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Obama To Veto Anti-Net-Neutrality Legislation

quatin Re:IT'S A TRAP! (355 comments)

[i]Think about it: who regulates the Internet right now? The ISPs. You may have your complaints about the ISPs, but you can switch to another one if you don't like the one you're on.[/i]

I was with you until here. I have almost no choices on ISP and I suspect most people are the same. I can either choose comcast, at&t and perhaps one small time DSL company in the area. It wouldn't be hard for Comcast and AT&T to form a conglomerate and nip out the little ISPs if they perceive them as a threat. ISPs have effectively created localized monopolies already.

more than 2 years ago
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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

quatin Via Twitter from iPhone (699 comments)

LOL. Will she display signs at the picket with her iPad?

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Propaganda Accidentally Reveals Cyberwar

quatin Re:weird (286 comments)

I don't know how else to take it, but literal when Li claims you can have super powers. What else does, you can become immortal, fly through walls and read other peoples minds mean? Maybe it's, because I'm not prepared to realize that I can have super powers, but just because other fanatics in the world make the same outlandish claims, does not legitimize it. There might be a grain of truth in some of these exercises IE Meditation helps reduce stress, but compared to the realization of immortality, that is one grain in a wheat field.

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Propaganda Accidentally Reveals Cyberwar

quatin Re:weird (286 comments)

Fine, call it a legit religion. In the same nature, you have to call Scientology a legit religion as well.

I don't believe this claim about it being free. How do you get the books, the classes and the instructions. I'm sure youtube videos only take you so far. I know when Li started, he had a club, not a church in which you pay to practice his "religion".

I aware that all religions dwell a bit into the supernatural, but Falun Gong dwells so far into the supernatural it's not even a comparison. Claiming to offer immortality, invisibility, super strength and everything associated with a marvel comic makes it far more susceptible than being a creationist.

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Propaganda Accidentally Reveals Cyberwar

quatin Re:weird (286 comments)

Do your own research. The truth is really in between. Falun Gong is not a satanic cult, but they are also not a "legit" religion either. The best comparison is with the Church of Scientology. On the surface, it appears innocent, but as you dwell deeper into their teachings, you'll see several flags pop up such as super natural powers and immortality. Much like the "E-level" of Scientology, you have to devote time and money to achieve this level of super naturalness. The society even created a "Science Institute" who's sole purpose is to use conventional science to prove the legitimacy of the exercises and how it could give you powers.

The Chinese government does not tolerate religions with a central authoritative figure, so when Mr. Li pretty much claimed himself as "God", well you know how the rest went.

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese iPad Factory Staff Forced To Sign 'No Suicide' Pledge

quatin Sensationalist Reporting!! (537 comments)

I'm not amazed that this would come out of the dailymail, but I am amazed so many slashdotters are falling for it.
I see the term slavery being thrown out there like Foxconn is raiding villages and making chain gangs.

The people who work in these factories are often young migrants, leaving their homes to find better wages. They would seek out overtime hours so they can earn more money to send home or for their dream savings. They know it's tough work, but it's a much better wage than what they would otherwise get. Some people can't handle the stress from being away from home and working a tough factory shift.

China is in that era of an industrial revolution. Family farms are becoming non-sustainable and the next generation is moving into the city to find work. Unskilled labor tend to end up in factories and the rapid life style change along with the isolation puts a lot of stress on these kids. I'm not saying Foxconn shouldn't relax their work policies, but the we're avoiding the true problem here.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Create a "Worth Saving" Index For Endangered Animals

quatin Re:No, not really (259 comments)

I don't know where you got the idea pandas lived in an isolated habitat. The historical range of giant pandas covers more than half of China. They only exist in isolated mountain valleys today, because it is difficult for people to develop in those areas. Despite their evolutionary short comings, they survived quite well before human interference.

