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Comment: Re:Good morale, perhaps? (Score 1) 166

by gregor-e (#46819983) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?
Offer a bonus and recognition to any employee whose computer doesn't get hacked by the hired pen tester. Publish tips on how to avoid being hacked. Compliance rates will soar. Also, knowing they are being targeted by an actual human translates an abstract notion of why security practice is important into something concrete.

Comment: Re:Fraud? Try Idiot. (Score 1) 99

by gregor-e (#46529865) Attached to: More Troubles For Authors of Controversial Acid-Bath Stem Cell Articles
So it must be time to crank up the conspiracy theories.
Which is more (un)likely:
  1. Someone would attempt to perpetrate such a huge and obvious falsehood
  2. Vested powers, on hearing their castle is about to crumble, vigorously attempt to discredit the new theory
  3. Big money who is outside the potential profit sphere of this discovery is attempting to delay it long enough to get a slight variation patented

Comment: Re:Sour grapes (Score 1) 381

by gregor-e (#46503163) Attached to: <em>Sons of Anarchy</em> Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy
Heck, even just having a nominal annual renewal fee would revert the majority of content over to the public within a few years. Say, $50/year. If the exclusive right to sell a work isn't worth $50 to the rights-holder, having those rights obviously can't be all that motivating. It should revert to the public so anyone is free to have a go at getting whatever value they can out of it.

Comment: Re:Sour grapes (Score 1) 381

by gregor-e (#46503121) Attached to: <em>Sons of Anarchy</em> Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy
Theft is depriving someone of access to or enjoyment of something they otherwise would have had. In the example you constructed, your boss would otherwise have paid you a salary. By not doing so, your boss commits theft. Similarly, pirated content is contingent theft - if the downloader would otherwise have paid for the content being downloaded, then it is theft. That is the difference.

Comment: Re:Amazon just wants to see how much they can sque (Score 1) 276

by gregor-e (#46484667) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee
I just checked my account. 85 orders in 2013. Comes to $.92 shipping per order for me. Heck, even at $99/year, I'd have paid $1.13 shipping per order. The free videos are a cherry on top of that sweet savings sundae. If you are a prime member who didn't wring that savings sponge dry, then I thank you for participating in this little wealth-shifting scheme.

Comment: Re:Moron talks bullshit.... (Score 1) 254

by gregor-e (#46331631) Attached to: Ray Kurzweil Talks Google's Big Plans For Artificial Intelligence
We don't have to produce intelligence artificially. We can just copy an existing one. If sub-synaptic connectome mapping and neural emulation can be made precise enough to accurately emulate the functioning of an entire human brain on a substrate that operates at several million times the speed of our natural biological wetware, we can quickly instantiate a population of human intelligence replicas that can each experience a lifetime of human cognition in an afternoon. I bet they would have the time and gumption to figure out how intelligence works. Given their ability to reconfigure their substrate, such intelligence would most likely transcend anything we're capable of understanding in a very short time. Those of us marooned in meat-time would then hope to become the treasured bonsai of these recursive, exponentially expanding intelligences. All it takes is full-brain MRI resolution down to, oh, 100 nm and the ability to accurately emulate the function of interconnected cortical neurons.

Comment: Re:If Comcast were Exxon (Score 3, Interesting) 520

by gregor-e (#46320501) Attached to: Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access
I pay Comcast for 17 mbps of downstream internet. There is nothing in my contract that constrains where I request this data from. The fact that so many of Comcast's customers all choose to fill their paid-for internet pipes with bits from Netflix means that Comcast has agreed to provide adequate infrastructure to satisfy the bandwidth requirements its customers have paid for. If Comcast is unable to provide the bandwidth they have sold to their customers, they are guilty of selling something they don't actually possess. I believe there is a word for this.

Comment: Re:Why the hype? (Score 2) 274

by gregor-e (#46226373) Attached to: The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US
It isn't necessarily about frugality. There are many easily identified mushrooms that can grow in your yard that are quite delicious. Shaggy manes, oyster mushrooms, various boletes, morels, and chanterelles are all delicious mushrooms I've found in yards and eaten. If you're so inclined, you can easily grow your own.

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