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Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General For Conspiring With Movie Industry

Dorianny Re:You'd cheer were it Exxon instead of Google (96 comments)

Of course we would be cheering if they went after oil companies such as Exxon because their business is implicated not only in local environmental destruction but planetary scale pollution as well.

yesterday
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Dorianny Re:It's hard to take this article seriously (437 comments)

The primary problem we have today is not automation, it is over-concentration of wealth. Automation will destroy jobs to the extent that the people running the companies implementing the automation wish it to. If those companies are run by people who are happy to deliver worse service as long as they can pay fewer people, then, yes, we have a problem, but it is not with the technology.

There is no such thing a technological determinism. It's people all the way down.

The true problem is a society that values material wealth above all else. The concentration of wealth is just a symptom. The irony is that if wealth were more evenly distributed it would lead to greater economic growth and increased wealth for everyone, especially those at the top.

yesterday
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T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

Dorianny Re:And where is my money?? (51 comments)

1. Think of a clever scam.

2. Scam your customers out of hundreds of millions.

3. Pay a few million to settle the charges with the government while not admitting any wrongdoing (cost of doing business).

4. Profit.

5. Rinse and repeat.

yesterday
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

Dorianny Supreme Leader (161 comments)

What I really want to know is how did the FBI figure out it was the work of North Korean government agents. Except for a privileged few, North Koreans are completely blocked off from the outside world and would never hear of this movie even if it won more Oscars than the Titanic. Why would North Korea reveal its capabilities and tactics in such dramatic fashion to achieve nothing of any value. It seems to me that all the speculation that was in the news recently about Kim's disappearance from public life and his possible overthrow was far more damaging to the cult of the Supreme Leader than some silly comedy.

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

Dorianny Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

This story made the front page news of every media outlet including Slashdot. You can't buy that kind of publicity. When the movie is re-released in a few weeks time it will be everyone's patriotic duty to show the North Koreans we are not afraid and go see the movie.

Either that or the hackers have far more damaging data on Sony exec's. Evidence that could land them in jail perhaps?

Personally I vote for it being a PR ploy by Sony to bolster ticket sales of what was otherwise sure to be a box-office flop

2 days ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

Dorianny Re:How about a straight answer? (329 comments)

It is called geoengineering, no need for magic. Of course there is many people that would rather hope for magical pixie dust than to have human engineered solutions to the problem.

about two weeks ago
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China Plans Superheavy Rocket, Ups Reliability

Dorianny Re:Misleading reliabilities (86 comments)

If you start late, you get to take advantage of more modern engineering, techniques, computer modeling, etc.

Not to mention a healthy dose of outright theft but that's just fine by me, after all all these resources are essentially being wasted reinventing the wheel.

about two weeks ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

Dorianny Re: One should be careful on the logic here (155 comments)

If your goal is to to debate, then lacing comments with insults nullifies any useful input you may have. You effectively ruin an opportunity to give thoughtful feedback.

about two weeks ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

Dorianny Re: One should be careful on the logic here (155 comments)

Scientists agree that fracking activity is far too deep for it to leech out to ground water.

Hahaha. Some do.

You are in very good company with the Climate change deniers, the anti-vaccine movement and the Intelligent Design community.

about two weeks ago
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With Eyes on China, Intel Invests Billions In Mobile Ambitions

Dorianny Re:Big Mistake (33 comments)

The US intelligence community has long warned that China's government has been waging a campaign of industrial and military espionage through hacking and even the White House asked them to "Stop hacking, pretty please". It really doesn't matter whether you have those secrets in China or somewhere else, the Chinese will get to them. I for one say hallelujah. For us the consumers, more competition is a good thing.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Dorianny Re:What in the hell was he thinking? (388 comments)

The FBI contacted him pretending to be from the Egyptian government and undoubtedly offering a boatload of money. It is not known whether he accepted out of a sense of patriotism he felt for Egypt or for the boatload of money.

about two weeks ago
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Romanian Officials Say Russia Finances European Fracking Protests

Dorianny Re: One should be careful on the logic here (155 comments)

The problem is that fracking is not a bad thing either.

Uh, what? Increased seismic activity (link shown in two cases) and water contamination (link shown in multiple cases) aren't bad things? Seriously, what? Also, they're injecting refinery wastes into the holes. Seriously, fucking what?

