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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

O('_')O_Bush Re: Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (209 comments)

The part that makes it trolling is that even if Europe did depend on the U.S. in WWII to save it's butt, that has no relevancy on whether it is right or wrong for the E.U. to consider breaking up Google.

And I am sure you would agree with me had you heard an American use that same argument to try to justify some heinous crime in Europe.

Also, is it just me or do Shakrai and sabri look an awful lot like sock puppets?

2 hours ago
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Leonid Meteor Shower Hits Tonight, Peaks Tomorrow

O('_')O_Bush Re: wtf (20 comments)

Aaaand... I cut myself flossing. Thanks laughter.

5 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

O('_')O_Bush Re: The rest of the country needs to face reality (554 comments)

I use mass transit, living near the DC Metro area.

It is practical for about 5% of what I need to do, because I don't live inside the city (and I'd never want to).

And it is that way for the reasons listed above. Takes too long, doesn't go where I need it to, never will go where I need it to, costs more than driving, doesn't fit my time tables. If I was stuck in the NYC rat trap, I am sure it would be a different story, but I am part of the majority of Americans that don't live in NYC, L.A., or Chicago.

about a week ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

O('_')O_Bush Re: Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

I counter your weak anecdote with my weak anecdote about living on the top floor of a well built apartment but having neighbors below pound on the ceiling every time our 14 lb dog steps or jingles his collar too loud.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

O('_')O_Bush Re: There will be. (178 comments)

Puh-lease. This has been an existing vector of attack on companies for at least a decade now, and several high profile breaches from this vector shape current policy in secure areas.

Old news.

My advice to OP: treat all USB peripherals (mice, wireless cards, storage, etc) as malicious unless they come from trusted/vetted supply chains. And even then, be suspicious.

Fortunately for the average consumer, China at a state level is interested in stealing valuable technology and company secrets, not in your personal banking information.

about a week ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

O('_')O_Bush Re: Or just practicing for an actual job (319 comments)

Being an actual professional software developer, I can definitely say that with the exception of equations, I have never copied code from the internet and have never seen that as an expectation (any more than an author plagiarising paragraphs in their books).

  There are legal (copyright/licensing) and ethical issues with doing so (for example, being complacent and treating code on the internet as having some level of vetting).

If I need functionality that I feel already exists or is too dangerous/time consuming to write any my own... well... that is what libraries were made for. Or I contact the legal department about procuring the source so that I can modify it to fit my own needs.

Copying it outright is never an option.

about two weeks ago
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333 Km/h Rocket-Powered Bicycle Sets New Speed Record

O('_')O_Bush Re: bike? (51 comments)

Yea, this article is bogus. The land speed record for a motorized bicycle (a.k.a., motorcycle) is 376mph (606 km/h).

Interestingly, a jet powered tricycle (not much different than a rocket powered bicycle) was not only not counted as a pedaled craft (like a bicycle) or a motorcycle when it smashed a record at 526 mph (847 km/h), but as a thrust powered car.

I guess the point is that these definitions are kinda arbitrary, but I'd think a reasonable definition would be: two wheeled vehicles that roll and set their record on the ground and are human powered are bicycles... if they are propelled by something other than the human, they are motorcycles.

about two weeks ago
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Manslaughter Conviction Overturned For Scientists Who Didn't Predict Earthquake

O('_')O_Bush Re: They can be tried again, I think? (139 comments)

You act as if it is a problem with their government, and not a cultural problem with the Italian people.

In any case, the Italian court sense of morality is flawed (or their legal system doesn't fit with morality...). The geologists have a moral obligation to not harm, not to save, though saving the town would have been admirable.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

O('_')O_Bush Re: Concern for high values? (356 comments)

So, your argument is blaming the victim?

The idea that all people in prison deserve whatever abuse because they did something morally wrong to get there doesn't make sense in theory (one can be both victimiser and a victim), let alone in practice given that law and morality sometimes match up and oftentimes do not. That meaning that there are plenty of people in prison for doing nothing wrong, or even doing the right thing.

