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Accenture Faces Mid-March Healthcare.gov Deadline Or 'Disaster'

jaymzter Disaster for who? (215 comments)

I think the headline writers are a bit confused on who exactly is facing the disaster here, and it's certainly not Accenture.

about 6 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

jaymzter Re:Corporate personhood (641 comments)

Because with rights come responsibility. That corporations have certain responsibilities is seen in the governance laws they must follow.

Non-humans do not have the capacity for honoring the idea that their rights end where your nose begins.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What Are You Doing For Hallowe'en?

jaymzter Re:Snore (273 comments)

Halloween has been saved. Allow me to introduce you to Slutoween...

about 9 months ago
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The Neuroscience of Happiness

jaymzter Re:Other positive attributes (136 comments)

So does anyone have an evolutionary explanation for happiness or any of the other stuff you were talking about? I'd like to think my cat admires me, but Churchill is of the opinion she looks down on me. Yet we're both just animals?

about 9 months ago
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How Safe Is Cycling?

jaymzter Re:How safe? (947 comments)

Interesting... I'll be down there next weekend and see for myself.

about 9 months ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

jaymzter Re:TAILS (234 comments)

I was thinking the same thing (FoxAcid, does it run Linux?). Why ANYONE doing anything online a government thinks they shouldn't, would do so running MS Windows is a mystery. The only way I would even consider it is if the machine was completely blocked from internet access with the exception of the TOR proxy ports.

about 10 months ago
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DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records

jaymzter Re:Just another example... (455 comments)

Matthew, not Judas was a tax collector. Judas was the Apostle's treasurer.

about 10 months ago
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Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates

jaymzter Re:Really? (706 comments)

Fox Butterfield, is that you?

about 10 months ago
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Majority of Enterprise Customers Finally 'Migrating Away From Windows XP'

jaymzter Re:Windows 7... (246 comments)

It's like music tastes, people always prefer the music they listened to in high school and college

Cute, you must be young. I am comfortably in my 40s, and grew up listening to metal (think the Big Four: Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax). Currently all I listen to now is progressive house, electro & techno.

Now, you may not like my current choices in music, but the point is that people change as they mature and grow older. It will happen to you to.

about 10 months ago
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Bitcoin, BYOD, Phablet, Selfie, and Twerking Find Place In Oxford Dictionary

jaymzter Re:Twerking? (131 comments)

Tell me about it, I feel like Abe Simpson:

"I used to be `with it.' But then they changed what `it' was. Now what I'm `with' isn't `it' and what's `it' seems weird and scary to me. It'll happen to you."

about a year ago
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Gore's Staff Says He Was Misquoted On Hexametric Hurricanes

jaymzter Re:So what about YOUR ridiculous claim? (216 comments)

When you ridiculously claim "What about Gore's ridiculous claim that his propaganda film predicted the effects of Hurricane Sandy", where is your evidence for that?

I left my "evidence" out of the OP, but if you're too lazy to look up the interview yourself, here is what Gore said:
"You mentioned my movie back in the day. The single most common criticism from skeptics when the film came out focused on the animation showing ocean water flowing into the World Trade Center memorial site. Skeptics called that demagogic and absurd and irresponsible. It happened last October 29th, years ahead of schedule, and the impact of that and many, many other similar events here and around the world has really begun to create a profound shift."
That's fine and all, but Gore also claimed large swaths of the earth would be underwater by now.

Uh, 2-11% increase in the top end

Citation needed. Again, if you go back to the interview, you'd see that Gore was referring to hurricanes when he referred to "extreme events being more extreme", but as usual for him, that is hyperbole. The trend for major storms since 1851 is negative. See for yourself.

about a year ago
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Gore's Staff Says He Was Misquoted On Hexametric Hurricanes

jaymzter Two peas in a pod (216 comments)

The press nowadays is more a lapdog of the establishment than a watchdog. What about Gore's ridiculous claim that his propaganda film predicted the effects of Hurricane Sandy, or that hurricanes are more extreme now? Klein let those statements pass without a contrary word. Besides, no matter how you spin what he said, it's factually ignorant. There is no top end to a Cat 5 hurricane classification, so no need for a higher rating.

about a year ago
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Could Humanity Really Build 'Elysium'?

jaymzter Re:Done (545 comments)

I can't believe no one has mentioned this, but actually Elysium is more like Battle Angel Alita, except with cyborgs, a floating city full of rich people, and a barren world full of proles.

about a year ago
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Hollywood's Love of Analytics Couldn't Prevent Six Massive Blockbuster Flops

jaymzter Re:movies need to offer a premium experience (1029 comments)

That's great, but the studios don't control those kind of things, the theater companies do.

