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Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

deck Re:Fundamentally flawed (871 comments)

I was going to make the same point. I viewed those videos a couple of years or more in the past. The main take away was to not talk to the police without a lawyer. If the police are wanting to convict someone or anyone no matter their innocence, they will try to ask leading and distorted questions to get the "right" answers.

1 year,15 days
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Second SFO Disaster Avoided Seconds Before Crash

deck Re:NO (248 comments)

As a professional pilot, I have to agree that this seems to be a case of poor pilotage whether they were using the autopilot or not. This goes less to being under trained and more to complacency on the part of the flight crew. I would hazard a guess that the pilot of this one also had thousands of hours of flight time just as the pilot of the Asiana flight did (about 10,000 hours for the later). When flying an airplane one MUST be aware of where they are in the four dimensional space and where they should be; the term for it is "situational awareness". The "are" can be of the flight crews own making or caused by other factors and the "should be" may or may not be attainable. When the "are" is other factors and the "should be" is not attainable then it is a true accident.

about a year ago
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Texas Attorney General Warns International Election Observers

deck You prove that the problem is you by your words (817 comments)

You prove by your own words that your are an ill informed, uneducated, arrogant idiot. You do not understand the relationship of the Federal Government and State Governments. If you are in the United States of America you will probably vote even if you are not a citizen or otherwise not eligible to vote. And I can predict that the candidtate will be a Socialist.

about 2 years ago
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Last Bastion For Climate Dissenters Crumbling

deck This is the New York Times (963 comments)

The New York Times used to be a good newspaper. It is now a bastion of leftwing nut cases and massively Anti-American pseudo-jounalist. I don't think I would believe what they write even if I saw it happen myself. They would politicize it and blame it on anyone right of the far-far left wing.

There is insufficient evidence to point to changes in the climate being anthropogenic versus just a natural cycle (which could be imposed on other natural cycles). I know most of you lefties, communist, greenie, mindless posters which respect to this issue have the problem solved. I think you believe we should wipe out 90% of the human race and live like we did 10,000 years ago. That would be good for you because they would take away your fricking computers and internet; then you would have to work for a living.

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Granted Your-Paychecks-Are-What-You-Eat Patent

deck No seat belt for you...No insurance for injuries.. (455 comments)

I am fine if you don't wear your seat belt and maybe the law shouldn't be that way. But please don't ask to have your injuries caused by not wearing it covered. The auto insurance company I am with does just that. If you don't wear a seat belt then they pay a small percentage of the medical and don't cover anything that is obviously a result of not wearing the seat belt (like being ejected from the vehicle and bouncing down the road). It is a business proposition between my insurance company and myself. To keep my rates lower, I wear a seat belt. And if the law should state something, it should be that insurance companies and individuals are not liable for injuries incurred because a seat belt is not worn.

more than 2 years ago
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German High Court Declares All Software Patentable

deck Re:Is it possible (330 comments)

Your ECU example is not an example of a software patent but an example of a system patent that employes software. The use of software in a control system is so old that it is probably not patentable on its own. Forty years ago software was used in control systems but it was not practical to implement it for the standard automobile. I would bet that there were test engines run by mini-computers of the time.

There are many examples that show what are bad software patents. The recent Redhat/Novell case which invalidated iPi's patents show some of the absurdity of software patents. HPs recent patent on number order that is a mathematical process that has been done for nearly a century, why is it patentable when done in software and not on a yellow pad of paper? There have even been a case or two of patents for software methods that have been taught for decades.

more than 4 years ago
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Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking

deck Yes, Ban Dihydrogen monoxide... (794 comments)

The banning of the use of dihydrogen monoxide (also known as hydric acid) in the preparation of food would be an excellent admentment to this bill. Yes, I know what dihydrogen monoxide is. In our lab at my previous place of employment we even had a material safety data sheet for it. Check it out here Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division.

more than 4 years ago
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Craig Mundie Wants "Internet Driver's Licenses"

deck Troll!! (427 comments)

And you appear to be a troll. He i a VP for Microsoft and not just an employee. VPs set the direction of a company. Therefore what he says is the direction of Microsoft.

more than 4 years ago
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Sci-Fi Author Peter Watts Beaten, Charged During Border Crossing

deck Re:Wow, (1079 comments)

You are out of your bloody mind. You know nothing of the United States of America except what those who hate the USA have filled your head with. As some one said what you apparently want is an Anarchy where you are not constrained nor responsible. The fact is that all Anarchies eventually become Totalitarian Dictatorships because people desire some degree of order.

