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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

mevets change is the constant (235 comments)

And thus another decade long slashdot argument turns out to be an elementary lexical oversight.

6 hours ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

mevets Re:You Will Be Surprised (870 comments)

It is quite possible you responded to a post by a travesty generator; that is the post was a joke about what automation will replace.

If I've offended someone, sorry.

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

mevets Re:Not how it works? (466 comments)

AT&T (nee Bell) played a pivotal role in the development of packet switched networks. The combination of excessive long distance rates and circuit congestion spurred the development of least cost packet routing.

Maybe they are trying to help spur technology that will take them out of the picture completely.

about three weeks ago
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The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

mevets Re:Social network API (260 comments)

| Advertisements is the only way its going to happen.

That is a bleak assessment of where these services are at. Only the bottom feeders will pay for them.

about a month ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

mevets Does it matter if its true? (529 comments)

I like to dance. Much of dance is derived from tribal rituals. I can still enjoy dancing without fear of affecting the weather.

about 1 month ago
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First LSD Test In 40 Years Reveal Drug Helps Terminal Patients Prepare For Death

mevets Jerry Garcia, prophet (221 comments)

The Grateful Dead takes on a deeper meaning.

about a month ago
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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

mevets Re:Google really cares about Linux (295 comments)

I think it is more like comparing a dragon fly to a pack of dingos.

about a month and a half ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

mevets How can drivers protect themselves.... (664 comments)

One way would be to insist that automakers do not nickel and dime design vehicles. The critical components related to vehicle safety should be designed for safety first, cost second.

These vehicles go for over $20 000, I should at least have the option to pay an extra $1000 to chuck the electronic crap.

about 2 months ago
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A Corporate War Against a Scientist, and How He Fought Back

mevets The knee jerk reaction... (253 comments)

There are the good few (companies) that spoil it for the rotten masses, but they are so rare as to seldom garner a mention.
I would expect that a good company would immediately fire the author of this snivelling little shit strategy, not implement it.

about 2 months ago
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Astronomers Investigating Unknown Object That Hit the Earth In 773 AD

mevets Quite a mystery (84 comments)

Good thing you brought it here. Nothing solves a mystery faster than wild ass conjecture.

about 2 months ago
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How the Web Makes a Real-Life Breaking Bad Possible

mevets Re:Why wait? (194 comments)

If you discount those factors, how do you resolve the varied reactions of the different substances? Not every heroin user becomes dependent; though a great many do.
I didn't think the jury was in for chemical dependence wrt nicotine and cocaine.

about 3 months ago
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Canadian Health Scientists Resort To Sneaker Net After Funding Slashed

mevets Re:Not only in the US... (168 comments)

So, if the CBC reported it, it does not count? That is convenient.
If you were interested, though I doubt you are, you could look at the references, citations, etc.. in:
    Muzzling Civil Servants: A Threat to Democracy?
which google will happily provide you a pointer to.

In the unlikely event that you would bother, I am sure you would label them all, along with the authors, institutions, neighbourhoods, cities and provinces as anti-right. Facts are no match for blind, stupid partisanship.

about 3 months ago
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Irish Politician Calls For Crackdown On Open Source Internet Browsers

mevets Re:Not interesting (335 comments)

An EU directive officially protects Leprechauns in an area known as The Sliabh Foy Loop due to Irish Law.

about 3 months ago
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Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip

mevets Re:As long as they dont change it (299 comments)

Would it be shocking if electric unit definitions themselves formed a circuit?

Thank you very much, Iâ(TM)ll be here all week.

about 3 months ago
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Cairo 2D Graphics May Become Part of ISO C++

mevets standard c++ (430 comments)

Is there anything it cannot do?
The old C++ looks better and better as they nail every bit of crap they can find to her wretched offspring.

about 3 months ago
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Website Checkout Glitches: Two Very Different Corporate Responses

mevets Re:Same rules apply (303 comments)

Some book I was reading has a story about a pair of suit salemen in the 1930s. When a customer wanted the price of the suit, one would yell the question to the other. The other replied $42, loudly and had to repeat it. The one would then tell the customer âoemy brother says its $20â. The customer would quickly buy the suit, taking advantage his hearing loss.

