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No Pirate Bay for Comcast Customers

buttersnout Re:DNS or IP blocked? (230 comments)

I'm on connected through comcast in philadelphia, PA. Works fine now.

more than 3 years ago
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High-Tech Gas Drilling Is Fouling Drinking Water

buttersnout Re:How much are they getting paid though? (390 comments)

In PA fracking is tax free. This means the water will be poisoned forever and there will be no money to clean it up. This will be very unfortunate for the next generation who doesn't care that their parents got paid a little bit for their enormous problem

more than 3 years ago
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Mac Users More Liberal Than Windows Users

buttersnout Re:"More gullible" too. (638 comments)

Question mark? How does not believing you imply I'm both a mac user and gullible?

more than 3 years ago
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Mac Users More Liberal Than Windows Users

buttersnout Re:"More gullible" too. (638 comments)

No. You made that up. It's not in the article. It's your perception.

more than 3 years ago
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Speed Tickets Challenged Based On Timestamped Photos

buttersnout Re:50% of the budget (566 comments)

The article says $40 per ticket so that's 198 tickets per day. This is a problem with traffic court in general. Rarely is evidence ever presented against the accused. It's just the work of an officer vs. the driver and the officer's word is the only one that matters. Perhaps traffic court is petty compared to more serious crimes but when the government treats its people such that only they matter and whatever an officer says might be true, it's sets a dangerous mindset for a country.

more than 3 years ago
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Michigan Police Could Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops

buttersnout Re:OUTRAGEOUS cost (525 comments)

I had an experience very similar to his. I was given a speeding ticket while taking someone to the hospital. The doctors told me serious damage had occurred to the patients lungs because I was unable to get her there sooner. I didn't have a phone to call an ambulance where I lived so I felt I had a good defense of necessity and decided to contest the ticket. A couple months later I was in an accident caused by another vehicle. I was charged with driving with a suspended license. It turns out the officer had written my address wrong. A lawyer was able to get all the related documents which showed I had filled out the correct address but the officer did not and they sent the summons for speeding, notice of default judgement, notice of suspended license etc. to the wrong address. The lawyer told me I could file a motion to reopen the case for speeding and that I should pretty easily be able to get the driving with a suspended license charge dismissed. I presented the documents to judge that the lawyer had given me and the judge looked at me, paused and told me I had a weak defense and found me guilty. I sent in my money for appeal which the state deposited and claimed they never received and so I did not get an appeal. After that I didn't think it was worth bothering to fill out the forms to reopen judgement on the speeding ticket

more than 3 years ago
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Carriers Delay Paying Japan's Texting Donations

buttersnout Re:Surprised? (235 comments)

I had unexpected charges on my phone bill because a company claimed I asked them to text me my fortune for a fee. I never asked to be sent any text messages so I disputed the charge. Verizon told me this was the same situation as when you call a 900 number and that there's nothing you can do about it. In their words "anyone can charge money to your phone bill and you're obligated to pay it." If they can't remove fees like this the only reason can be that they've already paid them out to the party billing your account. In this case I don't see the delay in paying the money to mgive. Besides, this is how your credit card works and you use your phone and then pay the money you owe much like a credit card.

more than 3 years ago
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Goodbye, HD Component Video

buttersnout Re:i know what you need (469 comments)

So I spent $60 on a Blue Ray player, $1150 on a projector without HDMI inputs and now I have to buy a $250 converter. At least I can find pirated Blue Ray disks that will still let me use the equipment I purchased and had intended to use legally.

more than 3 years ago
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OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

buttersnout Re:Classic Mac OS (763 comments)

Have you ever used a Newton? They used soups instead of a file system which very much addressed the problems you point out.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Manager Arrested In Kickback Scheme

buttersnout Re:highest ethical standards (218 comments)

