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Martha Stewart Out To Exterminate Patent Troll Lodsys

Esion Modnar Re:Don't Mess With Martha (150 comments)

When it comes to patent trolls, you have not only to get their planes, but also target their parachutes. Total war.

about 10 months ago
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Popular Science Is Getting Rid of Comments

Esion Modnar Trolls and Spammers (473 comments)

And this why we can't have nice things. Thanks a lot!

about 10 months ago
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California Elementary Schools To Test Anti-Piracy Curriculum

Esion Modnar Corporations and Government (356 comments)

working together. There's a word for that.

about 10 months ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Esion Modnar Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (1440 comments)

And yet, if the car is in gear *while* someone rear ends you, it can really fuck up your transmission. Not to mention that leaving the clutch pressed in too much can cause extra (unnecessary) wear to that part. If it's in neutral, I can let the clutch out.

about 10 months ago
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Facebook Launches Advanced AI Effort To Find Meaning In Your Posts

Esion Modnar Oblig Mark Twain (125 comments)

“Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot."

about 10 months ago
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Software Glitch Means Loss of NASA's Deep Impact Comet Probe

Esion Modnar Re: ALIENS (65 comments)

A roommate of mine in college had a religious poster stuck to the wall with yellow sticky tack. When it inevitably fell to the floor, he looked at where the picture had been, and said: "I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ, Satan." Yeah, it was Satan, not that unreliable sticky tack he used. Now, if it had crumpled itself up and flung over to the trash can...

about 10 months ago
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Blackberry Z30 Phablet Announced

Esion Modnar Phablet? (112 comments)

I prefer Tablone.

about 10 months ago
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Researchers Develop the Most Detailed Map of Gravitational Variations Ever

Esion Modnar Your Mom's House (88 comments)

The gravity field spikes hard there.

about 10 months ago
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Scientists Create 'Fastest Man-Made Spinning Object'

Esion Modnar So Then What (159 comments)

Is the fastest spinning object, man-made or otherwise? Looking for some perspective on this.

about a year ago
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NSA Cracked Into Encrypted UN Video Conferences

Esion Modnar Re:Who else are they bugging (427 comments)

And Congress, the RNC, EFF, ACLU, NORML, AARP, your local branch of the FFA, the hippy dippy weatherman, etc. But never Robin Williams, not really sure why. (Maybe because many people have already seen him naked, not willing to risk it again.)

about a year ago
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NZ Police Got PRISM Data Before Raid On Dotcom

Esion Modnar Re: Spying on Congress? (208 comments)

"FORCE, unregulated or ill-regulated, is not only wasted in the void, like that of gunpowder burned in the open air, and steam unconfined by science; but, striking in the dark, and its blows meeting only the air, they recoil and bruise itself. It is destruction and ruin. It is the volcano, the earthquake, the cyclone;--not growth and progress. It is Polyphemus blinded, striking at random, and falling headlong among the sharp rocks by the impetus of his own blows." -- The Twelve-inch Rule and the Common Gavel, "Morals and Dogma"

Was not aware of this analogy. Thanks for the reference.

about a year ago
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NZ Police Got PRISM Data Before Raid On Dotcom

Esion Modnar Spying on Congress? (208 comments)

Imagine what might happen if one of the revelations-to-be is evidence of spying on members of Congress? Maybe this is suspected by said members, and while this might anger them, they would rather the "revelations" to be kept secret. A secret kept secret is power. A secret revealed forces action in ways that are not preferred.

After all, burning gas in an engine produces useful work, burning it outside just produces a loud bang.

about a year ago
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The Cryonics Institute Offers a Chance at Immortality (Video #2)

Esion Modnar Re:How many times can you die? (155 comments)

Yeah, the other 2 are "Broken Angels" and "Woken Furies." Not related, but "Market Forces" was also good, set in a sort of dystopian future of class warfare taken to its logical conclusion. (Thanks for the tip on the RPG, but I hardly ever get to play board games anymore. No time, and nobody I know is even interested anymore.)

about a year ago
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EFF Wins Release of Secret Court Opinion: NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional

Esion Modnar Re:Accountability (524 comments)

My politics are irrelevant, though in most things I trend liberal, not conservative. That said, I voted for the guy, since I preferred him over the guy with the magic underwear. And now I have signed that damned petition, and if that puts me on a list, so be it. I love this country more than any one politician, curse his soul!

about a year ago
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EFF Wins Release of Secret Court Opinion: NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional

Esion Modnar Hypothetical (524 comments)

If the Supreme Court ruled that some Government activity was unconstitutional, and the Government (including executive and legislative branches) just shrugged and continued said activity, what then? Or what if Congress voted to impeach the President, but he ignored this action, what then? Who enforces on the enforcers? Would this be the tipping point to civil war?

about a year ago
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The Cryonics Institute Offers a Chance at Immortality (Video #2)

Esion Modnar Re:I am already immortal (155 comments)

The Universe does not cause me, I cause it. So does everyone else.

about a year ago
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The Cryonics Institute Offers a Chance at Immortality (Video #2)

Esion Modnar Re:How many times can you die? (155 comments)

Read "Altered Carbon" by Richard Morgan.

From the Amazon synopsis: "In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen."

It is the first in a series of novels featuring the detective Takeshi Kovacs, and blends noir detective crime fiction with scifi. May remind you of Blade Runner.

about a year ago

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