The Brick use such a variety of dubious sales and payment practices, if I found myself with an unexpected discount, I would be afraid I signed up for some weird loan.

Half of the Brickâ(TM)s customers have no idea what the real price they are paying is.

about 4 months ago
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How Ya Gonna Get 'Em Down On the UNIX Farm?

mevets Re:Stop trying (606 comments)

Have you ever used a mac? Your great spouting of cliches suggest you havenâ(TM)t.
OS X is UNIX(tm) - not UNIX-like, UNIX-wannabe, etc... UNIX. http://www.opengroup.org/openbrand/register/brand3602.htm/
When did the shielding of lower layers become contradictory to UNIX philosophy?
Why do you think it is called a shell?

about 4 months ago
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Houston Expands Downtown Surveillance, Unsure If It Helps

mevets Re:Houston, We Have a Problem... (60 comments)

The point is to sell surveillance equipment; have you been asleep for a decade?
The invested parties - police, politicians, journalists, arms dealers and church leaders all have a problem: Crime is on a long decreasing trend, and nobody knows why!
The police, to justify monstrous budgets, love surveillance gear. On the odd occasion it is useful for something other than catching shady cops, it makes for great TV. Great TV makes for proud citizens; and easy budget cycles. Journalists love great footage, so they can collect paycheques without working for it.
Politicians love police (from a certain distance) since they lend a sheen of goodness to their creepy incompetence.

This makes for easy pickings for the surveillance industry to sell boatloads of worthless crap to incompetents who have been trusted with your money. The last thing they need is some bearded hippy pointing out that it is all a scam.

about 4 months ago
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Antarctic Climate Research Expedition Trapped In Sea Ice

mevets Re:Boy Am I tired of this.... (209 comments)

The earth is a fascinating place, with all its changes over time.
In that 20,000 years civilization has risen from nearly nothing to what we have today, despite us being virtually unchanged. The likely footing for this advancement is stability of food supply, which rests upon the stability of climate.

Tiring, I am sure, but critical none the less.

about 4 months ago

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Gates: U.S. missile defense plans can adapt to int

mevets mevets writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mevets writes ""I probably am more familiar with the risks of over-reliance on intel.... I've seen how often it's been wrong". "...this architecture gives us a better chance of being able to cope with it," said Gates. Gates said the new technologies that would be used "give us more flexibility.""
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Facebook breaches Canadian privacy law.

mevets mevets writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mevets (322601) writes "The Canadian federal privacy commissioner has raised four issues with facebook for operating outside of Canadian privacy laws. The concerns are with the lack of access control, indefinite data retention, material ownership after death, and lack of protection of information about non-users. Supposing facebooks 15 minutes are pretty much up, any limitations would affect its value. Canada isn't important, but the EU is performing similar investigations, and the US may have some applicable laws as well."
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RCMP urges Tasers be restricted

mevets mevets writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mevets (322601) writes "Nutshell is that only "greybeard" cops should be allowed to use tasers, apparently "newbies" are viewed as a bit electro-shock happy. Other nugget is that everyone they electrocute gets mandatory medical treatment. I know that in Canada the hospital visits are free, but if the US adopts this, could it become a cheap way to get free medical attention? The human-prod manufacturers have been very litigious over criticism; since Disney have the marketing rights to the RCMP, will Mickey get a cease and desist? Will they zap Pluto? Section and topic are a bit odd, but were funny to me...."
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mevets mevets writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mevets writes "From the first paragraph: 'Despite twenty years of research, the phase diagram of high-transition-temperature superconductors remains enigmatic. A central issue is the origin of the differences in the physical properties of these copper oxides doped to opposite sides of the superconducting region. In the overdoped regime, the material behaves as a reasonably conventional metal, with a large Fermi surface.' I'm a bit overdoped to understand it, but portable MRI machines would breathe some new life into youtube..."
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