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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Kierthos Re:Switch off; turn on! (228 comments)

With most modern cell phones, the off button can be difficult to find. However, if you use a 10-pound sledgehammer on the phone, you can be certain that it's been pressed.

5 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Kierthos Re:Yes. (660 comments)

Really?

Look, I can understand mandatory drug tests if you're the guy piloting the boat in Safari Adventure Land (or whatever the hell it's called), but if your job is dressing up as Goofy or Pluto or whoever....

5 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Kierthos Re:So what was the result?? (479 comments)

Most Congressional districts are, thanks to gerrymandering and the advantage of incumbency, safe districts. It pretty much requires a Congresscritter being caught in a scandal, choosing to retire, dying in office, or really cheesing off your electorate for the position to change hands. (Yes, I'm simplifying it.)

about a week ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Kierthos Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (479 comments)

You're right. We should use quantum mechanics instead as a basis for laws regarding houses, roads and bridges, because that's much more applicable to houses, roads, and bridges than Newtonian physics.

about a week ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Kierthos Re:A brave new world (479 comments)

That's assuming that each Congresscritter actually makes up their own mind, rather than being told what the party line is going to be on an issue.

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Kierthos Re:Not "like Slashdot" (224 comments)

As an atheist, I typically just ignore the religion posts on FB, unless they're by certain friends, who tend to post interesting stuff (i.e. not dogmatic "DIE UNBELIEVER") on the topic. I mean, just because I'm an atheist doesn't mean I don't occasionally want to read more on what, for example, the Pope is saying on a topic.

about a week ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

Kierthos Re:Interesting to note... (360 comments)

You're confusing local weather with global climate. They are not the same thing. Just because you had a cold winter where you are does not mean that everyone, everywhere else, had a cold winter.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Kierthos Re:And so he validates the violence (893 comments)

You, Anonymous Coward, are a moron and an insult to the intelligence of multi-cellular organisms everywhere.

I have just insulted you, whoever you may be. What should the nature of my punishment be?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

Kierthos Re:good luck with that (125 comments)

Well, yeah. For the vast majority of politicians, the goal is to do/say whatever it takes to be re-elected. If you can make the other party look like slime in the process, that's just a bonus.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

Kierthos Re:good luck with that (125 comments)

Yeah, but the way the summary is worded, it makes sense.

IT guy discovers data breach affects customer 1-10,000.
Within 30 days they have to notify those customers of the data breach.
10 days into that notification process, IT guy discovers that, oh crap, customers 10,001 - 100,000 were affected.
The 30 day timer starts for THOSE customers now.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

Kierthos Re:Not a bad idea... (125 comments)

It's 30 days from when it's been discovered, not when the breach actually happens. That way, if it happened months ago, and the IT guy is only detecting it now, they're not in any extra trouble for not reporting it, UNLESS they wait more than 30 days from the point of discovery.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

Kierthos good luck with that (125 comments)

This will be considered 'anti-business' and the Republicans won't let it through Congress, just you watch.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

Kierthos Re:Lobby = Corruption (190 comments)

Yeah, and your average citizen has almost no pull in Congress compared to your average corporation or your average lobbying group.

about two weeks ago
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Thync, a Wearable That Zaps Your Brain To Calm You Down or Amp You Up

Kierthos Re:A new kind of drug? (154 comments)

If all they do is claim it though (with no actual benefit), the FDA will have a word with them. They did over those silly e-meters the Scientologists came up with.

about three weeks ago
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Thync, a Wearable That Zaps Your Brain To Calm You Down or Amp You Up

Kierthos Re:Claims it felt good (154 comments)

There was a Spider Robinson story about it as well, called Mindkiller. One of the characters in the story attempted suicide by permanent wireheading.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

Kierthos Re: Yawn (556 comments)

Likewise, atheism is not a lack of a value system. Just because I don't believe in some sort of higher power does not mean I don't have values.

Pretending that atheists are amoral is a fool's errand.

about three weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Kierthos Re:blu rays are cheaper than the movie (400 comments)

The problem about making the movie concessions cheaper is that is where the theaters make the majority of their money. Upwards of 80% of every dollar spent at the concessions stand is profit for the theater.

Whereas, in the first week of a blockbuster, theaters keep about 10% of the ticket price.

about a month ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

Kierthos Re: noooo (560 comments)

Yeah, but it doesn't matter what the American people think. It matters what Congress thinks (or is told to think). And getting that collection of idiots to do anything meaningful is like herding cats.

about a month ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

Kierthos Re:They said that about cell phones (386 comments)

Yeah, but the time limit is 20 years. It's not the OMGWTF time limit on copyrights in the U.S. (life of the creator plus 70 years, or 120 years for corporate copyright), but it's long enough to get some money out of it.

I mean, think about it. 20 years ago, cell phones were fairly large things that could really only make/receive phone calls. Now look at what they can do.

So, yeah, right now, you can't do much with Google Glass or a driverless car. But where will we be in terms of those things in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?

about a month ago

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