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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

DarkTempes Re:god dammit. (420 comments)

Or worst case scenario they could set up some sort of bird house program (away from the site) to encourage breeding to offset the numbers lost.

yesterday
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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

DarkTempes Re:Mean seems like a poor choice of average (98 comments)

Yeah, median would probably be a better 'average' but I think a heat map in general would be better.

And interestingly enough the map looks very similar to a median household income map.
It doesn't show maximum available internet speeds per area or something more interesting like price per megabit in an area.

To me it just shows that poor and/or rural people tend to have slower internet speeds. Big surprise.

about two weeks ago
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New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

DarkTempes Re:It always backfires... apk (206 comments)

Japan seemed to work out alright; South Korea did too. Puerto Rico almost became a state, could still.
California and Texas became states though I'm not sure they'd qualify as occupations.

Mexico could be doing better but I wouldn't count it as a hostile nation.
I don't think the Philippines is hostile.

More recently Serbia is almost an EU member. I guess there hasn't been as good of a track record post-WW2 given Vietnam and the various Middle Eastern wars.
Mostly the US seems to fail at converting strong communist(?) or Islamic countries into friendly nations.

about a month and a half ago
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New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

DarkTempes Re:What a shame, but... apk (206 comments)

The USA arguably wouldn't exist if the French, the Spanish, and the Dutch hadn't helped out in the American Revolution.

American interventionism has had a lot of failures but interventionism as a policy doesn't always turn out poorly.

Consider how different history would be if everyone subscribed to the "let asian boys handle asian problems" mentality. I don't think it would be a change for the better.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

DarkTempes Re:Good. (138 comments)

I agree that people have a legitimate, reasonable right to have their private lives kept private.
I don't agree that public information on the internet that is indexed by Google constitutes private information.

I can see a situation where someone illegally put your private information on the internet and you send a C&D and then get a court to order that website to remove that information and they comply and THEN you ask Google to remove it from search results (assuming it doesn't automatically get removed the next time the index is updated.)
Maybe the website is in a different country and doesn't comply and you want Google to take it down.
Then maybe I could understand an argument for a process to remove private information from Google.

But if you post naked pictures of yourself on a forum or advocate cannibalism on twitter then tough luck. That's no longer private information as you just published it to the world.
It's not like removing the information from their index without removing it from an actual website is going to make the information 'private' again.

about 2 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

DarkTempes Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

Voters end up with the exact same number of choices in the general election: two.

The party system itself is the issue there -- not open or closed primaries. The way to give more choices would be to do away with "primaries" and have every candidate on the general election ballot and have runoffs or a different method of voting (like a ranked system).

There are of course trade-offs for doing that.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

DarkTempes Re:Timothy McVeigh (449 comments)

Or maybe he's just REALLY angry after being in prison for two years?
Can you even imagine yourself in an American prison for that long and what that might do to you?

Not that it validates anything he says but I wouldn't call him a douche based on that little bit of information.
He's probably a douche for all of the trolling he's done before now though.

about 3 months ago
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USA Today Names Edward Snowden Tech Person of the Year

DarkTempes Re:USA Today (228 comments)

It's easier to reelect the evil that you know rather than risk the evil that you don't know.

Especially when the evil that you know has so much money and is so vocal about saying how much more evil the other guys are.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

DarkTempes Re:Excellent question (321 comments)

In general ISPs didn't ever have unlimited. They advertised unlimited and then knocked people off if they passed some secret unpublished limit.

The difference now is that they no longer advertise a lie and they have published and trackable limits. The only issue is that the limits are in many cases absurdly low but otherwise it's a better practice than what they were doing before.

about 8 months ago
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US FDA Moves To Ban Trans Fat

DarkTempes Re:Artificial trans fat, not just trans fat. (520 comments)

I willingly and knowingly eat peanut butter with trans fat (hydrogenated oil).

