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Comment: Bah ... (Score 4, Interesting) 77

by gstoddart (#48652365) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

What is the point of putting kids in the middle of the forest if you can't beat them without anybody hearing? It was good enough for us, it ought to be good enough for these spoiled little kids.

Camp is there to weed out and identify the weak minded.

If you want to be coddled and understood, go to frickin' band camp. ;-)

Comment: Re:Brilliant, an out of date dupe (Score 2) 15

by gstoddart (#48652245) Attached to: Tor Warns of Possible Disruption of Network Through Server Seizures

Do you seriously expect competency in the editors? Because that hasn't been true in years.

Being an editor on Slashdot must be a cushy job ... you're not held to any standard of knowing the English language, fact checking, or even doing the barest checking for dupes.

They're just the monkeys who promote the stories, and people keep paying them.

Comment: Re: America is a feminist police state (Score 1) 67

by gstoddart (#48651811) Attached to: Bitcoin Exec To Spend Two Years Behind Bars For Silk Road Transactions

Now suddenly the free market, with its rule of supply and demand, is bad?

First off, stop worshiping the free market, it's an abstraction, not some holy deity. It's a construct, nothing more.

Second off, your 'free market' is inherently amoral, and doesn't give a crap about good and bad. If it's profitable to sell women and children, someone will. Because the free market allows you to be a complete and utter douchebag if you can get away with it.

Which is precisely why the market doesn't achieve optimal outcomes, and only describes the mechanism.

The free market is a lie. You might as well worship entropy.

Comment: Re:So how does this work? (Score 1) 67

by gstoddart (#48651741) Attached to: Bitcoin Exec To Spend Two Years Behind Bars For Silk Road Transactions

So how come the US government has not declared war on every tax haven around the world because those countries know exactly what they are doing

Because if the people who collectively make up the US government had it become public just how much money they have hidden in those tax havens it would be awkward.

See, if you are overtly helping people launder money or get around the law, it looks bad.

But if you can do it discretely, and in such a way as you may be doing more general banking for rich people ... well, they'll let that slide.

You think all of those millionaire Senators and Congressmen actually declare and pay taxes on all that money?

Many of these guys have a direct stake in some companies which have been accused of some pretty shady dealings, and make huge profits from stuff like this.

Organized crime with a veneer of respectability can be glossed over, and frequently it is. And the system is corrupt, and only really helps out those with money and connections.

Wall Street and Washington are two of the biggest bunches of crooks you can imagine.

Comment: Re:Trade $1,000,000 (Score 1) 67

by gstoddart (#48651689) Attached to: Bitcoin Exec To Spend Two Years Behind Bars For Silk Road Transactions

Help play a shell game to make $10,000,000,000,000 of crappy American junk debt look like AAA rated debt ... too big to fail or be prosecuted.

I think we can take it as a given by the time you're heading a bank or a major financial corporation you're a complete crook and a swindler, and are pretty much immune from prosecution ... in no small part because those in power probably profited from your crimes.

It's the little guys who the justice system is concerned with, the big fish operate with impunity and a wink.

Comment: Incidentally... (Score 4, Interesting) 67

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48650641) Attached to: How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market
The harvesting and storage of naturally occurring ice was so successful that, for a somewhat surprising amount of time, it made manufactured ice uneconomic and, for an even longer period, on-site refrigeration hardware a very niche item(even after ice manufactured on large scale ammonia based systems replaced harvested ice, it still fed the same local market of that natural ice deliveries had).

If memory serves, the scale and efficiency of the industry was such that Australia ended up with the first adoption of a refrigeration system on a commercial scale because it was one of the few places that had the necessary technology but lacked a frozen pond without about a zillion miles. The thermodynamics and the necessary hardware were more or less familiar to any region with an enthusiasm for steam power; but the economics just didn't work out.

Comment: Multi touch while driving? (Score 4, Insightful) 104

by gstoddart (#48649739) Attached to: "Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

Unlike an earlier simpler version of the system, the infrared curtain can also identify multi-touch gestures such as pinching and zooming.

I'm sorry, but pinching and zooming on a multi-touch display seems inherently incompatible with operating a motor vehicle. For a car, steering wheel mounted buttons, easily accessible knobs, and maybe voice control.

Mucking about with a touch screen? Not so much.

Do the people who make cars not actually keep tabs on things like traffic laws and common sense? Or are they just all trying to monetize your dashboard, and don't care?

I'm not sure this would legally comply with most hands free laws.

Comment: Re:Marketing? (Score 1) 209

by CODiNE (#48648767) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

The destruction to their internal network is very real and expensive. The private information leaked will have very real consequences and is already causing legal problems for them. While they can come out ahead on this if very lucky, they could also be be up way behind. If the movie is leaked and Sony never officially releases it then they come out 100% at a loss from all this. They're definitely losing hundreds of millions on the IT breach alone.

Comment: press coverage aweful (Score 4, Insightful) 209

by bloodhawk (#48648243) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Some of the news reports over this are just awful. Here in Australia the nightly news talked about how Sony had delayed releasing their "blockbuster". Either they have redefined the meaning of the word to "pile of shit barely B rated movie" or the press is getting even worse.

Comment: Hmmm ... (Score 2) 192

by gstoddart (#48648239) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

So, in this judges opinion, can we make a fake Instagram account for him or the police?

Or is this act of lying purely something they reserve for themselves?

Because, you know, maybe this judge should start sharing his fondness for sheep and Barbie dolls.

Oh, wait ... if we did it, it would be a crime. And, I'm sorry, but if it's a crime for us, then you should have some form of prior authorization.

Otherwise this judge has said "we can commit crimes, you can't" ... which will pretty much confirm that the law deems themselves above it. In which case this judge's new Instagram account should be interesting to see.

"Probably the best operating system in the world is the [operating system] made for the PDP-11 by Bell Laboratories." - Ted Nelson, October 1977