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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

Cabriel Re:Spoilers (131 comments)

I don't see why this is such a huge deal in the US. Why not both allow so-called "Fast Lanes" and also mandate a high minimum for the "Not-so-fast Lanes" which will prevent ISPs from serving subpar rates to customers?

2 days ago

School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Cabriel Re:Great idea! (230 comments)

When I was bullied, neither my money nor my pride were the target. They just wanted to look strong in front of their friends, and I did not have the strength of muscle to fight back.

2 days ago

School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Cabriel Re:Not about ease, about authority (230 comments)

So if a new child comes in and isn't in a class photo, then what? Bring the professional photographer back in at more expense to the school and inconvenience to the class? or worse: What if the cafeteria worker is having a bad day and decides to point at the wrong kid, draining money from the wrong account to punish the bad kid's parents?

Fingerprint readers aren't any more invasive than School IDs but they do reduce liability and responsibility of the staff.

2 days ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Cabriel Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (880 comments)

Science is agnostic. It makes no statements about God, gods or Non-gods. Science doesn't need to place value on anything. Atheists don't own science and science is not a religion. By trying to make it the Atheists' religious thing, Science becomes weakened and non-credible.

I'm *not* saying Atheism is weak and non-credible. However, trying to make Science into a religious icon will certain cause all of humanity to suffer.

3 days ago

Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

Cabriel Re:So? (140 comments)

Identity Theft is not worthy of jail time?

5 days ago

Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

Cabriel Re:Quite accurately? (170 comments)

It should have read

"Astronomers can calculate quite precisely how much lithium they expect to find..." if they had to use an adjective at all.

5 days ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Cabriel Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (506 comments)

And what about for a situation the car doesn't have programmed to deal with? Such as narrowly avoiding an accident that takes up the road in front of it? How does a driverless car deal with that? Just sit there assisting in blocking traffic? What about when an officer on the road is directing traffic? What about when something else is blocking the lane of traffic, like road construction where the workers direct traffic into the lane travelling the opposite direction?

Yes, human error is most likely to cause accidents, but that doesn't mean there's no need at all for a steering wheel for the just-in-case moments that Google didn't think of ahead of time or just can't deal with in software.

about three weeks ago

New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Cabriel Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

One who is aware of this could check up to 10 drinks for their friends. Through effectiveness, that one might be able to convince others. Everything starts with a few who convince others.

Look at Google, for example. It used to be a nerd-only thing (I remember a time before Google was). Now, I can't think of anyone who doesn't understand when someone says "just google it".

But, really, if you want to educate people, teach them to drink only from a bottle and to keep their thumb over the neck when they aren't drinking it. Alternatively, convince them that if they ever take their eyes off of their drink, even for a second, and there are other people within arm's reach, just leave the drink and hit the dance floor for a while then get a new drink.

The only "safe" way to drink open drinks (cocktails/hiballs) is to drink them all in one go over a period of five or ten or fifteen minutes without putting down the drink, then do something else for a while, like dance or get some fresh air or hit the washroom, or just have a conversation with someone. If you're concerned about getting too drunk, a good bartender will not judge anyone, especially women, for ordering water, and if the bartender does give the person a hard time about it, that person should never return to that bartender.

Obviously, the safest way is to not go to the bar, but no one will listen to that advice, so if they're going to go out, they should be well-informed with good advice.

about three weeks ago

33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Cabriel Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (465 comments)

While a download might not equal a loss, a download does not therefor equal an inspired buyer. If even 1/7 of the people who got the film from him didn't see it in theatre, that would by $1million in lost revenue for the movie, but let's be honest, we all know the number of people who watched the pirate-version but not the theatre-version is much higher than 1/7.

about three weeks ago

Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

Cabriel Re:our presidents origin story (115 comments)

In non-altruistic practice, Public Office is a method for improving one's image and reputation while also making connections to important people in the business world so one can get a great position in an industry after their term is finished. If they're being bribed/illegally rewarded while in office and it amounts to more than they think they'd make for the same effort in an industry, then there's a strong reason to become a career politician--a very different kind from the presumably-good people who actually want to change the world.

about a month ago

DEFCON's Latest Challenge: Hacking Altruism

Cabriel Re:(sigh) what happened to English? (47 comments)

Really? Lulz is where you draw the line? Not "google" (verb), or worse, "irregardless"?

What happened to English is that it's not Latin--never was. It's always followed less-than-static rules. It's a conglomeration of half-a-dozen different base languages. You should stop making idealistic assumptions about what it should be that most people don't share and accept what it is.

about a month ago

Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Cabriel Re:Confusing the issue (337 comments)

I think he's saying there's a good reason why some people buy other things. He's talking about how good his experience with a Surface is and using limitations of other products as a baseline for comparison.

about a month ago

The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

Cabriel Re:Ath-lete, noun - (146 comments)

Until it starts being used in another way in which case the dictionary will catalogue that usage right alongside that one.

Dictionaries don't define words; they only tell us how people use them.

about a month ago

Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

Cabriel Re:Which company is next in line? (353 comments)

Now, is it my imagination or does that description cover something like: "Our employees have free access to everyones files

What part of "Automated" involves employees?

about a month ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Cabriel Re:Fuckin' C*nsorship (739 comments)

As someone pointed out, above: Dumb censors aka Automatic censorship, whether through school/business firewalls or those people who didn't opt out of their ISPs auto-censorship, etc. It's better to throw in the asterisk to reach a wider audience sometimes than to prevent a number of people from being able to load the page.

Personally, I hate the idea of automatic censorship, but it's not like I can stop it from existing.

about 1 month ago

New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

Cabriel Re:Paper tracked barter (100 comments)

How are these different in implementation, then, from $STORE_BRANDED Gift Cards?

about 2 months ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Cabriel Re:another tesla fire (443 comments)

No, see, if the cars catch fire *before* the explosives go off, that makes the scene less exciting. If the cars don't catch on fire, well, pyrotechnics can take care of that.

about 2 months ago

Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

Cabriel Let me get that (77 comments)

With $10,000 on the line, it'll be interesting to see how anyone manages to crack the code.

Fixed that for you. Not a question of "if"...

about 2 months ago


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