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Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

rmdingler Re:New CSS is annoying (71 comments)

Why are the headlines so big? Why is there 3 inches of blank space between paragraphs?

Catering to our demographic.?.?

13 hours ago
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Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

rmdingler "Promising" Development? (71 comments)

The corporatocracy will not have it's growth stunted regardless of political affiliation.

yesterday
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

rmdingler Re:Knives... (249 comments)

That would be a really great, plot twist of a movie...

Shit!

What if we're already eating intelligent life because there is no Babel Fish?

yesterday
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

rmdingler Re:Hope (249 comments)

Nice,

and if they arrived here via interstellar travel, I assume seeing them means they had no intention of wiping us out.

yesterday
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

rmdingler Re:It would be met by violence (249 comments)

I believe the GP has underestimated the ability of earthly religions to adapt quickly to reassure this phenomenon was something they saw coming.

Question: aliens arrive on Earth. They believe in a Creator. Now what do you do?

I assume they have a group of smarter members of the Home World monitoring instruments strapped to their monkeys flight suits.

yesterday
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

rmdingler Not in a foxhole (249 comments)

Religion is great comfort to the faithful believer, especially in times of great strife. It's value for this one reason alone implies the flexibility of false god belief to adapt to new information.

We do it in Science all the time.

yesterday
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

rmdingler Re:Everything would suddenly have an alien connect (249 comments)

I can buy the invisible unicorn as a plausible creature if a million life forms evolved to mammalian level on a million worlds... but calling them gay seems more like an explanation for why they are rare in this time/space continuum.

yesterday
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

rmdingler Re:If this information is widely disseminated (354 comments)

Outside the realm of computer savvy individuals like those who frequent /., the method you describe is simply beyond the capabilities of many who steal for a living.

yesterday
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

rmdingler If this information is widely disseminated (354 comments)

(beyond the halls of this honorable posting forum), you can bet your bottom someone will be doing it by the end of the week.

yesterday
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Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

rmdingler Re: They said they weren't doing it.. (103 comments)

Our other rights aren't as firm as America either, here it is Constitutional to limit speech in cases such as child porn or national secrets unlike America where any law limiting speech is unconstitutional and you have the madness of obvious unconstitutional laws being enforced by the courts.

I think I'd rather put up with the madness of the court's evaluation of each individual case of liberty, and whether or not they compromise the rights of others, than to have certain ones crossed off the list to begin with.

2 days ago
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Spider Spins Electrically Charged Silk

rmdingler NRtA, but I saw the word "sox" at the end. (41 comments)

Plausible condensed version of the summary:

This is what happens when all eight little spider legs run in concert across the shag carpet, sock-footed, in December.

2 days ago
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Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

rmdingler The house always wins. Partisan my ass... (103 comments)

Sigh...

They keep the shrinking number of interested voting citizens involved in the political process, but set them at each other's throats in a no-win, us versus them bickering match.

Since both sides are evil, and the contestants takes turns winning every few years, the ruling class stays in power as you pretend your side is somehow different and better.

2 days ago
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Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

rmdingler Re: They said they weren't doing it.. (103 comments)

For those {like me} not well versed on the Notwithstanding Clause, apparently, there is such a thing in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (think Bill of Rights).

It appears to be a way around your aforementioned personal guaranteed freedoms, in say, a government-dictated need.

It sounds a little sketchy at first, unless you consider that at least the Canadian gov't was letting their citizens know right up front that it might be necessary to eminent domain your guaranteed rights... they were much less explicit with how things might work one nation south of there.

2 days ago
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Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

rmdingler No Wonder! (77 comments)

One wonders how Comcast/TimeWarner will behave after the merger.

After being held accountable for, what to them, is tens of dollars in past due franchise fees, and then bribing gov't officials fully & legally right under our noses,

I would say their incentive to improve is infinitesimal.

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

rmdingler per Wikinvest (518 comments)

Walmart: 5.5% operating margin.

Amazon: .1% operating margin.

Apple: 29.3% operating margin.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

rmdingler Re:Beer (209 comments)

While certainly, there exists the mythical Mallbeer peak,

it is also relevant that drunk people believe they perform better on driving tests than they actually do.

While sexy during the courtship ritual, blind confidence is something of a fickle mistress in many other applications.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

rmdingler Re:~make~ as opposed to *born* developers (209 comments)

Yes. The best at every single vocation, hobby, and pursuit start out with the physical gifts that make greatness in their field attainable.

And the truly exceptional separate themselves from there: they always have a little more "try" in them than the others.

Entitlement and freedom from obstacles is magnus infitialis.

2 days ago
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Lizard Squad Hits Malaysia Airlines Website

rmdingler Re:Some men.... (41 comments)

It's simple, We kill the Lizard, man.

2 days ago

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Albuquerque Police indicted in shooting of homeless man

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about two weeks ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "Two LEOs were indicted Monday by the DA in Albuquerque, after helmet cameras appeared to show the man turning away in response to a shot fired at the ground in front of him. The video link is a bit chilling. There have been 40 police shootings since 2010, 27 of them fatal, in this city of 556,000 residents."
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US Urges Companies to Share Security Data

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about 9 months ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "This CNN story states the US Justice Department is concerned fears of government surveillance are hampering the government's efforts to improve cyber security.

A "whitepaper" given to companies assures them they will face no violations of federal communication laws if they share aggregate data with each other and the government."
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Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras Return to U.S. Soil

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about 10 months ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "After remaining abroad since the Snowden revelations broke in June of last year, the two were in New York Friday to accept a Polk Award for national security reporting. Though they cleared customs without a hitch, they are traveling with an ACLU lawyer and a German journalist who are to "document any unpleasant surprises." According to Ms. Poitras, the risks of subpoena are very real.

What, if anything, do you expect the American government to do considering Snowden's case has been officially cited as violating the Espionage Act? nytimes"

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