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NSA Surveillance Heat Map: NSA Lied To Congress

theillien Re:Call me cynical, but... (385 comments)

That makes more sense and explains my difficulty with it.

about a year and a half ago
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NSA Surveillance Heat Map: NSA Lied To Congress

theillien Re:Call me cynical, but... (385 comments)

I don't recall saying "At least we aren't..." or anything similar.

about a year and a half ago
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NSA Surveillance Heat Map: NSA Lied To Congress

theillien Re:Call me cynical, but... (385 comments)

It isn't denial. It's paying attention to world affairs and seeing the backsliding of Russia into the same political mentality of the Soviet Union. I don't deny that the US government is performing domestic surveillance of us. That is obvious and has been speculated for a while. But, to say we are doing so more than Russia? That's worthy of skepticism.

about a year and a half ago
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NSA Surveillance Heat Map: NSA Lied To Congress

theillien Call me cynical, but... (385 comments)

I have a hard time believing the US performs more domestic surveillance than Putin's Russia.

about a year and a half ago
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Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America

theillien The good thing is... (89 comments)

...since the plane doesn't have fuel it can't crash and burn. It can only crash.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?

theillien Re:Betteridge's Law has been beaten (605 comments)

I agree. However, I was speaking to the point that lowering a bar in a game of Limbo makes it harder. ;)

about 2 years ago
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Brain Cells Made From Urine

theillien Too many steps involved (116 comments)

Call me when they figure out how to directly translate a gin and tonic to brain cells.

about 2 years ago
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Kurzweil: The Cloud Will Expand Human Brain Capacity

theillien I don't know if I'd say "filled it up" (267 comments)

Don't we only use a small percentage? Wouldn't it make more sense to figure out how to put the remaining, unused portion to good use?

more than 2 years ago
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Advertisers Blast Microsoft Over IE Default Privacy Settings

theillien Re:Microsoft cares about privacy (558 comments)

I understand what is being said about Apache, et al ignoring it because it is a default setting and not explicitly indicative of how a user might feel. However, your response still doesn't explain the impact on consumers. How will defaulting to DNT be detrimental to the people not being tracked?

If anything, organizations and companies ignoring the setting whether it's on by default or not seems like it would have a far more negative affect on the browser's users.

more than 2 years ago
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Advertisers Blast Microsoft Over IE Default Privacy Settings

theillien Re:Microsoft cares about privacy (558 comments)

That really doesn't answer the question of how it would be detrimental too consumers.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Awarded Face-To-Unlock Patent

theillien Insert "How long until Apple sues" comment here (194 comments)

And before any literalists jump down my throat asking why they'd sue if they don't have the patent or some nonsense like that, I know.

more than 2 years ago
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Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?

theillien For some people, sure (615 comments)

But not for me when I have to keep fixing the mistakes made by the guy who doesn't understand when he's hit a wall and needs to go home.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting a Tech Job With Skills But No Formal Degree?

theillien IT is still good like that (266 comments)

IT is one of the few industries where a person can still work his or her way up from the bottom without any formal education in the field. Having a degree is good no matter what it is simply to be able to say that you have a formal education, but not necessary. Your friend has already displayed one of the things that IT hiring managers seek almost above anything else: initiative to learn on his own and the ability to put the knowledge to good use. That alone is going to carry a lot of weight.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientist Who Oversaw OPERA's Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Study Resigns

theillien Re:That seems weird to me (186 comments)

Once you get to that level it's all just politics.

more than 2 years ago

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