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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Applehu Akbar Re:Justice grows from a computer's Ethernet port (707 comments)

Audio only would explain how this recording could have been done unobtrusively with a tablet. Audio might not have had the polished production value of "United Breaks Guitars" but it could still have been a powerful addition to a video of the victim explaining the situation, the school and cop responses, etc.

8 hours ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Applehu Akbar Re:WTF?? (707 comments)

You can't secretly record someone using a tablet. A smartphone, yes.

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Applehu Akbar Re:Rewarding the bullies... (707 comments)

You shouldn't have gone to Riyadh High.

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Applehu Akbar Justice grows from a computer's Ethernet port (707 comments)

If I had been that kid, my response to the police bullying that backed up the school bullying would have been to proudly put that video out there on YouTube, with a full and factual description of the police reaction, naming names and quoting the threats. Become such an Internet hot potato that no authority is going to punish you.

I have noted the same problem in the private sector: you have a consumer problem with some large company, which has found that just ignoring your complaint generally makes it go away. After putting up with months of the runaround, you create a "United Breaks Guitars" video and send it viral. THAT gets attention, and the fix you've been looking for.

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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

Applehu Akbar Re:I know (87 comments)

3D printing is a prototyping technology, not a manufacturing technology. And today's crop of brilliant, low-cost LEDs might help with that dim-field problem cited above.

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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Applehu Akbar Re:Bullet, meet foot (565 comments)

Sorry for the type. Actually it goes to 10.

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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Applehu Akbar Re:I told you so (338 comments)

Which is why I'm not the guy who proposed reflectors.

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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Applehu Akbar Re:Over 18 (615 comments)

I would love to see a Constitutional amendment mandating that governments could only borrow for physical infrastructure, which would have to be accounted for in the same way as in the private sector. Given suhc a limitation, Washington could issue bonds to build something like Hoover Dam, but not to feed the non-productive budgets of those three-letter bloodsucker agencies. This wold cause politicians to vie to build things that actually return the value it takes to pay off their bonding. Meanwhile DEA, ATF, FDA and all their useless ilk would be budget-starved into perdition.

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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Applehu Akbar Re:I told you so (338 comments)

KIlling all human life is exactly what the hard-core environmental fringe wants. The more moderate ones will settle for destroying civilization and reducing us to agrarian subsistence. And if you ask them about, say, fish farming as a response to the obvious environmental problem of overfishing, they even come out against the "agrarian" part.

2 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Applehu Akbar Re:I told you so (338 comments)

Yes, a key doctrine of the Church of Warminetics is that while all man-emitted carbon released into the environment has immediate effect, any proposed method of re-absorbing the carbon would "take generations" and involve imponderable complexities of a "highly complex and non-linear nature." We Earthlings call this 'having it both ways'.

2 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Applehu Akbar Re:I told you so (338 comments)

Orbiting shields? With a sufficiently large space infrastructure, this will become possible at some point. But meanwhile, wouldn't manmade blooms of ocean algae and sulfur seeding be a lot easier to implement?

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Applehu Akbar Re:Bullet, meet foot (565 comments)

Why wait for Windows 9 when you can get OS X 9 right now? This will require a hardware upgrade, but it's worth it.

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Applehu Akbar Re:Over 18 (615 comments)

Yes, multi-generation debt is totally illegal in the private sector. For evil of this mind-numbing intensity, you need a government.

2 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Applehu Akbar Re:I told you so (338 comments)

Although growing plants take CO2 out of the atmosphere, Warmists believe that this is not happening fast enough to overcome the new carbon we're belching into the atmosphere. Hence, the need for non-natural sequestratiopn and/or screening technology.

No, you don't get to have it both ways.

2 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Applehu Akbar I told you so (338 comments)

If anthropogenic global warming is not only real but as apocalyptic as its proponents claim, we will not only have to go nuclear but we will have to geoengineer our way out of it. None of the processes outlined in this article, like spraying high-albedo compounds into the upper atmosphere, can run away. We can implement a method to the point where we start to get observable effects, and then back off if problems develop. In other words, we need to be as adventurous and willing to assume large-scale risk now as we were when we ran the Manhattan Project.

To put it another way: the greenhouse effect, if it is actually happening, is already a form of geoengineering. It is making cold countries warm. If it's going too far, the geoengineering steps in this article are what it might take to arrive at the stable, human-based optimum we want for our long-term survival.

2 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Applehu Akbar This is the part that makes Warmist heads explode (423 comments)

"renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology needs to triple in order keep climate change within safe limits."

