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Richard Stallman Resigns From MIT

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Multiple Slashdotters are reporting the unfortunate news that famed free software advocate and computer scientist Richard Stallman has resigned from MIT. Slashdot reader iamacat writes: Following outrage over his remarks about Jefferey Epstein's victims, Richard Stallman has resigned from his position in MIT, effective immediately. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him -- even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon. "I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT," Stallman wrote in an email, referring to MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. "I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations."

Stallman also resigned as president from the Free Software Foundation (FSF) as well as from the organization's board of directors, FSF announced shortly after.

The Shaming has to End

By MrKaos • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

That's not going to stop a PR disaster unless they do fire them. That's what being a social justice warrior is all about: Mass shaming.

Point and shame. That's how you destroy careers and the standards of excellence that makes a nation. No evidence required, don't bother reading the deposition, the personal is the political, ad hominem attacks from beginning to end for defending someone (Minsky) that wasn't accused of anything.

With metoo backfiring so that men don't trust being alone in an office with a woman, feminism is looking a lot like a hate movement with the way they throw accusations of sex crime around in order to get their hit of indignation to maintain their moral superiority. Guilt by association, career destroyed, court of opinion adjourned.

Considering what RMS contributed not only to freedom but economic wealth you can see these people don't care who they destroy and it doesn't matter if you are innocent of all charges once your reputation is destroyed. Getting even isn't equality.

That's why this shaming of men must end.

Re: Thanks RMS

By c6gunner • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

It's not "both sides of the argument" when he's just making a bunch of allegations with no contexts and zero evidence.

Re:Now the question is

By MrKaos • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Someone with actual power was pressuring him to leave. The question is, who?

Selam jie gano and her blog articile where she says:

Perhaps the only criticism I will accept is that I, personally, have been lucky enough to avoid a lot of gender-related discrimination in comparison to my peers. I, personally, was not someone with a terrible advisor or a sexist professor or lecturer and while I am often the only woman in a room or the only woman in the section of my office building, I am surrounded by mostly nice, well-meaning men who have taught me a lot about engineering. I acknowledge that this is a privilege I have. The privilege to face only microaggressions.

So you don't have to be powerful, you just have to be a misandrist with no gratitude for the people around you making your education their concern whilst secretly harboring contempt towards them. This is how women are being educated before entering the workforce, using shame and accusation as opposed to displaying competence and excellence.

Here is her latest hit piece from yesterday where she twists the knife into RMS who is obviously not equipped to deal with her. How anyone could anyone trust working with this woman who is happy to burn everything to the ground and let everyone else clean up the mess just to prove there is an I in team.

Shame on you Selam, but also thanks for letting us know that any mostly nice, well-meaning men deserve what they get for trusting you.


By 0111 1110 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

You are correct about the definition of paedophila, and I would go even further and say that almost all men are actually attracted to any pretty girl who is at least 13 but feels the need to hide that because there is such a strong stigma against it. If you know any really honest guys who know themselves they will admit that they at least find them attractive but only in private and only if you know them well.

Most guys will try to pretend that when they see a superhot 16 year old in a bikini who is all tits and teeth that what they are seeing and their emotional response to it is indistinguishable from a flat chested 8 year old child. I know that women have somehow engineered this, but I don't know how they managed it. It certainly isn't natural.

But this is really not about that. RMS was defending Minsky. Not Epstein. And if you believe Benford and I certainly do Minsky said no. So it should be a total non-issue.

Re:A dangerous time for pedants

By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

It's important to understand why arguing that this was not sexual assault is harmful to the victims. Legally it is sexual assault and that's the charge that they need to go with to get justice. Unfortunately jurors don't always understand or follow the law as they should, and arguments over the precise meaning of words in a non-legal sense don't make getting convictions any easier.

Based on the assumptions RMS lays out in the email, this is absolutely sexual assault. Stallman is simply wrong. Not a pedant, just wrong.

He's stubborn too. If he had retracted that statement this would have blown over.

