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

My point was simple, if you only take out the people paying the bribes, and not those accepting them, someone else will step up and start bribing the people in government

i'm saying take out both, you're focusing only on one side

who has the power to create the framework that the companies work in - the government

this is retarded beyond belief. if government were weaker or nonexistent, companies would still exist, and merely form their own security forces, against which you have no right to redress. power is not magic that government creates, it is merely assumed by whomever exerts it. why do you want to weaken the only institution you have on your side, government, and allow a freer hand to those who are already abusing you (corrupting your government) and would happily abuse you more without pesky rules and regulations?

Comment: Re:i don't understand the premise of the post (Score 4, Insightful) 214

every freedom has limitations, natural limitations dictated by logic and reason, not big bad government arbitrarily limiting your freedom

namely, when you use your freedoms to infringe on other peoples's freedoms

such as their freedom to live, and live free of threats

it is illegal to to threaten lives. it's the only logical position. to *preserve* freedom, you see

there's a certain kind of selfish moron who thinks freedom means "i can do anything i want, damn the consequences." of course, true freedom only exists with true maturity and responsibility, which understands freedom to mean "i can do anything i want, as long i don't infringe on the freedom of others"

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer