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OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

5pp000 Re:Multics (763 comments)

Hodie natus est radici frater!

Wow, I had quite forgotten about that. Thanks for the blast from the past!

more than 3 years ago
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U. Penn Super Quadcopter Learns New Tricks

5pp000 Killing me in my sleep? (124 comments)

I don't think so. That sucker is NOISY.

Cool aerobatics though.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung's Galaxy Tab Android Tablet Now Official

5pp000 Re:Such an Odd Product (210 comments)

Agreed. I think Samsung's own Epic looks much more interesting -- the same size as an N810, and with a slide-out keyboard.

more than 3 years ago
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Newspapers Cut Wikileaks Out of Shield Law

5pp000 Re:LOLWUT? (602 comments)

Actually, they didn't fire him, they just suspended him for a month.

You really should have checked out the story...

more than 3 years ago
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Electronic Voting Researcher Arrested In India

5pp000 Re:governments (188 comments)

Everyone's jumping on the fact that the GP seems to be advocating terrorism. But though he didn't express himself well, I don't think for a moment he actually wants to commit or even encourage terrorist acts. He's simply observing, as indeed Jefferson did, that concentrations of power tend toward tyranny. That's why we have the Constitutional separation of powers: to put bounds on each branch of government so that it can't take over.

I'm not advocating terrorism either; and I'd go so far as to suggest that it was Jefferson's hope that the system of government he and his cohorts had invented would give the citizens sufficient oversight of their government as to make violent revolution unnecessary in the future. Still, I daresay he was aware of the possibility that it might not work.

more than 3 years ago
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Electronic Voting Researcher Arrested In India

5pp000 Re:governments (188 comments)

Flamebait? Come on, mods. You can find very similar statements in the writings of Thomas Jefferson. Like this one: "The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of tyrants."

more than 3 years ago
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Sweden Defends Wiki Sex Case About-Face

5pp000 Re:Assange and his team are doing great things (454 comments)

I don't know that we need to blame this on women's groups. Many victims of sexual abuse are indeed traumatized, and it wasn't so long ago in our history that their plight was pretty much ignored. I recall that Freud, having observed that many of his female patients had been molested and that that seemed to be the root of their troubles, acceded to pressure to back off from this theory.

I haven't read the book, but I just read a bunch of the comments on the Amazon page; it's quite an interesting discussion. It's good news, certainly, if not every victim suffers as badly as we expect. To say that this makes abusing children okay makes no more sense than saying it's okay to shoot guns at people because after all, you might miss.

Quite a serious case of thread drift we have here... ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling

5pp000 Re:Recycling is Bullshit (MYTH) (622 comments)

Myth: Someone goes through the trash and pulls out the recyclables before it goes to the landfill. Anything thrown into the trash will end up in the landfill. The labor required to sort through trash after it has already been mixed is prohibitive and almost never happens.

...and yet here we have a story about them doing just that and more.. Fining you if you don't do it.

You've missed the point entirely. The quoted myth is arguing that most or all trash gets sorted anyway. This is not remotely true. The Cleveland authorities look through some people's trash to see whether it contains recyclable materials, not to actually perform the separation for them.

Excuse: Recycling is a burden on families.
Recycling is so popular because the American public wants to do it.

If it were popular the article wouldn't be about people being fined for not doing it.

Another non sequitur. If 40% of the population is doing something, I'd say it's pretty popular, wouldn't you? But that's not even a majority.

more than 3 years ago
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Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling

5pp000 Re:Recycling is Bullshit (622 comments)

From TFA:

Cleveland pays $30 a ton to dump garbage in landfills, but earns $26 a ton for recyclables.

I wouldn't think Cleveland would spend money on "smart trash carts" unless there were some truth to this claim.

more than 3 years ago
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Legal Analysis of Oracle v. Google

5pp000 Re:This is in depth analysis? (206 comments)

Mod parent up! This was indeed a remarkably uninformative article.

about 4 years ago
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Julian Assange To Write For Swedish Tabloid

5pp000 Re:This Guy (337 comments)

We'll just have to disagree about who bears how much responsibility, but as for your parting shot:

Alas, patriotism kills reason.

you are way, way off base. Actually I'm glad this material got out. I was just pointing out that the post that started this thread has a point that is potentially valid and deserves discussion, even though I disagree with it. It should not have been modded into oblivion.

about 4 years ago
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Julian Assange To Write For Swedish Tabloid

5pp000 Re:This Guy (337 comments)

No, the leaker, Bradley Manning, was an insider. I don't think you can put it all on the IT security people, although some review and revision of procedures may be in order.

The GP's concern is valid if there's any truth to the suggestion that informants' lives have been endangered. The Pentagon certainly wants us all to think so, but I have heard some interesting counterpoints, for example, that the identities of the informants are actually fairly well-known already. Could be true, and I certainly don't trust the Pentagon.

Despite that, I don't agree that the GP should wind up as -1, Flamebait. As somebody's sig always says, there is no "-1, Disagree" moderation on Slashdot.

about 4 years ago
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Preserving Memories of a Loved One?

5pp000 Re:Nobody needs die of cancer any more (527 comments)

-1, Troll? Scamming accusations?

I have no information one way or the other on what this poster says. But there's no indication in the post -- rather the contrary -- that he/she is selling anything.

The thinking here seems to be that anything that isn't already accepted by the medical consensus can't possibly be true. How people convince themselves that we already know everything about the human body, despite the extensive evidence to the contrary, never ceases to amaze me.

I'm not asking anyone to accept what this person says. I have no idea whether I would accept it, on examination. But modding the comment into oblivion, and accusing him/her of attempting to bilk the OP, reflects a closed-mindedness that is sad, arrogant, and, frankly, stupid.

about 4 years ago
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How Much Smaller Can Chips Go?

5pp000 Re:I miss the pressure AMD used to put on Intel (362 comments)

Intel users have only rarely had the chance to substantially upgrade CPU's.

Say what?? LGA775 was around for a loooong time (Pentium 4 through Core 2). I could put a 45nm chip in my LGA775 box; meanwhile my Socket 940 box is maxed out with a pair of 90nm Opteron 290s.

I'm glad AMD set up a better upgrade path for AM2, but they really abandoned 940 users.

about 4 years ago
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Claimed Proof That P != NP

5pp000 Rats! (457 comments)

I was right on the edge of solving it myself.

Not :-)

about 4 years ago
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Creative Uses For Extra Drive Bays?

5pp000 Re:Front-panel goodness (366 comments)

My favorite is from AeroCool (I have a previous model) -- includes a fan controller and thermal monitor.

about 4 years ago
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HP CEO Resigns During Sexual Harassment Investigation

5pp000 So THAT's why HP bought Palm (233 comments)

They wanted to be able to say, "No, your Honor, we didn't say we were pretexting, we said we were Pre texting."

about 4 years ago
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Child Porn As a Weapon

5pp000 Re:How easy? (774 comments)

I don't even think it was the intent of the legislatures or the voters to criminalize that kind of situation. But the laws were written without careful thought, and now grandstanding prosecutors are abusing them.

There's a lot going on these days that I think violates the Constitutional proscription against cruel and unusual punishment. I wish judges would take that more seriously. This is a fine example. I have no problem with locking up people who have committed real crimes, but when a 19-year-old actually asks the age of the girl he's about to have sex with and she lies to him, you can't tell me there's mens rea there.

about 4 years ago

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