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Comment: Re:Doh! Natural Selection (Score 1) 291

by redelm (#49503981) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?
Certainly -- renorming measures the Flynn Effect. If it helps your understanding, please read the quoted sentence as "... moved the IQ average intelligence level to what we currently consider 130, 150 ...". And since you apparently like pedantry, please learn the difference between ignorance and stupidity.

Comment: High-tech "An armed society is a polite society" (Score 3, Interesting) 160

by redelm (#49501403) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

... from Robert Heinlein. In both cases, the consequences of rude behaviour are much greater.

I worry most about the years-later consequences of surveillence on politicians and other leaders. They all seem to have sordid episodes, and this leaves them highly succeptible to hidden blackmail/pressure by data-holders. We will never know how they are manipulated and abuse their wide discretionary powers.

Not to protect "the little children" but to protect "the pervy pols."

Comment: Doh! Natural Selection (Score 2, Interesting) 291

by redelm (#49500737) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

If high intelligence were an unmitigated benefit, natural selection would have moved the IQ average to 130, 150 or whatever over the eons. There _must_ be commensurate down-sides. Depression? Slower reflexes? Go fetch!

As it is, we just have the Flynn effect of average IQs rising about 1 pt per decade over the past century. That might [or not] be considered as fast evolutionary change.

Comment: G I T M O for trespassing (Score 1) 626

Release? Released? Why should such a dangerous hax0r ever be released? He should be locked away forever in Gitmo or some SuperMax :)

Seriously, "unauthorized access" looks most like the cyber-equivalent of the ancient infraction of trespass. The same common-law defenses should apply (here the concept of "attractive nuisance").

Pandering to the fear of the ignorant with draconian punishments is the very opposite of liberty. And progress will suffer for the witchhunts (already has).

Comment: Doh! Of course Brogrammers! (Score 2, Informative) 349

by redelm (#49351117) Attached to: Win Or Lose, Discrimination Suit Is Having an Effect On Silicon Valley

Just what can you reasonably expect? Most programmers have been emotionally hurt repeatedly by women (much fewer by men) so it is natural they form protective shells (no not `bash`, the other kind). Yes, that does tar all women with one brush but all men are equally tarred by the misbehaviours of a small minority.

As for discrimination, I personally consider it cowardly -- fair competition, and let the best [wo]man win.

Comment: Oh, Goody! Another kernel command-line switch (Score 1) 129

by redelm (#49244527) Attached to: Linux Might Need To Claim Only ACPI 2.0 Support For BIOS

append fake_ACPI=2 to wherever your kernel command-line hides. At least this is easily done and more importantly, people can know it might help.

Whether Linus will accept another switch is a totally different question -- Does his famous "The kernel will not cater for broken hardware" extend to BIOS firmware?

Comment: C R I M I N A L S !! (Score 1) 90

by redelm (#49190857) Attached to: US Marshals Service Refuses To Release Already-Published Stingray Info

Anyone who uses force and evades investigation, responsibility and punishment is indistinguishable from a criminal.

I fear many LEOs have forgotten their job is not to catch bad guys but to create respect for the law by enforcing it impartially and in a manner seen by all to be correct.

Comment: If regulated ... then like NEWSPAPERS . (Score 1) 106

Some BundesBeamter (German official clerks) are confused between communications means and content providers. Google and Facebook are end-point attractions, not means of communication. They are far more like newspapers than delivery routes. At the limit, they might be considered messaging services and regulated like a post office or parcel carriers.

Odd how all these errors are always in "their" favor and never in ours. As such they cannot be random mistakes.

Comment: Would the owners produce this? (Score 1) 255

by redelm (#49173373) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

The question of what is parody / satire cannot be easy to answer. I would suggest a simple test: "Are the copyright owners likely to produce a similar work?" alongside the Trademark question ("Are people confused?")

What I recall of the Power Rangers is cheezy, plasticy schlock aimed at kids. This seems very different, so may qualify as parody/satire.

Comment: Sovereign Immunity (Score 1) 538

There is an ancient concept called "sovereign immunity" which holds that rulers (people making laws) are automatically exempt from those laws. The theory is they would carve exemptions for themselves if it weren't so wordy or otherwise onerous (requiring foresight). To be sure, this self-justifying concept is very attractive! Free-riders include some enforcers of the law (police). Small wonder that Hillary behaves as "rules are for the little people."

However, the concept belongs to fealty and other power politics. It has no place in a democracy, and still less in the US which explicity rejects individual titles and power. Everyone is supposed to be equal before the laws, and have laws enforced uniformly. As it is now, "color of law" is near-immunity from it. We do not have a democracy but elected/appointed dictatorships, fortunately still fragmented.

Comment: Re:Can disrupt? How about INTENDED to disrupt! (Score 3, Funny) 194

by redelm (#49166403) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications
1) I thought some operators were locals.

2) NTIA may well help manage spectrum, and the Feds certainly can use their reserved spectrum however they wish. But that does not grant them immunity to use any spectrum they wish, however they wish. Carriers (and their customers) have paid dearly for that spectrum which gives it many of the characteristics of private property. There certainly is a well-established expectation of privacy. (This is supposed to be a nation of laws not lawmen.)

"I am, therefore I am." -- Akira