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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

StikyPad Re:We can't help but overreact (573 comments)

To be fair, we've been overreacting since long before the 24-hour news cycle, and the absence of information in pre-broadcast history stirred at least as much paranoia and speculation. We're paranoid and fearful animals, and we'll use whatever we need to justify it.

3 days ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

StikyPad Re:Resellers (158 comments)

you can still buy a game in Russia and play it in the US.

One can be "in Russia" (virtually) quite easily, and use a Russian payment method as well. So what does this accomplish?

3 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

StikyPad Re:Go ahead (387 comments)

Exactly. There's nothing frightening about this at all; it's a nuisance at best for the sites. Between using IP addresses directly, or editing a hosts file, or switching to an offshore DNS server, it's all of a 30 second delay.

For sites dedicated to piracy, it won't make the slightest difference in traffic. The demand is there, so people will seek out the product. The idea that making it marginally (or even substantially) more difficult to find will reduce demand is like saying "If Barnes and Noble doesn't carry pornography, there won't be any demand!"

Is piracy morally justifiable? Not really. In the end, someone is going around the rules of society for personal gain. Still, available evidence suggests that the actual economic damage is minimal, at worst, and possibly that it's helpful to the bottom line. People who pirate seem mostly to be people who wouldn't pay anyway, so they're not really lost as customers. Additionally, word of mouth can help the popularity of films, regardless of whether that opinion came from a free screening, a paid viewing, or a pirated download. From a practical standpoint, it doesn't make sense to focus efforts on stamping out something that's so benign. In other words, we shouldn't tolerate measures that negatively impact the rest of society to protect one group from an imaginary harm.

4 days ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

StikyPad Re:pretty dark times here in the states. (772 comments)

CIA Core Values

* Service. We put Country first and Agency before self. Quiet patriotism is our hallmark. We are dedicated to the mission, and we pride ourselves on our extraordinary responsiveness to the needs of our customers.
* Integrity. We uphold the highest standards of conduct. We seek and speak the truth -- to our colleagues and to our customers. We honor those Agency officers who have come before us and we honor the colleagues with whom we work today.
* Excellence. We hold ourselves -- and each other -- to the highest standards. We embrace personal accountability. We reflect on our performance and learn from that reflection.

lol

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

StikyPad Re:Effectiveness doesn't matter (772 comments)

Exactly. Hell, robbing banks is damn beneficial, as long as you're the thief and you don't get caught! I mean, slavery helped the economy like nothing else, so at least there was an upside, right?

It's disgusting that anyone would even dare to quibble over the potential benefits of being immoral and unethical, as if it made any difference whatsoever.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

StikyPad Re:Enlightening... (772 comments)

I don't know, I think that's asking for a little too much foresight and setting the bar a bit too high. Think of the Milgram experiments. They were told it was okay, that it wasn't torture, and then they realized that it was, and that it was not okay. Some people kept going, but some, through conviction of conscience, stopped. If I was told that waterboarding wasn't torture, knowing nothing about waterboarding and trusting that the people telling me to do it knew what it was or wasn't, then I would probably go along too -- at first.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

StikyPad Re:From Jack Brennan's response (772 comments)

Listen, I'm with you that torture is the wrong move, always, but it doesn't need (or likely deserve) a doomsday scenario. "The Arabs" are too disparate and tribal to unite, and even if they did, they still don't have the infrastructure, logistics, or weaponry to stage an invasion.

But just because they don't pose a threat to world domination doesn't mean we can treat them (or anyone) with impunity.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

StikyPad Re:From Jack Brennan's response (772 comments)

Please,: let me know if the many (or even one) instances where Americans weren't tortured because America stood on some mythological high ground?

You mean like this?

With time, the 23 prisoners were divided into two groups. The three American men and the three British hostages were singled out for the worst abuse, both because of the militants' grievances against their countries and because their governments would not negotiate, according to several people with intimate knowledge of the events.

Within this subset, the person who suffered the cruelest treatment, the former hostages said, was Mr. Foley. In addition to receiving prolonged beatings, he underwent mock executions and was repeatedly waterboarded.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10...

Is that what you mean?

To be clear I am NOT at all blaming the US for the actions of terrorists. People are accountable for their own actions. But it's certainly evidence that revenge has been focused in our direction, and not in other directions, or that people weren't tortured because they stood on some high ground.

about two weeks ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

StikyPad Re:Time travel (107 comments)

I was thinking about going, but the reviews will have been mixed.

about two weeks ago
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Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

StikyPad Re:20 Cents cost or 20 Cents charge? (92 comments)

Since airspace is under the purview of the FAA, not municipalities, you'll be waiting a long time. Even if they tried, the court battle would last for years.

about two weeks ago
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Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

StikyPad Re:drones (92 comments)

You mean like all the falling and shot-down airplanes we have? Why do people insist on solving problems that don't exist?

about two weeks ago
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Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

StikyPad Re:Still not legal, right? (92 comments)

This will basically make retail and delivery jobs obsolete. That's several million people suddenly without work and with no prospects for getting work. I guess there's always tent cities...

