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Why Snowden Did Right

c4320n Re:But that's not all Snowden did... (348 comments)

Preposterous. 'Just following orders' (or, 'Just following our directive', as it were) is no excuse. Every human being has an inalienable set of rights, and surveillance violates these rights; culpability for that violation exists regardless of the NSA's ostensibly-foreign 'jurisdiction'.

about 2 months ago
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Ohio Prison Shows Pirated Movies To Inmates

c4320n Re:Not neccessarily pirated (186 comments)

Except the article says the movies were clearly cam rips.

about 2 months ago
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Watch the FCC Vote On Net Neutrality Live At 10:30am Eastern

c4320n It passed. (90 comments)

Well, we've had a good ride, guys.

about 2 months ago
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Court Orders Marvell To Pay Carnegie Mellon $1.5B For Patent Infringement

c4320n Re:1.5 Billion? (85 comments)

Their endowment is about $1.4 billion already; they ran a $1 billion dollar campaign as recently as 2003. I'm sure they would find numerous uses for it.

about 3 months ago
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Electromagnetic Noise Found To Affect Bird Navigation

c4320n Re:Is this why they fly into airplanes? (71 comments)

A waterfall is very, very far from a 'vertical water surface'. I doubt it the polarization of the light coming off of a waterfall makes it look any more similar to a pool of water than the colored light coming off of it does (that is to say, not at all).

about 3 months ago
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In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot

c4320n Re: "busses"? (427 comments)

I've been spelling it "busses" my whole life. Very peculiar: I don't recall ever having noticed "buses" before, but noticing it now, it feels so wrong!

about 3 months ago
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First Transistors Made Entirely of 2-D Materials

c4320n Re:To all who say it's not two-dimensional (137 comments)

Except people do call pieces of paper (and, more commonly, things drawn on them) 'two dimensional'. With great frequency. It's entirely consistent to call something five atoms thick, where the axis perpendicular to its plane is pretty much entirely irrelevant to its design, 'two dimensional'.

about 3 months ago
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UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

c4320n In no way is Google Docs 'open-source' (273 comments)

The original article doesn't even make this mistake: it just says that Docs can handle ODF. Nice summarizing, Karashur.

about 6 months ago
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EFF Moves To Nix Trademark On "Gaymer"

c4320n Re:Look at me, I'm special! (231 comments)

"Gaymer" is not an actual dictionary word, therefore can not be part of the public domain. If they liked the name so much, they should have registered it as a trademark.

You are precisely what is wrong with popular linguistics and copyright law.

about a year and a half ago

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