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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

Dins Re:Alright! Go Senate bill (173 comments)

I find this interesting, since as head of the Executive Branch, he can order the NSA to do what this bill requires without bothering with a law, since no law exists requiring the NSA to collect telephone records on everyone.

Yeah, but it's an election year. This way Congress con vote on something obviously popular to get credit for it. Not much, but it's something - and more than if Obama just exeuctive ordered it. Just a thought...

2 days ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Dins Re:Better safe than sorry (190 comments)

If it emerges again, I imagine finding a sample of the virus won't exactly be a problem...

about a week ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Dins Re:We made everything else extinct (190 comments)

Sure, but couldn't we stick with ones like cute puppies, fluffy kittens, or bald eagles if we're handing out breaks? I mean, if we HAVE to "accidentally" let a lifeform go extinct, smallpox has my vote!

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Dins Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (353 comments)

Problem is you can't get all of their stuff streamed. Some of their titles are DVD only. Stupid, I know.

about a week ago
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Researchers Create Origami Wheels That Can Change Size

Dins Re:Snow Crash! (52 comments)

I'll have you know, drinkypoo, that looking up your signature lead me to read Snow Crash to begin with. Great book!

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

Dins Re:Don't you want to be a traitor too? (129 comments)

I didn't post this, but I think most of the replies/mods missed this dripping sarcasm...

about two weeks ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

Dins Re:Not if you use the Virtuix Omni (154 comments)

Went here to see whether a comment about Virtuix Omni has made it into the top three, was not dissapointed.

Haha, me too! Although combining an Occulus Rift and and Omni is probably a bit too much like actual exercise to really take off in a big way. Yeah it's a neat gimmick, but not conducive to gaming for hours. Unless you are specifically using it to make your exercise routine more interesting, in which case it's a great idea. That would be a different user base than for most video games, though...

about two weeks ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

Dins Re:Still "Don't" Work? (154 comments)

No, the grammar in the headline is correct. Shooters is plural, so "don't" is correct.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Dins Re:I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas? (383 comments)

"In order to ensure continued access to scarce skillsets that are key to our ability to innovate, we need to be able to draw flexibly from a global pool of professionals."

Wait a minute. Microsoft has the ability to innovate? Who knew!

about two weeks ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

Dins Re:November? (148 comments)

Seperation of power results in loss of power for all!

As it should be. We need fewer laws, not more of them.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Dins Re:Burn in Hell (401 comments)

Being a current Time Warner subscriber, all I have to say is: Holy shit, me too! Time Warner isn't a whole lot better, but they are a little, IMO.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Dins Re:Easy technique ... (401 comments)

That's fine unless they report you to a credit agency. Yeah, you could clear yourself of that, but it would be a PITA.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Dins Re:Once the user cancels, you have lost (401 comments)

People are lazy. They don't go around and call you to fake-cancel their accounts hoping to get a better rate.

We used to do exactly that with Charter every year. Worked like clockwork.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Dins Re:Great time to call to reduce my monthly bill (401 comments)

That 8 minutes of audio was brutal to listen to. But that aside, yeah, my wife used to call Charter every year and say we're canceling because we're switching to ADSL. We weren't, but they reduced our rates for another year like clockwork. Next year when the rates went back up again, lather, rinse, repeat.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Dins Re:Same business model, different business (401 comments)

... it might be fun to say "Why I'm cancelling is none of your damned business."

He did actually say that. Repeatedly. If you haven't listened to the audio give it a try. Bet you can't make it through the whole 8 minutes. I got pissed off beyond belief after about 2.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Dins Re:Had to stop after a minute... (401 comments)

But did you LISTEN to the audio...? I don't think a jury in the world would convict him.

(yes, i'm kdding, but hot damn that was awful)

about two weeks ago
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Led By Nest, 'Thread' Might Be Most Promising IoT Initiative Yet

Dins Re:'Big Ass Fans' (79 comments)

The fact that there IS a business called "Big Ass Fans" actually makes me want to live on this planet - at least for a little longer.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Dins Re:user error (710 comments)

Yeah, my thoughts on climate change and the environment are kind of mutually exclusive. Maybe climate change is man-made, maybe it's not. But who cares. We're eventually going to run out of fossil fuels, and they're very dirty so why are we using them? I like a clean environment because I like a clean environment, and I think we should be doing everything we possibly can to get off fossil fuels as soon as possible. We are not currently doing enough. And if man-made climate change is happening due to our carbon emissions, well, a side effect will be improving that!

about two weeks ago

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