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Comment: Re:As a protest to the use of these devices, (Score 1) 162

I suggest that everyone who has to go through the scanner reach down into their pants and stick their finger into their butt hole just before they have to point their finger at the detector.

Why do it yourself, when it only takes a *little* encouragement before THE TSA offers to insert THEIR finger in your butthole?

Keeping in mind that THE TSA will not stop until their knuckles are knocking your uvula, or further press-the-digit-ation is blocked at their shoulder (whichever comes last).

Comment: Robert McMillen is an idiot (Score 1) 270

Netflix happily provides servers to cache their content, for FREE. This solves the congestion issue which Comcast CLAIMS is the reason why Netflix had to cough up literally millions of dollars.

However Comcast REFUSED to deploy those FREE SERVERS.

Anyone who argues that is NOT extortion is an idiot.

Anyone who IGNORES the "refusal to deploy free servers" issue is an idiot.

Comment: Re:Strawman (Score 1) 270

the argument IS a strawman.

Because NetFLIX will HAPPILY ship a bunch of servers for you to host ON YOUR NETWORK which cache the content, thereby BYPASSING ALL YOUR 'peering costs'.

Comcast (and friends) REFUSE to let Netflix GIVE THEM THESE SERVERS, because by refusing the servers they can FORCE NETFLIX TO PAY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

By definition, that's EXTORTION.

Comment: No News Here (of the day) (Score 2) 109

by Crypto Gnome (#47286037) Attached to: Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man
Surprisingly enough they found that a patient suffering from a side-effect of an autoimmune disorder treated with a drug for treating an (other) autoimmune disorder was successful in reducing-aka-curing the side-effect.

PLUS ONE for "the scientific method", MINUS ONE THOUSAND for thinking this is in ANY way "totally amazing duude!".

BTW: you CANNOT "cure" baldness, baldness is not a disease, it's a description of a symptom.

Comment: For All The Doubters: Watch The Documentary (Score 1) 148

To anyone who thinks this research has triggered their "bullshit detector" I say "you are so full of bullshit your detector is broken".

Watch this BBC/Horizon documentary http://vimeo.com/54089463

In this video they take before/after blood samples and show at least SOME actual physiological changes, change of things in ways which we currently consider to be "good for your health".

There really (no, really really) DOES appear to be at least some valid science behind this.

Comment: Re:The penalty for treason (Score 1) 519

How, exactly, do Snowden's actions in leaking information to the media of a staunchly allied country fit the definition of treason?

The argument is that because he revealed details about foreign operations he "aided the enemy" (insert extremely rubbery definition of 'aid').

In the same way that far too many crimes are IMMEDIATELY proclaimed TERRORISM (for the sole reason that they have harsher penalties and lower requirements for proof, due diligence, etc)

Comment: Re: Traitor (Score 1) 519

So technically the definition of treason encompasses ANY whistleblower about ANY National Security issues.

Again we see overbroad and unnecessary interpretations of The Law which serve NO PURPOSE other than to silence dissent.

Sure we have oversight, and if you come forward raising your concerns we'll ignore you (and destroy your career) and if you go public in ANY way we'll accuse you of treason and destroy your entire life.

Comment: What Is the Singularity (Score 1) 339

by Crypto Gnome (#47116339) Attached to: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative
The core concept of The (digital) Singularity is the same as in physics.

That there will probably be some point where technology escalates at a geometric rate and passes "an event horizon" of some kind.

Typically the concept is based around either artificial or uploaded-humans type intelligence running on faster processors (or perhaps more nodes/cores) than meatspace humanity.

Once that happens, and of course assuming that said "thinkers" have the ability to upgrade/rewrite/improve their self (either software or hardware) , then theoretically we should get some kind of "runaway intelligence upgrade" (same thing as gravity escalating to the point where NOTHING can escape, not even light).

This is NOT FAITH, this is basic logic (if A and B then C).

If we never A, or we never let them B, then C won't happen.

Comment: Re:Supporters of the plan accuse... (Score 4, Interesting) 157

by Crypto Gnome (#47071915) Attached to: Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate
You, sir, are a complete IDIOT!,

The money that universities make off their patents doesn't go into the pockets of some mysterious investor but BACK INTO FUNDING THE UNIVERSITY.

As a direct result of being able to profit from their patented research universities can afford to do more (or more expensive) research without having to dip into TAX DOLLARS to do so.

Comment: In other news.... (Score 1) 250

by Crypto Gnome (#47043371) Attached to: As NASA Seeks Next Mission, Russia Holds the Trump Card
Russia is enjoying all the benefits of a Capitalist Free Market and America is crying about it.

Swallow a teaspoon of cement and HARDEN UP people!

You VERY SUCCESSFULLY engineered yourself into a situation where you have NO OTHER OPTION and you ONLY NOW wonder why it's so freakin expensive?

THE WORLD IS FULL OF IDIOTS, POLITICIANS DON'T UNDERSTAND CONSEQUENCES BEYOND THE NEXT ELECTION, TANSTAAFL, YMMV, Murphy Rules.

"Pull the wool over your own eyes!" -- J.R. "Bob" Dobbs

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