I work for a labor union in the US and what you describe is the same as what we have here. I think one big benefit of unions that is often overlooked is grievances. Before I was a unionized worker I often had to deal with my boss blaming his mistakes on me and taking credit for my ideas. This kept me from getting raises and promotions as it marred my permanent record. Had I been unionized I would have been able to file a grievance and an investigation would have taken place to determine whether my story or my boss's was true. I haven't had such problems with my current job but I feel much better knowing I'm protected should anything arise. Working for the union, we encounter a lot of problems like this though. For example, we have an employee here on a visa getting paid for one month but being told he better show up for 4 months. If he does not, his family who is also here on visa could be fired and be sent back to their home country. Without a union he'd be powerless to fight this. I think part of the problem creating with the antiunion sentiment in the US is that the relatively few instances when unions are awarded to much are highly publicized while the instances when unions were able to improve conditions bordering on slavery for workers are not. Another part of the problem is that non-unionized workers tend to respond to to hearing what unionized workers get with thoughts such as "That's not fair. Look at how much worse what I'm getting is and look at what they've demanded" instead of "That's not fair, we should unionize and get the same benefits."

more than 4 years ago
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No Samples On Japan's Hayabusa Asteroid Probe

buttersnout Re:Metric system.. Duh! (147 comments)

Does anyone know if the collection of samples would have been redundant with those collected by NASA's stardust? I have been having trouble understanding the what else Hayabusa was to add but perhaps it's main job was to test new technology.

more than 4 years ago
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For Normals, Jobs' "Retina Display" Claim May Be Fair After All

buttersnout Re:math failure (386 comments)

The claim was normal vision. Nearsightedness, though common, is by definition not normal vision. If you are going to start a sentence with "Some people can..." then you can't make a claim that the statement for normal vision is false.

more than 4 years ago
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For Normals, Jobs' "Retina Display" Claim May Be Fair After All

buttersnout Re:Print Resolution (386 comments)

I also think the cited expert looks for needless fights. At the end of the article he also starts one over the Quattron display. His claim is that since yellow is created using the RGB pixels the fourth color makes no difference. As was evident in the slashdot discussion on the same subject way back, at the very least we can say the issue is way more complicated than that. In fact, every artist I ask has quite a bit to say about CMYK vs RGB and the addition of Y to RGB. I think the reason he nitpicked the iphone 4 instead of the quattron (aside from that last paragraph) is that you can get much more people interested if you're nitpicking apple instead of sharp.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Seize Computers From Gizmodo Editor

buttersnout Re:Just give us a name (1204 comments)

Are you sure about this? At every company I've worked for they told us never to reveal a competitors secrets if we ever obtained them. My current employer described, for example, a scenario in which someone offered to sell a competitors designs and told us we should contact the FBI if this happened. They also cited a famous case where someone tried to sell coke's formula to pepsi and explained that pepsi could not legally purchase it and so they contacted the FBI. All of my employers have reminded me of this fact at least yearly. I would assume it would also be illegal to publish apple's trade secrets

more than 4 years ago
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Science Attempts To Explain Heaven

buttersnout Re:Hmm (692 comments)

But what I find interesting is that the article seems to imply that the effects of ketamine are similar in different individuals: tunnels of light, the presence of god, etc. If that chemical has these specific hallucinations as effects, perhaps there are other factors that cause the negative NDEs such as different chemicals or different neural activity or different brain architectures

more than 4 years ago
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Science Attempts To Explain Heaven

buttersnout Re:Hmm (692 comments)

I'm also curious about people who see hell which none of the articles mention. I've read accounts of people feeling that they move to hell when they die and experience either eternal loneliness or demons eating them, etc. Apparently a small minority of NDEs are negative. None of the articles linked mention negative NDEs. I wonder if hell may be the effect ketamine has on some people just like some drugs have different effects on different minds. Or perhaps a different chemical is produced entirely maybe hell is part of the trauma that occurs if ketamine is not released. I've noticed an apparent similarity between waking and NDE. In both circumstances a small amount of time can seem feel very long. It would be very interesting to learn how a defensive chemical interacts with the activity in the brain that occurs as one is dying and comparing to other psychological phenomena

more than 4 years ago

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Court rules taser can be used when threat present

buttersnout buttersnout writes  |  more than 4 years ago

buttersnout (832768) writes "The U.S. 9th district court of appeals has ruled that police may only use Tasers when a perpetrator poses an immediate threat or be liable for any injury caused. Tasers may no longer be used to on people merely protesting or even passively resisting arrest. The unanimous decision may require police agencies throughout the U.S. to revise their policies on these less lethal weapons."
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