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US Senate Passes 'Libel Tourism' Bill

Alinabi Re:Good, sensible decision (467 comments)

Italy. Which, as the Knox trial showed, does not have a functioning justice system.

And that assessment is based on what, exactly? The fact that the court convicted an American based on overwhelming evidence of her guilt?

about 4 years ago

Open Source Music Fingerprinter Gets Patent Nastygram

Alinabi Re:Well, really... (487 comments)

He is not infringing on any patent. Simply disclosing the algorithm is not infringement, In fact LDS had to disclose it themselves in the process of obtaining the patent. Using the name in the blog has nothing to do wit copyright, it might have something to do with trademarks, but I think he would have to make a profit off of it to count as trademark infringement

about 4 years ago

Should Cities Install Moving Sidewalks?

Alinabi Re:WAT (698 comments)

about 2 mph. The speed of an average human walking.

On their hands, maybe. Otherwise, normal walking pace is about 16 min/mile, so close to 4 mph

about 4 years ago

Avoiding GM Foods? Monsanto Says You're Overly Fussy

Alinabi Re:not harmful to you, but harmful to the world (835 comments)

No, it is not always safe to eat. The danger is rather indirect. Some of these GM crops have been engineered to be highly resistant to pesticides, which means that they are aggressively treated with Monsanto's own Roundup and they end up with a pesticide content that is 200x greater than the levels that would be tolerated by non-GM plants.

about 4 years ago

Stop the Math Press's Presses — Knuth Announces iTex

Alinabi Re:Perspective vs. Tunnel Vision (284 comments)

If you don't need the ability to typeset formulae, all the markup you need is a \chapter command whenever you start a new chapter and a \footnote wherever you insert a footnote. Not exactly a steep learning curve.

about 4 years ago

Surveying the Challenges of Linux On Cortex A9-Based Laptops

Alinabi Re:Nice to have them with 13.1 14-15 and 17" scree (119 comments)

10 hours is already more time than I know what to do with with my netbook

Not traveling much, are you? A flight from Los Angeles to Sydney takes 14-15 hours.

about 4 years ago

World Cup Forecasting Challenge For Quants

Alinabi lmao (111 comments)

Who knew JP Morgan had a sense of humor? I mean, England World Champions? Hilarious!

more than 4 years ago

Thumbprints Used To Check Books Out of School Library

Alinabi Re:Big Deal (355 comments)

You try to get a six year old to remember a pin number or library card.

Yeah, we wouldn't want to do that. It's not like being able to remember stuff is a skill that might come in handy later in life.

more than 4 years ago

Pedestrian Follows Google Map, Gets Run Over, Sues

Alinabi Re:For serious? (699 comments)

True, but you can walk from any point A to any point B without having to leave the sidewalk except to cross the street. Except for a few large cities (NYC, Boston, Portland OR), that is not the case in the US. At some point you will have to walk on a road with no sidewalks.

more than 4 years ago

Bangladesh Blocks Facebook Over Muhammad Cartoons

Alinabi Re:Here's a better idea (562 comments)

But then how will I keep in touch my friends in Alabama, Texas or Utah

more than 4 years ago

Scientific R&D At Home?

Alinabi the obvious answer (398 comments)

There is only one science in which a hobbyist can do cutting edge research at home, with more or less no financial investment: mathematics. Google "Riemann Hypothesis" and then try to prove it.

more than 4 years ago

Long Odds For Online Gaming Legislation In US

Alinabi Re:First Thought (148 comments)

I think the main nuclear powers have not been building any new nuclear warheads for several decades. The arms race these days involves mostly conventional weapons, and for any defensive weapon you build, someone will soon build an offensive one that can defeat it.

more than 4 years ago

Long Odds For Online Gaming Legislation In US

Alinabi Re:First Thought (148 comments)

Defense is quite cheap for the time being because we have the technology already developed

And that technology will become obsolete faster than a speeding bullet once you stop funding it.

more than 4 years ago

RFID Checks Student Attendance in Arizona

Alinabi Re:Attendence in college? (554 comments)

Yeah, but Arizona has been on a roll lately. I think they should make skipping class a felony next, and give the police the power to break into dorm rooms and bring students to class by force :-)

more than 4 years ago

Former Head of CIA Think Tank Talks Privacy, Technology

Alinabi Re:Privacy and Government (147 comments)

Hence, private companies evolve strategies to avoid annoying their customers.

Having just flown with US Airways over the weekend, I have serious doubts about that. The DMV is an example of politeness and efficiency compared to that airline.

more than 4 years ago

Obama To Decide On New Weapons

Alinabi Re:No one is going to shoot anyone (409 comments)

Russia really needs to be put at ease about nuclear attack. We simply aren't going to do it. We develop advanced weaponry, but for all intents and purposes, these weapons are just stockpiled, never to be used.

Repeat after me: HI-RO-SHI-MA. See, that wasn't so hard. And now you know.

more than 4 years ago

Hard Drives Shipping with Star Trek

Alinabi Re:$100 ... PLUS $10-$15 Charger PER Title (271 comments)

They'll simply stop investing money in big movies if there's no chance of payback.

That is fine with me. Bring back the small movies. Where can I sign up to hasten that process?

more than 4 years ago



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