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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

wonkey_monkey The hunt for suspects (67 comments)

their hunt for suspects.

Is that the hunt for people already under suspicion, or a hunt for new names to add to the list?

45 minutes ago
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

wonkey_monkey I thought this was a joke (101 comments)

Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

So this story's real? I thought someone was Havana laugh.

Thank you, thank you.

2 hours ago
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Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

wonkey_monkey Simpsons (138 comments)

Smithers: [over intercom] Principal Skinner, this is your secretary. There is one last student here to see you.
Skinner: That's odd. I don't have a secretary...or an intercom. But send him in.
            [Burns enters dressed like Jimbo]
Burns: Ahoy, there, Dean. I understand you're taking suggestions from students, eh?
            [sits on desk; groans as his knee bends painfully]
            Well, me and my fourth form chums think it would be quite corking if you'd sign over your oil well to the local energy concern.
Skinner: [clears throat] Mr. Burns?
Burns: Buh!
Skinner: It was naive of you to think I would mistake this town's most prominent 104-year-old man for one of my elementary school students.

4 hours ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

wonkey_monkey Duh (155 comments)

Why Coding Are Not the New Literacy

FTFY.

6 hours ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

wonkey_monkey Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (310 comments)

It's not causing more speeding but less.

Not necessarily. It makes it easier for speeders to avoid being caught. It might reduce speeding at the specific location that a speed trap has been reported, but it's not going to make any difference to other locations (and might just, in fact, lead to more speeding there since drivers will know that at least some of the cops are engaged elsewhere).

Not that I think the practice should be banned - that's going way too far. Discouraged, perhaps, but if you can't report a publicly visible fact to another human being then I don't know what the world's coming to. "There's a government official performing an official duty at location X" is certainly not stalking in the same category of reporting on Facebook that "I followed my ex to the supermarket and she bought panties." *

* totally made up example.

6 hours ago
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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

wonkey_monkey Re:What's the problem? (142 comments)

Clearly I was voicing _opinions_!

I disagree that it was clear, and your belligerent tone certainly doesn't help matters (and is the main reason for me replying in the first place).

Attributes like "bullshit" or "nonsense" clearly mark opinions, not statements of fact.

I disagree. Both are synonyms for "false," as in "this is false."

You seem to have some rather serious problem interpreting what people say.

And if I said that was "bullshit" I don't see how anyone could interpret that other than as an absolute denial of your impression. You seem to me to have a problem with other people differing with you - I don't know whether that's actually true or not, but you certainly come across that way.

6 hours ago
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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

wonkey_monkey Re:What's the problem? (142 comments)

Oh? And where did I claim that?

When you declared the proposed - admittedly unlikely - scenario to be first "nonsense" and then "bullshit." And also when you stated as apparent fact that "[t]his is some kid that lost control of their toy" which I would otherwise dismiss as mere emphasis if it wasn't for your generally churlish attitude.

But now you're saying you could - however unlikely that may be - be wrong?

If people with your antagonistic style of rebuttal were to try crying "bullshit" less often and replacing it something along the lines of "that's extremely unlikely and here's why," people might actually pay a bit more attention to their arguments.

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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

wonkey_monkey Re:What's the problem? (142 comments)

Any halfway competent engineer would have though of all that and made sure it does not happen.

I guess the guys behind SpaceX's last landing attempt weren't halfway competent, then? Obviously they should have made sure a crash couldn't happen before attempting a landing. What a bunch of idiots.

You can't make sure that absolutely nothing will go wrong. That's the only certainty. Any halfway competent engineer would know that.

A "less than halfway competent" attempt is no danger.

There isn't some magical line of competency below which all plans are automatically doomed to failure. You seem to think only in binary terms, or at least you phrase your comments in that way.

Not to mention that the "good guys" in this case have shown themselves to be less than competent on more than one recent occasion.

Really, stop being stupid. Stop spreading fear.

Actually what I'm mainly trying to do is provide a little counterpoint to your somewhat arrogant insistence that you are definitely 100% correct.

yesterday
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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

wonkey_monkey Re:What's the problem? (142 comments)

Any halfway professional attempt of testing things would not have lost the drone

How can you be so sure? Perhaps they pushed the range too far and/or there was some unexpected interference. The point of a test, after all, is to check for the kind of things you haven't predicted.

That aside, why couldn't it be a less than halfway professional proof of concept attempt?

Lastly, maybe ascertaining/provoking the security response to a drone on the lawn was the point.

yesterday
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Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

wonkey_monkey Re:What's unclear? (93 comments)

Which law enshrines the sanctity of a "promise"? Does the law even recognise such a thing as a promise in such broad (non-contractual) terms?

Obviously, if you provably made the promise and then break it by going around suing, that's going to strongly count against you in (civil?) court. But that doesn't mean that the breaking of the promise was illegal.

yesterday
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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

wonkey_monkey What do you mean, "for enterprise sites"? (98 comments)

The company confirmed that Windows 10 will also include Internet Explorer for enterprise sites

Are they including it to support outdated sites that require older versions of IE? Because that's not limited to "enterprise" sites, nor are all "enterprise" sites out of date.

2 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

wonkey_monkey Re:Nope (325 comments)

(4K does not count)

And why not?

2 days ago
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10 New Rosetta Images Reveal Comet 67P In All Its Glory

wonkey_monkey Re:duck or... (29 comments)

- He's headed for that small porygon!
- That's no porygon. It's a duck.
- It's too angular to be a duck.
- I have a bad feeling about this...

3 days ago
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'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

wonkey_monkey Re:Solution looking for a problem? (85 comments)

Thanks for that. I do hope you'll let us know what other products you don't need. And if you don't own a TV, we'd love to hear about that, too.

3 days ago
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U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

wonkey_monkey Wait, what? (100 comments)

over the internet ... access to the serial port ...

Those two snippets sound contradictory, but only because the summary has not included the most pertinent fact:

many operators use a TCP/IP card or a third-party serial port server to map the ATG serial interface to an internet-facing TCP port.

3 days ago
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Rare Astronomical Event Will See Triple Moon Shadows On Jupiter

wonkey_monkey Re:Article a bit on the vague side (53 comments)

The article implies that the schedule is flexible (probably by choosing to refer to both the transit and the live feed as "the event"), when it's anything but. I was just pointing out the ridiculousness of the idea for comedic effect.

3 days ago
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Rare Astronomical Event Will See Triple Moon Shadows On Jupiter

wonkey_monkey Article a bit on the vague side (53 comments)

The event is slated to being [sic] on January 24, 2015 at 4:30 AM GMT and should end by 7:00 am GMT.

Slated to begin? Should end?

What kind of delays are they expecting? I know they sometimes push the news back if X Factor overruns, but this is ridiculous.

3 days ago
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Rare Astronomical Event Will See Triple Moon Shadows On Jupiter

wonkey_monkey Re:"Stargazers..." (53 comments)

Not yet.

They're only five years behind schedule on that one.

3 days ago

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