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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

Kierthos Don't be silly (100 comments)

There's no such thing as 'Peak Stupid'. Every time someone gets to the top of the current peak, the fog clears and another mountain of stupid looms in front of them.

about two weeks ago

Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Kierthos Re:Scientific research never got anyone anything (225 comments)

Er, not really. I mean, economical fusion power would be nice, but considering that in 2013, the U.S. used 368 million gallons of gasoline a day.... well, unless we're converting all cars over to Mr. Fusion units....

about 2 months ago

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Kierthos Re:Illiberals and Tyranny (534 comments)

Is there some reason that you cannot spell liberal correctly?

about 2 months ago

Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Kierthos So... (268 comments)

Is it completely a coincidence that Wikipedia is doing another fundraising drive right now?

about 2 months ago

The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe

Kierthos Re:Phew, it was a near miss! (188 comments)


There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

about 2 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Kierthos Re:Only $15/hour? (1040 comments)

Early 70s through early 2000s. And I said family of six. Four kids, two adults.

about 3 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Kierthos Re:Only $15/hour? (1040 comments)

Okay, the whole "would finally pay some taxes" is bullshit.

Taxes are taken out of paychecks, regardless of how much or how little you make. You might get a hefty chunk of it back when you file your taxes, but you didn't get that money when you got handed your paycheck.

Also, sales tax, car tax, various municipal taxes... again, the whole "the poor don't pay taxes" argument is bullshit. (No, I'm not saying they should pay more.)

about 3 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Kierthos Re:Only $15/hour? (1040 comments)

$75/hour? Really?

I mean, I wouldn't turn it down, but that's $150,000 a year. (before taxes, and assuming a 40-hour work week, 50 weeks a year)

I don't think my parents made that between them, and they had a family of six. It's not exactly reasonable to call that a 'living wage'. (For the record, the 2014 poverty line for a family of four is $23,850.)

about 3 months ago

Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

Kierthos Re:I'm torn on this (493 comments)

Also, does anyone else have a problem with Jenny McCarthy telling mothers not to get their kids vaccinated, and then turning around and hawking e-cigarettes in commercials?

about 2 months ago

Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

Kierthos I'm torn on this (493 comments)

It would be an invasion of privacy, sure. I mean, if this were any other sort of medical records, we probably wouldn't care at all. I mean, if anyone proposed a national registry of "broke their leg skiing" or "genetically predisposed to be an alcoholic", we wouldn't be having this conversation.

On the other hand, there are so many idiots (compared to, say, 15 years ago) out there refusing to vaccinate their kids because they are listening to idiot celebrities like Jenny McCarthy, that something should be done to protect people who cannot get vaccinated (like very young children).

I don't know. It's one of those things where I don't think there is a simple answer that would work.

about 2 months ago

Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

Kierthos Re:well (557 comments)

The accord which removed all of the nukes from Ukraine was a brokered deal. In return, Russia agreed not to mess with the territorial integrity of Ukraine. (We can see how well that worked.) But considering that leaving the nukes in Ukraine would have only made it a major problem for Ukraine, Russia, NATO, etc., it was a good call to make at the time.

All you had to do was trust that Russia would abide by the terms of the accord, which, to be honest, they did, for 18 years.

about 4 months ago

Firefox 29: Redesign

Kierthos Re:Addon: Classic Theme Restorer (688 comments)


It doesn't change the background color or the text color of the menubar, but at least it looks better now.

about 3 months ago

The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Kierthos Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

There's also the very real possibility that the Koch brothers are aliens who want to increase global warming and pollutants in the air.


No, they're just dicks.

Or are they?

about 4 months ago

Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Kierthos Re:Annex? (313 comments)

Yeah... you know, back when Ukraine broke off from Russia, they made a deal with Russia over Ukraine's nukes. Basically, when Ukraine declared independence, they had what amounted to the third largest nuclear stockpile in the world.

In exchange for turning over all their nukes to Russia, Russia agreed not to interfere with Ukraine's territorial integrity. (Translation: If you voluntarily turn over your nukes, we won't mess with your new country.)

Fast forward from then (1994) to now, and oh look, Russia ignored that treaty in seizing the Crimea region. So color me particular unwilling to believe that if Russia gets a moon base that they won't try and ignore that treaty if it suits them.

about 4 months ago

Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Kierthos Re:A Lose - Lose situation (193 comments)

I don't know when it airs where you are, but here, The Colbert Report airs at 11:30 pm, and Late Night with David Letterman normally starts at 11:35 pm.

I suspect there's going to be some changes in viewership numbers and demographics when Colbert takes over the show, but it's not going to be from going on the air a whole five minutes later.

about 5 months ago

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Kierthos Re:The spokesman for the AHA said... (408 comments)

Homeopathy provides, at the very least, the strong psychological effect of placebo.

The very most it provides is also the placebo effect. Well, I take that back. If you're using the standard 30C dilution with water (which at this point, stands 0% change of containing the original substance), you're staying hydrated.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

Kierthos It's a trap! (421 comments)

I can't see shelling out $1500 for the privilege of what amounts to beta-testing Google Glass. Honestly, Google should be paying the testers, not the other way around. It's not like they're low on cash.

about 6 months ago

L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

Kierthos Re: including imprisonment? (158 comments)

Obviously, instead of imprisoning any of the current executives (because we can't have that), the building manager will be thrown in prison, because clearly, it's his fault.

about 7 months ago

California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

Kierthos Re:It's their own fault (341 comments)

That's an astounding level of ignorance. Congratulations.

about 7 months ago


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