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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

mrbester Re:This debate is about money. (260 comments)

Or use the word "irrespective". Not this gestalt abomination of the two. But then, people think "learnings" is a real word as well, when it was made up by Sasha Baron Cohen for his broken English speaking character Borat.

about two weeks ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

mrbester Re:What? (185 comments)

I find odd that someone with such a low UID would think this. Proof of posting just means you have a piece of paper that verifies you entered into a contract to have something delivered, something you don't get from just using a postbox. There's nothing to say that it will be delivered or even when, just your interaction.

about two weeks ago
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

mrbester Re:Black letter law (131 comments)

Ireland *has* ratified it, as part of being in EU and implementing directives. The absolute minimum that can be implemented is that it is illegal for data belonging to EU nationals to leave EU without the *owner's* permission. Everything else is window dressing.

Written into the Act (2003) is the get-out clause (section 8), where data can leave without permission (say for US subpoena purposes). However, this is not a carte blanche instant compliance thing and requires the owner be informed as to the transfer with a maximum of 40 days before it can occur to allow an appeal against it. Failure to do so is the illegal act.

about two weeks ago
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

mrbester Re:Why purchase service from provider in US then? (131 comments)

USA LEOs can subpoena all they like. However, if the data belongs to a foreign national (say, British) and is held on a foreign server (say, in Ireland) then Microsoft would be breaking EU law in handing it over as *that* is the law that applies, not US. Thus, as coercion to commit a criminal act is itself illegal in both US and EU, Microsoft refused to comply. This has nothing to do with the constitution.

If it was the other way around, for example data belonging to a US citizen stored anywhere else on the planet being subpoena'd by any other country on the planet, US would tell them to go fuck themselves. And they'd get applauded for it.

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

mrbester Re:The same as with Fortran (270 comments)

"He must have forgotten to update it"
Bet you're glad you left.

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

mrbester Re:Yo (72 comments)

I'm sure there's a "yo mama" joke in there, but I can't be bothered.

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

mrbester Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

Atheists are as arrogant as Theists in that they are convinced what they say is correct with no room for argument. Atheists cite lack of proof as proof itself, Theists cite lack of proof as a deliberate action on the part of what they believe (thus faith). Agnostics recognise that no one is omniscient; the lack of proof of something can merely be that this proof hasn't been discovered yet and they are willing to accept that it may be forthcoming. See Higg's boson.

about two weeks ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

mrbester Re:I just unplug my landline phone (210 comments)

Not in UK they won't due to BT's Universal Service obligation. This is so you can always contact the emergency services should you need to.

about three weeks ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

mrbester Re:Normally I'd side with anyone but Disney, but. (137 comments)

When I first saw Deadmau5 the first thing I thought of was a comedy show starring Johnny Vegas in which one (silent)character called Cartoon Head wears a mouse head throughout. Then I thought of Mickey only because he's a cartoon mouse as well.

about three weeks ago
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Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

mrbester Re:Revolt of the Machines (143 comments)

And that'll be their excuse when they come back long after dark:

"Where the hell have you been?!"

"Imaging Earth."

"Until this time of night? I was worried sick!"

"We were curious."

about three weeks ago
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Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

mrbester Re:Launched *Themselves*??? (143 comments)

They thought they were escape capsules. So they did.

about three weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

mrbester Re:Good timing for this suggestion NOT! (322 comments)

Ukraine already has a used nuke on its soil, it's called Chernobyl. Understandably, they don't want another one.

about a month ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

mrbester Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

Yeah, but her sister was worse.

about a month ago
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Saturn's F Ring Is Now Three Times As Wide As During the Voyager Flybys

mrbester Re:Dear Lord, what has happened to Slashdot?! (41 comments)

The fact that you recognised both sci-fi references is also of note.

I find that the more we learn about Saturn's rings (and is thus applicable to all planets with rings and shepherd moons) the greater the fascination that such structures aren't just a bunch of small rocks orbiting a planet but have behaviour that is of interest to chaos and complexity mathematicians that can only lead to greater understanding of the dynamics of such systems.

(Is this the kind of comment you were hoping for?)

about a month ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

mrbester Re:Since when did Microsoft become a EU company (419 comments)

Microsoft Ireland (which owns the servers the data is stored on) is headquartered and incorporated in Ireland and thus subject to Ireland's laws. QE fucking D back at you.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

mrbester Re:customer-centric (419 comments)

If you think possession of child pornography is legal in Ireland then I've got a bridge for you to buy. I'll make you buy it twice for bringing in a "think of the children" flawed argument in a ridiculous attempt to bolster your position.

about a month ago
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

mrbester Re:And, worst of alll.. (103 comments)

Complete with troopers. You don't want to fall in love with one of them...

about a month ago
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Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

mrbester Re: timothy = fail (48 comments)

As distinct from the usual rocks inaction.

I'll get me coat...

about a month ago
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Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

mrbester Re:The Lonely Assassins (48 comments)

Maybe something wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey about insects not living very long in the first place so there's no point using all that energy sending them back in time to live to death. Or it's a sentience thing.

Either way, I most certainly can kill a stone. I can smash it to bits with a hammer. Maybe even a *rock* hammer. I don't see anything coming back to life after it has been shattered into tiny pieces apart from a T1000 / Crichton and Aeryn.

about a month ago

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Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps dies

mrbester mrbester writes  |  about 6 months ago

mrbester (200927) writes "BBC News reports:

The former leader of a US church that was widely known for its inflammatory anti-gay protests has died, his family has said. The Reverend Fred Phelps Sr, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, died on Wednesday evening at 84. The church, made up mostly of his family, rose to international notoriety with its practice of picketing funerals of fallen US troops. It claimed their deaths were punishment for America's tolerance of gays.

Can we have a resounding "hallelujah"?"
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