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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Enigma2175 Re:Smokin observation (256 comments)

There is not discrimination against smokers.

There are companies that will not hire you if you have nicotine in your system, if that isn't discrimination I don't know what is. I don't even smoke, but I do chew nicotine gum so I wouldn't be even considered for a position at these companies.

yesterday
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Enigma2175 Re:Data suggests only suck so bad since 2000, 14 y (382 comments)

There's certainly hope that we can get another Kennedy/Reagan/Eisenhower* next time. Maybe if we try to choose based on COMPETENCE rather than just whoever most extremely mirrors our favored ideology.

* (Not an actual Kennedy of course, the good one is dead. HW Bush / Bush Jr. should have taught us something about electing a guy because he was related to a decent president.)

Good fucking luck. It's looking like 2016 is going to be Hillary (yet ANOTHER person who's only qualification for president is that she is related to one) and whatever republican manages to out-crazy the rest of them. It's going to be yet another episode of giant douche vs. shit sandwich. You can vote for the corporate tool or the corporate tool.

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Enigma2175 Re:Some shops already have (750 comments)

Why not? I was on a Delta flight the other day and the only way to purchase in-flight cocktails was via credit card. On another flight the same day, the same purchase could only be made in cash. I am not aware of any laws that require businesses to accept a certain form of payment, and why should there be? If a business doesn't accept cash (or credit cards, or chickens, or bitcoin) and their customers prefer that method of payment, it will show up in their bottom line. Why would the government need to intervene in such a transaction?

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

Enigma2175 Re:More skeet targets for me (155 comments)

So are you going to take potshots at police and medical helicopers as well? Because they are "invading your privacy" just as much as a drone (police probably more, they tend to have powerful optics).

about two weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Enigma2175 Re:Not about jealousy, but ... (265 comments)

If you buy gasoline, it was probably your money they used.

No, it is their money that they used. Once you traded your money for gasoline, it's no longer your money. If you don't like that then don't make the trade, nobody is forcing you to do so.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

Enigma2175 Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

I've always wondered how big of a generator you would need to keep an electric car running continuously, and whether it would be feasible to just tow it behind you on a trailer. Maybe make those available to rent so that people can make long trips on their electric car. It would probably be cheaper to rent than an actual car, and the money you'd save from using an electric car for most of the year would easily offset the cost of renting the generator once in a while.

Back when they first made the RAV4-EV there was a trailer that you could pull behind it to extend the range. It used a 500cc motorcycle engine and was not too big. I have been interested in this concept for a long time, it seems to be a great way to alleviate range anxiety.

about three weeks ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Enigma2175 Re:On this 4th of July... (349 comments)

No, it is not. It sounds like a great way to earn a whole bunch of money from somebody who is having repeated brain farts about what the law actually says.

Even if you win (and that's a big if, considering you are an individual vs. a company with armies of lawyers on staff) the most you will ever see is that your copyright gets upheld and you MAY recover attorney's fees. Unless you can prove Qualcomm maliciously and purposefully filed an false DMCA claim you aren't getting jack. If you are a contributor to an open source project are you really going to give up hundreds of hours of your life and thousands of dollars out of pocket to defend your portion of the copyright on the code? On the slight chance that judge says "yep that's your code" and pays your lawyers? Seems like a huge risk for a very modest reward, if you win you are only out the years it took to litigate the matter but if you lose you could wind up liable for damages for infriging copyright on your own code (now Qualcomm's code).

This is why the DMCA is bullshit, it's not enough that corporations have extended copyright to life+infinity, even if they don't own the copyright laws like this allow large corporations to abuse the already fucked-up system. Like global thermonuclear war, the only winning move is not to play.

about three weeks ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

Enigma2175 Re:David Hahn (299 comments)

"He was studied extensively by doctors for the rest of his life and died of coronary artery disease in 1987 at the age of 75. "

You sure about that 2007 thing?

GP was referring to the arrest of the Radioactive Boy Scout, not Atomic Man.

about three weeks ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

Enigma2175 Re:So not a total ripoff anymore? (365 comments)

That's because the U.S. makes no attempt at incentivizing energy conservation through the tax system.

Why would not incentivizing energy conservation make it CHEAPER, if the US is not conserving energy wouldn't supply and demand make it more expensive?

about three weeks ago
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Secret of the Banjo's Unique Sound Discovered By Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist

Enigma2175 Re:OP is obliquely critical of Politzer (101 comments)

Really, you're going to fix Feynman but not going to fix "Tell the tail" or Politzer?

about three weeks ago
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What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

Enigma2175 Re:Be polite (286 comments)

Really? You think we need to raise pay for cops? While it's true that the base salary is kind of crappy cops get all kinds of other income from other places. For example This New York Times article says this about the NYPD:

"annual pay for city police officers ranges from $43,062 for a cadet entering the academy to $90,829 for an officer with five and a half years on the job, including overtime and other earnings"

What other job do you know of that doesn't require a college education where you'll be making 90k after 5 years? That's disregarding the very generous pension and insurance benefits that police receive. Plus other benefits, like the guy who walked down that line ssssof non-violent protesters during an occupy rally at UC Berkeley getting $38,000 for "depression and anxiety" instead of being fired like he should have been. Police get paid plenty, the solution isn't more money for them the solution is independant oversight.

about three weeks ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Enigma2175 Re:IF.. (561 comments)

The fact that a computer can beat a human at chess does not mean that chess ability isn't correlated with intelligence. A computer can also easily multiply several 10 digit numbers together and "remember" a list of one million items, if a human performs those feats there is a good chance they have a high intelligence. Nobody says Usain Bolt is a slow runner because my 1975 Pinto can go faster than him.

