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Comment: Re:this already exists (Score 1) 274

by ultranova (#49631227) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device

Which opens you up to all kinds of high circumstantial evidence prosecution. Evidence that you may have been involved in a crime coupled with a psychotic behavior in which you put your computer data at severe risk to handle an unexpected seizure?

How do they prove removing the USB drive caused the shutdown? The script is on the computer and thus unvailable with all other data. The USB drive itself can contain any data, giving you a perfectly nonpsychotic reason to keep it attached to your wrist.

Comment: Re:News? (Score 1) 412

by ultranova (#49626453) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

About a third of the population is simply incapable of abstract reasoning. If you think otherwise, I invite you to come to my house, and I will give you a free dinner while you explain "vectors" to my 15 year old daughter.

"15 year old" and "daughter" are abstract concepts. It's not possible to use English, or any language for that matter, without capability for abstract reasoning. So if your daughter can talk, she can reason; whether she wants to is another matter.

Most people simply have no use whatsoever for abstract math, so they won't put in the effort needed to become good or even passable at it. That's all there is to it.

Comment: Re:Not Actually $3500 (Score 1) 311

by ultranova (#49614035) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

You don't even know what it's being used for, so how can you call it a waste?

It's being used for providing cloud gaming - or somehing similar - services. nVidia GRID is specialized enough technology to pinpoint it, and furthermore, every user gets two SSDs. And waste or not, hosting a personal data center is pretty atypical.

Comment: Re:Looks like the prophet's gunmen (Score 4, Insightful) 1063

by ultranova (#49611899) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Well, when all you have to convince people that they should work for you is promises of eternal bliss after death without any kind of proof, you can't really expect nobel prize material to flock to you...

But that's not all fanatics have. It's just local flavoring. What their message is is the same as always before: "All your problems are caused by group X. Join me and take your revenge!"

Such memetic viruses don't strike at stupidity but at lack of self-awareness and -control - in other words, immaturity - and consequently, being smart - even Nobel-smart - doesn't help protect against them. In fact, should the infection take hold, all that intelligence will simply be used to construct elaborate rationalizations of the fanaticism's guise which make it even more virulent.

Fanaticism is a memetic disease. If you have lots of angry young people, you get outbreaks, just like with flu. And sooner or later one of these outbreaks mutates into a form that can cause an epidemic, or perhaps even a pandemic. In the 30's, we got fascism which eventually mutated into nazism; in the middle of the century we got small outbreaks of red terrorism, but thankfully general prosperity made the population too resistant for transmission to continue except in much-diluted form; and right now we're seeing an epidemic which is parasiting on Islam. Islam itself isn't the problem, it simply provides a new outer form - like robes for a ringwraith - for the same force that was behind Hitler and has now returned for round n+1. But the heart of this darkness is the same as it has always been.

The question is: what to do about all this? Is this some kind of inevitable function of human biology or merely an artifact from our cultural past? Would it be possible to rid the world of suhc maladjusted memes once and for all, or perhaps develop memes that work as antidotes - for example, surely knowing all this helps notice when someone's trying to pull the trick on you? As noted above, greater general prosperity would help a lot, but is not foolproof, is already being worked on, and perhaps most importantly, current iteration of the fanaticism pandemic seems to be evolving to get around it - bin Laden came from a very privileged background, and many people who have lived their entire lives in the West have gone to join Isis.

Comment: Re:Remeber (Score 1) 121

Of course, he was writing to kings, most of whom had an interest in keeping their country runnning for mutiple generations.

Except they didn't. Kings of old didn't give a shit about what happened to their countries after they died. Why would they had? They were divinely appointed to their office, so whatever happened as a result of said appointment wasn't really their problem. Peasant's starving because the king sold all of nation's wheat to fund a war waged for his ego? God's will.

And of course this is still the case with the modern aristocrats. Shut down the only factory in a city and kicked all the workers to the roadside? No problem, the Invisible Hand will sort the worthy from the undeserving. A homeless guy asks for money? Hell no, he's suffering penance for his sins - if he had some marketable skills or connections he'd be sleeping in a mansion. Roads crumbling from lack of repair? Invisible Hand must be getting ready to release a flying car. The planet getting warmer? No worries, the Invisible Hand will surely save such devoted servants! And figure out some way to kick that homeless man some more in the process for being economically worthless.

There comes a point of no return, when the damage already inflicted makes it impossible to rise funds to stop more from occurring. The question is, can this pathological secularized religion be removed from power before the damn cult dooms the entire country, and possibly whole West?

Comment: Re:Can he win? (Score 1) 393

by ultranova (#49604627) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

Our country's finances have always been the fault of the congress and its creature, the Federal Reserve.

No. The fault lies with voters who want both low taxes for themselves and a high developmental level for their country. Infrastructure, whether social or physical, is expensive; if you don't pay it with taxes you'll end up paying in some other way, such as through ever-growing debt and its consequences, whatever those will eventually turn out to be.

Comment: Re:(URGENT REQUIREMENT IN DETROIT!!!!!, etc) (Score 1) 226

by ultranova (#49599691) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

It's an example and all, but as developer born and raised in Detroit (the city proper) and a current resident of the city, is it necessary to kick the place even more?

Losers need to be made look bad at every opportunity, otherwise the winners might start wondering just what kind of society lets such things happen to innocent people. I mean, they might even suggest government should help pull them up from the ditch, and that's blashphemy against the Invisible Hand and the Church of Free Market.

Don't take it personally, it's not really Anonymous Coward speaking, but the voices - internalized memetic structures - in their head fighting for survival and territory.