Spouse of Ring Exec Among Lawmakers Trying To Weaken California Privacy Law

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The California legislature worked through the summer to finalize the text of the state's landmark data privacy law before time to make amendments ran out on Friday. In the Assembly (California's lower house), Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin has been a key voice and vote backing motions that would weaken the law, and a new report says her reasoning may be very, very close to home. A review of state ethics documents conducted by Politico found that Ms. Irwin is married to Jon Irwin, the chief operating officer of Amazon's controversial Ring home surveillance business. That company stands to benefit if the California law is weakened in certain key ways before it can take effect.

One proposal put forth by Assemblywoman Irwin would expand what kind of data would be exempt from CCPA provisions, and this drew the ire of consumer protection groups, Politico reports. Irwin also initially proposed striking out "a provision requiring companies to disclose or delete data associated with 'households' upon request," a regulation that will likely affect companies like Ring. She also voted against an amendment that would have required smart speaker systems, like Amazon's Alexa or Google Home, to obtain user consent to sell recorded conversations, and "used store security-camera footage as an example of data that would be burdensome and risky for businesses to be required to link to consumers in response to data-deletion requests." Assemblywoman Irwin told Politico she found questions about her spouse to be offensive, given her own personal background as a systems engineer. "My role in the privacy debate in the Legislature is focused on bringing people together and solving the practical issues posed to us as policy makers and is independent of any job or role my husband may have," she said.
The California Consumer Privacy Act was signed into law in June 2018 by California nGovernor Gavin Newsom. "This legislation gives California residents several protections with regard to their personal information, including the rights to know what is being collected, what is being sold, and to whom it is being sold," reports Ars Technica. "It also grants Californians the right to access their personal information, the right to delete data collected from them, and the right to opt out -- without being charged extra for services if they choose to do so."

Milton's Notes On Shakespeare Appear To Have Been Found

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Almost 400 years after the first folio of Shakespeare was published in 1623, scholars believe they have identified the early owner of one copy of the text, who made hundreds of insightful annotations throughout: John Milton. The Guardian reports: The astonishing find, which academics say could be one of the most important literary discoveries of modern times, was made by Cambridge University fellow Jason Scott-Warren when he was reading an article about the anonymous annotator by Pennsylvania State University English professor Claire Bourne. Bourne's study of this copy, which has been housed in the Free Library of Philadelphia since 1944, dated the annotator to the mid-17th century, finding them alive to "the sense, accuracy, and interpretative possibility of the dialogue." She also provided many images of the handwritten notes, which struck Scott-Warren as looking oddly similar to Milton's hand.

The first folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, published seven years after his death. Without it, 18 plays including Macbeth and The Tempest might have been lost to history. Around 750 first folios were printed, with 233 known to survive. They command huge sums at auction, with one selling for 1.87 million pounds three years ago. Scott-Warren has made a detailed comparison of the annotator's handwriting with the Paradise Lost poet's. He also believes that the work the annotator did to improve the text of the folio -- suggesting corrections and supplying additional material such as the prologue to Romeo and Juliet, along with cross-references to other works -- is similar to work Milton did in other books that survive from his library, including his copy of Boccaccio's Life of Dante.

Milton was only 15 in 1623

By mosel-saar-ruwer • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

John Milton was born in 1608, and was still a child when the First Folio was published in 1623.

So presumably an adult purchased this copy, and then, many years later, gave it [or sold it] to Milton.

The pertinent question would be: Who recommended it to Milton? The memory of "Shakespeare" faded rapidly after "his" death, and only a handful of people would have remembered of the existence of the "Shakespeare" canon by the middle of the 17th Century.

So for folks interested in the Authorship Question, the identity of that gentleman - who had the prescience to invest in a copy of the First Folio, and also the vision to entrust John Milton with that copy - the identity of that gentleman would be of paramount importance.

Re:Milton was only 15 in 1623

By hey! • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

While Milton was a genius, I see no particular reason to assume his study of the Folio dates from the year of its publication.

We know that he had developed an interest in Shakespeare by his graduation from Cambridge in 1629; the following year he penned a poem which was anonymously included in the 1632 Second Folio. As the son of a well-to-do family he had leisure to pursue an intensive private study of English poetry which took up much of the following decade, and it would be logical to assume that his advanced study of Shakespeare took place at that time. Surely he would have acquired a copy of the First Folio, which at 15s was an expensive book, but not beyond his means.

