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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

MiniMike The proper response to this? (417 comments)

He should get a wireless connection and put some high-voltage lines where the 'internet lines' were. Then just sit back and wait for the show to begin.

4 days ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

MiniMike Re:Don't you wish some of those slain had firearms (1350 comments)

You're discounting range. A pen might be mightier than a sword, but its range sucks compared to a gun.

Now if a few people had flung chairs, books, hot coffee, etc. (basically anything heavy enough to do a little damage/distraction) they could undoubtedly have then rushed the gunmen with fewer losses than occurred from sitting there waiting for their name to be called.

about three weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

MiniMike Re:Streisand Effect and Mohammad cartoons (512 comments)

If every newspaper in France were to re-print some of the more controversial cartoons form Charlie Hebdo, or offer to print and distribute next week's issue as a special insert, it would send a strong message to terrorists that the "Streisand Effect" is real.

And then the terrorists next target: Barbra Streisand.

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

MiniMike Re:live by the sword (320 comments)

If enough people were to infiltrate the HOA, could the HOA vote to disband itself? That might be a fun hobby...

Probably no, but not due to HOA rules. My mortgage agreement has a line in it about not taking any action to disband the HOA. Fortunately, while my HOA is far from great and has its own range of issues, it doesn't seem as bad as many mentioned here.

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Planes and Other Claims Spark Controversy at Indian Science Congress

MiniMike Re:Next thing you know... (381 comments)

...they're going to dig for copper cabling that's thousands of years old,

I have some Verizon cables in my neighborhood that seem like they might qualify.

about three weeks ago
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

MiniMike Better hurry up and see it... (176 comments)

Nice of Sony to make this announcement after North Korea is knocked off the internet. Very passive-aggressive, Sony. Let's see if it's still available when North Korea gets back online.

about a month ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

MiniMike Re:Other films cancelled. (230 comments)

hot tub time machine: violates numerous causality laws and in the spirit of preserving much of our modern understanding of thermodynamics, has been cancelled by a studio that mistook the word 'causality' for 'terrorist'

I don't know about this one, seems like the phrase "violates numerous terrorists" would get the studios pretty excited...

about a month ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

MiniMike Re:Quoted from TFA (200 comments)

Maybe the tower could be converted to office space for the Senator. But only if it still is capable of holding a vacuum.

about a month ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

MiniMike Re:BBC slipping into darkness? (216 comments)

Maybe that's the amount of an HD film that someone with the attention span of a typical BBC reporter can watch? Seriously, it seems like the quality of BBC news reporting has been slipping for years. I suspect their long term plan is to steal readers from the Daily Mail.

At least the BBC still makes some decent programs.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

MiniMike Cut off at the pass... (140 comments)

I was set to make a comment about how they should paint them BSOD blue- but they actually already did! At least that's how it looked in the video.

And then they make them look sorta like Daleks, and I can't really complain about that.

At this point all I can hope for is that they forgot to teach them about escalators or splash fountains, and wait for the inevitable videos.

about 2 months ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

MiniMike I think this nails it (173 comments)

FTFA, Dotcom's lawyer:

The issue is the government basically is looking to use the fugitive disentitlement doctrine as procedural mechanism to avoid arguing merits of criminal action.

The case seems to have no merit, they're probably reluctant to bring it to a trial. I think they were probably hoping for a plea in the first place, to avoid a trial and the associated oversight, and didn't think it would go this way or drag out this long.

about 2 months ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

MiniMike Re:Cue slippery slope arguments now... (366 comments)

What about killing off girl embryos or blacks or obese, etc etc.

Are you suggesting that (presumably) white parents will be scanning their embryos to see if they'll turn out black?

While there may be some that do, I don't think there's any overlap between them and the ones who will be scanning for intelligence. Same for the ones who would select solely on gender or (again presumably) tendency for obesity, as that has a large component driven by lifestyle.

Is 15 IQ points a meaningful difference? How about 2 points? 30 points? At some point, it would obviously make a difference. Where that point is would vary from person to person. Part of the problem is that there are many factors that make up intelligence, and rolling them up into one number makes that number almost useless except in the most general sense.

about 3 months ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

MiniMike Re:Fusion in some forms can be very dangerous. (571 comments)

The amount of water (as the protium source) used for fusion would be minuscule compared to the volume of the oceans, even if fusion technology was widespread and used over an extended period of time. Most technically literate people would know this, which is probably why your comment was marked 'Troll'. But as not everyone knows everything, your question does deserve a legitimate answer. The volume of water used would probably be more than offset by the amount of water falling to Earth in comets/asteroids/dust/etc. If it did somehow become a problem (extreme emphasis on 'somehow'), we could bring in more water from asteroids as needed. But if we did somehow burn through that much water through fusion in any reasonable timescale, I suspect we would be killed by the waste heat.

about 3 months ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

MiniMike Re:What A Weapon (478 comments)

Do this to people's car door handles, door knobs, trash cans, doors in restaurants, the floor in public places, railings on escalators, the conveyor belt in a grocery store, etc.

All of those places are already covered in a layer of bacteria/viruses/???. IANAB, but I am curious as to how long Ebola would remain viable on those surfaces, i.e. how long until the other nasties destroyed it? Since it has not been listed as a transmission vector, I'm guessing that it would have a pretty short lifespan on a doorknob. Possibly anywhere where it would dry out would not be a place it could be transmitted.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

MiniMike Re:yes, let's "zoom out" (213 comments)

How about "An increase in the consumption of Nutella has been responsible for a big decline in US greenhouse gas emissions"? Makes about as much sense.

If you consider the low fiber content of Nutella (0.5 g per serving), that statement might actually make more sense.

about 4 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

MiniMike Re:COBOL - (Perl,Ruby)? (547 comments)

I didn't say that FORTRAN was going anywhere. I said that it's almost always listed in articles like this, and always will be. I still write and maintain code in FORTRAN too.

about 4 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

MiniMike COBOL - (Perl,Ruby)? (547 comments)

With COBOL still around, it's hard to take too seriously the claim that Perl or Ruby is about to die.

Why would you make that assumption? Have Perl or Ruby been suggested as replacements for COBOL? Is the future usefulness of a language based inversely on age? I'm not seeing the direct connection between the lifespans of COBOL, Perl, and Ruby.

Also, how can they not mention FORTRAN in the article? No self respecting article on the topic of "soon to be dead programming languages" in the last 30 years has failed to mention FORTRAN. I see it as a staple of these articles for years to come.

about 4 months ago

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Tae Bo workout sent skyscraper shaking

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MiniMike (234881) writes "According to CNN:

Seventeen people performing a vigorous Tae Bo workout caused tremors that forced the evacuation of a South Korean skyscraper earlier this month, the building's owners say. Scientists recreated the event in the 12th floor gym, according to a report in the Korea Times.

I don't know which is scarier, that they made such a flimsy skyscraper, or the sight of 17 scientists doing a Tae Bo workout. Hopefully they're better at it than the scientists I've seen in the gym (note that IAAS)."
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Mugging Victim Tracks Suspects Via IPhone's GPS

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MiniMike (234881) writes "According to The Pittsburgh Channel:

A CMU student who was mugged on a street in Shadyside helped Pittsburgh police catch the suspects using his iPhone....

He got on his computer and tracked his iPhone using its global positioning satellite chip. The feature allows users to pinpoint the location of their phone if it's ever lost or stolen.

Police officers tracked the three suspects to an Eat N' Park in North Versailles, where police arrested the men.

No word if the student was given the option to have his iPhone explode while the muggers were using it."
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