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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

aevan Hm. (76 comments)

Is Verizon's argument that Net Neutrality is bad because they cannot ransom special groups? "allow ISPs to create Internet "fast lanes" for companies that can afford to pay for speedier service" [Emphasis mine]

about two weeks ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

aevan Re:The problem is... (190 comments)

Next SciFi movie special: Having a crisis of morality, a technician at a biological research facility attempts to destroy the last samples of a virulent strain. Improperly doing so, an ancient plague is revisited upon the world. Can a small town sheriff, his plucky daughter, and the random love interest survive this new apocalyptic world?

about two weeks ago
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ExoLance: Shooting Darts At Mars To Find Life

aevan Re:Please, stop! (50 comments)

Good news! We found evidence of life on Mars!
Bad news... it'll take 3 years for the relief ships to get there to help the survivors.

about two weeks ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

aevan Re:Coding (158 comments)

I've seen studies go either way. I've seen claims that women CAUSE more accidents (random braking etc) that they themselves don't get INTO the accident, but effect the people they had cut off etc (claims by traffic cops). I've watch women apply makeup while making lane-changes on 6-lane highways, or declare they waited long enough to cross a highway "they'll just have to stop". Personally come across as many accidents caused by hesitation as by aggression.

tl;dr: Both genders have their share of incompetent morons.

about two weeks ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

aevan Re:Great (151 comments)

Eyja Fjalla Jökull

Isn't that how you summon a Deep One?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

aevan Re:Curious (749 comments)

I'm aware that they'd have to, which was why my question is if the government was fine with this scenario. Companies like Boeing do have presences in other countries, and I doubt the United States would appreciate Boeing complying with giving potentially sensitive information over, just because it is court-ordered in a country they do business in. Yet now, morally, they have no leg to stand on (not that they'd care in the first place).

I'm more thinking of how companies will have to twist with this, how it would effect international corporations and trade, and primarily how international agreements are pretty much a trading of concessions: belligerence like this pretty much sets it back.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

aevan Curious (749 comments)

Does this mean that the US Gov is fine with those same companies turning over all their data to China if a Chinese official decides he wants it? Wonder what other companies this fun can extend to.

about three weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

aevan Re:Why is this news? (443 comments)

Three cars, two poles, a building, 100mph..and even then, died later?
*amused* give some credit to the Tesla for him lasting that long

about three weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

aevan Re:Just visit the website? (130 comments)

So it's the new 30k oil change then?

about a month ago
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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

aevan Re:Let them drink! (532 comments)

As much as I really really really hate the argument...it does also come in the flavour of "think of the children"

I give no damn about some lazy ass who wants to bloat their waistline while rotting their teeth out... but watching bratlings drinking soda containers larger than their head, then later yelled at for being hyper..and then even later yelled at for being moody when they crash out...rinse repeat...

Though banning 44 oz just would mean they'd buy 22oz twice... idiots can be nothing if not determined.

about a month ago
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Climate Change Prompts Emperor Penguins To Find New Breeding Grounds

aevan Re:HUH? (215 comments)

Avianpogenic Global Wandering

about a month ago
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Gecko Feet Inspire Hand-Held Spider-Man Paddles

aevan Re:Taking inspiration from the movies (64 comments)

Ah, figured. There goes that idea. Still, likely some unconventional uses for them out there.

about 1 month ago
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Gecko Feet Inspire Hand-Held Spider-Man Paddles

aevan Re:Taking inspiration from the movies (64 comments)

For fighting an actual fire, I wouldn't want to be so precarious. For rescue work though...and how would it hold up under wet conditions, say, a boat?

about 1 month ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

aevan Re:On behalf of all network specialists, (197 comments)

'Asymptotes never cross zero'. Doesn't mean they don't get damned close, and doesn't mean it's a happy existence. If they dole out 1 address per year we can avoid having to change from IPv4 for millennia!!

about 2 months ago
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The Light Might Make You Heavy

aevan Re:Just look at Anakin (138 comments)

So the argument could be made it wasn't the darkside, but high-intensity light therapy that caused the sudden weight loss?

about 2 months ago
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Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

aevan Re:Morality is largely due to upbringing (212 comments)

Doesn't that prove the point then? The argument (well the point raised a few levels up) was that lacking empathy (i.e. being born without) was a trait, and so a psychopath could not be skilled in empathy. Having an off-switch for said implies you still have it, only choosing when to have it active, which could allow for them to be skilled in empathy.

about 2 months ago
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Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

aevan Re:Morality is largely due to upbringing (212 comments)

Not following that.

Premise: Do unto others before they do unto you
You acknowledge an action you wouldn't like done to you..but you aren't doing it to you, you're doing it to them, and since they aren't material to effects on you, you don't care. You can be aware a gunshot hurts and still shoot someone. Empathy isn't a barrier to cruelty. I'd imagine sadism would require decent amounts of empathy to actually enjoy it (emotional sadism more so than physical).

about 2 months ago
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Should We Eat Invasive Species?

aevan Re:Don't see why not. (290 comments)

It's a Cantonese saying "Anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies, with its back to heaven is edible.", used in South China. It backdates to the 1800s. It's been referenced in some cookbooks (e.g. "The Chinese Kitchen" by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo), and is known/used by some Chinese, and not others.

Cue supposition based on some searching: the area traded heavily with the West during that time. Take the exotic delicacies and dishes concocted by chefs, add in a language/culture barrier,good old prejudice, and the loss of context in repetition...I can easily imagine it's a Western generalisation/mild slur that got repeated and adopted and over time became adopted as a regional motto of sorts (i.e. isn't 'known' in the Mandarin areas, just the Cantonese south).

Could be waaay off though.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

aevan Re:One drop rule? (250 comments)

Easy: no blacks applied: [your] luck of the draw[n applicants]. Of course if your company attracted 10,000 people and not one were black, you might have significant P.R. issues.

about 2 months ago

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