Re:Milton was only 15 in 1623

By phantomfive • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

was still a child when the First Folio was published in 1623.......and only a handful of people would have remembered of the existence of the "Shakespeare" canon by the middle of the 17th Century.

If he was forgotten, why was the First Folio published, and followed by another edition a decade later? In the 1680s his plays were still being performed in playhouses designed by Christopher Wren. By that time he was no the most popular playwright to go see, but he was still being performed and was respected. The only era when Shakespeare was not performed was the Interregnum, when all plays were banned by the Puritans. After the Restoration, Shakespeare was played again. As for the authorship question, there was never a doubt until the 1840s, when the New England Transcendentalists couldn't imagine such a great author could also be an unserious actor.

To quote Milton himself, "kings for such a tomb would wish to die."

Drivers May Choose Electric Car Alert Sounds, US Proposal Says

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The NHTSA is now proposing drivers be able to select an electric-car alert sound at speeds under 18.6 mph. "NHTSA wants the public's opinion 'on whether there should be a limit to the number of compliant sounds that a manufacturer can install in a vehicle and what that limit should be,'" adds CNET. From the report: As of this month, automakers are required to equip 50% of their "quiet cars," which applies to silent electric vehicles, with an alert noise at low speeds. The rules, first brought about in 2010, have been delayed for years, but come 2020, every quiet vehicle will need the alert mechanism. Regulators concluded cars make enough noise from tire and wind noise to forego the alert above 18.6 mph (that's 30 kph in case you're wondering why so precise a figure). Think of the sound as a gentle reminder when strolling through parking lots with cars backing out of spaces and crawling through the area. It's nice to hear a car approach, and something we take for granted with internal-combustion engines. NHTSA said the alert will help prevent 2,400 injuries annually.

The (new) sound of traffic jams...

By Arzaboa • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The last thing I want to hear is all of my neighbors cars beeping every time they come home.

I get that NHTSA's goal is to never let anyone die under their watch, but it shouldn't be at the cost of driving people crazy.

I really love peace and quiet. -- Barry Sanders

Re:Stop trying to protect people

By fafalone • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
So I take it no matter how exhausted you get, no matter how sleep deprived, you've never made a mistake? Ladies and gentlemen, genuflect to this deity who walks among us, with intelligence so vastly superior he's immune to exhaustion-caused error!

Porsche will charge you $500 for this.

By whoever57 • Score: 3 • Thread

If you want to supply your own mp3 with engine sounds, that's a $500 option:

Horse with carriage on cobblestone road...

By mspring • Score: 4, Informative • Thread what I would like to choose as my electric car sound.

I vote for

By ColaMan • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

the pac-man "wakka-wakka-wakka" sound.

CentOS 8 To Be Released Next Week

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New submitter JDShewey writes: The CentOS Project has announced that CentOS 8.0 will be available for download beginning Tuesday, September 24. This release was deferred so that work to release CentOS 7.7 could be completed, which means that CentOS 7.7 will be out shortly as well (and 7.7 it is already beginning to appear in mirrors and repos). This comes 20 weeks to the day from the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.

Apple Takes On EU's Vestager In Record $14 Billion Tax Fight

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple fights the world's biggest tax case in a quiet courtroom this week, trying to rein in the European Union's powerful antitrust chief ahead of a potential new crackdown on internet giants. The iPhone maker can tell the EU General Court in Luxembourg that it's the world's biggest taxpayer. But that's not enough for EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager who said in a 2016 ruling that Apple's tax deals with Ireland allowed the company to pay far less than other businesses. The court must now weigh whether regulators were right to levy a record 13 billion-euro ($14.4 billion) tax bill.

