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Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace To Google: Don't Be Evil

Wiarumas Re:Wait...who told whom what? (208 comments)

Its more along the lines of them being upset about monopolizing evil rather than a holier than thou stance.

more than 2 years ago
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A Planet Literally Boils Under the Heat of Its Star

Wiarumas Re:Holy cow ... (163 comments)

I keep hearing about these wild planets and I can't help but desire to see what it would look like (safely) from the surface. The one panoramic picture I have of Mars is absolutely stunning - but relatively speaking, its a somewhat boring landscape. I would love to see Titan for example.

more than 2 years ago
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Helping the FBI Track You

Wiarumas Re:Is it just me... (193 comments)

I viewed it more of along the lines of making a purchase with pennies. Its a way of overwhelming them with worthless data to prove a point.

about 2 years ago
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Humanoid Robot Wakes In Space, Tweets

Wiarumas Re:Shuttle Bay Doors (91 comments)

Impossible - it was fitted with a restraining bolt.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Releases 400 MB of FBI Contractor Data

Wiarumas Re:We have these already, and they have a function (130 comments)

You must have misread. I said that the government pays less than the private sector (about 2/3rds of what you can get in the private sector). The difference is that you pay $300 for specialized labor for the duration of the project or system (let's day 2-10 years then you end the project) versus hiring an employee until retirement (2/3rds the pay but for 40 years, plus pension and benefits). So contractors are expensive, but specialized and disposable making them cheaper.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Releases 400 MB of FBI Contractor Data

Wiarumas Re:We have these already, and they have a function (130 comments)

Yes, but that $300/hour is cheaper than hiring a government employee. The government will just hire someone unqualified because they pay 2/3s of what private industry pays, but they make up for it with benefits and job security... early retirement, 3 weeks off a year, pension, etc. So instead of paying $300/hour and getting someone half decent, you get someone who might be decent for a decade before they go obsolete and you are stuck with them until retirement. The article makes the contractors sound bad, but put the responsibility onto the FBI and watch a real shit show commence.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Insurer Suing To Deny Data Breach Coverage

Wiarumas Re:From the company that brought you.. (122 comments)

I'm not sure if this is done out of ignorance or that things are so bad, a functioning captcha isn't going to make a difference. A bit of security theater while they tackle more fundamental issues? Either way its hilariously pathetic.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Study Impact of Wearing Medieval Armor

Wiarumas Mount and Blade (213 comments)

...they just need more points in Athletics.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Lets Students Rent Digital Textbooks

Wiarumas Re:Bad idea (174 comments)

I doubt you reference ALL of them. Books relevant to your major/career should probably be bought and kept, but there were dozens of books (each costing $100+) that I have absolutely no use for: math, chemistry, english, history, stat, etc. None of these are relevant to my major/career and I'd opt for a more entertaining book on a rainy day.

more than 3 years ago
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Volkswagon Shows Off Self-Driving Auto-Pilot For Cars

Wiarumas Re:Given enough electronics, this would be easy. (140 comments)

Why broadcast signal when you can just have a laser that detects distances. Changes in distance means changing velocity. If a pedestrian walks in front of a car, laser detects the person and brakes.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Debunks UK Census Hack

Wiarumas Re:Cloud water? (93 comments)

Cloud water... hmmm... that sounds marketable!

more than 3 years ago
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Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

Wiarumas Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (950 comments)

My wife is a nurse in a hospital and wouldn't have health care if it wasn't for me providing it through my employer.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

Wiarumas Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (950 comments)

I'm young also and I have really great insurance paying $400 for my entire family. However, I recently filed a claim over something simple and it ended up charging me $400 for a simple doctor visit because of a loophole the insurance company found in the claim. Looks good on paper until you need care and realize that a profit organization will try to swindle their way out of providing service any way they can. Its very easy for me to sympathize for older and/or sick people. More substantial health care reform will happen in the next 10 years or so since the baby boomers will (increasingly) see how ugly our system is.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Releases Chrome 12

Wiarumas Re:Did they add noscript yet? (188 comments)

Switching - I wouldn't recommend it. However, having both installed does make sense. I make sure to install Firefox AND Chrome on every PC/laptop in the home. Firefox is great for casual browsing, but when in a hurry, I find that Chrome is the better browser to use. Especially on older PCs, it starts up much faster. You might not be as safe without the must have add ons, but if all you need to do is check your email, weather, bank account, etc, its worth the minimal risk.

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo Announces New Console: Wii U

Wiarumas The good news (330 comments)

...is that Xbox and Sony are bound to have equal failures.

more than 3 years ago
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Checkpoint of the Future Coming Soon To Airports

Wiarumas Re:sooo (373 comments)

I was thinking Minority Report. Have the retinal scan interface with Google and display ads while you walk through.

more than 3 years ago
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School Super Asks Governor To Make His School District a Prison

Wiarumas Re:Hey Republicans: (505 comments)

Do the research: he is pushing for education to be spared on budget reform. Can you provide a reference on your point? Besides, education budgets are being cut on the state level - nothing has taken place on the federal level yet.

more than 3 years ago
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School Super Asks Governor To Make His School District a Prison

Wiarumas Re:Hey Republicans: (505 comments)

Yeah, thats what a lot of states are doing and it isn't working. My former High School now is teaching 50 students per teacher. In theory it sounds like it works, but when you do the actual math on running a school (overhead of a building, faculty, etc) you'll find that typical American towns cannot afford to provide anything more than 3rd world country grade education.

more than 3 years ago
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School Super Asks Governor To Make His School District a Prison

Wiarumas Re:Not the school's place to provide those things (505 comments)

The point being made is that as a country we are still spending $40,000 per inmate whenever schools across the country gets their budget slashed. My former High School had to lay off 40% of the teachers and are now teaching the kids in classrooms of 50 students. Its a satirical piece that while students are being sacrificed for the budget, prisons still have cable television and accessible health care. Its a call for more progressive thinking: cut the prison's budget before going after education.

more than 3 years ago
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Modeling Security Software To Mimic Ant Behavior

Wiarumas Re:There was an old power grid (68 comments)

For those who don't understand this (insightful) post, its based off a children's novel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Was_an_Old_Lady_Who_Swallowed_a_Fly). There is an old woman who swallowed a fly and she keeps eating other animals to get rid of the previous animal until she eventually dies in the end (some versions have a censored ending).

more than 3 years ago

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