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Jeffrey Zients Appointed To Fix Healthcare.gov

stuntpope Re: Somewhere 10,000 contractors get a call (250 comments)

Pelosi was not speaking to Congress when she said that. It is hardly supporting evidence of Democrats passing the PPACA without reading it. Sloppy thinking.

about a year ago
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Skype Overload Interrupts Zimmerman Trial

stuntpope Re:Whole Trial is bullshit (325 comments)

Interesting that you omitted the fact that after Zimmerman told the dispatcher he'd meet police at the mailboxes, he changed his mind and asked that the officers call him so he could tell them where he was.

Zimmerman: Um, if they come in through the gate, tell them to go straight past the clubhouse and, uh, straight past the clubhouse and make a left and then they go past the mailboxes you’ll see my truck. [3:10]

Dispatcher: Alright, what address are you parked in front of? [3:21]

Zimmerman: Um, I don’t know. It’s a cut-through so I don’t know the address. [3:25]

Dispatcher: OK, do you live in the area?

Zimmerman: Yeah, yeah, I live here.

Dispatcher: OK, what’s your apartment number?

Zimmerman: It’s a home. It’s 1950 – oh, crap, I don’t want to give it out – I don’t know where this kid is [inaudible] [3:40]

Dispatcher: OK, do you just want to meet with them at the mailboxes then? [3:42]

Zimmerman: Yeah, that’s fine. [3:43]

Dispatcher: Alright, George, I’ll let them know you’ll meet them at

Zimmerman: Could you have them call me and I’ll tell them where I’m at? [3:49]

Dispatcher: OK, yeah that’s no problem.

Zimmerman:My number you’ve got it?

Why would he need to tell police in the future (when they arrived) where he was, if he just told the dispatcher to tell the police he'd meet them at the mailboxes? Because he wasn't going to be back at his vehicle by the mailboxes. He was going to lead them straight to Martin, and to do that, he needed to find Martin and possibly detain him until police arrived.

Again, please explain this: If I tell your friend to tell you I'll be waiting for you at the mailboxes, why then would I later ask you to tell your friend to call me when he arrived in the general vicinity, so I could tell him where I was? Don't they know I'm at the mailboxes, since I already said I'd be there?

about a year and a half ago
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Medical Firm Sues IRS For 4th Amendment Violation In Records Seizure

stuntpope Re:Hazardous to our Health (365 comments)

This is in reference to the IRS actions regarding Tea Party organizations' tax-exempt applications, not the healthcare record story. The 501C4 imbroglio is what Coward referred to in comment about Pfeiffer's "the law is irrelevant" remark.

about a year and a half ago
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Medical Firm Sues IRS For 4th Amendment Violation In Records Seizure

stuntpope Re:Hazardous to our Health (365 comments)

He stated the law was irrelevant in judging whether the actions were wrong or not. Illegal? Actions wrong. Legal? Actions wrong. He also said, “The activity was outrageous and inexcusable, and it was stopped and it needs to be fixed to ensure it never happens again.”

Understand now?

about a year and a half ago
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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

stuntpope Re:More facetime (1145 comments)

Agreed. If a guy joked, "that's a big dongle!", where is the harm? It's juvenile, but so what. On the other hand, saying to a woman, "want to see my big dongle?" can be harassment.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

stuntpope I confess (639 comments)

I've kept my Apple boxes (Mini, keyboard, MacBook, iPod Touch plastic case, iPad). I don't have them on display nor do I lovingly gaze upon them, they are in my garage. I recognize their superior yet simple functionality and keep them for the day I move and need to pack up the gear. I'd rather use the original packaging since it's obviously designed for its purpose, instead of grabbing some random shoe box. I can't say that for most other product packaging. I especially despise heat-sealed plastic packaging.

more than 2 years ago
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Ellison Doesn't Know If Java Is Free

stuntpope Re:Good answer (393 comments)

Only if said warner was actually a Microsoft proponent, which is a trap of its own.

