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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

Rosco P. Coltrane MUNOBWCCBISFA (213 comments)

Making Up Names Of Bills With Cleverly Crafted Backronyms Is So Fucking Annoying.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:I don't get it (538 comments)

Cuban cigar smokers in the US don't have a PAC to push through changes. They're just not a big enough special interest group.

Rich people can get Cuban cigars without any problem whatsoever, embargo or not. Hell, JFK smoked Havanas during the Cuban missile crisis.

Normal rules and laws don't apply to the one percentile...

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:How? (364 comments)

How to distinguish whether the phone user is driving a car or riding a bus?

At least you can exclude all iPhone owners from that particular test: people who can afford Apple products are so not riding busses... Or if they do, they probably know better than to whip out a multi-hundred-dollar device begging to be stolen onboard the bus.

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:difference between driver and passenger? (364 comments)

I suppose the same way PawSense detects whether a cat or a human is using the device: when you text and drive, you have a funny way of using the device - because you're constantly switching between texting, putting down the device and driving, picking it back up after 10 seconds, and doing that over and over, as opposed to a human that's fully committed to the task of inputting text.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Apple said *what* to the team? (187 comments)

Ah nevermind, I got it. It's not terribly obvious though...

about three weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Rosco P. Coltrane Apple said *what* to the team? (187 comments)

Look, I'm not picky or anything, and I know headlines are shortened, but what the hell does " Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet" mean?

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Blah (171 comments)

Software monetization is basically just like anal sex. You keep on pushing until the person you're doing it to can't take it anymore. And then you keep pushing.

You seem to know a lot about monetizing anal sex...

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Work for the man, not for mankind (171 comments)

That's how I feel too: they've turned Firefox into a cheap whore - albeit with an opt-out option.

Yet I realize they have to make money to keep bringing out new Firefox releases.

Yet... it sucks. Ads sucks. Ad-funded internet sucks.

about three weeks ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Rosco P. Coltrane Poor John Smedley (131 comments)

I don't know what's worse: being blown out of the sky with explosives or having to stay in Phoenix.

about a month ago
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Mangalyaan Gets Ready To Enter Mars Orbit

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Not news (67 comments)

I'm reminded of the old joke:
"What famous event happened in 1732?"
"George Washington was born."
"Very good. Now what famous event happened in 1743?'
"George Washington became 11 years old."

It must be an old joke alright, cuz I've never heard it, and it ain't funny.

about a month ago
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Mangalyaan Gets Ready To Enter Mars Orbit

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Congratulations, India ! (67 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong but... would you happen to be rooting for India by any chance?

about a month ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Informative winners list (180 comments)

If there's one thing I've learned reading all kinds of award-winning books, is that more often than not, the award is a big warning that the book is shit, or pompous, or written specifically to woo often sophisticated, pedantic jury members into giving the award.

In short, I usually go for stuff that hasn't been awarded certain kinds of awards. The Hugo certainly seems overrated these days, and has been for many years.

about a month ago
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Merkel wasn't two-faced about spying on friends (170 comments)

By that logic, Germany is probably not a true friend of the US

Hardly any state is a true friend of the US these days - apart perhaps the UK, and even that is far from certain.

about a month ago
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

Rosco P. Coltrane Merkel wasn't two-faced about spying on friends (170 comments)

'Spying among friends is not at all acceptable,' Merkel said

And I doubt very much Turkey is a true friend of Germany: it's a economical, immigration and to a certain extent, religious threat to Germany - or at least perceived as such by a sizeable part of the German population. It's also a liability, as it's capable of singlehandedly dragging Germany into the huge Iraqi and middle-eastern quagmire if it starts to get involved and calls on NATO members to provide help.

Turkey just happens to be a member of NATO like Germany, is all. That doesn't make the two friends.

about a month ago
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Bottom line... (170 comments)

...nation states are always a bunch of hypocritical jerks.

Oh please, don't be disingenuous. It's been well known by everybody for decades that every state in the world spies on all the other statse, and that to a certain extent, every state spies on every one of its citizens too.

The real problem comes when a certain state is outed, and flat out lies about its domestic and international spying activities to the representants of its own people.

about a month ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Niggers. (359 comments)

Reference?

None. The librarian is dead...

about a month ago
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Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Preposterous (70 comments)

Well quite: I share plenty of DNA with the missus regularly, but there ain't much conversation involved.

about a month ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Rosco P. Coltrane Not just China (92 comments)

[...] but given China's track record with censorship and privacy, the explanation rings hollow for some skeptics.[...]

Given the United State's track record, I think the skeptics should worry about data collection at home too.

Why always focus on China when it comes to human rights and privacy issues? Just look at your own navel for a change...

about a month ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

Rosco P. Coltrane Re:Standardized Testing Implications? (227 comments)

some students will intrinsically perform better

Perform better at what?

Most people have a natural talent for certain categories of things, and suck at others. That's the problem with all IQ tests, or "performance" tests: they don't take into account that there are many forms of intelligence.

about a month and a half ago

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