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Weird Asteroid Itokawa Has a Dual Personality

Taibhsear beta (61 comments)

For everyone complaining about the beta format. They put a link right up on top of the pages now. Don't just post rants here (personally I doubt anyone in charge reads the comments here) send them emails telling them how much of an abomination it is.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

Taibhsear None (361 comments)

Any news worth paying for is important enough that the people should be warned about it for free.

about a year ago

DEA Presentation Shows How Agency Hides Investigative Methods From Trial Review

Taibhsear Re:Fruit of the poison tree (266 comments)

"Every time a cop has ever testified that he just had a "gut" feeling about a certain car"

A "gut" feeling is neither probable cause nor reasonable suspicion. Which is why the cop will simply lie and say your tail light was out or you failed to signal a lane change.

And "Whoops, dashboard camera must be on the fritz again..." right when said event supposedly happened.

about a year ago

T-Mobile Jumping Into the Check-Cashing Industry

Taibhsear And then? (211 comments)

What happens when you decide a different company has better phone service but all your money is locked up in tmobile banking?

1 year,7 days

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

Taibhsear Re:Nice to be at the top of the food chain (628 comments)

Cows and especially pigs are highly intelligent animals. And they are totally delicious. Let's change our minds about those before we beat up the Japanese too badly, shall we?

Why? Don't you like your Japanese meat tender?

1 year,8 days

Mystery of FBI Documents Posted To US Press In 1971 Solved

Taibhsear Re:Revealed FBI attempt to blackmail MLK into suic (108 comments)

The corollary to the "you shouldn't worry if you don't have anything to hide" argument apparently is "you'd better not ever have anything to hide or the government will use it against you".

"And if you do not, the government will make something up for you."

1 year,21 days

CryptoLocker Gang Earns $30 Million In Just 100 Days

Taibhsear Re:Try this to fix the infection... (202 comments)

I did the same thing to fix a friend's laptop. It was windows 8 though and giving me shit so I ultimately had to just rip the drive out and mount to another system. It was a pain in the ass but still recoverable.

about a year ago

Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

Taibhsear Re:+1 Article Troll (206 comments)

Did you check to make sure there wasn't an error? I know of some errors currently where the updater program doesn't function properly and locks up synaptic and the software manager as well but doesn't show the error unless you open it with the command line. So to the casual user it just looks like there's no updates. I currently have this issue but plan to just deal with it until Mint 16 comes out in a few weeks and just wipe and install fresh.

about a year ago

User Alleges LG TVs Phone Home With Your Viewing Habits

Taibhsear Re:I used to think totalitarianism came from above (286 comments)

Your average consumer doesn't care that their TV is phoning home, or Google is tracking them, or that their cell phones are reporting to Amazon.

We used to be afraid of three-letter government agencies but really, the bigger story is that the average person doesn't care if they're spied on. To them it represents greater convenience in lifestyle as products are tailor-made to their kinks and purchasing habits.

Do you honestly think the average person knows about the spying or even understands exactly what is happening or how it ultimately affects them? If they knew and understood it as we do I think they'd be as pissed about it as we are. Probably even more so considering how easily riled up the average person is by the talking heads on tv.

about a year ago

PlayStation 4 Released

Taibhsear Re:fine, have your grudge (294 comments)

/. threads are going to be intolerable if we don't talk about **the alternative** while we bash Sony's dumb design choices...


if any random /.'er wants to vent about how 'Sony still sucks' I say fine, but let's not pretend we're having a productive discussion about which Next Gen system is better or will be more successful, or which one gamers should buy...

Which is exactly why I'm sticking with PC for next gen games. It's already built. I can upgrade it how ever I like. It will run nearly all games both systems can run but better and at higher graphics. More storage. More functionality. No creepy ass spying hardware. No backhanded Sony tactics. And hopefully in the near future, due to Steam, no bullshit Microsoft tactics either. I have literally ZERO reasons for buying a next gen console. They now have all of the downsides of a PC with none of the benefits anymore.

about a year ago

First Arab Supercar Costs $3.4 Million, Has Diamond-Encrusted Headlights

Taibhsear Re:Suicide-style doors? (241 comments)

I always thought it referred to when you are getting out of the car after parking. If a car drives too close while you are getting out of the car and they hit the door, normally it would tear off and away from you. With suicide doors they'd smash you between the door and car frame.

about a year ago

CIA Pays AT&T Millions To Voluntarily Provide Call Data

Taibhsear Re:Is that legal? (107 comments)

Is it even legal for AT&T to just hand over personal data, to anyone who asks for it? Don't you guys over in the US have privacy laws, preventing or at the very least tightly regulating this kind of data transfer?

I believe the courts just ruled that it's not your personal data, it's the company's data. Which is complete bullshit in my opinion.

about a year ago

Saudi Justice: 10 Years and 2,000 Lashes For Internet Video of Naked Dancing

Taibhsear Re:Coming soon to your country. (537 comments)


Yeah all those rape victims should be more responsible and have their rapists wear condoms first before they are violated.

about a year ago

Personal Genomics Firm 23andMe Patents Designer Baby System

Taibhsear Just a reminder (171 comments)

Humans already do this. It's natural selection. This is merely refining the options. The problem comes in (ie. the point of GATTACA) when you start treating people as second class citizens if they aren't engineered in this way.

about a year ago

UK MPs: Google Blocks Child Abuse Images, It Should Block Piracy Too

Taibhsear apples to oranges (348 comments)

Child porn is illegal to own. Pirated content is not.
Sharing child porn is a criminal offense. Sharing pirated content is a civil offense.
Even if google blocked it people would use a different search engine to find it. Stop playing whack-a-mole and do something constructive.

about a year ago

Never Underestimate the Bandwidth of a Suburban Filled With MicroSD Cards

Taibhsear Re:station wagon? (208 comments)

but because I live in a place with 4 real seasons and big 4x4 SUVs are handy for getting around for the 2 days it takes the DOT to clear roads after a winter storm. Besides, a car won't pull my snowmobile trailer or the boat.

I live in Chicago. SUVs are not required. A coupe with snow tires can do everything you listed except pull a large boat (yes they make trailer hitches for small cars).

about a year ago

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

Taibhsear Re:Yuk (1293 comments)

I 100% believe the theory of evolution provides the best fit with the available data. But stating any theory is a "fact" and "incontrovertible" is just too far. One of the issues is that it is hard to experimentally falsify the theory of evolution.

I'm curious as to what exactly your definition of "fact" is. According to the World English Dictionary...

fact (fækt)

— n
1. an event or thing known to have happened or existed
2. a truth verifiable from experience or observation
3. a piece of information: get me all the facts of this case
4. ( often plural ) law an actual event, happening, etc, as distinguished from its legal consequences. Questions of fact are decided by the jury, questions of law by the court or judge
5. philosophy a proposition that may be either true or false, as contrasted with an evaluative statement
6. criminal law after the fact after the commission of the offence: an accessory after the fact
7. criminal law before the fact before the commission of the offence
8. as a matter of fact , in fact , in point of fact in reality or actuality
9. fact of life an inescapable truth, esp an unpleasant one
10. the fact of the matter the truth

about a year ago

NSA Chief Built Star Trek Like Command Center

Taibhsear Wrong ship (372 comments)

You'd think an agency that focuses on spying, lying, and cloak and dagger type shit they'd have gone with a Romulan war bird rather than a federation star ship.

about a year ago


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