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Comment Re:What about measuring reliability? (Score 1) 110

What about measuring reliability?

In all seriousness: probably because his benchmark programs don't measure reliability. This guy benchmarks stuff. A lot of stuff. He knows how to do it. This time he's benchmarked a bunch of Linux installs. We learn a little, but not so much. Yes, there are some big differences (like the disk performance going down). But often it's not clear why any of that stuff happened. So not very informative, to be honest.

Submission + - Open Source Pioneer Michael Tiemann on the Myth of the Average

StewBeans writes: In a recent article, Michael Tiemann, one of the world's first open source entrepreneurs and VP of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat, highlights an example from the 1950s US Air Force where the "myth of the average resulted in a generation of planes that almost no pilots could reliably fly, and which killed as many as 17 pilots in a single day." He uses this example to argue that IT leaders who think that playing it safe means being as average as possible in order to avoid risks (i.e. "Buy what others are buying. Deploy what others are deploying. Manage what others are managing.") may be making IT procurement and strategy decisions based on flawed data. Instead, Tiemann says that IT leaders should understand elements of differentiation that are most valuable, and then adopt the standards that exploit them. "Don't aim for average: it may not exist. Aim for optimal, and use the power of open source to achieve what uniquely benefits your organization."

Submission + - Google to use ads in attempt to combat jihadi terrorists (

Mark Wilson writes: Large swathes of the internet have taken it upon themselves to try to stem the flow of ISIS propaganda and other terrorist content. People working under the Anonymous banner are perhaps the most obvious, but now Google is getting involved as well.

In an overtly political move a senior Google executive, Dr Anthony House, has revealed measures that are being trialled to try to combat extremism. As well as making it easier to discover who is looking for extremist content online, the company is also piloting a scheme that uses its AdWords system to display anti-ISIS messages.

This is an interesting use of Google's technology, and stands in stark contrast to the blunt DDoS attacks employed by some anti-ISIS groups.

Submission + - Hillary Clinton Forwarded Classified E-Mail From John Kerry Private Account (

An anonymous reader writes: The latest batch of emails released from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's home brew personal email server includes an email (pdf) sent from then Senator John Kerry, head of the Senate foreign relations committee, using an unofficial account. As Hot Air notes, "The e-mail in question has four sections redacted in the body, two of which are explicitly marked as SECRET. The declassification date is 5/27/2036, exactly twenty-five years after the original transmission of the message — indicating that the information within it was classified at that time, not by the Inspector General or the State Department as a precaution on its discovery within the system." Hillary Clinton then forwarded that information to another person in the State Department. Also copied on the email was President Obama's National Security Adviser, which raises the questions of what did the White House know, and when did it know it?

Submission + - Elon Musk cancels blogger's Tesla order after he complains about launch event

umafuckit writes: Blogger Stewart Alsop wrote an open letter to Elon Musk following a supposedly badly run launch event for the Model X. Alsop complained that the event started almost 2 hours late and was unable to test drive the car (for which has put down a deposit). In response, Musk cancelled Alsop's pre-order saying "Must be a slow news day if denying service to a super rude customer gets this much attention".

Comment Re:She lives in pretend land (Score 1) 572

People and their opinions have a huge influence on politics. Feeling as I do about abortion I almost never vote for a pro abortion candidate.

I'm really interested in in this. I understand that you can't vote against your conscience, so do you think you are put in a difficult position when it comes to voting? Do you sometimes feel you agree with a certain candidate, but because they are pro-abortion (or at least not anti-abortion) you can't vote for them? Is that the position you feel in with Sanders (if you don't mind my asking)?

You're right that people and their opinions influence politics. Of course that is true. My problem is that abortion (whilst an important ethical issue) shouldn't be swaying people's voting choices about how the country is run. It's just a different category of issue to things like inequality, foreign policy (e.g. stance on Iran or Israel or terror), how to regulate Wall Street, prisons for profit, or the war on drugs. In an ideal world, everyone can disagree about all that other stuff but get together and come up with some compromise on abortion. My hunch is that it's in the interests of the politicians for that not to happen. What do you think?

Comment Re:She lives in pretend land (Score 1) 572

You sound like a reasonable person and I respect your views. It's nice to discuss with a anti-abortionist who doesn't make knee-jerk statements. I agree it's not good to use abortion as retroactive birth control. Perhaps where we differ is that I don't consider "where human life begins" to be a useful yardstick in the debate. Neither do I think it's self-evident that "life" begins at birth or even that "life" is a very useful word in this debate.

