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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Dominare Needless complexity or necessary evil? (413 comments)

I'm sure I'm being incredibly naive, but what's wrong with a plain old popular vote? I don't know why there's always this obsession with districts, electoral colleges, all of that bollocks. If you get the most votes you get the job, why must that be complicated? I'm not trying to be facetious here I'm honestly curious.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Dominare Re: How is that startling? (413 comments)

Demoblicans would be a great name for the bad guys in an 80s video game. "Commander Keen versus the Demoblicans!" just sounds right.

about three weeks ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Dominare Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

At 35,000 feet "what's going on outside" is nothing. You could just record a panoramic view once and play the passengers a looped tape.

about 1 month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Dominare Re:Fallacy (937 comments)

I think that generally speaking, Atheists respect the scientific process because it is the same one that leads them to conclude there probably isn't a god. A good scientist is always ready to be proven wrong and the null hypothesis is central to the entire process. These principles are anathema to Theism which is, by definition, based on claims without supporting evidence - aka "faith". From a personal standpoint, the idea that anyone could actively oppose the ideals and principles of the scientific method seems completely insane, but then I'm not American.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Project Zero Aims To Find Exploits Before Attackers Do

Dominare Re:This will not work (62 comments)

Ah yes. "I have no ethics and would do this if I could get away with it, therefore nobody has any ethics and would do this if they could get away with it."

Good logic! The next part is where you try to deflect by calling me naïve.

about 5 months ago
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US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

Dominare Re:why? (108 comments)

Yeah how inconsiderate, don't you know they need that money to blow up some tents in a desert somewhere.

about 6 months ago
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Sony Bringing PlayStation To China

Dominare points of ingress (41 comments)

I like the quote at the end of TFA: “Things that are hostile to China, or not in conformity with the outlook of China’s government, won’t be allowed [under the new rules]” said Ministry of Culture head Cai Wu earlier this year. “We want to open the window a crack to get some fresh air, but we still need a screen to block the flies and mosquitoes.”

I like how they're worried about cracking the window when - given that actual PCs are already widespread - the door is basically wide open for anyone who cares to turn the knob.

about 7 months ago
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German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

Dominare Re:This only apply to "amateurs", or works for hir (334 comments)

Not the same thing. Porn 'stars' sign a contract before they appear in films or magazines or whatever, just like models or other entertainment professionals. Thus there is a legally binding agreement covering who owns the rights to the resulting media preceding any photos or videos being created, which is a very different situation indeed to the one we're discussing now.

about 7 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

Dominare Re:And the question of the day is... (327 comments)

People who have no idea what a URL is are a dying breed, just like people who know what a skipping record sounds like. Designing things with them in mind is counterproductive.

about 7 months ago
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A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Dominare Re:Huh? (167 comments)

I like this post, because its being snarky at someone for not reading things fully while at the same time failing to notice that someone else has already posted the exact same response to GP as this one.

about 8 months ago
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A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Dominare Re:Simple.... Odds are even (167 comments)

In any given round of RPS, one particular throw will win that round and two will not. That looks like 1 out of 3 to me, but of course I'm no mathematician!

about 8 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

Dominare Re:So Stop Calling It "A One Way Mission" (402 comments)

Most early voyagers to the New World knew they were basically heading to a vast mass of untouched wilderness. People going to Mars will be heading for a cold, barren desert with no oxygen, and there won't be any natives to bail them out when they starve either.

about 8 months ago
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Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

Dominare Re:dumb-o-crats (256 comments)

So... you're in favor of this sort of thing? I can't quite figure out what you're upset about. Do you even know?

about 9 months ago
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NASA Admits It Gave Jet Fuel Discounts To Google Execs' Company

Dominare Not a subsidy? (126 comments)

Maybe I'm a simpleton, but the one page letter linked to seems to suggest fairly explicitly that NASA was selling the fuel at "full cost" not at any kind of loss, and therefore the claim in the article that tax payers are somehow out of pocket is a load of crap. Please do correct me if I'm wrong.

about 9 months ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

Dominare Re:"Robots" will never be as smart as a human. (294 comments)

Star Trek's Data is poor planning. Why make it want to be something it isn't? Don't we have enough body issues of our own without giving them tour computers?

I'm no expert on Star Trek so I may well get crucified for this, but I thought the story went that the first attempt - Lore - was fully aware that he was superior to humans in every way, and turned out to be a complete and utter bastard. So, they went back to the drawing board and made a new android - Data - that believed being human was awesome (and by extension that he was ultimately inferior).

In other words, you better make damn sure your hyper-intelligent robot has some sort of hardwired mental failsafe in place before you turn it on, or it'll take about 0.01 nanoseconds to figure out it doesn't need us and it sure as hell doesn't need to do what you tell it.

about 9 months ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

Dominare Re:Kurzweil is an idiot with Super Powers (294 comments)

Or perhaps he could predict that his next prediction would not come true and we'd all vanish in a puff of logic.

about 9 months ago
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PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

Dominare Re:It's not free (212 comments)

An innovative mod.

about 9 months ago
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PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

Dominare Re:It's not free (212 comments)

I'm not sure you know what the word 'culmination' means.

about 9 months ago
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Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

Dominare Re:Too bad if your children are VHEMT members (401 comments)

Even if you accept the dubious notion that breedig is a good idea, your polluting of the gene pool with aggressive nutcases certainly won't improve things.

Depends on your point of view. The GOP needs those votes.

about 10 months ago
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Angry Customer Buys Promoted Tweets To Bash British Airways

Dominare Re:Incoming (286 comments)

No, it isn't. IANAL, however I believe defamation is legally defined as untrue statements that harm public perception of a person or business. If your statements are true, they are therefore by definition not libelous.

about a year ago

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AppleCare tells users "you're on your own"

Dominare Dominare writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dominare (856385) writes "TFA: "A confidential internal Apple document tells the company's front-line support people how to handle customers who call about malware infections: Don't confirm or deny that an infection exists, and whatever you do, don't try to remove it."

So basically, now that Macs have their own equivalent of XP Antivirus the best you can hope for is to be pointed at the store where you can buy something that may or may not fix your problem.... nice."

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Dominare Dominare writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dominare (856385) writes "The BBC is reporting that Adobe is releasing new player software which will allow websites that use their Flash video player (such as YouTube) e.g. to force viewers to watch ads before the video they selected will play. From TFA:

But the big seller for Adobe is the ability to include in Flash movies so-called digital rights management (DRM) — allowing copyright holders to require the viewing of adverts, or restrict copying. "Adobe has created the first way for media companies to release video content, secure in the knowledge that advertising goes with it," James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research said.

This seems to have been timed to coincide with Microsoft's release of their own competitor, Silverlight, to Adobe's dominance of online video."

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