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If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

Nexus7 Re:Yep. (353 comments)

There is another legal problem that this technical solution doesn't address. User A racks up 100 miles owed. Then says FU, and deletes their account. They create another account and continue to rack up miles. Who will take action against A? The exchange will send them a stern email?

Or, rapists/criminals determine that this is a good way to get their targets to lower their guard, and cities are faced with another crime vector. Who pays to enforce?

about three weeks ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

Nexus7 Re:trolololol overrated. (202 comments)

I wouldn't consider myself a KDE fanboy, having used it only for oh, like 3 years but I moved to it after some of that Unity/Gnome2/Gnome3/I-forget-the-details mess. Suddenly I found I could tweak things to my preference (nothing fanboyish, just being able to turn on editable paths, different views, etc. in the file explorer; a searchable "Start" button). I did find the default appearance ugly, but customized it (KFaenza icon-set, Smaragd window theme engine-thingy that lets me use a really nice Emerald window theme called HUD). I also use Windows everyday, and much prefer KDE. Yeah, some things don't work well - Wally breaks frequently because KDE makes it hard to change the wallapaper from the cmd line, Samba mounts ask for passwords repeatedly... but those are things that either aren't possible in Windows (or Unity, I suppose, I never looked back at that one), or well, they work in Windows (but other things drive my preference towards KDE).

about a month ago
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

Nexus7 Re:S C U M B A G S (150 comments)

Oh wait, it isn't 2011. 3 years, then.

about a month ago
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

Nexus7 Re:S C U M B A G S (150 comments)

Or, it could mean that municipalities, Google, and others who view internet access as an utility, have 7 years to get their act together.

about a month ago
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Samsung Galaxy Glass Patent Plans To Turn Fingers Into a Keyboard

Nexus7 Re: Prior Art? (63 comments)

In other words, you can use your phone "hands-free" which driving, but not really hands-free.

about a month and a half ago
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Belgian Barrels Reveal History of Human Gut Microbes

Nexus7 Re:Actually informative summary (56 comments)

The article also makes an important point, which the OP misses in their summary, which is that the coprolites had a wider range of antibiotic-resistance genes, implying that present day human gut bacteria aren't as capable of fighting invasive bacteria.

about a month and a half ago
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Belgian Barrels Reveal History of Human Gut Microbes

Nexus7 Actually informative summary (56 comments)

Moreover, the summary of the first part (about gut bacteria) is just an exercise in poor writing. Let me summarize from the linked article, without similarly confusing bacteria, viruses, and microbes. Coprolites from Belgium had different gut bacteria species waging antibiotic warfare on each other. Each made antibiotics to kill other invasive bacterial species, and viruses (of the kind called bacteriophages) moved genetic material between bacteria (of the same kind) thus helping that bacterial species better fight the invasive bacteria.

Then there is some unrelated article, with possibly an equally poor summary, but my attention span was already exhausted.

about a month and a half ago
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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Nexus7 Re:community better off.. helping mt gox? (465 comments)

How exactly are they then going to "take the funds back from the thief/thieves against their will"? The Japanese government doesn't care.

about 2 months ago
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A Mathematical Proof Too Long To Check

Nexus7 Re:wow (189 comments)

I think they meant to say "less space than that is required to store Wikipedia".

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

Nexus7 Re:Statute of limitations (467 comments)

It is a feature of stories based on a dystopian future, and bykn some accounts (Shock Doctrine, I think?) of the present-day US, that the "common folk', you know, the ones with only 1 vote, are subject to increasing harsh punishments to stifle any hint of dissent, let alone revolution. Arresting for not returning DVDs is just a macabre progression from arresting for pot possession.

I'm sure in South Carolina, this will be only an human-interest story, not a cause of alarm or anything more.

Corporations get off with no punishment for far worse than illegally foreclosing homes! However your example is apt, since mortgages can be viewed as renting money (not technically however).

