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Comment Re:Guessing the real story here (Score 1) 82

If I were Yahoo, and my reputation was damaged from this, and I had received a government FISA order that I couldn't talk about, then I would do exactly this same thing. I see this as similar to a canary

Well, that would be similar to a canary if they had done it when it happened, before their reputation was damaged. Now, the damage is done, and they're just looking for someone else to take the blame for them, as opposed to trying to expose unreasonable surveillance.

Comment Re:Cost? (Score 2) 227

even if the catalyst wasn't poisoned, a biofilm would clog those activity sites in an open body of water.

Intuition tells me that ethanol should destroy the biofilm. Research tells me otherwise. It actually seems to encourage it.

However, as hankwang mentioned, bacteria doesn't do so well in elecrolyzed water.

Algae might not be safe either:

Comment Re:Good and bad exposures (Score 1) 472

Julian Assange was a hero too [], as long as his exposures harmed Bushitler. But then things started to get weird. First, Wikileaks published a few bits about WMDs found in Iraq [] after all, leading to questions of whether Bush really "lied". That was still forgivable, because the found caches weren't "massive" [].

But now that his releases harm a Democrat, his words are, as the very first post here claims, "bullshit" and he is not to be believed. One can really be forgiven for suspecting, people call the same acts different names depending on whether they are useful or harmful to Democrats.

Maybe Assange tried to barter with or blackmail Hillary to get the US to back off and leave him alone. And maybe that failed, so he is forced to double down on Trump. Either way, god help Assange when Hillary is elected.

Comment Re:Has Wikileaks jumped the shark? (Score 1) 269

The one-sided nature of the leaks suggests that either Wikieaks has an agenda, or it is the willing accomplice of someone who has an agenda.

Like Assange?

The US has been after him for years, all under Obama's administration.

Suppose Assange has appealed to Obama for leniency. Obviously, leniency hasn't happened.

Now suppose Assange approaches Hillary. And for whatever reason, she doesn't want to deal. Maybe she doesn't want to be tarnished by a relationship with Assange/Wikileaks coming out. Maybe Assange tried to blackmail her or force a deal, threatening to leak information if Hillary doesn't call off the hounds when she gets in.

Whatever reason Assange has for alienating Hillary, he may have an opportunity with Trump. Trump might throw him a bone for his hard work.

And having made Hillary into an enemy, Assange really doesn't want to see her elected.

Comment not aware of patient harm? (Score 4, Insightful) 66

Theranos later voided all results from its proprietary device for 2014 and 2015, though the company said it wasn't aware of any patient harm resulting form its tests.

They're just about inviting lawsuits with that gem. I hadn't thought about the patient harm aspect until I read that quote, only the fraud aspect. Once people realize that their misdiagnosis stemming from a false test result is what landed them in the hospital or prevented treatment of a disease, Theranos won't even need a clean up crew.

Comment Re:Stop treating this like it were binary (Score 2) 332

I'm no cop apologist, (often quite the opposite), but I wonder -
On one hand, you have bad cops - and "good" cops who don't turn the bad cops, and are corrupted by that and are therefore "good" instead of good.

On the other hand, you have any other job, where there is a balancing act of "getting the job done" and weeding out bad behavior. You have to get the job done, and you can only police your coworkers to a certain extent. You can report bad behavior, but it erodes your environment. Without higher level support, you are open to retaliation from coworkers (or even from higher ups). If you do not report the behavior, you are, in a way, complicit in it. But if you do report it, it may be near impossible to have an effective working arrangement to get the job done at all.

Not saying that makes it okay. But with body cams, it helps take the onus off the "good" cops to turn in their coworkers.

Comment Re:Selection very limited in the US (Score 1) 48

A contract is a contract. They agreed to it, they need to follow through until the contract is fulfilled.

I think this is important to keep in mind. If a small publisher had negotiated poorly with Amazon and wanted out of a contract, would Amazon let them off the hook?

