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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

MooseTick We value freedom (391 comments)

Those terrorists don't value freedom like we do.

Like, the freedom to watch a video and get arrested for it.

about two weeks ago

Open-Source Gear For Making Mind-Controlled Gadgets

MooseTick brain control (32 comments)

Mind control is good and all, but brain control is where the real power is. ....
And I release you!

about three weeks ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

MooseTick World War Z (409 comments)

I have both read and seen World War Z, and see no problem with this.

about 1 month ago

UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

MooseTick Re:Have they solved liability? (190 comments)

Now those are reasonable answers.

And thanks for not pointing out the obvious typos. My "smart" phone isn't so smart sometime and corrects what I typed.

about a month ago

UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

MooseTick Re:Have they solved liability? (190 comments)

"If the accident was caused by lack of maintenance, then its the owners fault. Otherwise its the manufactures fault."

Are owner's responsible for every aspect of maintence now? If I have a flat on a bald tire and someone gets hit, am I responsible now? If I take it to a mechanic and they sigh off on it, are they responsible?

What if my driverless car runs over a nail? Who's fault is it then?

about a month ago

Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

MooseTick Re:Anti-piracy (234 comments)

""Pirate" still means one who commits armed robbery on the high seas. It does not mean one who commits copyright infringement except in informal speech and propaganda."

You are flat out wrong. It means what people think it means. And if you called someone a software pirate in most of the English speaking world, they would think you are calling them "one who commits copyright infringement".

I don't even know what you mean by "propaganda".

about a month ago

A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

MooseTick Re:Credit Card-Sized Game Device = "Old Phone"? (33 comments)

"Well, none of those can fit inside your wallet"

Perhaps so, but if I put something like this in my wallet, it will be broken in a day or 2. See, I put my wallet in my back pocket. And any electronic device thin enough to put in my wallet, will likely snap they first time I sit down too fast. And.... I'm only 165 lbs. I can't even imagine something like this being able to survive in the wallet of a comic book guy/neckbeard's wallet.

about a month ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

MooseTick Re:The only good thing (511 comments)

According to the CDC ( there are "More than 480,000 deaths annually " related to cigarettes and ( "approximately 88,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States"

In 2011, the CDC says ( "33,071 (80%) of the 41,340 drug overdose deaths in the United States were unintentional"

So ciggs+alcohol deaths ~ 570,000 deaths per year
Accidental drug overdose ~ 33,000 deaths per year

Now which should be legal and/or a greater concern to society at large? Which likey have a greater economic cost to society? Which has a greater overall impact?

I'm not saying hard drugs aren't bad, but perhaps we should concentrate on what is causing the most damage first.

about a month ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

MooseTick Re:Real life is complicated (511 comments)

"Some, like the sort you are thinking of, are simply idiots seeking pleasure"

Yes. They are the idiots. Why would anyone try to seek pleasure. They are obviously in the wrong.

about a month ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

MooseTick Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

"she stole hundreds of pounds of my wife's make-up "

Your wife must be a real looker if she flies around with hundreds of pounds of makeup.

about a month ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

MooseTick Re:Maybe 35,000 in 1980. (285 comments)

My first job was in 1989, and I remember the federal minimum wage was $3.35/hour back then. I'm sure some people made more, but I doubt most students beat that by much.

about a month ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

MooseTick Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (435 comments)

"Personally, I'll never buy an automated car."

You will not have a choice one day. If the average driver gets in an accident every 100k miles, and the average automated car gets in an accident every 1M miles, then the insurance companies will charge you to the point that you can't afford to drive yourself. They already do that now for minors and people with DUIs on their record.

Plus, it will take longer to go places when the system is fully in effect. Automated cars will be able to travel closely at high speeds in convoys, likely have dedicated lanes, never need breaks, etc.

about a month and a half ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

MooseTick Next... Wonder Woman is a man (590 comments)

If they want to sell some comics, they should make Wonder Woman a man. And Batgirl a guy as well. Maybe, then it would sell better.

about a month and a half ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

MooseTick Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

Well, they are doing a sequel to Twins saying there were Tripleps. And of course, the 3rd guy is black.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

MooseTick forward your users (148 comments)

"Some of these domains are .us TLD, which unfortunately will limit my choice to U.S.-based companies."

Make a landing page on the .us servers that forwards them to servers elsewhere. Almost no one goes to web sites by name anyway. Forward it for now. Eventually your users will bookmark or remember the new site.

In reality, you can't not get sued if you put yourself out there. Anyone can sue you for anything. It doesnt' mean they can win, but they can still get the ball rolling. And it doesn't cost that much to sue, so they don't have to have expensive lawyers. And even if you countersued for damages, that doesn't mean they will have the ability to pay.

about 2 months ago

RAND Study: Looser Civil Service Rules Would Ease Cybersecurity Shortage

MooseTick GS can be decent pay (97 comments)

A GS-15 in Atlanta's starting pay is $120034 and they top out at $156043. Now, that's the top level, but you can make decent money as a gevernment employee.

Your basic FBI/DEA/ICE/Secret Service agent is a GS13. Their range is $86,355-112,261. I'm sure some people on here make more than that, but I bet a the majority don't. If you go here (, it states someone making $100k is in the 96%. That is the entire US workforce, but should paint a relevent picture.

about 2 months ago

Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

MooseTick The whole internet is a "threat" (125 comments)

""A 'threat,' according to the bill, is anything that makes information unavailable or less available."

With this definition, the whole internet is a 'threat'. If you are downloading something from site x, you are using bandwidth that could be making site y "less available". Therefore, any site that requires the use of bandwidth to access could be consider a threat.

about 2 months ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

MooseTick Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

"I would argue, though, that the man could have had other content on the drive, which was unknown, and which could have incriminated him for some other crime. In which case the ruling would be improper."

That doesn't work. Otherwise, everyone who commits a murder should keep some cocaine handy. Then when they search your house for the murder you could argue that the cocaine constituted an illegal search because they weren't looking for that.

about 2 months ago

Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

MooseTick Re:what is so special (371 comments)

"US law protects people in the USA. That's how "laws" work - they apply to a geographical area, not to a diaspora of people spread across the world."

Not totally true. You are liable for taxes as a citizen, even if you haven't set foot on US soil in 30 years. Even if the company you work for has no presence in the US.

Additionally, if you leave the US with intent to violate certain laws elsewhere you may be breaking the law. i.e. Going to Thailand with the intention of having sex with 13 year olds would be illegal.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is another example. You don't have to be on US soil to violate US law.

about 2 months ago

The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

MooseTick people don't know themselves very well (254 comments)

"According to the WSJ, citing Gallup, "62% of the more than 18,000 U.S. consumers it polled said social media had no influence on their buying decisions."

I suspect most people would answer a poll saying advertising NEVER influences their buying decisions. Independent analysis may prove otherwise. Coke, GM, or whoever don't spend billions on advertising because they think it helps. They have done lots of tests and analysis, and they know it helps. Sure, lots of advertising is a waste. But targetted advertising at the right time and place can have a ROI.

about 2 months ago


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