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Comment: Re:Data in Ireland (Score 2) 71

by swb (#49500225) Attached to: Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA

The beer may have been better over there 30 years ago, but there's no way that's true now. In most places in the US you can't swing a dead cat without hitting half a dozen craft brewers making outstanding beer. You literally can't sample what's available in liquor stores fast enough and a lot of it is really good.

I don't know if this is a trend that has been embraced by Ireland or not, but I would imagine that in many Irish brands suffer from what many "traditional" European beer brands are no different than most American beer brands -- owned by conglomerates, brewed on industrial scales. Maybe it makes you feel more exclusive to drink Harp over Buweiser, but I'm pretty sure its moslty psychological.

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 27

by swb (#49500181) Attached to: Kingston HyperX Predator SSD Takes Gumstick M.2 PCIe Drives To 1.4GB/sec

Samsung 850 1 TB drives are about $0.38/GB.

They're not as fast as these drives but it looks to me like flash vendors are kind of inventing a new category of benchmarking stroke artistry around storage.

I can't even begin to imagine what usage advantage is to be gained from some of these over the more traditional SATA SSDs outside of very marginal activities, except for benchmark chasers.

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 246

by myowntrueself (#49498213) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Federal judges can do whatever they want. There are no limits to the kinds of orders they can issue, unless overturned by a higher court which this won't be.

Judges can't do whatever they want. We have this thing called law.

Since when did Americans allow the law to stand in the way of justice?

Comment: Re:America! Fuck yeah! (Score 1) 246

by myowntrueself (#49498199) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Speaking of the characteristics of America...

Last week I was at an airport in Europe. I was thinking about how Americans were cautioned because certain criminals (and of course "terrorists") might target them. But this part of Europe had a demographic make-up similar to the USA - mostly white folk, plus a good percentage of people of African descent and a few Asians.

I was thinking, how would they know who is American? Then a plane was boarding. I saw this family, six people in total. The parents and all four children (some were as young as 5 or 6) were really morbidly obese. Then I understood how criminals might target Americans. Strange how the news didn't mention this.

Also, it's too bad telling the honest truth so often offends somebody, but they'll get over it. If you are the parent of a five year old, that five year old becomes morbidly obese, and there is no thyroid problem or other solid medical reason for that, you deserve to be tried and convicted of child abuse/child neglect. Destroy your own health all you like, as you are an adult and can make that choice just like you can choose to smoke, but to destroy your child's health from the start like that is just evil.

The other way they could target Americans is the RFID tags in the passports. I heard theres a plot to plant bombs which will only go off if enough US passports are nearby... Better keep a safe distance from other Americans, eh

Comment: Re:Typical overreaction as usual (Score 1, Funny) 246

by myowntrueself (#49498189) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

How does that relate to the above?

He had his passport taken away. Therefore he had a passport. Since Americans live in the most awesome country ever there are only two reasons they'd need a passport; one would be to invade less awesome countries (though I'm not certain if members of the US military actually do need passports to go do violence on other countries territory) the other would be for tax evasion.

Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 1) 187

by swb (#49498149) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

Argentina really only has its internal politics to blame. Unlike the rest of Latin America, they weren't just a hacienda for United Fruit agricultural exports, they had a large, Eurocentric population (and in the first half of the 20th century, probably a European *educated* population) and a reasonable basis for creating a self-sustaining internal economy neither overdependent nor incapable of exports or imports.

Extractive economies, especially oil states, never seem to use the financial windfall to develop non-oil economies. It's almost always used for dubious modernization efforts (ie, building underutilized skyscraper cities), buying poltiical loyalty, building up an unsustainable and outsized military or subsidizing prices for staple foods, fuel and substandard housing.

All of these probably have convincing arguments -- you can't attract business without modern office space (and bonus, we get to develop a construction sector that can build more than cinderblock and tin shacks), you need political stability to develop an economy, you need military security from your neighbor (plus developing military bases furthers your construction industry goals, making weapons improves your manufacturing base), and making food, fuel and housing available *now* is both popular and a humanist policy.

But they almost never develop sustainable *economies* that do anything else. I can't think of one thing Saudi Arabia does besides sell oil and they have probably taken in a trillion dollars in profit. Given quite literally "more money than God" why haven't they been able to buy their way into pharma, water purification, semiconductors, information technology, polymers, agriculture, shipbuilding, or any other industry that has grown up in the last 75 years? They have been politically stable, have good trade relations with the West and are at the geographic crossroads between the East and West.

Yet all they have to show for it is a bloated aristocracy, ridiculous overbuilt cities, a high tech military they can barely operate let alone fix or make parts for.

Comment: Re:Students + Anonimity (Score 1) 231

by swb (#49498031) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

I think the fear aspect is hard to over state, especially if a threat of violence is made and especially if the threat of violence is actually demonstrated with even the slightest show of *actual* violence coupled with an obvious power imbalence, like a larger, stronger man grabbing a woman by the neck.

I don't remember where I read it or even if it is actually true, but I have read that women's vaginas respond physically to accomodate intercourse even when they don't want it, some kind of leftover (well, leftover in a modern sense) mechanism to protect them from serious injury from forced intercourse.

If that's true, then the enitre response pattern I hypothesized about the woman I originally posted about makes sense and is believable.

Comment: Skip these (Score 1) 22

by Lumpy (#49497867) Attached to: Recon Instruments' Sports-Oriented Smart Glasses Now Shipping

If they are anything like their previous product, very limited, and not useable.

We tried to use the goggle setup they have sold for years. They sucked, the Dev kit was horrid, and the goggle device was buggy as hell.

Maybe by the 5th generation they will get them right and not so small use but open so that anything can be installed.

Comment: Re:May finally get servers updated... (Score 1) 109

by myowntrueself (#49496487) Attached to: Exploit For Crashing Minecraft Servers Made Public

Personally, I think that Minecraft needs a lot of work. The gameplay itself is pretty good, but it really needs to be reworked in terms of performance and stability. I was hoping that things would change with MS buying it as they could hire more people to work on it, but I don't think they've actually done anything noteworthy with it yet.

Some anti-aliasing would be nice. I'd like to play it but it does terrible things to my eyes.

Comment: they were pretty scummy. (Score 4, Interesting) 160

by Lumpy (#49496029) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees

They patented things that other people in the community designed and claimed them as their own. Makerbot may have been one of the first, but they ended up as scumbags.

Now there are a ton of other companies out there doing it better, Good luck to the new CEO, he's captain of a sinking ship.

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments. -- Earl Wilson