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

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

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

by DarkTempes (#49297511) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

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.

Comment: Re:This guy has a better idea (Score 1) 221

by DarkTempes (#49208133) Attached to: New Concept Tire Could Recharge Car Battery

I'd just like to note that while electric cars are doing well in Norway I believe that Teslas are not the most popular cars in Noway.

I found the statement surprising and was hoping it was true but the claim seemed to be from news articles with cherry picked statistics over a short time period -- supposedly when batch orders were being delivered. Basically if a whole year's deliveries are in a few months then it it will be the post popular for those few months but not overall and not for the whole year.

Electric cars make up 1% of all cars in Norway (something like ~25,000 vehicles out of ~2.5 million, not including trucks/vans/buses/etc) which is a lot compared to most countries but still a small amount.

Comment: Re:What's the alternative? (Score 1) 270

by DarkTempes (#49135457) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

I swear you must work for the NSA or some other three letter agency. Please don't come to my house and rape me.
Down with China! Up with the West! Um... nukes bad and scary! Mall bombs bad and scary!
I promise I won't ever demonstrate outside of a "free speech" zone or without a permit. I'm a good citizen!

I'm sorry for the ad hominem but your only valid argument against preferring a foreign government spying on you, Average Joe, to your own government was the identity theft risk and that seems worth it to me.
The rest of your points are frivolous. It doesn't matter if China is a modern Nazi Germany -- the other countries still aren't paragons of excellence either.

Comment: Re:Is javascript dangerous? (Score 5, Informative) 125

by DarkTempes (#49085359) Attached to: Jamie Oliver's Website Serving Malware

Browser Javascript is already limited in what it can do and access.

And in this case even if you had NoScript installed (which is different from turning Javascript off entirely in your browser) and the main Jamie Oliver website whitelisted you'd still have been protected because what the JS was doing was creating an iframe to another site and loading Flash/Silverlight/Java exploits inside of that.

And note that even with a compromised site where they were able to inject their own JS that they still had to rely on Flash/Silverlight/Java rather than just Javascript to download and run the trojan.
So to answer your question: No, Javascript isn't really dangerous. Poorly written browser plugins are.

Comment: Re:Not always Free Speech (Score 5, Insightful) 88

by DarkTempes (#48786243) Attached to: Chilling Effects DMCA Archive Censors Itself

The "battle" was lost a long time ago.

The war on drugs couldn't even be "won" and that had physical products with high costs and prison sentences.
How does anyone possibly think they can stop information, right or wrong, on a system that is designed to facilitate moving information?

It's honestly a waste of time and humanity would be much better served spending the resources/time/money/man hours elsewhere.

Comment: Re:"or religion" (Score 1) 834

by DarkTempes (#48360383) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

The GP wasn't saying anything about racial slurs or straw man arguments and "Don't attack the messenger if you cannot refute the message" isn't straw man -- it's ad hominem.

In most religions the religion itself defines what behavior is allowed if you're an actual adherent and not just paying lip service to it and so it would very much so be important to many debates even without being the topic of the discussion.
Just look at any american discussion of homosexual relationships. You have religion, which is a choice, (or at least religion influenced values) affecting the opinions of people with regards to sexual orientation which is probably not a choice.
Though honestly I'm not sure religion is a choice given that there is some research that says that the religion condition is partially tied to genetics.

More on topic: This article seems a bit facile to me (maybe pointless would be a better word.)
It might as well say "the way to stop wars would be for everyone to be nice to each other."

People shit talk and harass each other constantly -- online and off. Sometimes in jest, sometimes in anger, sometimes in affection.
Shaming people who do any of that to females should also need to shame anyone who does that to anyone and I just don't see that happening.
In my opinion the line between offensive harassment and normal behavior is too blurry for it to happen. And I'm not sure if 'shame' is really a healthy tactic culturally.

The best we can do is to try to be the best people we can be and try to influence our kids to not be dicks and hope they become better people than we are.

Comment: Re:That's great and all but... (Score 1) 399

by DarkTempes (#48189873) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

The definition of male and female can get rather murky when you really start looking at the variety of people out there.
There's a reason that the olympics uses testosterone levels and not whatever sexual organs you may (or may not) have.

Granted the pool of astronauts is a lot smaller so it probably doesn't matter that much but it would suck to be that one small 'male' astronaut with a low metabolic rate that wasn't even considered because the astronaut shows up in a database as having a penis.

Comment: Re:Will this internet of things die already? (Score 1) 103

by DarkTempes (#47998563) Attached to: Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

The worst part is when the repair guy can't even figure out what the problem is.

You would think in a modern world that it would be pretty simple to add some relatively inexpensive sensors to help with diagnostics.
I saw one slashdotter replied with a 3rd party vendor for that but I imagine it also comes with a silly monthly fee for monitoring.

Comment: Re:Will this internet of things die already? (Score 3, Interesting) 103

by DarkTempes (#47981007) Attached to: Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

I'd mostly be interested in using a smart thermostat for logging.
If I can detect HVAC performance problems just once before they lead to a dead system on a deadly hot summer day and an emergency call to a repair guy then it would easily have paid for itself in comfort.

Comment: Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (Score 1) 226

As a developer if you use 3rd party javascript libs (like jquery) it can be really smart to use a popular CDN instead of locally hosting because it decreases load time as it's likely already in the user's cache.
Of course it's also smart to load a backup locally hosted version if the CDN version fails.

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