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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

skyraker Silly statement (786 comments)

"Imagine if President Obama had stated, 'I believe the nation should commit itself to the goal of enabling all Americans to access affordable health insurance' but then left the how to do it to some of the best experts in health care and economics without partisan interference."

Because anything those people would come up with would immediately have been shot down by Republicans simply because it was Obama's goal. That, and the fact that any serious discussion would have to raise the specter of increased regulation.

about a year ago
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In Canada, a 3D-Printed Rifle Breaks On First Firing

skyraker Polishing (204 comments)

After reading a story how NASA is testing 3D printed rocket injector parts and seeing success, it becomes apparent why this failed (and why the Liberator doesn't hold up too well). NASA spends a couple weeks having the parts polished, ensuring that tolerances are all met. You can see how this can affect a gun also. If the tolerances are even a smidgen off, problems can occur. The common person probably doesn't have easy access to equipment that can accomplish this and may never even think about it.

about a year ago
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US Promises Not To Kill Or Torture Snowden

skyraker Laughable (616 comments)

Edward Snowden is not a whistleblower. He stopped being that the moment he revealed classified information that did not concern what he was 'whistleblowing'. He has committed espionage, plain and simple, and Russia is only making sure they've got everything from him before they agree to return him. Plus, if anyone thinks there hasn't been some back-room negotiation between the US and Russia about any borderline people in the US that fled Russia to escape the same charges, you haven't paid attention to history.

about a year ago
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Hollywood's Love of Analytics Couldn't Prevent Six Massive Blockbuster Flops

skyraker It's not the movies (1029 comments)

I have a family of 7. A matinee showing of a 2D movie costs me about $50 before concessions. I cannot afford to go see multiple summer blockbusters because I'm lucky if I even go see one. So movies I wouldn't mind seeing, but don't feel like I have to, get put on my 'rent this later' list.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

skyraker Re:You have got to be kidding me (719 comments)

You are forgetting one important fact. They are getting warrants. They just don't have to tell you they have it before they do the seizure. That's the point of the FISA court and the PATRIOT Act.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

skyraker Re:You have got to be kidding me (719 comments)

I think you misunderstand. I mean that his revealing of them isn't covered by the Consitutition, not the programs themselves.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

skyraker Re:You have got to be kidding me (719 comments)

Kind of sad my post has been rated so badly. Is it because I do not agree with everything Edward Snowden did? Nothing I said was technically incorrect. We killed the Rosenbergs because they revealed details of the atom bomb to the Soviets, yet we want to give a Peace Prize to a man who revealed to other countries how we spy on them?

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

skyraker Re:You have got to be kidding me (719 comments)

Not technically unconstitutional either. There is no right to privacy coded in the constitution and the Court has come down on both sides of the issue. If you want to make a 4th Amendment claim about illegal search and seizure, then you still lose because the government still can claim it got a warrant through the secret court. I'm not stating I agree with this line of thinking. I've been complaining about the PATRIOT Act since Day 1. But if you read my post again, Snowden went beyond revealing one potentially unconstitutional program. He revealed more than that to other countries.

about a year ago
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San Onofre's Closure: What Was Missed

skyraker Not a simple thing (88 comments)

This is the worst possible moment in time to move away from nuclear power. Renewables may never reach the point that their energy production matches any decent size gas/coal/oil/nuclear plant. Coal has to go. So many people will talk about natural gas, because now we have so much of it available that prices are low. But the industry doesn't want the general public to know that they have been petitioning the government to export our natural gas. That's right, good old Capitalism wants to win out over energy security. Energy companies need reasons to continue to charge hundreds of dollars a month for energy they now get for a much cheaper price. Energy producers see an opportunity to increase profits, which wouldn't be bad if the end result is natural gas prices rising. In several years, the cost of nuclear power per kilowatt will once again be comparable to, if not cheaper than natural gas. By then our current plants will be even older, the cost to build a new plant will be even greater, and we'll once again wonder why we didn't grab the bull by the horns and prepare for the future in advance.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

skyraker You have got to be kidding me (719 comments)

This man not only revealed a not-technically illegal surveillance program, he told other countries we were spying on them and revealed details about programs that aren't covered by any Consitutional protection. May as well go back and award the Peace Prize to the Rosenbergs because they helped make sure other countries had the bomb.

