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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Gavagai80 Re:Not so sure (218 comments)

No, there's no evidence of having weapons of mass destruction. There's evidence of talking about wanting weapons of mass destruction, which should not come as any surprise to anyone. An actual conspiracy would involve evidence of possession, but this is simply a useful spin on facts.

2 hours ago

$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Gavagai80 Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (83 comments)

If you're a company selling phones or making firefox os, the number of phones is probably more interesting than the number of people.

8 hours ago

The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Gavagai80 Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (177 comments)

The constitution says the executive branch executes laws passed by the legislative branch. If congress couldn't give the president powers to apply laws, you might as well not have a government.

9 hours ago

Exomoon Detection Technique Could Greatly Expand Potential Habitable Systems

Gavagai80 Re:Reasonably, how long would a solar eclipse last (65 comments)

I hear there's a planet called Earth that has 12 hours of darkness every day at the equator, and months of it at the poles! Clearly uninhabitable.

3 days ago

Exomoon Detection Technique Could Greatly Expand Potential Habitable Systems

Gavagai80 Re:Lies (65 comments)

Nobody said you have to go to an inner moon. Radiation levels on Titan, for example, are fine.

3 days ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Gavagai80 Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (503 comments)

Even with perfect driverless cars, you still have situations where driver control is very useful. For example, if I'm driving to a hiking trail that doesn't have an address or a parking lot, there's no way a computer is going to be able to pick out the most convenient+safe place to park in the dirt on the side of the road.

3 days ago

A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Gavagai80 Re:[Citation Needed] (157 comments)

No, it actually says the USA does none of those things. Those are Xes next to those, not the check marks it has for violations.

3 days ago

Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

Gavagai80 Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

We're talking Finland here. Of course nobody wants to live out in the wilderness in the winter when it's freezing and they have to shovel snow and figure out how to get to the nearest store when their street isn't plowed.

about two weeks ago

Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

Gavagai80 Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

Sounds like you live in a broken city. No buses after 6 PM? Even my rural town of 10,000 people runs buses later than that.

about two weeks ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Gavagai80 Re:Desktop? (726 comments)

The need has been gone for ages. Perhaps you're talking about removing the option, or forcing online help to stop suggesting it even though it's much clearer than if they tried to tell you to click on various things? What exactly are you using grep for?

about two weeks ago

Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

Gavagai80 Re:Odd material selection (162 comments)

Nowhere on Mars has ever been +40 C.

about two weeks ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Gavagai80 Re:(EDIT) Symptom of Greater Issue (475 comments)

Enforcement is not possible when people speed in groups, the highway patrol can't pull everyone over at once. The only possible enforcement would be an automated system of speed cameras as I believe Australia uses.

about two weeks ago

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Gavagai80 Re:serious confusion by the author (235 comments)

it's all but impossible to email most people any more

This does not match my experience at all. Everyone has an email address, if you want to contact someone it's the one thing you can ask for that you can be sure will work. Sure, they may email you back to say that they prefer to have chatty conversations on facebook.

about two weeks ago

Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

Gavagai80 Re:Not my job (167 comments)

I guess searches for "Tiananmen square protests" are censored in your country too.

about two weeks ago

Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Gavagai80 Re:performance never measured in MHz (151 comments)

I remember the late 90s. My parents unknowingly bought a K6-2 and didn't realize for years that it wasn't an Intel. Nobody was aware of the competition, but that didn't stop them from buying AMD-powered computers.

about two weeks ago

California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Gavagai80 Re:The only thing out of bounds (327 comments)

We now have state inspectors go through out trash cans looking for light bulbs.

Considering the mercury in the common CFL light bulbs these days, how you object to this? Do you really want to get mercury poisoning by letting improperly disposed bulbs seep into the environment?

about two weeks ago


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