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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Cheviot Re:Wait a second... (216 comments)

Don't get me wrong, I value their opinion. But if suddenly I found out that odds of an earthquake were added to the National Weather Service's hurricane warning system I'd be asking the same question.

The clock has always been about the odds of nuclear annihilation. Saying it's now also about global warming makes no sense.

about a week ago
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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Cheviot Re:Wait a second... (216 comments)

Understand, I don't disagree that global warming is a serious global threat. I just wonder why atomic scientists are judging it's relative danger.

about a week ago
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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Cheviot Wait a second... (216 comments)

When did they add climate change to the Doomsday Clock and what makes the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists experts on how much closer global warming puts us to global catastrophe?

about a week ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

Cheviot Re:Apple's admission of guilt (141 comments)

Apple only removed non-Apple, emulated Fairplay DRM encoded music from iPods. Any music you actually ripped from CDs, downloaded from the internet or got from friends were completely and totally unaffected. Only music files that used a hack to make them appear to be protected by Apple's Fairplay DRM were removed.

about 2 months ago
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India Plans Mission To Probe Sun By 2020

Cheviot I hope (146 comments)

I hope they're planning on going at night!

about a year ago
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Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

Cheviot Re:How is it their fault? (653 comments)

I don't agree with the protesters, but their argument is that by providing these busses, Apple and Google are encouraging their employees to live in the area the busses service.

Previously the employees would have chosen to live somewhere convenient, but more expensive, due to the need to drive themselves. Now the Apple and Google employees can buy up places near the bus routes, causing a mini-housing shortage and driving up prices, thus pricing locals out of the housing market

about a year ago
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US IT Worker Files Hiring Lawsuit Against Infosys, Class Action Proposed

Cheviot Re:there's such a thing s being overqualified (684 comments)

These may be reasons not to hire this person. But the man filing the lawsuit is still qualified for the job. The firm cannot hire H-1B visa holders if a qualified American is available, whether they wish to hire the qualified American or not.

about a year and a half ago
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US IT Worker Files Hiring Lawsuit Against Infosys, Class Action Proposed

Cheviot Re:Right choice (684 comments)

The law requires that to hire an H-1B visa holder that the company must certify that there is no American that qualifies for the position. It doesn't matter if the Bangladeshi is qualified or not. If the American was qualified the firm broke the law by hiring the H-1B visa holder.

Reacting to a company breaking the law by filing a lawsuit is the right thing to do.

about a year and a half ago
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You're Being DDOSed — What Do You Do? Name and Shame?

Cheviot Re:Two problems with that (336 comments)

If they're not protecting their computers they are far from innocent.

more than 2 years ago
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Pennsylvania Fracking Law Opens Up Drilling On College Campuses

Cheviot Re:Isn't this the same state... (208 comments)

I never understood why they haven't built a geothermal power plant at Centralia. It's got a seemingly never ending supply of fuel and thus heat.

We can't put it out, we might as well take advantage of it.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Set Bold Plan For Future Exploration of the Sun

Cheviot I know, I know.... (140 comments)

They're going to go at night?

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon's Cloud Player: We Don't Need a License

Cheviot Re:As I and many others pointed out yesterday (539 comments)

They wouldn't need to prove anything. They'd just cut off the account the first time there is more than say 5 logins from geographically separated locations within one hour.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon's Cloud Player: We Don't Need a License

Cheviot Re:As I and many others pointed out yesterday (539 comments)

And a completely trackable one. Amazon doesn't give these accounts to just anyone. You have to create an account with them and, it appears, have purchased something from them. They have the offender's name, address and payment information.

I don't imagine they'd hesitate to turn you in to protect their service.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon's Cloud Player: We Don't Need a License

Cheviot Re:As I and many others pointed out yesterday (539 comments)

I would too, if not for the earlier my.mp3.com case. Since that happened they'd be crazy to do as you suggest. Surely their lawyers would have pointed this out to Amazon.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon's Cloud Player: We Don't Need a License

Cheviot Re:As I and many others pointed out yesterday (539 comments)

This is a different situation than my.mp3.com. In that case the website stored one copy of each piece of music, required the user to verify they owned it, then allowed you access to their stored copy. This was found to be actionable as they were allowing multiple people to download one master copy of a MP3, essentially repeatedly pirating that MP3.

Amazon is establishing a separate cloud drive for each user. If you buy a MP3 they copy it to your personal drive for you. They also allow you to upload your music to that drive. There is a separate copy of each song stored on the cloud drive for each user, and the only MP3s Amazon copies to the drive are legally purchased. As the user can only download what they have uploaded or purchased, no piracy occurs, at least on Amazon's part. Users may be storing pirated music on their personal cloud drives, but these are private file storage areas and do not allow MP3s to be exchanged among users, thus the cloud drive does not facilitate piracy.

more than 3 years ago
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Tens of Thousands Protest In Cairo, Twitter Blocked

Cheviot Re:Technology knows no right from wrong (167 comments)

It appears that the rumors that the Muslim Brotherhood are the main instigators in these protests is coming from the Egyptian government. Don't believe it. This is a populist uprising.

about 4 years ago
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Scientist Infects Self With Computer Virus

Cheviot Re:stupid (393 comments)

Exactly.

more than 4 years ago
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Conservative Textbook Curriculum Passes Final Vote In Texas

Cheviot Re:Why does Christian = Confederate Sympathy? (895 comments)

If your post is correct, why did the south secede based on just the expectation that the next president would admit new states into the Union as free states?

more than 4 years ago
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Lower Merion School District Update

Cheviot Insanity in School Districts (367 comments)

I have never understood how school districts think.

On one hand they're terrified of getting sued. They have huge lists of things, even common, ordinary actions, that are not allowed to prevent even the slightest chance of getting sued.

Then, on the other hand, they take actions that random people on the street realize will cause a lawsuit. Strip searching students for searching for asprin, cancelling proms when gay students wish to attend, secretly spying on students with webcams. What the hell are they thinking?

more than 4 years ago

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