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Kuwait Sentences Two Men To Jail For Tweets Criticizing Ruler

TheDarAve Criticizing ruler? (91 comments)

What did they post? "Your numbers aren't fully in line!" "You don't take exact measurements! " "Being flat and metal with writing all over you is evil!"

about 2 years ago
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AIG Contemplates Joining Stockholder Suit Against US Gov't

TheDarAve Re:14%? (354 comments)

It did actually. The 14% is the amount the preferred stock appreciated in value between the original purchase and the final payoff.

about 2 years ago
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AIG Contemplates Joining Stockholder Suit Against US Gov't

TheDarAve What they REALLY expected... (354 comments)

When AIG took on the deal, their stock price was crap. They expected that once they took the deal, which was the USG buying preferred stock, which pays dividends, that the stock price would fall and stay LOWER than the buy price until the USG's stocks were bought off from payment via dividends and cash buyback. This turned out NOT to be the case and the stock price went ABOVE what the USG bought it for. What AIG is crying about, is the fact that they had to buy back their OWN STOCK from the USG, which they had an option NOT TO TAKE, at the current market rate which was, surprise surprise, HIGHER than when it sold it to the USG. There's nothing to sue over here. It was a standard loan backed by the only asset that AIG had at the time: its own stock. No "property" was bought by the government, and the government's voting rights were limited by the wording of the purchase, even though it should have had a ridiculous amount of power with that large of a percentage of *PREFERRED STOCKS*.

about 2 years ago
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US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

TheDarAve Paperwork the bigger problem... (228 comments)

The DoD already has access through contract to that software. The problem isn't access / purchase of the software, the limitation is the security paperwork needed to USE any of that software! ( https://acc.dau.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=22645 ) The security paperwork that is required can be long, very long, sometimes HUNDREDS of pages long, and take *YEARS* to get reviewed and approved! The DoD just keeps ADDING bureaucratic layers to this process every year as well! There's a point where the security paperwork just causes more harm than good. By the time you get the software solution engineered and approved, its already most of the way to being completely obsolete! You want to fix the software in the DoD? Fix the process that governs it! Streamline it, cut out the what has by now become multiple layers of unneeded CRAP that's only there because a spot failed at some point, and the solution they came up with simply involved just adding more layers to an already unruly behemoth!

TL;DR - Good luck M$! By the time you get Windows 8 approved, it'll be 4-8 years later.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

TheDarAve Re:four letters... (338 comments)

Hasn't stopped the RIAA from claiming copyright on songs they don't own or represent, to include public domain works.

about 2 years ago
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USAF Taps ESPN To Compile Drone "Highlight" Video

TheDarAve ESPN commentary on drones... (114 comments)

Drone 6257 releases a missile! Its going... going... going... IT COULD GO ALL THE WAY!!! *BOOM!* TOUCHDOWN!

about 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks Westboro Baptist Church

TheDarAve Re:Kudos (1061 comments)

since when has it become illegal for a black man to burn a cross on his own lawn?

When he puts the gas can in his neighbors garage before calling the cops.

about 2 years ago
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China's ZTE and Huawei Join the German Patent Fray

TheDarAve Those Chinese... (34 comments)

They're even copying our frivolous patent lawsuits now! They learn quick...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

TheDarAve Re:Coexisting for Perspective (338 comments)

If your Apple product is halfway through its warranty period, its already obsolete and should be upgraded by the end user by purchasing the new iPayTooMuch product to replace it with a new warranty!

about 2 years ago
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NASA DTN Protocol: How Interplanetary Internet Works

TheDarAve Re:Why are we wasting money on this? (109 comments)

This is where you're completely wrong. Having a network infrastructure that extends outside of our planet (an extranet if I ever heard one!) is a requirement for being able to do things like set up bases and control robotic devices remotely. What we're doing is setting the groundwork for more than one user or group to both control and receive the telemetry from whatever mechanized device we send outside of our own atmosphere! This is huge!

