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Comment I Dunno (Score 1) 76

I never heard of Gawker, but I received email from them telling me that my account was compromised. I just went to their site, entered my email and asked for a password reset. I got a reply with a username I don't recognize. When I logged in with the id and password, I got an error message that said I had never "verified" my account.

  I'd say they have some serious problems that go beyond the password hack.

The premise of the site seems pretty sketchy.

Comment Re:In b4 shitstorm (Score 1) 435

I don't think it is about compassion or morality. It is about a very narrow faith based agenda that does not leave room for rational or critical thinking. It is the same thinking that makes some religious groups anti masturbation because it is "spilling the seed". Doesn't matter that science shows that the seed is "spent" whether or not it is ejaculated.

The more we learn about life's processes, that more we demonstrate that it is bases on chemistry and physics and less on mysticism. The article isn't demonstrating new concepts, but it is showing we can overcome some of the previously encountered technical obstacles in life sciences.

The article doesn't discuss homosexual relationships or parenting. It merely says that the process could someday produce offspring from two mail donors. It also says that there may be a way to use the IPS technique to generate both male and female children from two female donors. This is a really big deal because up to now two female donors could only produce female offspring.

IMHO, the real ethical controversy will come about when scientists develop or discover an artificial or non human womb to carry the in-vitro produced embryos. Then we can have the discussion about whether or not gender really matters. Until then, two males will still need a female to reproduce.


Comment Re:Make it static. (Score 1) 586

I see the point you are making, but I still think all of the diplomatic cables on Wikileaks reveals little new information. You really think we didn't know there is complicity with Pakistan on the drones, or that the U.S. has been bouncing ideas back and forth with China on North Korea. I think you give way too much value to Assange and these leaks.

How about this? Did Assange provide leaks on information that would have predicted the housing crisis meltdown? Did he have secret memos that he released on BP before the cap blew and the information hit the public press? Did he release information about the crisis in Greece, Ireland, Portugal prior to the information being released to the public? I only ask, because that stuff would actually matter to me. In case you aren't paying attention, the only issue people are focusing on in the U.S. are jobs and the economy. I can't find a lot on Wikileaks that tell us why the parties are waging PR wars and not actually solving any problems. Maybe if Assange had dirt on Boehner or McCain, or Pelosi or a host of other political leaders, it would be relevant to people here.

The U.S. government is pissed off because disclosure of private cables used in diplomacy violates protocol and spreads distrust between the countries involve. Everyone has their own agenda, and diplomacy is the art of navigating those agendas. Without privacy there is no diplomacy and without diplomacy there are wars. Lets tape all your private conversations with your lover, wife, friends, and acquaintances and post them on Wikileaks and see how they affect your relationships. Even if they taken in context, they will threaten your intimacy.

I have no problem with Assange and what he is trying to do in the name of openness. His approach seems to be lets shoot for idealism no matter who it fucks. I am not saying the approach is bad, but it is naive to blindly believe it will have positive results.

Comment Re:Consipracy Time (Score 1) 579

I am not sure the information on Wikileaks is all that meaningful. Sure people have been embarrassed, but I don't see the world grinding to a halt because of it. It will not change the political bickering in the U.S. and I doubt it will greatly shift policy. It may create more transparency in diplomatic negotiations, but that is not such a bad thing.

Now that the cat is out of the bag and Wikileaks has its moment in the spotlight, it will likely become increasingly difficult for them to discern between truly "leaked" information and information that is planted by the worlds probaganda machines. I suspect that Wikileaks could become a tool for the governments and corporations in the same way that they use the trade press. How do you determine the difference between planted and stolen information?

As for Assange "insurance" policy of secret information on world leaders. I doubt (or hope not) that someone who promotes an agenda of transparency would stoop to extortion to protect themselves. This would be too hypocritical for even the blind believers. I suspect that Assange is protected by the policies he uses to "sanitize" information before it is released. If he were doing real damage to society, none of us would be having this conversation. We would all be after his head. It is one thing to create grand drama on the worlds' stage and another to directly affect the safety and survival of our lives and families.

