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LinkedIn Agrees To Block Stalkers

stickrnan Why not just endorse him (78 comments)

...for harassment?

Honestly, since this is a "professional" network, maybe there should be a way to note someone's lack of professionalism?

about a year ago

Upside-Down Sensors Caused Proton-M Rocket Crash

stickrnan Jeb (323 comments)

would have saved the rocket.

about a year ago

Boxee TV's Unlimited Cloud-based DVR Holds Users Hostage To Monthly Fees

stickrnan Redirect the data? (174 comments)

If the device has to go through your own network, can't you just redirect the upload address to one of your own choosing?

about a year ago

How the New Spectrum Bill Would Harm the Tech Community

stickrnan Re:Only in America... (58 comments)

Do we need to site recent history? We're at the level of corporatism that if they should fail, they call on the government to bail them out.

We're not at the point that the state is simply a representative of the corporations, but it certainly feels like it sometimes.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Removes Gay Cure App From App Store

stickrnan Re:Rename the app.... (917 comments)

so its not about free speech, the same way what jenny mccarthy does with vaccination is not free speech: its dangerous. in jenny mccarthy's case, it results in kids getting sick and dying because she convinced them not to get vaccinated. in this apple app's instance, it convinces closeted homosexuals who are depressed and distraught as it is, and keeps them buried in the closet, prolonging the period in which something psychologically awful might happen

I was about to write that Jenny McCarthy's rantings, while misguided, wrong and (yes) dangerous, still fall under free speech. Those that follow her lead are nominating their children for the Darwin award.

Upon reviewing the limits to the Freedom of Speech, I've found that her rhetoric can fall outside of free speech as outlined by Mill's harm principle. If it can be proven that her rhetoric is a danger to public safety, maybe she'll shut up.

more than 3 years ago

Why the AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Is Bad For Consumers

stickrnan Re:/. News Network (367 comments)

Actually, in this case it's an oligopoly.

The original commenter is correct. Reducing the number of competitors by one brings ATT one step closer to being a monopoly.

more than 3 years ago

Dolly the Sheep Alive Again

stickrnan Re:A major "con" of cloning falls apart (233 comments)

It's okay, though. We can make new ones once the virus/bacteria dies out.

...or it mutates, spreads to humans and the CDC hits the panic button.

Even if that doesn't happen. When that food source goes bust, many people expecting it will find themselves without for the season.

more than 3 years ago

What If We Ran Universities Like Wikipedia?

stickrnan That makes me wonder: (380 comments)

What would a business or government look like if it were more like a wiki. One constraint being that only citizens or employees would be able to contribute. Either would be an interesting experiment to conduct.

more than 3 years ago

Pope Says Technology Causes Confusion Between Reality and Fiction

stickrnan Re:The real risk is not technology... (779 comments)

I would amend that human beings simply don't want to think and make up their own minds about something. As an example, when I ask my wife what she wants for dinner, she will immediately turn the question back to me. Being immature (and not wanting to decide on what to eat), I give her the same treatment.

I have a theory that if a person had the option to let someone else make up their minds for them on every aspect of their lives (with the promise that their best interest and well being were in mind), they would give up their freedom.

more than 3 years ago

I keep track of my passwords ...

stickrnan Re:Most secure (414 comments)

I haven't counted the number of passwords I've dedicated to memory in a while. I'm better off typing the username and letting muscle memory kick in for the password. This method works pretty well unless I'm trying to consciously think of the password.

more than 4 years ago

Universal "Death Stench" Repels Bugs of All Types

stickrnan Pollinators (248 comments)

Wouldn't the smell also repel pollinators as well?

This sounds cool. But I wonder if it would backfire.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Blames 'External Forces' For Exploding iPhones

stickrnan Re:Ya know... (383 comments)

Most publishers will replace damaged discs for a fee. I think the going rate these days is about $20.

about 5 years ago

Astrophysicists Find "Impossible" Planet

stickrnan or (436 comments)

perhaps it's spiraling to its demise after billions of years in a decaying orbit.

about 5 years ago

Drug Vending Machines

stickrnan Re:Flushed down the toilet? (97 comments)

A study in LA in 2005 (sorry don't have the source) showed small amounts progesterone in the drinking water. Whether from people flushing or simply urinating the hormone away, I don't know. But such studies explain why my wife is only drinking filtered water during her pregnancy.

about 5 years ago

Drug Vending Machines

stickrnan Re:Give convicts pot (97 comments)

I think I know a few people who would like to be incarcerated under such a system.

about 5 years ago

Blizzard Game You're Most Looking Forward To?

stickrnan Re:Missing option: (452 comments)

That sounds painful

about 5 years ago

Therapists Log on to WoW to Counsel Addicts

stickrnan They're coming to save the addicted (4 comments)

but who will save them once they themselves become ensnared in the web of addiction that is WoW.

more than 5 years ago

Researchers Debut Barcode Replacement

stickrnan Looks more like compressing existing barcodes (185 comments)

Don't get me wrong. The technology is interesting, albeit limited to battery life. But the images in the article look a lot like a series of datamatrix barcodes. These are already widely used in many industries.

more than 5 years ago


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