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Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 241

by Tablizer (#49825191) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

Is anybody pretending that corporations and politicians aren't already effectively doing the same thing?

Almost every day on the way to work, I hear at least one radio ad for "repairing your company's online reputation...We can help remove false and angry commentary and ratings about your company and its products. A poor online reputation can hurt your bottom line. We can restore your good name. Call now!"

Comment: Re:America next? (Score 1) 241

by Zak3056 (#49825181) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

The majority of people on this world either lack critical thinking and reasoning skills (not totally their fault they are conditioned since early childhood), or have the ability to ignore/go against it since they are more concerned with their own well being and daily troubles than worry about the issues troubling humanity as a whole.

I'll agree that the majority of people lack well developed critical thinking and reasoning skills, but I do wonder why you equate "being more concerned with your own well being and daily issues [than with some nebulously defined future state]" with a lack of critical thought? All things being equal, I wish our species as a whole nothing but the best now, and tomorrow, but if you tell me that, say, putting a bullet in my head right now is going to make the world a better place for "future generations," my well developed critical thinking skills are most certainly going to be more concerned with my own well being.

Comment: Re:When do we get a real boost over 2013 speeds? (Score 1) 103

by mrchaotica (#49824149) Attached to: Intel Releases Broadwell Desktop CPUs: Core i7-5775C and i5-5675C

I didn't think to mention it in my previous post, but a dual-socket AMD Opteron 63xx system might be a reasonable alternative. Opterons appear to be significantly cheaper than Xeons (and in some cases, cheaper than I7s), to the point that you could get a 16-24 core AMD system for close to the same price as a high-end i7 (let alone a Xeon). I have no idea which would win on the benchmarks, though.

By the way, what sort of open-source GIS tools do you use? I occasionally find myself wanting to do GIS-related stuff, but I don't know where to start.

Comment: Real missing option (Score 0) 201

by mrchaotica (#49823045) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...

He probably actually did do illegal things (e.g. trying to hire a hitman) and deserves punishment for that, but he should have gotten away with it because the State violated the rules of evidence (using parallel construction, etc.). Even if Ulbricht is an evil man, the ends do not justify the means.

Comment: Re:This makes me feel safe (Score 1) 316

Does anyone know how much airport security there is for a small private plane or jet at the same airport they frisk your gran?

None. At all. Typically, they will cheerfully wave you through the door (often offering you fresh baked cookies first, at one of the larger FBOs) to where the aircraft are waiting.

In space, no one can hear you fart.