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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

kylemonger Diffidently I point out... (214 comments)

... that we have courts to redress grievances so that people can go there instead of, you know, forming a mob and lynching somebody. Does this mean that General Mills is now OK with the ropes and torches and all that whenever someone gets sick or thinks they got sick from a General Mills product? Fantastic.

3 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

kylemonger Re:Useful Idiot (391 comments)

What does Snowden care about free speech rights in his country of exile? The important aspect for him is that while the U.S. might drop a commando team into any Western Hemisphere country to retrieve Snowden and then say "umm, sorry" afterwards, they aren't going to risk that with China or Russia. I'm surprised the U.S. didn't just let Snowden go to Ecuador or Bolivia or wherever and then extract him. I guess that could still happen.

3 days ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

kylemonger wile e. coyote will love this (184 comments)

I'm reminded of the Road Runner cartoon where the Coyote paints a stripe that leads off the roadway and into a rock face. Let's hope no one in the Netherlands both enjoys our cartoons and has a mischievous streak.

about a week ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

kylemonger Re:Talk is cheap (313 comments)

We're back to where we were in the 1950's

... and honestly nothing of value was lost. Sending people to LEO is about as worthless a goal as sending them to Mars in some flag-planting stunt. Human beings just aren't built for space travel as it currently exists. We should be putting 100% of our efforts into robotics and AI so that radiation-hardened machines can do whatever it is that's still worthwhile to do in space. Then we don't have to waste money on man-rated launchers, waste space and weight for human sustenance and habitation, or waste time and effort designing missions to bring people back alive and sane.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

kylemonger Re:The man with the gun (733 comments)

... until the farmer with knowledge of plants and herbs poisons their dumb asses.

about a week ago
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Racing To Contain Ebola

kylemonger Re:Is Ebola a "rapid burnout" disease? (112 comments)

There could be some natural reservoir of the virus that was already nearby but is now on the move due to climate change or habitat destruction. Or maybe some unlucky souls found this new vector.

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

kylemonger Re:that's why China will do it and we won't. (402 comments)

We've lost all tolerance for risk or voluntary harm in the pursuit of a larger objective.

Last month I watched the Sochi Olympics and before that the Winter X Games. People are willing to break their arms, legs and backs and yes, even die for my entertainment, in exchange for little fame. People who climb and die on high mountains pay to suffer. We have no shortage of risk takers. What we lack are any stated objectives worthy of someone putting their life on the line.

Permanent human settlement is the only goal worth someone risking their lives in long term exposure to the hellish conditions of space. Instead of pussy-footing around with more flag planting missions, just say that we are going to do it. If we're not going for that, then we might as well leave it to the robots.

about three weeks ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

kylemonger Re:Fun fact (286 comments)

Too bad getting to common sense took eight years.

about three weeks ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

kylemonger Re:It's the conversation, (367 comments)

We didn't need seatbelts back then, neither. Being flung from the backseat into the windshield during sudden stops was a rite of passage when I was a boy. People was just smarter and stronger back in them days.

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

kylemonger Re:Um. WRONG. (323 comments)

Well, there is this thing called buffering where you store data for a while so that if you need again it's still available locally. Storing 30 seconds of video on either side of the current position and making it randomly addressible isn't too much to ask. In fact Netflix does do some buffering, but the interface to it is so bad that it hardly matters. A simple seek backward still takes too long.

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

kylemonger Re:Um. WRONG. (323 comments)

Netflix doesn't even get rewind right, something my lowly 11 year old TiVo got right on day one. "WTF did he just say?" Hit the instant replay button and jump back 8 seconds. With Netflix it's as if someone there has to get up and change reels any time you want to skip backward.

about three weeks ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

kylemonger Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

It won't be very costly to sift through your records because Google will have already indexed your pile (and everyone else's) for them.

about a month ago
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Amplify Education's New Intel Tablet Begs For Abuse

kylemonger A real torture test (33 comments)

Try riding a bike at 15mph or so and have your weight-bearing foot suddenly unclip from the pedal, resulting in an endo over the handlebars landing on your back on top of a backpack with a tablet inside. I actually did this, landing heavily on top of one of the old GRID convertible tablets back in the 1990's. It survived.

about a month and a half ago
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Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

kylemonger Re:wow (256 comments)

When we get bug reports this good, we'll fix the bug this fast.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

kylemonger Maybe mum bequeathed the device... (465 comments)

... but didn't bequeath all her pr0n. The family could take ownership of the device by just wiping it. The stuff downloaded onto it is a different matter, and I think Apple is doing right by not unlocking it.

about a month and a half ago
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How To Take Apart Fukushima's 3 Melted-Down Reactors

kylemonger Re:think different, man (167 comments)

And when the three thousand degree molten blob reaches the water table causing radioactive steam to roar out of every well in northern Japan, what then?

about 2 months ago
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VA Tech Experiment: Polar Vortex May Decimate D.C. Stinkbugs In 2014

kylemonger Hurray? (112 comments)

Who's in favor of more stinkbugs in the spring?

about 2 months ago
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House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

kylemonger Re:Yet they've had airline phones for years (366 comments)

If Obama is indeed "lawless" and refusing to enforce U.S. law, can't be trusted, etc., then yes, the Republicans should impeach him if they have the votes. Or ease up on the alarmist rhetoric.

about 2 months ago
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House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

kylemonger Re:Yet they've had airline phones for years (366 comments)

If they don't like what Obama is doing they could always impeach him for it, instead of endlessly whining about it. It's not like the House is doing much of anything anyway. It would be a much more worthy use of their time than the impeachment of Clinton over a reflexive lie about sex.

about 2 months ago
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House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

kylemonger Re:Yet they've had airline phones for years (366 comments)

Yes, but the rabble couldn't afford the airphones. Now that steerage class people might be able to make calls, enough is enough, lest there be terrorist fistfights which might divert Rich Guy's flight to Bangor, Maine.

about 2 months ago

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