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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

_anomaly_ Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

Maybe because it's budget season?

The current federal budget law (31 U.S.C. 1105(a)) requires that the President submit the budget between the first Monday in January and the first Monday in February

about two weeks ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

_anomaly_ OT: one-way (349 comments)

Not really related to the skipping-a-leg-for-cheaper-airfare, but I booked one-ways for a trip to Jamaica (from the US).

Not for bonus points or miles, but because it was cheaper and provided more convenient flight times. We booked with Delta on the way down and US Air on the way back. It takes a little more work because you're shopping for plane tickets twice, but I'd bet in most cases, it's worth it.

about a month ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

_anomaly_ Re:youmail (237 comments)

Exactly this! If you've got voicemail, take the courtesy to listen to it before calling someone back. If someone has voicemail, I'm going to assume it's for a purpose: so I can leave information of lower importance, assuming you'll get it eventually. If you're going to break this social contract, and you can't be bothered to check your own voicemail before calling someone back, then disable your voicemail already!

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

_anomaly_ Re:Why would you call something Mayo that isn't? (145 comments)

I agree as well. This product should be renamed from "Just Mayo" to "Pea Mayo". I doubt it'd sell well, though.

about 2 months ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

_anomaly_ Re:It's too bad, really (223 comments)

I think you're onto something here.

How many times do you think there has been a legitimate lawsuit that should be filed and tried but never saw the light of day or was seen to the end because the plaintiff didn't have the resources to keep it funded to the point they had their day in court?
I suspect it's a lot.

Make all lawyers like public defenders... paid for through taxes, with bonus incentives for winning cases or something. So, when a lawsuit is filed, both the plaintiff and the defendant get assigned a lawyer, or lawyers.

But, IANAL and my knowledge of the justice system and how lawsuits work is very limited, to be honest.

about 3 months ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

_anomaly_ Re:This is related (294 comments)

"Testing negative" and "no symptoms" is essentially meaningless in this context.

Sorry, but no, it's not meaningless. Do the current test methods provide a definitive answer as to whether or not someone is infected with the virus? No, the current methods are difficult and prone to cross-contamination and human error. However, you're forgetting that the general consensus is that someone infected is not considered to be contagious until they're symptomatic. Therefore "no symptoms" carries a lot of meaning.

Frequent, early testing is useful for early diagnosis if she contracts the disease. But the fact that she has tested negative doesn't say anything about whether or not she needs to be quarantined.

Wow. So you're saying that people should be quarantined without any evidence of infection? Or maybe you think that anyone who has traveled to Africa should be quarantined? That's a severe misuse of public health care resources and would be severely detrimental to our ability to keep the disease from spreading in the U.S.

And FYI, I'm not opposed to any form of quarantine, but doing so only with circumstantial evidence would be a Bad Thing.

about 3 months ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

_anomaly_ Re:my thoughts (372 comments)

These are people who take all available precautions, realize there is still a danger, and still try to save lives. These people are heroes.

No doubt. I think some of the posters above need to look up altruism, and realize that some people in fact exhibit altruistic traits, to the benefit of everyone.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

_anomaly_ Re:Ads (330 comments)

Don't forget a Minecraft-themed Johnny Switchblade and, of course, Bass 'o Matic (not a toy, but everyone will want one)!

about 5 months ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

_anomaly_ Re:What Microsoft could do (210 comments)

what is the default home page in IE? That would be the place to put a warning..

I believe it's still MSN.com... so unless the text stating the warning is a link that generates ad revenue, they wouldn't think of putting it on the home page.

about 5 months ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

_anomaly_ Re:I've gotten 4 (210 comments)

I haven't gotten any of these calls either. I'm not saying that I want these calls to start coming in, but I'd sure have some fun with it if they did.

So, I wonder. I only have a cell phone... are those that are receiving these calls on a regular basis only getting them on land lines, or am I just lucky to not be getting them on my cell phone?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

_anomaly_ Re:Must-have features (471 comments)

With the right watchface, the Pebble Steel might meet your listed criteria. I just have the original Pebble, but think it's great at $150 (with the Steel version going for $249).

about 5 months ago
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Reanalysis of Clinical Trials Finds Misleading Results

_anomaly_ Re:Not the usual way science is done (74 comments)

Drugs go through four phases of clinical trials, as required by the FDA.

That being said, the whole clinical trial process to get a drug approved by the FDA is pretty messed up. From how pharmaceutical companies are involved, how patients are (are not) qualified to participate, how adverse events aren't necessarily properly documented, the list goes on.

about 5 months ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

_anomaly_ Re:A few issues with this... (595 comments)

You keep asking for sources about whether or not compromises were made in testing accuracy to get it in the form of nail polish. I assumed you were just being lazy, because how could there not be a more in-depth article out there on something that's getting so much attention. Well, after a bit of searching, it appears you probably weren't being lazy... I couldn't find anything out there in the form of details. Maybe the detection rate isn't so great... or (god forbid) they're having difficulty with false positives or false negatives.

about 5 months ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

_anomaly_ Re:definition is clear (306 comments)

The phrase "programming language" is so vague that it's wide open for interpretation. That's why I'm not going to say you're wrong, which was my first inclination, but simply disagree with you.

My definition of a programming language is that which is compilable into machine-readable form.

Now you're going to say, "HTML can be compiled into machine-readable form, it's displayed on your screen, isn't it?!". Yes, the content that originated from HTML (and others) is displayed on your screen, but that's because the browser is interpreting the HTML and then displaying it. Like someone else already responded to you and said, HTML is data, or more specifically structured content.

An analogy that may help distinguish HTML (and CSS and the like) from what I consider programming languages would be to take printing a certificate using a word processor. The words and images you insert into the word processor isn't a "programming language". It's a "template" which is used by the printer in order to display the content (on paper), just like browsers that use the HTML to display the content (on the screen).
HTML tags for forms, different types of media, etc. kind of blur the lines a little bit because they instruct the browser to perform certain actions, but that doesn't invalidate the interpretation of HTML as a display template, or data.

about 6 months ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

_anomaly_ Re:Nonstop comcast rate hikes (250 comments)

I know. That's why, just about every year, I have to either change to a similar plan with less benefits or bump up my deductible to keep it from going up much. The only time I didn't have to do that was last year, when I did a "risk re-evaluation", which turned out in my favor.

about 6 months ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

_anomaly_ Re:Nonstop comcast rate hikes (250 comments)

No other "utility" even comes close.

No, but my health insurance (individual, not through my small-business employer) goes up about 30% per annum... but I digress...

about 6 months ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

_anomaly_ Re:Comcast should run for office (250 comments)

Well, if you do it right (run for office), you aren't footing the bill, your supporters/constituents are.

about 6 months ago
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

_anomaly_ Re:Now I wish.... (60 comments)

He did use the original inputs (control pad and buttons, power slider).

about 6 months ago

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