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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

CreatureComfort Re: Never attribute to stupidity (575 comments)

Soldiers and Sailors are cheap to replace and have no lobbying power. Sony, and more importantly MPAA, have loads of influence in D.C. We went to war based on WMD lies just to increase profits of Halliburton. You seriously think we wouldn't invade NK if MPAA really wanted it?

4 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

CreatureComfort Re:Another (575 comments)

Um... that may be, but they've got nuclear warheads, and missiles capable of hitting a strategic ally that we still have some responsibility towards for defense.

4 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

CreatureComfort Re:Land of the free (575 comments)

You say that like you think Sony would care.

4 days ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

CreatureComfort Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (204 comments)

75MB symmetric, with all movie channels plus the junk that never gets watched but can't be declined, $230/month on Verizon FiOS in Dallas.

Plus still paying ~ 30% of income in taxes when income tax, property tax, sales tax, use fees, etc. are all considered.

5 days ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

CreatureComfort Re:This will only stop (148 comments)

I'm certain that it's because the current Libertarian Party platform has been hijacked by the Fascist Party and bears little to no resemblance to traditional libertarian values, policies, or ideals.

The Democrats and Republicans, however, have always been under the control of the Fascist Party, so their current actions (ignore the platforms, both parties already do) are consistent with their traditional views. The Greens have no coherent platform and are so inconsequential the Fascists haven't bothered with them.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Processor Could Be In Next-Gen Google Glass

CreatureComfort Re:Good job Intel (73 comments)

If you think your local bar doesn't have cameras and audio recording covering most, if not all, of its premises, you're delusional.

Lawsuits, vandalism, and outright theft are too prevalent for any business owner not to take it seriously, and get everything recorded they can for later evidence, if needed. Heck several of the bars I go to, have cameras setup all over that stream constantly to the internet.

Understand this. If you are in public... YOU ARE IN PUBLIC. You have no reasonable expectation of privacy sitting in a booth or on a barstool. Your intimate conversation, business deal, or random chit chat is being overheard by everyone around you. Oh, and that guy wearing Google Glass? Yeah, he doesn't care about you and what you say or do any more than the other folks around, unless it's really juicy and worth immediately posting to YouTube, along with the other 5-10 people who will whip out their camera phones as soon as they notice you're making an idiot of yourself in public. Glass wearers either don't record 24/7, only turning on recording when something interesting is happening (just like everyone with their cell phones), or if they do record constantly, I can assure you they don't go back and re-watch all the boring minutia over again.

about three weeks ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

CreatureComfort Re:Let's do the math (307 comments)

Maybe invent a flying car?

about a month ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

CreatureComfort Re:Sexist? (125 comments)

Would you like to be a woman in a world like this? Where you need a man to "save" you from another man?

Of course not, that's why he's probably violently homophobic as well.

And I'm sure that he very secretly wishes he would be hit on by persistent females frequently, so he can't imagine why a woman would object to what would be his greatest fantasy.

about a month ago
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

CreatureComfort Re:Ridiculous and sad (55 comments)

Because saving history is such a load of crap?

I guess if you never knew it existed, then you can't miss it, right?

about a month ago
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

CreatureComfort Re:Do not use algorithms ! (55 comments)

The trouble is budgets and manpower.

If you know you don't have the resources to save everything, you have to have some way of prioritizing.

Personally, I would rather save one or two pieces from as many different authors as possible, rather than trying to get everything of the "most important" authors.

about a month ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

CreatureComfort Re:DMCA (245 comments)

Quick test:

1. Does it violate user expectations and privileges? Not a DMCA violation.
2. Does it expand provider powers or control? Not a DMCA violation.
3. Does it interfere with provider profits or government investigations? DMCA violation!!! Kill it!! Kill IT immediately!!!!!

about a month ago
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Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances

CreatureComfort Re:Sounds wasteful and stupid ... (61 comments)

How about having your can opener/coffee maker/etc. with a battery to wirelessly charge and not have to have cords all across your counters? How about LED under counter lights that don't need cords, or electric plugs?

I can think of a dozen good uses for this. Now whether it's worth the end cost is a debatable subject.

Ideally, the charge transmitter and charge receiver should have a built in short range communications path, and the transmitter would only turn on when it received a request, and then would turn off once the receiver indicated it was full.

about 2 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

CreatureComfort Re:People (481 comments)

I have. It was yummy, if a bit stringy. But that's a common problem with free range animals. Now the retriever next door that's kept on a chain in the back yard and over fed shamelessly... I bet he'd be good eating.

about 3 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

CreatureComfort Re:People (481 comments)

At least, that's what he wants you to think...

about 3 months ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

CreatureComfort Re:Why does this always happen? (270 comments)

Howbout...MaybeCrypt? Wouldn't want to use FalseCrypt...

I've got it! SchrödingersCrypt!

about 3 months ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

CreatureComfort Re:Mozilla's losing coolness (112 comments)

It's getting harder and harder to find Gopher servers.

about 3 months ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

CreatureComfort Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

Exactly. Technically they are correct, because, with no current independent Scotland, there are, of course, no Scottish banks. However, it is absurd to think that the new Scottish government, once it is formed, wouldn't have a set of well structured banking laws ready to be implemented as part of the initial implementation vote. There will also be a long line of financial interests ready to instantly start banking in a new Scotland, as soon as their chartering papers can be signed by the new bureaucracy.

The Vote No group's arguments about Scottish financial ruin are equivalent to them arguing that the streets are going to be in chaos the day after the vote, because there will be no legal speed limits, stop signs, or traffic control. The Vote No campaign is mostly financed by the existing oligarchs who are afraid they wont be fast enough and agile enough to become one of the new oligarchs.

Also, as far as movement across boundaries and access to markets, that is all part of what setting up a new government is all about, and it gets handled before formal independence and the coverage of the U.K. legal structure goes away.

about 3 months ago

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Dogs poop in line with Earth's magnetic field

CreatureComfort CreatureComfort writes  |  about a year ago

CreatureComfort (741652) writes "Published in Frontiers in Zoology, scientists have determined that Dog's are highly sensitive to the direction of magnetic fields, and poop while aligned with the N-S magnetic poles.

Any anecdotal evidence, or speculation on how this would be an advantageous evolutionary adaptation?

From the article summary: "for the first time that (a) magnetic sensitivity was proved in dogs, (b) a measurable, predictable behavioral reaction upon natural MF fluctuations could be unambiguously proven in a mammal, and (c) high sensitivity to small changes in polarity, rather than in intensity, of MF was identified as biologically meaningful.""

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