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Scientists Create a "Worth Saving" Index For Endangered Animals

quatin Re:Well, you can't save 'em all (259 comments)

Pandas are the perfect example of something we should save. The low breeding ratio for pandas is an evolutionary trait that's beneficial in its natural environment. A panda is a giant cow with teeth and claws. It has no natural predators once it reaches adult size. If pandas were to breed on the level of rabbits it would destroy the plant ecosystem in Asia. The truth is if it were not for deforestation by humans, the pandas would be prolific. We need to balance our effect on the environment.

Examples of animals not worth saving would be the endangered freshwater mollusk colony in north Florida that was at risk due to low water levels caused by prolonged drought.

more than 3 years ago
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Thief Posts His Photo To Facebook Victim's Account

quatin Re:Just more extreme (222 comments)

People who think this is stupid need to get real. This guy won't get caught. The cops aren't out on main street screening for his face. Unless he leaves his full name, birthday and SSN, the police aren't going to act on anything else. Burglary is just so low on the pecking order that they're basically ignored. Even the detectives "assigned" to this case probably have 5-6 other cases to work on.

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie Gov't Decides ISPs Aren't Responsible For Infected Computers

quatin Keep Dreaming (129 comments)

Only geeks support this, because we've been playing with a computer since birth so it wouldn't be a hassle to keep a computer clean. The rest of the world won't be receptive of a blacklist law.

Punishing the victim has never been popular. See how popular TSA is? Whatever the problem is, you start with the criminal. We are far from exhausting all options against spammers. This is purely a zero-cost (to the law makers) law made to fill a resume for re-election. Off the top of my head I can think of all sorts of punishments more effective at stopping spammers and botters.

Let's start lightly.

1) Removal of constitutional rights.
2) Banned use of government facilities. (roads, post office)
3) RIAA style fines automatically garnished from their bank accounts. (Want to access a computer or get food?)
4) Public Beating
5) Private Beating
6) Private Execution
7) Public Execution
8) Predator strikes on their house

more than 3 years ago
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eJuror Will Lead To New List of Jury Duty Excuses

quatin Re:For the Love of God, serve on a jury (191 comments)

The system is flawed. Your jury of peers are full of the most easily manipulated people. People who are malleable and submissive, often the un-educated. This is how wrongful convictions occur, by an imbalance in skill level of the opposing attorneys.

The ideal jury would be those with good reasoning ability and highly educated. Those who can see past the bias of the presentation of evidence and testimony to form their own opinions of the case. These are the people who can form a neutral opinion. Therefore, I believe it a duty for those who are in the latter category to TRY to get on the jury, because someones livelihood is at stake.

more than 3 years ago
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eJuror Will Lead To New List of Jury Duty Excuses

quatin For the Love of God, serve on a jury (191 comments)

If you're any good with reasoning and logic. Try to serve on a jury. TRY! Give them the answers they want. I've been through the jury selection process and see who they pick as your "peers". God forbid if you ever have to be trialed and all the reasonable jurors made up excuses to get out of jury duty.

more than 3 years ago
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Space-Time Cloak Could Hide Actual Events

quatin Re:Wasn't this an episode of Star Trek? (129 comments)

I would like to make the request that we stop with the Harry Potter references. Can we not go through one legitimate discussion of this topic without mentioning that buffoon?

I don't insert "Hackers" movie quotes into articles about network security. You shouldn't trivialize actual science with little boys playing fairies. (Yes, it really is that annoying.)

more than 3 years ago
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2010 Geek IQ Test

quatin Not missing anything (245 comments)

Just a bunch of windows network protocol questions. Apparently us hardware engineers are equivalent to pom pom wielding cheerleaders.

more than 3 years ago
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Stuxnet Was Designed To Subtly Interfere With Uranium Enrichment

quatin Re:Resources, will, and motive (334 comments)

I don't understand the random finger pointing. The point of the OP was that the US and Israel have the most obvious "will, motive and means" to do this. No other country in the world wants to see another nuclear nation, especially one as aggressive as Iran. However, only a few select countries have a resolve to actively prevent Iran from doing so.

