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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

Jiro What's the problem? (140 comments)

In its latest bid to kill more people, more efficiently, and at less cost, the army is...

You *do* know what the purpose of an army is, right?

What other choices would you prefer? The army shouldn't kill people? The army should kill people inefficiently?

about a week ago

Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data

Jiro Re:I hope this surprises no one,.. (68 comments)

By that reasoning if the restaurant supply reclamation company instead found equipment contaminated with bacteria, and sold the equipment, and people got sick and died from it, they likewise wouldn't have any responsibility. Equipment that poses a threat to people because it spreads private data is not really all that different from equipment that poses a threat because it spreads disease.

(Which is not to say that it's legally the same, of course.)

about two weeks ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Jiro Re:Free Shipping (309 comments)

Microsoft takes advantage of network effects, Windows is more useful if lots of other people have Windows, because if lots of other people have Windows, most of the available software will be for Windows, so you'll need to buy Windows in order to be able to use it. Books don't work that way.

about three weeks ago

US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

Jiro Re:What is the use of school to Facebook? (253 comments)

That one was hiring people with low scores, not people with high scores. Hiring people with low scores won't be seen as discriminating against blacks (who on the average get lower scores), so would be permitted.

about three weeks ago

DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

Jiro What (249 comments)

even though Superman should be public domain, DC Comics has denied the request.

You do realize that a logo is a trademark issue, not copyright, and trademarks don't expire as long as they are in use?

about three weeks ago

Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

Jiro Re:Why can't (349 comments)

Hardware can use more electricity depending on how much you use it, but there are physicall limits as to how much more. Your TV isn't going to triple your electricity usage unless your usage pattern is such that you can expect that even before plugging in the TV. You certainly aren't going to find one TV tripling your electricity usage and a second TV not doing so solely because the first TV has a manufacturing defect.

about a month ago

Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

Jiro Re:Good. (138 comments)

George Bush was elected long enough ago that the Internet was much less influential back then.

He also is a high level politician connected to a large money-making machine. There are two categories of people who aren't affected much by out of context information on the Internet (or in the media): people with nothing to lose, and people who are so rich and powerful that even the Internet can't damage them that much.

about a month ago

Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

Jiro Re:Good. (138 comments)

Using a naked picture of someone to illustrate the claim that they were naked is probably fair use, especially if other fair use factors also apply (which they probably do), such as non-commercial use and no effect on the market for the naked picture.

about a month ago

Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

Jiro Re: Yeah sure (371 comments)

Nothing in your British Royal Air Force comparison implies that the person being killed is a citizen of Britain, so you're really not saying that the USA shouldn't kill citizens who are terrorists, you're saying that the USA shouldn't kill *any* terrorists, citizens or not.

about a month ago

Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

Jiro Re:Yeah sure (371 comments)

He actually was born to parents who were temporarily resident in the US and left the US at the age of 7. Although he did come to the US for college, he clearly wasn't raised in America or as an American.

"We're killing American citizens" may be just as much a problem with how we grant American citizenship as it is with what we do to Americans.

about a month ago

US releases memo justifying drone strike on American citizen

Jiro Citizenship (1 comments)

The guy was the son of temporary residents and returned to Yemen when he was 7 (though he came to the US for college).

I've often thought that a lot of the problems with targeted killing of American citizens are really caused by the way we grant American citizenship. People raised in the US rarely become terrorists.

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

Jiro Re:Term Limits (308 comments)

If you have term limits, there's another problem: since the candidate is not going to get elected again, then

1) In his last term, he won't care if he's acting against his constituents' wishes, since he'll never get elected again anyway.

2) In his last term, he'll pander to special interests. This is enabled by point 1) but is also a separate problem, since he'll want to put food on the table once he leaves office and doing so will get the special interest to hire him.