Consider this: We send a basic construction rover and a 3D printer to Mars. Both are controlled by DTN/BP. We can send the 3D printer blueprints for parts and assembly instructions to the construction rover. That would allow us to build up an infrastructure before we even get there and monitor it by adding parts on an as-needed basis. It would allow us to do so cheaper as well, as things can be sent in smaller chunks, and some of it could be manufactured on the fly on site. Doing this using any of the older protocols or even proprietary mechanisms could make things much more complicated, especially if you decide to handover control or add members to a project you've already started.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA DTN Protocol: How Interplanetary Internet Works

TheDarAve BP protocol? (109 comments)

The only problem with the BP protocol is the data mining rigs that burst and spread raw SQL queries all over the coast of Amazon.com and then wonder why people are pissed that they can't buy or sell from that site until its cleaned up!

more than 2 years ago
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Quantum Measurements Leave Schrödinger's Cat Alive

TheDarAve Re:first post ! (210 comments)

So have these scientists managed to observe Schrödinger's cat in it's dual live/dead 'flux' state?

They must work for the Umbrella Corporation.

more than 2 years ago
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Open Source Morrowind Version 0.16.0 Released

TheDarAve Re:No (98 comments)

The former worked for Wolfenstein 3D.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

TheDarAve Re:They meant well (507 comments)

Oh, that's what the increase is for, so they'll actually start for a bit then stop again once they don't feel bad about Whitney being dead anymore.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

TheDarAve Price fixing... (507 comments)

There should be an investigation for price manipulation for that. They sue people for "copying" music for several hundred times the digital price, yet they pull dick moves like this and expect people to just ignore it as a normal matter of business. If there was going to be a run on resources, like in the production of CDs, I could see increasing the price to help open up a new line or two to produce more to compensate, but its digital. There's ONE master. They produce NOTHING, just data. Outside of bandwidth considerations, there's no significant additional cost to them over what's already being used.

more than 2 years ago
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Nano-Viewing Record Broken

TheDarAve Re:Curiousity. (65 comments)

There's a difference between an optical lens, which this is supposed to be, and an electronic lens like what you can find in specialized microscopes. Quoting from Wikipedia:
"An electron microscope is a type of microscope that uses a particle beam of electrons to illuminate the specimen and produce a magnified image. Electron microscopes (EM) have a greater resolving power than a light-powered optical microscope, because electrons have wavelengths about 100,000 times shorter than visible light (photons), and can achieve better than 50 pm resolution[1] and magnifications of up to about 10,000,000x, whereas ordinary, non-confocal light microscopes are limited by diffraction to about 200 nm resolution and useful magnifications below 2000x."

more than 3 years ago
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Nano-Viewing Record Broken

TheDarAve Light spectrum beneath 400nm? (65 comments)

Wait wait wait... How are you able to get "visible wavelengths" from something that would only be the size of something deep in the Ultraviolet range on the electromagnetic spectrum?

Serious question here, as I'd like to know if this means they're looking at quarterwave light or what...

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Goes After GodHatesFags.com

TheDarAve Re:Hate meets hate? (744 comments)

Is it REALLY still free speech if your oppressing others in the process of making it? There has to be a line upon which your rights can't trump the rights of another. That's the problem here, WBC has been exploiting this loophole in the U.S. Constitution by saying that their rights under free speech should trump the family's right to free speech by holding a funeral in the manner they wish.

Wait, how is the funeral free speech? How's the protest free speech. They can speak their mind from a video 100 miles away, they don't have to be at the doorstep of the people that are already suffering the loss of a relative. This flaw needs to be fixed.

more than 3 years ago
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Police Arrest Five Over Anonymous Attacks

TheDarAve Re:Redundancy (295 comments)

They said it like that because on occasion, its the EU or US that issues the warrant and the UK just executes it. This states that they actually had a role in the investigation besides just executing the arrest warrant.

more than 3 years ago

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