A court ruling, likely to take months, could empower or halt Vestager's tax probes, which are now centering on fiscal deals done by and Alphabet. She's also been tasked with coming up with a "fair European tax" by the end of 2020 if global efforts to reform digital taxation don't make progress. Vestager showed her determination to fight the tax cases to the end by opening new probes into 39 companies' tax deals with Belgium on Monday. The move addresses criticism by the same court handling the Apple challenge. A February judgment threw out her 2016 order for them to pay back about 800 million euros. At the same time she's pushing for "fair international tax rules so that digitization doesn't allow companies to avoid paying their fair share of tax," according to a speech to German ambassadors last month. She urged them to use "our influence to build an international environment that helps us reach our goals" in talks on a new global agreement to tax technology firms.
After the 2016 EU order, Apple CEO Tim Cook blasted the EU move as "total political crap." "The company's legal challenge claims the EU wrongly targeted profits that should be taxed in the U.S. and 'retroactively changed the rules' on how global authorities calculate what's owed to them," reports Bloomberg.

Quit whining and pay your taxes like the rest....

By Proudrooster • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Breaks my heart to hear a corporate CEO for a company that probably pays zero taxes anywhere on planet earth cry about paying taxes.

If you want to sell premium products in the 1st world countries, you should be prepared to pay some taxes my friend.

Re:Retroactively changed the rules??

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Ex post facto laws are a violation of the principles of democratic rule-of-law government.

Yes, Apple exploited a tax loophole, but it was legal under EU law at the time for them to do so.

The EU can change the rules, but they should not be changing them retroactively.

It is easy to cheer for capricious and unprincipled government because you don't like the victim, but once the principles of fair governance have been abandoned, you may be the next victim.

Something smells fishy

By tiananmen tank man • Score: 3 • Thread

With zero retail stores in Ireland, apple makes enough revenue to have to owe $15 billion in back taxes.

Re:Retroactively changed the rules??

By Richard_at_work • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Theres a difference between "changing the rules" and saying "your interpretation of the rules are wrong, and you still owe money under the proper interpretation"....

The original ruling on the matter:

"Member States cannot give tax benefits to selected companies – this is illegal under EU state aid rules. The Commission's investigation concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years. In fact, this selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1 per cent on its European profits in 2003 down to 0.005 per cent in 2014."

It was never legal under EU rules, Apple and Irelands interpretation of the rules was faulty, so repayment is due as the original rules still apply .

The Tax Man Cometh

By sdinfoserv • Score: 3 • Thread
Poor, Poor Apple... Employing (c) 1 million workers in China contracting through FoxConn. Benefiting from working in a country with zero labor, employment, wage an hour, environmental, or intellectual property laws or benefits paid... Workers, some under age, chained to desks, living in communal dorms to produce product to meet marketing imposed deadlines...
Tim Cook, just like Captain Cook, has enriched himself off slave labor. Now the civilized world has had enough of his worker abuse (don't even claim he doesn't know) and tax dodging... time to pay Cookie...Time to Pay.

Faster Wi-Fi Officially Launches Today

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The Wi-Fi Alliance, the organization that oversees implementation of the Wi-Fi standard, is launching its official Wi-Fi 6 certification program. "That might sound boring, but it means the Wi-Fi 6 standard is truly ready to go, and tech companies will soon be able to advertise their products -- mostly brand new ones -- as certified to properly support Wi-Fi 6," reports The Verge. From the report: So the point of Wi-Fi 6 is to boost speeds within a crowded network. The theoretical maximum speed for Wi-Fi is increasing, too -- to 9.6 Gbps from 3.5 Gbps -- but those numbers don't really matter since you'll never get them at home. What matters is that Wi-Fi 6 has a bunch of tools allowing it to operate faster and deliver more data at once, so the speeds you actually get will be higher than before. Those gains will be most noticeable on crowded networks, where the efficiency improvements will make up for the higher Wi-Fi demands. (Wi-Fi 6 also mandates a major security improvement.)

Really, though, today's launch is largely a formality. The Wi-Fi certification program -- while important, and very much marking the beginning of the Wi-Fi 6 era -- isn't required, and companies have been rolling out Wi-Fi 6 devices for months that likely work just fine. But the Wi-Fi Alliance is made up of members of the tech industry big and small, and its actions represent what wireless features and technologies they're interested in delivering, so this is a clear sign that Wi-Fi 6 has arrived. All that said, this week's biggest news for Wi-Fi 6 has no immediate connection to the Alliance: it's that the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro go on sale, and both support Wi-Fi 6. That's going to quickly put millions of Wi-Fi 6 devices into people's hands, meaning adoption of the new tech will very suddenly be well underway.

