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Comment: Re:Poster sounds sympathetic, but sounds like thre (Score 1) 249

by unrtst (#49621079) Attached to: VA Tech Student Arrested For Posting Perceived Threat Via Yik Yak

A person makes a direct comment saying the same thing that happened a few years ago is going to happen tomorrow.

They were not so direct as you imply.

but let's just say that the person you love most in the world is shot, and it turns out the police had actual credible evidence that the person that shot your loved one made a threat the day before, but the police had your attitude, "Oh we shouldn't be so quick - let's ignore the threat."

AKA "Appeal to emotion". This can easily be flipped around, where any nearly threatening sounding statement by anyone causes them to be arrested.

For example, a very recent comment of yours:

The only cure for this travesty is to immediately fill the FEMA death camps with the entire racist, sexist and homophobic members who consist the entirety of Programming at present - the whole lot of them, because while a good egg might have slipped through, the cancer that infects programming is pervasive, and we cannot take the chance.
Then, we must rebuild a new and proper programming community, and will adhere to strict guidelines according to gender, race, and sexual orientation.

How is that not a threat? That's far more direct than what this kid said.

Comment: Re:Poster sounds sympathetic, but sounds like thre (Score 1) 249

by unrtst (#49615503) Attached to: VA Tech Student Arrested For Posting Perceived Threat Via Yik Yak

Are you trying to say that if the kid actually did go on a shooting rampage - which indeed was what he was referring to...

Why are so many people so quick to assume this? It's been years since the shooting. I'm betting that every year on that date, some peoples tensions are high (as indicated by the response to this mess). Just playing devils advocate, but it seems entirely feasible that he was referring to every 4/16 from 2008 onward, and his arrest was kind of a self fulfilled prophecy.
Convicting someone (in the public eye at least) based on less than a tweet and a picture of an Asian (who looks a bit stoned) seems like overreacting to me. It's very VERY unlikely it was a legitimate threat, which brings it down to intent, and the level of intent, which could range from a faux paus or misunderstanding, to political statement, to fake threat (intent to insight), to a promise. I certainly don't see enough evidence to know it was "indeed" a threat that he was going to go on a shooting rampage.

Comment: Re: GIGO (Score 1) 80

by unrtst (#49614069) Attached to: Microsoft's AI Judges Age From Snapshots, With Mixed Results

What's with the surge of "no true scotsman" comments?

Anyway... that doesn't apply here because you are mixing up tenses. Itzly's "can be trained" versus OzPeter's "should have". Also, rather than "a well trained system would have correctly...", it is "a well trained system will correctly ...", and that's assuming "trained" doesn't only mean "fed an accurate and large corpus" but also includes algorithmic tweaks/training.

Either way, I think the quality of the photos would likely play a HUGE role. Garbage in, garbage out, and all that. If it can see the pores in your skin, it can do loads more detecting than the naked eye, but when they're using tiny little multi-portrait photos with a total file size capped at 3mb, that's quite a restriction on what it has to work with... and I'm shocked how well it does for the most part.

Comment: Re:give it up (Score 2) 84

For those not wanting to watch a video to read a quote:

Thomas Jefferson (to Isaac McPherson, 1813-08-13):

If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.

Full text is easy to find via your favorite search engine.

Comment: Re:Chrome will remember a "scrambled" version (Score 1) 71

by unrtst (#49587629) Attached to: Google Announces "Password Alert" To Protect Against Phishing Attacks

It's sad how far Slashdot has fallen.

It's sad how smugly superior the tech nerds are here.

It's sad that non-tech people waste their time visiting a site advertising itself as "news for nerds" and then complain when someone wants the site to cater to nerds.

It's sad how entire families can be torn apart by something as simple as wild dogs.

They should have used Google Dog Alert. The scrambled version of the dogs, while disturbing, are not capable of tearing anything apart.

Comment: Re: That makes no sense. (Score 1) 183

by unrtst (#49587277) Attached to: How One Tweet Wiped $8bn Off Twitter's Value

"Gambling" is when you buy a lottery ticket.....a lottery ticket is not a real stake in is a chance to win money and nothing more."

Uh no. A lottery ticket is a stake in the lottery.

You're both wrong.
Don't confuse "Gambling" with the lottery. They're similar but different beasts.
Playing the lottery is a way to donate money to a cause with a small chance of being rewarded for being such a generous person (/end_huge_exaggeration).