Why go through every possible event no matter how improbable? Are we going to reduce this conversation to conspiracy theories? If we are, I'd like to throw Antarctic penguins into the ball game. Think about it, no one would suspect them. What exactly do they do every winter when they huddle en mass in the middle of an iceberg for 2 months? Perhaps shielding a laptop and satellite link under the guise of a ridiculous mating ritual? They could be plotting a global take over and this is a test of our civilizations defenses. They first target weakly guarded nuclear facilities and control simple equipment as a proof of concept for a larger scale attack. You can't rule them out, or are you saying you speak penguin and understand the motive of every faction in the penguin community?

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Propose One-Way Trips To Mars

quatin Re:Little difference? (839 comments)

I got a better idea. Why don't we get volunteers from people on death row to participate in a real life first person shooter game? We implant muscle control chips in their brain so that a user can completely control what they do remotely. Then we arm them and setup the matches in a warehouse at a prison facility. The incentive will be that if they survive 10 matches, they get to be released back into society!

more than 3 years ago
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Iron Man Is Another Step Closer To a Reality

quatin Re:defense spending cuts should be happening (289 comments)

Military spending drives high tech industries. The US DoD spends purely to create useful, novel technologies to make our armed forces more efficient, more powerful and safer. A commercial company spends SOLELY to make a profit. Few companies are willing to spend billions of dollars on far fetched technologies with a high failure rate and may perhaps pay itself off in a few decades. However, the success of just a handful of these far fetched ideas can completely change the world we live in. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_invention)

Lastly. Our troops deserve the best equipment available. There is no currency available to repay someone for risking their lives on your behalf. The best we can do is ensure that they have every advantage possible to reduce their risk.

more than 3 years ago
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Gold Nanoparticles Turn Trees Into Streetlights

quatin Rube Goldberg Machine (348 comments)

We can use an oak tree, with gold injected into it's leaves, a high power UV light generator to induce a reddish glow and a variable CO2 generator to adjust brightness.

more than 3 years ago
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Sex Drugs and Texting

quatin Should I be the first? (287 comments)

To say correlation does not equate causation?

Could it possibly be that students who use drugs and have sex are more inclined to use Facebook/Texting and not the other way around? I mean how else do they contact their drug distributors and pimps?

more than 3 years ago
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Prosecutors Request Closed Courtroom For Goldman HFT Programmer's Trial

quatin Abusing Trade Secret (250 comments)

The whole point of patents is to encourage companies to share their inventions and methods with an ensured monopoly for a period of time and then EVERYONE else can benefit from it. If you keep a trade secret, you are not entitled to any form of protection. If an employee steals Cokes formula then someone else can make Coke. That's the whole point of trade secret vs patent. There should be NO leeway or any special consideration given to those not wanting to reveal trade secrets.

more than 3 years ago

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Gmail Lockout

quatin quatin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

quatin (1589389) writes "Gmail will lock down your e-mail account for "suspicious" behavior ranging from 1 minute to 24 hours. The list of no-no behaviors is mostly related to spamming, but there instances of seemingly innocent behavior that causes it to trigger, like having a stuck key. I was recently locked out of my own gmail account for "receiving/deleting too many messages using POP". The messages was a cumulative log of pictures from my IP camera. It also seems like leaving multiple instances of Gmail open is also a triggering behavior."
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Genetic scientists create freakish man-made monste

quatin quatin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

quatin (1589389) writes "Scientists have successfully made supersoldier ants with bigger heads and gigantic jaws. The ants were created at McGill University using hormone treatments in an effort to discover the ancestral paths of ants. I for one welcome our new superant overlords."
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Star Shooting Intense Water Jets Into Space

quatin quatin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

quatin (1589389) writes "A star shooting water jets into space has been discovered by the Herschel Telescope. The jets of steam are shot out at the poles at 124,000 mph before reforming into liquid water."
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Shooting at the University of Texas at Austin

quatin quatin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

quatin (1589389) writes "AUSTIN, Texas — A man opened fire inside the library at the University of Texas campus in Austin at about 8:15 a.m., and a second suspect is sought, an official said.

