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Internet Eats Into Time-Warner Cable Porn Profits

straponego Re:More data caps on the way... (228 comments)

I reckon they'll start lobbying to make free web porn illegal. Probably by requiring a credit card be involved to "protect the children." Anything that causes ISPs or the *AA to make less money than they'd prefer is criminal, after all.

more than 3 years ago
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MS-DOS Is 30 Years Old Today

straponego Pretty sure summary is incorrect (433 comments)

MS did not own QDOS when they sold it to IBM. Oh, and Bill Gate's mother was on the board of IBM. And what a crap OS DOS was; it held the industry back 10 years. Thankfully MS no longer has that sort of power; you could tell they were slipping when they failed to smother the Internet and force everybody onto MSN. Now, the only real drag they can impose on progress is via patent shakedowns.

more than 3 years ago
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Massachusetts Plans To Keep Track of Where Your Car Has Been

straponego Don't worry, citizens (521 comments)

“We’re currently working to develop a policy that balances the effective use of this powerful law enforcement tool with the privacy concerns we’re keenly aware of,” Harris said.

That can only mean that they won't record license plates belonging to Republican politicians near gay bath houses.

more than 3 years ago
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Police To Begin iPhone Iris Scans

straponego Re:Scanning suspects (197 comments)

I was going to say negative numbers are accepted. I also meant to say "iris database". Most current images probably do not have the resolution for that; but give it a year or two.

more than 3 years ago
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Police To Begin iPhone Iris Scans

straponego Re:Scanning suspects (197 comments)

How long until they scrape Facebook photos to build their database? After all, anything that's detectable in public is fair game.

more than 3 years ago
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Attachmate Does the Right Thing For Mono

straponego Re:Xamarin? (100 comments)

And Comcast is called Xfinity. Change your name to Xsomething and people will forget whatever you did before, apparently.

more than 3 years ago
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Court Approves TSA Body Scans, But Calls For Public Comment

straponego Re:always opt out of the scan (292 comments)

What's funny is that the scans are not mandatory at the airports I've seen; they only cover half the lines. Just note which line ends in a rape-scan and go to the other ones. They tried to make them mandatory leading up to last Thanksgiving, but so many people were going to opt out that they backed off to avert a PR nightmare. So they still get most of the money, but a real terrorist would just skip the machines. Without 100% coverage, the machines are useless. But with 100% coverage, people opting out will slow the system to a crawl and they'll have to give up. So they are sticking with an approach which is 100% useless (except to train the slave class to live in fear).

more than 3 years ago
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Court Approves TSA Body Scans, But Calls For Public Comment

straponego You are free to complain (292 comments)

We will add you to a list of dissidents and you will receive super-enhanced screening.

more than 3 years ago
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Study: Ad Networks Not Honoring Do-Not-Track

straponego Advertisers dishonest? Amazing! (133 comments)

Their entire purpose in life is to lie and cheat in order to make money. Anybody who expect voluntary ethical behaviour from a marketer doesn't know marketers. And don't talk to me about the mythical wise, long-term thinking marketers.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Wants $15 Per Android Smartphone

straponego Re:That is a lot of money for little value (361 comments)

So if I see a guy punch himself in the nuts and screaming, and I decide that this is not for me, I owe him money?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's Hottest New Profit Center: Android

straponego Re:Using HTC Estimates and WP7 Numbers, $150M $30M (276 comments)

The interesting thing about this is it sets a value on not using Windows. To many, many millions of people, it's worth $5 + markup to not have to use WP7. So the market has determined that WP7's value is -$5.00. I'm sure it's worth more than ten times that negative amount, but MS can't rush the shakedown too much or they'll either kill their hosts or ramp up the immune systems of their hosts (i.e., companies which aren't just parasites, because they actually produce value).

more than 3 years ago
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Comcast Offering Home Security Bundle

straponego No downside (102 comments)

Why wouldn't we give one of the least ethical companies in the world access to everything we do at home? They already inspect and record everything we do online.

more than 3 years ago
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Lodsys Sues 7 iPhone Devs Over Patent Infringement Claims

straponego A humble proposal (123 comments)

There's been a lot of debate lately about the failed War on Drugs. Some say that legalizing drugs would take most of the income from murderous cartels, while others believe that the cartels would simple move into new markets. I have a win-win solution. Two of the core competencies of the cartels are: anonymously collecting money, and assassinating people. Let's legalize dope and pay the cartels to whack patent trolls. We free up a lot of prison space, increase tax revenues, cut spending, unfetter the economy, encourage actual innovation and product development, and scare some of the scu^W lawyers into hiding. Huge win all around. We'll have this deficit thing licked in about 3 years.

more than 3 years ago
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10-Year Study Reveals Electron Shape

straponego Re:Curious question (370 comments)

They were hoping electrons were shaped like Pac-man. This would where the antimatter went.

more than 3 years ago
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China Alleged To Use Prisoners In Lucrative Internet Gaming

straponego A variant of this happens in Nevada (313 comments)

This is according to a friend of mine who used to tend bar at a Reno casino. I don't know how much has changed since then; maybe a local can tell us more. Slot machines in Nevada are regulated and required to pay out a certain percentage over time. This means that the longer one type of slot at a casino doesn't pay out, the higher the odds are that they will soon. Once a casino got to the point where a payoff was probable, a bus would pull up full of compulsive gamblers, all wearing the same windbreakers. They'd sit at every machine in the casino and play until someone hit the jackpot. These people were not allowed to keep their winnings (or not much of them), but their habit was paid for.

Since they never tipped, the bartenders hated them. Whenever they saw the bus pull up, they'd place drinks at the slots to reserve the spots.

Anyway, wherever there is money you will find corruption. Rule of law (applied equably), transparency, and cultural values are all that mitigate this. The only reason this doesn't happen in American for-profit prisons is that the money isn't good enough, yet. But the dollar continue to drop. Your kids might gold-farm for the Chinese.

more than 3 years ago
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10-Year Study Reveals Electron Shape

straponego What's even crazier (370 comments)

...is that God did that freehand.

more than 3 years ago
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Redistricting 2.0: Cloud Lets Voters Take Part

straponego Take a cue from Iowa (83 comments)

I can't believe I'm praising Iowa politics, but here goes: Iowa uses a simple grid and a computer to determine the maps. It's not perfect (the legislature can vote up/down on changes), but it's more fair than any other state. Also, we should get rid of the two-party system and use preference voting...

more than 3 years ago
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Increased Power Usage Leads to Mistaken Pot Busts for Bitcoin Miners

straponego Re:Shut up with the bitcoin stories (411 comments)

While I can see your annoyance at the recent spade of bitcoin articles, this is interesting outside of bitcoin.

Here's a guy who calls a spate a spade.

more than 3 years ago

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