What will I get at home?

By Lije Baley • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

That would have been nice to see in the summary.


By Richard Dick Head • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Ah, 802.11ax. Weird that I've never heard "Wifi 6" until today/launch day.

Wired when you can, Wireless when you have to

By simpz • Score: 3 • Thread

Is the mantra I still work to

MIT Unveils New 'Blackest Black' Material and Makes a Diamond Disappear

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An anonymous reader shares a report: What do you do with a $2 million natural yellow diamond? If you're at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you coat it in a wild high-tech material that makes any object look like it fell into a black hole. The coated diamond is now a piece of art called The Redemption of Vanity, a collaboration between Diemut Strebe, artist-in-residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, and Brian Wardle an MIT aeronautics and astronautics professor. The diamond will be on exhibit at the New York Stock Exchange until Nov. 25, giving viewers a chance to see MIT's new carbon nanotube material in action. "The unification of extreme opposites in one object and the particular aesthetic features of the CNTs caught my imagination for this art project," Strebe said in an MIT release. MIT described the carbon nanotubes as "microscopic filaments of carbon, like a fuzzy forest of tiny trees" that's grown on an aluminum foil surface. "The foil captures more than 99.96 percent of any incoming light, making it the blackest material on record," MIT said.

Important facts

By Presence Eternal • Score: 3, Informative • Thread

Everything that you wear that you think is black is just very dark green or very dark red, because black dye does not exist. The only true black in the world is the heart of a dragon.

Smooth marketing

By ItsJustAPseudonym • Score: 3 • Thread
From the first link: "BMW painted an SUV in Vantablack as a smooth marketing move."

It's smooth, as long as the Marketing person who thought of that stunt is the first person to drive it on public roads at night.

Hah! Suck, Kapoor

By SpammersAreScum • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Black cars not so bright selection

By spinitch • Score: 3 • Thread
Unless live in North, a black car not the brightest selection;) Heating a car easier than cooling it for non sub zero locations. Now if they could convert the excess heat to energy cost effectively that would cool;)

Password-Leaking Bug Purged From LastPass Extensions

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Developers of the LastPass password manager have patched a vulnerability that made it possible for websites to steal credentials for the last account the user logged into using the Chrome or Opera extension. Ars Technica reports: The vulnerability was discovered late last month by Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy, who privately reported it to LastPass. In a write-up that became public on Sunday, Ormandy said the flaw stemmed from the way the extension generated popup windows. In certain situations, websites could produce a popup by creating an HTML iframe that linked to the Lastpass popupfilltab.html window, rather than through the expected procedure of calling a function called do_popupregister(). In some cases, this unexpected method caused the popups to open with a password of the most recently visited site. "Because do_popupregister() is never called, ftd_get_frameparenturl() just uses the last cached value in g_popup_url_by_tabid for the current tab," Ormandy wrote. "That means via some clickjacking, you can leak the credentials for the previous site logged in for the current tab."

On Friday, LastPass published a post that said the bugs had been fixed and described the "limited set of circumstances" required for the flaws to be exploited. "To exploit this bug, a series of actions would need to be taken by a LastPass user including filling a password with the LastPass icon, then visiting a compromised or malicious site and finally being tricked into clicking on the page several times," LastPass representative Ferenc Kun wrote. "This exploit may result in the last site credentials filled by LastPass to be exposed. We quickly worked to develop a fix and verified the solution was comprehensive with Tavis."

Duplicate Posting Bug Still in the Wild

By chuckugly • Score: 3 • Thread

Dude, it's the same DAY.

Slashdot purges bug that creates duplicate posts..

By berchca • Score: 3 • Thread

...or did they?


By JustAnotherOldGuy • Score: 3 • Thread

Yes, the duplicate posting is funny, but the fact that your password manager is leaking your passwords is truly hilarious.

