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Comment: Some problems with this conclusion (Score 1) 619

by smutt (#47509961) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

The study's abstract:
"By running an experiment among Germans collecting their passports or ID cards in the citizen centers of Berlin, we find that individuals with an East German family background cheat significantly more on an abstract task than those with a West German family background. The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task. While it was recently argued that markets decay morals (Falk and Szech, 2013), we provide evidence that other political and economic regimes such as socialism might have an even more detrimental effect on individuals’ behavior.

1) 'socialism' is a loaded word here. There were other differences between east and west Germany than simply the economic system. Any reading of history that doesn't acknowledge that is disingenuous.

2) "family background" does not equate to exposure to an economic system. Are you telling me that if I have children after having lived under a specific economic regime I'll have somehow infected them with specific values derived from that system? That's crazy!

3) This study was done by a group of business professors. We can't expect business proferssors to do anything but advocate for free markets, it's something of their jobs to be advocates for it.

In all this study looks like a complete waste that doesn't contribute anything to our understanding of values and economics. An area that I'm actually interested in, and like to read papers on occasionally.

Comment: Why should I be concerned? (Score 1) 294

Seriously, that's an honest question. Please tell me what I am supposed to be concerned about here.

The feds can have my SSN, they gave it to me after all. Also, I'm much more concerned with private agencies having access to my credit rating than the feds. And private agencies have been messing up/with my credit rating for decades. I don't really see what's new. So I'm asking, what's the problem here?

Comment: Not a big deal (Score 1) 141

This doesn't really mean anything, and it would be surprising if SCOTUS actually did hear it now. The supreme court just basically said this needs to work its way through the normal appeals process. This might actually be better, since if you want to set a good and lasting precedent you should follow EVERY procedure in the most precedential way. Don't read too much into this decision.

Comment: Cross Pollination (Score 1) 290

by smutt (#46409525) Attached to: Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

I appreciate the fundamental work that OpenBSD does in security and other areas, especially things like the recent work in getting X to run without privileges.

AFAIK OpenBSD was the first to accomplish this, and I'm wondering how much of that research and know-how, maybe not code, can be used by other *NIXes? I know there are license conficts between the BSD's and Linux, but how much of the experience gained from that effort can be used to improve other *NIXes even if code cannot be reused? Is the OpenBSD project involved in sharing this experience, and others like it, with Linux distros or with NetBSD or FreeBSD?

Comment: Relevant Case Study (Score 2) 324

You guys are going to have to do this yourself as no ISP will take an interest in your small neighborhood.

You might want to try reading this case study.

It covers the hurdles a small rural town went through in order to build their own municipal network.

Comment: Better than a faraday Cage (Score 1) 924

by smutt (#44154035) Attached to: The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

I see a few posts recommending faraday cages in theatres.
This has 2 obvious problems:
1) Faraday cages require an actual cage. Doors and other openings might prove problematic.
2) 911 calls. The FCC would not be cool with blocking all access to 911.

I have a better idea. Mandate all phones sold in the USA MUST prioritize joining a specific theatre carrier over all others. We'll call this carrier STFU and whenever a phone sees this carrier it must join to it instead of any other operator(AT&T, Sprint, etc) it might otherwise prefer. Our STFU carrier will then blackhole all traffic not destined to 911. Then put a low power antenna(cell tower) in each theatre covering all available frequencies. All SMS, internet and voice traffic not destined to 911 is then black-holed. Only outgoing calls to 911 work in the theatre. Everything else simply doesn't work. The theatre can then route all 911 calls via it's existing land-line. Which emergency services prefer anyway because they get an immediate address when the call comes in.

Comment: Will transhumanism make Turing irrelevant? (Score 1) 244

by smutt (#42726451) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil About the Future of Mankind and Technology

I wonder if in our march towards developing a machine that behaves human we are also creating humans that act more and more like machines. Is it possible we will ever encounter a future where the Turing test is passed NOT because a machine has been developed which acts human, but instead because humans are acting more and more like machines?

I find myself agreeing with Neil Postman's premise in Technopoly more and more. That as technology becomes deified we start behaving more like machines and trust less in our human experiences. I'm also thinking of a future where the boundaries between what a human is and what a machine is become more and more blurred.

+ - Southwest Facebook promotion backfires heinously->

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An anonymous reader writes "Southwest's Facebook airfare sale this past weekend went horribly wrong, with reports of customers being billed 60 or 70 times for a single booking as their website buckled under the load. Many tales of drained checking accounts and maxed out credit cards. Customers are now being told it will take 7 to 10 days for refunds to be processed. Much hate is ensuing on the Southwest Facebook page..."
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+ - The Internet Archive ( teams up with BitTorrent, starts seeding 1mil->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Internet Archive is now offering over 1,000,000 torrents including our live music concerts, the Prelinger movie collection, the librivox audio book collection, feature films, old time radio, lots and lots of books, and all new uploads from our patrons into Community collections (with more to follow)."
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