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New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

PPH Will this .... (57 comments)

... push other prepaid cards out of the market?

I can see one problem: If it is known that you carry a combo ID/cash card (because the law requires it) other cash cards may no longer be accepted. And those other cash cards might have been anonymous.

13 hours ago
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New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

PPH Re:300 Miles context (88 comments)

Can we have that in football fields please?

yesterday
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

PPH Re:Solution (264 comments)

And how odd is it that your b.f. needs to answer one 'important' text message just as the blow job commences?

yesterday
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

PPH Re:UNCENSORED high-speed internet (461 comments)

Thus I conclude that internet porn is just fine, so long as it's consumed slowly, scanline by scanline. He clearly wants you to enjoy the anticipation.

Or he wants his wives to think that stopping suddenly in the middle of having sex* is normal behavior.

*It's called 'buffering' honey. I saw it on the Internet.

yesterday
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

PPH Re:Sue police department, this is routine procedur (389 comments)

Therefore I think it may be correct that the police department that established the dangerous policy is held responsible.

This.

Sadly, the courts have eliminated all expectations of judgement in the performance of police duties. So we should expect officers to comply with the letter of department procedures rather than applying common sense. And if an error occurs, it is the result of flawed policy rather than an individual's responsibility.

yesterday
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

PPH Re:cycling facts (389 comments)

Cyclists came first and were the impetus for modern roads

I think that would be the horse (or ox) and wagon. Not many bicycles in ancient Rome.

The advent of the automobile was heralded as a major environmental improvement in many cities as it eliminated the problems of horse shit and dead horse carcasss.

yesterday
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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

PPH Re:cultural knowledge irrevocably lost (103 comments)

overhunting

Not so much of a problem anymore. People don't often hunt for sustenance anymore. Mostly for sport.

habitat loss

I don't know how similar passenger pigeons are to their modern relatives. But it would seem that they could easily adapt to urban life, given enough cars and statues to shit on. The problem here would be, which species would survive the competition for the good habitat? This could end up being another spotted owl vs barred owl story. Where the stronger species drives the weaker one into the worst habitat, like old growth forests.

yesterday
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

PPH Re:TFA betrays Ray Henry 's ignorance of planning. (225 comments)

We'll just load them up and hold them on a siding in Detroit. By the time the storage facitity is finished, we won't be able to tell the waste cars from all the other tagged rolling stock.

yesterday
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

PPH Re:The problem with beaurocrats. (213 comments)

To be honest, it was the /. editor who just shoved a paragraph into the summary which had no business being there.

It's a popular trick for manipulating search engine results: Insert some remark into an article claiming a positive corelation between X and nationalized health care. Later, you can Google 'healthcare' and cite several thousand (uncontested) articles supporting your conclusion.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

PPH Re:customer-centric (398 comments)

The US asked an Irish court to issue a warrant to force production of the data. The Irish court refused to issue the warrant.

And the question here is: Why?

It's possible that the 'crime' commited may not have been a crime in Ireland (I'm thinking failure to pay unitary taxes). Or that one or more parties to this communications resides in the EU and is subject to EU privacy regulations (which might answer why Microsoft stored this in Ireland in the first place).

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

PPH Re:That's nice, but... (398 comments)

Could you give an example of a more secure platform?

Sure. Any e-mail system which has users encrypt/decrypt their content locally and then use the storage and transport system solely for storage and transport Slap some directory and key management for (public keys only) on top of that and there you go.

You (the gov't) subpoena the content from the service provider? Sure, here's an encrypted copy. We don't have anything else. Need that decryption key? Go see the sender or recipient. We don't have that.

2 days ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

PPH Re:Why does it take so long? (198 comments)

Because the primary contractor's business is cobbling stuff together designed and built by others.

2 days ago
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Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

PPH Sort of like ... (153 comments)

... handing over remote desktop access to tech support in Bangalore.

Now if only we could get a Martian to IM during the process: "Yes. The little red LED is blinking ....."

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

PPH Re:customer-centric (398 comments)

But if an American visits a foreign country, they and their property are subject to the laws of that county. We expect the same of foreign visitors entering our country. And if that foreign countries data protection laws differ from those of the USA, they should still be honored.

Having some foreign government insist on the right to root around in their citizens possesions while in this country, either as a tourist or a refugee would open up a human rights as well as an intellectual property can of worms. Imagine an H-1B worker's home country insisting on receiving copies of all of their work product while employed here.

2 days ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

PPH Re:Reason for replacing opiates - functionality (208 comments)

function in a more-or-less normal way

Maybe, maybe not. But it is accepted that opiates are more lethal than marijuana. And if some peopleare satisfied with the replacement, that's a step in the right direction from the point of view of death rates.

It appears that the biggest anti-marijuana movement is made up of the drug companies that stand to loose opiate sales to m.j.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

PPH Re:That's nice, but... (398 comments)

What, is this all just for show?

Its either plausible deniability or the need to demonstrate an unbroken and untainted chain of evidence. The NSA may in fact already have access to this data. But acting like they don't, or even loosing a minor case might set other criminals at ease about the security of their data within the Microsoft infrastructure. And they won't switch to a more secure platform. The chain of evidence might be needed to keep a subsequent trial from being thrown out due to tainted evidence. The NSA may already have the evidence (through questionable means), but getting a clean copy removes issues of it being fruit of the poisonous tree.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

PPH Re:customer-centric (398 comments)

Its an American's data stored under a European account in European servers.

Perhaps. But if it was an American, residing on European soil, there would be extradition procedures to follow. And those would involve having the local (EU) police generate their own warrant and make their own arrest based upon a formal request. The aprehended suspect would then be turned over to the requesting country.

The same sort of thing should happen here. The USA should make a formal request to the Irish court to secure the evidence and turn it over to US authorities.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

PPH A slide rule (610 comments)

Oh yeah, my car has a carburetor. None of that sludge that ethanol pulls in bothers it like injected cars.

2 days ago

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