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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

magarity Re:Myth Confirmed... (87 comments)

If they were smart enough to pull off this escape, they might be smart enough to realize enough is enough.

3 days ago
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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

magarity Re:Prelude to what? (115 comments)

The Prelude will be replaced in a few years by the Civic Si.

4 days ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

magarity Re:Meaningless? (173 comments)

I find it odd that the WD drives, at the 5400rpm speed, were able to write data faster than the 7200rpm Seagate drives. That seems counter-intuitive.

If there are less platters in the WD then the density will mean a speed boost even at a lower spin speed.

4 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

magarity Re:Presidential Oath of Office - how quaint (440 comments)

But the children are American citizens because of the Constitution. You can't deport American citizens

You can give passports to american citizens, regardless of age, so they can have a choice to stay or go to the other country to stay with their parents.

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

magarity Re:Muslims? (876 comments)

And then there's the difference between when a Christian commits some terror act for whatever political or personal motivation but not specific to Christianity vs a Muslim who commits a terror act specifically in the name of Islam. Motive does count for something when trying to determine and work with mediating root causes.

about a week ago
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Attorney General Won't Force New York Times Reporter To Reveal Source

magarity Re:Hope and change finally happening? (55 comments)

And they also broke into his house and searched it when he was away

Well, he shouldn't have posted twitter that he just saw the cutest puppy at the mall pet shop.

about two weeks ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

magarity Re:Shocking! (176 comments)

Ugh, the only thing "24" supports in me is dizziness. I can't watch shows filmed in "drunken cameraman" style.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

magarity Re:Fuck You (1051 comments)

Is this a parody? Even with GIFW theory I'm having a hard time accepting someone wrote this seriously.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

magarity Re:Have Both (567 comments)

Oh yeah? I have one in landscape, one in portrait AND one at 45 degrees.

- Topper

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

magarity Re:Have Both (567 comments)

Rotating them into portrait mode will cause neck strain as you have to tilt your head back to properly see the top.

You're sitting WAY too close.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

magarity Re:FUD and kneejerk reactions (209 comments)

Before we cower in fear because ZOMG EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT ME

The worst part is probably NOT going to be that they know the CORRECT things about your health; the worst part will be when they know INCORRECT things about you. People have absolutely horrible times getting off the secret no-fly list of terrorists and that's just run by one government agency. Can you imagine if you have to convince 30+ different government agencies that they have you down incorrectly as being a modern Typhoid Mary? And just after you convince one or two of them to correct your record, their system gets an update back from one of the others resetting you back to where you started?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

magarity Chinese computers come this way (268 comments)

At any house brand computer store in China the computers come windows installed and activated but no disks. If you insist on an install disk the price for it is, amazingly, the same as buying windows retail. The whole activation system is fundamentally flawed, but the question is, how to make it 1) less of a pain for legit users and 2) harder for pirates? These two goals seem exclusive, alas.

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

magarity Re:No bigger than ... (325 comments)

Well, if they are radio-controlled then we can pinpoint the controller by radio

Yes, this! I envision a system where some radio seeking fully automated drones fly near the airport searching for hobbyists on the ground with radio transmitters. The drones can then fire beam-rider missiles at the drone operators before any passenger planes can run into the drones. Problem solved!

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

magarity Re:Overtime should be illegal. (545 comments)

The 40 hour work week and overtime pay was a part of Roosevelt's New Deal as a scheme to get more people employed, at least part time. It wasn't part of anyone striking or dying.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

magarity Re:TFA title is "Fear and Promise" (461 comments)

It's one thing to have some batteries in your own car or house, but a battery for the grid? It would have to be the size of a resevoir lake.
The best use would be to encourage everyone to get their own home/businessplace battery to let the electric grid have more level output regardless of time of day. Any business hates demand volitility and the electric co is no different. In particular, nuclear plants have a quite narrow operating band; it would really help justify new nuclear if the demand could be shown to be nice and level.

about two weeks ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

magarity Re:HDD endurance? (125 comments)

It's been a while since you shopped for an SSD? The larger capacity ones have nearly equal read and write speeds except for the most extreme budget brands.

about two weeks ago
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Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

magarity Re:Signed (164 comments)

That's for the never implemented feature to allow extremely sucky videos to have a negative view count.

about three weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

magarity Dine in Pizza Hut? (186 comments)

I don't remember the last time I saw a dine-in Pizza Hut; I thought they've all converted to takeout / delivery only.

about three weeks ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

magarity Re:Just stars or whole solar systems? (184 comments)

If they have planets, of couse. And if you could intercept and move on to one of those planets, you could observe a much longer chunk of time go by in the rest of the universe. That would be fascinating for any astronomer.

about three weeks ago

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How much coverage of the Paralympics did you watch

magarity magarity writes  |  more than 6 years ago

magarity (164372) writes "The Para-what?
Less than of the Olympics
Same as of the Olympics
More than of the Olympics
Too busy competing to watch
I'm blind, you insensitive clod!
Only CoyboyNeal's victory in the 1000 meter one legged hurdles"

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