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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

peragrin Re:Guilty (348 comments)

Snoopy was smart enough to not publish his novels. Besides he never or out of the first paragraph.

4 hours ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

peragrin Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (504 comments)

The ones fighting are a tiny percentage of muslims though. The fact is a percentage of muslim inman are indirectly supporting the IS through sharing similar beliefs about sharia law. They may decry the tactics the IS is using. They may denouce the violence, but at the end of the day they still want Sunni Sharia law imposed and will look the other way on how to get there.

yesterday
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

peragrin Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (504 comments)

Apparently you are still a student of the English Language. Just remember the hard coded bounds of English that say I before E except after C unless you are an efficient ancient.
Why do you think we have legalize? it is the law version of a programming language with strict structure and definitions. Worse it was written by people who hate staying in the bounds of strict structure and definitions.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

peragrin Re:blackberry (615 comments)

I never got a landline because I always needed a cell anyways. That and with my cell came free long distance. At the time (late 90's) Long distance was expensive. It still is.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

peragrin Re:Simple (615 comments)

I never did like vi. to damn complicated to remember all the shortcuts. Pico worked well when i needed to save or change something it was always obvious what key needed to be pressed and it allowed me to stop and think to avoid needlessly long run on sentences that users of vi tended to devote long hours to perfecting the stream of thought typing ignoring the simple fact that puncheon is important too.

Yes that was done on purpose.

3 days ago
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

peragrin Re:OK Another one (89 comments)

There is another hitch too the 3-10 years it takes to get to the target mine before you can setup operations.

Until we figure out faster space drives even mars is a long shot. The best bet to start off with is finding water and oil on the moon (oil to give a reason to go there)

4 days ago
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For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

peragrin Re:Dissapointed (75 comments)

Well it is close to the Aero car in design.

4 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

peragrin Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

The Ukrainians tossed yankovic twice. They didn't need western support. You analogy falls apart in reality. It would be more akin to Russia supporting the Mexican drug lords. (Though the Ukrainians that support Russia aren't nessecarily drug lords but oligarchs. )

5 days ago
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Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

peragrin Re:Not just because of liquid water (90 comments)

probably after Europe does. There is after all twice as many europeans as Americans, and Europe is gaining steadily on the USA in Obesity.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

peragrin Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (375 comments)

Funny I have been reading both sides from the BBC for the last year.

The trick is Salmond isn't saying much. he has no plan B if various parts of his plans fail. He just isn't saying things like we would still use the sterling if the UK didn't want a currency union. He can't imagine a scenario where a currency union wouldn't be agreed to. or a scenario where Scotland wouldn't immediately become a part of NATO or the European Union. He thinks that every thing will stay exactly the same yet Scotland would be independent. That just isn't possible or realistic. Some one is going to tell him we aren't bending rules just for you after the Yes vote and Scotland will get screwed.

Salmond Thinks he can bypass all the EU rules regarding joining the union without having the currency just because Scotland was a part of the UK. All the EU has to do is tell him no on just that one point. And his whole plan will fall apart.

about two weeks ago
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Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

peragrin Re:Side effects of the Canadian drug.. (53 comments)

Hmm should the FDA relabel foods and drugs that way?
Instead of May cause drowsiness. +10% chance of drowsiness. -7% to reaction time.
+10% chance of delusions

On Tequilla 50% chance of hangover 12 hours later.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

peragrin Re:heh (610 comments)

Local newspapers are the worst. My local newspaper give you ten free page views based on ip number and then locks you out.

I just get my news from other sources. Sooner or later they will go bankrupt. You can only pay the CEO millions o dollars a year for doing nothing for so long.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

peragrin That's it? (610 comments)

Considering that cable modems are $50 a month for capped services. Another 30% higher is nothing.

Considering that more viruses are transmitted by ads now than on their own it gets even scarier. Adblock and no script do more to keep viruses out of your stuff than antivirus.

about two weeks ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

peragrin Re:No difference (105 comments)

Actually for reading books knowing where you are does help line up the story. (beginning middle or end)

However for story's that bounce back and forth with exposition that is less helpful sometimes.

about two weeks ago
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Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

peragrin Re:Does it matter? (65 comments)

The usenet was setup in 1980? 1981? I am willing to bet that at least by 1982 someone had sold a physical object to another usenet poster. Thus the internet has been corrupted for at least that long.

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

peragrin Re:This is so silly (299 comments)

Sweden? I the most powerful state on earth? Wow.

Sweden is part of the EU. It has to abide by EU rules. Extradition to the USA is rarely done from EU countries.

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

peragrin Re:How many years could he be charged with? (299 comments)

Except per Swedish and EU law tht would be illegal.

I dot know why you people keep bringing it up.

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

peragrin Re:3dTV is a flop? (197 comments)

Why do you think 3D tv was a failure? most people don't have depth perception that is adequate enough to watch it without headaches.

That and you had to wear ugly glasses. So many people who can barely read won't wear glasses unless some one forces them too.

about two weeks ago
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The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

peragrin Re:Not Surprising (160 comments)

Yes and no. There were very few direct profits from the Apollo project. However it did spurn a ton of new ways of thinking and materials science that lead to profits for companies.

However a private company only cares about itself. It doesn't matter if dozens other companies make profit from your research and requests. So no Apollo would never have been done by private companies because it isn't profitable to them. This is why you have government projects. To fund the initial crazy ideas that may of May not fail themselves but lead to new ways of thinking.

If Apollo and NASA did t need smaller computers would IBM and Intel have ever been formed?

about three weeks ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

peragrin Re:All good until someone simulates biometrics... (383 comments)

New eyes , new finger prints, and new DNA.

What happens if you get sick or injured? Can you imagine pink eye with retinal scanners? Finger print scanners are fooled by gummy bears.

about three weeks ago

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