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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

p0p0 Yeah So? (241 comments)

Okay, and what? Is that it? Starbucks at the CIA doesn't use names for customers, just like any other coffee shop in the world, or any shop for that matter.

News for nerds = Nope.
Stuff that matter: = Negatory.

2 days ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

p0p0 Re:You dorks (418 comments)

Your entire post is wrong based simply on the fact that soap operas are a thing. Look up the history.

about 2 months ago
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Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

p0p0 Re: open access to the AIs (309 comments)

The fact it called you Richard means it was far more intelligent than we thought. Dick.

about 4 months ago
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Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

p0p0 103 Years Old (194 comments)

And I bet it was delicious.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

p0p0 Windows 8 User Here (786 comments)

My laptop started chugging on Windows 7. I noticed a performance increase on my netbook when I previously tested Windows 8, so I thought I would give it another try,

I have to admit, it works wonderfully. The system definitely performs better and the interface on Windows 8 is nice.
Here comes the obvious: Metro is pretty shit.
The full screen apps are useless and the main interface has no appeal. You know what my biggest problem is? The thing that bothers me the most? When I search for a program, there is no default "Show All". First it only shows programs installed, and then "Settings". Often I'm using it to find windows components like Device Manager, and it requires additional mouse clicks and movements to get there. Likewise on a tablet, it would require more touches. It's the simplest, most obvious thing, and if they overlook little things like this I don't have much hope for the rest of Metro.

The OS itself it pretty nice though.

about a year ago
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The Text-Your-Parents-Your-Drug-Deal Experiment

p0p0 Re:Not to mention not nice (267 comments)

Bull. The text is vague and does not mention narcotics in any way. "You were probably talking about drugs" is not good enough for the police to do anything.

about a year and a half ago
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Belief In God Correlates With Better Mental Health Treatment Outcomes

p0p0 I can "believe" it (931 comments)

It would give you the sense that no matter what someone does care and all the other wonderful feelings that come with a belief system. There is supposedly a religious area of the brain, so I can believe that it may help.

There is nothing at all wrong with that. Most people have some sort of belief system, be it religious or another spiritual sense.

The dangerous part is when the church or governing body of that belief system is corrupt and they tell you that you must believe their word and that is it. Examples include the proclamation of the Catholic church that condoms are evil or un-chrisitian, thus preventing religious people that wish to partake in sex unable to use some sort of contraception to prevent the spread of diseases like AIDS.
I use this example strictly because it is fresh in my mind from watching a debate on whether "The Catholic Church is a Force for Good in the World."

I don't believe it would be ethical to recommend a specific religion to a patient, but letting them know about the communities that follow religions and the support network they can form I see nothing wrong with.

about a year and a half ago
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Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

p0p0 Re:Oh good. (773 comments)

Unfortunately for your argument this darkskin person they sanctioned in fact had several bombs in their vehicle which they threw at police vehicles.

It also encouraged no actual vigilantism and the suspects were apprehended by police.

about a year and a half ago
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Archos Gamepad Released In the USA

p0p0 Chinese Win (106 comments)

So far the JXD S7300 is cheaper and has been getting better reviews, aside from a few hardware faults with the controls and poor soldering jobs.
http://www.jxd.hk/products.asp?id=627&selectclassid=009006

Cheaper too. And these chinese tabs tend to get lots of good community support.

about a year and a half ago
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Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

p0p0 Re:Its first major toll (427 comments)

I would like to point out that there is no "official" rule on the apostrophe and can' ac'tually be use'd when'ever.
What they taught you in school was generally accepted, but in no way set out in stone.
Example: Grocer's, Grocers' and Grocer' are all grammatically correct.

about a year and a half ago
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Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

p0p0 Because of reasons (978 comments)

In the past month, many if my regular sites have been flagged by Google for malware and when resolved it was all down to malicious software being served by their ad provider.