University spokesman Rhonda Weldon said the man, armed with an automatic weapon, fired shots on the sixth floor of the Perry-Castaneda Library in the southwest part of the campus, near MLK Boulevard."

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Congress Failed to Renew National Flood Insurance

quatin quatin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

quatin (1589389) writes "The US congress has gone on a two week vacation, but did not renew the National Flood Insurance Program before it expired on March 30, 2010. The federal government being the only source of flood insurance, has resulted in homeowners without flood insurance in high risk areas and stifled home sales that require proof of flood insurance before closing. Especially hard hit are home owners and home buyers of south Florida. That's not any consolation to State Farm Agent Matt Carlucci, who's having to tell customers he can't sell them flood insurance months before the June 1 kickoff of Florida's hurricane season. He blames a Congress that's deeply split by partisan politics to the point where it's neglected a housekeeping item such as this one."
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Canada battles homeless population with bird poop

quatin quatin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

quatin (1589389) writes "A city in Canada has resorted to using bird poop as a desperate measure to rid itself of the homeless population. The idea behind it is very simple, because bird poop smells. Like really, really smells. City workers have spread chicken manure around city buildings and public parks to make them less "appealing" for the homeless to loiter. Officials have not responded to inquiries of whether a smell test was imposed on public policy plans before implementation."
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GM Settles Dexcool Lawsuit

quatin quatin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

quatin (1589389) writes "GM has settled a class action lawsuit for an undisclosed amount regarding it's use of "Dexcool" coolant that caused several models of its cars to breakdown prematurely. The affected models range from Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and GMC ranging from 1995-2003. The special orange coolant supplied with the car turns acidic when exposed to oxygen and overtime will eat away at key gaskets. GM came into trouble, by indicating in the instruction manual of all the cars involved to only use Dexcool coolant only and to not replace the fluid. Repairs cost to fix the damages runs from $800+. Individuals involved have recently started receiving checks, but to the tune of $100."
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Apple Claims Woolsworth Violates the Apple Tradema

quatin quatin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

quatin (1589389) writes "Apple has filed legal action against Australian retail marketer Woolsworth in their new trademark symbol. The symbol in question, a stylized letter W, can be seen as "Applesque" when placed side to side with the Apple logo. Woolsworth claim Apple is taking trademark protection to the extreme and that the complaint would apply to every grocery store as well. Apple believe Woolsworth is trying to market it's own electronic goods with a similar Apple logo."
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Akins loses appeal of due process against ATF

quatin quatin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

quatin (1589389) writes "Bill Akins of "Akins Accelerator" has lost his appeal to the 11th Circuit Court against the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacoo and Firearms." Bill Akins was granted a patent for a rifle stock that allowed a particular .22 caliber rifle to shift back and forth under the force of it's own recoil. This allows a user to place his/her finger on the trigger slot and simulate automatic fire. In 2002, the stock was tested and approved by ATF as to not convert a semi-automatic rifle into an automatic rifle. Bill Akins then founded "Fire Faster" to produce and market his invention. 2 years later, the ATF reversed it's ruling and ordered the destruction/incapacitation of the devices Bill Akins owned as well as the devices any customers have since purchased. The dispute has finally ended when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the ATF in Feburary, 2009."
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WTO Warns China on Music and Movie Distribution

quatin quatin writes  |  about 5 years ago

quatin (1589389) writes "A WTO Panel found China under violation of trade rules for its way of distributing artistic works. China currently restricts distribution of music, movies and books through a handful of state and local business entities. The ruling was hailed by Washington as a breakthrough to allow American entertainment businesses to freely partner with Chinese businesses to distribute its works. Trade representatives also claim that cutting out the middle man (IE Chinese distributors) would lower distribution costs and thereby allowing legal multimedia to compete with pirated copies. (Sound familiar?)"
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