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Brazil Retailer Using Facebook Likes On Its Clothing Hangers

Anonymus Re:Really smart!! (112 comments)

That's a really good way of putting it, I agree completely. Just wanted to let you know, since I have no mod points :)

more than 2 years ago
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FCC Wants To Fine Google $25K For WiFi Investigation

Anonymus Re:Also known as (145 comments)

But then what's the point of being rich if it doesn't mean that you're above the law?

more than 2 years ago
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Microryza Brings Crowd-Funding To Scientific Research

Anonymus Re:awful (40 comments)

Actually, yeah, we do. We need to quit trying to make research provide immediate monetary value and let research just be research.

more than 2 years ago
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Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital

Anonymus Re:Why the anger? (1007 comments)

No, as YOU keep saying, it will never be eradicated. You're the only poster who keeps noting that. A lot of other people have replied to your various posts, pointing out that while it's partly true on a technical level, it's actually wrong.

more than 2 years ago
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Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital

Anonymus Re:Am I really evil? (1007 comments)

You're not evil, I just hope your kids end up smarter than you.

more than 2 years ago
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Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital

Anonymus Re:Vermont. (1007 comments)

That's because big-L Libertarians are just Republicans in disguise. They don't want smaller government, they just want government spending shifted from social programs to police and military programs, while rolling back civil rights as much as they can in the meantime.

more than 2 years ago
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Major Textbook Publishers Sue Open-Education Textbook Start-Up

Anonymus Re:Boo hoo for the dinosaurs (278 comments)

To me this only seems a step or two beyond running a book through a thesaurus and passing it off as your own. I think this is the first pro-copyright story I've ever agreed with. From wikipedia, on derivative works: "For copyright protection to attach to a later, allegedly derivative work, it must display some originality of its own. It cannot be a rote, uncreative variation on the earlier, underlying work. The latter work must contain sufficient new expression, over and above that embodied in the earlier work for the latter work to satisfy copyright law’s requirement of originality." That sounds like a reasonable rule to me.

This thing actually uses the original textbook as an input, and then produces an output that is as close as possible without being the same. How is that in any way original or adding new expression? "The Wind Done Gone" was banned (which I think was wrong), and it was far more creative than this process.

more than 2 years ago
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Egypt Banned Porn, But How Much of the Internet Is That?

Anonymus Re:Disagree (316 comments)

Porn has not damaged my marriage. But I guess it's just one of those transient unstable 12-year relationships in which we have a child.

Maybe you should look at how you wrote "addicted" and realize that the problem could have been literally anything. He could have been addicted to WoW, Harry Potter, whatever, and it would have still destroyed his family.

more than 2 years ago
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Egypt Banned Porn, But How Much of the Internet Is That?

Anonymus Re:Disagree (316 comments)

Having been married for plenty of years, I've concluded pretty much the opposite as you.

I'm sorry you aren't able to handle porn, but even suggesting it might be harmful to "most marriages" is ridiculous.

more than 2 years ago
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NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

Anonymus Re:Error My Ass (1005 comments)

If I think I see a drug deal going down, I don't arm myself, go ask them what they're doing, and then get off the hook when I have to shoot and kill three people. That would be ridiculous, and pave the way for all sorts of vigilante murders.

If Zimmerman believed this kid was going to cause problems, he shouldn't have left his car or approached at all. He called the police already and they recommended he stay away.

It's hard to believe he's not at least charged with manslaughter. If he was actually out looking for a fight, I would easily call it murder.

more than 2 years ago
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US Government: There's Child Porn On the Megaupload Servers Judge!

Anonymus Re:Impound all servers... (375 comments)

Exactly. If I had the inclination (and access to child porn) I could probably put child porn on half the servers on the internet. It wouldn't be hard to write up something that automates it and uploads CP in every file field it crawls online, or even just post a base-64 encoded version in the comment fields of any site that doesn't allow file uploads. In fact, that would be even better, because in your typical CMS, text content is just marked as deleted but actually kept there forever.

