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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

Dragon Bait Re:DESI Is the SUPREME RACE! (116 comments)

Most of them are buddhist, vegetarians or vegans.

Do you think buddhism is some kind of diet? Or should that have been a period after buddhist?

Do you think vegetarians is some kind of diet? Do you think vegans is some kind of diet? I suppose if you're a cannibal it could be, but I highly doubt that what GP meant.

about a week ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Dragon Bait Re:What are the bounds of property? (166 comments)

Also, as far as I am aware, you are not allowed to have security cameras on your property that film parts of other's properties. Those laws should suffice, or at least be amended to include "roaming" cameras.

Be sure to check with your local laws. IANAL and I understand the law slightly differently --- which might be because we're in different localities (or because IANAL).

about two weeks ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Dragon Bait Re:define "customer" (290 comments)

We are not customers, however I would argue that we are service providers. We provide service to Google's business by consuming advertising. As a service provider I also do not want my emails ignored.

If you're the service provider to Google then according to this ruling it is you that is not allowed to ignore e-mail from Google.

about two weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Dragon Bait Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

My initial perception was the same as your experience: that the black and Latino populations were solid blocs

I never said they were solid blocks. That one day --- when violence was threatened --- then they formed one solid block. During normal times they weren't.

That said, they form pretty solid voting blocks. Blacks have consistently voted 90% for Democrats since Johnson's Great Society.

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

Dragon Bait Re:zero privacy = full control (206 comments)

I'm just saying if we can embrace the positive parts of full transparency, that will be better than the fallacy of believing we can successfully safeguard our privacy.

You do realize that Roe v. Wade is based on privacy rights, don't you? If you get rid of privacy, including (or especially) medical privacy then you undermine the foundation of a woman's right to choose.

about two weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Dragon Bait Re: yet if we did it (463 comments)

They ran off to enact laws allowing the police to arrest the other two groups based on their color.

[sarcasm]You're right. 8th graders tend to do that. [/sarcasm]

about three weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Dragon Bait Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Or it could mean that white people benefited from better education and privilege, there-fore having less reason to riot over perceived ills and taking alternative means of remedying the situation.

Or there could be different cultures at work.

My junior high was 1/3 white, 1/3 Hispanic, and 1/3 black. In 8th grade, a white kid was beaten severely enough to be sent to the hospital by a group of Hispanic kids. The vice principle (a huge black man with a commanding presence) got on the intercom and indicated that any retaliation would be dealt with severely. After school, all the blacks were in one large group, all of the Hispanics were in one large group in another area, and the whites were completely scattered---you couldn't find more than 4 white kids together in one group.

I found it interesting that the whites did not band together like the other races.

about three weeks ago
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Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

Dragon Bait Re:I see 2 problems (83 comments)

First, about half of what I buy on Amazon are gifts that I myself would not have any interest in owning.

IIRC, you can mark an item as a gift when you purchase it (not sure if that impacts recommendations). You can alter the recommendations via "Your Account", "Your Recommendations", "Improve Recommendations", "Don't use for recommendations."

about a month ago
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Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

Dragon Bait Re:OK, fine, do it already. (83 comments)

I'm OK with targeted ads. I just wish they would figure out how to target them.

On the desktop version of Amazon, go to "Your Account" on the top right next to the search bar, then "Your Recommendations" from the drop down. Under the search bar there should be a "Improve Your Recommendations" link. Find your "Hello Kitty" purchase and click "Don't use for recommendations."

Note: If anyone cares, I do not work for Amazon any more than any of their other customers do.

about a month ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Dragon Bait Re:Because they could't sue the Government (212 comments)

Hmm, Kaiser. Where have I heard that name before? Oh, I remember: in the Nixon tapes when he's discussing HMO's, which in turn created the largest rise in healthcare costs in the entire history of the United States! Well now that there is sure an unbiased source, yesiree Bob!

An Anonymous Coward does an ad hominem attack without bothering to see if his nay saying has any credibility. How useful.

You could have done a simple Google search

about a month ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Dragon Bait Re:In the south bay... (135 comments)

We are 29 miles away and it felt stronger than any others I've been through in this same location - but still not very strong. However, my parents live in Napa - trying to contact them now.

Use text messaging.

about a month ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Dragon Bait Re: In the south bay... (135 comments)

That's completely untrue. I gave a fuck to your mom during the earthquake. She said it was way better than when you do it.

Did she feel the earth move?

about a month ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Dragon Bait Re:Not strong in Oakland (135 comments)

Why do Californians think they can "feel" the strength of a quake?

With the Northridge quake of '94 I was over 150 miles away and knew it was significant. Not by the rolling sensation, but by the duration.

about a month ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Dragon Bait Re:They always told me I was so smart... (243 comments)

Intelligence isn't a liability.

It certainly can be. With schools aiming for the middle or least common denominator, intelligent kids get bored and don't live up to their potential. The kid that is motivated and has to struggle is far ahead in this system than the kid that is intelligent, finds everything easy, and gets bored with it all.

about a month ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Dragon Bait Re:Reputation (212 comments)

I don't know if Oregon's suit has merit or not, but that sure sounds like my employer's experience with Oracle.

This is pretty much SOP with any big custom system from a big company.

I know that we all like to paint with broad brushes, but back in the late 80s and 90s I worked for a large computer consulting outfit that did a reasonable job of delivering on time and on budget. But of course, it all depends on the individuals involved. The company had done an excellent job of hiring managers that hired technically competent people--and then trained them to estimate high to keep from causing problems later on.

It's funny how on the one hand we like to criticize pointy haired bosses for treating all employees like interchangeable widgets, but then when painting with such broad strokes, we do the same. But then again, if we're talking about Oracle, even if there are competent, well meaning individuals involved, they get over shadowed by a corporate culture of sleaze that starts at the top.

about a month ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Dragon Bait Re:And ironically (316 comments)

Bill Gates openly supports creating an income tax in Washington to pay for education.

Just because Bill Gates is successful at the capitalist game doesn't mean that he is a capitalist. Same goes for Warren Buffet.

about a month ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

Dragon Bait Re:Some people are too stupid (131 comments)

p>I think the GP was being ironic.

Part of the problem is that no matter how stupid a position someone will honestly believe in it.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Dragon Bait Re:American car companies... (426 comments)

neat fact. all the current ford designs

The problems I had were manufacturing related,not design related. You close the rear door from the inside and the plastic modeling would come off in your hand (happened to [at least] two different Fords bought at the same time).

Maybe I'll trust them in 10 to 15 years when I buy my next vehicle if they outsource manufacturing away from Detroit.

about a month ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

Dragon Bait Re:Some people are too stupid (131 comments)

It is a good thing that intelligence is not determined by genetics.

Citation needed --- and not to a stupid failed experiment that drew the wrong conclusion.

Yes. I know. It's politically incorrect to think that intelligence does have a genetic component. My anecdotal examples certainly leads my belief that there is a causal relationship.

And no. I'm not saying that genetics is everything; nor am I saying that all children of two intelligent people are intelligent. Anyone who has even the simplest understanding of genetics knows that not all children of brown haired parents have brown hair. But only someone who has baked their brain in a politically correct stew would think there is no genetic component.

about a month ago

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Apple Wins $1B Verdict

Dragon Bait Dragon Bait writes  |  about 2 years ago

Dragon Bait (997809) writes "Apple Inc. (AAPL) won more than $1 billion after a jury found Samsung Electronics Co. infringed six of seven patents for its mobile devices in a verdict that may lead to a ban on U.S. sales of handheld electronics a judge deems to violate Apple’s rights.

Let the appeal begin."

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