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

skyraker Re:Enders Game was overrated (1448 comments)

While I would never put Ender's Game at the top of my 'best science fiction' list, it is a lot deeper than any 'juvenile-level' science fiction book I ever saw. Considering it won a Nebula and a Hugo, I'm thinking I'd rather go with those opinions over yours.

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

skyraker Re:He can have my tolerance. (1448 comments)

Wrong, and wrong. Intolerance of the interlerant only breeds more intolerance. It also breeds violence. Tolerance doesn't mean agreement.

about a year ago
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Google Asks Government For More Transparency, Other Groups Push Back Against NSA

skyraker Grr (323 comments)

1) Sadly, too many people don't understand that these what the government was doing was legal, so you can't sue over them. Change the law if you must, but suing is stupid. 2) 'Widely' hailed as a hero?!? Why not also put that he's also 'widely' denounced as a traitor. 3) Keeping secrets from civilians is inherently non-democratic, but we accept it so that other countries do not have access to secrets we want to keep. It isn't for Mr. Snowden to decide if it is, as he says, an 'existential threat to democracy'. 4) The man knew what he was doing was illegal and fled the country before revealing himself. A true 'patriot' would've stayed and faced the courts. I'll give Bradley Manning that much credit.

about a year ago
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Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Plant May Take Decades

skyraker Re:This is crap (266 comments)

There was no way the NRC was going to authorize a startup at reduced power. New generators were going to cost millions and more time (meaning more money lost). The government seems to have a smoking gun that SCE management knew the generators were not 'like-for-like' therefore they may have misled the NRC, giving the regulators even more reason to not authorize a restart. Yes, negotiating with a supplier is one part of it. But I'm thinking that last part is what made them give up the fight so quick. Crystal River tried for a lot longer to get insurance funds and sue the contractor that helped break their shield building.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Another Dev Steals Your Work and Adds Their Name?

skyraker Re:Get a referral ... (480 comments)

I agree. The OP stated that the company owned the code to the app, which must have been part of the work contract. So the copyright should be listed as belonging to them. And he can always ask that the code be modified to add his name back in as the author of the code.

about a year ago
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Activist Admits To Bugging US Senate Minority Leader

skyraker Re:It is truly sad... (247 comments)

No it is not. Nixon essentially authorized robbery, something that is completely against the law. Then he refused to turn over recordings from his office that he was told to by the Court system. Then he threatened to fire the Special Prosecuter investigating Watergate unless he stopped the investigation. So, you have conspiracy to commit a crime, failure to obey a court order, and retribution. What does Obama have? Nothing. There isn't evidence the White House is involved (no matter how you feel about the matter) and it is still debatable if what ONE IRS office did is even illegal.

about a year ago
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Rice Professor Predicts Humans Out of Work In 30 Years

skyraker Only so much progress (808 comments)

30 years in the grand scheme of innovation is nothing. I think we've gotten used to the pace of advancement born out of the industrial revolution and should not believe it will continue. While it could be nice for robots to take over more of the basic, repetitive tasks we humans still do, I still don't see them making the great leap they need to make up for those human traits we've not been able to program. If, however, I am wrong, I do believe that humanity will turn its attention back to the goal of improving humanity.

about a year ago
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In Germany, Offensive Autocomplete Is No Laughing Matter

skyraker Re:Stupid Foreign Courts (200 comments)

You forget the opposite. If Google takes its business away from Germany, Germany loses any taxes it gets from Google. I think I need to go read the article again. It seemed that the court was trying to force something on Google as a whole, which they cannot do because Google is a US company. If it is only directed at software/hardware only available in Germany, then they can. It's like what happened with Microsoft. EU judgement didn't affect what they did with software elsewhere as it applied to localized versions..

about a year ago
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In Germany, Offensive Autocomplete Is No Laughing Matter

skyraker Stupid Foreign Courts (200 comments)

1) German court cannot 'force' Google to do anything of the sort. Such matters are covered by international treaty, and the proper US response to such a request would be to state that this is a case of protected speech. 2) Boo-hoo. It's auto-complete.

about a year ago

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