Still, I feel the same as you. I took my son to World War Z, which was the first time I had been to the movies in years. The film was awful, full of idiotic plot holes and situations that were clearly contrived to give some sense of danger to a movie that didn't have any blood in it.

But going back to your point, the reason it will be a few more years before I go back to the movies is the ridiculousness of paying to sit in a theater just so you can be told you're a thief or a pirate and "THEY KNOW WHO YOU ARE" (actual words in PSA).

Fsck that.

1 year,7 days
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Global Anoxia Ruled Out As Main Culprit In the P-T Extinction

jaymzter Re:A Breathtaking Report!! (158 comments)

Well WTH, I have to pass half the terms in the summary through Wikipedia to figure out what the heck they're talking about? This is supposed to be a self-selecting site for smart folk, but being smart in one area doesn't make you knowledgeable in another.

It would probably help if the editors required more than just copypasta from the original article. I don't think I'm being dumb, just acknowledging that I'm ignorant of certain topics.

1 year,15 days
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America's Second-largest Employer Is a Temp Agency

jaymzter Re:And yet... (541 comments)

I'm still waiting for the President's "laserlike focus" on jobs to pay off. We've had close to 7 years of what effectively amounts to institutionalized stimulus with nothing to show for it except inflated CXO bonuses and Wall Street numbers that are being propped up by the Fed.

The leadership of both parties need to jump in the Potomac.

1 year,21 days
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Lincoln's Surveillance State

jaymzter Re:It was wrong. (343 comments)

Be it a grain of sand or a rock, in water both sink

1 year,23 days
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Microsoft Pushing Bing For Search In Schools, With Ad-Removal Hook

jaymzter Re:Uh, no? (158 comments)

As a search application I cannot stand using Google or going to their website anymore. If Google isn't second guessing your typing it's including results that have nothing to do with your search.

My personal favorite right now is "ubuntu change bluetooth mac". Google claims 'About 4,890,000 results', yet you don't even get off the first page of results before the results have lost all relevancy. I get it if it's an esoteric search, but if it is just tell me '20 results' and leave it at that.

It's my perception that their results have steadily trended downward in quality for the last few years.

All that said, it's unfortunately still the best search engine.

about a year ago
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Marriages Spawned From Online Dating As Satisfying As From Traditional Dating

jaymzter Re:Why should it be any different? (313 comments)

Mailing? E-mailing? Is mailing like shipping packages, but with an e-mail you printed instead?

about a year ago

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Government didn't invent the Internet

jaymzter jaymzter writes  |  about 2 years ago

jaymzter (452402) writes "The Wall Street Journal is running an article that it claims seeks to dispel an urban legend about the internet: "The creation of the Arpanet was not motivated by considerations of war. The Arpanet was not an Internet". The position of the piece is that it was Xerox's contribution of Ethernet that enabled the global series of tubes we know and love today, and what's interesting is that the former head of DARPA supports this claim."
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Possible US-UK Gary McKinnon deal in the works

jaymzter jaymzter writes  |  about 4 years ago

jaymzter (452402) writes "New information in the Gary McKinnon saga: "Gary McKinnon would not have to spend a single night in a U.S jail in a deal being thrashed out by UK and American officials. Under the terms of the agreement, the Asperger’s sufferer would be guaranteed bail before facing a trial in the U.S. for hacking into military computers. If found guilty, he would be immediately transferred back to Britain to serve out any custodial term.""
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Contractor Indicted For Logic Bomb

jaymzter jaymzter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jaymzter (452402) writes "An ex-Fannie Mae contractor has been indicted for allegedly writing a script to wipe 4000 of Fannie Mae's servers. Had it done so, Fannie Mae engineers expect it would have caused millions of dollars in damage and possibly shut down the government-sponsored mortgage lender for a week. The script was set to run two days from now, and was accidentally discovered by one of the Unix administrators."
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jaymzter jaymzter writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jaymzter (452402) writes "In yet another salvo in the battle between media, science, and money, Reid Bryson, known as the "Father of Climatology", is quoted as questioning the consensus on global warming. Among other factors, he claims money is at the root of the current state of affairs: "There is a lot of money to be made in this," he added. "If you want to be an eminent scientist you have to have a lot of grad students and a lot of grants. You can't get grants unless you say, 'Oh global warming, yes, yes, carbon dioxide.'""

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