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Comment Re: invite more people in? (Score 1) 547

I was wondering about your assertion that you cannot decide which culture is better yet you can decide that mixing them is bad. Is it because we have past bad experience with mixing? And is mixing today the same as mixing in the past? And is it because we do not have past bad experience with individual cultures? And are the cultures the same as in the past? My point is - some cultures probably are better and there should be no shame in thinking that. What we should not do is use violence or force to promote ours (that is what I believe based on our culture)

Comment Re:Ban encryption without backdoors (Score 1) 43

It would help law enforcement track criminals such as terrorists and those who orchestrate scams such as ransomware. If they couldn't communicate with unbreakable encryption, it would be much easier to bring these criminals to justice and it would keep all of us safer.

Yes but please be aware of the fact that so far there have been no cases where weak encryption would help, or strong encryption would hinder the terrorists. And in Paris, they apparently communicated through unencrypted SMS messages.

Backdoors could also be used to unencrypt data that criminals encrypted with ransomware, allowing victims to recover their data without paying exorbitant prices to criminals.

Unfortunately this would also allow criminal to unencrypt data that banks encrypted for their customers, or sensitive personal data that companies or government organizations are storing about people.

Imagine how bad things would get if terrorists or hostile governments got hold of the backdoor access. How about companies installing backdoors for THEIR governments or just for their own corporation? How about if anyone in law enforcement decides to misuse the backdoors to find dirt on a political opponent? And finally - there is no way to stop unbreakable encryption, as long as one-time coding pads exist; so in each case, determined terrorists are not going to be hurt by this.

So yes, there may be some reasons in favour, but I feel like more are against.

Comment Re:is this just a repackaging scam? (Score 1) 112

No it's not a scam. As pointed out by other posters, the company behind this is CZ.NIC, the administrator of the .CZ top level domain. As a nonprofit, they have done extensive work on this, in large part as enthusiastic volunteers who are at the same time serious professionals. It's about as much scam as this "Android OS" which is just normal phone hardware with Linux installed on it :)

Comment Re:Man with hammer (Score 3, Insightful) 90

As a matter of the fact, he is not the first person to think of this. No matter what media you use (biological matter, transistors) information is the same thing whether it is stored in DNA or on an optical drive. It is clear that DNA contains lots of information that you can measure and you can apply the same research tools in many cases that you apply in computer science.

One interesting thing is how the information got into the DNA - was it somehow "collected" from the system over the generations (i.e. it was always present in the system since the Big Bang?) or is information somehow "generated" over time (which is strange, because the process that creates it would probably contain the information in its definition)...

In other words, the questions are definitely interesting, and I think sometimes it is not a bad idea to realize that if you see a nail and have a hammer, you might apply the latter to the former :)

Comment Re:SXSW are pussies (Score 1) 478

Thanks for the detailed analysis. Unfortunately I have to work even on Saturdays so I don't have time to answer more of your points but I would like to address the last two numbered lines in your post. Are you sure there is a difference between agnosticism + hypothesis and faith? I actually see the only difference in the words we use (how do you understand the work "know", and how strong is the "faith"?

To make this more scientific (because without observable behaviour, how can you tell if what someone has in their head is faith or agnosticism + hypotheses): to what extent do people base their actions on their hypothesis/faith?

I have faith that once I finish typing this it will appear on the Slashdot website (do I know or hypothesize?). I have a hypothesis that there is an optical link that will transfer the request to Slashdot servers (or do I know this although I have not seen the cable, and if I have seen the cable it was not today?). I know the stairs outside my office will carry me (or is this just a hypothesis based on previous experience)? I hypothesize that the computer I am typing this on actually uses some electricity as I type (or do I really and for sure know this?).

Of course in religion these become more complicated, and I am willing to admit that I don't know if there is life after death but I act as if there is (or I act as if there is not). It does not even matter what I believe, it's how I act - some people say they believe in life after death but act as if that was not true, others say they are agnostics but act as if there was no life after death, without a provision that it may be untrue (if there's some probability of getting to hell shouldn't I go for a more careful approach if I really don't know, or do I have actual faith that there is nothing after death?).

So, thanks again for the post, and I can only hypothesize that it will be useful.

Comment Re:QR code (Score 1) 149

Or you could, you know, just write your phone # and email address on that piece of paper? Or is there some advantage in having to pull out a phone to discover your email? Would your friend even scan the QR code to discover what it contains when he finds the book on his bookshelf a year later? But if you want technology for the sake of technology, feel free to embed an RFID next to a QR code with a link to company selling RFID readers...

Comment Re: Nail everyone? (Score 1) 618

Yes you are right. You only seem to assume that people view their stable income as more in their interest than living in integrity with a good conscience. This may of course be a cultural assumption... and I would imagine that one's true religion or philosophy (not the professed one :) would show quite well in a situation like this...

Comment Re: Nail everyone? (Score 1) 618

Companies with true whistleblowing policies would actually address exactly the case of someone at the risk of being fired or deported for whistleblowing, wouldn't they? That is e.g. one of the reasons why Internal Audit reports to the nonexecutive part of the Board of Directors (or Supervisory Board in Germany), to be able to blow the whistle even on the CEO...

Comment Re: I feel you... (Score 1) 283

This may be a known issue with the N7's flash memory controller (Google for trim()). Sadly, it seems like not much can be done. Those who have not seen it - it is not the owner bitching about speed, this is the Nexus' flash memory freezing for seconds at a time at random moments. An ugly sight...

Comment Re: Lemme get this straight... (Score 1) 28

That sounds nice. Here in Europe CS has not reached the classroom yet so I teach our kids at home. We do a fair amount of Scratch as well but I wonder if you could share any links or curricula that give PROBLEMS to solve. It is easy for me to teach them the principles but it is not easy for us to find a problem to work on that is fun, not too easy and not too hard. Thanks!

Comment Re: Well, that's embarrassing (Score 3, Insightful) 622

Interesting that you cite science for the 'tomb of Jesus' where the introductory paragraph says 'disputed' three times and then points out that one filmmaker tried to draw sensational conclusions from the find. But, like you say, the faithful will always believe, no matter what the specific faith entails :)

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