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How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

MrBigInThePants Re:Sorry, but... why? (180 comments)

"To keep the pool of employees huge and the pay low? "

Well you have the answer right there, but seemed to miss it somehow.

This is not a feel-good story of congress doing something positive for the USA's fail-sauce edumication system that leaves no child behind by slowing down all the children and teachers.

It is simply morally corrupt politicians ensuring more meat for the IT grinder run by their campaign donors to help lower IT wages.

Very plain, very simple.

Don't believe me? Where is the 100 cosponsor bill to fix the rest of the education sector?

Oh, that's right...nowhere.

about 2 months ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

MrBigInThePants Re:Good Thing (195 comments)

So true.

We live in the days of global warming and wanting to find new ways to be more efficient with our power use.

But of course people burn megawatts to do useless calculations to "discover" hidden codes that are given "value" through mystical means - backed by fiat currency too just to make more of a mockery.

Almost as bad as the stock exchange and all the high freq. traders....almost.....

about a month ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

MrBigInThePants Re:Legitimate concerns (282 comments)

Because that is working so well in the US....

I believe you just entered the..... ..... SLIPPERY SLOPE ZONE!......

DUN DUN DAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHAAAAAAaaaaaaa.........erm

about 2 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

MrBigInThePants Re:Great. Now the sloth community... (739 comments)

No TRUE Slothman would think that funny, laddie!

(Might as well get the logical fallacies out of the way early...)

about 2 months ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

MrBigInThePants Re:no problem (342 comments)

You are being an idiot - probably on purpose.

If we did not farm cows they would most certainly be extinct also. (their ancestors specifically and therefore the current ones)

about 2 months ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

MrBigInThePants Re:Moisture Farmers! (89 comments)

No, no it couldn't.

And again, sheet metal plates in cube form.....not exactly cheap....

about 2 months ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

MrBigInThePants Re:Moisture Farmers! (89 comments)

I meant 0.5 cubed or in cube form. Brain fail...

PS: Nerd! ;)

about 2 months ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

MrBigInThePants Re:Moisture Farmers! (89 comments)

Err....

0.5m cubic of spaced sheet metal to charge a phone in a mere 12 hours and produce x litres of water.

Why on EARTH would you want to scale this up??

Perhaps on a distant, humid planet far from the sun?

about 2 months ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

MrBigInThePants Re:So will there be criminal charges? (89 comments)

Lol. My emotions are not at all inflamed in the slightest. Typically i just ignore such but occasionally like to indulge. Please be aware (if you able) that my response was not in anyway for the benefit of the troll.

I am merely making a very accurate and insightful observation. One whose truth bites deeply apparently. So i will consider this a measure of success.

Neither of these posts were worthy of a response at all but again, sometimes i indulge.

And yes. This post is smug.

about 3 months ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

MrBigInThePants Re:So will there be criminal charges? (89 comments)

Polynesians tend to be physically larger and their culture's were warlike but that may have had more to do with scarcity of resources on tiny islands.

Although murder for gain is a human trait as evidenced by all of recorded history. We tend to call it by other names as well: Conquest, expansion, empire building, etc.

But in the end it almost always is just good old redrum.

about 3 months ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

MrBigInThePants Re:So will there be criminal charges? (89 comments)

Then you are a sad and pathetic human being too simple minded to even begin to process it due to the brain damage that prevents you from honest introspection. I honestly pity you.

My ancestry contains native NZ Maori hence my interest. Maori are essentially Polynesian descendants who became a separate ethnic group in their own right. There is debate as to which of the islands in particular the first Maori migrated from.

 

about 3 months ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

MrBigInThePants Re:So will there be criminal charges? (89 comments)

Because the word "Polynesian" means "many islands" in its Greek derivative. An apt description of a common people's who migrated bravely across miles of ocean to populate a host of islands.

Information easily obtained from the web also...

