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5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast of the US

geoffspear Re:wussies. (614 comments)

To be fair, when Virginia gets 2 inches of snow they have to shut down the entire state.

more than 3 years ago
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Most People Have Never Heard of CTRL+F

geoffspear Re:Learn your AVC's (567 comments)

Last night my wife accidentally erased an email she was typing with Undo (from a contextual menu, trying to use spellcheck on a Mac). Naturally, she only complained to me about it after getting annoyed and closing the window, too late to learn about the wonders of Redo.

more than 3 years ago
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HIV/AIDS Vaccine To Begin Phase I Human Trials

geoffspear Re:Is this it? (329 comments)

Most of them are easily curable with antibiotics or not deadly. HPV is the other big deadly sexually-transmitted virus, and there are parents who refuse to get their daughters vaccinated for the same reason.

more than 5 years ago
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HIV/AIDS Vaccine To Begin Phase I Human Trials

geoffspear Re:Is this it? (329 comments)

Unfortunately, memes don't spread entirely through reproduction.

more than 5 years ago
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HIV/AIDS Vaccine To Begin Phase I Human Trials

geoffspear Re:Is this it? (329 comments)

No, because parents will refuse to let their children get vaccinated because that would encourage them to have premarital sex.

more than 5 years ago
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FDA Considers Banning Acetaminophen-Based Pain Killers

geoffspear Re:So wait... (631 comments)

Considering the narcotic + acetaminophen mixtures have been on the market for far longer than the FDA knew (or at least publicly admitted it knew) that acetaminophen was at all damaging to the liver, this seems really unlikely.

more than 5 years ago
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Largest Aussie ISP Agrees To "Ridiculous" Net-Filter Trial

geoffspear Re:iiNet (231 comments)

Before the first iMac too, or was I just trolled?

more than 6 years ago
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Microsoft's Internal Advice About Patents

geoffspear Re:How Pointless is That? (100 comments)

He doesn't know what he's talking about. Any random Slashdot poster can understand any arbitrarily complex patent and explain why it's invalid because a common household item is prior art.

more than 6 years ago
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State of Kentucky Seizes Control of 141 Domain Names

geoffspear Re:General Assembly is worse (505 comments)

Sure, but no one petty dictator has all that much influence over a given UN agency. A system subject to the whims of some random county judge can't be significantly better than a system subject to regulations reached by international consensus, even if a lot of the countries reaching that consensus (most of which, really, probably don't really care much about domain name squabbles) aren't all that admirable.

more than 6 years ago
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State of Kentucky Seizes Control of 141 Domain Names

geoffspear Re:no. just imagine (505 comments)

russia, perma member of the council, and has veto power. and, run by a mafia mob.

And if the UN controlled ICANN you just *know* decisions on domain names would be brought before the Security Council.

more than 6 years ago
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Obama Significantly Revises Technology Positions

geoffspear Re:All hail the new lump, same as the old lump. (940 comments)

But it's a state issue. You'd need to lobby your state government to do it.

That would be the same state government that drew the horrible districts in the first place. Good luck with that. Especially since no state's going to want to be the first to do it, since the party currently in control of the state government would end up losing power on the national level. The only real way to accomplish something like that would to make it nationwide all at once, which would probably require a Constitutional amendment. Which would, of course, fail, since undoubtedly one of the two major parties would gain congressional seats in the first "fair" redistricting, and when it became clear which would benefit the other party would easily prevent the amendment from passing based on the short-term damage it would do to them.

more than 6 years ago
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Colfer Asked To Write Sixth HHGTTG Book

geoffspear Re:No. Finish the Infocom Sequel (338 comments)

I agree. Eoin Colfer should definitely devote his time to programming an Infocom game instead of writing a book.

more than 6 years ago

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Virigina Supreme Court: Spam Is Protected Speech

geoffspear geoffspear writes  |  more than 6 years ago

geoffspear writes "The Virginia Supreme Court today ruled that the state's anti-spam law violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The ruling hinges on the law's failure to make an exception for political and religious unsolicited bulk email, though the decision was made in a case in which the Court reversed the conviction of a spammer who sent only commercial spam."

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