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  1. Comment on How do you explain the unreasonable effectiveness of cloud security? in ~comp

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    I'd love for someone to prove this statement false: Cloud Security is only as safe as the moral integrity of its (human) controller. In other words, do I want Jeff Bezos in charge of my stuff or...

    I'd love for someone to prove this statement false: Cloud Security is only as safe as the moral integrity of its (human) controller. In other words, do I want Jeff Bezos in charge of my stuff or someone more trustworthy?

    Remember, Bezos doesn't have to look at my stuff or even control it directly. He can simply mine it for useful information through subordinates and algorithms. If he decides it's to his advantage to turn all this over to a current version of Hitler or some other entity, we can't do anything about it, and probably wouldn't know anything about it.

    Yes, please tear this reasoning apart if you would. Because I don't see much long term security in the cloud.

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  2. Comment on Invasion of the electric scooter – can our cities cope? in ~misc

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    Do current ones come with a bicycle bell? That used to work pretty well in Amsterdam.

    Do current ones come with a bicycle bell? That used to work pretty well in Amsterdam.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on A Program Judges If You’re a Criminal From Your Facial Features in ~comp

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    Good as long as they don't ask for my DNA. Then they'd find out I wasn't from earth.

    Good as long as they don't ask for my DNA. Then they'd find out I wasn't from earth.

  4. Comment on The Golden Age of Cord-Cutting Is Over. Now What? in ~tv

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    Currently upping my totally rewatchable tv show dvd and bluray collections - commercial free. For new content, digital air channels and a good mute button. And books. And library. I save my money...

    Currently upping my totally rewatchable tv show dvd and bluray collections - commercial free. For new content, digital air channels and a good mute button. And books. And library. I save my money for important things. After all:

    The world is so full of a number of things,
    I'm sure we all should all be as happy as kings.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on Microsoft capitulates and agrees to undo planned partner product licensing changes in ~news

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    My how the world has changed. We can all be our own whistleblowers now. A hungry and alert virtual mob is ready to pounce whenever and wherever needed. The people who control this behemoth will...

    My how the world has changed. We can all be our own whistleblowers now. A hungry and alert virtual mob is ready to pounce whenever and wherever needed. The people who control this behemoth will control the world.

  6. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

  7. Comment on With 147 million dead trees, Californians brace for fire in ~enviro

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    Here's an article from last year on the issue of cutting down some of this dead wood by the Timber industry....

    Here's an article from last year on the issue of cutting down some of this dead wood by the Timber industry.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/03/california-timber-firms-maybe-piece-of-the-puzzle-to-cut-fire-risk.html

    It sounds like little to no progress has been made on using the wood, at least part of it, for timber. "California has no commercial timber operations on state-owned lands."

    Although I expect the situation is far from simple, this is the only article I found discussing the issue.

  8. Comment on RSA was an important milestone in the development of secure communications, but the last two decades of cryptographic research have rendered it obsolete. in ~comp

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    We got all 4 seasons on DVD from Ebay just last week. :) "Who are you?" "I'm the Librarian." Somewhat smarmy, intentionally cheesy, as whimsical as Willy Wonka. Loving it.

    We got all 4 seasons on DVD from Ebay just last week. :) "Who are you?" "I'm the Librarian." Somewhat smarmy, intentionally cheesy, as whimsical as Willy Wonka. Loving it.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on RSA was an important milestone in the development of secure communications, but the last two decades of cryptographic research have rendered it obsolete. in ~comp

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    I remember learning about this in an episode of The Librarians awhile back. What a show that was.

    I remember learning about this in an episode of The Librarians awhile back. What a show that was.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on ‘Forrest Gump,’ 25 Years Later: A Bad Movie That Gets Worse With Age in ~movies

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    Ha! I forgot to celibate, I mean, celebrate.

    Ha! I forgot to celibate, I mean, celebrate.

  11. Comment on In the world’s northernmost town, temperatures have risen by 4C, devastating homes, wildlife and even the cemetery. Will the rest of the planet heed its warning? in ~enviro

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    To me this is a microcosm of the situation. So many towns across the globe owe their lives to the same economic and technological pressures that are now threatening them. Svalbard has had 10 years...

    Until 10 years ago, locals say, discussion of this topic was considered bad form in the coal-mining town. Now, though, they talk about it at work and in the pub. The changes cannot be ignored.

    To me this is a microcosm of the situation. So many towns across the globe owe their lives to the same economic and technological pressures that are now threatening them. Svalbard has had 10 years facing this issue. Most of the rest of the world's population has yet to understand the implications for their own way of life.

    10 votes
  12. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Faure's 4th Nocturne got my attention on the way home from work Wednesday. At first I thought it was Chopin, but it reminded me so much of Alexandre Desplat's Benjamin Button Soundtrack, which has...