Facebook Advertisers Can Write Their Own Headlines For Shared News Stories

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Advertisers on Facebook are able to completely rewrite the displayed headline for news stories, CBC News has learned, opening the door for potential disinformation to spread on the platform while using news media branding as cover. When placing an ad on the platform, one option is to include a link to a website, including links to news stories. The news story's real headline is auto-filled into the ad copy, but advertisers have the option to rewrite the headline. However, the article's website address still appears in the ad, giving the impression that the headline is the one written by the article's author. This policy raises the possibility that it could be abused by political parties or third-party advertisers during the federal election campaign. The article provides an example where the UK's Conservative Party ran an ad containing a BBC article whose headline was, "14 billion pound cash boost for schools." However, the actual BBC story is headlined "School spending: Multi-billion pound cash boost announced," and instead put the number at 7.1 billion pounds, criticizing the government's use of 14 billion pound figure as not the usual way of calculating spending.

Facebook is aware of the issue and said it is planning changes. "We have a system that gives publishers control over how their links appear on Facebook. We're working to put additional safeguards in place by the end of this year to make sure advertisers don't misuse this tool," said a Facebook spokesperson in an email to CBC News.

CBS and MIT's 1960 Documentary On AI Is a Gem

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FastCompany magazine editor and Slashdot reader harrymcc writes: On the night of October 26, 1960, CBS aired a special -- coproduced with MIT -- about an emerging field of technology called 'artificial intelligence.' It featured demos -- like a checkers-playing computer and one that wrote scripts for TV westerns -- along with sound bits from leading scientists on the question of whether machines would ever think. It was well reviewed at the time and then mostly forgotten. But it's available on YouTube, and surprisingly relevant to today's AI challenges, 59 years later.

Can this fad just die now?

By BAReFO0t • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread
Call us, when you actually simulate neurons, instead of showing us a hand brush (weight matrix multiplication), and telling us it will grow into a wild boar! A red plastic brush!

I literally did better neuron simulations as a hobby in 1999! When I was 18!
I was offered an well-paid job to do "AI" recently. I got all the "bibles" of the industry, to read, so I'm at the cutting edge.
I thought they were trolling me! As somebody who knows his share of actual neurology, ... it was a complete joke! So many cut corners; so many feats of insane half-assery; plus *completely missing the point of neural nets* ... and then they wondered why their nets did not perform a 100th as well as real ones. --.--

Sorry but the whole industry, like the HTML5/Web n.0/WhatWG one, is medically certified batshit insane.
At least the part that is not hacks, so clueless, they do not even reacg the level where insanity could be determined.

Re:"sound bits"

By DickBreath • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
1/8 of a sound byte.

Re:Edsger W. Dijkstra classic quote

By backslashdot • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Considering it's clear that you are one of those with zero in the way of achievements, let alone achievements in comparison to Dijkstra (whose contributions to computer science anyone should appreciate) you have no credibility when it comes to calling him a retard. Second, you obviously don't grasp the meaning of what he said.

Artificial stupidity

By swm • Score: 3 • Thread

It's been 60 years, and I don't know that we have much to show for it.

Artificial stupidity
The saga of Hugh Loebner and his search for an intelligent bot has almost everything: Sex, lawsuits and feuding computer scientists. There's only one thing missing: Smart machines.

Re:Not just AI, IT is rotting from fads & conf

By Junta • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

I would say that while capability is more advanced, that the tooling to manage much of this is in many cases more needlessly tedious and in some ways a backslide from 90s UI design.

Notably, it is now utterly trivial to create exceedingly custom look and feel with the ability to have any layout one could possibly imagine and assigning any behavior you like to any UI element. Want to draw a radio button UI that instead acts as a checkbox? Sure, why not.

HIG guidelines are dead and so rough 'common sense' prevails. Admittedly, this is generally is better in practice than it sounds. However a lot of the tooling is in some ways more tedious than paradigms of the 90s. In 90s desktop application I cared vaguely about UI element positioning but the UI toolkit largely made platform-appropriate decisions on the details that were consistent application to application. In current web development, I better get ready to micromanage by tweaking CSS for some of the most trivial things. In exchange for easier access to customize a great deal more, the toolkits *force* more of these decisions to be explicitly made.