Of course, you can fix point 2 by making it illegal for him to be hired by anyone he affected during his term. For any significant position this ensures that only the rich ever take office, which is its own problem.

about a month ago

Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

Jiro Re:It is hip to be square (128 comments)

And if they called it snoozeSSL, the name doesn't matter. A name is a designation that should enable us to distinguish it from something of a similar kind...

The point is, though, that this name means jack

So *you're* the guy who named GIMP..

Names actually do matter. Think of a name as a type of user interface, and a bad name as an ugly user interface.

For that matter, think of a name as a way to deal with people, and a poorly named project as showing geekish lack of social skills. Saying "please" serves no function other than making people feel better. It doesn't mean anything more than the name. But that still means a lot, because we're human beings, and doing things with no technological effect is part of how we deal with other human beings.

about a month ago

2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Jiro Re:Good! (619 comments)

Because, of course, it's so easy to get politicians to reduce taxes.

Yeah, the gas tax wouldn't be so bad if we reduced other taxes to make up for it. But it's not going to happen that way.

about a month and a half ago

Malware Posing As Official Google Play Store Evades Most Security Checks

Jiro Re:Umm.. (100 comments)

The malware is named "Googl app stoy".

If you're dumb enough to download something spelled that way, you deserve, well, almost anything.

about a month and a half ago

NASA's Horizons Spacecraft To Probe Pluto Moon For Underground Ocean

Jiro Title (47 comments)

If the article was about something in New York, would we see a headline describing it as "York"?

about a month and a half ago

Judge Orders DOJ To Turn Over FISA Surveillance Documents

Jiro Re:OCA (184 comments)

That assumes that the information is classified because it's genuinely sensitive rather than classified because classifying it helps cover up wrongdoing.

about a month and a half ago

EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Jiro Re:on behalf of america (625 comments)

So obviously I'm getting calories from sources other than my meals.

"I have to eat a ridiculously small amount each day to lose weight" doesn't quite have the same ring as "I have to eat a ridiculously small amount at meals each day, plus a huge number of calories outside meals". Obviously, if you eat 120 calories at meals, and have an unspecified number of calories outside meals, then it's the calories outside the meals that are causing the problem. Cut down on them.

And I drink the occasional beer or two in the evening.

The fact that you had to insert the qualifier "or two" is a sign that you're not cutting down properly.

And while I avoid sugary drinks, my tea does contain both sugar and honey.

In other words, you don't avoid sugary drinks. You can't say that tea doesn't count because you mentally put it in a separate category from Coca-Cola. Tea containing sugar is still a drink containing sugar.

it's that when I need to lose weight, I need to make my meals a *lot* smaller if I want to see some results

No you don't, you need to cut down on the calories outside meals that you just admitted to consuming.

about a month and a half ago

EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Jiro Re:on behalf of america (625 comments)

To give you an idea, in order to lose 10kg (22lb) over a period of 3 months, one 125g (4.4oz) bag of rice and one chicken breast would be my total food intake over 4 days, for that entire 3 month period.

Google can quickly and easily show how much calories foods contain. Rice is 216 calories for 1 cup (195g) which comes out to 138 calories for 4.4oz of rice. Figures for chicken breast vary a lot but one figure I got was 342. That means you claim that in order to lose weight you must eat (138 + 342) / 4 = 120 calories per day. A sedentary male adult needs around 2400 calories per day. It varies somewhat based on age and gender, but not by that much.

I don't believe that you must reduce your calorie intake from 2400 to 120 to lose weight (5% of your normal food intake), and I don't think anyone else should believe you either.

about a month and a half ago

Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

Jiro Guns (224 comments)

What of my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness when every nut-case seems to have been issued sufficient automatic weaponry to cut all that I love right out of this world?

I'd love to know what he's talking about here, but he's probably just fallen for a lie about "automatic weapons".

Bonus points for referring to the number of murders by guns without asking how many of those were murders by legal guns, and without breaking it out into high-crime inner cities and areas more like the one he probably lives in.

about a month and a half ago


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