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Comment: Why make up a conspiracy theory? (Score 1) 224

by Salamander (#48915221) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

If you think weather forecasting is easy, let's see some of your forecasts. A forecast which has been substantially correct for New England and merely didn't extend as far south as had been expected only underscores the difficulty of the exercise. Occam's Razor suggests that no cause beyond "honest mistake" need be posited. I know some people like to take every opportunity to prattle on about government overreach, but you're *really* stretching that fabric too thin this time. Get a grip.

Comment: Re:Kohn is attacking a strawman (Score 1) 249

by Salamander (#48801851) Attached to: Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

So, from "this isn't to say that we should throw intelligence out" you conclude that they want to throw intelligence out? Truly, you have a dizzying intellect. I can see that you enjoy playing "devil's advocate" (to use the more polite term) but when you have to try so hard that you make yourself look ridiculous maybe it's time to find a new game.

Comment: Kohn is attacking a strawman (Score 5, Insightful) 249

by Salamander (#48792361) Attached to: Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

What Poropat, Duckworth, and others suggest is that multiple traits - including "grit" - contribute to success. He even provides evidence to back up that hardly-surprising conclusion. So how does Kohn respond? By immediately projecting a "one trait uber alles" mentality onto the grit proponents. To be even more clear, he's attributing to them exactly the idea they're trying to refute. Then he cherry-picks examples of excessive persistence leads to adverse outcomes, ignoring the issue of whether those outcomes would be likely to occur in people who had developed other traits such as curiosity and openness. In the end he only demonstrates further the problems with any single-trait theory of learning, supporting exactly the point he meant to oppose.

Maybe his parents or teachers should have helped Kohn develop some more of those other traits. Like honesty.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 2, Informative) 209

by Le Marteau (#48647999) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

> And then the public defender you're assigned because you can't afford a decent lawyer

Hold on just a second. There are many fine public defenders who happen to be far better than just "decent". They will not, however, be able to dedicate much time to your case. THAT is the issue with many PD's. Not that they suck or are not "decent" but that they are over worked.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 4, Insightful) 209

by Le Marteau (#48647923) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

> I'm fine with (cops lying to people)

If you or I lie to a cop, we can get charged with obstruction of justice. If they lie to us, they can get a commonadation.

And you're "fine" with that.

Some days it's easier to be a misanthrope than others. This is one of those days. Fuck you.

Comment: Re:Sandbox before browsing (Score 4, Informative) 83

by Le Marteau (#48623891) Attached to: Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

> I'm running a browser in a VM... What malware?

Your faith in the security of VM sandboxes is misplaced.

It is trivial to write a program which can detect if it is in a VM. And then, attack the hypervisor and escape the protected environment. As virtualization has become more common, such malware has gone from academic exercises to real-world exploits.

My favorite line:

Finally, the most interesting attack that malicious code can perform against a virtual machine emulator is to escape from its protected environment.

With virtualization becoming more and more common

Kill Ugly Processor Architectures - Karl Lehenbauer