Comment: Re:unexamined prejudice (Score 1) 301

Men are constantly portrayed in both advertising and entertainment as buffoons and simpletons when they are anywhere near the kitchen, the kids, or the laundry.

Men having to do women's work is pretty funny, yes. But at least even this poor bastard doesn't have enough experience to be good at it. So he just fell into the metaphorical open sewer manhole rather than having to actually live in one.

Everyone laughs when a man is kicked in the balls by a woman in a TV show/commercial. Where's the fake outrage about that violent sexisim in the name of humour?

Here in Finland we have a long tradition of military farces. It's because we live right next to (Soviet) Russia, so Finnish military is pretty bloody obviously vital for the country's continued existence, and valued accordingly. So why does such a society tolerate - and even support - subversions of it? Because they aren't subversions. Those military farces are actually subverting the scenario they show - that military is full of incompetent buffoons - by presenting it as ridiculous.

The "ballkicks as comedy" scenario is sexists, and propaganda besides, just armored in such a way as to give plausable deniability and deflect criticism. They're like a joke where the punchline is that a Jew doesn't want to eat Christian babies, or a black man doesn't want to rape white women, or a US cop lets that black man live: not funny, unless you have specific prejudices, which in turn get reinforced by watching their inverse being represented as the world being out of whack.

None of this is (necessarily) intentional on the writer's part. They're simply writing what the cultural "programs" they have acquired from their surroundings suggest. And programs that suggest actions that spread themselves become endemic, which is usually a good thing since it allows humans to predict each other's actions, but can also be a huge problem when one such program happens to be akin to a malevolent virus, like sexism and racism are. Not much can be done about them but to produce and release counter-memes which hopefully block the spread of such viruses but will of course also have other effects on their own, at least on the current developmental level of psychology.

Comment: Re:Error in headline (Score 1) 301

The paper in on how the female experience is not the same as the male experience. It's less. Thus it makes sense to suggest an actual female researcher contribute to the effort.

Either your conclusions follow from your data with reasonable certainty, or they don't. A lack of female researcher might limit the scope of your conclusions - that is, you're missing something you could had reasonably concluded from the data - but it cannot invalidate an otherwise valid conclusion, unless your entire study was fatally flawed from the start, in which case adding one wouldn't help either.

And that third reviewer.. good lord what a tool. I'm not even sure i /want/ to read his review because you can't context any non offensive meaning out of that snippet.

How about the obvious: he's too lazy to analyze the conclusions of the paper based on evidence presented and just wants to rubber-stamp it?

Comment: Re:39/100 is the new passing grade. (Score 1) 174

Sounds an awful lot like that other "soft science", Economics.

The key difference between psychology and economics is that there's money in getting psychology correct (because it'll help you sell crap), while there's money in "proving" whatever economical hypothesis benefits the current elite.

Liars study psychology and practice economics.

Some researchers are finally getting away from the 'revealed wisdom' of Friedman and company, and hopefully Chicago School Economics will soon end up in the dust bin of history with phrenology and vital humors.

It doesn't really matter. Some other excuse for why the rich getting richer and the poor poorer is really in the best interests of those poor will take its place. And people will eat it right up, since it also excuses their dreams of getting rich themselves and lording it over the rest, who don't deserve it. And it doesn't help that Cold War mixed economics with nationalism to the point where people actually developed religious attachments to particular economical positions.

After all, phrenology might be in the dustbin of history, but the cause it served - dividing people into winners and losers so the former might be kept too busy oppressing the latter to start thinking for themselves rather than just doing what they're told - is still alive, as it has been for most of recorded history. It's like a memetic parasite living on noosphere and feeding on humanity generation after generation. Our future depends on killing it before advancing technology makes even losers able to destroy the world.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 141

by ultranova (#49593167) Attached to: Can Riots Be Predicted By Social Media?

How many times would you have to get punched in the face before you started taking it out on them?

And if I did, I'd be taking out the predations of some punch-happy psycho on innocent people because I was too scared to confront the real culprit. That might make me a fine citizen for such bastions of greatness as North Korea or East Germany, but in the West, it just makes me a collaborator - a traitor to myself, my country, and humanity.

It's one thing to be a coward, it's another to internalize a lie and start actively serving it. At that point you've basically joined a cult, and all your perceptions get twisted by being filtered through its dogma; and because of such induced insanity, joining a cult sometimes ends very, very badly. As we have seen numerous times in the recent past.

Comment: Re:MORE BLOAT! (Score 1) 81

A "lean" OS an OS where you easily add/enable just the pieces you want/need, not one that comes with everything and the kitchen sink preinstalled and enabled "just in case somebody needs it".

First implies the second. It can hardly get easier than installing drivers for everything under the Sun and letting unused ones lie waiting for their device to be connected.

The rest of the world is going faster, developing software for uses that you couldn't ever anticipate, on hardware that's not typical, and that's possbile only if your OS is a simple and reliable building block that scales well up and down and doesn't get in the way of doing unusual things.

Right, so how does software use this hardware? Either directly (we tried that; it was a bad idea), through proprietary interfaces (Glide, CUDA) or through standard interfaces (OpenGL, OpenCL). The last is best for end users but requires actively promoting these standard interfaces. So packaging their common bits into the OS makes perfect sense.

The basic failing of your argument is that you want an OS that doesn't make any tradeoffs at all, one that's perfectly tailorable to every possible use case. But in the real world, you make programs for specific use cases, and an OS is ultimately just a program. It too is designed with the needs of some small group of archetypical users in mind; the bigger and more varied this group, the less customized it is to anyone in particular.

TL;DR If every bit is precious to you, you'll just have to make your own custom OS with a hex editor.

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