Each lottery is different. Search google for "where do lottery proceeds go". For example, for PA:
62% -> winners
29% -> benefit programs
7% -> retailer and vendor commissions
2% -> operating expenses

The church I went to as a kid had a yearly festival, and a 50/50 raffle. 50% to the winner, and 50% to the church. I think that's an important distinction because, if you're ok with donating to that end result, then it doesn't feel bad at all to write off that $20 you just put in there. On the other hand, if the proceeds go to a casino, it's quite a stretch to think anyone is truly happy with the casino taking their money.

I'm not saying you should pick one beneficiary over another, but you make an educated decision, and the proceeds should be part of that decision.
Who do the proceeds go to when playing the market?

Comment: Re:Guilty of violating the laws of physics (Score 1) 95

by unrtst (#49570011) Attached to: Texas Admonishes Judge For Posting Facebook Updates About Her Trials

I was, somewhat sadly, more interested in that story than the judge one... how is putting a child into a 8'x6'x7' plywood box (aka. a room) a bad thing? I'm guessing there was other awful attributes left out for some reason, which would be just about as bad if the child was placed anywhere else (ex. resting on a 4"x2'x1/8" strip of rubber - aka a swing).

Comment: Re: Do not want (Score 1) 125

by unrtst (#49569339) Attached to: Smart Headlights Adjust To Aid Drivers In Difficult Conditions

We have some crazy inventions which help deal with folks being in the middle of the road:

Maybe these haven't become common enough in Alaska yet, but in most parts of the world, you're a dumbass if your standing on the median while traffic is still flowing both ways (dumbass may be a little harsh, but you shouldn't be there).

Comment: Re:VanillaJS Framework (Score 1) 218

by unrtst (#49569045) Attached to: JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?

Wow... so your solution to avoiding the common case of re-inventing the wheel and having "a mess of implementations of half-maintained half-abandoned libraries" is to... wait for it... use "custom in-house libraries"? Even worse, those will only do "what is required, nothing more, and won't cover special cases that you don't use" (at that time for that app).... so when you try to get all your various in-house incantations using the same incantation, you'll simply have to rewrite... well, everything. Good luck with that.

Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 1) 686

by unrtst (#49537063) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

courtequdotbiz version 1:

[...]pot decriminalized[...]

You make it sound like it's a good thing.

courtequdotbiz version 2:

I don't say it's better to send pot smokers in prison...

What are you saying then? Perhaps "decriminalized" and "legalized" got mixed up?

IMO, all drugs should be legalized and regulated. I feel the benefits of the latter part out weight the negative effects of the former. IE. you'll know what you're taking, its potency, it's strain info and effects, etc etc etc. In addition, rather than the government (and, by extension, all tax payers) spending LOADS of money trying to fight the war on drugs, they'll be able to make loads of money on taxing those drugs. It's not a perfect solution (ex. see cigarettes), but at least there's an influx of cash coming from the same product that will eventually cost the people money to support those users in recovery/sickness/etc (I dislike how tobacco tax is currently utilized, but it could be used as a wash and even a money maker). Legalizing all drugs would also shut down almost all of the related violent crime from dealers and distributors, and stop the flow of cash to countries we don't really want to support.

The biggest issue I see with legalizing drugs is how we deal with those that are currently incarcerated for possession or use. We could pretend that it's ok to think, "the rules changed; they broke the rules before; their breaking of the rules still happened and so they should see out their punishment". I have trouble with that, but I don't know how we'd handle adjusting the sentencing of hundreds of thousands of people.

[mods... feel free to offtopic this]

Comment: Re:Caller ID (Score 4, Interesting) 78

by unrtst (#49533963) Attached to: Facebook's "Hello" Tells You Who's Calling Before You Pick Up

(disclaimer: I'm on slashdot so I didn't read the article or fully research this)

My initial reaction is that this is actually one of the first and greatest uses of social media and phone integration... assuming they're doing what I think they're doing (though, if so, there's some minor privacy leakage).

