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Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

Mr. Firewall Re:I agree with the claimed motives... (380 comments)

No, the NSA spying began a lot earlier than GWB. I first heard of it during the Clinton era. No idea how long it had already been going on at that time.

about 8 months ago
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Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

Mr. Firewall Re:Forget the music. Use the Slashdot Beta! (271 comments)

I see Skinny Puppy's billing of the government to be a sign that they condone the use of their music in such a way. I know that's not true but a C&D letter would have been a much better political statement.

Sounds like you don't know how music licensing works. Remember when Heart got all pissy with the Republicans for using their song "Barracuda" at the GOP convention? Yeah, they didn't have a legal leg to stand on. Anybody can play your song in their venue, anywhere, as long as they've paid the license fee.

about 8 months ago
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Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

Mr. Firewall Re:Forget the music. Use the Slashdot Beta! (271 comments)

Nobody should need to go below the fold for a highly desirable feature.

I ALWAYS go "below the fold!" With my tongue. That's where the most desirable, uh, "feature" is.

about 8 months ago
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At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

Mr. Firewall Missing Option (177 comments)

I'm retired, you insensitive clod!

about 8 months ago
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Grand Canyon Is "Frankenstein" of Geologic Formations

Mr. Firewall Re:A lot of religious people... (132 comments)

Last Tuesday? No, you old-Earth Creationist, His Noodliness created it along with the rest of the Universe five minutes ago.

What, you remember events in your life that happened longer ago than five minutes? Well, He created you with those memories already in your brain!

Go ahead, prove it ain't true meanwhile, I'll have another plate of spaghetti, please.

about 9 months ago
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Grand Canyon Is "Frankenstein" of Geologic Formations

Mr. Firewall Re:The Grand Canyon is not a "formation" (132 comments)

There is much wrong with this article.

Yeah. Starting with the fact that it's written at about a sixth-grade reading level.

about 9 months ago
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Grand Canyon Is "Frankenstein" of Geologic Formations

Mr. Firewall Re:The Grand Canyon is not a "formation" (132 comments)

If you can't come up with anything better (and dodges aren't better), "geologic formations" is good enough for laymen.

When I see the phrase "good enough for laymen" on slashdot, I know that /. has gone a LONG way downhill.

I think the word that Timothy was looking for is "feature."

about 9 months ago
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Grand Canyon Is "Frankenstein" of Geologic Formations

Mr. Firewall The Grand Canyon is not a "formation" (132 comments)

A formation is a layer of sediment that has been compacted into rock. There's more to the formal definition, but that will suffice for now.

The Grand Canyon cuts through dozens of formations, but cannot, itself, be a formation.

So much for "news for nerds."

about 9 months ago
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Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

Mr. Firewall The mark of a REAL scientist (393 comments)

It seems that Michael Mann spends half of his time suing people for defaming him, and the other half defaming others on Twitter.

h/t Judith Curry

about 9 months ago
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Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

Mr. Firewall Re:Any drones yet? (323 comments)

Getting bag of weed delivered with your pizza sounds like a pretty good idea.

Hmmm. I'm in Colorado. You've just given me an idea!

Then I can use the pizza parlor / weed shop to launder the money I'll be making from my underground drug tunnel that I'm digging under the New Mexico state line.

about 9 months ago
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Ancient Pompeii Diet Consisted of Giraffe and Other "Exotic'" Delicacies

Mr. Firewall Re:maybe its good... (172 comments)

While durian smells terrible, the taste isn't that bad.

I remember hearing the same thing about pussy, as a young man

about 9 months ago
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A Review of the "Mental Illness" Definition Might Prevent Crime

Mr. Firewall People's Cube response (260 comments)

Ah, yes, Comrade! Those of us true to the Collective have always known that the Hooligans and Reactionaries had something wrong in their heads! Probably from a vodka deficiency or something.

I, for one, welcome this! It's time we lock away all the dissidents until they learn to love Big Brother -- er, I mean, Dear Leader.

about a year ago
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Scientists Invent Urine-Powered Robots

Mr. Firewall Re:Molecules with sufficient energy? (123 comments)

Your robot is also your urinal. No energy expended in transportation or gathering, any expended energy is already expended.

Next up: Sex robots that drink your pee!

about a year ago
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Hillary Clinton: "We Need To Talk Sensibly About Spying"

Mr. Firewall "Sensible adult conversation?" (461 comments)

The name Hillary Clinton does not belong in the same sentence with the phrase "sensible adult conversation."

1 year,6 days
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Read Better Books To Be a Better Person

Mr. Firewall I became a better person... (158 comments)

... when I read Atlas Shrugged and learned to empathize with others a lot LESS.

1 year,7 days
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Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

Mr. Firewall Re:yep (671 comments)

Wow. Just fucking wow.

Here we have at least three replies to my original post who think that "sucking off of the Government teat" is a valid part of a viable business plan.

Listen, if you can't generate enough income to pay your own way in the world, then you don't belong in business. Forcing other people to pay your expenses is not a sustainable plan.

Plus the fact remains that Obamacare has already killed more startups than it will ever incubate.

Sheesh. Some of you people need to read your Bastiat. Better yet, just keep your day job.

1 year,18 days
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Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

Mr. Firewall Re:yep (671 comments)

Precisely.

My first thought on reading the summary: "Holy crap, is Slashdot getting paid to shill for Obama / DNC? now" Because this whole thing is not only ridiculously absurd (people afraid to start up a business because they can't afford health care -- yah r-i-i-i-i-g-h-t), it's straight out of the DNC talking points memo.

The truth is that no one wants to start a business with the Obamacare mandates hanging over their heads.

1 year,19 days
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What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

Mr. Firewall Size vs. app count vs. ... (222 comments)

Yeah, that's the problem I'm having. Do I count the number of apps? Or do I count the number of megabytes? How about libraries? Do I count them, or not? What about scripts?

Without a Cowboy Neal option, I have NO idea how to answer the question.

about a year ago
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The Golden Gate Barrage: New Ideas To Counter Sea Level Rise

Mr. Firewall Re:So... (341 comments)

Precisely.

The "Climate Change" that threatens these companies is the economic climate of the former Golden State.

At 3.25 inches per century (the current rate of sea level rise in California), by the time those campi have been inundated some tens of thousands of years from now, all of those companies will have either moved or gone under -- not from water, but by the flood of taxes and regulations in the Golden [Fleece] State.

about a year ago

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