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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

mrbester Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

My pets have always had medical insurance. I have never had it. True, I'm in UK where it could be argued that I do because of the NHS, but they don't fund *everything*, unlike my pet's insurance, which is comprehensive and includes palliative care. My pets have better coverage than I do. So fuck you PETA.

about two weeks ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

mrbester Re:Driverless on the deep level tube is pointless (127 comments)

It's extremely rare that an emergency results in a train stopped between stations: if you pull the cord the driver won't stop mid-tunnel. Every carriage on every train on every line has a notice stating this.

about two weeks ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

mrbester Re:Aerodynamic design? (127 comments)

And this was part of the original plan: as well as having occasional open spaces (for lines close enough to the surface of course, see 23/24 Leinster Gardens) for venting until full electrification the engines were steam powered from coal burning. Got to get rid of the smoke somehow.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

mrbester Re:Orcas are dolphins! (152 comments)

You can see their lips move.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

mrbester Re:Whales? (152 comments)

Your mom gets enough publicity as it is...

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

mrbester Re:Rose Glasses (320 comments)

So it was fine for you to watch and enjoy them as a child but not for a child today because you subscribe to the ridiculous "imitation" dogma? Are you a violent racist wife-beating asshole or just an asshole?

about three weeks ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

mrbester Re:This debate is about money. (261 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 and a half 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 1 month ago

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Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps dies

mrbester mrbester writes  |  about 7 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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