I was around /. during Java discussions before, during, and after Sun opened it up, and I wouldn't say the push-back from Java proponents was as you claim.

more than 2 years ago
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Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

stuntpope Deep in the heart of tex ass (1251 comments)

Why limit it to the "field" of intelligent design? If a chemistry teacher rejects the accepted science of what happens in a chemical reaction, and instead teaches the class that magic is responsible for chemical synthethis, who are we to discriminate against him, right? Rust = fairy mischief!

more than 3 years ago
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Bing Becomes No.2 Search Engine at 4.37%

stuntpope Re:Editing is a lost art (366 comments)

Submitter should of drug his dictionary out of hiding.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key

stuntpope Change the key, keep the functionality (968 comments)

Perhaps the functionality should be retained, but entered via a function key or a two-key combination that requires pressing to enter that mode.

This way, people who need to type extended all-caps can still do so, but it won't be mistakenly keyed by dolts who hit it as a shift key and then flail away without returning it to lower case. Of course, people who want to be annoying and "shout" will still be able to do so, but it might cut down on the inadvertant clueless shouting.

about 4 years ago
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Kentucky Announces Creationism Theme Park

stuntpope Kentucky Creation Museum (648 comments)

Found on a Kentucky forum, about the already-existing creation museum.

Poster One: There's a caveman riding a dinosaur. I went as a joke. I recommend it to others if they're in for a good laugh.

Poster Two: You recommend it to others if they're in for a good laugh? Why?

Poster One: There's a caveman riding a dinosaur.

about 4 years ago
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US Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' $35,000 Rifle

stuntpope Re:Hope It Helps End the Fighting (782 comments)

"May refer to" does not mean "perfectly valid substitute".

It could mean "enough dumbasses search for laser using the word lazer so we'd better disambiguate it to help them out."

about 4 years ago
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The Beatles On iTunes

stuntpope Re:If you don't already.... (551 comments)

I've gotten rid of most of mine over the years, or else they don't get played. And I'm talking about vinyl. After having listened to the Beatles' tunes thousands of times I really don't see much point in hearing them again, especially since there's so much other great music to listen to. They were, overall, a good pop band for the time, but by no means the pinnacle of rock music (hardly) or even pop music.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Moves Away From GNOME

stuntpope Re:Wow (514 comments)

I knew that.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Silverlight 4 vs. Adobe Flash 10.1

stuntpope Re:Alien Versus Predator (379 comments)

From the Life in Hell questions kids ask: which would you rather do, slide down a 50-foot long razor blade, or suck all the snot out of a dog's hose until his head collapses?

more than 4 years ago
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Europe To Import Sahara Solar Power Within 5 Years

stuntpope Re:Yay... (450 comments)

Native does not mean indigenous.

Native language: the language one has learned from birth. Native: having to do with birth (natal). A native born American isn't necessarily a Native American (Indian).

"Native language" has nothing whatsoever to do with original inhabitants of the land one is born in, unless coincidentally the indigenous language is still the dominant or de facto official language.

more than 4 years ago
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Russian Hacker Selling 1.5M Facebook Accounts

stuntpope Re:Translation (193 comments)

Right behind you.

more than 4 years ago
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$1M Prize For Finding Cause of Unintended Acceleration

stuntpope Re:Me thinks (690 comments)

I could be wrong, but I think drive-by-wire systems are engine management and throttle systems only - not total car systems. Many lay people are accusing a malfunctioning "car computer" of failing to brake, shift into neutral, or stop the engine, but I believe none of those systems have "inputs" to the same electronics that govern engine speed.

more than 4 years ago

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Auctioning off software vulnerabilities

stuntpope stuntpope writes  |  more than 7 years ago

stuntpope (19736) writes "The Washington post reports that a Swiss start-up, WabiSabiLabi.com plans to sell software vulnerabilities, aka hacks, to the highest bidder via their online auction site.

"The founders of WabiSabiLabi.com (pronounced wobby-sobby-lobby) say they hope the service presents a legitimate alternative for security researchers who might otherwise be tempted to sell their discoveries to criminals."

Who wants to bet that the highest bidders aren't always the ones with the most noble of intentions? What would be the potential liability of someone who found a flaw and then sold it through WabiSabiLabi, only to have that flaw be exploited in a criminal manner by the buyer or someone else down the road?

(NB: The Washington Post is one of those free registration-required sites.)"

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