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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

uvajed_ekil Re:This was news like 3 days ago... (164 comments)

It's still important and worthy of conversation. The US constitution was enacted a long time ago and has been reported on numerous times, so should we not worry about it anymore? Jeez...

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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

uvajed_ekil Re:Some of these are overreaction (164 comments)

One of these shows a police officer pinning a guy to the ground with his knee so that he can cuff him (presumably after the guy already did something wrong and tried to resist arrest.)

Presumably!?!? So, you are claiming to know the truth, and admit in the same sentence that you don't. Police actions not only may be questioned, they must be questioned. If they do nothing wrong then they have nothing to be worried about when we question them, right? That's the same approach they often take with us, no?

yesterday
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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

uvajed_ekil Propaganda (164 comments)

Nice try revising history, NYPD. But clearly you underestimated us. I welcome honest attempts at community outreach, but your propaganda will have to be a lot better to be effective.

yesterday
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

uvajed_ekil I've made a decision (386 comments)

In order to live as long as possible, I have decided to have gender reassignment surgery to become a woman, and I will move to Antarctica and start a utopian lesbian society, since there are no murders there. I haven't worked out the details yet, but it seems like a no-brainer.

about two weeks ago
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Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

uvajed_ekil Great summary (85 comments)

Now I finally know what API means.

about two weeks ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

uvajed_ekil Nonsense (292 comments)

I say the notion that there is little left for science to discover or invent is a bunch of hogwash. Perhaps we have been moving at such a rapid pace in recent decades that it has just become more difficult to envision a future different from the present. Thus we have a hard time seeing what direction future advances may come from and how they will impact our lives. If we take a humble perspective on the science behind us it is more clear that we really have no idea what is in store for us, and there is no reason to believe that science will not continue to advance in dramatic and unexpected ways. Perhaps we have not even begun to scratch the surface of the developments and technologies that will shape the next century, or two, or three, or...

about two weeks ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

uvajed_ekil Re:Cue the naysayers... (172 comments)

Bah! Next thing you know you won't be able to buy a car without seatbelts, either.

about two weeks ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

uvajed_ekil Rover Tech (172 comments)

Sounds like some great new technology Rover has there. It will be a great help in finding out where the oil leaks are coming from.

about two weeks ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

uvajed_ekil Re:What's with the stupid units (285 comments)

"Oh, my pepper is 1 million times hotter than yours...." The definition is stupid, the scale is stupid.

So's your face.

about a month ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

uvajed_ekil Re:WTF is an SHU? (285 comments)

Scoville Heat Units - the standard way to measure the spiciness of something. A pepperhead you are not, nor a googler.

about a month ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

uvajed_ekil Re:Remember: Whatever Goes In... (285 comments)

Therein lies the problem. I have built up a significance tolerance to hot peppers over the years, in terms of eating them anyway. However, things are never pretty later, or the next day. I can enjoyably eat some pretty hot stuff, but I still regret it eventually.

about a month ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

uvajed_ekil Re:have to admit (164 comments)

Similarly, some people avoid seat belts because they heard a story about somebody getting their guts squashed by one. Never mind that tossed into the roof, the windshield, the steering wheel, the dashboard, or being ejected from a vehicle is almost always worse than being strapped to a seat. Yeah, SSRIs don't work for some people, but they work wonders for many. They're not supposed to make you "happy" - just get you out of bed or off the couch and able to get on with your life, and let you end the hopelessness. Of course the state of mental health care in the US is shameful, so many people forego help they need, or simply can't pay for it.

about a month ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

uvajed_ekil Re:Worst summary title ever (164 comments)

And just nonsensical. If anything, they should be equating working at MS to being depressed, not treating depression.

about a month ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

uvajed_ekil Re:Thanks for peptuating (164 comments)

Sounds more like the guy was depressed at MS, not at all like his analogy of taking antidepressants.

about a month ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

uvajed_ekil Re:Working for MS is like NEEDING to take PAXIL (164 comments)

I'll take your word for it, if you acknowledge that there are better choices now than Paxil. It has one of the worst side effect profiles of any SSRI/SNRI, including a surprisingly high chance of withdrawal symptoms.

about a month ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

uvajed_ekil Re:Thanks for peptuating (164 comments)

Thank you! Antidepressants frequently save the lives of depressed people, and are NOT like anesthetics.