To make 'renewables' a significant part of the equation you have to include projects like Glen Canyon, Foz do Iguaçu and Three Gorges - remember, the technology that all the folk singers loved to whine about before the first atom split. And the cost of capturing the carbon that coal (essentially pure carbon) emits os so high that we might as well spend the same money on a few hundred reactor starts.

The other step we will absolutely have to take if AGW is as bad as Warmists are hoping is geoengineering to sequester carbon already in the atmosphere and oceans. This means projects like iron-seeding large enough areas of ocean over abyssal depths that algal blooms will pull significant amounts of carbon to the bottom.

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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Applehu Akbar Small donations to organizations are one thing (266 comments)

But Apple's contribution to FOSS has been to provide an operating system that is Unix-based. Open a 'terminal window' on any of its computers and you have the real Unix command line to play with. Not locked-down Windows or flavor-of-the-week Linux, but the same consistent Unix on every machine.

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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Applehu Akbar Re:If you can learn to put a beer down while drivi (183 comments)

I have driven across Germany on the autobahn and yes, flashing lights and tailgating at drivers who stay subsonic is standard procedure, and not targeted by police. I've even seen the occasional non-BMW driver do it,

3 days ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Applehu Akbar Re:Human Nature? (183 comments)

" They tend to distract the driver with bullshit concerns about drifting into the car in the next lane while the driver is moving over next to the line to avoid some jackass who's drifting over the line on the other side. The passenger doesn't have to be in tune with what the cars around them are doing, so they almost never are. The driver does have to."

Yes, I've been married that long too.

3 days ago

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Foxconn to Restaff Entirely with US Adjunct Professors

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about two weeks ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "(Xinhua) Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, announced today its response to the increasing cost of local labor: by 2Q 2015, it will have completed replacement of its assembly staff with American adjunct professors. Said an executive who did not wish to be named, “Adjunct professors are not only highly educated but are used to working for nothing more than ramen and a basement cot. They are not spoiled like our local Chinese assembly workers.” They are for the most part docile, and used to operating within rigid bureaucracies.

The US educational system turns out far larger numbers of adjuncts, especially in the humanities, than can ever hope to be employed by academe. The excess adjuncts live on the streets of major American cities, but, after being pushed aside by the tougher and crazier traditional homeless, gravitate to the more congenial west coast, where roving bands of them subsist on odd jobs and shoplifting. Here they are easily picked up by Foxconn raiding parties, which dicker with what we know in China as People’s Shining Path Moral Guidance Cadres. In the US these are called “Homeowner Associations,” and they gratefully cooperate to turn in bands of feral adjuncts, whose constant bickering and messy campsites are an ongoing annoyance to the people of America’s West Coast.

Once captured, the adjuncts are loaded into Foxconn’s fleet of wind-powered EcoFreighters and sedated for the slow sea voyage on the “Central Passage” from Long Beach to the Shanghai labor auction docks. Now that there is human cargo to bring back to China, the EcoFreighters no longer have to return empty after unloading their troves of consumer goods in Los Angeles.

Foxconn has been anxious to grab the most easily trainable workers before more Chinese companies take an interest in American adjunct professor labor. “At first we tried a breeding program for even greater long term savings,” said the Foxconn exec, “But the males, raised as they have been in western academic culture, have developed such a deep-seated fear of their own females that fertile matings were rare, even when naked, unchained females were placed right in males' dormitory cells.” But why fight to change an alien culture, the thinking now goes, when fresh adjuncts are so easily hunted down on the California/Oregon coast? So long as this situation persists, the EcoFreighters will sail full and world’s supply of low-cost products will not be in danger."
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Justice Department Backs Broadcasters in Aereo Dispute

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "I'm from the government, says the Department of Justice, and I'm here to help...not you, but Big Broadcast. In today's amicus curiae filing in support of the broadcasters, the DOJ explains that: “gain access to copyrighted content in the first instance — the same service that cable companies have traditionally provided.” Meaning, of course, that broadcasters are much bigger donors to the Democrat-Republican Party than those little people who watch TV."
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How About A Spherical Solar Collector ?

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 2 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "German architect André Broessel claims to have invented a solar collector that is far more efficient than today's flat panels, even flat panels with tracking. He calls it the Betaray. The idea is that a fixed transparent sphere can concentrate any available sunlight, direct or diffuse, and coming from any direction, to its center. At that point a small high-efficiency collector, presumably one that loves high temperatures, harvests the energy.

Broesser's orb is a lot prettier to look at than existing solar collectors, but for me two questions arise. For one, wouldn't a hemisphere work just as well and be cheaper to manufacture, easier to keep cool and more easily mounted? And if so, why not arrays of multiple, much smaller hemispheres as an efficient collector design for all those suburban rooftops?"

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