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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

Ecuador I had a Greenpeace membership once... (121 comments)

Being a geek kid I used part of my allowance for good, such as a Greenpeace membership. But, being a geek kid I had to look into exactly what they were doing with my money and found out there were much better ways to spend if you want to protect the environment. I was 14 at the time IIRC. So, I probably would say it doesn't take a genius to figure Greenpeace out, but I can't be sure. I mean the local Mensa told me I scored the max of the preliminary test (around 140?) so according to them I was some sort of genius, but then said I would have to pay them monthly for the privilege of me being a genius (after "verifying" with their longer non-free test), which made me doubt their finding. So it does or does not take a genius to figure out Greenpeace for the posers they are.

1 hour ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Ecuador Re:Alternative explanation (215 comments)

Except Verizon here lets just some "low capacity" cables connect them to Netflix's provider on purpose (as illustrated in a recent /. article), so there can be no other reason apart from extorting money. And for the speed to actually going down with time it probably means that instead of "upgrading" capacity they are probably doing the opposite to force Netflix. And they are lowering the speed slowly otherwise their customers would figure it out and start rioting (but many don't have any recourse as in, alternative ISP).
Remember, Netflix actually offers installing their servers within the ISP's network for free, which would mean no interconnection.
And, finally, this is 1 week old "news for nerds". I have read about it in so many tech sites, I was certain it would be a dupe (but a quick search seems to indicate it is not).

6 hours ago
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Public To Vote On Names For Exoplanets

Ecuador Right, how dare they... (127 comments)

Let's all gather here, on this #1 geek news website and protest. Because how dares the IAU only implement this pointless naming platform exclusively in English! Just be careful to only use Latin characters in your protest. At least for now, because after 15+ years of development we might be close to Unicode support - who knows!

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Ecuador Re:Things are simple... (309 comments)

Well, I did mention "bailout" didn't I? I wasn't talking just about retail stores. Obviously if a bank tries to make more profit by taking more risk, it should not be bailed out when that risk backfires, otherwise you compromise the basis of our economy - we would all be investing on a casino's roulette and expect to be safe when the ball does not go our way.
Similarly, bailing out one of the worst-performing car manufacturers in the world is not a good idea, no matter how big they are. Turns out there were deep-rooted reasons they were doing so bad, including incompetence, negligence, malice etc.
And you should not even stop there. Protectionism is bad in other areas too, not just regarding corporations. For example subsidizing a crop that is not useful will lead to all sorts of cascading effects, like a nation replacing sugars with what looks like an unhealthier substitute, or the ethanol craziness, or in other cases the casual destruction of the extraneous production etc.

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Ecuador Things are simple... (309 comments)

You should never try to protect at an overall cost an established business, however small, cute etc it is. Bookstores have to close. Not all of them, but a lot of them. The ones that actually provide value to the customer will stay due to people actually visiting them. For example I love Amazon, however there is one small local bookstore that provides a great personalized experience and does not gouge prices to which I go first. I see a lot of people not minding a surcharge when they get even more value out of the experience, so this bookstore will servive. Also that small bookstore has found things to bring that Amazon doesn't have etc. Protecting or bailing out failing businesses is always bad for the community as a whole in the long-run. Yes, poor buggy whip makers will be out of jobs in the short term, but we can't all be riding carriages into the future...

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Ecuador Re:NSFW! (311 comments)

Well, then it is not *that* nice a cafe, is it?
But in any case I think the context made it clear what you should be expecting....

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

Ecuador Re:Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

The 93% sounds serious, but it just says that these specific infections choose No-IP.com, which is a very common dynDNS service. You can counter with the fact that 100% of the systems targeted by Bladabindi-Jenxcus infections are vulnerable due to Microsoft software.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

Ecuador Security cameras (495 comments)

Security cameras is another common usage. A low cost installation has some IP cameras on a residential dynamic IP internet service, so you use no-ip for access. I can't access my vacation house feeds today. For all I know there might be gnomes partying around the premises right now. Thanks MS.

about three weeks ago
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Julian Assange Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show

Ecuador Re:Hey... (173 comments)

You would think that, but I can't confirm it personally.

about three weeks ago
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Julian Assange Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show

Ecuador Hey... (173 comments)

What's wrong with the Ecuadorian embassy?

about a month ago
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AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

Ecuador Re:That's only an excuse. (65 comments)

Sorry, but you are wrong. The AC mentioned Experian, so I guess this is a quick example: http://www.experian.com/screening-services/tenant-credit-check.html Only name and address needed (and annual income if you want them to make a decision for you, but not for the credit check). But you could also ask the hordes of people who are surprised when they find out their car dealer ran their credit with only their name and address (hint: if they never gave permission they can pursue the FCRA violation).

