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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Major Blud Translation (441 comments)

"The difference between someone who's truly great and just sort of okay is really huge"

Especially when you want to keep that person tied to the company for the duration of their visa and pay them less than someone with a non-visa.

about a week ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Major Blud Re:Please stop and think (359 comments)

Unfortunately, I think the only way to stop such corruption in Liberia would be through massive aid combined with a foreign military presence (probably a U.N. peacekeeping scenario). Such scenarios end-up lasting years with no end-game in sight, and are almost always labeled as empire-building or meddling in the country's internal affairs (like happened in Somalia). It's a nasty catch-22 that doesn't work out for anyone in the end.

I'm not saying that help shouldn't be offered in some way, but as long as such countries have illegitimate governments, I'm not sure there is going to be a non-violent solution.

about two weeks ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

Major Blud Re:November? (148 comments)

Interesting, thanks for the info. So is this a tax on service fees or products purchased over the Internet (or are there separate taxes for both)?

Is this tax earmarked for a particular item, or added to the country's general fund? Sorry I realize you may not know the answers to these questions.

about a month and a half ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

Major Blud Re:November? (148 comments)

Both the article and the summary state that it's already passed the House.

I'm curious, do any other countries tax Internet usage? I know the French proposed doing it to pay for their state-owned public television stations but I'm not sure how far that went.

about a month and a half ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Major Blud H1B (300 comments)

How much you wanna bet that they continue to ask for H1B candidates after the next round of layoffs?

about a month and a half ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

Major Blud Re:I hate to imagine it (126 comments)

Found the article:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/10/...

"The child remained on antiretroviral drugs for approximately 18 months. Her mother then stopped administering the drugs for an unknown reason".

about a month and a half ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

Major Blud Re:I hate to imagine it (126 comments)

When I first read about this on CNN the other day, the article stated that the child's mother had stopped giving her the anti-viral medication she was prescribed. There was no an explanation as to why.

about a month and a half ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Major Blud Re:yep, thanks for pointing that out (389 comments)

That makes sense.

Here in Louisiana I've been seeing more and more houses with solar panels on the roof. This is awesome, but at the same time I'm wondering how they are going to hold up when the next hurricane comes rollin' through. I guess it's a "wait and see" type of thing, but at the same time I'm sure it's something I could research.

about a month and a half ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Major Blud Re:71 people. More from coal that year (389 comments)

Like I was saying, I'm in a agreement with you, just be careful with your numbers.

I noticed that both Chernobyl and Banqiao were designed by the Soviets. Coincidence?

about a month and a half ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Major Blud Re:Too late. Fission 80,000 times safer than hydro (389 comments)

31 people died in the initial blast. Alas, there are no hard figures for the full toll, but last time I checked, 31 > 5, which is what I was replying to raymorris about.

Why in the hell did my comment get modded down? I was just trying to point out a simple fact, not try to get involved in the fission vs fusion vs solar vs hydro vs wind etc etc. I guess that makes me the asshole now?

about a month and a half ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Major Blud Re:How is encryption different from a safe? (560 comments)

IANAL, but the government can open the safe themselves, but I'm not sure that they can "force" you to open your safe. Same thing with the encrypted drive; the government is free to spin their wheels trying to figure out their keys on their own, but they can't force the key from you directly.

about 2 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Major Blud Netcraft (283 comments)

But did Netcraft confirm it?

Personally I prefer "half-dead" or "quasi-dead". Does that make me a pessimist?

about 2 months ago
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Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

Major Blud Re:I don't understand how this is a "record" (84 comments)

Please mod this up. Thanks for the info. This thing has been around for over 20 years! I had no clue.

about 2 months ago
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Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

Major Blud Re:I don't get it. (84 comments)

Wow after reading my comment it does sound like I'm downplaying the research. I guess I should probably wait and see what's gained from this before I run my mouth.

about 2 months ago
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Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

Major Blud Re:I don't get it. (84 comments)

I get all that. I think the article may be misread as him "breaking a record" of some type, when all he's actually doing is staying in an undersea lab longer than his grandfather. I'm not downplaying the research aspects of it, but one could question how much serious research is being done if they have to promote the endeavor on social media the way that they are.

