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How To Avoid a Scramble For the Moon and Its Resources

secretcurse Re:Is it really an issue (365 comments)

Are you arguing that those reasons are sufficient to keep us confined to one planet?

about 9 months ago
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Scientific Data Disappears At Alarming Rate, 80% Lost In Two Decades

secretcurse Re:Concerning... (189 comments)

Why would a cochlear implant ever be considered as barbaric as medieval blood letting? The implants aren't perfect, but they provide a huge increase in the quality of life for a large number of patients. A potential better solution that's decades down the line doesn't make a currently effective treatment barbaric...

about 9 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Endorses a "Truly Free" Laptop

secretcurse Re:Well... (340 comments)

Crap, didn't escape my characters. Search for "script type="text/javascript""

about 9 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Endorses a "Truly Free" Laptop

secretcurse Re:Well... (340 comments)

but for the FSF, all JavaScript is snooping, and shouldn't be allowed

Please point your browser to https://www.fsf.org/ and view the source. Search the page for "" and see if the FSF really believes what you claim.

about 9 months ago
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Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

secretcurse Re:three responses (562 comments)

Vocally objecting to a search while staying out of the officer's way is a good way to not get pepper sprayed or tased during the search, and being on record objecting to the search is going to make your defense lawyer very happy.

about 9 months ago
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Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard

secretcurse Re:This oughtta be good for... (601 comments)

How do you think they count the number of unemployed people for official figures?

about 3 years ago
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Can Minecraft Change the Gaming Industry?

secretcurse Re:Less is sometimes more (255 comments)

I'm fairly certain (and I just checked wiki for what that's worth) that he didn't go to college at all. He just started programming when he was very young and he seems to be a really smart guy. Minecraft is definitely a resource hog, but the performance gets better with just about every release for me. So, that's a great sign since performance is getting better at the same time that more features are being added. To everyone that says the code is crap, write your own well-programmed game that millions of people want to play. I'd rather have a good implementation of a great idea than a great implementation of a good idea...

more than 3 years ago
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The Science Behind Fanboyism

secretcurse Re:Why Cheeto-stained? (272 comments)

They've been in my grocery store recently, but they're in the old packaging from the 70s or 80s, so I think it's a temporary novelty thing.

more than 3 years ago
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34% of iPhone Owners Think the 4 Is 4G

secretcurse Re:In other news (306 comments)

The only point it could possibly convey is that some users know more about the internals of their phones than others. That doesn't convey anything about the intelligence of a user.

more than 3 years ago
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34% of iPhone Owners Think the 4 Is 4G

secretcurse Re:In other news (306 comments)

Being ignorant of technology doesn't make a person stupid. Some people just don't care about how gadgets work. I know it's hard for geeks like us to relate, but many smart people don't give a shit about the differences between Atom and A4 processors (and yes, I realize the A4 is based on the Atom).

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

secretcurse Re:No rage, just a lost customer. (722 comments)

You're very misinformed. They haven't dropped the X number of DVDs at a time service. They are offering a new $4.99 service that limits the number of DVDs per month to 2 and includes 2 hours of streaming.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

secretcurse Re:No rage, just a lost customer. (722 comments)

Umm, if you don't care about the streaming, the disc-only plans are $2 cheaper. I'm your Netflix polar opposite- I think I've checked out 3 or 4 movies in the 2 years I've been a member, but I stream constantly. So, I dropped the DVD part of the plan and I'm paying $7.99 instead of $9.99.

more than 3 years ago
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Slate: Amazon's Tax Stance Unfair and Unethical

secretcurse Re:if he's so concerned (949 comments)

This is also addressed in the article and I disagree with the guy that wrote it. He basically says it's the cost of doing business and that the B&M stores have to keep up with all the laws. I think that argument is crap because the B&M stores have real people working each location, and some manager is responsible for setting the tax rates in the POS software. It would be ridiculous for Amazon to have to keep up with every single special purpose district in the freaking country.

more than 3 years ago
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Slate: Amazon's Tax Stance Unfair and Unethical

secretcurse Re:Just that pesky Constitution (949 comments)

While the Declaration of Independence is law, it is not the Constitution. That's the point GP made.

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA Math: Sell 1 Million Albums, Still Owe $500k

secretcurse Re:Shysters all (355 comments)

Sure you can. You just have to play an average of 3 or 4 nights a week, every week. You also have to be really, really good and really, really flexible. You have to be literate as a musician, though many people refuse to be. Reading and writing music is absolutely necessary if you want to make a living unless you're extremely lucky. It also helps to live in a metro area of at least 500,000 or so. You need to be good enough that you get called when any show is coming through your town and they need local musicians. You'll probably need to be in a great cover band that has a consistent Wednesday or Thursday night gig at a popular bar. If you or someone in your "main" band is a great songwriter, you might even make a few bucks playing original music. You're going to have to be in several groups and generally refuse to play for free unless it's something you're just dying to do.

Basically, a musician can make a living, they just have to work their ass off to do it and won't always be playing the music they love, just like any other job.

more than 3 years ago
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Judge OKs Wiretap Lawsuit Over Google Wi-Fi Sniffing

secretcurse Re:a shame (137 comments)

What did they do that's wrong? The dumbasses without encrypted networks were broadcasting their information out to a public road. The Google vehicles were in public when they received the plaintext information. If the people were outside screaming their online banking credentials out loud and Google happened to be driving a car with microphones recording ambient noise at the time, would that be illegal?

more than 3 years ago
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Climate Skeptic Funded By Oil and Coal Companies

secretcurse Re:and in other news (504 comments)

I agree. We're definitely not spending enough money on our military here in the US...

more than 3 years ago
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Spamming Becoming Financially Infeasible

secretcurse Re:I don’t buy it (212 comments)

I'm sure your well-reasoned argument would immediately win over their heart and mind and they would be forever changed.

more than 3 years ago
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Yet Another "People Plug In Strange USB Sticks" Story

secretcurse Re:Only one way to fix this (639 comments)

Where I used to work, there was some Windows setting that wouldn't allow USB drives to mount. Keyboards and mice worked fine, and you could plug in your smartphone to charge it, but the drive wouldn't mount. Anytime I plugged in my phone, I'd get a little dialog saying that the OS wasn't going to mount it as a storage volume, but it would still charge. So, it's entirely possible to set up a situation where keyboards and mice work just fine and people can charge their phones and mp3 players without a security risk.

more than 3 years ago
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Authorities Closing On LulzSec

secretcurse Re:Logic disconnect... (354 comments)

It's also specific wording from a journalist. For most journalists, running a client on your computer that is taking part in a DDoS attack can only be done by a true computer genius criminal mastermind.

more than 3 years ago

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Police Seize Computers from Gizmodo Editor

secretcurse secretcurse writes  |  more than 4 years ago

secretcurse (1266724) writes "California police have served a search warrant and seized computers from Jason Chen, the Gizmodo Editor that unveiled the 4th generation iPhone to the world. Gawker media's COO has replied claiming that the warrant was served illegally due to Mr. Chen's status as a journalist. The plot thickens..."
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