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Washington Redskins stripped of trademarks

sunsurfandsand Awesome Opportunity (4 comments)

Without valid trademark registrations, the Washington Redskins have no trademarks to infringe. Now, before they change their name, is the perfect time for entrepreneurs to take advantage of all the money the Redskins organization spent on developing the brand. Quick! Open a Washington Redskins Pizza, Washington Redskins Gym, Washington Redskins Football Jerseys and Souvenirs Shop.

about a month ago
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Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B

sunsurfandsand Re:Less consumer choice, higher prices ahead (158 comments)

I thought it was generally accepted that T-mobile had the best service

I think T-Mobile's good reputation is based on an earlier period when they did in fact have excellent service. In the first few years when I was a T-Mobile customer, they called me on a number of occasions to say they had reviewed my usage and that I was paying too much. They offered each time to change my service plan, guaranteeing that my bills would go down. The first time, I was suspicious but risked it. My bills did actually go down. Now, however, they are no better than AT&T on service. T-Mobile had a rep at an HR-sponsored benefits event at the university where I work, and they offered an employee discount for new data plans. I moved my family plan from AT&T to T-Mobile. Getting the discount applied to my account turned out to be an extreme hassle. All the customer service people, including supervisors and managers, refused to apply the promised discount, even though I sent them documentation of the offer. It wasn't until I looked up the email addresses of VP level execs and CC'd them and our HR director on my complaints that they finally honored their promise.

about 2 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

sunsurfandsand Re:Fine... (323 comments)

But not until my $1,200 3d printer can print me a girlfriend.

Your friends will criticize her for being so plastic.

about 2 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

sunsurfandsand Re:Well... (493 comments)

Common sense and government do not mix.

Thomas Paine thought otherwise.

about 2 months ago
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Lying Eyes: Cyborg Glasses Simulate Eye Expressions

sunsurfandsand Re:The eyes... (56 comments)

I'm getting these for my girlfriend...the one I'm building in the garage.

about 3 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

sunsurfandsand Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Two words: free will.

Three more words: does not exist

Read:

Nisbett, Richard, & Wilson, Timothy. (1977). Telling more than we can know: Verbal reports on mental processes. Psychological Review, 84, 231-259.

Shows that even after we have made a supposedly free choice, we don't know what were the real determinants of our behavior. We report plausible, but baseless explanations.

Libet, Benjamin (1985). "Unconscious Cerebral Initiative and the Role of Conscious Will in Voluntary Action". The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 8: 529â"566.

Shows that unconscious neural processes that launch behavior precede the decision to do the behavior. We feel like we made a free choice to act after the act has already begun.

An experimental assessment of facilitated communication. Wheeler, Douglas L.; Jacobson, John W.; Paglieri, Raymond A.; Schwartz, Allen A. Mental Retardation, Vol 31(1), Feb 1993, 49-59.

Shows that even when we are certain we are not doing something we adamantly say we would not do, we unconsciously choose...but not freely...to do it.

about 4 months ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

sunsurfandsand Re: And the US could turn Russia into vapor (878 comments)

We'll meet again Don't know where, Don't know when, But I know we'll meet again Some sunny day Something to look forward to....

about 4 months ago
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The Facebook Ads Teens Aren't Supposed To See

sunsurfandsand Re:Adblock! (111 comments)

By telling me, in effect: Hey Asshole. We'll delete your account if and when we want to, but we sure in the hell aren't doing it when you ask us to. they set a dangerous precedent, and make clear that they will do whatever the hell they please with your^H^H^H^Htheir account.

Are you starting to see the issue now?

No, but I see what you think is the issue. Before, you just sounded unreasonable. Now you seem maybe hyper-vigilant, but at least not nuts.

about 5 months ago
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The Facebook Ads Teens Aren't Supposed To See

sunsurfandsand Re:Adblock! (111 comments)

That's correct. That's the big deal. If you are too stupid to figure out why, that really isn't my problem.

I'm not sure my not knowing how you rationalize your paranoia about FB taking its time deleting your profile in any way suggests I'm stupid. Let's stipulate though that I am. Please explain then, in terms even I can understand, why it is a big deal. You never had to provide any accurate, let alone secret, information about yourself. You don't have to "Like" anything, or post any pictures of your pets, or click on any adverts, or send or accept any "Friend Requests", or even log in. So then, what is the big deal? Granted, it's not your problem, but would you condescend to say what it it that troubles you so?

about 5 months ago
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Ancient Chinese Mummies Discovered In Cheesy Afterlife

sunsurfandsand Re:Maybe not cheese, maybe a tool? (64 comments)

That is indeed interesting. Thanks for sharing your idea.

This is good news for me, too. Friends have influenced my wife to feed me "The Paleo Diet". I hope she'll buy the idea that cavemen did in fact have cheese after all...so I can too.

about 4 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

sunsurfandsand Re:Pffft (723 comments)

That was part of the problem. The forecast didn't call for 2 inches, it predicted that the ice/snow would miss Atlanta, though not by much.

