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Uranus and Neptune May Have "Oceans of Diamonds"

SRA8 What About Blue Creatures? (347 comments)

But let me guess, the diamond river is running beneath the holy-land of a civilization of blue creatures, who will need to be eliminated using Blackwater mercenaries?

more than 3 years ago
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The US Economy Needs More "Cool" Nerds

SRA8 Re:We have enough. (453 comments)

He is not insulting these janitor jobs. He is making the important point that neither STEM workers nor janitors have job security -- but there is a difference here. Janitors dont have to go to school for four years, constantly train in the latest technology, etc etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Don't Like EULAs? Get Your Cat To Agree To Them

SRA8 Re:Call me crazy (874 comments)

Q: Do you know what an EULA is? A: Meow Q: You know, those end user license agreements you have to accept when you buy or download certain software? A: Meow Q: If you built a device that would allow a cat to accept an EULA, would you be legally bound by the EULA? A: Meow Q: What if you got a small child to accept the agreement, would they not be bound because of their age? A: Meow Q: Do EULA's violate any sort of doctrine of first sale since they require you to agree to the license after you've bought the product and limit what you've gotten if you don't agree to it? A: Meow

more than 5 years ago
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How To Create More Jobs

SRA8 Ummm.... (368 comments)

Low capital gains taxes create jobs and wealth. OK, why then, after eight years of capitalist policies and low taxes, do we have record unemployment and why is my 401k half of what it was before? Why hasn't the S&P moved an inch since Bill Clinton left office? Seems like low-tax theories show up everywhere except in investment returns.

more than 5 years ago
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MIT Secretly Built Mega-Efficient Nano Batteries

SRA8 Pfff (195 comments)

And Obama thinks it will take 10 whole years!

more than 6 years ago

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Explicit Racial Profiling Law in the Works

SRA8 SRA8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SRA8 (859587) writes "But as early as this week, the U.S. Department of Justice says it will announce a "terrorist profile" by which Muslim men of Arab and Pakistani descent who frequently travel abroad and maintain extensive international contacts may be subject not only to stops at the border but also to full-fledged national security investigations, which may include electronic surveillance, detentions, searches and interrogations, regardless of whether they are suspected of wrongdoing."
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Yahoo Music Going Offline; DRMd Tracks Useless

SRA8 SRA8 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SRA8 (859587) writes "From ArsTechnica "The bad dream of DRM continues. Yahoo e-mailed its Yahoo! Music Store customers yesterday, telling them it will be closing for good — and the company will take its DRM license key servers offline on September 30, 2008.""
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Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Rob

SRA8 SRA8 writes  |  about 7 years ago

SRA8 (859587) writes "Vanessa Alarcon saw them while working at an antiwar rally in Lafayette Square last month.

"I heard someone say, 'Oh my god, look at those,' " the college senior from New York recalled. "I look up and I'm like, 'What the hell is that?' They looked kind of like dragonflies or little helicopters. But I mean, those are not insects."

Out in the crowd, Bernard Crane saw them, too.

"I'd never seen anything like it in my life," the Washington lawyer said. "They were large for dragonflies. I thought, 'Is that mechanical, or is that alive?' "

That is just one of the questions hovering over a handful of similar sightings at political events in Washington and New York. Some suspect the insect-like drones are high-tech surveillance tools, perhaps deployed by the Department of Homeland Security."

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SRA8 SRA8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SRA8 (859587) writes "They seem to have released hundreds of SDKs, modules, libraries and entire IDEs, yet I've never paid a penny for any of them. Granted our company purchased a support licence for their Directory Server, but that was chump change. How Does Sun Make Money from Java?"
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SRA8 SRA8 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

SRA (859587) writes "I have made numerous small utilities available to the world via my web page. I did not require payments, donations or registration (because users tend to use temporary hotmail email addresses for these.) I would like to have some relationship with the mega-corporations using my utilities (esp the large banks,) or at least get some credit on my resume. I know some "aware-ware" software which periodically contacts a home server from the client's server to log usage of the utility. This would be a great way to see who is using my software and how much. Ideally, I would like to balance the following: — Functionality (i dont want the software crippled because of this functionality) — Flexibility (i would want the software/outreach mechanism function even behind firewalls) — Privacy (i DONT want to use adware packages or anything like that) What approach do other public-domain developers use? What do they recommend?"

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