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Comment: Re:Wrong. Willingness is not a binary construct. (Score 1) 936 936

by sethstorm (#50008351) Attached to: The Vicious Circle That Is Sending Rents Spiraling Higher

Well, if that is how you define "coercion", then the term has nothing to do with slavery, forced labor, or injustice anymore.

Except that it does. When a choice is made of the least of the worst, force exists. It means that one is only able to mitigate an undesirable situation, not remove it.

Comment: Re: Demographics (Score 1) 247 247

by sethstorm (#50008251) Attached to: FB Reveals Woeful Diversity Numbers

In a big city like New York or Sydney there are "selective" high schools like Bronx Science or Stuyvesant or Sydney Girls High School where elementary school kids have to take a test to get in. Always the school ends up being 80% Asian, either because they're smart, or work hard, or their parents have strong test-prep culture which fits the test-based state school admission better than it fits selective college admission. Yet somehow white students don't complain that they don't have the advantage Asians do because they live in a neighborhood that's predominantly white and go to schools that are predominantly white and therefore shitty, so they lack the secondary education opportunities of Asians.

Sounds like a case for applying disparate impact to kill off the selectiveness.

Comment: German/Asian education systems are flawed (Score 1) 247 247

by sethstorm (#50008127) Attached to: FB Reveals Woeful Diversity Numbers

They're not prizing education, but the ability to make certain tiers of education. It's a lighter, friendlier, less free system comparable to India's castes - as competence is tertiary to tiering and testing.

On the other hand, the United States allows all and does quite well. If one were to factor that in tests, that would put the US at/near the top. However, don't let a little statistics get in the way of your narrative.

Comment: Re:Randomness can't come from a computer program (Score 1) 64 64

by Bruce Perens (#50004185) Attached to: NIST Updates Random Number Generation Guidelines

Most of us do have a need to transmit messages privately. Do you not make any online purchases?

Yes, but those have to use public-key encryption. I am sure of my one-time-pad encryption because it's just exclusive-OR with the data, and I am sure that my diode noise is really random and there is no way for anyone else to predict or duplicate it. I can not extend the same degree of surety to public-key encryption. The software is complex, the math is hard to understand, and it all depends on the assumption that some algorithms are difficult to reverse - which might not be true.

Comment: Re:Bad RNG will make your crypto predictable (Score 2) 64 64

by Bruce Perens (#50000917) Attached to: NIST Updates Random Number Generation Guidelines

The problem with FM static is that you could start receiving a station, and if you don't happen to realize you are now getting low-entropy data, that's a problem.

There are many well-characterized forms of electronic noise: thermal noise, shot noise, avalanche noise, flicker noise, all of these are easy to produce with parts that cost a few dollars.

Comment: Randomness can't come from a computer program (Score 2, Interesting) 64 64

by Bruce Perens (#50000905) Attached to: NIST Updates Random Number Generation Guidelines

True randomness comes from quantum mechanical phenomena. Linux /dev/random is chaotic, yes, enough to seed a software "R"NG. But we can do better and devices to do so are cheap these days.

I wouldn't trust anything but diode noise for randomness. If I had a need to transmit messages privately, I'd only trust a one-time pad.

Comment: Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 936 936

by Bruce Perens (#49992299) Attached to: The Vicious Circle That Is Sending Rents Spiraling Higher

Communism has been tried on a large scale - see Mao's Great Leap Forward.

Nope. That was a totalitarian socialist program pushing a collectivism that didn't work. Communism is a post-scarcity society and obviously scarcity was the thing Mao produced best.

Comment: Re:What's the score now? (Score 1) 77 77

by Bruce Perens (#49986431) Attached to: NVIDIA Begins Supplying Open-Source Register Header Files

I didn't actually work on GPUs very much at Pixar, the image computer I worked on was the grandfather of the SIMD image processing instructions on modern CPUs. What would become a GPU later on was a very expensive box from Silicon Graphics, I had one that cost at least a quarter Million dollars.

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