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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Punko Re:WOWZA! (240 comments)

I don't use a mobile device. My cell phone is just a phone. My computer at work is for work stuff, my computer at home is for entertainment. My time in between is the time I use to not look at screens. When a mobile app is called for (my wife has a tablet) default apps do the job.

about two weeks ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Punko Re:secession (506 comments)

Thank goodness the St. Lawrence isn't a provincial resource, its a Federal one.

Check that. Our current current Prime Minister is far more likely to sell the river to the US for a few beads then Quebec would.

about 2 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Punko Re:Facebook hosted in Quebec? (506 comments)

"...people living there in the past."

That's the problem in Quebec. Too many of the Pequists do live in the past. They are trying to hold Quebec back from evolving like the rest of the world. When the premier of Quebec states in public that saying "bonjour, hi" as a greeting in a store with a bilingual clientele is unacceptable (as the entire greeting must be in French, in her mind), she is clearly not functioning in the real world.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Punko Re:It is payday (669 comments)

Get evil genius from GOG. It loses steam in the mid-play , but the start and the end are fantastic. don't bother with the surface buildings (hotel casino, etc.) Pros don't bother with traps, either.

about 2 months ago
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Massive New Cambrian-Era Fossil Bed Found

Punko Re:It's the devil (108 comments)

Not a Christian stereotype, a fundamentalist one. I refuse to stereotype as Christian those that use the Christian moniker for such restrictive viewpoints.

I completely agree that most Christians believe in evolution and the use of science to understand the existing universe, regardless of the source of the Universe.

I don't know personally anyone who believe in the literal truth of the various holy books lying around.

As someone placed in the Christian faith not by my choice, it bugs me when folks use "Christian" as a descriptor to mean "I do what I want, how I want, in the name of Christianity". Folks like that have no issue treating certain other folks badly, all in the name of some misguided (my opinion) understanding of certain phrases.

about 2 months ago
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Massive New Cambrian-Era Fossil Bed Found

Punko Re:It's the devil (108 comments)

I always though the Fundamentalist position was that fossils were put there by God, so as to test the faith of hapless followers.

Colour me surprised.

Thank goodness neither position has anything to do with the real world.

about 2 months ago
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Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal USB Password

Punko Re:freedom... (374 comments)

It has been obvious for a long time, that when it comes to privacy of the person and their rights when in conflict with the demands of the state and defending these rights in court, that the subject of the court case will be a scumball.

Just because he is scum doesn't mean he doesn't have rights. Someone's grandmother up on similar charges, we could all support defending their rights, unfortunately, they are not the ones likely to end up with those charges in the first place.

about 3 months ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

Punko Re:Excessive Peer Review is Anti-Capitalist (352 comments)

I can see how my comments addressed items not in your original post. I will say that I agree that those agencies providing review of trustworthiness of a product, must themselves, be open to inspection. If I need to trust person B to review device X to inform me as to whether I should trust that device, I need satisfaction that B can be trusted. From this position, both aspects of trust are the same. However, I will maintain that no enough is done in our marketplace (primarily due to governments not wanting to limit their own reach) to ensure the security of our private communications. The telecom and data industries are only limiting themselves to what is required by law. There is no advantage to them to provide better security, and I have no doubt, that there is considerable pressure not to. Here, the market does not provide the device, service, or product I desire; either limited by legislation or by actions from state agencies.

about 5 months ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

Punko Re:Excessive Peer Review is Anti-Capitalist (352 comments)

I cannot agree on this. There is no double standard here, only different standards applied to different concepts. When I produce a product for public consumption where that device facilitates a protected right, the device should be tested for its ability to be trusted. i.e. source code public and/or peer reviewed. My personal communication is protected. The software for my device to facilitate that communication should be trusted, and the only way to ensure that trust is to have its functionality peer reviewed.

There are different standards here, because there are different rights at stake, and they have different values.

about 5 months ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

Punko Re:Excessive Peer Review is Anti-Capitalist (352 comments)

Sorry Sunshine, you're mixing apples and oranges. He's advocating peer-review for technologies to be widely used and trusted by people. He's advocating privacy and anonymity for people. You are trying to say that asking that the tools we use to privately communicate should be trusted, because the corporate bodies that make them deserve to be trusted. People have the right for private communication, with the exception of pre-authorized, court sponsored, evidence gathering. People are allowed to be anonymous. We do not have to carry papers when we travel locally/internally. We are free to associate. I do not have to trust that the software you have installed on a device that that I own. I certainly do not have to give up my rights to grant rights where they do not belong

about 5 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

Punko Re:DST ... Match it up? (462 comments)

Change the clocks before Hallowe'en, that way its dark when the kids go out. Changing it afterwards is stupid. Somehow trick or treating when its not dark is just wrong. Lighting effects and such don't have much impact when its not dark.

about 6 months ago
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Artificial Blood Made In Romania

Punko Re:this project (232 comments)

With only 1/4 the oxygen pickup, this protein would likely not be a substitute for your own blood, but it could be something to tide you over until you could get a proper top up.

about 6 months ago
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Saturn In All Its Glory

Punko Re:Rainbow?! (75 comments)

If memory serves, artifacts like this are caused generally from the timing difference from the 3 colour images that were superimposed on each other to get the composite colour image.

