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Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

heathen_01 Re:I wondered when it would happen (510 comments)

Always the lowest common denominator for any persecution "its for the kids". Next they will suggest HE is a pedo to ruin his image further.

Not that i agree with what he did ( he DID break the law ) but this is sad.

Cardinal Richelieu.

about a year ago
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Reprogrammed Bacterium Speaks New Language of Life

heathen_01 Re:whatcouldpossiblygowrong? (141 comments)

Now you've done it, I'm afraid of servicing my own motorbike now. Thanks!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

heathen_01 Re:Estimates (473 comments)

Design of course.

about a year ago
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New Drug Mimics the Beneficial Effects of Exercise

heathen_01 Re:Would probably be outlawed... (492 comments)

Testicular atrophy is temporary and Gynecomastia can be reversed.

about a year ago
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Amazon Angling For Same-Day Delivery Beyond Groceries

heathen_01 Re:Town centers (193 comments)

Quite the opposite, as they're a trap. Hole up and a catapult will be along shortly to take care of the town center.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

heathen_01 Re:Your bias is still showing (629 comments)

Are you getting paid to train the MS shill department?

about a year ago
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Have We Hit Peak HFT?

heathen_01 Re:Good (476 comments)

there was an example of the broken financial system on the news last night.

Basically Guinea (IIRC) has some mountains that are 60% pure iron, so the (allegedly corrupt) dictator of Guinea gave the mining rights to an (allegedly dodgy) mining company.

Said company then didn't bother to mine the iron, instead it used the backing of having a huge iron asset to make trades on the markets and made a load of cash that way. Meanwhile the people of Guinea are dirt poor with no hope of even getting jobs digging said iron out of the ground for 10p a day, let alone seeing the extraction of the iron benefit the country's economy.

This is one way of seeing why a financial market that does nothing but deal within itself is a bad thing. If we changed focus so stock markets were tied to something in the real world (eg Microsoft profits, or Apple growth) no matter how tenuous, that you held for some time because of that real-world item's worth wrt the stock then we'd see stock markets become more investment based and less trade based.

We might as well base the stock market on TV shows - you could trade on the love life of some TV character without any difference with how financial companies trade today.

That is a problem with the mining contract (and possibly the corrupt dictator) - not the financial system.

about a year ago
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Omnidirectional Treadmill: The Ultimate FPS Input Device?

heathen_01 Re:Dream on. (292 comments)

So with paintball you have the fog-issue, running through the woods (depending on the course / company / etc), worrying about ticks (here in NJ), the pellets can hurt when you get hit, etc. Sure, some people love. But I can't fault anyone for not liking it due to the reasons I listed (and there are probably others).

The costs too. Buy a game once and play it hundreds of times vs going to the paintball place and buy supplies and rent space every time. It's even more expensive if you have to rent equipment.

They're trying to fix this problem with DRM.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

heathen_01 Re:Or an economic drain? (595 comments)

I wonder if the (currently optional) transaction fees will begin to grow over time.

It is also optional for a miner to include your transaction with no fee.

about a year and a half ago
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Six Retailers Announce Recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes

heathen_01 Re:Seriously? (343 comments)

Fake tongue piercing. Granted its a stupid idea but it's not the same as an infant putting something in their mouth.

about a year and a half ago
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Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth

heathen_01 Re: Earth isn't delicate, (414 comments)

For your own sake, try to stay off the internet for a little while and see what the world is really like.

Nasty, brutal, and short. Anything to add?

Mostly Harmless.

about a year and a half ago
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NOAA: Arctic Likely Free Of Summer Ice By 2050 — Possibly Much Sooner

heathen_01 Re:Excellent! (335 comments)

Not only is it possible but it has already been swum by a man with no arms and no legs.

about a year and a half ago
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Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

heathen_01 Re:Easy... (1121 comments)

It's not real invisibility, it's using an SEP field. However for all practical purposes it can be said to be invisible.

about a year and a half ago
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Most UK GPs Have Prescribed Placebos

heathen_01 Re:Antibiotic Placebo? (240 comments)

... the patient will be feeling fine in no time.

Yes, right up until they contract MRSA.

about a year and a half ago
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SimCity 5: How Not To Design a Single Player Game

heathen_01 Re:Not true (569 comments)

If you get enough people wound up about something, you can get the backing and momentum to really have an effect.

I don't get it. If you hate EA, why do you give a shit? You're getting upset because a company isn't doing something you wish they would do? Who gives a fuck? You're not buying their shit anyway.

It's like you've gone all obsessive about a beautiful but super-cunty woman and you hate her SOOO bad because she won't give you a blow job, so you rant and rave about it. That's mental illness, bub.

It's very simple. We don't like seeing our retarded fellow humans being taken advantage of by companies like EA.

about a year and a half ago
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US Wants Apple, Google, and Microsoft To Get a Grip On Mobile Privacy

heathen_01 Re:Disclosure isn't nearly enough (103 comments)

Quite the opposite, he's needs to put more thought into it, not less. There should be at least three options for each permission.

  1. 1. Allow
  2. 2. Deny
  3. 3. Allow access to a mock datasource/service

about a year and a half ago
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Gabe Newell: Steam Box's Biggest Threat Isn't Consoles, It's Apple

heathen_01 Re:integrated ratings vs. metacritic (191 comments)

You already rate steam games implicitly by the time you spend playing them.

about a year and a half ago
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Prosecution of Swartz Typical for the "Sick Culture" Pervading the DOJ

heathen_01 Re:Reform plea bargaining. (443 comments)

Court time are extremely variable. How long do you think it would take to explain to non technical people all the technical aspects of a case like Swartz's? Definately more than an hour.

Assuming you are talking about the Jury, this should not be a problem if it really was a Jury of one's peers.

about a year and a half ago

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