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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Col. Klink (retired) Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

From TFA: "Barr answered 'no' when asked if she had ever been a member of an organization 'dedicated to the use of violence' to overthrow the U.S. government or to prevent others from exercising their constitutional rights."

They didn't ask her if she "belonged to a group that may have been in some way affiliated with another group, some of whose members may have advocated the violent overthrow of the US." If you ask it that way, anyway that has ever joined the NRA might want to consider how they should answer.

It's also pretty weird that a country that includes a right to bear arms to forbid membership of groups that might advocate using that right. The right to bear arms isn't about hunting or even fighting off foreign invaders, it's about overthrowing tyrannical governments. If the founding fathers thought elections were all that were ever needed to defend against tyranny, then the 2nd amendment would make no sense.

about a month ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Col. Klink (retired) Re:Agree 100% (253 comments)

It's a water heater, not a laundry machine. If the pilot won't stay lit, there's basically two parts that could have failed: the thermopile and the gas valve. Each can be carried in one hand.

Either way, I told them the diagnostic code when I called, so they already knew exactly which part had failed. They were servicing a warranty for a unit just over a year old. It's a current model and they knew the exact serial number of the unit before they dispatched anyone.

I've actually been shopping for other appliances recently and been asking more closely about their service standards. It seems to be common knowledge amongst their competitors that Sears generally doesn't carry parts on their while most others actually do.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Col. Klink (retired) Re:Agree 100% (253 comments)

The thermopile on my 16 month old hot water heater broke down on a Friday morning. The parts are still under warranty, but not labor.

I called Sears service (the warranter), told them the diagnostic code indicated the exact problem, and scheduled service (earliest available was Saturday). The tech arrived, looked at the same double-blink light pattern that I saw, and agreed that the thermopile needed to be replaced. He didn't, however, carry that part on his truck, so he had to "overnight" order it.

An "overnight" order on Saturday actually means it gets ordered on Monday and delivered on Tuesday. They ship it directly to the customer's home, which means they won't schedule the next appointment until after I call to confirm that the part has arrived. They won't come on the same day, so essentially "overnight" on Saturday means we'll see you in some 5-hour window on Wednesday.

I know I'll never order from Sears again (other service companies carry parts on their trucks), but I hadn't thought of just making it illegal to provide bad service...

about a month and a half ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Col. Klink (retired) Re:ugh (552 comments)

Every time it snows, deniers claim "see, there's no global warming" and believers say "weather is not climate!" The summary of this article then uses the past three months and declares it proof of climate change.

I realize that the actual article is more subtle, but I believe the point OP is making was that if you don't want "Polar Vortex" to be used as an argument against climate change, you probably shouldn't use "heat wave" as an argument in favor.

Taken as a whole, the trend is clear. Leading with a headline "last three months hottest ever" is only going to remind people in DC that they just experienced the coldest winter in 20 years and the most snow ever recorded.

about 3 months ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

Col. Klink (retired) Re:Simplified summary (147 comments)

> Lower Courts:You're like a cable company.

Not exactly. Every lower court agreed entirely with Aero. It was only the Supreme Court that said "You look like a cable company, so the copyright that was written just for cable companies applies to you."

about 3 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Col. Klink (retired) Re: Blame Google. (239 comments)

Does he follow a checklist? Is there anything vague or undefined on the checklist? Is he regularly expected to have his judgements second guessed? Was he trained by a professional organization of inspectors, or was he just told one day to create the inspection industry?

about 4 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Col. Klink (retired) Re: Blame Google. (239 comments)

But meat inspection includes objective measures (as I already said). There's also no penalty for overblocking, but significant costs if they miss even one block. Meat inspection is well regulated with documented procedures handed down by regulatory bodies, but you insist that Google write all their own rules and procedures and have no forgiveness if they get anything wrong (apparently in either direction).

about 4 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Col. Klink (retired) Re:Blame Google. (239 comments)

Isn't "meat inspector" a job of the government, paid for by taxes? The EU didn't provide Google with a "forgotten person" inspector. When it comes to meat, there are clearly objective measurements to determine when it has gone bad. There are no objective criteria handed down to determine when this right applies and when it doesn't. You're asking a for-profit company to personally be responsible for the cost of evaluating every case before them. In fact, you don't even know whether or not they did evaluate this? Given their precedent setting loss, it's not unreasonable to assume that they've set the threshold higher than maybe you would have.