For the first time in years I visited Youtube on a freshly installed system without any addons installed, and it blew my mind how many ads there were. The main page had about 3 ads including a huge video ad in the middle. This was on a netbook and so the time it took for the ad to load was not appreciated. I loaded a music video and there was a video ad, a popup on the video, and that annoying frame around official music videos that show the next crappy pop star (in this case it was Nicki Minaj, and that was really unappreciated).

Some sites that I do visit ask me to turn it off and they so far have only served me very simple image ads or text ads which I don't really mind. It's when an ad starts playing animation and/or audio that I block them and sometimes just block the site itself completely.

You don't need to be intrusive to sell your product. It just annoys the end user. I don't remember a single flashy ads name, so that obviously does not work (in my case).

about a year and a half ago
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Lucas Says Ford, Fisher and Hamill May Return For Next Star Wars

p0p0 Re:Keep Granpa Lucas Out (253 comments)

DuckTits (oooh ooooh)

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Transplant Functional Eyes On the Tails of Tadpoles

p0p0 Well Yeah (85 comments)

"they showed learning behavior when confronted with electric shock." You shock anyone's little nub's of flesh enough and they tell you anything you want to hear.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How to Pimp My Android Tablet?

p0p0 dsploit (154 comments)

Install "dsploit" and mess around with your friends and family. It allows for changing all the image in someones browser with a specified image, and you can do the same with text. Made my friend think she was being haunted by changing her name on Facebook to "you're next" and all her images to scary faces that say things a virus wouldn't know.

And she had no idea because I was on my tablet.
There is also password sniffing and such but I'm not interested in that.

about a year and a half ago
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Parcel Sensor Knows When Your Delivery Has Been Dropped

p0p0 Re:Sooo (145 comments)

I ordered a MicroSD card and a mini Wireless N adapter from TigerDirect and the box was huge and full of several feet of brown paper packaging it's ridiculous. Like, 10 feet of paper. Same thing when I ordered speakers from Amazon. The warehouse is only a couple of towns away and the box was 3-4 times bigger than the item and full of paper.

On the opposite side of it I received an HDD from eBay which only had one layer of bubble wrap and an envelope. Worked fine, but the contrast was amusing.

about a year and a half ago
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Parcel Sensor Knows When Your Delivery Has Been Dropped

p0p0 Re:Existing non-electronic variant (145 comments)

*attack=attach.
Ugh. Though I gave myself a funny image of a UPS man mauling a shock sticker.

about a year and a half ago
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Parcel Sensor Knows When Your Delivery Has Been Dropped

p0p0 Re:Existing non-electronic variant (145 comments)

Exactly this, So much simpler and easier since you need to get the sender to apply it, and they are more likely to attack the shock stickers apposed to hacking together a wireless g-sensor. Unnecessarily high-tech solution to a low-tech problem.

about a year and a half ago
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AT&T: Don't Want a Data Plan for That Smartphone? Too Bad.

p0p0 Wow (798 comments)

Is it really just the state of the American system that is so corrupt that a company can get away with this, or is this prevalent elsewhere? Obviously /. features predominantly American news so I can't tell if my views are skewed or not.

If it does seem to be mostly American; Bloody hell you guys need to step up your game. I've never heard of a Canadian company do this. We have Bell, Rogers, Virgin, Telus and WiND and I could never imagine any one of those company doing this. They do some pretty scummy stuff to pull in money, like crazy overage charges, but even the guys with the most push like Bell don't dick around with people that much. These guys are fighting each other over customers constantly. Is there not much choice in America for service providers?

I can't see this being any type of legal. What agreement could possibly allow this and still be upheld in court?
The entire thing is just... my mind...*poof*

about a year and a half ago
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Mars Rover Curiosity: Less Brainpower Than Apple's iPhone 5

p0p0 Re:iPhone 5 is faster.. for a few minutes maybe. (256 comments)

As a previous poster had pointed, astronauts are not far enough out of orbit for the electronics to be in danger of cosmic rays as they are still within the protection of the Earths atmosphere.

about a year and a half ago

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