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Comment: Re:New product (Score 1) 340

There was zero actual explosives in there and there was a showy, but mostly harmless fuel combustion which does not qualify as "explosion". Seriously, they do this in the movies because it looks impressive and at the same time does very little actual damage.

The Falcon 9 does have a Flight Termination System to destroy it if it goes off course, so there may still be explosives on the rocket when it is landing.

Comment: Re:Everything's a negotiation (Score 2) 892

Negotiation is not about collaboration nor finding the best solution, it's about finding the best deal. Good negotiation skill is always detrimental to the person you negotiate with. In a team, a good negotiator is detrimental to the team.

I don't think that's true at all. Good negotiators make good team members because they are able to compromise. They know how to view a situation from somebody else's point of view and create solutions that are beneficial to all parties. It's the people who are unable to negotiate that suck at teamwork. They get focused on only their point of view and refuse to concede any points, when dealing with poor negotiators it is often "My way or the highway!".

Comment: Re: Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653

by Enigma2175 (#49415239) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

Except that law didn't actually force any pastors to marry any gays and the law has a specific religious exemption built into it. From further reading, it appears there was a dispute on the nature of the business of those particular pastors (they run what appears to be a commercial wedding chapel called "The Hitching Post") and the city was determining if it was a commercial enterprise or a religious enterprise. It's not like these are practicing preachers that marry people, they marry people for a living. They have since reorganized their business and made it clear they are a religion-based business, therefore they are exempt from the law.

Comment: Re:Seizure? (Score 1) 114

by Enigma2175 (#49382675) Attached to: SCOTUS: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

Isn't Seizure a medical term? Like in epileptic seizure? I haven't seen it used in context of police policy before. I always hear confiscate when people mean to take possession of by legal authority, not seizure. Just saying.

Oh, you haven't heard it in that context so it means it is being used incorrectly? At least as far back as the writing of the US Constitution it has been used:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Also:
seizure
noun
1. the act or an instance of seizing.
2. the state of being seized.
3. a taking possession of an item, property, or person legally or by force.
4. a sudden attack, as of epilepsy or some other disease.

Comment: Re:Ok then... (Score 1) 247

by Enigma2175 (#49197003) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

The quote didn't say that Colt, Smith and Wesson were guns. It says that they were men, which is true.

We all get that you're excited at the opportunity to be pedantic and show off your gun knowledge, but you should at least finish reading the goddamn sentence that you're referring to before hitting the reply button.

Did you know that every gun in the world is named after a man? Colt, Browning, Smith, Thompson, Kalashnikov... all men.

Did you read the quote? It's quite clear that the character is claiming those names are the names of guns as well as men. Or do you not know what "named after" means?

Comment: Re:Those without a timeline will be at an advantag (Score 3, Insightful) 209

Seriously? Read a book. Watch the History Channel

Why, so I can learn about "Ancient Aliens"? Or learn about how items are priced when pawned? Or keep track of the doings of "Swamp People"? I support your idea (learn history!) but watching the History Channel is one of the worst ways to do that.

Comment: Re:If you don't authorize it, it can't divulge inf (Score 2) 330

by Enigma2175 (#49040341) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?

Yeah, because disabling it in SOFTWARE makes it impossible for the tv to activate it when your not looking right?
If you want to be totally safe, you need to cripple the hardware itself!

And how hard is that? In my home, the wifi is encrypted so if the TV connects via wifi, I simply don't give it the key. If it connects via ethernet, I disconnect the ethernet cable. It's not too hard to prevent the TV from phoning home.

As for the original question, at this time it doesn't seem like there are too many options for this. I bought a "smart" tv several years ago, I thought it would be helpful since I wanted to be able to stream Netflix without getting a third-party box. The interface is terrible, it's very slow and unresponsive. There haven't been any updates to the "NetTV" portion of the software, so pretty much the only thing worthwhile is Netflix - most of the other services it supports either are useless or don't even exist anymore. If the company cared about providing updates and staying current with services it might be worth it but there is no motivation for the company to provide software updates since they would prefer I just buy a new TV if I want access to current services. With things like Chromecast and FireTV, it makes a lot more sense to get a dumb TV and add the smart features you want via a cheap dongle rather than paying hundreds of dollars for the TV manufacturer to add the same hardware with a crappier interface to the TV.

Comment: Re:BitCoin's isn't a mature cryptocurrancy (Score 1) 148

by Enigma2175 (#49021235) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing

The problem isn't with the technology in general so much as its infancy.

No, the problem is with the technology, it depends on trusting the person it's sending money to deliver something. That is a flaw quite clearly. Unlike other technologies that depend on other methods to deliver like laws that can be enforced, Bitcoin is designed to make this difficult.

I don't see how Bitcoin is different than cash in this regard. If you are purchasing something without escrow then you will always run the risk of the other party making off with your money/property. If this happens, they still broke the law no matter if you were paying in cash, Bitcoins or Triganic Pu. If you don't trust the party you are doing the deal with you should take steps to protect yourself, no matter the currency.

Comment: Re:A Bitcoin scam? Impossible! (Score 3, Informative) 148

by Enigma2175 (#49021093) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing

It's more like a 419 scam. They are called 419 because that's the law that makes them *legal*.

The Wikipedia article seems to disagree with you:

'The number "419" refers to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud.'

Nothing about them being legal, in most countries fraud is fraud. Do you have a citation that such scams are legal in Nigeria (or elsewhere)?

Comment: Re:No, he's not (Score 3, Informative) 222

by Enigma2175 (#48998609) Attached to: GPG Programmer Werner Koch Is Running Out of Money

PGP has brought incredible value to people, and thus its inventor should be rewarded properly.

However, this person is not the inventor of PGP, Phil Zimmermann is. Koch just wrote an open source program that complies with the OpenPGP RFC. This is certainly valuable and I do think that the community receives sufficient benefit from this program to support it financially, but Koch isn't an inventor, he is a programmer that implemented a public standard.

Comment: Re: Science... Yah! (Score 1) 958

by Enigma2175 (#48969187) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Most soups compensate for not being calorie dense by having tremendous amounts of sodium. So unless you want to lose weight and keel over from a heart attack due to high blood pressure, "buy soup" is poor advice.

Not to mention them not being filling due to being mostly water.

Sodium doesn't necessarily cause a rise in blood pressure -- just like the title of this /. article says, don't trust shit you've read about diet and fitness. Here's an article about a new study that could not find a strong link between sodium consumption and blood pressure. That being said, it's probably still not a good idea to eat a ton of salt but it may not be as dangerous as previously thought.

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