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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

quenda Re:yet if we did it (437 comments)

There were no riots over OJ because he was acquitted.
But if he had been convicted, large race-riots were expected.

yesterday
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

quenda Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (403 comments)

Let me ask you... European governments are strong arming various USA states on the death penalty by both enforcing patents and not selling drugs. What are your feelings on this?

Hardly the same - they just don't want the US states using their *medicines* to kill. Its not like they are threatening tariffs on Texas exports.
You could probably shoot the prisoners with EU-made bullets, as those are designed to kill, not heal.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

quenda Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (403 comments)

They would lose all the USA government contracts.

You think they do not get gov't contracts in other countries now? And there would still be a US subsidiary for that purpose if needed.

That doesn't apply to much to Europe as Europe has reasonably copyright laws.

You'd think "life plus 50 years" would be reasonable enough, but the US has been strong-arming countries to extent copyright 20 years. (until the next extension)

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

quenda Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (403 comments)

No it doesn't. Microsoft is a US entity. They aren't European.

MS is a multi-national. They could move their HQ to Ireland next week, for tax purposes, and not much would change.

The USA doesn't shove their laws down other countries throats. You don't want USA law don't buy USA products.

As slashdot readers should know, the USA frequently shoves its copyright laws for a start. The problem is not so much in buying USA products, as
"If you want to be able to sell anything in the US market, here are a bunch of laws we need you to adopt before getting our 'free' trade agreement. "

2 days ago
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Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

quenda Re:Dangerous virus (81 comments)

The fact that so many experts on the disease die of it

TFS is misleading; no experts have died. The "authors" is a very long list of names, like the credits at the end of a movie.

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

quenda Re:Simple (615 comments)

Actually, real pros use

  cat > filename

then type Ctrl-d when done.

Type? Amateur hour! Real pros just whistle into the modem.

3 days ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

quenda Re: But is it reaslistic? (361 comments)

The only Bacteria that are scary are anti-biotic resistant ones ..

So all that fuss over anthrax was misguided? Nothing scary, nothing to worry about?

3 days ago
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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

quenda Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (135 comments)

How is "Pakis" offensive? It is clearly an abbreviation of "Pakistanis",.

Its offensive because they are probably actually Indians. Like calling you a Kiwi. Apparently the pommy bastards ( a term of endearment) don't know the difference.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

quenda Re: The world we live in. (586 comments)

I made the bad choice to trust my high school girlfriend.

WTF!? Your girlfriend had to drug you to get laid? You gotta be trollin'. How awful for you.
And here is me having sympathy, thinking it was your schoolteacher or something.

Oh wait, BronsCon ... you must be just telling a parable that is going over my head again.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

quenda Re:The world we live in. (586 comments)

Would it help to know that it is largely an urban legend?

Drink spiking with Rohypnol and GHB on a large scale that people are imaging is not real.
In my city, a study was done on a large number of young people arriving at the city hospital (free A&E) with suspected drink-spiking.
Not one had any traces in their blood. Maybe some had been spiked with extra alcohol, but mostly is was young women not taking responsibility for their own excessive drinking (or pills).

Similar data from the UK:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

about a week ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

quenda Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

The point is, you were being sarcastic, but unwittingly stating a truth among the pointless absurdity. Wring "gun" on a piece of paper can be very dangerous - especially in the scenario of a bank.
But not in a school essay - so there is no connection. Context is vital.

about a week ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

quenda Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

I dunno, I robbed a bank once by walking in, unarmed, writing "gun" on a piece of paper,

Worst analogy ever. Handing the teller a piece of paper with "gun" on it will get you done for armed robbery. It will reasonably be construed as a threat. Same as hands in pockets with finger extended.
Threatening to have a gun or knife is enough to have you locked up for years.

But the kid did not make any threats, so what on earth is your point?

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

quenda Re:Does it really matter ? (375 comments)

Sir Humphrey: Russians? Who's talking about the Russians?
Hacker: Well, the independent deterrent.
Sir Humphrey: It's to protect us against the French!
Hacker: The French?! But that's astounding!
Sir Humphrey: Why?
Hacker: Well they're our allies, our partners.
Sir Humphrey: Well, they are now, but they've been our enemies for the most of the past 900 years. If they've got the bomb, we must have the bomb!
Hacker: If it's for the French, of course, that's different. Makes a lot of sense.
Sir Humphrey: Yes. Can't trust the Frogs.
Hacker: You can say that again!

about two weeks ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

quenda Re:Living in the country is an anachronism (276 comments)

> In the city, I have to travel 20 minutes to the grocery store/hardware store,

How is that possible? Are you in some soul-less unserviced satellite town?
Within a 20 minute driving radius of me (in Australia) is the CBD, half a dozen suburban shopping malls, and numerous other supermarkets.
Its hard to imagine anyone living in an urban area more than 5 minutes drive from a supermarket.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

quenda Re:Some people are too stupid (131 comments)

It is a good thing that intelligence is not determined by genetics.

Citation needed --- and not to a stupid failed experiment that drew the wrong conclusion.

I think the GP was being ironic. Pretty sure, but if only there were some markup convention, some HTML tag equivalent to a sarcastic voice tone ...

Or we could just put a woosh tag on the parent post ... unless I am missing Dragon Bait's sarcam? Damn this written communication.

about two weeks ago
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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

quenda Re:Don't be silly (100 comments)

No, we know "peak stupid" has been reached when the password gropers are getting more intelligent, reversing the previous trend of increasing stupidity.

Either that, or the submitter is too stupid to know the difference between a record high, and a peak.

about three weeks ago
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

quenda Re:Seriously? (109 comments)

So why not install suitable corrective lenses in the VR headset, as is commonly done for scuba-diving masks?

about three weeks ago
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Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

quenda Re:Snowden and Assange... (204 comments)

Why should the US Government offer any help in an illegal act? That would have legitimised Wikileaks actions.

Why should wikileaks offer any redaction to the US government or its collaborators? That would legitimise their actions.

A bit late to take the moral high ground when you have illegally invaded a foreign country, killed countless thousands, destroyed their infrastructure and covered up the crimes.

about a month ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

quenda Re:New Mexico (95 comments)

I think they want to keep it in the United States for tax reasons. And not paying protection money to the drug cartels.

about a month ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

quenda Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (95 comments)

According to Tesla, it will have as much production capacity as all current li-ion battery factories combined.

So, are there currently a billion factories?

about a month ago

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