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

Ecuador But you can fix it easily (65 comments)

... by adding a "pinky swear" checkbox.

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

Ecuador That's only an excuse. (65 comments)

I know that is often used as the "excuse" but you don't actually need a SSN to run a credit-check. Name and address are enough, which is why e.g. a landlord can avoid sounding too obtrusive by not asking for the applicant's SSN - they can get the credit report just fine with the name and previous address.

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

Ecuador Don't believe the hype. (176 comments)

They say "94% of nature's true palette" yet it still cannot reproduce a single shade of octarine...

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

Ecuador Re:Detect this sarcasm (364 comments)

Ok, so there are no rules in place that would make Comcast enforce net neutrality. But I don't understand, why wouldn't their customers have a good class-action case against them? I mean, I am paying a (decent in the case of Comcast customers) monthly service fee and I have a reasonable expectation of being able to access whatever I want at a reasonable speed. Why aren't Comcast/Verizon customers recruited for a good ol' class action, since they are essentially paying a monthly fee just to be added to the pool of Comcast/Verizon customers that those companies can "dangle" in front of the likes of Netflix in order to extract more fees. I am not in the US right now, but when I had a TWC (=another crap ISP) contract, it didn't say that TWC could decide what I could download at slow or fast speeds - is that no longer the case?

about a month and a half ago
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After the Belfast Project Fiasco, Time For Another Look At Time Capsule Crypto?

Ecuador Re:If your encryption is secure, the key is the se (170 comments)

Send it on an elliptical orbit around the sun. Depending how many years you want before the key is back in our neighborhood, you select the appropriate orbit. Hmm, perhaps SpaceX should look into it and start commercializing such a service ;)

about a month and a half ago
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Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

Ecuador Re:Is it even worth the time to RTFA? Seems flawed (231 comments)

The MOST important person in the history of humanity is the one who made the species naming system we use, even if few people actually know him? Just because there are more species on Wikipedia than, say, elements whose pages link to Mendeleev (an example of a person I would consider more influential)? It is a good thing then that Jimmy Wales didn't put a link to his page on the "about" link of every Wikipedia, otherwise you know who would be #1 "according to research"!

about a month and a half ago
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Wikipedia Mining Algorithm Reveals the Most Influential People In History

Ecuador Is it even worth the time to RTFA? Seems flawed. (231 comments)

Correct me if I am wrong, but even from the summary I get a strong suspicion this "research" is heavily flawed. I mean, the only way for "Carl Linnaeus" would be on the top spot would be if you blindly applied a sort of page-rank algorithm forgetting to only include non-standardized parts of pages. A significant percentage of Wikipedia pages on all languages are about the various species of plant or animal life, all of which have a stub which contains the link to "Scientific classification" perhaps also to "Binomial name", both of which feature Linnaeus prominently.
It reminds me a spider my boss had built to get a few thousands of pages to construct a word frequency list, and I had to point out that it needed some work, since words like "print", "home" etc were not in the top-5 most common words of the English language.

about a month and a half ago
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Evidence of Protoplanet Found On Moon

Ecuador Re:"Simplest explanation" (105 comments)

Right, while the simplest explanation was "That's no moon..."

about 1 month ago
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Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

Ecuador Yes, but (267 comments)

Yes, but, apart from timekeeping, radio, clean air, water, electricity, education and roads and public order, what has the Government ever done for us?

about 1 month ago

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Man with tiny brain lives normal life

Ecuador Ecuador writes  |  about 7 years ago

Ecuador (740021) writes "In a story that is sure to spur Civil Service jokes, Reuters reports:
"Scans of the 44-year-old man's brain showed that a huge fluid-filled chamber called a ventricle took up most of the room in his skull, leaving little more than a thin sheet of actual brain tissue.
"He was a married father of two children, and worked as a civil servant," Dr. Lionel Feuillet and colleagues at the Universite de la Mediterranee in Marseille wrote in a letter to the Lancet medical journal.""

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