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Comment: Re:I would never give Google or anyone else my cel (Score 1) 74

by mjtaylor24601 (#48101863) Attached to: Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

Yes you're correct. I didn't over Tor. Perhaps I misunderstood that signing up over Tor was a requirement.

GGP: "I would never give Google or anyone else my cell phone number"
GP: "You cant sign up without giving them your number anymore."
Me: "Yes you can."

I have not tested it but I'm entirely willing to believe that account creation over Tor is more difficult.

Comment: Re:I would never give Google or anyone else my cel (Score 1) 74

by mjtaylor24601 (#48098481) Attached to: Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

You cant sign up without giving them your number anymore.

That's just not true. I just tested this and I was able to create a new Gmail account without specifying either a phone number or an alternate email address. Go try it yourself. There's a phone number field on the form but it's not mandatory.

Comment: Re:And that's a good thing (Score 2) 74

by mjtaylor24601 (#48096555) Attached to: Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

This is obviously a harmful security feature. It locks people out of their accounts by assuming that they always have access to a cell phone.

Yeah if they'd been thinking at all they would have made this an optional feature that you're under no obligation to use....oh wait they totally did that. *eye roll*

Or did you never want to be able to travel abroad?

You can also print out a list of codes ahead of time to take with you when travelling abroad if you so desire. But...you know...don't let the facts get in the way of your rant.

Comment: Re:Old research also casts doubt on Gladwell's "ru (Score 1) 192

by mjtaylor24601 (#48024741) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise
It's been quite some time since I read that book but as I remember it 10,000 hours was never presented as some iron clad rule defining how long it took to achieve mastery but rather it was a convenient notational shorthand for "lots and lots of practice is required". To nit-pick over the specific number of hours is to completely miss the point. The point was that lots of practice is required, and those that don't put in that practice (because of lack of passion or lack of opportunity) will never achieve mastery.

Comment: Re: they will defeat themselves (Score 5, Insightful) 981

by mjtaylor24601 (#47928679) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

"asylum seekers"

You mean, greedy Third World swine with nothing to contribute, who think that they're "entitled" to live in a rich country because Whitey is rich and they are poor?

As opposed to the greedy First World swine with nothing to contribute who think they're "entitled" to live in a rich country because of who's uterus they happened to be expelled from?

Aren't sweeping generalizations fun!

Comment: Re: So-to-speak legal (Score 2) 418

by mjtaylor24601 (#47907889) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Which would only be other Tor nodes. All traffic on the Tor network routes through several hops before traveling through an exit node. That's the entire basis of the technology. If it was as simple as tracing back one hop, it wouldn't be very effective, would it?

Beside the point. Comcast doesn't need to know where your traffic ultimately exits. All they need to know is whether or not you're using Tor. For that purpose detecting traffic being sent to a known Tor entry node is sufficient.

Comment: Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (Score 1) 1262

I liked this comment: "Her arguments [are] open to plenty of valid criticism that the female gender is not always misused in video games." So many things wrong with this sentence. Somehow, people have the urge to bend their view so the troll side, and their means of death threats, is also justified.

Wait, what? How does suggesting that her arguments might be open to valid criticism in any way attempt to justify death threats? In fact if you read the entirety of the comment you're quoting they say pretty much exactly the opposite

Yes the subject is uncomfortable and no she isn't completely correct. Her arguments open to plenty of valid criticism that the female gender is not always misused in video games.

The problem is and will always be a reactionary subset of people who cannot be peer pressured into behaving like sane human beings on the Internet. You don't respond to a feminist critique by sending her death threats.

Comment: Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (Score 1) 110

If the government developed and manufactured drugs, what criteria would determine which diseases are targeted for cures? It would be those diseases with the largest and most obnoxious lobbying groups.

I'm not sure that's any worse than what we have now where the deciding factor seems to be "will rich people buy it". So we'll spend billions researching the next Viagra but almost no one manufactures malaria medication anymore because there's no money it. We focus on symptom relief rather than cures because "repeat business".

Comment: Re:CS Core Curriculum? (Score 1) 329

by mjtaylor24601 (#47747383) Attached to: ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

Your path is pretty much "how to make a semi-competent corporate drone from someone with vague interest in something useful to corporate". People with innate passion for something don't need to be spoonfed and trained up to having interest.

Perhaps but not everyone has an innate passion for CS. And most people won't know they're passionate about something like CS until they're given at least a little cursory exposure to it.

If you don't care, why are you in CS, and not something you do care about? Is it because your real passion is the almighty dollar?

Because we're talking about the core high school curriculum that everybody has to take regardless of what they're actually passionate about.

> We spend our enitre schooling lives learning things, then the next year, learning that actually, that was an abstraction to make it easier, and it *actually* works like this.

I found this endlessly frustrating in primary school.

Good for you. But did it ever occur to you that perhaps not everyone is as smart as you are?

Comment: Re:Google don't be evil (Score 1) 155

by mjtaylor24601 (#47713703) Attached to: Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

No one forces you to provide a search engine that accepts illegal content. Just screen everything before it goes into the index or don't host it, as simple as that.

Sure no problem. We'll just lookup each file uploader and check to see if they're authorized to distribute the material in question...what's that you say? It's impossible to verify the identify of most uploaders? Well we can at least check every file against the master database of copyrighted material...wait, you're saying there is no such database? Hmm...maybe your plan needs a little more work.

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