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CIA on UFO Sightings: 'It Was Us'

ZombieBraintrust Re:What about UFOs in US Airspace? (197 comments)

Flying planes is not the same thing as performing a search on a US citizen. These were not drones looking in peoples windows. I suspect thier primary mission was looking for Russian planes in American airspace.

about a month ago
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CIA on UFO Sightings: 'It Was Us'

ZombieBraintrust Re:Did these fly from Area 51? (197 comments)

Area 51 is US Air Force Base. So yes. Secret planes were flying too and from that base. Since the planes were sercret. They were literally UFO's to people not in on the sercret.

about a month ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

ZombieBraintrust Spanish vrs English (187 comments)

I would suspect that the ruling was in spanish and did not use the English word person. Perhaps it was persona? These ruling are somewhat about what words mean. Or what they meant to lawmakers when they wrote laws using those words. Argentine law is based on Spanish legal tradition and things like the Napoleonic code. (as opposed to English common law in the USA)

about a month ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

ZombieBraintrust Re:Freedom of assembly (341 comments)

Their unlawfull speach? What unlawfull speach are they being shielded from? Also only shairholders are protected from criminal liability. Leadership of companies can still go to prison.

about 1 month ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

ZombieBraintrust Freedom of assembly (341 comments)

Freedom of assembly is in the first amendment. It allows groups of people to be involved in politics and speach. If a group of weathy people want to promote canidates they are allowed to do so under freedom of assembly. You can't argue that the CEO and board members of corporations are not people. They are people, They have the same freedom of assembly as everyone else.

about 2 months ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

ZombieBraintrust Re: 5th Admendment? (446 comments)

issue all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and principles of law

The words necessary, appropriate, agreeable are supposed to limit the law to reasonable search and seizure.

about 2 months ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

ZombieBraintrust Re:I believe forking it is still possible (274 comments)

Forks of wikipedia already exist. There are also other wikis that carry stuff wikipedia doesn't. The forks don't have the same pagerank as wikipedia. Your not going to find results on the first 10 pages of Google. The other wikis show up in results because they don't compete with wikipedia. (because their content is considered non notable by wikipedia editors)

about 2 months ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

ZombieBraintrust Re:Title (184 comments)

Your experiencing 33% right now. We all are. We are moving at 33% the speed of light away or towards these stars.

about 2 months ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

ZombieBraintrust Re:Just stars or whole solar systems? (184 comments)

Its may be possible for a system to form after the star is ejected. (from captured debri and caputured exoplanets)

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

ZombieBraintrust Re:A Reasonable Person (436 comments)

Neither Snoop Dog or Katie Couric. The guy choose a specific audience. He was posting these for his wife to see. He wasn't posting these in a rap forum. He wasn't on the today show. He was posting these to his ex-wife. (I think, it was also possible he was posting to his public facebook. If so then that is different.) The jury just had to decide what that meant.

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

ZombieBraintrust Re:In the news today (436 comments)

He isn't selling music. After his divorce the defendant started posting quotes of violent rap lyrics on Facebook. Lyrics that were about harming women. His ex-wife reported him the FBI. The FBI only stepped in when things were a little to on the nose as a threat. Basically this guy was trying to be clever and protect his threats by being vague. He was dancing on the line and the FBI stepped in when they perceived he crossed it.

about 2 months ago
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Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?

ZombieBraintrust Re:had not been not (57 comments)

No wonder they forgot to pay taxes. Double negatives confused their accountants.

about a month ago
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Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?

ZombieBraintrust No? (57 comments)

No?

about a month ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

ZombieBraintrust First 5 billion (307 comments)

Things are even bleaker in other galaxies, the researchers report. Compared with the Milky Way, most galaxies are small and low in metallicity. As a result, 90% of them should have too many long gamma ray bursts to sustain life, they argue. What’s more, for about 5 billion years after the big bang, all galaxies were like that, so long gamma ray bursts would have made life impossible anywhere.

Wouldn't that also imply that for the first 5 billion years planets in general would be low in metal? So you would have very few planets without iron cores and similer density as Earth. There would be a different chemical mix in most of the universe.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

ZombieBraintrust Remove the word Store (103 comments)

Now they just need to remove the words Buy, Store, and Sale.

about 2 months ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

ZombieBraintrust Shock Collars for everyone (213 comments)

It is going to be like virtual fence for your dog. Everyone gets shock collars. Anyone who crosses the line is shocked. Also no barking.

about 2 months ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

ZombieBraintrust Halting Problem (335 comments)

that a general algorithm to solve the halting problem for all possible program-input pairs cannot exist

The article misunderstands the halting problem. You could replace robots with humans and murder with any descision involing other people and come to the same conclusion. AI does not try to create perfect solutions. Instead you try to create solutions that work most of the time. Approaches that can evolve with trail and error. Ethically you weigh the positive benifits of success against the negative consequences of your failures.

about 2 months ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

ZombieBraintrust Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

And the coal mine? Coal doesn't just grow on trees. It has to be dug up.

about 2 months ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

ZombieBraintrust Patents last 20 years (100 comments)

Patents last 20 years. All of todays seeds will eventually be public domain. Problem will solve itself by doing nothing.

about 2 months ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

ZombieBraintrust Re:Interesting (120 comments)

ICANN was not involved in those cases. ICANN delegates the buying and selling of second level domains to domain name registars. This is where the contract comes in. ICANN controls the top level domain and points these at the domain name registars. In this case North Korea.

about 2 months ago

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Religious Americans Enjoy Higher Wellbeing

ZombieBraintrust ZombieBraintrust writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ZombieBraintrust writes "An analysis of more than 676,000 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviews conducted in 2011 and 2010 finds that Americans who are the most religious have the highest levels of wellbeing. The statistically significant relationship between religiousness and wellbeing holds up after controlling for numerous demographic variables."
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Sony Offering Free Identity Theft Protection

ZombieBraintrust ZombieBraintrust writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) writes "Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment International have made arrangements with Debix, Inc., one of the industry’s most reputable identity protection firms, to offer AllClear ID Plus at no cost to PlayStation Network and Qriocity account holders for 12 months from the time an account holder registers for the program.

The details of the program include, but are not limited to:
Cyber monitoring and surveillance of the Internet to detect exposure of an AllClear ID Plus customer’s personal information, including monitoring of criminal web sites and data recovered by law enforcement.

Priority access to licensed private investigators and identity restoration specialists.

A $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user to provide additional protection in the event that an customer becomes a victim of identity theft."

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