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Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 5, Informative) 592 592

You do remember that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, right? He was under surveillance by the FBI, the NSA, and police in order to undermine his civil rights movement -- as he was killed.

A 1999 civil court case decided that government agencies were liable for participation in the conspiracy to assassinate him.

Sure, that's not proof but the fact that the guy died standing up for what he believes in kind of says that the danger was as real as it is for Snowden...

Comment Re: Like the nazi used to say (Score 4, Insightful) 431 431

In some ways, biologically, he is still a kid. The part of your brain that does risk management doesn't mature for most people until around 25.
You'll notice your car insurance rates went down a lot around that age.

Just because there's some arbitrary legal age for adulthood doesn't mean reality actually reflects that.

Comment Re:Put some content in your damn game (Score 2) 126 126

I think the refund system will actually drive more sales -- even for small games because it might reduce risk enough for people to be willing to try games that they wouldn't otherwise buy.

Making a game interesting enough for 2 hours of gameplay really isn't that hard. That's a VERY low bar.

Comment Re:Explanation seems to violate charge conservatio (Score 1) 265 265

Isn't this just plain photoelectric effect but the novel thing is that thrust is generated because the electrons are apparently all released in the same direction?

So I imagine it isn't really 'fuel free' in the sense of that it would still need some source of electrons eventually.

Comment Re:Not the Issue (Score 4, Insightful) 164 164

It's not like convicts get out of prison and they're reset to a neutral state and can try hard and do ok in life.

Ex-convicts are actively persecuted by society. It'd be like if you fell off the wagon and then a buffalo decided to sit on you.
It's not just "on you" to get back on the wagon.

And a significant portion of the population is now an ex-prisoner or ex-felon. "In 2008, about one in 33 working-age adults was an ex-prisoner, and about one in 15 working-age adults was an ex-felon. Among working-age men in that same year, about one in 17 was an ex-prisoner and one in eight was an ex-felon."

Millions of people. Your short sighted "I personally don't care about your well being because you fucked up and I'm scared of you" mentality would be like saying, "Why should I pay taxes for public schools if I don't have kids?"

Comment Re:Not convinced (Score 1) 408 408

But see the thing is that it doesn't have to be perfect (though people have the unreasonable expectation that it should be.)
Autonomous cars just have to be safer than people driving cars... which is a pretty low standard.

And it's not like people can't take over driving the car for edge cases. They're supposed to be paying attention the whole time they're driving anyway (even though humans suck at focused attention.)
Planes have autopilot but pilots are still responsible for staying in the cockpit and monitoring so that they can take over as needed.

Comment Re:I call BS (Score 5, Informative) 184 184

I might be wrong but isn't it also when the SSD is stored at 55C AFTER having been stress tested at 55C to their endurance rating in terabytes written (page 39) under a given workload?
And even then the cherry picked value was in example data submitted by Intel for unknown hardware and very likely extrapolated and quite possibly meaningless because it wasn't part of the chart targeted for the standard.

The article seems to have totally misrepresented the presentation's purpose: which is to lay out endurance testing methodology/standards.

The only important values were on page 26 where they set the minimum requirements of 40C 8hr/day load/30C 1 year retention for consumer (with a higher error ratio) and 55C 24hr/day load/40C 3 months retention for enterprise (with a lower error ratio.)
And it looks like they haven't actually worked out the consumer workload for testing yet.

Comment Re:Instead... (Score 1) 356 356

That's what they are doing?

We’re boosting the ranking of mobile-friendly pages on mobile search results.
This update:
Affects only search rankings on mobile devices
Affects search results in all languages globally
Applies to individual pages, not entire websites

A whole bunch of ignorant nonsense of slashdot this morning.

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 4, Informative) 591 591

If you can't bear to kill your 'criminal' by ripping off their heads with a rope tied to the back of a F100 you're just putting lipstick on a pig and calling it pretty.

I strongly disagree with this sentiment. Even if you're against capital punishment you can still recognize the reality of the current situation and desire a better form of execution.

It's quite simple, if you yourself were to be executed which method would you think is more humane? CO2 buildup is an extremely painful way to die, not just merely "aesthetics." CO poisoning is as well.
In studies (google for them), nitrogen (or another inert gas) has been shown to be one of the most humane ways to kill any mammal.

I, in fact, hope this sets a precedent and that states move to nitrogen gas as the primary method of execution. At least then the innocent people we kill wouldn't have to suffer while it's done.

Comment Re:Enjoy Your New Internet Taxes (Score 2) 157 157

While I'm pretty sure you're mocking the GP I thought someone might actually want that information.

The summary:
I think the rules are here (but a fourth of it is commentary):
I think this is the related "title II" stuff so you can see what portions they picked to apply:
I find it weird that I couldn't actually find that chapter on but oh well.

Comment Re:Then ID would be required (Score 1) 1089 1089

I agree with you but the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act opt-out "fee" is not a fee and is instead a tax penalty with no teeth (the worst they can do is take it out of an income tax refund.) And it allows exemptions for various reasons.

So it's really only a fee/burden on healthy people who make decent income and don't want to get health insurance and subsidize others. Anyone who is poor and who can't actually afford insurance (even with subsidies) is either exempt or just wouldn't bother to pay $95.

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