"Natural" peanut butter always gets gross and oily and has a texture that I can't stand.
Having food that I like to eat is kind of important to me as otherwise I simply don't eat enough food.

about 9 months ago
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Google To Block Local Chrome Extensions On Windows Starting In January

DarkTempes Re:Ugh (260 comments)

Do you think that --easy-off-store-extension-install will work for this?

about 9 months ago
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The Cost of the US Government Shutdown To Science

DarkTempes Re:The reason why you're a moron (355 comments)

You know that your redneck in Alabama doesn't actually have to buy health insurance, right?
If he's poor enough he can pay nothing.
If the cheapest plan would be over a certain percentage of his income, he can pay nothing.
If he just doesn't feel like paying for it he can instead pay a fee.
If he doesn't feel like paying a fee then he can pay nothing and the worst that happens is they take the fee out of his income tax return.
If he really wants to he can do his taxes in a way that he won't get an income tax return and lose nothing.

Though, honestly, if you look at the rates they are rather reasonable even for lower and middle income people. They're pretty high for people that are well off but I don't think Mr. Alabama redneck is in that group. And health insurance as it is right now, even without the Affordable Care Act, is not insurance like life insurance. It's already a socialized system where the healthy subsidize the sick.

How would you fix the health care system? The system was obviously broken and costing way too much of our GDP for worse results compared to other countries. And the baby boomers are getting to that age where there's going to be a glut of people needing care. There's no way around that.

I'm honestly more in favor of a single-payer system but I'm all for giving the ACA the benefit of the doubt. It's not like it can't be changed if it turns out that it just doesn't work.

about 10 months ago
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US Intelligence Chief Defends Attempts To Break Tor

DarkTempes Re:I feel safer... (411 comments)

And then you can be drafted and die for your country (unless you're female...then you have to volunteer) but you can't purchase alcohol until you're 21.

And then there's good evidence (National Institute of Health study among others) that the part of our brain that inhibits risky behavior doesn't fully develop until about 25.

about 10 months ago
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AMD Unveils New Family of GPUs: Radeon R5, R7, R9 With BF 4 Preorder Bundle

DarkTempes Re:'MANTLE' was the game-changing announcement (188 comments)

Mantle does sound like good news but they also said it is an open API and so I wouldn't be too worried about Nvidia...they'll just implement it themselves if it's so good.

And Nvidia has been crushing AMD/ATI in the PC market for a while (the Steam hardware survey shows 52.38% Nvidia to 33.08% AMD/ATI with 14% Intel).
Hopefully this will even things out some but I don't see it making OpenGL or DirectX obsolete.
OpenGL and DirectX have so much momentum and market share that game devs are going to have to target and support them for a while yet.

Also, until we get more solid details about Mantle we won't know how good it really is. I am cautiously optimistic but at most this will cause me to delay my next video card purchase until things shake out.

about a year ago
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Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway

DarkTempes Re:The real question is (311 comments)

Wait a second, so the TSA makes me take my shoes off and treats me like a criminal but people can just drive their car right up to the runway with nothing to stop them?

about a year ago
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Boot To Zork

DarkTempes Re:Interactive Fiction is very alive (106 comments)

I've always enjoyed that rockpapershotgun (game review/news site) has an error page http://rockpapershotgun.com/503test that is an interactive fiction game made using https://code.google.com/p/parchment/

about a year ago
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Homeless, Unemployed, and Surviving On Bitcoins

DarkTempes Re:Homeless, unemeployed.... but (403 comments)

He doesn't pay for internet. He uses free public wifi in a park. He mainly survives off of food stamps but uses the bitcoin revenue to supplement that.
I seriously doubt he pays a phone bill unless it's prepaid, certainly not for data. Bitcoin doesn't require a bank account (which often charges a monthly fee if you have too little money) and people can't beat you up and take your bitcoins.

And exactly how is selling your laptop to maybe afford one more month of rent going to help your living situation? Then you're just homeless without a laptop.
I think he has proved that keeping the laptop is worth its weight in food as a potential income source.

I don't understand why people always hate on the homeless. Is it so impossible to imagine a situation where you're down on your luck and fall through the cracks? Not everyone has a safety net of family and friends. I almost feel like the idea scares people so much that they get reflexively angry about as a form of denial.

"It's impossible! This could obviously never happen to me and so these people must be scammers, scum, or addicts!"

about a year ago

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