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Mysterious Martian Gouges Carved By Sand-surfing Dry Ice

asylumx Re:Yawn. (26 comments)

I guess this sense.

4 days ago
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Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots

asylumx Re:Cool, walk the walk! (52 comments)

No, clearly he is referring to them working from their yatch -- which probably makes more sense anyway.

4 days ago
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Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

asylumx Re:Actually... (135 comments)

This was the first thing that came to mind for me, too. There's no way any researcher worth a snot would take a sample from one comet and claim that all comets must be like this.

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

asylumx Re:The wet ones did! (135 comments)

That's simple. Clearly there is still air in your head.

about two weeks ago
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

asylumx Re:Anything sold to the police should be sold... (191 comments)

I don't want any citizens police or otherwise driving tanks down the street. Our streets here in Michigan are bad enough just with the weather, we really don't need tanks tearing them up!

about two weeks ago
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How High-Tech Temporary Tattoos Will Hack Your Skin

asylumx Re:Use the damn language (57 comments)

That was my thought when reading this, too. What's the hack? Usually a hack (at least in this context) is where you take something meant for one purpose, and make it work surprisingly well for another purpose.

about two weeks ago
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How High-Tech Temporary Tattoos Will Hack Your Skin

asylumx Re:Or more generally. (57 comments)

Yes, so really a sticker rather than a tattoo.

about two weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

asylumx Re:Girls, girls, girls... (333 comments)

Well, I certainly didn't claim that it doesn't happen (so I'm not sure why I got modded flamebait).

about two weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

asylumx Re:Girls, girls, girls... (333 comments)

it's one thing to have a woman shaving your nether regions in preparation for a surgery or giving you an enema (or similar), but some dude doing it to you introduces a bit of mental discomfort in guys

I can't say I've had to have something like this yet, but it seems to me that this situation would have plenty of mental discomfort regardless of the gender of the technician. When you had your last physical, was the physician the same gender as you or the opposite? Did you care? Why would the gender difference not matter for the doctor, but would for the nurse?

about two weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

asylumx Re:Girls, girls, girls... (333 comments)

I don't know what you're talking about. I've never had a woman ostracize me because of my choice of career. In fact it's usually a huge plus because I'm in a hot industry and am financially stable. I suspect in this example that you're getting ostracized because of your personality, not because of your career choice.

about two weeks ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

asylumx Re:Okay, David Cameron is a Luddite and a moron. (216 comments)

a substantial investment in equipment and software that IN NO WAY contributes to the company's bottom line.

I agree with your post, however this line is probably not true -- if the ISP does this at the behest of a politician (or any government TLA) then there is probably either a tax break or some other kind of financial boon for doing so, if not a penalty for not cooperating -- which means this almost certainly will hit their bottom line one way or another.

Also, the ISP cooperating here could give them a boost with that politician and perhaps their party when having future unrelated discussions -- for example, around net neutrality.

about two weeks ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

asylumx Re:Oh, I like this one (216 comments)

Porn is cleaner and more wholesome than political ads, so as a result our society would greatly improve!

(Not sarcasm...)

about two weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

asylumx Re:Girls, girls, girls... (333 comments)

like women bullying men who go into nursing

Actually, I suspect the bigger concern is that men who go into nursing are ostracized by other men, rather than by women.

about three weeks ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

asylumx Re:Bill Rejected with Bi-Partisan agreeemnt (445 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 month 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 month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 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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