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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

asylumx Re:Bill Rejected with Bi-Partisan agreeemnt (440 comments)

Obamacare passed without one Republican vote in the House or the Senate. When was that last called a Strictly Partisan Bill?

Um... every day?

about a week ago
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HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

asylumx Re:Can someone expolain what's so great about HTML (133 comments)

Basically, HTML5 will let us retire a whole bunch of crufty old legacy hacks from the bad days (Javascript everywhere, Flash, Applets, etc)

You must be new to the world of programming -- old technology never dies! MWA HA HA HA!!!

about a week ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

asylumx Re:Big deal... (132 comments)

Oh, no, don't get me wrong. They are ALL a joke.

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

asylumx Re:Big deal... (132 comments)

Actually, for several demographics, viewing times and shows, they're doing better than CNN

That may be true, but I would argue that is entirely CNN's fault for making themselves into such a joke of a network the last several years, rather than a success of MSNBC.

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

asylumx Re:Couldn't they have used an RTG? (132 comments)

It would be a pisser to have come this far only to have the mission fail because the probe can't get enough power to carry on operations.

Who said the mission would be a failure? They've landed on a comet and received lots of data from the lander already. Even if the mission is cut severely short, it sounds like a success to me.

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

asylumx Re:Big deal... (132 comments)

Wait, you actually watched MSNBC? I didn't know people actually DID that...

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

asylumx Re:False sense of success? (112 comments)

Boy, if your only definition of "Success" is "Insanely profitable" then you're set up for a lot of disappointment in your life.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"

asylumx Re:Virus Name (275 comments)

The "MSNBC" virus was found to be much less infectious because the majority of the population is not exposed to it.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

asylumx False sense of success? (112 comments)

What makes it false? If they sell the product and make a profit, that's a basic success. Who cares if customers put the product in a drawer and don't use it? That's where many products end up -- that doesn't make them unsuccessful.

about three weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

asylumx Re:But deflation is bad!!! (334 comments)

Deflation of gas prices is not the same as economic deflation across the board. Companies that raised their prices due to gas costs will not now lower their prices because gas is cheaper. They will instead be proud of their P&L. Inflation, overall, will continue.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

asylumx Re:Coincidence? (429 comments)

For me it says:

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds

Which is much less helpful in this conversation.

about three weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech

asylumx Re:Very Fascinating (109 comments)

Basically the fear is that it becomes a propaganda machine.

Correct. Why change it from the fear machine that it already is?

about three weeks ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

asylumx Re: What am I doing wrong? (574 comments)

Many in the working class work far more than 45 hrs/week for far less than $75k. You should consider yourself very lucky to be in a position where you are comfortable enough to decline a job that pays that well.

about three weeks ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

asylumx Re:So Wrong (574 comments)

What the candidate is worth and what the candidate thinks they are worth (and what the company thinks they are worth, for that matter) are all very different things.

about three weeks ago
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Chinese Hackers Mess With Texas By Attacking Fracking Firms

asylumx Re:billions for who? (104 comments)

Everywhere I've ever lived, you pay income tax where you work, then pay more where you live, if tax rates are higher where you live.

No, this is not the case everywhere. For example when I lived in Indiana and worked in Michigan, my state income tax was paid to Indiana. Anecdotes don't work when talking about state taxes because there is too much variance.

about three weeks ago
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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

asylumx Re:Isaac Asimov never heard (150 comments)

Furthermore, since this is obvious from spending only a small amount of time with just about anyone you meet, this observation is common sense to me.

Great point!

about a month ago
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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

asylumx Re:Isaac Asimov never heard (150 comments)

Not to mention, common sense isn't always common nor sensible!

about a month ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

asylumx Re:Republicans Control Michigan (294 comments)

Districts get redrawn, usually by the party in control of the legislature. Yes, eventually it might because very difficult (or impossible) to gerrymander enough districts for them to keep control but for now, the state is losing population and usually from blue areas (Detroit, Flint, etc) not Red areas (everywhere else including Grand Rapids).

about a month ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

asylumx Re:Really? (205 comments)

Is the army looking for people who can accurately fire rifles and follow orders

No, they can and will drill both of those things into your head. What they are looking for is healthy people who are willing to die for whatever it is our military asks them to do.

about a month ago
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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

asylumx DevOps (133 comments)

From what I hear, this is all old news anyway and we should all be switching to devops!

about a month ago

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Italian Earthquake Scientists Convicted for Missed Prediction

asylumx asylumx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

asylumx (881307) writes "Six seismologists and one public official in Italy have been convicted of manslaughter charges for failing to correctly predict a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in 2009 that killed at least 300 people. During a meeting a week before the quake, the scientists declared it was unlikely but not impossible for a major quake to occur, even though the area had been experiencing recent seismic activity. From the article: The Italian geophysics institute expressed "regret and concern" about the verdict in a statement Monday. It said the ruling "threatens to undermine one of the cornerstones of scientific research: that of freedom of investigation, of open and transparent discussion and sharing of results." Let's hope other countries don't follow suit!"
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US Supreme Court weighs on on Warrantless GPS Trac

asylumx asylumx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

asylumx (881307) writes "We've been following this story on Slashdot for a while now, well the US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect’s car and monitored its movements for 28 days. While the vote that the tracking was illegal is unanimous, there is some disagreement whether it simply constitutes a search (which should require a warrant under the 4th amendment) or if it was a breach of reasonable expectation of privacy. The latter seems to imply that GPS Tracking without a warrant is sometimes legal."
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US Eavesdropping Couples' Intimate Phone Calls

asylumx asylumx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

asylumx (881307) writes "Congress is looking into allegations that National Security Agency linguists have been eavesdropping on Americans abroad, including military officers in Iraq who called friends and family in the United States. One former linguist said military intercept operators would often share recordings of what he called "phone sex" and "pillow talk.""
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