And that might not sway your black-and-white view of the world, but I am certain you would feel differently if you were Muslim, Jewish, or Hindu being fed only pork (or beef in the case of being Hindu). Being arbitrarily forced to choose between conviction and survival with no need for it is akin to torture (certainly cruel and unusual).

about two weeks ago
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There's No Such Thing As a General-Purpose Processor

O('_')O_Bush Re: Clickbait Caption, but Valid Arguments (181 comments)

"jack of all trades, is a master of none"

You do know that is just an idiom, and an incorrect one, at that, not a law?

The idiom is "A jack of all trades is better than a master of one", which was later shoehorned into a description of someone who is "a Jack of all trades but a master of none". It is not intended to be folk wisdom that there is a tradeoff between mastering something and being proficient at lots of things... in fact, there are numerous examples of people being masterful in many arenas and also having high proficiency in many areas.

Oftentimes we call things that do general purpose things very well and have mastery in areas "platforms", and you see them with guns, cars, software, and I could go on.

Not arguing any other point, just that one.

about two weeks ago
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Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

O('_')O_Bush Re: What they don't tell you ... (140 comments)

"If we're aiming at a perfect society, removing emotions and making people more obedient is the first step, right? "

Uh... how about increasing empathy (one of the potential effects of LSD and some other hallucinogens) and thereby reducing sociopathic/antisocial behaviors?

about two weeks ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

O('_')O_Bush Re: Wait.. (716 comments)

So, your argument is, just because nobody cares about you, therefore, nobody else should be concerned?

I am not trying to make this into a pissing contest, but there are lots of people who have a lot to lose by having their personal information exposed and anonymity removed. Like, anyone who has had an unpopular opinion and is realistic about how their corporate HR department would react to bad PR.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

O('_')O_Bush Re: Sadly, not surprising. (182 comments)

Only if their boobs make them look over 18.

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

O('_')O_Bush Re: My house of cards, taller than your house of c (103 comments)

No, we have direct evidence of gravitational anomaly.

And new particles aren't the only game in town. Revised properties of gravity (TeVeS) are still candidates as there has yet to be irrefutable evidence against them, and given our continuing inability to directly observe said novel particles...

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

O('_')O_Bush Re: how many small businesses has Obama killed? (739 comments)

And by "never supported", you mean were dictated their position following their party line after the GOP chose to make the ACA a wedge issue.

And Romney wasn't just some RINO rebel GOP governor in a backwater state that the GOP could write off as being a product of a liberal constituent... he was who the GOP chose to be the shining star and face of their party to combat the derivative of the very plan Romney pushed for in his home state.

You had to put some powerful spin to make that jive in your red worldview.

about three weeks ago
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Largest Sunspot In a Quarter Century Spews Flares

O('_')O_Bush Re: Quarter Century (46 comments)

Sensationalism. Quarter-century sounds a lot more impressive than "since about 1990".

about three weeks ago
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When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

O('_')O_Bush Re: Snowden (221 comments)

That being said, I want to be clear that it would not be the choice I would make. And saying that isn't out of cowardice.

about a month ago
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When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

O('_')O_Bush Re: Snowden (221 comments)

What is your point? When his peers were fired for whistleblowing on this issue, the activity continued without review, the public didn't know and neither did Congress, his actions seem perfectly rational if 1. He knew the U.S. government was acting and was going to act like an asshole (obvious from the whistleblowing) and 2. Had conviction that he wasn't doing anything wrong and therefore didn't think he deserved to be punished for doing the right thing.

  If he (or we) could trust the government to give him a fair trial (not obvious given Assange and Manning), maybe he wouldn't have had to flee to our enemies for protection from us.

I mean, after all, he didn't slip our enemies our secrets under cover or for profit, he threw them to the public and to the media and then sought asylum. It isn't like he is living like an aristocrat in Russia.

What he did was illegal, but I can't say that it was wrong.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

O('_')O_Bush Re: May I suggest (334 comments)

Or, shit, how about the AI Arctic Warfare rifles serviced by the Swedish and Norwegian militaries, amongst others, specifically designed for use in the extreme cold... and also using fiberglass/kevlar composite stocks.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

O('_')O_Bush Re: May I suggest (334 comments)

Fiberglass stocks do pretty well in the cold... well enough that the US Army and Marine corp chose them during the Cold War for their M40 and M24 sniper platforms with fighting in Siberia specifically in mind and tested them in field trials in Alaska.

about a month ago

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