BTW, while John Lennon was an okay musician; he was a political and social IDIOT.

more than 4 years ago
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Glenn Beck Loses Dispute Over Parody Domain

deck ABC/CBS/NBC/AP/etc.,etc. (1172 comments)

ABC/CBS/NBC/AP/etc.,etc. traffic in lies, propaganda and demagoguery much worse than Fox News. As a matter of fact the mainstream media (or lamestream media as it should rightly be called) are just mouth pieces for the Liberals. They make up things such as the CBS Bush documents which were made with MS Word. They report false hoods and call them truth. They report only half of the facts and then turn the article into an editorial for their blatantly pro-Leftist views. Oh, and they think they are smarter than the majority of idiots that post to /.

So for all of you truthers, Socialist, and others who inhabit /. -- GET STUFFED!!

more than 4 years ago
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Ted Dziuba Says, "I Don't Code In My Free Time"

deck Yeah (619 comments)

Yeah and the whole world should be just like him!

about 5 years ago
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Hello World!

deck Re:Not Python! (199 comments)

You made an excellent example of why the second sample is better. The first is nearly impossible to read.

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Victory Over Usenet.com In Copyright Case

deck Re:Any good news lately? (289 comments)

As one poster to this comment noted, if it isn't copyrighted in your jurisdiction then singing "Happy Birthday" is fine. In much of the English speaking world it has gone out of copyright. Only in the US where its copyright was forced by a court against evidence to the contrary (there are strong indications that the tune and lyrics existed independently and as a song long before the copyright was granted)and essentially extended indefinitly is it against copyright law if done for money.

You are wrong on loaning or giving a book to a friend. Once you purchase a book you are free to do with it as you please other than copying it. You can loan it; you can give it away; you can sell it. All of that is legal.

In some of your statements you try to turn copyright into patent. Not so!

You are spreading FUD on copyright. Are you astroturfing?

more than 5 years ago
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Think-Tank Warns of Internet "Brownouts" Starting Next Year

deck Re:Too bad (445 comments)

Fifteen years ago? Twenty two (22) years ago I was told that we would have fiber-to-the-premesis within a year or two by the Southwestern Bell installer. It hasn't happened in that area yet. When you have a monoply there is no incentive to change.

more than 5 years ago
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Mississippi Bill Would Tax Software Sales

deck Re:Tax Evasion? -- FOSS and Imputed Income (293 comments)

This has been done in the past and there are people who would like to try this again. Imputed income is money that you never saw but they claim that you received the benefit of. To give an example, there was an attempt in the early 1990's by the US Congress to chrage people for imputed income on their mortgages. If the taxing authority (IRS) determined that your house payment was less than what the going rate for rent in your neighborhood was, they imputed that the difference was income on which you would be taxed. To put numbers to this, if you have $1000 a month house payments and houses in your area lease for $1500 a month you have an imputed income of $500 a month. At the end of the year they tag an additional, imaginary $6000 on your annual income on which they want real money paid for taxes. This idea could be applied to sales/use taxes for goods received.

Now move this to software. If the MSRP of MS Office is $600 (I don't have an exact number) then you are imputed to have earned $600 if you download OpenOffice. Therefore you own sales tax on $600 dollars even though you didn't pay any money. That would be about $50 here in Texas that you owe.

They can dream up about any way to gain tax revenue.

more than 5 years ago
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Groklaw's PJ Says SCO's Demise Greatly Exaggerated

deck Re:Okay, so SCO can appeal (152 comments)

The procedural error in The SCO Group's view is that they were not allowed a jury trial. They have thrown a bunch of other stuff into the application for appeal but that is their main point. If the appeals court overturns Judge Kimballs final rulings and any preliminary rulings it would go back to his court for a jury trial. I don't know if Darl McBride and company are slick enough con-men to pull off fooling a jury but they might. Even in a civil trial, I believe that hersay evidence is inadmissable.

more than 5 years ago

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