Yes, I'm sure all those career delivery men will be heartbroken.

Both of them.

about two weeks ago
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Practical Magnetic Levitating Transmission Gear System Loses Its Teeth

StikyPad Re:Efficiency??? (103 comments)

Not having to replace clutch plates, for example, might be a nice and relatively easily doable thing.

Probably not worth it. A properly functioning clutch should have minimal parasitic loss from friction when engaged, so the only thing you're saving is the cost of replacing the clutch. Since clutches are usually easy to replace and relatively cheap, especially compared to the cost of something like this, it's probably throwing money away.

about three weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

StikyPad Re: obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

Ironically, the idea that sunflowers are heliotropic is an urban legend.

about three weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

StikyPad Re: soo.... (327 comments)

South. That's why this article is stu... Let's say stupendous.

about three weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

StikyPad Re:Not about rap (436 comments)

Dear God, man. Eminem != The Prodigy, and that song's a classic. If you haven't, you should watch the video, as it's still relevant today.

about three weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

StikyPad Re:Is it true... (355 comments)

What's the term that's often thrown around here? Correlation != causation.

about three weeks ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

StikyPad Yes we will. (454 comments)

1) The analogy doesn't fit. That horses were argued to be more reliable is not at all relevant to whether or not people wanted to own some form of transportation. They did, and they continued to even after the automobile supplanted the horse.

2) Most cars are used and sit idle during the same parts of the day for a large portion of the population, so sharing wouldn't substantially reduce the number of vehicles in use, and without reducing the number of vehicles in use (getting more rides per vehicle) you're not going to lower the cost per trip, which reduces the incentive to share.

3) Most people would prefer not to sit in other people's filth (but, ironically, many are fine sitting in their own filth). Regardless of any logical inconsistency, the "ick factor" will weigh heavily in any determination of whether to rent or own.

about a month ago

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The USA Freedom Act: What's to Come and What You Need to Know

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  about a month ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "The USA Freedom Act, the leading contender for NSA reform, is set for a vote this week. The bill has some problems, but is a major step forward for surveillance reform. That's why we're asking you to call your Senator and urge them to support the USA Freedom Act. Here's a rundown of what's to come, what you need to know, and what may happen this week."
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Comcast to remove data cap, implement tiered pricing

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "Comcast is reportedly removing its oft-maligned 250GB data cap, but don't get too excited. In what appears to be an effort to capitalize on Nielsen's Law, the Internet's version of Moore's Law, Comcast is introducing tiered data pricing. The plan is to include 300GB with the existing price of service, and charge $10 for every 50GB over that limit. As with current policy, Xfinity On Demand traffic will not count against data usage, which Comcast asserts is because the traffic is internal, not from the larger Internet. There has, however, been no indication that the same exemption would apply to any other internal traffic. AT&T and Time Warner have tried unsuccessfully to implement tiered pricing in the past, meeting with strong push back from customers and lawmakers alike. With people now accustomed to, if not comfortable with, tiered data plans on their smartphones, will the public be more receptive to tiered pricing on their wired Internet connections as well, or will they once again balk at a perceived bilking?"
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How often do you clean your computer case?

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "2+ times/week; Weekly; Monthly; Biennially; Yearly; Only when I install new components; What's this cleaning you speak of?; Just fin... oh wait, there's another spec of dust!"
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Sony Lawsuits Targeting PS3 Jailbreak Authors

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "PS3News is reporting that Sony's latest legal salvo is targeting the creators of PS JailBreak, PSFreedom and PSGroove related PS3 hacks, citing numerous court documents (login required) for those interested.

From one of the documents: 'Having considered the Motion for Expedited Discovery of Plaintiff Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (oeSCEA) [...] the Court hereby grants SCEA’s Motion. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that [...] SCEA has leave to serve similarly targeted subpoenas or deposition notices to any other third party who SCEA learns may be involved in the distribution or sale of the oePS Jailbreak software, known as, for example, "PSGroove," "OpenPSJailbreak," and "PSFreedom," or who may have knowledge of the distribution or sale of this software.'"

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The Once and Future Clone

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "CNET has news that Mac clone maker Psystar is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company apparently has over $250,000US in debt, and states that it cannot turn a profit in the current economy. According to Cnet, "The Chapter 11 filing will temporarily suspend Apple's copyright infringement suit against Psystar, which is currently before the U.S. District Court of Northern California. But once the bankruptcy protection is sorted out, the copyright case will resume." Meanwhile PC Mag reports that, on the other side of the Atlantic two new clone companies are just getting started. Like PsyStar, FreedomPC and RussianMac promise to deliver PCs with the OS X preloaded. Unique to RussianMac is the MiniBook. The MiniBook is "guaranteed to 'correct work,' although the company notes that features like multitouch won't work.""

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