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Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 246

Goose and Gander, seems to me, since police are allowed to lie through their teeth to suspects when questioning them. Indeed, it is a standard and frequently used tactic to goad confessions and gain evidence. So I see no reason why you can lie back if you are not under grand jury oath. Cops are no longer the good guys in my mind, they are a gang just like any group of armed street thugs who get away with whatever their power allows. I don't think they are worse than they were in the past, I just think they are getting away with it less.

Comment: Do the math (Score 1) 54

So, 110 million people affected, up to 10,000 payment per person, and a total fine of 10 million. So you run out of funds after 1 thousand people get their full amount, which leaves 109,999,000 people with nothing. As others have pointed out, splitting it evenly give everyone a dime, if there are no lawyer fees. No wonder big companies don't care about online security, it only costs them pennies per person affected, literally.

Comment: Aren't mammoths just elephants with long hair? (Score 1) 187

Mammoths are just elephants with long hair, that they needed to survive in the ice ages. If they were around today they would be extremely uncomfortable and hot, and if you had some in a zoo or somewhere you'd have to keep them in an air conditioned area. If you kept them outside or in the wild then you'd have to majorly trim their hair... and that would basically just give you and elephant again. So I don't really see the point of all this. Give us a sabre-toothed tiger instead.

Comment: Florida failed to pass with 58% voting FOR passage (Score 1) 588

by GinRummy33 (#48320869) Attached to: Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC
Floridians overwhelmingly voted for passage of Amendment 2, 58% yes to 42% no, but for some reason it required a 60% majority to actually "pass" the voting. So even though the supporters outnumbered the doubters by almost 50% of the voters, there will be no smokers in the Sunshine State any time soon. The other states with similar amendments passed theirs, all with a closer voting margins.

Comment: Re:Explains the TV News (Score 1) 58

Yes, I grew up hearing this name for them, too. I never knew they even had any other name until I was in my teens, where I eventually heard their real name. Just one of the many old racist words for things that got phased out as the years went by. I can think of several, but I'm not gonna make a list.

Comment: Scotty in Trek's Voyage Home (Score 1) 1200

by GinRummy33 (#35458396) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?
The fakest looking keyboard skills are when Scotty inputs the formula for "transparent aluminum" into the computer in the movie Voyage Home (the one where they go back to modern day LA). He just kinda hovered his hands over the keys and randomly smacked his fingers over the buttons very fast. Will have to give props to the funny bit of talking into the mouse first, though.
NASA

Dying Man Shares Unseen Challenger Video 266

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-perspective-on-an-old-tragedy dept.
longacre writes "An amateur video of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion has been made public for the first time. The Florida man who filmed it from his front yard on his new Betamax camcorder turned the tape over to an educational organization a week before he died this past December. The Space Exploration Archive has since published the video into the public domain in time for the 24th anniversary of the catastrophe. Despite being shot from about 70 miles from Cape Canaveral, the shuttle and the explosion can be seen quite clearly. It is unclear why he never shared the footage with NASA or the media. NASA officials say they were not aware of the video, but are interested in examining it now that it has been made available."
PlayStation (Games)

PlayStation Network Expanding To Involve Other Devices 63

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-toasters-smarter dept.
At CES, Sony's Kaz Hirai confirmed that the company will build out its PlayStation Network for use with other devices, such as televisions, Blu-ray players, and PCs. Quoting: "... the expansion starts next month with the availability of the PSN video store on these other devices, and Hirai explained they are constructing a mechanism to create a single user ID across the entire network (if you have a PSN account, it's good to go on any other applicable Sony device, and if you create one on another device, it'll work on PSN). And finally, Hirai also announced the formation of a new Sony division — called Sony Network Entertainment, Inc. — to drive this expansion of the PSN service into a Sony-wide network."

Comment: What about shirts, license plates, bumper stickers (Score 1) 452

by GinRummy33 (#27880617) Attached to: College Threatens Students Over Email Addresses
Don't have a SRJC bumper sticker or license plate either so people don't think your car is an official staff vehicle. Or wear a SRJC t-shirt or sweater so there is no confusion over whether you are part of the administration. Idiots. Logic of this type would pretty much kill any merchandising that the school sells.

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