If I'm right, then this *should* work just as well around the world as long as people use facebook about as much in those places. I'm assuming, since this comes from their recently touted FB Messenger team, that:
* Messenger has your FB account (duh)
* Messenger permissions snag your personal phone number (MANY apps do this, or at least IMIE/etc)
* When you get a call, their app checks their DB of phone numbers (a great many of which have been verified via the app), and gets the lookup.
* If there's no lookup, it can then fallback to other lookups (whitepages, google, other DB's and such)

I really wish this was around a long time ago. The transition to everyone having unlisted phone numbers (ie. cell phones) destroyed a significant feature of Caller ID. This could bring that back a little. Though it's mostly going to be people I probably know already, this would be great any time you lose your address book somehow, and you can stop adding folks to your address book just so you'll know what number it is (ie. keeping your ex in there under some pseudonym just so you know not to answer when craycray2005 calls).

As far as privacy... if someone is calling me, screw their privacy. They can tell me who they are, or I'm not answering. BTW, if a creditor calls and says something like "Is this Mr So-and-So?", keep replying with stuff like, "Who can I say is calling?", "Who is this?", "Dunno, who are you calling for?". They love that. And definitely tell them that, "your call may be recorded for, wink-wink, quality control purposes on this end as well".

Anyway... I don't have a problem with this as long as it's simple phone number -> name lookup.

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 1) 67

by unrtst (#49520053) Attached to: USPS Shortlists 'HorseFly' Octocopter Drone Delivery Service

Maybe there will be certain neighborhoods that can be designed so this will work well, and they can be labeled as such and given drone priority shipping or something. I have trouble picturing any environment where this would work well, let alone better than a mailman (unless your particular mailman is especially poor at his job, but that's a different problem).

Comment: Re:So about 8' from my front door? (Score 1) 67

by unrtst (#49519961) Attached to: USPS Shortlists 'HorseFly' Octocopter Drone Delivery Service

I live in an area where the spacing between houses averages over a quarter-mile in any direction. I would love for a drone to deliver my packages instead of the lazy delivery driver just saying "address doesn't exist" or "cannot find address" because they don't want to drive down my road.

These things are cool and all that, but I don't see them being good for your case either. Just how far do you think they can travel with a big package? And how many of those deliveries can they make before their battery is dead? And how would that be more efficient than just driving that 1/4 mile? Your mailman just needs replaced.

On the other side of the scale, in tightly packed downtown areas, they're also virtually useless. You've got a bunch of people so close that it's a 10 - 20 foot walk between multi-family brownstones, or even residential buildings with LOTS AND LOTS of people (where you're going to be much better off carting in all the mail and stuffing into the already-centralized mailboxes).

The person you replied to is, IMO, in the most ideal location, and yet he'd still have lots of issues (where is that package going to go?).

This idea has such a small niche. It seems to me that the only reason anyone is interested is because it's like magic to them... they don't understand it, they didn't understand computers either, and they don't want to miss out (or they're making money off it, or huge RC nerds).

Comment: Re:YES the must be dicks (Score 0) 270

by unrtst (#49495031) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment

If he wants to investigate security holes in Boeing aircraft, he should get a job with Boeing, or offer his services to them for free.

If you want to vote, you should get a job in politics/government, or offer your services to them for free (and hope they take allow you to contribute).
Gee, that's fun logic.

Comment: Re:If you are ABLE to be a hooker, detain you? (Score 2) 270

by unrtst (#49494981) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment

This knife comparison is fucking stupid.

There are hundreds of people walking around with laptops, and the laptops all passed through security with no reason not to pass them though.
There are how many people in the terminal with a knife? Few to none. How many people were allowed to bring one? None.

There isn't a very good analogy here. Shoe + threatening to kick people in the nuts? Water+towel and waterboarding threats?

The real point, IMO, is that, AFAICT, he was not threatening to do it. He was saying it was possible. The fact he had a laptop is almost meaningless (what about phone with wifi, or any wifi device, or some custom shit with custom radios etc... the latter of which would at least imply some possible intent). It may be a fine line, but there's a definite line.

Back to the (awful) knife analogy, at least make it right. He wasn't standing up and announcing to the plane, which would be inciting stuff; He mentioned it on twitter, which is casually mentioning it to your acquaintance that is sitting next to you that, "ya know, it'd be pretty easy to turn this plastic food tray into a sharp weapon and stab someone... I wonder why they use this type of tray?". Would they take his tray as evidence? Would they take every tray on the plane? WTF... there's plenty of laptops around, and they're just tools.

Dynamically binding, you realize the magic. Statically binding, you see only the hierarchy.