That is partly right. On Monday, that was what the weather advisory predicted. However, at 3:39 AM Tuesday, my wife, who works at a DeKalb County school, received a weather alert that said the advisory had been upgraded to a warning. The warning stated that there would be dangerous winter storm conditions, and that only emergency vehicles should be on the road. Everyone in state, city, and county government, and school systems, knew what was coming.

Why were the schools not closed? Several years ago, I forget which year it was, there was a weather forecast for a few inches of snow. The schools closed. Not a flake fell. The school systems were heavily criticized for pre-emptively closing. After that, they have been reluctant to close until they see the snow. This time, that proved to be a mistake.

Hindsight, as the cliche says, is always 20/20. Here in the ATL, even when foresight is 20/20, making the right call is, at best, 50/50.

about 6 months ago
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Flying Snake Mysteries Revealed

sunsurfandsand Obligatory Sam Jackson (78 comments)

I am sick and tired of these motherfuckin snakes without motherfuckin planes.

about 6 months ago
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CryptoLocker Gang Earns $30 Million In Just 100 Days

sunsurfandsand Re:Why would anyone install this? (202 comments)

It's ransomware: it encrypts your files with a public key. The private key is controlled by the gang. You don't pay, you end up with a bunch of random-looking data substituted for your files, since the gang destroys the unique private key after the time is up.

Unfortunately, I couldn't afford the $300. Fortunately, I never liked my data anyway.

about 7 months ago
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Will You Even Notice the Impending Robot Uprising?

sunsurfandsand Re:I for one (246 comments)

The assumption that we humans will be able to develop AI that can then create new and better technology is a logical fallacy.

How is it a logical fallacy? Isn't it just an empirical question as yet unanswered?

For this the AI must become sentient, or can only optimize existing processes and technology, but never create new one.

Why? The fact that no one has yet invented a robot-designing robot is no guarantee that no one ever will. I work with neuroscientists who build animats and cultured neural networks that interface with computers. The latter have been shown to learn. Sure, those examples are to robot-designing robots as protozoa are to humans, but that's the point. Protozoa evolved and here we are. The real logical fallacy is in assuming that because we claim to be sentient now that we have evolved, that the eventual robot-designing robot will make the same claim.

about 7 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

sunsurfandsand Re:Darn! (475 comments)

silly me thought my 5GH miner was going to make me stupid rich...

One out of two ain't bad.

about 7 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

sunsurfandsand Re:Price not value. (475 comments)

Both parties in a trade value what they are getting more than what they give.

The party that values cash more than bitcoins, though, probably will suffer less buyer's remorse.

about 7 months ago
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Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US

sunsurfandsand Re:red v blue (285 comments)

In the U.S. the "right" actually proposes reducing government power

Does it, in practical effect, count as reducing government power if all you actually do is transfer that power from the constitutional government to large corporations? If so, is that a good thing? Isn't it in fact marginally worse for me if completely unaccountable corporations wrest power from a nearly unaccountable government? Government does a lousy job of protecting me from AT&T, Goldman Sachs, and Monsanto...but AT&T, Goldman Sachs, and Monsanto don't protect me from government at all, and certainly not from themselves.

about 7 months ago
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Streaming and Cord-Cutting Take a Toll On the Pay-TV Industry

sunsurfandsand Re:Cut the cord years ago... (261 comments)

Who gives a crap about sports? Grown men fighting over a ball...

Fighting over a ball and generating a huge load of statistics. Fantasy football is a fun intellectual pastime...if you have an interest in predictive analytics...which I do. Watching actual games not only provides some insight regarding what to include in modeling, but also makes the process more interesting...even exciting at times. But if there were no actual grown men out there fighting over actual balls, there would be no fantasy football. So I guess I'd have to say that I, for one, give a crap about sports.

about 7 months ago
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Japanese Aircraft-Carrying Super Submarine From WWII Located Off Hawaii

sunsurfandsand Re:Japanese, your Lord ! (123 comments)

"The more Toyota / Nissan / Nexus / Mazda / Honda on your neighborhood, the more you guys are asking them to lord over you !"

Not to mention Hello Kitty.

about 8 months ago
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

sunsurfandsand Re: ya know... (710 comments)

Adam and Eve were married. So were Ward and June. Equally meaningful fiction...though you have to admit that Wally and the Beaver were way better kids than Cain and Abel.

about 8 months ago

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Privacy Documentarian Secretly Films Zuckerberg After Zuckerberg Says Stop

sunsurfandsand sunsurfandsand writes  |  1 year,5 days

sunsurfandsand (1959680) writes "From the Telegraph: Cullen Hobeck approached Mark Zuckerberg with a video camera, and asked questions. Zuckerberg told Hoback to stop filming. Hoback turned off the videocam, but continued filming with "spy glasses". Hey, Mark, you were right; privacy IS dead after all."
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