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China Cuts Off Some VPNs

pepty Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (201 comments)

Just out of curiosity, where do you stand on defamation?

If someone believes a baseless rumors and acts on it in a harmful way, it is their fault, not the speaker's.

Baseless rumor? but USA Today says they verified the story with two eyewitnesses and now Slashjones' local paper says the same thing. Now your clients are ditching you because they have two papers putting out a convincing story that you are are evil. Even if you can prove you didn't do it, the papers don't have to run a retraction. The two "eyewitnesses" don't have to recant. After all, defamation isn't actionable. If you want to let the free market sort it out, I think you'll find the party with the biggest stinkiest bucket of mud will win most of the time.

2 days ago
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

pepty Re:I have an even better idea (300 comments)

Welcome to your new car, with mandatory breathalyzer ignition interlock.

2 days ago
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'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

pepty Re: And let someone into my garage? (84 comments)

The point is for the package not to be visible from the street, so that neighborhood "foragers" won't see it.

2 days ago
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China Cuts Off Some VPNs

pepty Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (201 comments)

Just out of curiosity, where do you stand on defamation? Should USAToday be liable if they publish stories stating Slashjones (insert real name and adress here) is a murdering rapist, or should their freedom of speech be respected?

2 days ago
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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

pepty Re:I guess it depends on where you live (101 comments)

At my last job I couldn't get T-Mo while inside the building. New job has me traveling, and I have found all sorts of dead spots, at least for data.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

pepty Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (795 comments)

It's more about the sound of a four cylinder turbo engine being annoying as hell. People hate teenage kids with fart boxes on their mom's civic for a reason. A lower exhaust note is more pleasant to the human ear.

Also, anyone driving a manual, or even an auto-manual, needs to hear the engine to know when to shift, because they can't be staring at the tachometer when driving.

A lower exhaust note isn't as annoying as a screechy one - but it sure isn't pleasant to the human ear if the human is trying to have a conversation and can't because the diesel pickup outside (on the other side of a closed dual pane window ) has a coffee can instead of a muffler.

3 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

pepty Re:No way! (508 comments)

Sudden breakout of common sense??

Sudden breakout of tech lobbyist dollars to Grassley and Sessions.

4 days ago
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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

pepty Re:why the fuck (101 comments)

Would any wireless company enter into an agreement like this?

Because Deutsche Telekom has been trying to sell T-mobile for years, and Google can afford to buy Sprint from SoftBank too?

5 days ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

pepty Re:Holy Carp! (136 comments)

Actually more like a Pharma business conspiracy:

1. Patent new antibiotic

2. Make fortune

3. Bacteria become resistant ... just about the time the antibiotic goes generic!

4. Invent new antibiotic, watch your generic competitors go bankrupt

5. Repeat

Of course, the industry is having problems with steps 1,2,4, and 5. And the timing on #3 isn't very tight either.

about a week ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

pepty Re:Holy Carp! (136 comments)

He could try to unilaterally _not_ use those Chinese manufacturers. But then his product prices will go up, and he has no way to persuade customers that they should pay more.

In China drugs manufactured outside of China sell for more than domestic drugs, since people know about the counterfeit and QC issues.

about a week ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

pepty Re:Holy Carp! (136 comments)

Mountain vs molehill. Whether or not companies are releasing antibiotics in rivers in India, the big problem is improper use across the globe. Also, China and India are still dealing with huge QC and fraud problems when it comes to drug manufacturing. Combine improper use with drugs that frequently only have a fraction of the stated amount of the active ingredient ...

about a week ago
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Winston Churchill's Scientists

pepty Re:But but but (75 comments)

Nah, War has great spinoffs. If you're still around at the end of it, that is.

about a week ago
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Ridley Scott Adapts Philip K. Dick's 'Man in the High Castle' For Amazon

pepty Re:Colour me apprehensive. (94 comments)

I will take "two crewmen in a first-contact situation taking their helmets off, running off like ninnies, getting lost, and contaminating themselves." over "Roman emperor fights a gladiator."

How about "the crewman in charge of making maps, the one controlling the little map making drones, the one who presumably has a friggin' map gets lost" followed by " the biologist decides to pet a snake" Lots of stories require designated idiots in order to be told, but this one would have been less frustrating if the designated incompetence extended to their pilot accidentally crashing their ship into the star at the beginning of the movie.

about two weeks ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

pepty Re:Illogical (172 comments)

True for most markets, where the majority of electricity is used by businesses. If the market is mostly residential and it gets really cold at night, peak power often happens at night. For your second point: yep. That's how businesses have done it all along.

about two weeks ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

pepty Re:Illogical (172 comments)

That problem was solved over 30 years ago: heat storage units. My mom's power company shuts off the power for her heater when it's 40 below in the middle of the night (Northern WI) fairly often: it's not really noticeable for at least 10 hrs. The heat storage unit (basically a pile of bricks and a fan) works great. In return she gets a big discount on her power bill.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

pepty Re:I think the term you're looking for is.. (324 comments)

Well with ToS and people clicking on "I Agree"

Yeah, about that ToS. FTA:

Because their policies page states clearly that they do not allow malicious software on the site, and further that they do NOT accept any software that contains the following: Software that installs viruses, Trojan horses, malicious adware, spyware, or other malicious software at any point during or after installation. Software that installs without notice and without the user’s consent. Software that includes or uses surreptitious data collection. Software that diverts or modifies end users’ default browsers, search-engine home pages, providers, security, or privacy-protection settings without the users’ permission. Software that installs in a concealed manner or denies users an opportunity to read the license agreement and/or to knowingly consent to the installation. Software that induces installation by making false or misleading claims about the software or the software publisher.

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

pepty Re: So they are doing what? (509 comments)

So no enforcement against libel, slander, harassment, conspiracy (hey, I only said I'd pay the guy to commit murder, I didn't actually pay the guy), etc.

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

pepty Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

Exactly. Such a simple elegant answer to a tough question.

Cue several centuries of judges and lawyers arguing over what constitutes speech and what constitutes action. Yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre? Political campaign contributions or commercials? The seven deadly words of television?

about two weeks ago

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