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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

paiute Watch out Nevada (450 comments)

If this argument has any legs, then states bordering Nevada can begin to stop and detain women on their way to work in legal brothels, citing the Mann Act.

yesterday
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Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

paiute Re:Two separate models (199 comments)

Ah, we found the middleman.

4 days ago
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Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

paiute Two separate models (199 comments)

If only the heat flow in the earth-ocean-atmosphere system was as easy to follow as the cash flow in the Koch-denialists-politicians system.

4 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

paiute Re:EFF Says: (158 comments)

When an actor plays a role in a film they sign a release allowing use of their image in that film, but the argument here is that the contract was misleading as to the nature of the film and thus invalid, making the user of her image copyright infringement.

This is a dangerous precedent for Hollywood. Suppose I am a character actor in a major motion picture and my parts mostly end up the floor in the first release of the print. I could now go to court to stop the distribution on copyright grounds because I was mislead as to the extent of my screen time? Any one of the cast could hold the whole movie hostage under this ruling.

4 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

paiute Re:Sounds like they should ban the cabbies (295 comments)

Try to imagine yourself in Boston. Limited number of cabs by statute. They are often dirty and unsafe. The drivers run the gamut from mediocre to crap. The credit card machines are always "broken".

5 days ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

paiute Re:What the old farts did... (191 comments)

n...e...v...e...r...g...o...i...n... God damn it!

5 days ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

paiute Re:Imagine that! (191 comments)

a lot of people across Europe are not fond of Google's obvious disregard of them as unimportant enough to not even be negotiated with.

In general, most European nations have a tradition that these things are negotiated on. US/UK tradition is in direct conflict with this, and is more of posturing and ultimatums.

Bullshit. European tradition is to have a monarch dictate policy. US tradition is to argue everything out because we got rid of our King, so we had to vote on policy.

5 days ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

paiute Re:HAHA! (191 comments)

What's Spanish for 'Alta Vista'?

5 days ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

paiute Re:The article mentions (153 comments)

Permanent? Ouch. "If erection lasts for more than 4 hours..."

Do not Google "necrotic penis"

about a week ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

paiute Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

In Star Trek women aren't uniformly attractive; it's simply that the ones who aren't attractive don't get promoted into the "important" ranks who get all the screen-time. Does it still seem so far-fetched?

No, they just get beamed out on a transporter with the biofilter set to "hotness".

about a week ago
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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

paiute Fool's paradise (129 comments)

"Least of all should they have to seek permission from the manufacturer or the government."

Has the author seen the incoming Congress?

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

paiute Footnotes, that's why (368 comments)

If you write about a society to far in the future and want to show all the changes probable by then, your work will consist mostly of footnotes and explanations and definitions. Not a great way to tell a story.

about two weeks ago
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Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

paiute Why is this still on the way? (77 comments)

When Pluto got demoted, I thought they were supposed to send a self-destruct signal to the probe.

about two weeks ago
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In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

paiute Re:Hackers Are Pampered (102 comments)

Hungry people revolt. Starving people do as they are told.

about two weeks ago
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

paiute So is anyone else bothered by this (82 comments)

So I have been noticing that people, especially when interviewed, have developed this bad habit of beginning every statement with an unnecessary 'so'. So this is really starting to annoy me. So lately everytime I listen to a podcast or watch a video that word jars me like a electrical shock. So I know it's coming, and I pray that the speaker will recognize that it is a problem. So but they don't. So will this ever go away?

about three weeks ago

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Universe now 1.4 hellameters across

paiute paiute writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paiute (550198) writes ""When Austin Sendek was growing up in Northern California, he was never allowed to use the regional slang term "hella."

Now the 20-year-old physics major at UC Davis uses "hella" often — and he's trying to get scientists from Boise to Beijing to do the same. Sendek, who was forced to use "hecka" as a child, has petitioned an international scientific body to make "hella" the name for the hitherto nameless, unimaginably huge, seldom-cited quantity of 10 to the 27th power — or 1 followed by 27 zeros."

Google, as one might anticipate, has embraced this whimsical unit and has incorporated it into the Google calculator:

"Now users can find out, with a little finagling, that our $13-trillion national debt, when expressed in hella-dollars, is a pleasingly tiny 1.3 times 10 to the minus 14th."

Slashdotters in the greater Boston area are readying their petition to the Consultative Committee on Units to make "wickedpissa" the new name for 10 to the 28th power."

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Free Netbook From Microsoft, Then Things Got Weird

paiute paiute writes  |  more than 4 years ago

paiute (550198) writes "Matt Karolian, a Marketing Communications major at Emerson College in Boston "won" a netbook in a Microsoft re-tweet competition (whatever that is). Then the prize arrived, and it was not exactly the high-quality major award he had expected from a Microsoft:

"A few months back I entered a re-tweet contest that Microsoft was holding. I know, I know, as a marketer I should cringe at the thought of a re-tweet contest but one of the prizes for this re-tweet contest was an xbox 360, so I caved and took part. Time passed and I heard nothing about anyone winning, and I eventually forgot about it...""

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