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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

gandhi_2 Re:most lego's are a rip off (309 comments)

at which point, all combinations of blocks and arrangements have been exhausted, the blocks thoughoughly used-up and worn-out, the $40 set must be tossed into the garbage.

congrats. you "beat" legos.

12 hours ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

gandhi_2 Re:Poor poor bigot (1109 comments)

If someone is going around the office saying "fuckin fags should get married", they should also be fired.

about a week ago
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A New Robo-Soldier Will Test Chemical Warfare Suits

gandhi_2 ahh memories... (29 comments)

reminds me of the old joke.

Q: what is the first step to determining if the area is now safe to un-mask?
A: ask the new guy if you can borrow his rifle for a second.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

gandhi_2 oblig... (402 comments)

The only danger is if they send [them] to that terrible Planet of the Apes.

Wait a minute....

about two weeks ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

gandhi_2 Re:Don't get it (342 comments)

Don't confuse GOP with conservatism. The union-side of the Democrat Party doesn't give a shit about the environment. See how that works?

A corporation will line up for gov't teat faster than anyone. Wrong is wrong.

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

gandhi_2 Re:Don't get it (342 comments)

Free market principles? How about plain old freedom?

How about the enlightenment principle that government can't simply make up whatever laws it wants. There is no such thing as liberty if a local dictator can tell you what lightbulb to make or how to sell cars.

Why not force the regular car dealers to also bundle horse buggy whips with all car purchases to protect the horse-buggy-whip establishment.

This is another uber ridesharing story with different players. North Korea only has one dictator at a time. In the US we have thousands, spread across 4+ levels of government.

about a month ago
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Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

gandhi_2 Re:"... as a means to reduce theft." (158 comments)

someone's going to label you as paranoid here.
but the patriot act was passed to "target terrorists" and was used to target everyone.
the cellphone owner is the only person who should have the option to "kill" the device.

about a month and a half ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

gandhi_2 ahh homeopathy. (794 comments)

so diluted that, statistically speaking, they may not contain a single molecule

...but THAT is what makes it so effective!
Looks like Dice and _roo are in teh pockets of big pharma and big grocery !!!1!

Here's another alarming trend: people are starting to use "homeopathy" to mean "holistic, nature-based, alternative medicine". When you tell them what homeopathy really means you will get "well that's not what it means to me! i mean in the more general sense" or "meanings change over time!".

about a month and a half ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

gandhi_2 Re:Why so defensive about French? (506 comments)

Uh oh!

owns the property and the means of production

Looks like we have a marxist!
Now.. what were you saying about a long track record of people being locked in, unable to escape the one-party system, the gulags, and the purges?

about 1 month ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

gandhi_2 Re:Why so defensive about French? (506 comments)

storefront clear of trash

if it spills into the public property, then there is a problem. if the trash is completely on the stores property, the market will likely take care of it.

require them to pay their employees

the deal worked out between the person selling labor and the person buying labor is between those parties, and not your / our / my business.

dump hazardous chemicals wherever

again, if the chemicals get off the property then we have a problem. if the chemicals stay on the property, not your / our / my problem.

about 1 month ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

gandhi_2 Re:much ado about nothing (506 comments)

"it needs to"

How fucked up has the world become where everyone gets to decide what a store owner "needs to" do but the store owner.

about 1 month ago
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Horseshoe Crabs Are Bled Alive To Create an Unparalleled Biomedical Technology

gandhi_2 Re:Postmodern technology? (159 comments)

Because it isn't bad technology, it simply made bad choices.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

gandhi_2 Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

Actually, the real Gandhi was much more racist than I am.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

gandhi_2 Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

if a wedding photographer doesn't want to sell services for a gay wedding, who are YOU to force them?
oh, we take a vote then?
how about we vote to take all YOUR shit and hand it out to the rest of us?
labeling this "anti-gay legislation" is total bullshit. a law calling for the arrest of gays, now THAT would be anti-gay legislation.
gays should have a right to get maried. photographers should have a right to pick which jobs to do. you can have your abortion, i won't be forced to help you.

about 2 months ago
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L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

gandhi_2 Re:The building owner is at fault? (158 comments)

I'm imagining emailing the "abuse" contact for a electronics manufacturer about thier abusive light-bulbs, them opening a ticket, emailing you back a month later only to claim that they looked into it and they can't find any abuse coming from thier line of toasters. Maybe a few links to an FAQ about protecting yourself from abusive fridges.

about 2 months ago
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It's Official: Registrars Cannot Hold Domains Hostage Without a Court Order

gandhi_2 Re:hmm.... (112 comments)

hand over all your evidence of malicious activity to the registrar, they can decide if the domain should be deleted or not.

but they shouldn't get an easy "my hands are tied" excuse to do nothing.

about 3 months ago
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It's Official: Registrars Cannot Hold Domains Hostage Without a Court Order

gandhi_2 Re:hmm.... (112 comments)

Ahh. So with Google safe-browsing in Firefox and Chrome, and MS whateverthefuck filter, clearly there are no successful phishing attacks involving websites.

No, I've reported phishing domains that stayed up for over 48 hours. Google (stopbadware, opendns anti-phishing) and Netcraft respond pretty quickly to phishing reports but people still end up at the sites trying their damnest to log in.