Netflix Lands 'Seinfeld' Rights in $500M-Plus Deal After Losing 'Friends' and 'The Office'

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Seinfeld will be master of a new domain starting in 2021. From a report: Netflix has landed worldwide rights to the iconic sitcom in a five-year deal with distributor Sony. The show will move from current rightsholder Hulu when its deal is up in 2021. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the new Seinfeld streaming deal is worth more than $500 million and covers global rights. By comparison, The Office and Friends moved to NBC's streaming platform and HBO Max, respectively, for similar valuations that only covered domestic. The deal, sources stress, was competitive with Netflix beating out rich offers from the likes of Amazon, NBC's streamer, HBO Max, Hulu and CBS All Access. The acquisition of Seinfeld for the streamer comes after Netflix lost rights to two other classic NBC comedies: Friends, which is moving to WarnerMedia's HBO Max in 2020, and The Office, which will be part of Comcast's streaming platform starting in 2021.

Re:Lost promise...

By sinij • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

You cut cord if for no other reason but to not have to watch 15+ minutes of ads every hour.

Re:This show has been in rerun for years

By The-Ixian • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

I still watch The Office and Seinfeld regularly.

When I get to the end, I just start over again.

I throw it on as filler, or when I don't know what else to watch.

I also do this with Star Trek (STTNG and Voyager).

Sometimes I just don't want to seek out new content and give my time to something untested. I just want to relax and enjoy a known quantity.

This is really importnat news!

By fustakrakich • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

When do we get Gilligan's Island?

Re:This is really importnat news!

By theskipper • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Soon little buddy, soon.

Perception of large numbers

By thogard • Score: 3 • Thread

Randall Munroe seems spot on with his take on the perceived value of large numbers where he indicates that 100 million might be perceived as larger than 10 billion.

When I first saw his drawing, I thought "That explains so much in politics" but now I'm thinking it applies even more to executives. This deal is about $1 per English language TV viewer and most won't ever watch the show again.

Maybe the Romans had it right by making large numbers look very complex.

Australia Concludes China Was Behind Hack on Parliament, Political Parties

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Australian intelligence determined China was responsible for a cyber-attack on its national parliament and three largest political parties before the general election in May, Reuters reports. From the report: Australia's cyber intelligence agency -- the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) -- concluded in March that China's Ministry of State Security was responsible for the attack, the five people with direct knowledge of the findings of the investigation told Reuters. The report, which also included input from the Department of Foreign Affairs, recommended keeping the findings secret in order to avoid disrupting trade relations with Beijing, two of the people said. The Australian government has not disclosed who it believes was behind the attack or any details of the report.

So it's come to this...

By KlomDark • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Every country in the world has it's best long term interests in ceasing to do business with China.

It will hurt, but the pain will be temporary. When it's done, everything will be much better.

China has nobody's interests but it's own super-power world-dictatorship surveillance society plans in mind.

Time to move away from them immediately before the time comes when no one can escape.

Re:This is my shocked face

By youngone • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
I am not sure about the Australian power grid, but in New Zealand, the main opposition party has a Chinese spy as one of their MP's: Jian Yang is his name.
Recently the leader of the opposition visited China, along with Mr. Yang and had a meeting with the head of China's secret police.
We are supposed to pretend this is no problem, and our media ask no questions, because China is our biggest trade partner. Australia has the same problem, and with the current American regime being so untrustworthy it is a real problem for both countries.

Online voting vulnerable.

By Ungrounded Lightning • Score: 3 • Thread

We have documented instances of (major) nation-level actors trying to sway other countries' elections by propaganda.

We have documented instances of (major) nation-level actors engaging in cyber attacks on other countries' infrastructure, for intelligence gathering, blackmail, and sabotage.

We have a number of (IMHO hairbrained) attempts at putting elections online.

Should that happen,what is YOUR estimate of the odds of nation-level actors attacking and subverting the elections directly?

(I'd rate them as the only thing I've seen that comes closer to P=1.0 than "What are the odds a customer will find that bug?")

The World Has a Third Pole -- and It's Melting Quickly

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An anonymous reader shares a report: Many moons ago in Tibet, the Second Buddha transformed a fierce nyen (a malevolent mountain demon) into a neri (the holiest protective warrior god) called Khawa Karpo, who took up residence in the sacred mountain bearing his name. Khawa Karpo is the tallest of the Meili mountain range, piercing the sky at 6,740 metres (22,112ft) above sea level. Local Tibetan communities believe that conquering Khawa Karpo is an act of sacrilege and would cause the deity to abandon his mountain home. Nevertheless, there have been several failed attempts by outsiders -- the best known by an international team of 17, all of whom died in an avalanche during their ascent on 3 January 1991. After much local petitioning, in 2001 Beijing passed a law banning mountaineering there.