I wouldn't be surprised if half the webservers on the internet didn't already have CP on them in exactly the same fashion. Even after moderating an image it's generally not deleted (in fact, isn't that technically illegal? You find someone uploaded CP to your server and delete it, you've just destroyed evidence in a crime).

So basically, any server at any time can be taken for claims of CP.

But then, that's pretty much exactly what prosecutors want.

more than 2 years ago
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Smartphones Invade the Prepaid Market

Anonymus Re:Americans are forced in contracts? (173 comments)

And then, as has been mentioned in other threads, you probably ended up paying the same overpriced monthly cost as someone who got their phone for "free" from the same contract.

more than 2 years ago
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CDC Reports 1 In 88 Children Now Affected With Autism In the US

Anonymus Re:Autism is bullshit; No, only the AC is ... (398 comments)

Ah, see, you've got it all wrong. "Autistic" these days means a child who is either shy or sometimes misbehaves. It also simultaneously means Rain Man, so that they can paint their child as a gifted indigo child on a higher plane of reality.

I feel an overwhelming urge to scream at anyone who says "I think I/my child might have a bit of autism/asperger's" because they clearly have no clue what it's actually like to have either one.

I think the reason so many people love the term "spectrum" now is that when they're called on their bullshit, they can still claim that they do have asperger's, just on the high-functioning end of the spectrum.

more than 2 years ago
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Parlez-vous Python?

Anonymus Re:structure not code (164 comments)

Yeah, but the problem is, most people don't even know (metaphorically) which pedal to push to make the car go faster, or if they do, they have no idea how fast the car is capable of going, how to refill the gas, change a flat tire, or how much any of the above or the car itself should even cost.

Anyone who is serious about advancing in their field should try to learn the basics of modern technology. They don't need to learn protocols or server architecture, but they should learn a bit ABOUT them.

more than 2 years ago
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Parlez-vous Python?

Anonymus Re:Python? (164 comments)

As someone with a degree in CS doing web development, I agree completely. I got a job doing it during during high school and then shortly after graduating college I moved but went freelance rather than finding a real "CS job", because I already had the contacts and work coming in.

I have been seeing more and more of what the article is talking about, however, and I'm loving it. I no longer feel any guilt about having to bill my hourly rate for intern-level work, because most of the intern-level work (CSS, html, configuring a CMS) is now being handled by the clients themselves. So, instead of spending 80% of my time doing what feels like overpriced demeaning grunt work, I can refocus my energies on creating new interesting things for clients, things that actually flex my brain and make me feel good.

more than 2 years ago
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Maybe the FAA Gadget Ban On Liftoff and Landing Isn't So Bad

Anonymus Re:Gahh (414 comments)

If you're on the plane, chances are it's safe to fly.

more than 2 years ago
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Disaster Strikes Norwegian Government Web Portal

Anonymus Re:Scalability - Government style (176 comments)

Nevermind, it sounds like they've spent $200 million on this system since its inception and the site goes down due to traffic every year... that's some extreme incompetence at work.

about 2 years ago
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Disaster Strikes Norwegian Government Web Portal

Anonymus Re:Scalability - Government style (176 comments)

They have a population of less than 5 million, so limiting to 300000 concurrent logins (6% of the total population) doesn't sound too crazy. Worst case, everyone wakes up on tax morning and goes to check online, and not everybody gets in until the end of the day.

They probably had a fixed budget, with limited hardware, and/or didn't have the time to make it scalable.

about 2 years ago
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Woman Wants To Replace Her Non-functioning Hand With a Bionic Prosthesis

Anonymus Re:Liability/insurance (171 comments)

Unless they're being used as money shelters in some way, passing debt on to descendants is barbaric.

more than 2 years ago
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A Look At One of Blizzard's Retired World of Warcraft Servers

Anonymus Re:shipping cost? (116 comments)

Others have pointed out that the $100 shipping is also from France to the US. I can't even ship 18 pounds of food from the US to Europe for under $100, so considering this is a breakable and insured server, that sounds like a great price to me.

more than 2 years ago

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