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The World Fair of 2014 According To Asimov (From 1964)

rabidMacBigot() Re:More fun when they're way off (352 comments)

That's a nuclear submarine reactor/generator/throttle control panel.

about a year ago
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FTC Awards $50k In Prizes To Cut Off Exasperating Robocalls

rabidMacBigot() Re:I know ... (216 comments)

Meh, I get more junk snail mail than junk calls, and even though snail mail doesn't actually interrupt what I'm doing, its still pretty annoying because of the environmental cost and the cost of recycling, which is born by the council (and hence the council tax payer).

Yes, but in the US, at least, bulk mailing subsidizes ordinary first-class letters. It's annoying, but it's the postal equivalent of advertisements on the radio - the noise pays the bills for the signal. I have no idea if it works that way in the UK, though.

about a year and a half ago
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Egyptian Forces Capture 3 Divers Trying To Cut Undersea Internet Cable

rabidMacBigot() Re:Wired's Hacker Tourist wrote of Alexandria, Egy (166 comments)

That Hacker Tourist is Neal Stephenson, so the article has the verbal density of a neutron star and is intensely fascinating. I read it a while ago, pretty good stuff.

about a year and a half ago
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Astronomers Catch Asteroid In Near-Miss Video

rabidMacBigot() Re:Units and news (120 comments)

I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.

A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.

about 2 years ago
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Google Highlights Censored Search Terms In China

rabidMacBigot() What does the net look like from the PRC? (99 comments)

Has anyone got any good articles, documentaries, or personal experiences about what ordinary Internet use is like in the PRC? Does filtering or censorship show up as a brick wall "COUNTERREVOLUTIONARY CONTENT FORBIDDEN", or a passive "sorry, no such content found"? How often does it affect ordinary daily browsing? If ordinary browsers are aware of it, do they generally develop a seething resentment of it, or a shrug-and-live-with-it accpetance (or resignation) like some western employees whose workplaces filter access? I'd be interested to read something objective about what the filter actually is, what it does, and how the Chinese generally feel about it.

more than 2 years ago
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Taser International Wins Lawsuit to Change Cause of Death

rabidMacBigot() Re:Still torture (577 comments)

While I strongly oppose to subduing anyone, the best would be to use tranquilizer darts. Works like a charm on animals (appropriate irony). Fast acting and relatively pain free.
People die every day from anesthesia administered by highly trained, licensed, expert anesthesiologists with access to the best in modern drugs and equipment. I really hope you don't think that a cop can just shoot a magical one-size-fits-all tranq dart at a 250lb thug on PCP and a 95lb teenager and safely send either or both to magical sleepy land. That only happens in the movies. A taser is probably significantly safer.

more than 6 years ago

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