Sure, some people have bad reactions, but they can be invaluable. Some people have been killed by seat belts but you should consider the net effect, not the aberration. What I don't get is the notion that antidepressants can actual cause suicides. Depressed and mentally ill people kill themselves without antidepressants pretty often, so it seems like they just don't work for some people, not like they cause suicide attempts. And of course there are multiple classes of antidepressants, which can not just be lumped together.

about a month ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

uvajed_ekil Backwards (466 comments)

Dear AT&T, Cox, Verizon, etc. You seem to be missing the point. It is YOUR CUSTOMERS who want net neutrality. I don't think I am alone in saying I want to be able to use the bandwidth you sell me, and to be able to use it as I please. And I'm not talking about running a server or doing anything illegal. You are so, so lucky that there is no viable competition to your local duopolies. I think it is time that we (the voting tax payers that make your companies possible) work on that. I don't think you will be happy with the result once we get angry enough as a group to take action. If you compare the state of home and business internet service in the US to countries like South Korea or Latvia, to name only two, our current system is clearly not working, so it is time to try something else. Go ahead, keep gouging us while you can, I guess, 'cause ya ain't gonna like what is further down the road.

about 1 month ago
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I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

uvajed_ekil I don't (236 comments)

I don't read military fiction books, you insensitive clod. Seriously. I don't. They are all boring.

about 2 months ago
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Oops: Security Holes In Belkin Home Automation Gear

uvajed_ekil Re:Predictable .... (77 comments)

My home security system consists mainly of a number of conspicuous perimeter signs (which mention the main hardware provider, Smith & Wesson), a large and vocal canine, and some "hardware" as a last line of defense. 100% uptime (aside from some partial downtime when I take the dog with me) and effectiveness since installation.

If I may be perfectly sincere, a medium-large dog that barks when startled is generally all you need to protect your home. Most all dogs are incredibly vigilant, and no burglar wants to deal with a dog. From a criminal's perspective, it is much easier to move on to the next house than fight off a potentially dangerous dog (or dogs - it can be hard to tell whether a home with a dog has one or several). Most burglars don't spend days, weeks or months casing a house like bank robbers in movies do.

I did have a break-in once. There was no dog and no car in the driveway. 1:00 in the afternoon on a weekday and some homeless 37 year-old drug addict decided my house was the one to loot. Too bad for her (yes, her) I was home. Too bad for me that the prosecutor inexplicably refused to speak to me and had the charges dismissed six months later. Lucky for her I did not have "hardware" handy at the moment and was in utter disbelief.

about 2 months ago
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Oops: Security Holes In Belkin Home Automation Gear

uvajed_ekil Re:Holes in everyone's router! (77 comments)

Not a problem for those of use who use aftermarket/open firmware. Or not such a problem. The recent hubbub over Linksys routers only concerns those with stock firmware, no? Of course it is a bit disturbing nonetheless, but at least there are not major inherent flaws in the hardware that can not be patched. And I'm 100% positive that they are many routers that have much more serious issues. And how often are home or small business routers really directly hacked anyway?

about 2 months ago

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LucasFilm Ltd. protects lightsaber design

uvajed_ekil uvajed_ekil writes  |  more than 3 years ago

uvajed_ekil (914487) writes "From the article:
""Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to force a laser company to stop making a new, high-powered product he says looks too much like the famous lightsaber from his classic sci-fi series."

The laser does look vaguely like a lightsaber, or at least the hilt of the Jedi weapon. Nevermind that it is not a lightsaber, is not intended as a weapon, can not be used like a lightsaber, and is not marketed as one. LucasFilm Ltd. has insisted that it be pulled from the market anyway. Is this a legitimate demand to protect intellectual property and a somewhat novel design, given that LucasFilm does not sell a working lightsaber, and has no apparent intentions to develop one?"

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