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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

spiritplumber Bad idea (122 comments)

they should capitalize on the "Nokias are indestructible" meme, and make ruggedized phones.

7 hours ago
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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

spiritplumber I have some already (87 comments)

I have some of these robots already, they were developed in partnership with Inertia Labs of Battlebots fame. Please tell me how I can contact these folks so that I can hand the technology and protoypes over! I'm serious! http://www.robots-everywhere.c...

3 days ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

spiritplumber Good! (62 comments)

If the public catches wind of a new space race that the US is losing, then NASA will get more money! Excellent!

about a week ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

spiritplumber Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

Managing to win an American presidential election while being a person of color is a significant achievement. Not Nobel worthy, but signficant. Not that the non-science Nobel prizes mean anything anyway.... they weren't set up by Alfred Nobel in the first place.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

spiritplumber Re:Chimps have rights, babies don't (385 comments)

I'll start being pro-life when the pro-life folk stop being anti-contraception.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

spiritplumber Re:Perjury (191 comments)

Perjury is saying false things INTENTIONALLY while under oath in court. If I am called to the witness stand and say that to the best of my knowledge the guy accused of scamming really IS a Nigerian princess, and I genuinely do believe that, it doesn't make me guilty of perjury, it just makes me a very derpy individual.

about three weeks ago
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Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

spiritplumber Re:Wait, what? (191 comments)

See this is really the problem.

Whenever a private company does something blatantly unethical, they lose reputation and customers.

Whenever an elected official does something blatantly unethical, they lose reputation and votes.

Whenever a law enforcement does something blatantly unethical, they lose reputation and... then what? It's not like they can be voted out and it's not like they have competition, so why should they bother changing anything?

I don't have a solution, other than "don't fcuk the police". Meaning: if someone belongs to an unethical unelected bureaucracy, don't talk to them, don't date them, don't sell them groceries, refuse to interact with them unless they force you to at gunpoint.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

spiritplumber Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

Can't mod you up since I commented.

about three weeks ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

spiritplumber Re:And still nothing in the US (111 comments)

Thanks! I went by what they print on the back of their ticket. Maybe it's CO2 emissions rather than total energy. Good to know!

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

spiritplumber Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

It's a word my aunt made up, really. He needed to convey "banana-republic-affiliated person who keeps beating drums about security while wanting something else, usually control". She was an anthropologist in Chile during the bad times. I'd like it to become a thing.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

spiritplumber Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

Any sort of securista ploy to invade private property like this that starts with "think of the children" should be automatically subject to Reductio ad Hitlerum.

about three weeks ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

spiritplumber Re:And still nothing in the US (111 comments)

I gotta disagree -- bullet trains make a lot of sense for some trips. Italy got high speed rail between Milan and Rome in 2009, and it's grounded a lot of airplanes (the same job gets accomplished with 5% of the energy). Plus, no mandatory security-kabuki entertainment, and shorter+cheaper taxi/bus ride from terminal to actual destination since the train arrives in the middle of the city. For the USA, airplanes are probably the best option transcontinentally, but fast trains going up and down the coasts would make a lot of sense.

about three weeks ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

spiritplumber And still nothing in the US (111 comments)

what will we say when it's 50th anniversary time for Apollo 11? :(

about three weeks ago

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