Maybe hosting providers should be the same way when you report one of their servers as hacked and being used for a botnet check-in or malware hoster. Do nothing until a court order. That should work well!

about 3 months ago
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Levitating and Manipulating Objects With Sound

gandhi_2 inb4... (59 comments)

inb4 badbios + Maximum Overdrive + skynet + our new overlords mashup.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck

gandhi_2 Re:Make it nearly 70 (521 comments)

In Ramadi we used to see these Iraqis straight up monstertrucking their pretty nice black Beamers and Mercedes across the desert floor. Like it was normal.

about 4 months ago

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Anthropology as a non-science?

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "There has been a battle brewing in the anthropology world over how to define itself. FTFA:

Anthropologists have been thrown into turmoil about the nature and future of their profession after a decision by the American Anthropological Association at its recent annual meeting to strip the word “science” from a statement of its long-range plan.
The decision has reopened a long-simmering tension between researchers in science-based anthropological disciplines — including archaeologists, physical anthropologists and some cultural anthropologists — and members of the profession who study race, ethnicity and gender and see themselves as advocates for native peoples or human rights.

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Jesus, the Desciples, and Portion Control

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  about 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "Comparing 52 artist's renditions of "The Last Supper" spanning the last 1000 years, a pair of sibling scholars found that:
Entrees increased by 70%, bread by 23%, and plate size by 65.6%.
The results were published in the International Journal of Obesity."

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Apple sues HTC over patents

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "From Business Insider:

Apple today filed a lawsuit against mobile devices maker HTC. The suit claims infringement of 20 patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture, and hardware.

It looks like the Nexus One, and other HTC phones, may have hit too close to home for Steve Jobs. Maybe adding multitouch to the Nexus One pushed Apple over the edge?

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Adobe CTO: HTML5 Video is "back to the dark ages".

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, in a blog post berating Apple's decision not to support Flash on the iPad, addresses the idea that HTML5 video might compete with Flash video. The best part is when he uses "open" to mean "using Flash(R)":

We strongly believe the Web should remain an open environment with consistent access to content and applications regardless of your viewing device.

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Full body scanners violate child porn laws.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "The Guardian has a story about an ongoing legal battle over the use of full body scanners in the UK. The Protection of Children Act 1978, includes provisions in which it is illegal to create an indecent image or a "pseudo-image" of a child....which a full body scanner does."
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Personal data on 131k Army Guard troops lost.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "

Approximately 131,000 current and former Army National Guard members could be affected by a recent data loss, which occurred when a personal laptop owned by an Army Guard contractor was stolen.

The stolen laptop contained personal information on Soldiers enrolled in the Army National Guard Bonus and Incentives Program. The type of data includes names, Social Security Numbers, incentive payment amounts and payment dates.

Those 131k troops could probably tell you: unless deadly force was used to "steal" it, it wasn't stolen. Someone just left it unsecured."
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Obama's give Queen of England preloaded ipod

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  about 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "The NY Daily News is running a story about transfer of media licenses across nation-state boundaries.

Supposedly, President Obama generously gave the Queen of England a pre-loaded iPod that includes video footage of her 2007 visit to the U.S. and songs made popular on Broadway".

"Her Majesty's Royal iPod gift was stocked with 40 tunes from popular Broadway productions, including West Side Story, My Fair Lady and South Pacific."

Which is weird...I didn't think West Side Story was public domain yet. When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way..."
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Sun in talks to be acquired by IBM.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  about 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "Sun Microsystems soared in European trading after a report that it was in talks to be acquired by I.B.M.

The Wall Street Journal, quoting "people familiar with the matter," reported Wednesday that International Business Machines was in talks to buy the company for at least $6.5 billion in cash, a premium of more than 100 percent over the company's closing share price Tuesday. Officials of Sun and IBM could not immediately be reached for comment. Story here."

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TradeComet suing Google for anti-competitiveness.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "The NY Times is running a story that TradeComet.com, which runs SourceTool.com, is suing Google for anti-competitive acts and using its monopoly position to harm competitors. It seems TradeComet alleges that Google unfairly charged them more money for advertisement when Google figured out that TradeComet was a competitor.

So goes the article:

A small Web site operator filed an antitrust suit against Google on Tuesday, accusing it of unfairly manipulating its advertising system to harm a potential competitor. Skip to next paragraph Related Times Topics: Google Inc.

TradeComet.com, which operates a site called SourceTool.com, a vertical search engine for those seeking business products and services, accused Google of raising the advertising rates it charged the company after it realized that SourceTool was a potential competitor.

TradeComet also said that Google entered into an anticompetitive agreement with Business.com, a SourceTool rival, which despite having a similar business model was offered more favorable advertising terms.

Google fired back, explaining that with a really long straw, it drinks TradeComet's milkshake."
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Another suppression of a negative online review.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "As per the SF Chronicle's website,

In a case that could chill free speech online, a San Francisco chiropractor has sued a local artist over negative reviews published on Yelp, the popular Web site that rates businesses.

It seems that a Chiropractor didn't like his review... a C&D, a revision, and some arguments later: it goes to court.

In a quote that would make Stalin proud, Attorney Aaron Moris states:

There needs to be some sort of blowback against unfettered speech.

Wonderful."
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Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "The NYT is reporting that some studies published in Nature are detailing how most Biofuels release more atmospheric carbon than conventional fossil fuels:

Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these "green" fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded. The benefits of biofuels have come under increasing attack in recent months, as scientists took a closer look at the global environmental cost of their production. These latest studies, published in the prestigious journal Science, are likely to add to the controversy.

www.nytimes.com "

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