This has been done before (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SEALAB), and I don't believe that it was turned in a huge PR stunt (barring Carpenter's hilarious phone call with LBJ).

about 2 months ago
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Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

Major Blud Re:I don't understand how this is a "record" (84 comments)

I see how it could be read that way. It would have been better to say "will stay underwater longer than his grandfather" instead of "will beat grandfather's record", which could be read as his grandfather holding a record in the first place.

about 2 months ago
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Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

Major Blud I don't get it. (84 comments)

At first I read the headline and thought "oh, he's going to be underwater using scuba gear for 31 days, awesome", but after reading the article he's going to spend 31 days in an "undersea lab". That's supposed to be a record of some type? Don't sailors in both the U.S. and Russian Navy spend many months at a time submerged in nuclear subs? If it is a record, it states that his grandfather holds it at 30 days....but fails to mention that Scott Carpenter spent that same amount of time in SEALAB II. So which is it?

about 2 months ago
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Harley-Davidson 'Project LiveWire' Marks The First Electric Hog

Major Blud Awesome (1 comments)

"fag" jokes aside, this will be pretty awesome if Harley follows through with it. Being a Harley owner myself, I'm aware of how conservative their customers are when it comes to changes to their product line. They are taking a big risk with a bike that is such a departure for them, but at the same time they realize that times are a changin' and most of their customers are getting older, so they must change as well. To my knowledge, this will make them the first major motorcycle manufacture to produce a large electric bike (I think BMW makes an electric scooter, and Hero makes smaller electrics for the Asian market).

Specs are sketchy, but I read on RideApart (http://rideapart.com/2014/06/harley-davidson-electric-motorcycle-built/) that range will be somewhere in the 30-52 mile area. That isn't terribly great, but the 3.5 hour charge time on 220 isn't to bad. Styling is wonderful, too. There's no clutch or gears, and I'm sure that it'll be a torque monster. If it works out well, it could be a game changer, all with a bike assembled here in the USA.

about 2 months ago
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Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise In Diabetes Test

Major Blud Re:This will need better advances in CGM Technolog (75 comments)

I usually don't respond to AC's but what you are saying is absolutely true. My experience is completely anecdotal, but when the CGM would show a fluctuation of 100 within an hour and the test strips show a deviation of 10 during the same time frame when checked every 15 minutes, it definitely made me question the CGM.

I'd love to read some studies about the accuracy of different brands of test strips and CGM devices, as long as they weren't tainted by the manufactures and vendors of said devices.

about 2 months ago

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Harley-Davidson unveils their first electric motorcycle

Major Blud Major Blud writes  |  about 2 months ago

Major Blud (789630) writes "Harley-Davidson unveiled their first electric motorcycle today. The bike is currently not for sale and detailed specifications are scarce, but Harley plans on taking it on a demonstration tour of the U.S. for the next year to gather customer feedback."
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Winamp purchased by Radionomy

Major Blud Major Blud writes  |  about 7 months ago

Major Blud (789630) writes "CNet is reporting that Radionomy has purchased both Winamp and Shoutcast from AOL for an undisclosed sum. Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian said in a statement. "Its role is clear in the future evolution of online media — we plan to make the player ubiquitous, developing new functionalities dedicated to desktop, mobile, car systems, connected devices, and all other platforms.""
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Chinese used GMail Backdoor as Attack Method

Major Blud Major Blud writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Major Blud (789630) writes "CNN is running an opinion piece on their front page from security technologist Bruce Schneier in which he suggest that "In order to comply with government search warrants on user data, Google created a backdoor access system into Gmail accounts. This feature is what the Chinese hackers exploited to gain access."

His opinion piece is short on sources, and the common belief is that a flaw in IE was the main attack method. Has this come up elsewhere?"

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