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WW2 Carrier Pigeon and Undecoded Message Found In Chimney

kaellinn18 Re:I Figured It Out! (287 comments)

When I wrote it, those other comments didn't exist on my screen. Sorry for ruining your day!

about 2 years ago
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WW2 Carrier Pigeon and Undecoded Message Found In Chimney

kaellinn18 I Figured It Out! (287 comments)

"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine."

about 2 years ago
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CS Professor Announces Run For VT State Senate On a Platform of Internet Polling

kaellinn18 Re:Not A Good Idea (226 comments)

Ugh, let's try this again with formatting. Note to self: preview exists for a reason. Here's how I see it. Feel free to add your own. It would be an interesting experiment, but I think the cons may outweigh the pros.

Pros:
-True democracy
-Actual representation of the constituents
-Ability to gauge public opinion on X almost instantly
-People may get more interested in politics and more willing to participate

Cons:

-True democracy (all people are ignorant on a large amount of subjects which could lead to poor decisions en masse)
-Uninformed voters, instead of voting for a person to make decisions, will now be voting on specific items.
-Representative not free to act without first consulting the people. This would be cumbersome.
-How do you deal with decisions based on classified information?
-How do you propose a law? Do you have to go through a draft process with your state citizens first?
-What happens when your constituents make a choice that you can not in good conscience follow through on? Say they are against equal marriage rights and you are for it.

more than 2 years ago
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CS Professor Announces Run For VT State Senate On a Platform of Internet Polling

kaellinn18 Not A Good Idea (226 comments)

Here's how I see it. Feel free to add your own. It would be an interesting experiment, but I think the cons may outweigh the pros. Pros: -True democracy -Actual representation of the constituents -Ability to gauge public opinion on X almost instantly -People may get more interested in politics and more willing to participate Cons: -True democracy (all people are ignorant on a large amount of subjects which could lead to poor decisions en masse) -Uninformed voters, instead of voting for a person to make decisions, will now be voting on specific items. -Representative not free to act without first consulting the people. This would be cumbersome. -How do you deal with decisions based on classified information? -How do you propose a law? Do you have to go through a draft process with your state citizens first? -What happens when your constituents make a choice that you can not in good conscience follow through on? Say they are against equal marriage rights and you are for it.

more than 2 years ago
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Travelling Salesman, Thriller Set In a World Where P=NP

kaellinn18 Re:In a world... (165 comments)

Your inner monologue is bad and you should feel bad!

more than 2 years ago
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Minecraft Creator's New Game Called 0x10c

kaellinn18 Re:so, err, a 16 bit cpu emulator? (206 comments)

The difference is that you can program this CPU to control your ship and its various systems.

more than 2 years ago
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Minecraft Creator's New Game Called 0x10c

kaellinn18 Re:Minecraft + Eve Online = 0x10c (206 comments)

The fee is just if you want to play online multiplayer (since the server will be spending cycles emulating your ship's computer whether you are online or not). Single player will still be a one-time charge.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Reportedly Filing $5 Billion IPO Today

kaellinn18 Re:Google opened at $98 a share... (268 comments)

Here's the major difference I see. When Google had its IPO, they were coming out with new services all the time. It wasn't just a search engine. Since then, they've developed Android and have a good share of the cell phone market. Facebook has made... well, Facebook. That's it. Not only that, but every time they have "improved" it, it's almost always made it worse. I don't even use it anymore. Unless Facebook is going to unveil some innovative plan about where they are going, there is zero reason to buy this stock.

more than 2 years ago
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SOPA Goes Back To the Drawing Board, PIPA Postponed

kaellinn18 Re:Likely answer... (267 comments)

Here's the scariest thing I've read: Lamar Smith is also the sponsor of H.R. 1981 Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 (info: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR01981:@@@L&summ2=m&). What someone on Reddit suggested might happen (and I see as all too plausible) is that they will modify the text of SOPA/PIPA a bit and tack it on to this bill. If that happens, it is going to pass in a landslide because no one wants to be seen as supporting child pornography. They will pass this bill without even reading it. We HAVE to keep on top of this and make sure that they don't try to sneak one by us. This is just the beginning, and it is going to get very ugly.

more than 2 years ago
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Multicellular Life Evolves In Months, In a Lab

kaellinn18 Re:Not so sure about this. (285 comments)

This. I'd mod informative if I could.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Backtracks On $2 Convenience Fee

kaellinn18 Saw This Coming (281 comments)

When are these idiots going to realize that bullshit charges like this aren't going to fly anymore? First Bank of America with their ridiculous ATM card fee and now Verizon with this. Consumers are finally waking up, and they're tired of what basically amounts to theft.

more than 2 years ago
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New Group Paves Way For 2012 Online Primary

kaellinn18 Re:Internet = Ticket to Democracy (249 comments)

The problem with this is that a huge segment of the population doesn't know what they are talking about in regards to many things, especially on a national level. Talking about our national budget as if it were a household is just one example. Our piss-poor education system and ultra-religious society would combine to make this an absolute disaster.

more than 2 years ago
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Missouri Law Says Students, Teachers Can't Be Facebook Friends

kaellinn18 Re:The first amendment (415 comments)

Because Congress didn't enact this law?

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Nominates RIAA Lawyer For Solicitor General

kaellinn18 Re:Inaccurate Summary (463 comments)

I would mod you up informative, but I have no mod points. Thanks for the info!

more than 3 years ago
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The Beatles On iTunes

kaellinn18 Re:Who are the Beatles (551 comments)

No way. Just you wait. When Apple drops Jesus' album on iTunes, everyone's going to go apeshit.

more than 3 years ago
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Churchill Accused of Sealing UFO Files, Fearing Public Panic

kaellinn18 Re:blah (615 comments)

A mod point! A mod point! My kingdom for a mod point!

more than 4 years ago
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On Pennies:

kaellinn18 Re:{take, leave} a penny system is useful... (594 comments)

In the US, companies usually send bills with postage-prepaid return envelopes, assuming you will just send them a check. The address and return address on the envelope are the same to make sure the payment gets to the company either way. Any extra weight over the amount that has been prepaid will be charged to their company account.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft Says No More Game Manuals

kaellinn18 Nostalgia (400 comments)

This is good, and I applaud the effort to save paper. As the summary mentioned, in-game tutorials and searchable digital manuals have made the printed manual fairly obsolete. However, I will always fondly remember those hefty manuals that you used to get with a huge role-playing game like Baldur's Gate. I loved flipping through those and reading up on the lore or finding out about an aspect of the game I didn't know about from reading just the basic instructions. Of course, I don't know of any games in recent years that have come with a manual like that. I would have loved to have seen one for the Mass Effect games.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Attempts To Assuage 2012 Fears

kaellinn18 Re:I wonder... (881 comments)

I wish the parent comment could be placed at the top of the page.

more than 4 years ago
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Computer Failure Causes Gridlock In MD County

kaellinn18 The reason for this... (483 comments)

...is that the state of Maryland does not have a proper driver's test. There isn't even a ROAD TEST. You go to the DMV and drive around the goddamned parking lot for few minutes. As a transplant living in the state, it scares the living hell out of me driving on the road with these people. Driving here, you either learn to anticipate all manner of stupidity, or you die.

more than 4 years ago

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kaellinn18 kaellinn18 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kaellinn18 writes "1) The Patent Process 2) Copyright Law 3) The Election Process 4) Military Hierarchy/Branches 5) CowboyNeal's '86 Ford Escort"

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