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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Major Blud Re:Land of the free (575 comments)

"Now think many of these same people with guns."

You've just explained the recent rash of police brutality incidents.

4 days ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Major Blud Re:why should he have it (235 comments)

Not to mention that it was awarded to Arafat but not to Gandhi.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Major Blud Re:From Jack Brennan's response (772 comments)

"No, but that's not the point"

So we should just ignore them and let them get on with it? I'd love to hear your non-violent solutions.

Look at how many innocent civilian casualties there were in Dresden, Rotterdam, Warsaw, Tokyo, London, Coventry, etc etc. The U.S. could easily do the same thing to Mecca, Riyadh, Kabul, etc etc. I think we've moved on from that.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Major Blud Re:From Jack Brennan's response (772 comments)

Please mod this up.

Some people seem to have the idea that all of this is the fault of U.S. policies. Sure, maybe...but if we were suddenly stopped recognizing Israel, bombing Yemen/Iraq/Syria/Afganhistan, and left middle-east affairs completely, would ISIS/Al-Qaeda/Taliban call off their aggression? If you believe they would, then I have a bridge to sell you. These three organizations don't just hate America, they hate the entire western way of life, and has pretty much been their M.O. from the beginning. Look up their policies on women, religious tolerance, and free speech for more info. But hey, I guess we're supposed to tolerate intolerance.

I don't think torture should be a U.S. policy, but please don't try to make out ISIS/Al-Qaeda/Taliban out to be good guys fighting for a good cause. You know, those SS guys were just trying to spread their way of life through Europe because of the unjust Versailles treaty (Oh My Godwin!).

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

Major Blud Re:What's the Difference? (102 comments)

"What's the difference between Oracle and MySQL"

Well now that Oracle owns both, not much really :-)

I've always felt that the biggest threat to Oracle has almost always been MS SQL Server, especially in the past few years. Unfortunately for MS, when they changed their licensing model with SQL 2012, the threat has waned to a certain degree.

about a month ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

Major Blud Is there hope? (140 comments)

This isn't a "cure" per say, as you'd still have to take verapamil on a daily basis. You'd just be replacing one drug (insulin) with another (verapamil). You'd need less insulin though, and the verapamil will probably help regulate glucose levels more closely. I'm sure verapamil comes with a nice list of side effects of it's own though.

As someone with Type 1, I really want to be hopeful about this.....but it seems like we've been 5 years away from a cure for the last 30 years now.

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Robert Ballard About Ocean Exploration

Major Blud Danger (40 comments)

I know that quite a bit of the exploration that you've done has been with ROV's, but you've also been down in the deep yourself in the Alvin submersible. Was there ever a time during one of your expeditions where you feared for your life?

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, and for helping to inspire my interest in science. I was a young when the Titanic and Bismarck were found, and I can still remember the excitement and wonder I felt during those two events.

about a month and a half ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

Major Blud Re:happens anywhere... (284 comments)

I still don't understand....if someone is here on an H1B sponsorship and leave employment for somewhere that doesn't sponsor, aren't they here illegally? Or in the examples you gave did these people already obtain a green card/citizenship?

about 2 months ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

Major Blud Re:happens anywhere... (284 comments)

"yeah, the jobs WE DON'T WANT TO DO..."

How does this relate to H1B's? There are plenty of people in the U.S. that WANT to work in the information technology field. The examples you gave don't make sense either....I'm pretty sure your friends convenience store and the bus company don't sponsor H1B's.

about 2 months ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

Major Blud Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

Being a Type 1 myself, these things interest me as well. The FDA has a nice write-up on it:

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/Resou...

"The manufacturing of beef insulin for human use in the U.S. was discontinued in 1998. In 2006, the manufacturing of pork insulin (Iletin II) for human use was discontinued."

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Major Blud Living Together (447 comments)

I remember hearing that couples who lived together before they got married were more likely to get divorced. That never made sense to me, but new research suggest that it's actually not true:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

FWIW, my wife and I have been married for ten years and we didn't live together before then.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Major Blud Re:Performance (283 comments)

Ditto here. I've raced both electric and nitro RC cars for about 27 years, and I choose electric hands-down.

That's not to say that each has pros and cons. Nitro cars tend to have impressive top speeds, and since they can make pit-stops to refuel, races can last as long as half an hour (I've seen some that last as much as an hour). Electrics have short range, and almost all races I've been in tend to last 5-10 minutes. I've never been in a race where pit-stops are made for battery changes, but I've seen them before and it gets pretty frantic with stops being made every 5-10 minutes. Batteries have come a long way though, with Li-Po having better range and power than the NiCad and Ni-mH we used to have back in the day.

On the other hand, nitro cars are a maintenance nightmare, and trying to start them up after the engine dies is pretty much a write-off in the middle of a race (which happens often after a rollover). The two-stroke engines have low torque, and gearing is problematic (some have automatic transmissions, like my Losi XXL-2). Electrics will jump all over a nitro car off the line every time, maintenance is pretty simple, and I don't have to "restart" the car after a rollover.

about 2 months ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Major Blud Re:That's nothing! (276 comments)

Not to mention they gave the same prize to Arafat, but not to Gandhi.

about 2 months ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

Major Blud Re:Chimps have rights, babies don't (385 comments)

So if the father didn't want the baby, but the woman did, he shouldn't have to pay child support, right?

about 2 months ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Major Blud Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

I propose a document that a person is required to have when traveling overseas that records what countries they have traveled to recently......It shouldn't be hard to make it a requirement when entering the borders of a neighboring country. We could call this document a "Passport".

about 2 months ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Major Blud Re:Wow (293 comments)

$100k? Try $10k.

about 2 months ago

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Harley-Davidson unveils their first electric motorcycle

Major Blud Major Blud writes  |  about 6 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 a year 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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