    Faure's 4th Nocturne got my attention on the way home from work Wednesday. At first I thought it was Chopin, but it reminded me so much of Alexandre Desplat's Benjamin Button Soundtrack, which has a slightly different feel from Chopin. It turns out Faure was heavily influenced by Chopin but seems to have gone for a simpler execution in his early piano work.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on ‘Forrest Gump,’ 25 Years Later: A Bad Movie That Gets Worse With Age in ~movies

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    25 year anniversary reviews. Our increasingly scheduled public lives. What's on the agenda for this afternoon? Oh yes, Dolly the first cloned sheep's birthday number 23. If she was still alive.

    25 year anniversary reviews. Our increasingly scheduled public lives. What's on the agenda for this afternoon? Oh yes, Dolly the first cloned sheep's birthday number 23. If she was still alive.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What are your thoughts on the "precautionary principle"? Is there too much of it, or not enough? in ~misc

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    I can't help but think we are all in for a bad run of luck based upon my observation of human behavior. We have entirely too many inherent biases embedded in us to adapt to the speed with which...

    I can't help but think we are all in for a bad run of luck based upon my observation of human behavior. We have entirely too many inherent biases embedded in us to adapt to the speed with which technology is advancing. There's no going back, in my opinion, except through the undesirable yet historically observed process of catastrophic adjustment.

    I think we have more than enough technology at our hands to 'solve' almost all the problems we've created, environmental and otherwise, but implementation increasingly requires consensus and directed action that doesn't appear to be forthcoming. We should have solved the climatic problem by now and be on our way to guarding and preparing for other possible developments. We aren't.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on My social anxiety in ~talk

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    At one point I did the old Myers-Briggs personality sorter and sort of left it at that. Lately I've located a group of Myers-Briggs subreddits that are extremely interesting. The important thing...

    At one point I did the old Myers-Briggs personality sorter and sort of left it at that. Lately I've located a group of Myers-Briggs subreddits that are extremely interesting. The important thing here is that I found a group I seem to have an affinity with, and that has led me to a better appreciation of the social anxiety that I have to deal with. You aren't alone, no matter how lonely it may seem at times.

  16. Comment on What's a question you genuinely don't know the answer to? in ~talk

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    I developed depression years ago, but lately realized it's existential depression. You can google it, basically it's the depression that comes from most of our modern concepts of meaninglessness....

    I developed depression years ago, but lately realized it's existential depression. You can google it, basically it's the depression that comes from most of our modern concepts of meaninglessness. Of course, my case is diagnosed and treated medically, but reading Yuval Harari and others has made me aware that our belief systems have an incredibly strong influence on our emotions.

    To me it sounds like your loneliness is a rational response to our modern belief systems and the resulting negation and invalidation of other belief systems. That makes me feel like it's our choice, at least to some extent.

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  17. Comment on Oregon Just Voted to Legalize Duplexes on Almost Every City Lot in ~news

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    Great. I'm not familiar with Oregon/Portland. In my neck of the woods, we frequently see multi-use single family homes (i.e 4-5 adults living in a single family home in a residential area...

    Great. I'm not familiar with Oregon/Portland. In my neck of the woods, we frequently see multi-use single family homes (i.e 4-5 adults living in a single family home in a residential area neighborhood.) The problem with this is parking of the vehicles of these adults. There's not enough space on the lot for 4-5 cars. I'm assuming in Oregon this isn't a problem? From the article, it sounds like most people there are for it.

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  18. Comment on How much money would you need to live the life that you want to live? in ~life

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    It would be so wonderful to have this simplistic mind-set, that a given amount of money could in essence purchase a life one wants to live. The problem is that this is a moving target, which...

    It would be so wonderful to have this simplistic mind-set, that a given amount of money could in essence purchase a life one wants to live. The problem is that this is a moving target, which behavioral scientists have all but proven. As such, my rather whimsical goal is to decrease this magic number to as close to zero as possible. I say whimsical, because even having such a monetary goal is still having one's desires tied to a number, even if it's an inverse relationship.

    The true goal, properly speaking, would be to forget how to do mathematics, eventually forgetting in fact everything. Interestingly, Alzheimer's, which gallops in my family, is a theoretically low cost way to achieve this. (It was anything but low cost for my father, but he wasn't aware of that.)

    Meanwhile, as my apparent perception of numbers is holding its own, I'm following my whimsical goals. My goal, upon winning the lottery, which I certainly would win if I was foolish enough to play, would be to give the money away as quickly as possible.

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  19. Comment on What's a question you genuinely don't know the answer to? in ~talk

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    At one point in history, it was considered impossible (and not really useful) to take the square root of a negative number. Other examples exist in history. What is the next impossible...

    At one point in history, it was considered impossible (and not really useful) to take the square root of a negative number. Other examples exist in history. What is the next impossible mathematical operation that will be discovered to be in fact possible and even useful?

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