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Homestar Runner To Return Soon

boarder8925 Re:I'm sorry but (57 comments)

They did get paid. H*R was selling enough merchandise for The Brothers Chaps to quit their dayjobs and work on the site full-time. What it sounds like to me is they saw opportunity to do more (other) things they wanted to do and got sucked into doing those all the time.

about two weeks ago
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Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight Relaunches As Data Journalism Website

boarder8925 Re:Buzzfeed titles! (60 comments)

You Won't Believe the Way EmagGeek Avoids Seeing Shameless Clickbait Headlines!

about 4 months ago
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Star Citizen's Crowdfunding-Driven Grey Market

boarder8925 Re:"all for AN game" (88 comments)

Apparently we can't even spell our own goddamn demonym correctly, either. I'm an idiot.

about 9 months ago
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Star Citizen's Crowdfunding-Driven Grey Market

boarder8925 Re:"all for AN game" (88 comments)

Because we're Americans, not Amiercas.

about 9 months ago
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You're Invited: Take a Look At Slashdot's New Beta

boarder8925 Re:You've broken comments; BADLY (69 comments)

Specter's nailed it. Maybe you should have them consult on the design instead of whoever's working on it now.

about 10 months ago
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Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates

boarder8925 Re:What... (706 comments)

Look at it as a life lesson: They don't want kids growing up to stand up to the bullies they'll face in adult life, so they don't let them do it as kids.

about 10 months ago
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Are the NIST Standard Elliptic Curves Back-doored?

boarder8925 Re:Remember the oath you took? (366 comments)

You'd think that, but the people in charge understand "domestic enemies" to mean the American people.

about a year ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

boarder8925 Re:Doesn't matter. Only option. (580 comments)

They should just go ahead and upgrade to the F150. I hear you can get one of those things for around $20,000.

Doubtless flies better, too.

Just super-glue some wings on that sucker and you're in business.

about a year ago
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Angry Customer Buys Promoted Tweets To Bash British Airways

boarder8925 Re:4 hours to respond (286 comments)

Did you get that time by looking at the tweet yourself? Because Twitter shows tweet times according to the time zone you're viewing a tweet from. So if I in North Carolina send something out at 8:39pm and you read it in Houston, Texas, Twitter will tell you I posted it at 7:39pm.

about a year ago
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Building Melts Car

boarder8925 Re:Florida Is Better (151 comments)

I've lived in Florida (Central) for thirteen years and never heard anything like either of those anecdotes.

Though I do remember the woman with the can of, what was it, Pillsbury rolls? that burst and she thought she'd been shot.

about a year ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

boarder8925 Re:Doesn't matter. Only option. (580 comments)

They should just go ahead and upgrade to the F150. I hear you can get one of those things for around $20,000.

about a year ago
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Why the NSA Can't Replace 90% of Its System Administrators

boarder8925 And you know what? (251 comments)

...or they are simply going to be less effective once they've reduced their staff.

I'm perfectly fine with their being less "effective."

about a year ago
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Class-action Suit Filed Against Microsoft Over Surface Write Off

boarder8925 Re:Limit Lawyer fees to the actual compensation (212 comments)

I think we should make lawyers subject to malpractice laws too...

Great idea, but the problem with it is that the lawyers are the ones who write the laws. Even if they did pass something like what you're suggesting, they'd word it so carefully that basically nothing would change.

about a year ago
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Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

boarder8925 Re: The incredible irony of.. (353 comments)

I can't read this for the whoosh that's bursting my eardrums.

about a year ago
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Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

boarder8925 Re: The incredible irony of.. (353 comments)

Could I get a car analogy for this?

about a year ago
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Court: Aereo TV Rebroadcast Is Still Legal

boarder8925 Hang on. (64 comments)

This isn't a late April Fool's Day joke, is it?

about a year ago
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Google Bumps Up Search a Notch With Google Nose BETA

boarder8925 Re:I preferred the ponies (66 comments)

Gung'f ubj gur PVN rapelcgf gurve gbc-frperg pbzzhavpngvbaf. Gurl eha vg guebhtu EBG13 guerr gvzrf, whfg gb or fnsr.

