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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

popo Re:Yay for government!!! (138 comments)

It would be foolish to think that the government "wants" this for out benefit. One thing has become abundantly clear over the past decade and that is that our government(s) want power, however illicit, and they are prepared to override personal and constitutional rights at literally every turn in order to achieve that power.

While this new power may be useful in the event of a "stolen phone" one also can't help notice that it can also be used to instantly disrupt communications between entire groups of people, for whatever reason the government should deem necessary.

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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

popo Re:more pseudo science (857 comments)

But who is dismissing what? There has never in the history of the world been climate-stability. The causality of *all* prior changes appears to have been dismissed.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

popo Re:more pseudo science (857 comments)

The poster you are referring to made a legitimate argument. Your strategy was a silly ad hominem.

I don't know what the right answer is, but between your two comments I can easily say who the winner is.

about a week ago
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Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater

popo Re:Just like Nuclear Fusion (256 comments)

No. Nothing like nuclear fusion. This is not an energy source. It is a fuel source.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

popo Re: Farmville! (535 comments)

"Hint: porn"

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that most people don't like to mix their porn habits with NSA tracking.

about a month ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

popo Re: Grab the popcorn! (535 comments)

I just felt a great disturbance in the Force. As if millions of gamers cried out in horror. And then there was silence.

about a month ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

popo Re: Other HMDs? (535 comments)

Because all previous HMD's sucked, and Oculus doesn't.

You're comparing the Newton and the iPad.

about a month ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

popo Re: Farmville! (535 comments)

If Zuck thinks the future of Oculus is about connecting and talking with people in virtual... And NOT firing rocket launchers at them.... Well then he's grossly mistaken about the true purpose of the Internet!

about a month ago
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$20 'Toy' Deactivates Cheap Home Alarms, Opens Doors

popo How long before... (153 comments)

How long before there's an "app for that"?

about 7 months ago
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Workers at Chile's ALMA Telescope Strike Over Working Conditions

popo Re: Apples to Apples. (274 comments)

And your response was written ...without a response.

about 8 months ago
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Workers at Chile's ALMA Telescope Strike Over Working Conditions

popo Re: Apples to Apples. (274 comments)

Go find work elsewhere then.

Striking just shows at they can't. Otherwise they already would have.

about 8 months ago
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Germany: Bitcoin Is "Private Money"

popo But, now they're watching you (223 comments)

Of course, now that the NSA and Germany's equivalent can reach deep into your private online data, perhaps they *will* know exactly how much Bitcoin you have, and exactly how much you sold.

about 8 months ago
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Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

popo Re: Yeah, that's just what the world needs (625 comments)

Well... Shorter lifespans does equate to faster evolution. So if one starts with the (admittedly questionable) premise that we are evolving into something better adapted to future environments then increasing our lifespan may result in humans which are less adapted to their contemporary environments.

Just sayin'. Live longer, adapt slower.

about 8 months ago
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The Man Who Convinced Us We Needed Vitamin Supplements

popo What about D? (707 comments)

Doesn't dosing on 2000 IU of D per day stave off cancer according to 100's of studies?

about 8 months ago
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

popo Re:Someone start a defense fund (955 comments)

The Nuremburg trials are the defacto case setting the record *very* clear that humans have a moral obligation to defy the rules when the rules violate natural or moral rights. Privacy has *long* been established as a natural right and is codified in the highest legal document in the nation. Ergo, the responsibility was on Mr. Snowden to come forth with the information.

That the government is appalled, mortified and furious is clear. But what is even more clear is that there was a horrific abuse of power taking place and a voice of moral conscience stepped forward at great personal risk to protect you, me and all of us.

This is a hero. He deserves the protection of the public at large. And those within the government who have neglected their responsibilities, abandoned the cause of freedom and violated our constitutional and natural rights deserve prosecution to the full extent of the law.

What is just as disheartening as the government's efforts to extradite Snowden, is the total lack of silence in terms of desire to prosecute the actual wrongdoers.

Who were they? What were their names? How high did the chain of command go? When will there be a trial? How many dozens of people (or hundreds?) will be serving 20 year sentences? THESE are the questions that need to be answered. Not whether Mr. Snowden has violated the requirements of his day job.

Serious crimes have been committed. Snowden wasn't part of them.

about 10 months ago
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Hackers Spawn Web Supercomputer On Way To Chess World Record

popo Re:Crooks definition (130 comments)

John Corzine stole a billion dollars and walked away without a trial.

The government of Cyprus stole money from people's bank accounts.

HSBC openly laundered money for Mexican drug cartels, and admitted to it. But no charges were pressed, as HSBC is too big to fail.

You could keep giving examples like the ones above for hours on end.

"Crime" is a very selective word these days indeed...

about a year ago
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Yahoo Board Approves a $1.1B Pricetag For Tumblr

popo Re:Strange (142 comments)

Not strange at all. Marissa Mayer isn't capable of doing much besides making overpriced acquisitions and hires.

Here's (yet another) social blogging platform with no clear revenue model.

about a year ago
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Iceman Had Bad Teeth

popo Or we're the cavities formed posthumously? (130 comments)

I'm no forensic expert, but wouldn't tooth decay continue after death? How are posthumous cavities differentiated from cavities formed during life?

1 year,9 days

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AIDS cured? Stem-cell treatment appears effective

popo popo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

popo (107611) writes "On the heels of World AIDS Day comes a stunning medical breakthrough: Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured as a result of the procedure.

Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin Patient," received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy treatment course for leukemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing "strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved.""

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popo popo writes  |  about 7 years ago

popo writes "A mysterious hexagon has been spotted on Saturn's North Pole by NASA's Cassini orbiter. The bizarre geometric formation spans the size of two planet Earths and is stationary with clouds spinning around it. Kevin Baines of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said: "This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides. ...We've never seen anything like this on any other planet.""
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popo popo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

popo writes "From the "We all knew it would eventually come to this" department, FOX has subpoenaed YouTube for the identity of a user who posted entire episodes of "24" and "The Simpson's". It is not yet known whether YouTube has complied with the request. The "24" episodes in question actually appeared on YouTube prior to their primetime January 14 premiere on the Fox broadcast network, which spread four hourlong episodes of the hit drama over two consecutive nights. Fox became aware the episodes were on YouTube on January 8, according to the subpoena."

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