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Comment MY PASSWORDS HAVE NOT BEEN HACKED (Score 1) 126

To you, the douchebag that said use password manager or your will be hacked. I have been using the same formula for generating passwords for almost 2 decades and I have not had any issues. Enjoy your increased threat level by using additional software to store your password. You almost convinced me.

Comment Re:What complete nonsense (Score 2) 308

I have never met anybody that thinks we should give unlimited amounts of money to colleges and health insurance companies. Restoring the ability of people to get a job they can support themselves with via government provided education as it was during the entirety of the 20th century seemed to be very successful. Most people on the left think we should eliminate health insurance companies entirely.

Comment Thanks for giving this a name (Score 1) 433

From my experience this happens at almost every office. I've stopped leaving because of it as you'll never get stability. It's probably tougher from a strict coding perspective, but for me I work in an engineering office and we do a lot of cad design and gis. Since the GIS is a separate set of skills I just moved to a task that the people gaslighting me could not understand and excelled at it. At which point, you can just wait them out and refuse to let them gain legitimacy by them instructing you on the 'proper' way of doing things in order to claim that your skill is because of their ability to teach you. It's actually really fun to totally ignore the gaslighter and then excel at your job. When they go to management and claim your failure point it out as them not understanding what you are doing. When they try to look over your shoulder at your screen to teach you, stop working and look at them and converse about things not related to work in a charming positive way that makes them laugh. Wait for the deadlines to come in and them get distracted then do your thing better than them for lower budget. Make yourself useful to management while smiling at them, ignoring them, and don't do what they say while agreeing to their face. Keep a positive attitude, realize that they are sad individuals with less skill that need to use intrigue to promote themselves and advanced your skill set in a way that makes it obviouse to everyone in the office that you are far superior to them and they are just pushing their weight around in order t compensate for their own inadequacies.

Comment Looking at the wrong branch of physics to trash (Score 4, Interesting) 387

The article mentions hidden dimensions and other universes in the same sentence. This is a pet peeve of mine. In Multi-dimensional quantum mechanics the dimensions are additional directions. They are not other universes and the combination of the two in one sentence is either intentinally muddying the water, or the person writing the article is not familiar with the mathematics involved and should not be taken seriously. The standard Cartesian coordinate system used to describe our universe in it's basic sense contains x.y, and z, directions, a set of values that many of the programmers on Slashdot are familiar with. Multi-dimensional physics just adds more of these in an attempt to explain the very real observable quantum effects that Newtonian physics and relativity cannot explain and never will. We currently know more about the Andromeda galaxy than the Milky Way because it is difficult to describe an object when you are inside it. Getting a third person look at the universe, even if it is just a mathematical trick, is probably the easiest way to describe it. The refusal to do so is probably not going to go very far. What the emergence of time means is also not what they are describing it to be and should not be looked upon as a valid argument. In a holographic quantum view of the universe it could be considered similar to a wave propagating through a substrate, but also be akin to a temporary chemical reaction wave, where the structure of the substrate is momentarily changed while the wave propagates through. This temporary excitation of the substrate generates the universe we live in. The movement of the universe's propagation is in the direction of time. My take on the hidden dimensions is that instead of viewing them as hidden, we should look at them as directions in which the particles we are made of have a zero width. The reason we cannot travel in time is not because the directions don't exist, it's because the particles we are made of have a zero width in that direction. We would have to be made of something else, and when we went backwards in time we would effect leave our current universe. Other particles, such as the elemental particle of gravity have a non-zero width in one of these direction. What we should really be talking about is the fact that relativity CANNOT describe the orbital trajectories of any stars accurately. The lack of a theory to accurately explain a basic observable fact is more problematic than the inability of technology to currently test the most advanced physics problems. Once our ability to manipulate quantum effects (such as the creation of a working quantum super computer - looking at you google) and we can create technology that is based on quantum mechanics then maybe we will be able to test the theories. Second failure of current theory that I don't think is spoken of enough is the failure of the planck observatory to detect the effects of gravitational waves on the cosmic microwave background. There were several stories about the waves being detected but second looks at the data supporting this cast serious doubt. Since we have now confirmed the existence of gravitational waves and their effects have not been observed as inflation predicts, then the current theory of the big bang they reference at the beginning of the article (we can describe the universe up to a bit before it's creation) is in fact not supported by current experiments and should be rethought. Instead of taking a step back from quantum mechanics we need to take a second look at the non quantum component of physics as it is currently not supported by current data.
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Zero-Rating Harms Poor People, Public Interest Groups Tell FCC (vice.com) 205

An anonymous reader links to an article on Motherboard: The nation's largest internet service providers are undermining US open internet rules, threatening free speech, and disproportionately harming poor people by using a controversial industry practice called "zero-rating," a coalition of public interest groups wrote in a letter to federal regulators on Monday. Companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T use zero-rating, which refers to a variety of practices that exempt certain services from monthly data caps, to undercut "the spirit and the text" of federal rules designed to protect net neutrality, the principle that all content on the internet should be equally accessible, the groups wrote. Zero-rated plans "distort competition, thwart innovation, threaten free speech, and restrict consumer choice -- all harms the rules were meant to prevent," the groups wrote. "These harms tend to fall disproportionately on low-income communities and communities of color, who tend to rely on mobile networks as their primary or exclusive means of access to the internet."

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