Other Saturn images are similar artifacts. The astronomy site talks about them on another Saturn picture page.

about 6 months ago
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Personal Genomics Firm 23andMe Patents Designer Baby System

Punko Re:Genomics? (171 comments)

I once used Genomics as the name of a boardgame I developed, where the basis of the game was earning money by breeding gnomes.

I think, however, I spelled it Gegnomics.

about 7 months ago
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Aeroscraft Begins Flight Testing Following FAA Certification

Punko Re:Nice... (158 comments)

So, you've discounted the fact that we won't be using a flammable substance for the ship's skin, and we won't be using a flammable gas for lift ? Helium doesn't burn/explode, and neither does the intended skin.

Those that dies in the Hindenburg were burned by diesel fuel spilled when the skin and lifting gas ignited. So on the whole, I'd say we have learned from History in this case. Of course, we still drive to work knowing that this is the least safe commuting option.

about 7 months ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

Punko Re:Forget self-incrimination (452 comments)

Sadly, I feel your pain.

Unfortunately, the law would compel Bob to testify, IF the law knew Bob was a witness. Such testimony would be to Bob's disadvantage.

Of course, the legal teams would need to learn about Bob's information. Bob is not required under any law to indicate that he was in possession of such information. However, once he admits that he was a witness he can be compelled to testify.

about 7 months ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

Punko Re:Fifth Amendment should be extended (452 comments)

I'm sorry, perhaps the quoting the actual wording of the amendment confused you.

You cannot be compelled to provide testimony that may incriminate yourself. It doesn't matter if its your trial or someone else's.
However, the premise of TFA is that a witness can be compelled to incriminate a third party. The 5th clearly places restrictions against self-incrimination, but does not offer any such restriction on the incrimination of others.

about 7 months ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

Punko Re:Fifth Amendment should be extended (452 comments)

nor shall any person ... be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself...

If I am giving testimony as to another's guilt or innocence and the defense asks me a direct question (to cast doubt to either my honesty, or if I have an issue with the defendant, for example) that would have me admitting to my own criminal behavior (connected or not to this case) or committing perjury, I may refuse to answer this question.

In this case I am providing "third-party" testimony and am covered by both the intent and the letter of the Fifth Amendment.

As a note, in many countries this protection is also included in civil cases, not just criminal ones.

about 7 months ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

Punko Re:An immoral, even psychopathic goal (580 comments)

I agree to your definition of immorality, but again, I don't see how it applies to human living on another planet. Are you are indicating that because humans will not be living in (earthly) optimal conditions, that having them there is immoral ?

You have indicated that we are part of Earth and not Mars, so living on Mars is immoral.

Do you believe that having astronauts living on the space station is immoral?
Do you believe that humans living in the Arctic is immoral?

Would denying the opportunity for people to live on other planets be considered immoral ?

about 8 months ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

Punko Re:An immoral, even psychopathic goal (580 comments)

"Immoral" ?

Ignoring the concept that good and evil, and right and wrong are not germane to the discussion, but why have you decided that it is "immoral" ?

If I may simplify something for you, the heavy elements that form our bodies and the Earth did not come from within this solar system. We are no more tied to the Earth than anywhere else. The elements that were created in a supernova explosion and deposited within our solar system came from 'outside' our system. We are stardust, as much as we are Earth's children.

about 8 months ago

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EVE Online - Players Donate Nearly $200,000 for Philippines Relief

Punko Punko writes  |  about 4 months ago

Punko (784684) writes "EVE online is often portrayed as cold, dark, space filled with cold, dark, nasty players, but the players fof EVE Online have raised nearly $200,000 for CCP Hf to donate to the Icelandic Red Cross to support their efforts in the Philippines."
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Naked Mole Rats - Live Longer and More Cancer Resistant than Similar Rodents

Punko Punko writes  |  about 7 months ago

Punko (784684) writes "Researcher Andrei Seluanov at the University of Rochester appear to have discovered the secret of the naked mole rat's incredible live span and cancer resistance. Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team's findings indicated that the mole rat's ribosomes are more efficient/accurate than those found in other rodent relatives. Errors in replication are fewer, resulting in less cellular damage and hence, apparent slower aging and fewer cancers. http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=7272"
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Anti-Matter Contained for 16 Minutes

Punko Punko writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Punko (784684) writes "Researchers managed to contain anti-hydrogen atoms for 16 minutes and hope that the longer shelf life allows them to to be able gain additional insight into the properites of antimatter"
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