Scientists agree that fracking activity is far too deep for it to leech out to ground water. The cases of contamination are mostly due to problems with the well casing. We didn't stop building houses because poorly constructed ones could collapse on people, we tightened codes and toughened inspections, the same is needed to fix the wells issue. As for the seismic activity it causes more rattled nerves then actual damage.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

Dorianny Re:intelligent non-human life (334 comments)

Due to our success as a species many people tend to think that human-like intelligence is a sort of a evolutionary inevitability but the only other species with intelligence close if not the same as ours, the Neanderthals not only was a closely related species, they are also extinct. Homo Sapiens ourselves, came very close to extinction. As a species we didn't gain an upper hand until the advancement of tool making hundreds of thousands of years into our existence and no one knows if that was inevitable given enough time or it happened due to a highly unlikely series of events, perhaps just like high-intelligence itself. We know that flight has evolved independently several times during the course of evolution yet as far as we can tell high-intelligence has not. Given that most animals have brains one would imagine that a bigger brain would evolve far more commonly than the development of flight wings. Perhaps ultimately we are an oddity ever rarer and more awkward then a Duck-billed platypus.

about two weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Dorianny Granting permission requests shouldn't be automati (234 comments)

As part of the app approval process developers should be required to explain why they want certain sensitive permissions, such as access to contacts, messages etc. Google should then deny approval of apps that overreach in terms of permission requests.

about three weeks ago
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Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

Dorianny Re:Idea (244 comments)

The biggest problem with the economy is wage stagnation. I think that supply and demand is a terrible way to set wages as a job is a necessity for nearly everyone. Demand for workers can shrink but the supply will not and wages will bottom out and as they do so will demand for goods, effectively creating a catch-22.

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Dorianny Price not yet announced (438 comments)

If the price for GB is below $0.50 then they got a winner.

about three weeks ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

Dorianny Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

They are being given 3 year work-papers they are not being given legal-immigrant status or even a path to that. Work papers simply allow you to work in the country legally. Of course fact don't work well with the Conservative mindset that the working poor whether U.S citizens or not, simply want to live on government handouts. It does make the injustice of wage disparity much more palatable I guess.

about a month ago
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Leaked Documents Show EU Council Presidency Wants To Impair Net Neutrality

Dorianny The highway analogy (76 comments)

I am paying the toll to get on this shinny 6 lane highway only to discover that the exit to New York city is back up for miles because the city refuses to pay them for a large exit. What do I care how many lanes the highway has or how fast it can get me to Jersey city, what I am paying for is to get to my destination the fastest possible.

about a month ago
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NASA Pondering $1.5 Million Stratospheric Airship Competition

Dorianny Re:yeah right (47 comments)

Sending people on glorified joyrides is about the biggest waste of money I can think of.

about a month and a half ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

Dorianny Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

The laws in many states go far behind simply decriminalizing possession of small amounts. In many states there are regulatory schemes that authorize and control the growing and distribution. These regulatory schemes can most certainly be challenged in court as they go far behind "giving their citizens more rights" which is generally allowed.

about a month and a half ago

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U.S. will not provide financing for new International Coal-Fired Power Plants

Dorianny Dorianny writes  |  about a year ago

Dorianny (1847922) writes "The Treasury Department declared it would no longer support any new coal-fired power plants around the world. By leading a coalition of like-minded countries including several European ones that have already announced similar intentions, they will effectively be able to block the World Bank and other international development banks from providing financing for new coal-fired plants. The policy is unlikely to amount to any real change as 75 percent of proposed coal-powered plants are in China and India, which do not rely on outside financing. It seems to me that the poorest, most underdeveloped nations that contribute the least to global emissions are the ones getting the short end of the stick from this policy."
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Talking on the phone while driving not so dangerous after all

Dorianny Dorianny writes  |  about a year ago

Dorianny (1847922) writes "New research which takes advantage of the increase in cell phone use after 9pm due to the popularety of "free nights and weekends" plans showed no corresponding increase in crash rates. Additionally, the researchers analyzed the effects of legislation banning cellphone use, enacted in several states, and similarly found that the legislation had no effect on the crash rate. "One thought is that drivers may compensate for the distraction of cellphone use by selectively deciding when to make a call or consciously driving more carefully during a call" Score this a -1 for common sense."
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Europe needs genetically engineered crops, scientists say

Dorianny Dorianny writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dorianny (1847922) writes ""Failing such a change, ultimately the EU will become almost entirely dependent on the outside world for food and feed and scientific progress, ironically because the outside world has embraced the technology which is so unpopular in Europe, realizing this is the only way to achieve sustainable agriculture," said Paul Christou of the University of Lleida-Agrotecnio Center and Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats in Spain."
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