If you were to ask me, the only objective criteria should be as simple as "Was the event newsworthy?" (Yes, because it appeared in the news.) But that's clearly not enough. The information is still allowed to exist, so it's not libelous and the information itself is not illegal, only linking to it is. There is no "registered famous/public person" database (or even a definition of a "public" person). The problem is that you can't just smell this meat and decide if it's gone bad. Now, Google could decide, on its own, to declare that this particular case doesn't pass the undefined threshold, but they have to take on all the expense and risk.

You've come along and demanded that Google toss out all the bad meat (without defining it), and NOW you're complaining when they find it easier to also throw out some good meat. Everyone told you that's what they'd do. It's the ONLY sensible course of action.

about 4 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Col. Klink (retired) Re:Blame Google. (239 comments)

> explicitly made exceptions

And did the EU court also volunteer to review every case and cover the expenses for these reviews? Obviously not, which is the reason most observers predicted EXACTLY this outcome.

about 4 months ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

Col. Klink (retired) Re:Not so fast ... (646 comments)

"Braves," "Chiefs," and "Indians" are not generally considered slurs.

about 4 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

Col. Klink (retired) Re:did he have much choice? (346 comments)

And beyond that, if this was all a trick to get him to stay in Russia, why did they leave him in the airport for 39 days on not just grant him a visa right away? It's also very fortunate that they were able to convince the US to cancel his passport at the right time...

about 4 months ago
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Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

Col. Klink (retired) Re:Welcome to your new walled garden (225 comments)

Chrome for Android doesn't have an app store, or even extensions for that matter.

about 5 months ago
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Rubik's Cube: 40 Years Old and Never Meant To Be a Toy

Col. Klink (retired) Re:Did it survive? (105 comments)

My children's elementary school has a Rubik's Cube club.

about 5 months ago
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H.R. Giger, Alien Artist and Designer, Dead at Age 74

Col. Klink (retired) Harmful Matter (92 comments)

When the Jello Biafra was on trial for distributing "Harmful Matter," it was because a poster of Giger's "Penis Landscape" was included in the Frankenchrist LP (Jello Biafra actually wanted to use it as the album cover, but his bandmates rejected that idea).

about 5 months ago
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SpaceX Injunction Dissolved

Col. Klink (retired) Re:More detail diving down. (98 comments)

Yup, the letters all agree that if Rogozin controls NPO Energomash, payments must be blocked, but Treasury must "make an affirmative determination" that this is the case. Nothing compels them to actually make that affirmative determination.

Yes, they know that NPO Energomash is owned and controlled by the Russian Government. And yes, they know that Rogozin is the head of their space agency. But you could show them a cancelled check from Treasury with Rogozin's signature on it, and they still wouldn't be compelled to "affirmatively declare" that he was in control.

about 5 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

Col. Klink (retired) Re:frosty piss (664 comments)

This is why I always keep pirated media and a bittorrent client that I can remotely activate on my phone. If it ever gets stolen, I won't bother the local police, I'll just activate the client and call the FBI.

about 6 months ago
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Google Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over Default Search on Android Phones

Col. Klink (retired) Re:Good! (221 comments)

There are scores of free alternative launchers, all available in the market.

about 6 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Col. Klink (retired) Re:Misaaplication of the law (798 comments)

The judge lauded the school's behavior and expressed her complete confidence in the school first, then she allowed the defendant (victim) to present his defense. But still, she's a judge so I'm sure she knows what she's doing and she can't possibly be biased in any way. After all, if in her unbiased opinion, the school has never done wrong before, I can't see why she would even need to ever hear evidence to the contrary.

about 6 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

Col. Klink (retired) Re:Not imposing common carrier status (235 comments)

No, I think it was the commission themselves, not Congress, that classified them as an "information service" when they COULD have called them a "telecommunications service." However, it is within the FCC's power to reclassify them and they don't need approval from Congress.

The court told the FCC:

Given that the Commission has chosen to classify broadband providers in a manner that exempts them from treatment as common carriers, the Communications Act expressly prohibits the Commission from nonetheless regulating them as such.

Basically, the court just told the FCC that if they want to treat them as common carriers, all they have to do is classify them properly.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

Col. Klink (retired) Re:BitTorrent Sync (146 comments)

Forgot to mention, it's also good for syncing more than 2 devices. Very cool to automatically distribute an epub across multiple devices and later delete from anywhere.

about 8 months ago

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