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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Skidborg Re:unlikely to be true (804 comments)

Alternately, all these things you've been claiming are lies are actually true, and this is just the logical conclusion of continued Russian involvement.

2 days ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Skidborg Re:Let's be fair (301 comments)

If you've ever worked as a cashier at a gas station, then every second that you are at the till is filmed. Nobody seems to object to this.

2 days ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

Skidborg Re:The New America (207 comments)

When it comes to that I'm sure they'll be just as careful as the IRS is with their records.

4 days ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Skidborg Re:There is no public benefit (300 comments)

You do realize that the period of history where people were actually sensitive to this stuff was fairly brief? Go back a few hundred years and everybody went out to watch the public executions if they wanted to.

4 days ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Skidborg Re:I forced myself to watch it (300 comments)

The realistic scenario is that they will continue to behead people regardless, but with censorship we would have that ugly little activity swept away under a rug where we don't have to remember that it happens.

4 days ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

Skidborg Re:Time? (180 comments)

At least Girl Genius has intentionally pulled out of nominations because they were afraid that repeated wins would devalue the award.

about a week ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

Skidborg Re:Gravity isn't SF (180 comments)

Science fiction /always/ has fantasy elements. Otherwise it would just be transcribing what is happening in reality now.

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Skidborg Re:Clothes (161 comments)

1. I am not a Republican.

2. I am Canadian.

3. There are several nice men in white coats who can help you with your problems.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Skidborg Re:C++ is not the language you start with (548 comments)

Medical school is still just an incremental learning experience based on things learned previously. In fact, you will /never/ get into medical school without building on a solid base of existing elementary and high school knowledge.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Skidborg Re:C++ is not the language you start with (548 comments)

That kind of psychotic elitism isn't helpful in any field. Imagine if doctors were trained with that philosophy. "You better buckle down and jump straight into brain surgery. Only losers learn how to deal with scraped knees and basic principles of infection prevention first."

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Skidborg Re:Clothes (161 comments)

The IRS has absolutely nothing to do with your /employer/ reimbursing you for clothing they required you to purchase. It has nothing at all to do with tax deduction. Why don't you take your paranoid rants somewhere they're relevant?

about a week ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Skidborg Re:Massive Environmental Damage (303 comments)

Well, California is pretty hot this year and they're just itching for someone to blame.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Skidborg Re:Source is HVAC Contractors (303 comments)

You are, yes. Any water you use will end up in the atmosphere, because evaporation is inevitable.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Skidborg Re:reality check (299 comments)

I don't know. I have had zero phones stolen in my lifetime, but I am becoming increasingly interested in attending protests...

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Skidborg Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

What scenario would any of your proposed "solutions" to the authorities bricking your phone actually help in? The time frame is obviously too short to make a trip to Walmart, and what kind of lunatic carries two phones all the time?

about two weeks ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

Skidborg Re:In other news... (117 comments)

This is insightful. I wish I had mod points.

about two weeks ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Skidborg Re:Here's a quick fix. Kinda... (155 comments)

I don't see that this strategy solves anything at all, except making frivolous copyright claims even more powerful.

about two weeks ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

Skidborg Re:In other words... (117 comments)

The flaw here is that they don't say which passwords to what, or with whom.

There's no good reason not to share the password to a shared computer, and yet this poll puts anyone who does so in the same box as anyone who graffitis their bank login information on a bridge.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Skidborg Re:Muslim dogs (181 comments)

People who live in a civilized nation where that is far from the population's most pressing concern.

about two weeks ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

Skidborg Re:Beats Ferguson Mo (199 comments)

Just wondering, but what would you expect a cop to do after shooting someone if they were perfectly justified in doing so?

about two weeks ago

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