Comment news or not? (Score 1) 165

I am not exactly sure of the point of this article. IMHO financial accounting is an art and it is more about company appearance and image than concise financial reporting. IRS and accounting rules allow companies to manipulate the data to "hide" details that would otherwise disclose details about proprietary internal operations. If you look closely, you can usually find accounting trickery. This does not make the company "evil" or dishonest, it just allows them to both present honest financial information to share holders without disclosing proprietary information to competitors.

The important information to determine from publicly released financial data is 1) did the company increase revenues? 2) did they really turn a profit from revenue and costs, or is there unsustainable write offs involved, and 3) is the increase of revenue from growth or from accounting trickery. I am not sure it really matters if Microsoft is moving revenue around to bolster their windows sales figures, the question is sustainability.

Comment Re:Here's the solution (Score 5, Interesting) 302

Seems like an incredibly dubious argument to me. Faith and Science are mutually exclusive and have nothing to do with atheists. It has to do with separation of scientific process and leaps of faith that can't be proven. Your arguments are typical of what the grandparent is trying to say. Faith assumes that observation is causality and science recognizes that observation can be related but not the cause. Tying observation to causality my be a natural defense in animals. We assume that the last thing we ate is the cause of our stomach ailments. This might be life saving, but it also makes us avoid things that don't make us sick. Science doesn't have this luxury. We need to root out causality to efficiently make scientific discovery. The beauty of science sometimes leads scientists to have faith is a high power, but it doesn't lead them to apply faith to the discovery process.

What is also hurting our institutions is the changes made during the Reagan era to reduce funding to higher education and place taxes on graduate student stipends. This was driven by your same argument, "Gosh we should stop funding universities because they are turning out to many liberal arts degrees." The government stopped funding universities and forced them into a quasi for profit position. Universities started drawing from the foreign pool of students whose governments had the foresight to fund the education of future leaders of arts and sciences. It is not surprising that our universities have a disproportionate number of foreign students, and they are returning to their homelands with the knowledge to succeed in science and engineering.

I think it is great that China and India have the wherewithal to see what is required to be a dominant economic and political power. They aren't sitting on slashdot arguing over faith versus science. They are just working hard at discovery knowing it will pay off.

Comment Bad Review - IMHO (Score 1) 200

Steven Vaughn-Nichols did his review based on an install in VirtualBox. This is not very useful as most desktop distros need some tweaking before they run well in a virtual environment. I am running Fedora 13 and Ubuntu 10.04 and they both required work to get them working well in VirtualBox. It is also not clear whether he tested the Beta or the Final RC1 release. Of course, then naming scheme is incredibly difficult to follow, so I am not surprised he may have gotten that wrong.

Comment this is two separate issues (Score 1) 591

The problem of dealing with failures is completely independent of the protocol. NCFTP will continue from where it left off if the ftp fails. Browsers could have this kind of error recovery if someone took the time to add it in. One wonders why this kind of error recovery isn't built into the download process.

Bit torrent is useful if the download source site is unable to handle the bandwidth requirements. Companies that use distributed services such as Akamai usually provide fairly good download speeds, that are comparable or better than bit torrent.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 403

I realize you were being sarcastic. However, I just want to make a few points:

1) given Google's recent battles with Oracle, it is probably not a good idea to focus on Java Besides,

2) Google's implementation is so far removed from the Oracle JVM, that it is not really the same platform.

3) There are thousands of Qt programmers in the world and the Qt curve is accelerating quickly. For native apps, it is a very popular platform. I think Nokia looks at the growing interest in Qt and said "How can we leverage this knowledge given there is no standard UI platform for phone?"

Android is a very nice platform, but it is not in Nokia's interest to adopt something that will drive them into the commodity hardware business. Java has licensing issues, while Qt does not. Qt is also the heart of Meego which has the support of Intel AND Nokia.

Gartner predicts that Symbian and Android will each have 30% market share by 2014. That doesn't take into account anything that Nokia does in the Meego space. The Nokia strategy seems very prudent.

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