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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Dragonslicer Re:If I were president... (110 comments)

Yup, I pretty much completely agree. I also get annoyed, though not quite as much, by people who practically worship him. My overall opinion of him: Eh, he's a politician. He's a little better than Bush Jr, but that doesn't take much, and it's only on a few specific issues.

4 days ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Dragonslicer Re:If I were president... (110 comments)

Bush did it first! Bush did it first! Bush did it first!....seriously how fucking long can you parrot this shit?

For as long as people think that it will all be fixed by a Republican president.

4 days ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Dragonslicer Re:My thoughts (150 comments)

As well having to pay for redundant backup servers. Managing good data backup and storage policies. While might be easy for a couple of servers for larger demand it could become a huge waste of your time. The cloud company should be doing this maintenance.

Key words there being "should be". You won't find out that they aren't until your data is gone.

5 days ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Dragonslicer Re:Why..... (259 comments)

Because taxes are used for paying for municipal/government protections, services, etc. If they have no physical entity then why should they pay for these things? It's not that simple, is all.

Okay, then they shouldn't get any government protections or services at all. That includes the courts, so if they don't pay taxes, they lose the ability to sue anyone for things like copyright infringement.

5 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Dragonslicer Re:Article ignores variability (608 comments)

No predictions based on any kind of education, experience, or research.

Wild guess with no real support? 15-20 years for it to first cross the boundary, 25 years for it to become "popular".

about a week ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Dragonslicer Re:Article ignores variability (608 comments)

Yeah, it seems like that last sentence of the summary is the key. Of course coal is cheaper when so much of the cost is hidden in externalities. Other forms of energy may not become cheaper than coal until all of the costs can be factored in.

about a week ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

Dragonslicer Re:In the wrong catagory again. (367 comments)

Put this in Politics where it belongs.

Uh, as opposed to Idle?

about a week ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

Dragonslicer Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

On the other hand, why should there even be the concept of a "beast of burden"? The real question is "what does ethical interaction with animals look like?", and PETA seems to have taken the position that there is practically no such thing. To the PETA fanatics, any deviation from an animal's natural life is cruel. To an extent, they have a point - where mankind once relied on animals to provide capabilities humans do not possess, technology has now progressed to the point where there is little need for domesticated animals.

I guess that at least would make their killing of animals consistent with their ideology. For all of these species that only exist because of humans, they have no natural life, so the only solution is to eliminate the species. I still completely disagree with it, but maybe that's their end goal.

about a week ago
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How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

Dragonslicer Re:Journalists? (165 comments)

Warning: Pro Publica is a site for leftists posing as journalists.

Reality has a well-known liberal bias.

about a week ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

Dragonslicer Re: Intel Common Core i7 (238 comments)

Calling bullshit. I was helping my daughter with her math homework the other night. One of the questions was: 8 + 5 = 10. True or false ? The lesson's answer was true. How can that be ? By somehow ignoring the extra 3.

What kind of crap is that ?

The kind of crap known as "significant figures".

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

Dragonslicer Re:Marketting (249 comments)

Half of all marketing is useless. The problem is figuring out which half.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Dragonslicer Re:We don't know the details (741 comments)

He basically threatened them with reporting them to the IRS and SEC for violating accounting standards, and he didn't just threaten a nobody, he threatened another accountant... But the fact is they called his employer and got him fired. There is almost nothing he could have said on the phone to them to justify that.

These two statements seem to contradict each other. You don't think that an accountant threatening to falsely report violations of accounting regulations is an offense that warrants being fired?

about two weeks ago
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Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

Dragonslicer Re:So what you're telling me (146 comments)

for me, and I think for a lot of /. readers, the biggest issue is comparing a solution that currently exists to vaporware that may exist in the future. The iOS solution is already implemented in the new OS which is on 50%+ of all iDevices after just one week. In contrast, Google's solution is promised for the next version of Android which will be released on TBD. This version will be used by new devices but likely trickle back to just a small percentage of old devices.

As a community we've always been skeptical of vaporware, especially when a lagging company announces vaporware in response to an innovator releasing a tangible product. Can we hold android to this standard?

You mean something like supporting full-disk encryption, which I enabled on my tablet a couple years ago? If I remember correctly, Android has had full-disk encryption since 4.0, maybe even 3.0.

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

Dragonslicer Re:THis automation will include.... (405 comments)

I'm pretty sure random chance is more accurate than Gartner anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Dragonslicer Re:If yes then what ? (389 comments)

But what percentage of the job market do those jobs represent? I doubt it's more than a fairly small minority.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Dragonslicer Re:If yes then what ? (389 comments)

22+22 is no longer 44. its now 40 (plus 4)

By your reasoning, 22+22 never was 44, it was 4 plus 40.

about two weeks ago
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Nobel Prize For Medicine Awarded For "Brain GPS" Research

Dragonslicer Re:Ethical standards needed now. (33 comments)

...like accessing memories and implanting them is soon going to be possible.

I know, it's about time, isn't it? Humanity has been held back so much over the past millennia without any way to record in our brains information about observed events and then access them at some later time. Just imagine all of the incredible scientific breakthroughs we'll be able to accomplish once we manage this long-overdue feat.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Dragonslicer Re:Doh! (349 comments)

Of course not, they call it Microsuave Ventanas

Is that for users who are too sexy for their computers?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Dragonslicer Re:Finally (120 comments)

How many jobs were created in Ireland because of this? Was any manufacturing moved to Ireland? Any product development? Even any sales or marketing?

about three weeks ago

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Dragonslicer Dragonslicer writes  |  about 8 years ago

Dragonslicer writes "Felony charges have been filed against Patricia Dunn and four others connected with the corporate spying scandal. From a NY Times article:

Hewlett-Packard's former chairwoman was among five people charged Wednesday with illegally gathering phone records of board members, journalists and others in an effort to find the source of news leaks... The charges stem from the use of pretexting, a form of deception, to obtain private calling records from phone company employees.

Looks like we all got our wish that someone would be held accountable."

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