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Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

mws1066 The mention of Snowden's name (359 comments)

When Obama mentioned Snowden's name, you could see a bit of disgust and a sneer streak across his face for a brief moment. He then felt the need to point out that he was ahead of Snowden, planning to confront the system anyway.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Interviewing Your Boss?

mws1066 Details? (219 comments)

You're very sparing with the details here. What do you do that is technical? If you're a sole technical person in a non-technical office, I assume this means you're IT. Why exactly are you interviewing someone to be your supervisor? How did this happen? Are you being forced to have a supervisor because management wants to reign you in? So many unknowns. Why wouldn't management make you the supervisor and get you to hire underlings if they feel they need more bodies? This reeks badly of a top-heavy organization.

about a year and a half ago
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Mars Rover Finds Complex Chemicals But No Organic Compounds

mws1066 Re:Can't keep this up (137 comments)

Is there really a significant difference if NASA blew this out of proportion or if the media did? The end result is the same. They look bad when they have to backpedal and release underwhelming findings.

about a year and a half ago
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Mars Rover Finds Complex Chemicals But No Organic Compounds

mws1066 Re:Can't keep this up (137 comments)

"Grotzinger says they recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something Earth-shaking. 'This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good,' he says.""

about a year and a half ago
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Mars Rover Finds Complex Chemicals But No Organic Compounds

mws1066 Re:Can't keep this up (137 comments)

Well, you know what I mean, right? Semantics.

about a year and a half ago
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Mars Rover Finds Complex Chemicals But No Organic Compounds

mws1066 Re:Can't keep this up (137 comments)

My facts were mostly straight. Yes, it wasn't an official statement, but the chief scientist dude had to have known how his comments would have whipped people into a frenzy. I mean, c'mon.

about a year and a half ago
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Mars Rover Finds Complex Chemicals But No Organic Compounds

mws1066 Can't keep this up (137 comments)

NASA can't keep up being the "boy who cried wolf." People will just stop listening if every little thing is "breakthrough" and something "earth-shattering!" My goodness.

about a year and a half ago
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Meat the Food of the Future

mws1066 Re:Hey, just market bugs as (705 comments)

And how about the hormonal problems from eating all that hormone-laced meat?

about 2 years ago
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Up To 1.5 Million Visa, MasterCard Credit Card Numbers Stolen

mws1066 Re:Recourse? (189 comments)

That's reassuring to hear. I still do like having a buffer, though...

more than 2 years ago
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Up To 1.5 Million Visa, MasterCard Credit Card Numbers Stolen

mws1066 Re:Recourse? (189 comments)

Well, yes, at least these are CREDIT cards, not bank cards. This is exactly why I don't have a bank card and only use a credit card - at least it provides a buffer to my money. If I see charges on a bill that are suspect, I don't HAVE to write the credit card company a check. But if a criminal got a hold of someone's bank card... Maybe I'm wrong - does anyone use a bank card and feel safe?

more than 2 years ago
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Up To 1.5 Million Visa, MasterCard Credit Card Numbers Stolen

mws1066 Recourse? (189 comments)

And what recourse do card holders have? How do we know if our number was stolen, passed around, and now someone is just holding onto it indefinitely and might leap to use it after this whole thing blows over? A bit frightening.

more than 2 years ago
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When Social Media Meets TV, Are the Results Worth Watching?

mws1066 Lost (106 comments)

When Lost was about to end, the various forums were abuzz with lots of ending ideas that all were about a hundred times better than the actual ending. Kinda wish they'd listened to fans in that case.

more than 2 years ago
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The Numbers of a Life

mws1066 More useful than you think (98 comments)

At first glance, the whole idea of personal analytics seems kind of worthless. But imagine comparing analytics among populations and drawing correlations between habits, lifestyle choices, and diseases. That could be a helpful step toward the kind of preventative health care we need as a people. Lifestyle choices matter a lot more than the strictly-retroactive fix-me-up-after-my-heart-clogs-up-with-french-fry-grease healthcare that much of the US and I'm sure other countries seem to encourage.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft To Shut Down App Store For Windows Mobile

mws1066 Still late to the game (154 comments)

The real question is how successful M$'s next app store/phone offering can possible become. Google and Apple are quite extensively entrenched in the market - Microsoft has its work cut out for it. They are VERY late to the game. I think the only place their phones likely will excel is in corporate settings, becoming kind of the new Blackberries. iPhones aren't corporate enough, Android phones aren't supported enough for corporate cronies to like them, so they COULD possibly fill that particular niche.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft To Shut Down App Store For Windows Mobile

mws1066 Re:Windows Mobile? (154 comments)

You can run unsigned code on Android. There's an option you can enable in the settings. Then you can just drop a .apk onto the device via USB, wifi, whatever, and install it manually.

more than 2 years ago
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Japan's Nuclear Energy Industry Nears Shutdown

mws1066 Re:Alternatives? (267 comments)

So maybe this is the chance for Japan to lead the way in serious and applicable alternative energy sources, particularly since they have no native access to fossil fuels.

more than 2 years ago
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Ford Tests DIY Firmware Updates

mws1066 Wi-Fi? (164 comments)

They should have put Wi-Fi onboard. Park the car in your garage or driveway, hope on your home network, voila.

more than 2 years ago
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Robot Firefighter To Throw Extinguisher Grenades

mws1066 Public reaction? (78 comments)

I'm curious about how the public would really react to robots like this doing dangerous jobs - be it rescue robots, firefighting robots, or even the recently hotly-discussed automated (self-driving) cars. The first time one of these robots slips up and someone dies (or is left to die), public outcry will be swift and harsh.

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Warns Congress of Terrorist Hacking

mws1066 Nervous (243 comments)

Always get nervous when reading stuff like this - I'm sure they'll use it an excuse to regulate the Internet for everyone, not just so-called terrorists. Remember: freedom isn't free. Also: war is peace, ignorance is strength, etc.

more than 2 years ago

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