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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

sir-gold Re:Irrelevant (131 comments)

Saying that IE is a serious browser (based on users) is like saying McDonald's has the world's best french fries (based on sales)*

*McDonald's did actually claim this at one time.

5 hours ago
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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

sir-gold Re:Great news! (131 comments)

I did the same thing (switched from Opera to FF+boatload of extension) and I STILL can't get the tabs to behave the way they normally did in the older versions of Opera

I didn't have a problem with Opera switching to chromium for the rendering engine, but they didn't have to adopt the "our way or the highway" mentality that Chrome has. When they got rid of opera:config (about:config) it was the last straw.

Firefox might be bloated and slow, but at least it's not trying to be a clone of Chrome like every other browser out there (including the "new" internet explorer)

6 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

sir-gold Re:Challenge Accepted. (384 comments)

I wish I had some mod points for you

yesterday
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

sir-gold Re:life in the U.S. (253 comments)

The constitution give US citizens free speech. Corporation are not US citizens (despite what the supreme court says)

If you are immortal, and can be in multiple distant geographic locations simultaneously, you are not even human, let alone a US citizen

yesterday
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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

sir-gold Re:Jackpot! (143 comments)

Considering that Al Qaeda itself was a false-flag operation (Trained and armed by the US military, supposedly to fight the Russians) which lead to a massive budget increase for military and law enforcement, I wouldn't put it past the Secret Service to copy the same trick (on a smaller scale) now that they have seen how effective the technique is.

yesterday
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

sir-gold Re:Simpson's did it!!! (162 comments)

It depends on how commonplace the event is.

A few hundred years ago, if you saw someone jump from a great height you would assume they died on impact (even if you don't see the impact).

Now you see people jumping off cliffs all the time, and you just assume the backpack they are wearing is a parachute, and they will land safely.

Once teleportation becomes somewhat common (or atleast common knowledge) people will just assume that the person they saw getting vaporized is still alive in some distant location.

4 days ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

sir-gold Re:The (in)justice system (291 comments)

That was the point I was trying to get at. The shear number and complexity of laws means that laws get broken all the time without anyone even knowing it.

The only thing that has saved us from this problem so far is that it's not (currently) possible to enforce 100% of the laws 100% of the time.

Red light cameras made it possible to achieve 100% enforcement of only a single law, and look at the mess that created.

The fact that it's possible to make a profit from catching crimes (for governments and contractors) only makes the problem worse, because it provides an incentive to make it easier for people to accidentally break the law (by shortening the yellow lights for example), in order to extract more value from their investment.

about two weeks ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

sir-gold Re:The (in)justice system (291 comments)

It's one of the few things that are quite black and white

Yes, that's exactly how the police see it: If you are black, you are automatically guilty and can be shot on the spot, if you are white, you are probably innocent

about two weeks ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

sir-gold Re:The (in)justice system (291 comments)

I don't know about Georgia, but in some states, if the cop who pulled you over ISN'T the the same cop that actually measured you speed, (one cop on an overpass, one cop on the road, for example) and only the ticket-writing cop shows up to court, you can get the ticket thrown out as hear-say

(Because the ticket-writing cop who showed up to court up isn't the person who actually measured your speed, he can't testify how fast you were going, he can only testify how fast he was TOLD that you were going.)

about two weeks ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

sir-gold Re:The (in)justice system (291 comments)

Every year, the ability for law enforcement to detect crimes and enforce laws gets better, but the laws themselves don't change.
Perfect enforcement of imperfect laws is a recipe for disaster.

about two weeks ago
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

sir-gold Free speech? (219 comments)

The Islamist terrorist groups perform attacks in order to limit free speech, and in response, these counties help the terrorists along by limiting speech even further?

Who's side are these guys on anyway?

about two weeks ago
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PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Comes To Samsung Smart TVs In 2015

sir-gold Re:What a terrific idea (43 comments)

I was making a joke too (at Sony's expense)

about a month ago
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PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Comes To Samsung Smart TVs In 2015

sir-gold Re:Magna Carta (43 comments)

I doubt anyone has forgotten.

A stubbed toe can be more important than a war, when it's YOUR toe that's been stubbed.

about a month ago
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PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Comes To Samsung Smart TVs In 2015

sir-gold Re:DRM... (43 comments)

In related news, home rental is increasing, while home ownership is decreasing, despite the fact that a mortgage is cheaper than rent.

about a month ago
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PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Comes To Samsung Smart TVs In 2015

sir-gold Re:What a terrific idea (43 comments)

If there was a companion video game to go along with the movie, there would be some mention of it in the leaked Sony emails.

about a month ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

sir-gold Re:Slashdot sociopaths... (187 comments)

Warm, dry, clean, well-fed, not being hunted, sex partners shipped in from all over the world....

Sounds like a luxury hotel when compared to a rainforest.

about a month ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

sir-gold Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

I watched the video, and what he shows is physically impossible.

It is simply not possible to get a full-wave 20kHz signal out of a standard 44kHz sample rate, unless the equipment is literally "making up" parts of the curve on the fly.

Throughout the video, at no point does he mention WHICH sample rate he is using. He could be using something significantly higher than CD audio's 44kHz sample rate, which WOULD give a smooth curve on a 20kHz signal (but it would also be cheating)

It's like taking someone running at 10 footsteps per second, filming them at 5 frames per second, and yet still somehow capturing all 10 footsteps (even though some of the footsteps MUST have occurred BETWEEN frames)

about a month and a half ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

sir-gold Re:Taxes (235 comments)

Depending on how it is taxed when being returned (as a gift), vs. when it was originally awarded (as an award), he may actually end up owing MORE taxes.

For example, if the original award was estimated to be worth $1 million, he will have "donated" $1 million worth of assets, however it is now worth $4.7 million, which means he will have received $4.7 million in "gift income" that he has to pay taxes on.

This doesn't even take into account the possible difference in tax rates between gifts and awards.

about a month and a half ago

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