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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

MildlyTangy Too Late (163 comments)

Im sorry, but its too late. We are living in the Orwellian world right now.

We are being spied upon and tracked and monitored and analysed in ways that would make 1984's Big Brother very very proud indeed.

All we can do now is try to live with it as best we can.

And before anybody comes up with that quaint idea of voting it out of existence, please come back to reality.

3 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

MildlyTangy Re:Nothing good... (119 comments)

Coffee is shit.

ooo, the Nonsense Game...lets play!

All Ice Cream is disgusting.
Chocolate is hideous.
Vegetables are the devil.
Soda tastes like a rotten corpse.
Water is ebola.
Sunshine is evil.

OK, your turn!

3 days ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

MildlyTangy Re:what about more ram? (207 comments)

"1GB of RAM ought to be enough for anybody"

4 days ago
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CERN Tests First Artificial Retina Capable of Looking For High Energy Particles

MildlyTangy Impressive! (60 comments)

Wow, thats pretty impressive that this "retina" can do this in real time, but whats most impressive is that it can do it by a factor of 400 volts. No other machine even comes close, they are sitting somewhere in the 250 microvolt factor range.

Champagne for the first team to break the kilovolt factor barrier!

4 days ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

MildlyTangy Re:Overkill much... (210 comments)

Thankfully, you are in no way, shape or form the "target market". Your "640k" argument is irrelevant.

4 days ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

MildlyTangy Temperature Range (210 comments)

For everybody living out the the Bahamas, Palau, the USA, Belize and the Cayman Islands who struggle with the odd Imperial system, the temperature range of this SD card is between -25C and 85C.

4 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

MildlyTangy Re:Unchecked governmental BS (499 comments)

Free Association is one of the key tenants of a functioning Democracy.

Hang on a second here, you have a functioning democracy? really?

5 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

MildlyTangy Re:James Clapper (499 comments)

James Clapper. So why was he not fired when he was found to have lied under oath to congress ?

Because he is one of the most proficient supporters in the USA. Anybody asks him for a hand, and its an immediate *clap clap clap*.
Nobody in recent memory is as skilled in the art of clapping as James Clapper. If anybody needs support, especially in crowds, he is the first one people think of asking.

James Clapper, the best clapper in the business.

5 days ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

MildlyTangy Re:Too Bad They Didn't Pull a Lavabit (223 comments)

The US government could not fine Yahoo. Only a judge can do that.

What is the difference again?

5 days ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

MildlyTangy Re:Too Bad They Didn't Pull a Lavabit (223 comments)

If they decided to eat the fine and get sucked dry, they could spend every last dying breath telling everyone on the internet how injust this was. It would've gone on long enough for something to happen.

Do you honestly think the shareholders would in any way accept this? Any CEO of a company the size of Yahoo!!! who pulled a Lavabit would be replaced with a CEO who is more concerned about increasing shareholder value. At the end of the day, that is all that matters for any publicly listed company.

Just be thankful that Yahoo!!!!!!!! have a CEO who can balance keeping the shareholders happy while doing his bit to defend his country against a dangerous and insidious evil.

5 days ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

MildlyTangy Re:Complete mind-altering Seattle gene sequence (228 comments)

"What are we doing tonight, Brain?"

"What we do every night, Pinky - Take over the world!"

Would you like that in a to go cup?

Sigh...

its TRY to take over the world.

about a week ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

MildlyTangy Re:I don't drink coffee. (228 comments)

Can you make it taste like something other than coffee? Something that isn't beer, because I don't drink beer either.

Can you make it taste like lime jello? I like lime jello.

You must be a bundle of fun at social events:

"Sorry, I dont drink alcohol. Sorry, I dont eat seafood, or meat, or vegetables, sorry I dont drink wine, or any alcoholic drink, i dont drink soda, cant stand drinking water, I hate tea, coffee and hot chocolate. I dont like sweets, or chocolate, I cant stand all forms of takeaways, or tofu, or any product made from a poor wee aminal, i dont eat yeast based foods, or anything with flour in it, I dont eat gluten or anything with sugar in it.

but OMG i love jello. Not the lemon jello, nor the raspberry flavour, cant stand tropical....in fact rule out all jello except lime jello. cant live without that."

