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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

RandomFactor Re:Breaking news (408 comments)

The sock monster, however, is a terror that afflicts much of humanity.

about a week ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

RandomFactor Re:Elderly? (163 comments)

...of any of the symptoms that everyone is suffering from,

Not of that he wasn't.

It's not bad just because some special group got sick (elderly in this case). It was bad because people were sickened.

about two weeks ago
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Back To the Moon — In Four Years

RandomFactor Re:Brought to you by Fox News (292 comments)

So basically, we just need to get Obama to adopt all the very worst right-wing policies

Seems reasonable. The right wingers have certainly adopted all the very worst left wing policies :-\

about a month ago
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Inventor Has Waited 43 Years For Patent Approval

RandomFactor Re:Dick? Maybe, but not your classical patent trol (258 comments)

scotus, potus - again sounds like hocus pocus to me.

But, whatever...

All right, some budding musical genius make that into a song.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices

RandomFactor Re:I touch my device... (172 comments)

Kent.... Stop touching your device.

about 2 months ago
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We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia

RandomFactor Re:Wait what (267 comments)

Citizens have effectively zero effect on national politics. They're just easy sauce.

My theory is that extremists would prefer to just die randomly rather than sit through enough C-Span re-runs to figure out the right targets.

about 2 months ago
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Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected For 7 Years

RandomFactor Re:spearphishing emails (98 comments)

Even the mass malware distributions take basic precautions these days like excluding VMs, all known AV Vendor IP ranges, and not being malicious while the email is in transit (a link may not begin serving malicious content until hours later, when targets are arriving at the office, and may stop again afterwards.). You can analyze those links all year long if you aren't the target.

about 2 months ago
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It's Official: Registrars Cannot Hold Domains Hostage Without a Court Order

RandomFactor Re:There's money at stake (112 comments)

While I am loathe to present a counterargument (since I generally agree...)

Give them their due - they did some significant good recently by nailing the creator of the Blackhole Exploit Kit (http://threatpost.com/viable-blackhole-successor-could-take-years-to-emerge/103492)

about 3 months ago
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First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas

RandomFactor Re:I fail to understand (212 comments)

Well, to be fair, there is really only an artificial scarcity of free ebooks.

I think it is reasonable to assume that letting every library lend an infinite number of copies of every book would put a damper on sales, effectively making the ebook market into a 'donations only' market overnight.

I haven't kept up, what is current thinking on how effective donation based selling is for ebook authors?

about 3 months ago
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Cheerios To Go GMO-Free

RandomFactor Re:GMOs feed over a billion people (419 comments)

and for some reason, everyone seems to think going backwards in agricultural progress is a good thing...no one seriously says that about computer, medical, or energy technologies

*cough* Nuclear Energy *cough*

about 3 months ago
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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

RandomFactor Re:Common sense (370 comments)

Absolutely, however it is atypical to have both rifle and shotgun handy on the same hunt. Although that might change a bit with PETA providing drone-pigeons.

about 3 months ago
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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

RandomFactor Re:Common sense (370 comments)

Heh...PETA getting pissed at someone else for destruction of property? (+1 Irony).

But this is precisely the enforcement headache the gubment is trying to avoid.

- Harassing outdoors-men and scaring off game (Hunters are paying the government, that's a revenue stream) - Drones getting blasted out of the sky - Lead flying off in dangerous ways (hunters know better than to go shooting rifles in the air, but if you start buzzing 'em with drones, it would happen) - blasted drones falling out of the sky - Lawsuits all around

about 3 months ago
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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

RandomFactor Re:Common sense (370 comments)

Now now, safety first. Use a shotgun loaded for skeet.

about 3 months ago
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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

RandomFactor Re:Land of the Free! (370 comments)

The thought of hunters being harassed by PETA drones brings to mind the the immortal words of King Louis XVI who said... "Pull!"

about 3 months ago
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Public Domain Day 2014

RandomFactor Re:It's for the best (225 comments)

Or a 4x4









(There's one scene where you can spot a set of 4x4 tracks off in the distance in that ST movie. One of the guys in the old BBS scene used "Why does God need a 4x4?" for his tagline for a while as a result. Ahh the good old days...)

about 4 months ago
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How the Dark Lord of the Internet Made His Fortunes

RandomFactor Re: This is what a libertarian believes (60 comments)

Kvetch about guns - check Kvetch about taxes - check Assholes - sure, I'll grant that (but I'd grant that about the majority of people in politics of any stripe) But the Troll bits are so ludicrously invalid as to make it too implausible as anything except a troll.

about 4 months ago

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Emory University seeks to patent a nanotech treatment for osteoporosis

RandomFactor RandomFactor writes  |  about a year ago

RandomFactor (22447) writes "The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Emory University is seeking a patent on a nanotechnology treatment for osteoporosis. The treatment uses silica based fluorescent nano-particles which have the capacity to increase bone density."
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Update: 1st August 2009 - SORBS is NOT closing.

RandomFactor RandomFactor writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RandomFactor (22447) writes "Update to this story

Update: 1st August 2009 — SORBS is NOT closing. Contrary to the FUD propagated by the likes of Al Iverson SORBS is please to announce that SORBS is not closing. SORBS has received 3 credible offers for the purchase of SORBS (the offer that Al Iverson made for the domain name particularly in light of the propaganda and FUD he has tried to encite is not considered credible.) Currently the two offers being considered are with anti-spam vendors and one of the two have indicated that they will not commercialise SORBS, but keep it as a community project. The other anti-spam vendor have indicated they would pursue a split commercial model, where there would be a free service as well as a 'premium' service. An announcement about which company is successful will be forthcoming when necessary paperwork has been signed. Small outages will occur in the central database when the servers are moved, this will NOT affect SORBS services globally, only updates (listing and delisting) and local (Au) services during the outages. Thank you for your continuing support. Michelle Sullivan

So close...."
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