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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

crioca How about protecting the public (288 comments)

How about protecting the public from the lobbyists and legislators pushing oppressive copyright laws?

yesterday
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

crioca Re:Cubic litres (268 comments)

I'm pretty sure he's an idiot, or at least doesn't understand the difference between increasing something and concentrating something:

a new parabolic dish that increases the sun's radiation by 2,000 times

Nope.

5 days ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

crioca Re:The luxury of money (154 comments)

If I was going to worship any god, it would have to be Prometheus.

Dude decided to defy the gods and give humans the gift of friggin' technology just because he felt it was the right the thing to do. For his kindness he was chained to a rock and is disemboweled every day for eternity.

And what does he ask in return? Nothing. He's just like "Nah dudes, I ask something in return for it's not a gift. And this whole "eternal torment" thing? Don't worry about it, I'm not going to hold y'all responsible for my decisions." Total bro.

about a week ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

crioca Re:Not the only strategy (324 comments)

You mean, like Canada? It has a 26% rate, compared the US's 40% rate. Yeah, third-world hell holes like Canada always whore around with those low numbers, right?

The nominal tax rate is immaterial, it's the effective tax rate that's the material factor.

about two weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

crioca Re:what was the SCORE? (81 comments)

did FOR beat AGAINST?

Only in terms of numbers, in terms of net worth Against had it by a landslide.

about three weeks ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

crioca Re:Cash (111 comments)

A couple of months back I payed for a bunch of Ikea stuff with 10 $100 notes. It was so cash. Literally.

about three weeks ago
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New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

crioca Re:central storage or n^x security guard costs / s (191 comments)

It's about damned time we started building new nukes

I've been a proponent of nuclear power for years, but given how fast the cost of solar power has been falling, I think the time for investing heavily in nuclear power has passed.

about a month ago
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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

crioca Re:stealing identity (74 comments)

I can’t say I agree, but regardless there’s plenty of other uses for a database of 16000 criminals.

about a month ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

crioca Re:And there you are (465 comments)

The real denialists are, and always have been, the ones who think science is never to be questioned.

I hear Creationists using that line a lot.

about a month ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

crioca Re:This will be a thoughtful, productive discussio (465 comments)

Well, i guesd i'm one of your denialist because i have yet to hear an explanation to why all the sudden a long standing natural occurance is given more weight than when it previously naturally occured which was forever. Well, i taje that back. I have yet to hear an explaination that isn't convoluted and makes me laugh.

You mustn't of been listening very hard then, because the concern is that this "long standing natural occurrence" is being unnaturally accelerated and during other times when it "previously naturally occurred" at accelerated rates it resulted in mass extinction and damage to biodiversity.

about a month ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

crioca Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (465 comments)

Scientists can speculate and debate as much as they want whether it's getting warmer or colder. The issue with the global warming debate is the political demands to translate the science into specific actions,

So you want to keep performing scientific research, but not use that research to inform our actions? That's... genius.

often by scientists who have no qualifications in economics or politics.

Oh yeah, that's a real problem with a lot of political systems; too many scientists making policy and not enough career politicians and business lobbyists. Haw haw haw.

about a month ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

crioca Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

Why?

So that when they do things like fire tear gas at journalists, there's no one with a phone out to record it.

about a month ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

crioca Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

I can't imagine this being useful to any sort of authoritarian power in any regular way.

I'd say you lack imagination then, because the first thing that came to my mind was "Boy I bet the police in Ferguson would love to be able to disable people's phones right now."

Used on people en masse it'd be a great way for governments impede and control the flow of information around all sorts of events.

about a month ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

crioca We can use this: (231 comments)

Combine this with the fact that police are much more likely to arrest black people and I think we just found a way to address the systemic poverty of black Americans...

about a month ago
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Historians Rediscover Einstein's Forgotten Model of the Universe

crioca Re:But we ain't gonna have a Big Cruch, right ? (35 comments)

No, we're not going to have a Big Crunch, as far as we can be certain of anything. As TFA says Einstein and De Sitter published an updated model a year later that went with the "expanding universe" theory.

about a month and a half ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

crioca Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

Give up. Language evolves.

Yes it does, and asifyoucare is contributing to that evolution.

about a month and a half ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

crioca Re:It's tinfoil time! (232 comments)

I think using this technology in this context is a net negative as it's eventually going to be used against activists, whistle blowers and other individuals that are insufficiently patriotic, not to mention the potential for abuse and hacking.

Does that make me a tinfoil hat wearer?

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

crioca Re:Of course (141 comments)

Was literally having a serious work discussion about hacking fridges yesterday. There are a few ways internet enabled fridges could be hacked for profit or for "the lulz"

1. The fridge could be used for pivoting> into your network

2. If the fridge is able to automatically purchase food for you, the payment system could be abused

3. If the fridge is able to automatically purchase food for you, the ordering system could be abused.

4. It could be used to disable the cooling system

5. It could be used as part of a botnet

But the main issue is the potential for brand damage; All it takes is for one overblown headline like "Hackers can use X Manufacturer fridges to Y your Z" to go viral and your company is out millions of dollars in sales.

about a month and a half ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

crioca Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

I haven't; can you answer linuxguy's question?

about 2 months ago
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A Brief History of Patenting the Wheel: What Goes Around Comes Around

crioca Australian Wheel Patent (36 comments)

On closer inspection the Australian patent that was granted is less absurd than it seems, as it was more of a quasi-patent:

Innovation patents last for a maximum of 8 years, whereas standard patents last for maximum of 20 years

Innovation patents are granted without examination, usually within 1 to 3 months,

whereas standard patents are examined only after paying the examination fee, and usually take 2 to 4 years.

After an innovation patent has been granted, the owner or any person may request examination, and such examination must occur before the owner can commerce or threaten to commence infringement proceedings.

about 3 months ago

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