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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

skywire Re:Hacker culture in the lab (213 comments)

The text is perfectly ambiguous. He took it one way, and you the other. But he still should have known better, since there were no headlines in 2009 about a lab-made hybrid killing thousands.

5 days ago
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Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

skywire Re:Good for them (55 comments)

Perhaps you should read what you are replying to before replying.

about a month ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

skywire Re:Illogical (158 comments)

The state is never subject to the rules it dictates to its subjects, so there is no contradiction.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

skywire Re:News? (158 comments)

For people who understand how pointless it is to perpetually have clocks set one hour off, it should promote Russophilia.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

skywire Re:A win for freedom (1330 comments)

I've worked for everything from tiny startups to massive multinationals, and have never been given that option. The larger companies tend to be paternalistic. They think they know better than you do what's in your interest.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

skywire Story passes off propaganda as simple reporting (1330 comments)

Those exceptions, which authorize insurance companies to provide the coverage instead of the employers

If ever there were a case of smoke-and-mirrors, this is it. Saying that the insurer, not the company paying for the policy, is (wink, wink) paying for a benefit offered to the insured under the policy, a benefit the insurer does not simply give away to all comers, is transparently absurd. Whatever you may think about forcing companies to pay for policies that cover particular things, at least be honest about it.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

skywire Re:A win for freedom (1330 comments)

But an employer has no more right to say how an employee uses a benefit as they do their earned money.

Oh, really? They do it all the time. An employer's very choice to give you a particular defined benefit rather than the money they pay for it is itself saying how you can use it. Just try to get a large employer to give you the money in lieu of the benefit. Or even to buy a different kind of insurance plan than the one they dictate. Good luck with that.

about a month and a half ago
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US Government Introduces Pollinator Action Plan To Save Honey Bees

skywire Re:8 million? (143 comments)

Not a rounding error. A decimal point shifted left three places.

about 2 months ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

skywire Pesky Humans! (435 comments)

Always self-selecting. If we are to achieve diversity, the US state needs to drop the bourgeois freedom thing altogether, and simply assign its subjects into educational tracks and positions in public corporations.

about 2 months ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

skywire On the nature of Ikea's lies (207 comments)

Any ten-year-old, and any honest judge, knows that "Ikea Hackers" are not Ikea.

about 2 months ago
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$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

skywire Re:I'm sick of people suing government (216 comments)

If you believe that money which has been taken from you by threat of violence somehow remains "your" money, you are pathetically delusional.

about 2 months ago
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$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

skywire Toothless Ruling (216 comments)

In typical deference to the police, the court has technically ruled against them whilst explicitly communicating to them what will be accepted as a workaround: "a police order to stop filming or leave the area."

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

skywire Re:Point Roberts (321 comments)

This beautifully illustrates the arbitrariness of the whole thing. It costs not a penny more for the signal to cross the political boundary. Even the old Bell system was just one US/CA network, yet they pretended that crossing that imaginary line somehow cost a great deal. It was always a Big Lie, and so is this.

about 2 months ago
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Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

skywire Insanity (224 comments)

The fundamental flaw in all this is that Google is not a big website full of content that they publish. Google indexes content on other websites. If someone wants to use the state to force others not to publish truthful information about them (questionable in itself), then let them go after those doing the publishing. Google is the wrong target.

about 3 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

skywire Accusation of Anti-Vaccine Stance (588 comments)

>'If you ask a parent of an autistic child if they want the measles or the autism, we will stand in line for the f--king measles.' That missing line rather changes the tone of her position considerably, writes Phil Plait and is a difficult stance to square with someone who is not anti-vaccine.

There is nothing necessarily anti-vaccine about her words here. The devil is in the details -- the relative risks of each choice for the individual child, and the risks to the population from the reduction of herd immunity resulting from an individual child's being opted out.

about 4 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

skywire Re:So "nothing" has quantum fluctuations (612 comments)

You're saying that the "standard layman" does not use a common English word in its everyday sense -- in short, that he is not only not technically trained, but is an idiot.

about 4 months ago
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P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe

skywire Re:Computable? Simulatable? (199 comments)

whether the world really exists or could be a simulation/fantasy/etc

Anyone who thinks there is a distinction between the two has not thought enough.

about 4 months ago
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Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

skywire Re:DMCA is an Illegal law... Take it to Court (243 comments)

If I read you right, you are saying that it is illegal to use a technological measure such as encryption to prevent others from accessing data that are not copyrighted works. Please cite some authority for that claim.

about 5 months ago
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Brazil Blocks Foreign Mobile Phones

skywire Insanity (97 comments)

It may be true, but it is nonetheless a joke.

about 5 months ago

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skywire (469351) writes "Users connecting to Amazon's A9 search engine site this evening have been informed, after wading through the muck of marketing spin, that "We have discontinued the A9 Instant Reward program, and the A9 Toolbar and personalized services such as history, bookmarks, and diary." Users' personal histories are not accessible, and no mention is made of any method of retrieval."

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