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China's Island Factory

AK Marc Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

Every place I've seen recognizes reclaimed land as "natural" for these purposes. Nobody is arguing Haneda Airport isn't Japanese land, for these purposes, nor recovered Netherlands land. Dumping soil on a reef should be debatable, as the reef may have been above water or theoretically habitable recently. Expanding such natural lands has never been seen as a problem before.

about two weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

AK Marc Re:WIFI-Enabled Vital Organs?!?! (183 comments)

Because physical connections are very very problematic. They've been tried before, and always abandoned. The skin doesn't seal 100% to any current materials, so there's a near 100% chance of infection at the plug site, not to mention the increased likelihood of damage and other problems.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

AK Marc Re:Where do I sign up? (78 comments)

I'd have countered the AC by pointing out that the US courts ruled that following a regulation is not indemnifying. You have the option to cease operations, rather than make an unsafe item, if the regulations require the item be unsafe (first ruled for airbags, that I saw, but no idea if it was based on older case law, nor any cites to the cases, as I followed them pre-Internet).

Given the AC's premise is wrong, that following regulations itself is indemnifying, then how would one expect anything else in the post to be true?

about two weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

AK Marc Re:WIFI-Enabled Vital Organs?!?! (183 comments)

ROM is great, until you discover a fault, and open heart surgery is then the only way to fix the problem. I'm unsure how your stupid idea would be a benefit.

There's no reason they can't make it open wi-fi, connecting to any unsecured network in the vicinity and lose 100% security. You don't need layer-2 security to get layer-7 security. That, and I'd make a button in a spiderman location that would need to be pressed before WiFi or write capability were enabled, or some other physical switch to secure the wireless communication.

about two weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

AK Marc Re:I really don't my vital body parts to be on wif (183 comments)

"WiFi" was essentially considered "near field" at the time. It was never intended for use outside a single room, or to hand off to other APs. Any failing of "WiFi" is shared by "near field".

about two weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

AK Marc Re:Her work (1262 comments)

When you are getting so many death threats, you are obviously doing something wrong.

That none of them were followed through on doesn't make them not credible. Credible is a measure of possible, not likely. Just because there was a low chance, doesn't mean it wasn't a threat that was impossible to carry out.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

AK Marc Re: Her work (1262 comments)

Lego did not decide that pink was "for girls".

Do you have a cite? Seriously. You obviously haven't worked in retail (at least as anything other than cashier). The stores have categories they wish to fill. They ask Nerf for "girls toys" and nerf either sends their boy toys to the girl isle, sends nothing, or sends girl toys. Given that "regular Nerf" ends up on the boys isle, and "Nerf Rebelle" ends up only on the girls isle, Nerf, not the store, decided that "Nerf" is boys only, and "Nerf Rebelle" is girls only. The store didn't object, but didn't make that choice themselves.

For your statement to be true, the distribution network for Lego would have to be unlike every other toy on the planet.

Outrageous claims demand at least some evidence. I think you made a large number of simply wrong assumptions about retail, then are relying on assumptions (that the store places items, regardless of the wishes of the distributors) that are wrong, and coming to the wrong conclusion based on wrong assumptions. Your logic is sound, which is why you are unwilling to listen to anyone else, but your assumptions are based on common sense, not fact.

Lego makes pink toys for the same reason that the store who sold Anita her sweater makes pink sweaters.

So stores don't go to makers and request "girs clothes" and get sent pink? The store would ask makers for "girls clothes" and get sent boys clothes in a girls cut/sizing, then the store, fed up with the options given, go out and make their own?

Reality conflicts with your opinion. I know which one I believe more.

She wants Lego to stop making toys that boys want because she finds masculinity to be offensive.

I never saw that claim.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

AK Marc Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Not according to the reports from Vietnam.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

AK Marc Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

Actually, I do, which is why I find the screenshot questionable - the only way to get such as screen in that exact format would be to deliberately try and hide your tracks (logging out, clearing the search bar before taking the screenshot, etc). Deliberation implies intent.

Or someone that opened the profile of the person sending the tweets (no search needed) who opened a "private window" to see it without revealing their personal info. Yes, it takes "forethought" but took me about 2 seconds to do (two clicks, once you are looking at an "offending" tweet).