We had a rich man's son get off with no jail time for driving into 4 pedestrians, the judge said he suffered from "affluenza"! Other shocking examples are plenty in the US.

about 2 months ago
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Argonne Lab Grows Chia Pet Style Hairy Electronic Fibers

Nexus7 Re:Epic fail... Americans... (22 comments)

Do they mean water and dust, or just water or dust at one time, but not both simultaneously?

about 3 months ago
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Argonne Lab Grows Chia Pet Style Hairy Electronic Fibers

Nexus7 Re:Stupid Title (22 comments)

Agreed.

I mean, what does this mean, "... Micro-size hairs can also make a surface that repels water, called superhydrophobic, or dust,' the researchers said in a statement."

Does it mean they can repel water and dust, or they can repel water, dust, and something called "called superhydrophobic"? And if the clause "called superhydrophobic" is explaining water repulsion, then why isn't it just hydrophobic, but instead a super version?

about 3 months ago
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Australia's National Broadband Network Downgraded

Nexus7 Bad news, if ATT is anything to go by... (122 comments)

ATT did a similar thing in the US. They started out promising FTTP, and I believe, received govt. $$$ (from the Uniform Subscriber Fee). Over the years, they down-graded it to FTTN, and now are merely converting their copper lines to IP-based (still called U-Verse). The bad news is that their FTTN (and of course all-copper) has much less bandwidth than the cable company's coax networks. Don't you guys have coax cable over there?

about 4 months ago
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US Treasury Completes Bailout of General Motors

Nexus7 Re:Obama (425 comments)

You're confounding the auto industry bailout with the financial industry bailout, probably intentionally. Since the argument here is whether the estimated savings from bailing out the auto industry were worth the price, the amount of the financial industry bailout isn't relevant.

You seem to be implying that the amount spent in the financial industry bailout was completely wasted, but don't provide any supporting argument. And I also read somewhere that most of the financial industry bailout was not spent in the conventional sense, but was guarantees, but since you're just making some offhand argument, I won't bother digging that up.

about 4 months ago
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US Treasury Completes Bailout of General Motors

Nexus7 Re:Obama (425 comments)

Which sections of government did Obama create? I'm assuming you meant Homeland Security for Bush.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Will Send Seeds to the Moon In 2015

Nexus7 Re:Human Spirit (92 comments)

Human spirit? OK. What about NASA spirit? You know, man on the moon, Pioneer going wherever the hell it is going, and things of that scale? I mean, I understand budgets, and maybe this is one experiment of 1000 in its mission, but a self-sustaining bio-dome, with solar-powered robots tending to it, plants, arthropods; some way to bootstrap living conditions, and then solar and recycling to maintain it - that'd be more like it.

about 5 months ago
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MAVEN Ready To Launch Today

Nexus7 Should we all talk? (55 comments)

MAVEN's going to arrive around the same time as Mangalyaan, assuming both do arrive. The arrival rate at Mars is pretty low (with NASA having the best one, 70%). It's going to study the upper atmosphere, just as Mangalyaan plans to. This cost NASA $670 M, at a time when Congress is cutting everything like it (Comments about republicans and science withheld - Editor).

I really hope these guys talk. I understand descriptions in popular media blur the details, but there seems to be a lot over overlap here.

about 5 months ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

Nexus7 Re: they should use local police (603 comments)

I think the local police are there anyway, maybe they can have a TSA detail, and compensated by the TSA. Bring some fresh eyes into the table.

about 6 months ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

Nexus7 Re: NOT posted as AC. (603 comments)

There was never any doubt the gun nuts and anti-government types (= all of /.?) would be all over this one, but c'mon, at least use an analogy that fits. The TSA union wants armed guards to protect itself from nutsos with guns. Just like the TSA protects us from having to face people with weapons on planes. It is quite consistent.

IMO, they should use local police. No need to bloat the payroll ad nauseum.

about 6 months ago

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