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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

ebno-10db Re:pics? (409 comments)

In other words, the same sad story as the US.

yesterday
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

ebno-10db Re:well duh (228 comments)

Rethink what you are saying. "It's against the constiution, but it's their job, so it's OK.

An unclear antecedent, not unclear thinking. Warrantless wiretapping is against the 4th Amendment, but foreign SIGINT (what the latest news is about) is their job.

about two weeks ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

ebno-10db Re:well duh (228 comments)

Yes, which is why he's gone too far. I think the people wiping their asses with the 4th Amendment should be prosecuted (note that may include high office), but this is the NSA's job, and like most people I support it as necessary and useful.

about two weeks ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

ebno-10db Re:Pardons are for the guilty. (228 comments)

Snowden is a whistleblower. He deserves our thanks, and an apology from everyone who's demanded that he be prosecuted.

I agree, but now he's gone too far. The crimes were spying on the American people without warrants. But this sort of interception of information is exactly what the NSA is supposed to do. There has never been any secret about that, and I support it as useful intelligence. If Snowden keeps this up, he's going to alienate his supporters, or at the very least give a lot of ammo to his detractors.

about two weeks ago
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Genes Don't Just Predict Intelligence, But Also How Well You Do In School

ebno-10db Re:Without reading the article, (154 comments)

RTFA. It doesn't say those aren't factors, just that there are also genetic factors.

about two weeks ago
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Genes Don't Just Predict Intelligence, But Also How Well You Do In School

ebno-10db Re:STOP THE VIDEO ADS SLASHDOT! (154 comments)

Get an account and when you log in you have the option to disable ads. I also find it unusable before I log in, with too much video and endlessly piggy scripts. I have no problem with advertising (something's got to pay the bills) if it doesn't half-trash my machine.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

ebno-10db Re:Where can I find the except clause? (575 comments)

The Bill of Rights was was written by 18th century terrorists and c***d molesters. It would never pass congress today.

about three weeks ago
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Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

ebno-10db Re:IBM is dying (49 comments)

The problem with those things is that they require thought and judgement, which if they ever existed in the students, the B-schools expunge. Simple-minded "numerical" analysis is what they emphasize. Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

about three weeks ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

ebno-10db Re:is anyone really surprised here (201 comments)

Talk to the GGP. He's the one that chose to categorize politics as such. Should I go on a grand dissertation of shades of gray? Sorry, no time for that now. I just told him how full of shit he is.

about three weeks ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

ebno-10db Re:is anyone really surprised here (201 comments)

There's also the problem that CDS's are insurance, but because of deliberate technicalities are not regulated as such. The laws and regulations that have been introduced since the 17th century, which keep insurance from being a complete scam or gamble, didn't apply. You could get a CDS on something you didn't even own; you could even get CDS's for several times the value. That's like letting me take out a $1M insurance policy on your $300k home, and then looking the other way when I go to your place and play with matches. It's a setup that's pretty much guaranteed to explode at some time - it doesn't take much to set it off.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

about three weeks ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

ebno-10db Re:is anyone really surprised here (201 comments)

Liberals will be furious at your claim..... because it puts the Government in a "bad nanny" position.

Listen to Rush Limbaugh much? Try thinking instead of regurgitating. Here's a book by a serious and unabashed lefty: The Conservative Nanny State. Sorry if the cognitive dissonance makes your head hurt.

about three weeks ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

ebno-10db Re:GS did not require bailout... (201 comments)

Compared to all the other banks that took stupid risks GS was one of the firm that actaully did not require the bailout money due to their better risk management..

They got TARP money, a few billion form the AIG bailout, etc. They also got to declare themselves a "bank" (as in a depository bank, not an investment bank, which is what they are). That gave them access to billions in effectively interest free loans from the Fed. If you don't think that's a bailout, try getting a 0.1% loan from the Fed. I'd love to get that deal for my mortgage.

about three weeks ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

ebno-10db Re:The Banks Own the Government. (201 comments)

Our government clearly lacks the balls to regulate the banks and provide leadership. This is just sad.

I disagree. It's not lack of balls, but a combination of regulatory capture and (generally legal) bribery.

about three weeks ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

ebno-10db Re:This is huge (308 comments)

This is normal behavior for a plant inoculated with mycorrhizae ...

No kidding, but there is a bit more to their work. Otherwise please explain why these girls won three of the most prestigious science contests. I doubt the judges are idiots.

about a month ago
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China's Island Factory

ebno-10db Re:Hypocrits (199 comments)

My "I haven't checked Google to be sure" guess is the waters within 100 miles of the US west coast and a 100 mile circle around Hawaii are the only waters declared as US waters.

The US claims territorial waters only up to 12 nautical miles from the shore, which is the maximum allowed by international law.

about a month and a half ago
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China's Island Factory

ebno-10db Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

US warships really shouldn't be anywhere near China

They're not. The Spratly islands (map here) are hundreds of miles from China. They're much closer to the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. Should we avoid sailing near any of those countries in case China's next claim is that those countries are all historically part of China?

about a month and a half ago
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China's Island Factory

ebno-10db Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

Was the water contested before the island was build?

Yes.

After the island ws build it certainly was not ... international laws, regarding sea coasts and sovereignty are pretty clear.

International law on these issues is anything but clear, and are subject to a great deal of argument, which is why there are always contested areas.

As for the UK, it's a natural island that has been inhabited by the same peoples for centuries (at the least - you can argue about 1066). Now that's clear.

about a month and a half ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

ebno-10db Re:It's a question that WAS relevant (161 comments)

easier to compile assembly to assembly in multiple ways than to compile high level languages to multiple assembly languages.

In other words, they don't want to be bothered writing real compilers.

about 2 months ago

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