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How Jan Koum Steered WhatsApp Into $16B Facebook Deal

JeffOwl Re:And then posted .. (136 comments)

However, I think the keyword there is "global"; it seems to be pretty prevalent in non-Western countries from what I can gather.

Yes, it's the David Hasselhoff of messaging apps

about a month ago
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Scientists Study Permian Mass Extinction Event As Lesson For 21st Century

JeffOwl Re:Comparable? (235 comments)

I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure.

about a month ago
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California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

JeffOwl Re:flow = pressure/resistance (362 comments)

Houses in the USA don't have their own water tanks insulating the house plumbing from the mains pressure?

Not generally unless they are on a well. Many have a water heater tank, but it doesn't accumulate pressure.

about 2 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

JeffOwl Re:Is it really a weapon (401 comments)

Wow! Now there is a prime example of a total AC fail.

George W. Bush left the White House in January, 2009. So if we use a thing called "arithmetic" we would see that Bush has been out of office for 5 years.

If you got the reference, you would understand that it is a statement from someone who has already done what they can, and is trying to convince the current powers that be to continue what he pushed forward.

But thanks for playing.

about 2 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

JeffOwl Is it really a weapon (401 comments)

Indonesia is a country largely populated by members of a certain religion. Some members of that religion want to kill us. Maybe this is strategic...

George W. Bush: "My boys at the oil and coal companies will give you the best kind of start, and you sure as hell won't stop them now. So let's get going, there's no other choice. God willing, we will prevail, in peace and freedom from fear, and in true health, through the purity and essence of our natural... fluids. God bless you all."

about 2 months ago
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US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

JeffOwl Re:Not a Weapon (401 comments)

So it's a doomsday device? So we need to preserve our ability to trigger it so we can't be held hostage by other countries like China that produce more greenhouse emissions than we do? We need to actively work to avoid a doomsday gap!

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

JeffOwl Re:Lifers? (597 comments)

Allowing student loans to be discharged after 5 years would result in massive defaults. The problem is the cost, not the mechanism for paying for it. If tuition were reasonable then this would be less of an issue.

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

JeffOwl Re:Lifers? (597 comments)

The difference here is that if you earn big bucks you will actually pay back more than it cost to educate you. Thus you would be subsidizing those who can't pay it back.

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

JeffOwl Re:Easy problems with easy solutions (597 comments)

I hadnt realized that you could pay taxes in excess of what you make / own.

Apparently you hadn't realized you can read the post you are replying to either so I'll repeat my response. If the person doesn't pay taxes towards their education after some reasonable number of years then you turn it into regular debt and turn them over to a collections agency if needed.

Apparently you hadn't realized that you should address the stated concern in your response. The collection agency doesn't just conjure up money from the air. How does sending it to a collections agency solve the problem of the person not having any money to pay it back? I mean other than to make sure that IF the person ever does earn any money most of it will go to the collections agency instead of back into the system.

Furthermore you can also require a cosigner like a parent or spouse and require them to pay if the student doesn't. This is not a difficult problem to solve but you seem awfully determined to think every little nuance is some insurmountable obstacle.

So if you can't come up with a qualified co-signer you still can't go to college? I think the problem is not as simple as you would like it to be.

about 2 months ago
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Bing Censoring Chinese Language Search Results For Users In the US

JeffOwl Re:Oblig Ned Ryerson (100 comments)

Undoing bad moderation

about 2 months ago
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Up To a Quarter of California Smog Comes From China

JeffOwl Re:Pollution from China (259 comments)

Is there evidence that US pollution is affecting Europe in any significant way? If so, then the EU has every right to demand some remedy.

about 3 months ago
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Google Co-Opts Whale-Watching Boat To Ferry Employees

JeffOwl Re:Not Cool (373 comments)

Don't be lazy, people. Use your own car, public bus, carpool with others, whatever.

What's the difference between what Google is doing and carpooling on a large scale?

about 3 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

JeffOwl Re:Point taken. (599 comments)

Even if it's there, they're not going to waste bandwidth on someone not paying the monthly fee for service.

Interesting point, but I guess it depends on the business model. Google spends billions on features that they give away for free in order to gather data about the users. Why wouldn't a car company spend a few cents on bandwidth to gather data?

about 3 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

JeffOwl Re:Does Ford obey court orders? (599 comments)

Active jammers are generally not legal. But if that's a smaller fine than whatever else you are doing, you may not care.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

JeffOwl Re:Point taken. (599 comments)

1. Are you more or less worried about Ford tracking you than you are about Google, Apple, or Nokia?

2. You do not have a choice in all but the most basic Fords. You get the GPS capability whether you have the Nav interface or not. You don't have to pay for the extra convenience features, and you won't get them, but that doesn't mean that Ford doesn't have the capability to monitor the system. By the way it isn't just Ford. GM has had OnStar for quite a while now. It comes in most cars whether you want it or not. In the past the owner could disconnect the OnStar module, but eventually it will be integrated into something else like the combined Radio/Navigation/Environmental control system.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

JeffOwl Re:Where have we seen this before? (599 comments)

Much like the convenience advantages of using Facebook and Google where the majority are either ignorant or feel it's worth the trade?

about 3 months ago
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Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

JeffOwl Re:Let all of them spy.... (363 comments)

Sadly, they are all under the Executive branch so: 1. Nothing will be found; 2. If something is found refer to #1.

And even if the Judiciary or the Legislative bodies became involved both of them have also already surrendered to "the ends justifies the means" as far as domestic spying goes. Well except that some members of Congress is now saying "Woah! Hold on there, we didn't think this applied to us!"

/Yes parent post was (probably) a joke

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

JeffOwl 8 is the one to skip (470 comments)

Everyone who has paid attention to Windows the last couple of decades knows, Windows 8 is the one you skip. Just like Vista, just like Millennium Edition before that. Sure they threw a in a minor wrinkle in with 8.1, but that was just a distraction to make you think they are doing something, not a major version roll. 98(SE) decent, ME suck, XP decent, Vista suck, 7 good, 8 suck. Next time around they'll keep the back end improvements and fix all the crap they screwed up in the front end.

about 4 months ago
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US Federal Judge Rules Suspicionless Border Searches of Laptops Constitutional

JeffOwl Re:Only at actual borders... (462 comments)

If you have some time to kill, you might try "I refuse to answer any questions and I do not consent to any search." Just keep repeating that.

about 4 months ago

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USB flash drives used in robbery of ATMs

JeffOwl JeffOwl writes  |  about 4 months ago

JeffOwl (2858633) writes "BBC is reporting that thieves are infecting ATMs with malware using USB sticks. The malware creates a backdoor that can be accessed at the front panel. The thieves are damaging the ATM to access a USB port then patching it back up to avoid notice. This indicates that the crew is highly familiar with the ATMs in question. Once the ATM is infected, the thieves use a 12 digit code to bring up the alternate interface. The thieves, not wanting their crew to go rogue, have built a challenge-response access control into their software and must call another member who can generate the response for them. Maybe they believe in the saying "no honor among thieves.""
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