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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

mrbester Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (123 comments)

They do. Compare a European car with a US one. Faster with smaller, more fuel efficient engines.


No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

mrbester Re:Question for someone with Legal? (275 comments)

Not the point. That would be not entering into a new contract with that person. This is about altering the current contract (possibly after you've left). Pray they don't alter it further.

3 days ago

Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

mrbester Re:Oddballs... (45 comments)

The reason it is difficult to match up is normally because that entire phylum got wiped out in any of the mass extinctions so there isn't anything to match up to; nothing evolved further because they were all dead. That there are similarities to extant creatures is coincidence.

We know that hundreds of phyla were wiped out. We don't know for sure how many as we only have fossil records to go on. There could have been thousands.

about a week ago

Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

mrbester Re:Will this affect overseas profits tax evasion? (749 comments)

I don't see anything in that where a non-US citizen has to supply financial data, only that US citizens do through agreements with the country they reside in. Your wife to be can legally tell the US government to go fuck itself.

Joint accounts are a different thing, of course.

about two weeks ago

Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

mrbester Re:Also available for UK, Canada, France ... (95 comments)

Except that there's a bunch of edits that to pushed that have nothing to do with politics. Like one for a dance movie.

So while it's good to see the positive spinning, it's also good to see the time wasting on the taxpayers dollar.

about two weeks ago

Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

mrbester Re:Ewww... (242 comments)

Except they mix it with lake water *after* filtering it, so you've got different shit in it now.

about two weeks ago

UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

mrbester Re:National security (353 comments)

And that bullshit about powering on electronics if you're flying to the States? That just got broadened to *all* flights *anywhere*. I knew it was coming, I just didn't expect it within 3 fucking days...

about two weeks ago

Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

mrbester Re:"Don't be ridiculous." --Balki (311 comments)

She was never in when I called. Popular girl, that Jenny.

about two weeks ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

mrbester Re:Warp Drive (564 comments)

What physical perfection? That's the point of the singularity, to take the mental perfection and put it in a body that is capable of lifting 30 pounds. If not more.

about three weeks ago

New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

mrbester Re:Made of Led? (119 comments)


about three weeks ago

Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

mrbester Wrong symbol (73 comments)

Boron is B, Barium is Ba...

about three weeks ago

Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

mrbester Re:We Have to Start Thinking Around Them (125 comments)

That's a whole new aspect to contention ratio when you can't hear Irving Berlin's "Always" because they don't have enough phonographs / copies free...

about a month ago

MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

mrbester Re:Why not? A crime is a crime (135 comments)

An IP address does not correlate to an individual. I would have thought someone with a user id below 1 million would know that by now.

about a month ago

MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

mrbester Re:We keep getting closer to a dystopia (135 comments)

Yeah, we've got this thing with the major ISP (BT) where you can get free wireless at hot spots around the world (FON) by ticking a checkbox that sets aside bandwidth on an open SSID on the router. The IP remains the same, but a claim of responsibility for what other people do with open WiFi gets a "fuck you" to the prosecutor and to hell with the contempt of court.

about a month ago

Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

mrbester Re:Families come first (370 comments)

Because the older guys can fix the shit the younger guys made in a rush to get to the bars before they fill up.

about a month ago

California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

mrbester Re:Yes, be good sheep and take big pharma shots (387 comments)

Do you mean thiomersal, the mercuric component of which is readily excreted by the body in less than a month with no ill effects and hasn't been used as a vaccine preservative in US, Europe and elsewhere since 1999?

Ignorant fear monger.

about a month ago

The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

mrbester Re:FP? (173 comments)

> Why is it too hard?

They have to feed and guard you and that costs more.

about a month and a half ago

UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

mrbester Re:Sigh (240 comments)

So they've also brought back capital punishment (secretly, of course)? Good to know...

about 1 month ago

Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

mrbester Re:All I'll say... (224 comments)

You misunderstand the purpose of the act. It's so people aren't forever branded with a label making them effectively unemployable. It is libel because it is the same as someone who didn't have that spent conviction. Because legally it has now never happened. Publicly accessible records of that conviction are expunged, which is the big difference. In US forever in public view will be everything illegal thing you have ever been convicted for, no matter what. And you tell *me* to read nineteen eighty four. You're living in it and defending it.

about 2 months ago

Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

mrbester Re:All I'll say... (224 comments)

We've got this thing in UK called Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This plainly states that when a conviction is deemed "spent" (depends on offence for the timescale, some offences never expire of course) then that it deemed to have never happened in the first place. This can even include being sent to prison. Any use of that information is prohibited and there is no upper limit for a fine that can be imposed for doing so. Plus, use of that information will get you sued for libel, which you will lose and lose badly.

about 2 months ago



Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps dies

mrbester mrbester writes  |  about 4 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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