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Comment Re:Ahhhh.. fucking synergy again (Score 1) 208

Use vs Utilize does have an actual nuance in some circles. "Use": this device is doing it's intended purpose, ie a butterknife to cut butter. "Utilize": this device is replacing a widget we don't actually have but it's the closest thing at hand that gets the job done, ie a butterknife to turn a flat-head screw.

Submission + - Cleaning Up US Cyberspace (

Gryle writes: Robert K. Knake, at the Council of Foreign Relations, argues that the US government and US-based ISPs should increase their efforts to take clean up or quaratine compromised computers based in the US. Arguing from a Westphalian standpoint, Knake notes the success Finland and Japan have had in reducing botnets and botnet-control servers located within their geographic borders but notes "the controls that would make it more difficult to use U.S. infrastructure to carry out criminal activity could also be used to control speech and repress dissent."

Comment Re:So forgetting a password (Score 1) 796

I think you're describing something akin to a steganographic partition. According to Wikipedia "FreeOTFE and TrueCrypt allow a second encrypted file system to be hidden within another encrypted file system. The goal of this filesystem-within-a-filesystem is to allow the users to have a “decoy” file system with data that is interesting but not overtly sensitive. A person who is arrested or captured with a laptop encrypted using this software could then give up the first file system’s password, with the hope that the decoy would be sufficient to satisfy the person’s interrogators." It's not precisely what you're describing, but close.

Comment Re:Ancillary Mercy? (Score 2) 702

The Sad Puppies evolved. I've followed this whole shebang for the last few years, mostly out of curiosity. The most civil response I saw to Sad Puppies last year was "Recommendations are fine, but you didn't have a large enough list of recommendations, so you're really just slate voting." To counter that, this year the Sad Puppies basically ran a mini-nomination. They put up a website ( where anyone could post a nomination recommendation for whatever they believed was worthy of a Hugo nomination. Ancillary Mercy ended up on the list:

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 207

I'll second this. My reading speed varies based on the "density" of the text, for lack of a better term. I can blow through a Jim Butcher or a Ben Bova novel in a matter of hours. Granted, my information absorption isn't complete and in subsequent readings I pick up on foreshadowing I didn't notice the first go through. Denser fiction ("A Farewell to Arms") or anything translated into English ("Three Body Problem", "All Quiet on the Western Front")* requires me to slow down and think about the context to understand what's going on.

My speed reading with non-fiction is similar. I can burn through modern non-fiction in a matter of hours or days, depending on the length of the text. Reading Greek philosophy, like Epictetus' "Discourses" takes significantly longer, weeks or months sometimes.

*Shakespeare occupies a weird middle ground, as my difficulty with that is mostly translating the vernacular into modern English in my head as I read along.

Comment Re:Put it to rest (Score 1) 282

I would rather be violently raped than have my wife impregnated by another man and then be tricked into raising it.

To each their own I suppose

There's a stigma (and shame) attached with both, but being cuckolded is guaranteed to throw your life into a tailspin, while being violently raped is only mostly-like to.

Had experience with both or do you have some data to back that assertion up?

Comment Re:Put it to rest (Score 3, Insightful) 282

I agree with your first paragraph, in so far as men not being forced to provide for children that aren't theirs. Your second paragraph is, in a word, nuts. Paternity fraud is nowhere near the same level as violent rape, nor should it prosecuted as such. Paternity fraud is equivalent to pyramid schemes, long-term cons, or any other form of white-collar fraud, and that is the level at which it should be prosecuted. When we begin to prosecute white-collar crime with the same force we prosecute murder, assault, or robbery, you might have something approaching a point. I can think of at least three things that would bring me greater shame than knowing the child I've been raising isn't mine.

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