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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

mc6809e Re: Hope it won't happen in USA, again ! (158 comments)

Saddam Hussein was a Ba'athist revolutionary, which is to say he advocated a mixture of Arab Nationalism and socialism. National socialism IS Nazism.

5 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

mc6809e Re:Muslim uprisings during movie releases (158 comments)

However, the inane aspect about it is that while Republicans blamed Obama for what happened in Benghazi, fact remains that their position on Libya/Qadaffi was no different from the Democrats.

Some think using force is the solution to every problem and some believe democracy is the solution to every problem.

The disaster of the Arab spring is what you get when you combine the two ideas.

5 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

mc6809e Re: Hope it won't happen in USA, again ! (158 comments)

To kill 650'000 shitheads. Mission accomplished. Wish they had killed more though.

While it's true that Sadam's military was full of essentially modern day Nazis, we weren't attacked by Nazis on 9/11. We went after the wrong bunch.

Saudi Arabia would have been a better target but the Bushes were too busy holding hands with the King.

5 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

mc6809e Re:Call me racist and evil and bigoted and everyth (158 comments)

And for anyone who doesn't remember, this was the film that Obama blamed the Benghazi attacks on. Despite later admitting that, no, oops, that wasn't what caused the attacks at all.

"Oops"?

The attack happened on Sept 11th just before the 2012 election.

You don't really think it was an accident that they blamed some film-maker and threw him in jail to deflect responsibility from themselves, do you?

5 days ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

mc6809e Re:Archive? (219 comments)

It looks to me like these drives write a large amount of data as a spiral of multiple tracks so that the platter must rotate many times to complete the write.

That's fine for streaming data sequentially to the disk for long term storage.

Random writes must be dog-slow, though.

about a week ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

mc6809e Re:Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (172 comments)

That isn't specifically true at all. It's all about whether you can reproduce, and have a surviving child more than it is about dying.

But there's an advantage to having parents and the parents of parents continuing to live on.

While older adults might not be able to reproduce, the help and assistance of older non-reproducing adults can factor into their descendent's ability to reproduce.

about three weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

mc6809e Re:Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (172 comments)

I work in immunology and the coevolution of host and virus to the point where it is harmless would be a Good Thing (TM).

Perhaps good in the long run, but coevolution implies the evolution of the host, too, and that requires an increase, at least temporarily, in the number of dead humans (that pesky selection part of evolution).

about three weeks ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

mc6809e Re:Why giving ? (92 comments)

Alas, WW2 doesn't seem to have been about religion, and it's still the largest war in human history (and if it were split into two separate wars, they'd be the two largest wars in history).

You're just using too narrow a conception of religion, IMO.

Fascism, National Socialism, and Communism all have their true-believers. And some of them are so certain their faith is the correct one that they're willing to kill for it.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

mc6809e Re: So basically (445 comments)

Interesting, though, that the vote happened after the election, when it was known who would control the Senate in 2015 and 2016. And interesting that those that are losing power oppose surveillance while those that are gaining it support continued surveillance.

This might suggest the possibility that each side fears the use of the NSA against them by the other side.

I'd hate to think the USA has gotten to that point but I don't think anything would surprise me now.

about a month ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

mc6809e Re:Couldn't they have used an RTG? (132 comments)

Why did we get away from that technology for space exploration? If you're going to spend the money to conduct a mission of this sort why limit yourself to the power provided by solar panels? It would be a pisser to have come this far only to have the mission fail because the probe can't get enough power to carry on operations.

Two reasons: fear that an accident might release plutonium dust into the atmosphere, and the relative shortage of plutonium.

about a month ago
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Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

mc6809e Maybe he thinks libertarians made a difference (127 comments)

It looks like the Republicans will have 54 Senators in 2015, in part, I think, to support given them by libertarians (except perhaps in Virginia where a Libertarian candidate took support from the Republican primarily).

