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Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults

Headw1nd Re:w***e ? (117 comments)

you I*********e C**d!

Please, there are children reading

1 hour ago
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VP Anthony Moschella Shows Off Makerbot's Latest Printers and Materials (Video)

Headw1nd Re:Cred? (45 comments)

There is actually research into this that proves more or less what you're saying, basically that people tend to forget negation. ie. "Do not buy a red car" is remembered as "Buy a red car". In particular it has applications for people trying to deny false information, an outright denial "I did not do this" ends up reinforcing the initial accusation by way of repeating it.

7 hours ago
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Headw1nd Re:WTF (236 comments)

I'm not really sure what you are saying, but TFS is the CERN courier, reporting on an article in Physical Review Letters. I think your clickbait fears are more than a little unfounded.

3 days ago
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Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

Headw1nd Re:Visible from Earth? (124 comments)

He's not asking about the detector

4 days ago
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

Headw1nd I think I know how this will go (120 comments)

I assume his plan will be introduce a lot of "original" legislation, which is really just copied legislation he found somewhere else and slapped a huge watermark on.

about a week ago
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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

Headw1nd Re:Not trying to excuse what he did (376 comments)

First of all, Lewin is guilty of violation of the MIT code of conduct, no doubt.

Full stop.

That is all that needs to be said in this discussion. I could care less about whether what transpired was on the level between the two of them, and I certainly don't feel it's the jumping off point for some wider discussion of sexual politics. An employee of a college did something he was explicitly told not to and was terminated. fin.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Headw1nd Re:The Horse Has Bolted... (666 comments)

And we're now voting on whether to shut the barn door.

No, we're voting on whether we ever had a horse in the first place. Later we're going to have a vote on whether we wanted the horse out of the barn, and if the barn is better off without it.

We aren't going to vote on closing the door for a looooong time.

about two weeks ago
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Interior of Burnt Herculaneum Scroll Read For First Time

Headw1nd This is incredibly exciting (66 comments)

Many people don't realize just how few classical texts actually have survived. The total volume of ancient Latin and Greek texts we have available to us is probably a little less than the volume of a middle school library. There are dozens of famous classical authors who we only know of from references by other authors, as none of their work survives. The chance to have new literature from that world, untouched by translation or transcription, is incredible.

about two weeks ago
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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

Headw1nd Re:Business model? (105 comments)

I was ready to dismiss your comment, because who doesn't want better space technology? But it got me thinking, what happens when private space industry does start reaching or exceeding what the government can provide? Will the government have to bow out so as to not make the market "uncompetitive"? As much as I want to see private investment in better space technology, I don't want to see it entirely removed from the public sector.

about two weeks ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

Headw1nd Re:Holy Carp! (136 comments)

When you say "do something", you mean do something like publicly announce the problem so that the industry as a whole can look for a solution? Would that be using his "position and pull"? If not what do you mean, exactly?

about two weeks ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

Headw1nd Re:The (in)justice system (291 comments)

But the thing is plea bargaining is not a fundamental piece, it has only gained prominence in the last 100 years, and was popularized to handle the enormous amount of "crime" that prohibition created. We now recognize that the underlying cause of much of this crime - Prohibition - was bad law, so why are we clinging to plea bargaining? Probably because we are still clinging to prohibition, just in a different fashion.

about two weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic To Launch 2,400 Comm. Satellites To Offer Ubiquitous Broadband

Headw1nd Re:Why so many? (123 comments)

Probably lower orbits. GPS are in medium orbit, which is still pretty expensive compared to LEO. Also Consider they might be able to use their own launch systems, which would only be able to make LEO in the near future. If you are using lower orbits, you need many more satellites to ensure coverage.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

Headw1nd New stores till the end (314 comments)

I couldn't believe it last fall when I saw a Radio Shack grand opening in DC. I should have taken a picture.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Headw1nd Re:Obama is not PRO consumer (417 comments)

Once again, you have it absolutely backwards. Here, maybe a quote will help:

He'll write to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to help neutralize laws, erected by states, that effectively protect large established Internet providers against the threat represented by cities that want to build and offer their own, municipal Internet service. He'll direct federal agencies to expand grants and loans for these projects and for smaller, rural Internet providers.

I will try to break it down. Currently, there are small communities that want to build their own internet infrastructure, like you are talking about. In many cases they cannot, because state laws prevent them, essentially giving monopolies to big ISPs. Obama wants to have the FCC fight those state laws, so the communities can build their own infrastructure. See how this is different than what you are saying? Obama wants them to build out their infrastructure.

Maybe it would help if you imagine that he is a socialist, what would a socialist do in this situation?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Headw1nd Re:Love how he had all these great ideas (417 comments)

Who taught you civics? The Justice department is, and always has been, part of the executive branch. The attorney general is a cabinet member and serves at the pleasure of the president. It has been this way since the dept was founded in the late 1800s as a way to coordinate US attorneys (not judges) Judges = Judicial branch, Attorneys and Police = Executive branch.

As for not carrying out judicial orders, this has been a thing at least since Andrew Jackson said "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!" in 1832.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Headw1nd Re:Obama is not PRO consumer (417 comments)

How did you somehow read the article and come to believe exactly the opposite of what it says? Like, really, the exact opposite: TFA clearly states he is trying to promote public broadband construction by striking down state laws that prevent municipalities from owning networks. There is nothing in there about giving ISPs anything.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

Headw1nd Re:Enormous debt? (206 comments)

I'm curious what is going to happen when the Chinese don't want, or can't afford, any US debt.

about two weeks ago
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The Next Decade In Storage

Headw1nd There is one last revolution for storage (93 comments)

I feel the time is fast approaching when there is no difference between RAM and storage, and when that happens it will set the stage for a quantum leap in programming. Not only will it eliminate the ever-present need to shuttle back and forth to some slow long term storage media to retrieve this or that, but it will change the assumption that a program being run is inherently different than one that is stored. I believe the fusion of the two will bring about some revolutionary concepts.

about three weeks ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

Headw1nd Re:UFC Fight Night (187 comments)

I almost modded this funny, thinking it was a parody. Is the spam becoming aware of it's surroundings?

about three weeks ago

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