I don't think saying "life begins at conception" is that helpful because, apart from anything else, about 25% of conceptions end up as miscarriages. So biology itself is telling us that conception is far from a assurance of an eventual new organism. Perhaps because I'm a biologist I see the word "life" very mechanistically and I don't understand how it relates to abortion, which is an ethical issue. I see when the fetus starts to feel pain as relevant, for instance. But at which point it is "alive" just isn't useful to me because that word encompasses far too many things and states of being.

I think it's too black and white and too easy to say conception==life and therefore life==human being and therefore abortion==killing. I see a human embryo is a potential new human existence (I'll avoid the word "life"). However, what it actually is at the time of abortion is anything from an undifferentiated ball of cells ball of cells to a highly undeveloped embryo that has nothing in common with a person. So when I think about this issue I think about it in terms of what the embryo currently is, not what it might become. I don't see it as "killing a person" or "taking a human life" I see it "as removing a ball of cells" or "removing an embryo that is currently indistinguishable from a chicken embryo". Of course later term abortions begin to become very unpleasant and there would come a stage in pregnancy where I'd probably be averse to abortion for anything but health reasons. I don't have an opinion as to where that line is, though.

In any case, my main point is that none of the above should be a major influence on politics.

Comment Re:She lives in pretend land (Score 1) 572

It's a slaughter is it not? The term is correct.

I don't think it is slaughter. I think "slaughter" is an emotive term designed to polarize people's views. Further, it's a term that references the slaughter of the innocents in the New Testament, making it harder for religious people not to oppose the issue.

I just can't see early term abortions as being anything other than the removal of an embryo. A potential human. Calling it murder seems very unreasonable. Anything in the first trimester seems like a non-issue to me. My wife is 8 weeks pregnant and if the 12 week scans and tests indicate Down's then we're having an abortion. I'll be disappointed, and worried for my wife's health, but I (we) have no qualms whatsoever about terminating it. I certainly won't feel like a killer.

I think the real concern is that abortion is illegal in about half of US states regardless of whether there is risk to the mother or the baby was the product of rape. That is unreasonable.

I don't know at what point I'd consider abortion the taking of a life. Probably by the third trimester. I don't have a fixed cut off in my head. I think it would depend on the reason. Also, by the third trimester there's the option of a premature delivery in the event of potential medical complications for the mother. So the issue is inherently a grey area.

Comment Re:She lives in pretend land (Score 1) 572

I dispute the disagreement with Planned Parenthood's abortion efforts being religious only. You don't have to believe in God to oppose the slaughter of the unborn. Sure the churches are the loudest voices but I know plenty of non-believers who oppose abortion. Just because "Thou shalt not kill" is one of the 10 commandments from the bible doesn't invalidate it for most people.

The disagreement is mainly of religious origin; maybe not completely, but mostly. I think most non-religious people see things in a more fine-grained manner. In particular, I find phrases such as "the slaughter of the unborn" to be wildly over the top with respect to very early term abortions.

Comment Re:Premature Conclusions be Damned (Score 3, Interesting) 572

I don't think he's being an apologist. He's saying that we need more details to discover who was colluding in the scheme. He's also saying that it's not the private server that was the problem, but that fact that e-mails themselves were likely systematically being treated in an insecure manner (probably by many people).

Comment Re:She lives in pretend land (Score 5, Insightful) 572

The impeachment (and subsequent acquittal) of her husband was clearly part of a smear campaign. It is of no interest to anyone but Bill's wife into whose mouth he puts his cock. The e-mail scandal, on the other hand, is a big problem.

I don't know what is " turbo-liberal" about Planned Parenthood: it's an organization that provides health services. Some people disagree with some of those services on religious grounds. The resulting debate is given far too much importance on the National political stage. In reality, the issue is used as a tool to divide the electorate and everyone seems to fall for it.

I don't much like Hilary, but I like less silly ad hominem like saying "incontrovertible proof of mental illness", which just lower the standard of discourse and contribute nothing.

Comment Re:Because it's true? (Score 1) 522

I agree you have a use-case that needs greater bandwidth. However, for people surfing the web and watching a few movies then 20 Mbit is fine. This must cover most people. I have a 1 Gbit connection at work (which I need) but at home I was on 20 Mbit until November when they bumped me up to 40 Mbit for free. I've never had trouble with 20 Mbit, even though I know how fast a 1 Gbit connection feels.

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