Might this be a move by Democrats to reach out to libertarians who tend to be the strongest opponents of the surveillance of the public by government?

about a month ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

mc6809e Re:Not smart (219 comments)

Not every interesting program property that one wishes to prove can be transformed into an example of the halting problem.

about a month and a half ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

mc6809e Re:Not smart (219 comments)

Who is still using these sites after all of the Silk Road 1.0 arrests? You have to be pretty dumb to risk your freedom on some stranger's computer security skills.

And not just some single stranger.

How many thousands of programmers/engineers are indirectly involved?

Can you trust the programmer of the website?

Can you trust the programmers that wrote the webserver code?

Can you trust the programmers that wrote your web browser?

Can you trust the programmers that wrote BASH?

Can you trust the programmers that wrote the rest of the OS?

Can you trust the programmers that wrote the BIOS?

Can you trust the engineers that wrote the CPU's microcode?

I once had this wild idea of trying to come up with some automated proof system that would help insure program correctness. I then looked at the huge amount of errata for Intel processors. How can one be sure one's program will even run as expected when the processor itself can't be proven correct?

about a month and a half ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

mc6809e Re:What do you vote for? (551 comments)

Some states also have judicial elections, which is as stupid an idea as it sounds like.

Judicial elections might work well using an approval voting system -- the idea being that a judge that is most accepted by the people is most likely to be a neutral arbiter and fair.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

mc6809e Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

Why is it when the republicans controlled both houses and the presidency they didn't fix the obvious errors that the democrats did?

January 2001 was the first time since 1957 that the Republicans controlled both congress and the presidency.

They had about 8 months of a sane world before 9/11 happened.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

mc6809e Re:The fact that lobbying is talked about so openl (485 comments)

The fact that lobbying is talked about so openly disgust me, at least in my country the politicians try to hide their corruption.

Oh, grow up.

Lobbying isn't corruption.

Corruption is pretending lobbying doesn't exist.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

mc6809e Re:Bang-bang control in action. (485 comments)

The Republicans are in charge and they haven't done a thing about the NSA. No reduction in budget, no oversight changes, nothing.

The Republican majority in the House is 1/2 of 1/3rd of the government.

They're hardly "in charge".

about a month and a half ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

mc6809e Re:Sounds like Slashdot (306 comments)

I was thinking about the press.

There's no way a journalist can crank out story after story unless they're completely unaware that they don't know what they're talking about.

Any doubts in their own understanding would stop dead their fingers on their keyboards.

about 2 months ago

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Bad news: Bertha is damaged

mc6809e mc6809e writes  |  about 10 months ago

mc6809e (214243) writes "Officials on Friday announced the seal assembly is damaged. Bertha may be shut down for several more weeks as workers fix damaged seals that protect the drive system that spins the giant cutter. The revelation comes two months after the drill failed to grind ahead and operators shut it down. The machine known as Bertha tweeted in December that she was doing fine, just facing an obstruction. An 11-day inspection in January found no big obstacles, turning engineers’ attention inward. The ongoing investigation — which includes an influx of staff from drill maker Hitachi-Zosen — could take up to two weeks before the Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) contracting team issues a strategy to repair and restart the machine."
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F.C.C. Bars Lightsquared from Using Airwaves

mc6809e mc6809e writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mc6809e (214243) writes "A proposed wireless broadband network that would provide voice and Internet service using airwaves once reserved for satellite-telephone transmissions should be shelved because it interferes with GPS technology, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday. The news appears to squash the near-term hopes for the network pushed by LightSquared, a Virginia company that is majority-owned by Philip Falcone, a New York hedge fund manager."
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Killed for Tweeting: Mexico's Drug War Has Two Mor

mc6809e mc6809e writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mc6809e (214243) writes "Twitter has become deadly serious in Mexico, where two people were allegedly murdered for denouncing a drug cartel on the social network.

In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a man and a woman were found hanging from a bridge by their hands and feet. An examination of the bodies showed signs of torture, and the pair is thought to have been beaten and killed by a powerful local drug gang, then displayed to send a message to citizens who might want to publicly renounce the group.

Attached to the bodies were two signs, one of which read “This happens for denouncing,” according to CNN. One of the notes also had the names of two blogs, Al Rojo Vivo and Blog del Narco."

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