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Enigma2175 Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (561 comments)

Even in high school, I'd read the textbooks, and then sit in class, kinda bored.
But while most concepts needed explained several times,
Suddenly, not the stops,

You should have read the English book again.

about a month ago
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What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?

Enigma2175 Re:huh (83 comments)

Does your average voyage contain a zip-lock bag big enough to house a body?

Weight is a huge concern for space voyages. It's something like $10,000 a pound. Quite a lot for a even a simple bag that doesn't have a dual, or tri, purpose.

I know nuclear submarines don't have airtight bags big enough to hold a body and they're much more free with what they can bring aboard. I was reading an article about one where a guy, what do you know, had a heart attack and died while they were submerged for a long duration. They ended up having a "feast" as a wake, because they cleared out one of the food freezers and chucked him in there.

Yes, the big zip-lock back is called a space suit and most missions will have several onboard.

about a month ago
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The EPA Carbon Plan: Coal Loses, But Who Wins?

Enigma2175 Re:For fuck's sake, how does this get a 5, Insight (268 comments)

The coal plants can still be "plugged in" and operated during times of peak load (weekday summer afternoons and winter mornings); what they can't do is operate much the rest of the time.

The problem with this is that coal plants can't operate this way. A typical coal plant takes 4-8 hours to reach full power from a warm start and can take 24 hours to cold start. This is why we currently use them for baseload power and use other sources (mostly natural gas and hydro) for load following.

about a month ago
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Chicago Adding Sensors For Public Monitoring

Enigma2175 Re:It's Chicago (107 comments)

I figured with your sig you would realize there is a lot more to the political spectrum than just the left/right false dichotomy that the US system presents. The voting system ensures that the system will never change from 2 dominant political parties, but it would be nice to at least get a better party than the two shitfests we have now.

about a month ago
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Continuous System For Converting Waste Plastics Into Crude Oil

Enigma2175 Re:Ocean garbage patches? (139 comments)

Why even bother with the landfills? There are massive garbage patches floating around in the oceans, the vast majority of which are plastics. If you can get a big enough tanker and implement this system on it, you could probably cut the amount of fuel needed even further - the tanker goes into a garbage patch, melts all the plastic down, keeps the oil, and uses some of it to get back to land. It would probably be more effective than loading fleets of trucks.

You are vastly overestimating the density of these patches, probably due to media sensationalism. For example, the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" has a density of 4 particles per cubic meter of water. These particles are quite small, even microscopic. I know the news stories make it sound like it is just this mass of garbage floating around but that's just not how it is. From the Wikipedia article linked above:

"and the relatively low density of the plastic debris at, in one scientific study, 5.1 kilograms of plastic per square kilometer of ocean area"

I doubt it would be cost-effective to process a square kilometer of seawater to get that paltry amount of plastic, even assuming you could recover 100% of it.

about a month ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

Enigma2175 Re:This just in. (281 comments)

How was it legal? He stole people's property.

So, bitcoins are now property that you can steal?

Please show me a law that shows bitcoins are any more real or worth any more than virtual gold in World of Warcraft.

The IRS says Bitcoin is legally property, if you think that doesn't hold the force of law go ahead and try to defy them on that.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

Enigma2175 Re:Read between the lines (250 comments)

If he suspects the code has a vulnerabitlity, he doesn't want it copied.

It's funny how open source is always bragged as being the antidote against vulnerabilities and backdoors (as "anyone can verify it"), but here we still are worrying about TrueCrypt code possibly containing something vulnerable.

The difference is that if it is open source you can actually do something about it. If you are using a closed-source solution there is no way to verify if it backdoored or not. With open source there are the same possibilities for backdoors (especially on a product like Truecrypt which has very few core developers) but you have a much better chance of finding the backdoor if you suspect it exists.

about a month ago

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Prince DMCAs YouTube to block Radiohead song

Enigma2175 Enigma2175 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Enigma2175 (179646) writes "CNN is reporting that videos from the Coachella music festival showing Prince covering Radiohead's "Creep" have been removed by Prince's label, NPG records. Thom Yorke of Radiohead was quoted as saying "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song.". No comment from YouTube or Prince yet. Under the DMCA, YouTube is not required to verify the entity making a request is actually the copyright holder and this seems to be just another example of the DMCA being abused."
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MRO snaps pics of Mars avalanche

Enigma2175 Enigma2175 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Enigma2175 (179646) writes "CNN is reporting that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has snapped some photographs of avalanches in action on Mars. TFA states "The image, taken last month, reveals at least four avalanches of fine ice and dust breaking off from a steep cliff and settling on the slope below." The scientists were monitoring polar icecap changes and happened to get the photos."
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