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Comment Re:Self hosted (Score 1) 205

My IP, from Time Warner Cable, is effectively static, in that it doesn't change unless my cable modem is powered off for several hours, which hasn't happened in several years at least. Once the modem has a connection they have never cycled to a new IP address, and the few times it has happened I just updated my DNS records. Your mileage, of course, may vary. Still no longer run an outgoing mail server however, just too much of a pain in the ass to be worrying about.

Comment Re:Expediency of transactions? (Score 3, Insightful) 62

Electronic transfers of course only take milliseconds, but what's the point of banks using them if they can't steal your money for a few days and earn some interest on it before finally handing it over to the party that you originally intended to have it. Block chains will be no different. Banks will still take the attitude of "Fuck you, pay me".

Submission + - SPAM: California Enacts Law Requiring IMDb to Remove Actor Ages on Request

schwit1 writes: California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that requires certain entertainment sites, such as IMDb, to remove – or not post in the first place – an actor’s age or birthday upon request.

The law, which becomes effective January 1, applies to database sites that allow paid subscribers to post resumes, headshots or other information for prospective employers. Only a paying subscriber can make a removal or non-publication request. Although the legislation may be most critical for actors, it applies to all entertainment job categories.

The purpose of the law is to prevent age discrimination. How soon will it get struck down for violating free speech?

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Submission + - Brian Krebs is back online, with Google Cloud Hosting (

Gumbercules!! writes: After the massive 600mbps DDOS on last week that forced Akamai to withdraw the (pro-bono) DDOS protection they offered the site, is now back online, hosted by Google.

Following Brian Krebs breaking an article on vDOS (, leading to the arrest of the two founders, his site was hit with a record breaking DDOS. It will certainly be an interesting test of Google's ability to provide DDOS protection to clients.

Submission + - What are the FLOSS community's answers to Siri and AI? (

jernst writes: A decade ago, we in the free and open-source community could build our own versions of pretty much any proprietary software system out there, and we did. Publishing, collaboration, commerce, you name it. Some apps were worse, some were better than closed alternatives, but much of it was clearly good enough to use every day.

But is this still true? For example, voice control is clearly going to be a primary way we interact with our gadgets in the future. Speaking to an Amazon Echo-like device while sitting on my couch makes a lot more sense than using a web browser. Will we ever be able to do that without going through somebody’s proprietary silo like Amazon’s or Apple’s? Where are the free and/or open-source versions of Siri, Alexa and so forth?

The trouble, of course, is not so much the code, but in the training. The best speech recognition code isn’t going to be competitive unless it has been trained with about as many millions of hours of example speech as the closed engines from Apple, Google and so forth have been. How can we do that?

The same problem exists with AI. There’s plenty of open-source AI code, but how good is it unless it gets training and retraining with gigantic data sets? We don’t have those in the FLOSS world, and even if we did, would we have the money to run gigantic graphics card farms 24×7? Will we ever see truly open AI that is not black-box machinery guarded closely by some overlord company, but something that “we can study how it works, change it so it does our computing as we wish” and all the other values embodied in the Free Software Definition?

Who has a plan, and where can I sign up to it?

Submission + - mechanics of the rejection of science ( 2

Layzej writes: Science strives for coherence. For example, the findings from climate science form a highly coherent body of knowledge that is supported by many independent lines of evidence. Those who reject climate science often rely on several mutually contradictory ideas. Hence, claims that the globe “is cooling” can coexist with claims that the “observed warming is natural” and that “the human influence does not matter because warming is good for us.” A recent study examines this behavior at the aggregate level, but gives many examples where contradictory ideas are held by the same individual, and sometimes are presented within a single publication.

The common denominator among contrarian positions is the conviction that climate change either does not exist or is not human caused, and that either way it does not present a risk (or if it does, then adaptation will deal with the problem). In a nutshell, the opposition to GHG emission cuts is the unifying and coherent position underlying all manifestations of climate science denial. Climate science denial is therefore perhaps best understood as a rational activity that replaces a coherent body of science with an incoherent and conspiracist body of pseudo-science for political reasons and with considerable political coherence and effectiveness.

Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

I have a brother HL2170W that's been our household workhorse printer for over eight years now. Had an issue exactly once, when a small foam pad in the inner works started to get sticky, causing paper jams. A quick youtube search showed me how to repair it. Other than that it's been working great. All the previous printers we owned, from HP & Epson, barely lasted two years. I learned my lesson long ago, and I will *never* again buy an HP product.

Comment Code should be as concise as possible. (Score 5, Funny) 239

I never use variable names of more than one character unless all possible single character names have already been used, which rarely happens. I never indent blocks; extra white space is only superfluous. I never do in six lines of code what can be done in one long convoluted line. If the person that needs to maintain my code can't make sense of it, too bad. They're probably just a sloppy programmer.

Comment Re:Brazil wasn't far off (Score 5, Insightful) 326

I just went to a doctor this week, and they also asked me about my current medications. I also said "same as last time", so they printed out a form with the medications I mentioned in my last visit and just had me initial it to make sure. They don't just do this to cover their ass, they also do this to cover yours. For every ten patients that insist that "Oh, nothing's changed", they'll probably have one that eventually says "Oh wait, I stopped taking that one two months ago, I forgot to mention it". When it comes to my health, I'm glad they double check their work, and mine.

Comment Not everyone accepts it. (Score 1) 326

My internist, who's many years younger me so he's not just some cranky old Luddite, tried the using iPads, etc., for about a year before he threw it all out and went back to a manila folder with the patient's name on it, with all the medical records inside. I feel more comfortable with him than with his associate who seems to look everything up on their phone before making a decision. Just my data point.

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