However, Khawa Karpo continues to be affronted more insidiously. Over the past two decades, the Mingyong glacier at the foot of the mountain has dramatically receded. Villagers blame disrespectful human behaviour, including an inadequacy of prayer, greater material greed and an increase in pollution from tourism. People have started to avoid eating garlic and onions, burning meat, breaking vows or fighting for fear of unleashing the wrath of the deity. Mingyong is one of the world's fastest shrinking glaciers, but locals cannot believe it will die because their own existence is intertwined with it. Yet its disappearance is almost inevitable.

Khawa Karpo lies at the world's "third pole." This is how glaciologists refer to the Tibetan plateau, home to the vast Hindu Kush-Himalaya ice sheet, because it contains the largest amount of snow and ice after the Arctic and Antarctic -- about 15% of the global total. However, a quarter of its ice has been lost since 1970. This month, in a long-awaited special report on the cryosphere by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists will warn that up to two-thirds of the region's remaining glaciers are on track to disappear by the end of the century. It is expected a third of the ice will be lost in that time even if the internationally agreed target of limiting global warming by 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is adhered to.


By TechyImmigrant • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread

>Many moons ago in Tibet, the Second Buddha transformed a fierce nyen (a malevolent mountain demon) into a neri (the holiest protective warrior god) called Khawa Karpo, who took up residence in the sacred mountain bearing his name.

That is untrue. It did not happen. Stating it as fact is a lie.

Re:Loss was inevitable anyway, it's the rate

By Nidi62 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Although a bit sad that a way of living they have been used to will be changing, this is true for countless societies across time. These glaciers may be going away faster than they would have otherwise without a warming trend, but they would have been gone eventually. The people that live there will have to figure out how to deal with that, either now or later.

That's true, but gradual change is always easier than sudden change. All societies adapt over time, so it's possible that at a more "normal" melting rate they could adapt, while at a faster melting rate they collapse or villages that have existed for hundreds or thousands of years disappear.


By nitehawk214 • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

The glacier is here:

It is on the opposite side of the Himalayas from the eastern tip of India. And even then, the Brahmaputra empties through Bangladesh.


By TechyImmigrant • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Well, any adult with better than primary education would immediately read that as a retelling of a legend. There are enough clues there, including the opening words "Many moons ago". Setting cultural context for a story is nothing new in journalism. If anyone took the passage seriously, I think the problem is with the reader, not the article.

Not in a news story purporting to impart facts. Perhaps giving context would make it true "In Tibetian mythology...". but as written it reveals sloppy writing.

Re:Loss was inevitable anyway, it's the rate

By DamnOregonian • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
This dumb shit logic could be used to accept continued ozone destruction, global scale lead dispersion through the biosphere, or acid rain inducing atmospheric aerosols. Fortunately, brighter minds than yours won the day.

There's a Lost Continent 1,000 Miles Under Europe

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Scientists have reconstructed the tumultuous history of a lost continent hidden underneath Southern Europe, which has been formally named "Greater Adria" in a new study. From a report: This ancient landmass broke free from the supercontinent Gondwana more than 200 million years ago and roamed for another 100 million years before it gradually plunged underneath the Northern Mediterranean basin. Researchers led by Douwe van Hinsbergen, a professor of global tectonics and paleogeography at Utrecht University, have been piecing together Greater Adria's past for a decade. The team collected rock samples from Spain to Iran, looking for the last material remnants of the continent that are accessible to scientists. The results were published this month in the journal Gondwana Research, and include an animated summary of the lost continent's birth, life, and death. Unless you live in an earthquake zone, it can be easy to forget that Earth is constantly cannibalizing its own landmasses. The map of our world morphs over the eons, as continental plates shift around, bump into each other, and undergo subduction, which occurs when one plate slides underneath another.

1000 miles ?

By Big Bipper • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
That's a bit of a stretch. It's only 4000 miles to the center.