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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Jawnn Re:Gobernator (101 comments)

I guess they would be better off with the "Sperminator".

Because this single issue is the only thing that matters, right? No, wait. Abortion is the only thing that matters. No, I mean gay marriage is the only thing that matters.
Single-issue voters deserve all the bad things that happen to them because of their narrow-minded, short-sighted choices.

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Jawnn Re:Fox News? (444 comments)

Well, in all fairness, things like a certain stem cell paper recently published and retracted does a hell of a lot more to convince me of corruption in academia than anything Fox News has ever published.

Oh my. Did you really mean to compare the peer review process that is a fundamental part of "good science" to Fox News? Seriously? That's just pathetic.

yesterday
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Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

Jawnn Re:Fun Question (48 comments)

Fun question - who would you rather have spying on you? The NSA or the Chinese?

Personally I would rather have the Chinese spy on me because I never go there, and am not too worried about them shipping me off to prison on trumped up chargers because I disagree with whatever government is in power. The NSA on the other hand....

You've neglected an obvious problem. All that "useless" information on the decadent Americans is highly marketable. The NSA would gladly pay the Chinese to have a look at it.

yesterday
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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

Jawnn Re:Ironically, blame HIPAA (77 comments)

So much of health provider's budgets have been consumed in the past ten years by HIPAA and Obamacare they didn't have any money left over to upgrade those "old legacy systems".

Right...., 'cause the security requirement imposed by HIPAA compliance are such a frivolous waste of money. [/dripping sarcasm]
Doing it right is more expensive than not doing it right, regardless of the business driver. Get over it.

yesterday
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Jawnn Re:LEDs (595 comments)

The Department of Energy had a pretty rigorous test regimen set up for testing LED bulbs. http://www.lightingprize.org/6... What is needed is a good (and trustworthy) rating agency to test and qualify the bulbs.

Yeah, like the FDA...
[rimshot]
Jeez, I crack myself up.

4 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Jawnn Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (595 comments)

I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last as long as they are sposed to. Of course they still save money in power costs

A net increase in expense is a net increase in expense. I have yet to see a CFL lamp reach ROI. Ever. I hope that this shit gets sorted out before my horde of 60 watt incandescents is used up.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Jawnn Re:Forest Circus. (299 comments)

doesn't the public already own public land?

No, citizen. Your corporate overlords own that land, and the government agencies that regulate it. Get with the program.

4 days ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

Jawnn Re:OK (268 comments)

We're running out of fossil fuel. Things are going to change, some more. Get used to it.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Jawnn Re:DAESH, not ISIL (475 comments)

The KKK are Christian.

Why? Because they self-identify as such? I believe that their Messiah would agree with me when I call "bullshit". Their rationalization may be use religion, but their motivation is as base and worldly as that of any group of thugs. Same goes for ISIS.

about a week ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Jawnn Prove it. (200 comments)

I was outside yesterday. It was a nice day and I didn't seen any climate change protesters. In fact, I have seen any all year. I think that the whole "climate change protester" thing is just a myth, started up by some gubamint researchers tryin' to make sure their research gets funded next year.

about a week ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

Jawnn Re:There is no "controversy" (132 comments)

This, precisely and completely, is what's really going on here, and you'd better believe that there is a lot, and I mean a staggering sum, of money being spent by the ISP's and cable companies to ensure that things go their way. "What is your stance on net neutrality?" should be the question most frequently asked of aspiring and incumbent politicians because this is a very, very big deal.

about a week ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

Jawnn Re:The people (132 comments)

What you describe, in typical quasi-Libertarian fantasy manner, is a recipe for chaos. Let everyone who wants to string their own copper, or fiber, or fire up their own wireless infrastructure. Right? What could possibly go wrong?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Jawnn Re:Your employer (182 comments)

CEO: "What happens if we don't, and they stay?"

CFO: "We get to keep a productive employee doing the things he's been doing well, without having to pay for his continuing education and a networking opportunity that may wind up drawing him away from us. I.e., we save money both by not paying exorbitant rates for professional conferences (who charge both the attendees and the exhibitors and thus make money from both ends of the candle), and by not having to go through the hiring process for his replacement. He's also easily replaceable and posting online that he's happy here, so the chances of having to find someone new are low and the cost of doing so is also relatively low. We may even be able to replace him with an H1B and pay less overall. "

This is what's wrong with the tech industry's HR practices - the failure to fully appreciate the value in those "resources" and (very much mistakenly) assuming that they are "easily replaceable". We spend a lot of time and money getting our staff up to speed on all the things they can't learn anywhere but by working here. Some of that is cultural, some of it is technical, all of it is valuable. So spending money on adding to their knowledge is a much better bet that throwing them away and hiring some inexperienced kid with the "skill of the week".

about a week ago
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Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

Jawnn Re:Keep your important data on current storage. (113 comments)

JPEG wasn't standardised until 1992. THere are no 25-year-old JPEG files. Things have changed a lot since 1989.

So what's your point? I have GIF images that predate 1989. The still render just fine. I could convert them if I felt the need. I don't, because the format's are indeed "stable".

about two weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Jawnn Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

I can't think of a single profession which doesn't seem to have a "problem." Makes one wonder.

Makes you wonder what, exactly? That this is not a "problem", because "everybody's doing it?" WTF? Look pal, the "problem" is narrow-minded, clueless misogynist views like that.

Wow! Just wow! I was thinking the same thing myself, except I put "this is a societal problem, not one just in the academic community," after 'Makes one wonder'. Way to go in projecting your fears and negativity on others.

Um, no... Observing that the "problem" is indeed widespread (i.e. a "societal problem") and that this in no way excuses any single community's misogyny is hardly "projecting" anything.

about two weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Jawnn Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

I can't think of a single profession which doesn't seem to have a "problem." Makes one wonder.

Makes you wonder what, exactly? That this is not a "problem", because "everybody's doing it?" WTF? Look pal, the "problem" is narrow-minded, clueless misogynist views like that.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Jawnn Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

They're not a utility....

Well there's yer problem.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Jawnn Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal.

They have no evidence of you doing anything illegal, they cannot prove that everyone using Tor is a criminal, but even the hint of suspicion is apparently enough for them to cancel your subscription. I must ask, however, if such behaviour is "so-to-speak legal?"

Legal? Yes. Ethical? Arguable. Should this industry be regulated as a common carrier so such bullshit tactics are ended? Absolutely.

about two weeks ago

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EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

Jawnn Jawnn writes  |  about a year ago

Jawnn (445279) writes "The Washington Post reports that the EFF has filed suit in Federal Court in San Francisco, on behalf of multiple groups. Those groups include, "...Rights activists, church leaders and drug and gun rights advocates..." Apparently, not everyone out there is believing the "If you have nothing to hide..." excuses being offered up from various government quarters."

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