Amazon is trying to leverage their way out of the situation. They have removed some of the publishers' content from the service, which will probably lower their costs for the rest of the contract. But it also sends a message, "Well, look at how much exposure we give you. It would be a shame if we had to cut back on it."

Comment Re:Does this even need defending now? (Score 1) 198

The argument FOR backdoors have crumbled, so is it really necessary at this point to defend encryption?

Every day there is another call from this or that government to backdoor or ban encryption. Often it is made with the claim that it will prevent terrorism. There are few voices supporting encryption. If Apple can make it fashionable, by all means, let us not dissuade them.

Comment Re:Wherever data is collected, it is abused (Score 1) 185

There are plenty of male prostitutes. They hook up with men more often than women. They are rarely portrayed as being awesome.

Perhaps the line to draw is between people who are empowered and in a position to choose whether or not to prostitute, and those who lack better options. It's one thing to say "I can do this thing I enjoy and get paid for it", verses "I have to do this thing whether or not I enjoy it." I guess that applies to most lines of work in a way, but prostitutes can't collect unemployment, disability insurance, and maternity leave.

Comment Re:Only its "Prime" customers come first... (Score 1) 110

- Not that long ago items purchased using "free shipping" arrived at my door 2-4 days after order; now its 2 weeks.
- Free shipping orders seem to sit in a queue for up to 10 calendar days before being shipped now.

Amazon has always given extended projections on their free shipping. So, you can look at it as:
1) They baited/conditioned you with faster than advertised shipping and switched to slower shipping (now that they've destroyed the competitors/developed a competing service), or
2) They've been giving you better service than stated, and now they're scaling back on it to cut costs.

I do agree that the whole thing stinks of "offer exceptional service, drive out competitors, drop quality of service, offer the old level of service for more money."
But at the same time, nobody made an agreement with Amazon that they would provide faster than advertised free shipping.
(For the record, my packages come in 4-7 days, in the suburb of a major city. They've pretty much always come in that time frame.)

As for customer service - I ordered an item (silicone pot holder assortment) from a third party. It was packaged incorrectly, and had 2 of one size and none of the other. I couldn't figure out how to contact the seller to request a replacement pot holder, so I used the customer service chat. After explaining my issue, he responded with something along the lines of "I'm sorry this happened. Would it be acceptable for me to credit your account with the price of the item?" Just like that, full refund for the third party item, got to keep the extra pot holders. That was in May of this year.

I'm not an Amazon fanboy (Disclaimer: I do own an Echo and a Kindle.) I think it was lame that they upped their free shipping threshold. Selling Prime only items seems like a shitty buisness model. Prime Pantry seems unnecessary/expensive. Their music app is clumsy, their online music library management is clumsy, trying to tell Echo to play music from my library can be clumsy, trying to find streaming video content is like navigating a god-damn Escher maze.

At the same time, they are doing things right. I've found music I had bought years ago on CD magically available for me to stream. Prime benefits keep getting...not necessarily better, but more diverse. They fill sort of a jack of all trades role. The money I was spending on Spotify or Pandora One (neither perfect) can go towards Prime. The online video content might keep me off of Netflix and Hulu for an extra month or two (if I can find anything worth watching). There is free Kindle content, and soon free Audible content (though I'd much sooner just pay for what I want before I let Amazon curate for me). For $99, I'm not excited about it, and I've been putting it off. But considering a Pandora subscription of around $60/year, to Spotify's $120, it starts to look attractive on its own - and that's before all the other junk Amazon is throwing in with it.

Comment Humane? (Score 1) 429

'We are seeing 60% fewer burrows in areas where we are using the dry ice,' said Charles Williams, Chicago's streets and sanitation commissioner. 'It's more environmentally friendly, and it's very humane on the rodents as well.'"

There is ongoing discussion over whether or not CO2 is humane for euthanizing rodents. It is not lack of oxygen that causes distress when holding your breath, but excess CO2. It is thought by some that lab and feeder rodents are put through unnecessary stress by using CO2 instead of an alternative gas/method.

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