Unless it was a tongue in cheek joke...in which case a bad one.

about 3 months ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

MrBigInThePants Re: Umm...damage (149 comments)

I am a NZer also.

In my mind everyone involved was very naive.

- The majority NZers are political sheep. If it was not written verbatim in the corporate paper of their choice they don't think/believe it. Its a baaaaad way for a country to be.
- The police where exceptionally naive in calling out a swat raid on the heresay of the US authorities and the SIS.
- The SIS were naive to think they could away with this BS without fallout.
- The government was naive to let this all slip by them.
- Dotcom was naive to think NZ was a country he could be safe in.

And you are VERY naive to think London/UK is any better with regards to any of this...

about 3 months ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

MrBigInThePants Re:Extreme? (361 comments)

What I am is More Than Words.

The NSA are just a Hole Hearted organisation Run with way too much Money. I wish they would just chill out and Play With Me and do the Decadence Dance. If not, then they can just Get the Funk Out.

Time for me to watch some more Pornograffitti.

about 3 months ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

MrBigInThePants Re: Umm...damage (149 comments)

Assuming his separation from his wife is not so that she wont go down with the ship and can retain assets etc afterwards...

I have no evidence for this but I did have to wonder when I heard the news. Also he is cheeky, dodgy and clever enough to do such a thing.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

MrBigInThePants Re:Cool solution looking for a problem (427 comments)

I mentioned in my post that I assumed this was so and that a bluetooth ear piece would be required.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

MrBigInThePants Re:Cool solution looking for a problem (427 comments)

I think you are being a little closed/small minded about this. You are limiting the domain to historical uses of watches when these are capable of far more.

In my opinion a technology's true value (after the hype cycle has stabilised) is defined by its utility, cosmetic appeal and price. (there are probably others but they are less important)

You have artificially limited it to one of those (appeal) and I think this is unfair - especially considering most people no longer wear watches.
Having said that I personally stopped wearing a watch because I realised I had my phone on me 24/7 and it was no longer necessary. If my watch meant I no longer needed my phone on my person (say in my bag or car instead) this would be a big cosmetic bonus in my opinion. A watch on the wrist is far more appealing than having a bulge in your pocket. (that's what she said?)
It should be noted that utility and cosmetic appeal are in direct conflict in this product. The smaller and nice looking the watch, the less utility it is likely to have and vice versa.

Price is a big turn off at the moment. They are FAR too expensive for what they are. For elitists this may increase appeal but for most this will not. One assumes that like most things this will decrease sharply in time so this will improve over time.

My opinion is that utility will make or break these.
For example: if I can get to a point where all I need available is the watch and perhaps a bluetooth headset then they have a very solid product IMHO.
My phone (I assume the watch cannot replace these entirely) can be in my bag or car or tucked away. A glance at my watch (even when driving) tells me if I have msgs, who is calling, etc without having to take my phone out. Those annoying car mounts become unnecessary except for GPS.
And that is just core phone utility without going into the other more niche features or the addition future tech.

I am not saying they are a guaranteed success but I AM saying that they could be the reason people start wearing watches in the future again. :)

about 3 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

MrBigInThePants Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

Farcical bureaucratic process resulting in the same outcome at more expense in 3....2...1.....

about 3 months ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

MrBigInThePants Re:not a record (547 comments)

Nope - not in the way you mean.

If action was taken right now, with current technology, we could make a meaningful long term impact. The fact that this will not happen is due to lack of will, not lack of ability.

Now when being pessimistic, people refer to the above as "unavoidable". But this is quite obviously the wrong word since it could be.

about 3 months ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

MrBigInThePants Re:All wars ... (192 comments)

PS: Now realise in my morning haze I combined your post and the very different one above into one mega post and replied to that as if it was a single post.

The irony of this mistake is rather awesome though: since my posts are about combining different wars together and treating them as a single war.

Regardless, I apologise to you the grandparent of this post.

The great grand parent of this post can kiss my as. ;)

about 3 months ago

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