about a year ago

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North Carolina to Start Collecting Arrestees' DNA

boarder8925 boarder8925 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

boarder8925 (714555) writes "As of Tuesday, February 1, 2011, the state of North Carolina will require police officers to take DNA samples from arrestees "charged with assault on handicapped persons, stalking, or any felony." The purpose of the new law? To compare the newly obtained DNA with DNA tied to unsolved crimes. Though the Guilford County sheriff sees the law as a great way to help solve a lot cases, there's no word on what he or any other policeman or any lawmaker has to say about the implications for civil liberties. The new law requires that DNA samples be removed from the new database "when the suspect is acquitted or charges are dismissed," but given similar empty promises from other levels of government, it's hard to believe that this part of the law will be studiously observed."
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Obama Backs MPAA, RIAA, and ACTA

boarder8925 boarder8925 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

boarder8925 writes "In a move sure to surprise no one, Obama has come out on the side of the MPAA/RIAA and has backed the ACTA: "We're going to aggressively protect our intellectual property," Obama said in his speech, "Our single greatest asset is the innovation and the ingenuity and creativity of the American people [...] It is essential to our prosperity and it will only become more so in this century. But it's only a competitive advantage if our companies know that someone else can't just steal that idea and duplicate it with cheaper inputs and labor.""
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FileFront Reopens Its Doors

boarder8925 boarder8925 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

boarder8925 writes "FileFront, who announced on March 24th that they would be shutting down, has been given new life. The original owners of the website bought it back from Ziff Davis Media, who shut down FileFront because it had become financially unviable. "We're happy to announce to the gaming community that as of today, April 1st, 2009, FileFront is a completely independent company again and is no longer part of Ziff Davis Media. All previously suspended services should be active and working again. We thank Ziff Davis Media for their cooperation and willingness to keep the site and community alive." They repeatedly state that this is not an April Fools joke, and indeed the site appears to be up and running as usual."
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U.S. Claims Right to Kidnap British Citizens

boarder8925 boarder8925 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

boarder8925 writes "The U.S. federal government has informed Britain that it has the right to kidnap British citizens suspected of criminal offenses. The Times continues: "A senior lawyer for the American government has told the Court of Appeal in London that kidnapping foreign citizens is permissible under American law because the US Supreme Court has sanctioned it.""
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U.S. Airport Screeners Are Watching What You Read

boarder8925 boarder8925 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

boarder8925 writes "Be careful what you read when you fly in the United States. What you read is being monitored by airport screeners and stored in a government database for years.

Privacy advocates obtained database records showing that the government routinely records the race of people pulled aside for extra screening as they enter the country, along with cursory answers given to U.S. border inspectors about their purpose in traveling. In one case, the records note Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Gilmore's choice of reading material, and worry over the number of small flashlights he'd packed for the trip. The breadth of the information obtained by the Gilmore-funded Identity Project (using a Privacy Act request) shows the government's screening program at the border is actually a "surveillance dragnet," according to the group's spokesman Bill Scannell. "There is so much sensitive information in the documents that it is clear that Homeland Security is not playing straight with the American people," Scannell said.
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boarder8925 boarder8925 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

boarder8925 writes "Ars Technica just recently posted an article announcing the return of Amiga hardware. "Amiga Inc. ...[has announced] a new line of PowerPC-based computers that will run Amiga OS. The first machine will be a 'consumer-level' system that will run at around $500, to be followed up with a more powerful system for $1,500.""
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boarder8925 boarder8925 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

boarder8925 writes "360-Gamer is reporting on an assault by a 36-year-old man on a 15-year-old. According to the article, the man tried to cut in front of the teen, who was in line to pick up the game at GameStop. When the teen wouldn't let the man in front of him, the man swore at and repeatedly punched the 15-year-old, who was to receive the last copy of Gears of War. The man has been arrested; the teen is in the hospital."
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boarder8925 boarder8925 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

boarder8925 writes ""Forget no-fly lists. If Uncle Sam gets its way, beginning on January 14, 2007, we'll all be on no-fly lists unless the government gives us permission to leave (or reenter) the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed that all airlines, cruise lines — even fishing boats — be required to obtain clearance for each passenger they propose taking into or out of the United States." A PDF summarizing the legislation is available here."
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boarder8925 boarder8925 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

boarder8925 writes "Google said Monday that it's buying the internet's largest video site, YouTube, for $1.65 billion in stock. The deal is regarded as a largely defensive one that leapfrogs Google into a leading role in a burgeoning Internet marketplace. Moreover, the Google/YouTube deal highlights how Google, Yahoo!, and other Internet companies are betting heavily on video to attract more customers and generate more advertising revenue. I just hope they leave YouTube's interface the way it is."
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boarder8925 boarder8925 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

boarder8925 writes "Princeton security researchers Ariel J. Feldman, J. Alex Halderman, and Edward W. Felten have completed a security study of a Diebold voting machine. They found that an attacker with physical access to the machine could install malicious code by swapping out the memory cards — code that could "steal votes undetectably, modifying all records, logs, and counters to be consistent with the fraudulent vote count it creates.""
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boarder8925 boarder8925 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

boarder8925 writes "If you've been worried that nonlethal weapons won't affect enemies on the battlefield, Air Force chief Michael Wynne has the solution: Test nonlethal weapons on protesters here in the States. "If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," said Wynne. "If I hit somebody with a nonlethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in a way that was not intended, I think that I would be vilified in the world press.""

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