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Comment: par for the course (Score 1) 219

by zer0sig (#47348953) Attached to: Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?
They are constantly screwing around with everything else, breaking this, fixing that, changing this, etc. I don't find it surprising that Facebook would look at this as a social experiment and neglect to consider the human emotion manipulation element. However, it is telling that this sort of thing goes on, and if anyone is shocked or offended by this, then they might want to invest their time and energy in another form of social media. I hear G+ is nice.

Comment: Re:Naive (Score 1) 871

by zer0sig (#45066445) Attached to: Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video
Unfortunately, as performance is typically measured in conviction rates, this is true. Many people who vote or can appoint judges look at this above all else, not trying to take into account the nature of the cases - maybe they take hard cases but lose some, or maybe they have a 100% rate with "slam-dunk" cases that may provide little in the way of benefit to the communities in which they occur to provide convictions.

Comment: Re:How robust is Twitter (Score 1) 75

by zer0sig (#44956541) Attached to: Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts
While I agree that consistent penetration and reach is best via AM radio overall, the listener count is not what it once was. SMS messages have the bonus of trickling in during very brief periods of cellular connectivity, even when electrical systems and land lines are down due to damage or overloading, and they go to what I would suggest is the single most ubiquitous means of communicating with the folks who are harder to reach - the ones not in crowds or sitting by a TV or radio. Of course, the EAS folks have been working to consolidate broadcast commercial radio, television, SMS, cable, and other methods and the methods should improve with time. I honestly think that twitter for a general EAS carrier medium is adding an unnecessary level of complexity (this is based on my experiences from both sides of the SS7 switches that carry SMS, their overall reliability and general impenetrability of viruses, the Slashdot effect, etc.) to a good idea. However, as a general purpose, user-configurable carrier for the most desired flashes of specific information and emergency sources, this idea has some solid potential.

Comment: Re:This is why I have a 1 week delayed install pol (Score 1) 254

by zer0sig (#44841553) Attached to: Microsoft Botches More Patches In Latest Automatic Update
In the mid to late 90s I would completely agree with you - but there are many, many ways to handle this on Linux or nearly any modern Unix-style OS. It is still true that many base distributions, particularly those that are designed for the home or hobbyist user, default to allowing a user with UID 0 to wreak havoc by installing unusual packages or those with package dependency/library issues, but most mature distributions do a good job of handling this. If you need to install something without an acceptable, tested distro-native version, there are both methods (like chroot jails or separate hierarchies owned by non-admin groups) and packages (many default packaging systems backup all changes by default, many others have simple options or metapackages for such, also there is SELinux, RCS, etc. etc.) - because you know and trust Windows but do not know or trust Linux enough to feel confident in handling package/system installation and upgrading does not mean that over 40 years of Unix admins cannot do this. I would go into more methods and applications but this post might never end. If you care to learn this stuff, Linux can be a far safer/more stable/more secure place to spend most of your computing time, as many here have noticed.

Comment: Good for the Goose, Good for the Gander? (Score 1) 276

If any of these information gathering systems and/or the keeping of data for any length of time are legal, than surely the authorities won't mind if we know where each and every one of their vehicles and employees are, to whatever extent they can collect the same data from us. After all, they work for us, and if they aren't doing anything wrong, they have nothing to worry about, right? ;)

Comment: Re:Silly (Score 1) 388

by zer0sig (#41398221) Attached to: Is the Can Worse Than the Soda?
I wish Abita would put out the Belgian Ale, S.O.S. and Andygator in cans. All 3 are awesome. Makes me miss living closer (in the Memphis area it's pretty easy to get the big beers - i occasionally find them here in NC but I haven't tried the Amber or Purple Haze partially because I'm fond of good hi-grav beers when possible).

Comment: Re:charity (Score 1) 216

by zer0sig (#41231063) Attached to: The Gates Foundation Engages Its Critics
Math fail. 40000*.31=12400 40000*.19=7600 Plugging the other factors in, you get 22600 for the socialist example, and 22400 for the capitalist example. Even if your math were correct, these tax figures are not. In any case, please check your work next time. There are advantages and disadvantages to both systems, and if the USA system were less poorly/greedily administered the numbers could be notably better for its citizens, at almost any income level.

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