A real bundle of fun.

about a week ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

MildlyTangy Re:hmmmm (275 comments)

A shill posting a fake review is still committing defamation. A company whose purpose is to commit crimes is committing racketeering. This law covers fines for bad reviews from customers not negative reviews from non customers.

Nope. Shills always write GOOD reviews...saying something nice is NOT defamation.

A company whose purpose is to commit crimes is committing racketeering.

Nope. That company is committing a crime, it has nothing to do with racketeering unless the company is making and selling tennis rackets.

This law covers fines for bad reviews from customers not negative reviews from non customers.

Nope. Not all bad reviews are negative.
.
. :-)

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

MildlyTangy Re:One day battery life in Apple Watch too? (729 comments)

I don't think they mentioned official battery capacity or battery life numbers, but they did say "very easy to charge at night". That tells me it has 1 day of battery just like the Moto 360.

Honestly, the battery is the worst part of smartwatches currently. It ruined the Moto 360 for me and it comes close to ruining to Apple Watch, if it actually is only 1 day.

I would settle for 3 days, my Sony sw2 goes 4 days without charging. I was expecting the same from Apple, looking at the criticisms of the Android Wear watches which are all focused on the 1-2 day battery life. I don't want to charge a watch every night!! I get it, it has a nice screen and it's slim, and it's running a lot of sensors and wireless transactions, but still... just awful battery life!

Even charging every 3 nights will be a pain, you have to take your watch off and leave it in a charger. Better not forget your watch when you get up. A traditional watch runs for years before changing its battery, if it even had one, and many high end watches use so little power, they can be powered by the movement of your arms throughout the day.

No chance of that with the iWatch or any other smartwatch these days.

And since these smart/i/watches have lithium batteries that are not replaceable, your smart/i/watch has a built in ~5 year life time. At USD$350 a pop (for the womens size one).

But the benefits...ohh the benefits.
You can share a doodle or your heartbeats with your friends!
Instead of spending all the time and energy of pulling your phone out of your pocket to read a txt or look at your instasnapbooks, you can now save time by bringing your arm up and pressing the buttons and spinning the dial to do the same thing! so much more efficient use of your precious time and energy.
And now you can talk to Siri like 1940's Dick Tracey ( come on guys, how cool is that! )

about a week ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

MildlyTangy Re:"some storage" (260 comments)

SolarCity is a horrid company. I am going through a nightmare. I told them not to come out and they did. They put a small hole in my roof which they claim they patched, but refuse to tell me where on the roof they put the hole. The keep sending my electronic documents to sigh even though I cancelled the whole thing.

SO yeah I've heard of them, and the can bite my shiny metal ass.

You think sudden butsecks is bad, it dont hold a candle to sudden solar panel installation.

about a week ago
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Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

MildlyTangy Re:"Scarcity" of ZMapp (105 comments)

ZMapp is not a mass-produced medication. It is an experimental treatment. Calling it "scarce" gives entirely the wrong impression -- it is amazing that it is available for clinical use at all.

It's certainly worth it to produce ZMapp in significant quantities -- people would rather take an untested drug than try to survive Ebola -- but there is no "scarcity" here. Perhaps if many people wish to try it we'll have a better idea if it actually works.

Wrong.

Calling it scarce completely fits all dictionary and popular use definitions of the word 'scarce'.

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

MildlyTangy Re:The Amish Solution? (322 comments)

Here's the plan. Get the planet to permanently halt a specific scientific and technological development. Brilliant.
So, if the human race never - ever develops the technology, we are all safe. Come on, who is stupid enough to buy this?

The Amish?

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

MildlyTangy Re:We already have hypersonic missles... (322 comments)

We already have hypersonic missles -- really! Most of the air-to-air missles shot from 1 plane to another are hypersonic and we've had these for decades. This is public knowledge. .

Can you please stop confusing Supersonic with Hypersonic?

The *vast* majority of air-air missiles travel at less than Mach 5.

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

MildlyTangy Re:stopping who? (322 comments)

A hypersonic shockwave is easily detectable by satellites.

[Citation Needed]

about two weeks ago

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