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New York City Wants To Revive Old Voting Machines

laron Re:That's not the point (211 comments)

May I offer two suggestions?
- Call the voting receipts "ballots" and treat them as the official vote in cases of doubt.
- If the local recount does not match the state database, two or three more polling places get selected for a recount.

about a year and a half ago
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Why We Should Celebrate Snapchat and Encourage Ephemeral Communication

laron THE highest bidder? (140 comments)

You have a lot to learn. There's no reason to sell data to only one paying customer, is there?

about a year and a half ago
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USAF Strips 17 Officers of Nuclear Launch Authority

laron Re:Take them out of the loop (173 comments)

Yes, the end game was a draw, wasn't it?

about a year and a half ago
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Could Twitter Have Stopped the Media's Rush To War In Iraq Ten Years Ago?

laron Re:No (456 comments)

When inspectors would show up unannounced, Iraq wouldn't let them inspect..

[Citation needed]

about a year and a half ago
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Mayer Terminates Yahoo's Remote Employee Policy

laron Re:Management panic in action... (524 comments)

re: encouraging people to resign:
Emplyoees who face the desicion of relocating or leaving will take their chances on the job market into account. Those with valuable skills and initiative are probably more likely to find a job that allows working from home or is located close to their home and will choose to leave Yahoo.

about 2 years ago
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US Stealth Jet Has To Talk To Allied Planes Over Unsecured Radio

laron Re:Ironic (270 comments)

The fact that USB sticks, laptops, hard disks and CD-Rs were not yet invented helped here I guess.
I mean it is pretty hard to lose a filing cabinett in the tube or in a taxi.

about 2 years ago
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The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States

laron Re:Tyranny of the majority (642 comments)

Frankly, as a non-American, it scares the shit out of me to hear such things from a nuclear armed superpower.

about 2 years ago
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Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

laron Re:Provoking (1130 comments)

I'm pretty sure they are illegal in Afghanistan as well.

about 2 years ago
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ElcomSoft Tool Cracks BitLocker, PGP, TrueCrypt In Real-Time

laron Re:Key theft != cracking encryption (268 comments)

AFAIK on Windows, the hiberfil.sys is not deleted after resuming from hibernation. It will still be there if you wake your machine up from hibernation and shut it down normally.

about 2 years ago
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Facebook Ordered To End Its Real Name Policy In Germany

laron Re:typical (471 comments)

That may be the case. However, most people respect her and don't think anybody else would have done a better job so far.

about 2 years ago
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Bank Puts a Billion Transaction Records Behind Analytics Site

laron Re:Excuse me (86 comments)

Personally, I think that would only count as a sign of bad taste and too much money to spend.

Learning that someone of a specific gender and age group in your neighborhood spent 50$ in Allice's and Bob's Adult Toy Store wouldn't be that much different from "anonymised" nude photos.

more than 2 years ago
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James Bond Film Skyfall Inspired By Stuxnet Virus

laron Re:No wonder it sucks! (187 comments)

A bit slim on fireworks and light effects, but you have to see and hear JSB rock the harpiscord.

more than 2 years ago
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17th Century Microscope Book Is Now Freely Readable

laron Book recomendation (116 comments)

If you want to immerse yourself in the world of Hooke, Pepys, Newton et al., you should read "The Baroque Cycle".

more than 2 years ago
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Is a Wireless Data Center Possible?

laron There are still wires (172 comments)

Unless they plan to use microwave beams for power.

more than 2 years ago
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Secret Service Investigating Romney Tax Hack Claim

laron Re:Not a hacker (836 comments)

Nothing was taken away (well, manybe if they used the office copier they stole paper, toner etc.) I'm sure I've read that copying != stealing somewhere around here.
Actually that might make it an even worse crime than trespassing, burglary or theft: copyright infringement!

more than 2 years ago
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The Worst Job At Google: a Year of Watching Terrible Things On the Internet

laron Re:actions that the corporation takes (535 comments)

Finally! All those hours wasted on cracked.com pay off now:
http://www.cracked.com/article_18385_7-bullshit-police-myths-everyone-believes-thanks-to-movies.html
the Insanity Defense is attempted in less than one percent of all legal cases, which essentially means that more people have tried to pin their crimes on aliens or their evil twin rather than their own basket case, shoelace-eating lunacy.
Of that tiny fraction where the lawyer was even willing to try it, the defense is successful less than 25 percent of the time. Three states in the US don't even allow insanity as a defense.
Then, in that tiny, tiny fraction of cases where the guy "got off" because he convinced the court he was insane, he doesn't get to just go home. You get sent to a mental institution where you don't have a set sentence at all--they keep you as long as they see fit, which may be forever. You're there until "deemed safe to return to society", which according to the American Psychiatric Association is usually twice as long as the jail sentence would have been.

It's fun to dream of comparable actions against "insane" corporations though. I'm sure a lot of slashdoters can draw parallels between their workplace and a lunatic asylum anyway.

more than 2 years ago

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Potential Organ Donors could jump the queue

laron laron writes  |  more than 4 years ago

laron (102608) writes "In Israel, a new law is in the making: Holders of donor cards and their families would get preference if they should need an organ for themselves. Apparently this initiative faces resistance from Orthodox rabbis, who hold that organ donation is against religious law. Jacob Lavee , director of the heart transplant unit at Israel's Sheba Medical Center, and one of the draftees of this new law, hopes that a broader pool of organs will ultimately benefit everyone, but acknowledges that one of his primary motivations is "to prevent free riders." (Apparently receiving an organ is OK under religious law)."
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