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

AK Marc Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Yes, and if US troops landed and shot those Russians, it would be Ukranian forces attacking rebels, not Americans shooting Russians, regardless of who pulls the trigger and who dies.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

AK Marc Re:Her work (1262 comments)

The "cliche" is the person that asserts anything they don't like is "force" and everything else is justified after, merely "counter-force" and not an initiation of force in response to speech.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

AK Marc Re:Her work (1262 comments)

So if force (or the initiation thereof) is wrong to the Libertarians, and speech is force, then all libertarians must be against "free speech", Right?

And yes, you are the first person I've seen who asserted that speech is force.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

AK Marc Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

You are confusing reality with political reality.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

AK Marc Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Both in Korea and in Vietnam, there were plenty of Soviet advisors in the communist forces, and in some cases they were troops actively engaged in fighting - in particular, fighter pilots were often Soviets. So yes, US and Soviet troops did actually shoot directly at each other as part of Cold War.

Not in the minds of those ordering the fighting. When a Soviet killed an American in Vietnam, the NVA did it. The Soviets weren't shooting at us, the NVA/VC was shooting at the South Vietnamese. It just happened that the NVA shooting was Soviet, and the South Vietnamese army member killed was American.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

AK Marc Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Yes, Russia, under the USSR, bred out the Ukrainians. Crimea is a little different because it's often not been Ukrainian. But there were Russian palaces on the Crimean peninsula, so obviously some claims. The people I know from the Ukraine hare the Russians. The only Ukrainians that don't hate the Russians are Russians.

about three weeks ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

AK Marc Re:Different era (180 comments)

Yeah, it had nothing to do with the massive miss management for years. They spent more time trying to legislate out foreign makers, rather than trying to make cars people wanted. But that has nothing to do with their decline.

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

AK Marc Re:Gender imbalance is self selected (579 comments)

Tautology U has taught you well. Prove women don't participate for reasons other than bias.

If the reason women don't participate is because women are more likely to have their edits reverted when people see they are done by a feminine name, then the choosing to not participate is based in bias. Asserting your preferred answer doesn't change reality, no matter how much you want it to.

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

AK Marc Re:Obvious Reason (579 comments)

If women don't like it, maybe they should make their own wikipedia,

Chickipedia?

about three weeks ago

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House approved proposal to help block municipal broadband

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a month and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wants to make sure the Federal Communications Commission never interferes with "states' rights" to protect private Internet service providers from having to compete against municipal broadband networks."
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Bullied student punished for recording incident

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 5 months ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Whether it's the fact that it's a "disabled" student with ADHD, or the wiretapping was done with an iPad, stupid overreacting authorities, or bullies, this has Meme written all over it.

A 15 year old student was feeling bullied. He reported it, but nothing was done. He was being bullied in class time. So he recorded it on his school-provided iPad, provided because he has ADHD. When he took an incident to the school authorities, he was ordered to delete the file, the police were called, and he was arrested (and convicted) though one source indicates the charges were dropped and another indicates he was convicted, but overturned on appeal. . The charge was disorderly conduct, but he was also formally accused of (but not charged with) wiretapping violations."
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Loan Google Glass and Google will brick them remotely

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Now, as those lucky enough to be given Explorer status will begin to receive their Explorer Glass devices, some may be surprised to find that, in a possibly un-Google-like manner, the company has written, Do not “resell, loan, or transfer” language in the user agreement.

So what will the penalty be if you fork over the $1,500 and then decide to pass your brand new device on to someone else? The company says they can remotely turn your device into a fancy-looking forehead ornament."

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Software developer Bob outsources own job and whiles away shifts on cat videos

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes ""All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually".
When a routine security check by a US-based company showed someone was repeatedly logging on to their computer system from China, it naturally sent alarm bells ringing. Hackers were suspected and telecoms experts were called in.
It was only after a thorough investigation that it was revealed that the culprit was not a hacker, but "Bob" (not his real name), an "inoffensive and quiet" family man and the company's top-performing programmer, who could be seen toiling at his desk day after day and staring diligently at his monitor."

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Slashdot Poll

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Where do you live
1) USA
2) non-USA North America
3) South America
4) Europe
5) Africa
6) Asia
7) Australia/South Pacific
8) Other (Sealand, moon, Antarctica)"
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Last Chance to Save Buckyballs/Zen Magnets

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Comments close today on the magnet ban. The CPSC doesn't have to follow submission preferences, but it helps them stand up to the "you killed my kid" mothers who fed their children magnets until dead to say "the democracy chose to allow you to protect your own child". And yes, my attention was drawn to this by Zen Magnets who sent me an email about this issue, indicating that the last day for comments is today (well, will be by the time most of you read this)."
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