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Comment: Theaters are not worried about 9/11 (Score 3, Interesting) 564

by Headw1nd (#48626029) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Regal Cinema et al. are not really worried about terror strikes. Muslim terrorists have made threats against various movies for decades and it hasn't stopped anything from being shown, and this is from groups that have proven experience blowing things up.

What these companies are in fact scared shitless is the kind of cyberattack that Sony suffered. As bad as Sony security might have been, I guarantee it was heads and shoulders above what any of these theater chains have in place. Sony was able to shrug off millions in damages, but for AMC it could be lights out. At the very least it would beat out the profits of showing a mediocre comedy. This is why they're scared to show the interview - concerns about "terror attacks" are a smokescreen.

Comment: Re:Mass production ? (Score 4, Informative) 187

by Headw1nd (#48606897) Attached to: Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use
The article actually seemed well researched, and involved interviewing or questioning at least a dozen people in the field. I'm pretty sure they used google somewhere in the process. I realize it's hip to bash reported for lack of thoroughness, but your comment seems out of place, as the New Yorker is not usually one to skimp on research.

Comment: Re:Mass production ? (Score 4, Insightful) 187

by Headw1nd (#48606863) Attached to: Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use
Did you read the article? In it they talk about a process to make graphene from anthracite coal with a 25% yield rate. The problem is not making graphene, any idiot with a pencil can do that, it's making large sheets of graphene. They go over this more than once. You really didn't read the article, did you?

Comment: Hyperbole extravaganza (Score 1) 416

by Headw1nd (#48575897) Attached to: MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin
All of the arguments here about "suppressing knowledge" are incredibly off base. No knowledge is being suppressed, just a particular presentation of that knowledge is being dis-associated with a particular school. This is not research, these are lectures on established academic topics. The man in in question is free to post his lectures elsewhere, and for its part I am sure that MIT has or will soon have alternate lectures available on the same topics. Whether the allegations are founded or not is certainly a question (one which I am sure is answerable), but let's not pretend this is some sort of massive crime against knowledge akin to a book-burning. MIT is exercising their right not to be associated with this individual based on their view of his character. That's all.

Comment: Re:Not sure who to cheer for (Score 1) 190

by Headw1nd (#48568583) Attached to: Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion
Then the OP has used the zombie survivor fallacy, assuming that what he uses will be what will survive. Chances are every site he visits, including this one, would be part of the 99% that is gone. Unless his fantasy web is some sort of early 90s Geocities flashback, it requires advertising to exist.

Comment: Re:Greasing Palms. (Score 1) 280

by Headw1nd (#48561875) Attached to: Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain
You don't seem to realize most cities do not use medallions. Also the concept of regulations for carrying people around for money predates cars by a longshot. Take a look at hackney coaches and you'll see a slew of regulations, dating back to the 1600's. I'm not sure why you would think regulating things, especially in cities, is some kind of new concept.

Comment: Re:Lewandowsky, SF, etc. (Score 1) 692

by Headw1nd (#46046019) Attached to: Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer
I don't think he's bemoaning the loss of crackhouses, just pointing out that even the worst of the low income housing stock is being converted. Soon there won't be anywhere for low-income people to live, and if you think that just includes criminals, you're foolish. It includes service workers, recent immigrants, and artists. Without those groups, San Francisco will no longer be a very attractive place to live.

Comment: A much different reaction to other predictions (Score 1) 385

by Headw1nd (#45861045) Attached to: Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong
This seems on the balance to be much less accurate than the "Ladies' Home Journal" 100 year predictions we were talking about a few years back, and I recall those being kind of ridiculed. I suppose it's all a matter of authorial intent: do we want to play up the predictor as a visionary or play down the foresight of our ancestors to assuage our insecurity?

Comment: Re:the (re)definition of troll (Score 1) 406

No, no , a thousand times no. You really think that a dedicated troll is going to give in to your arguments? He isn't in this to win, he's in it to make as much disruption as possible. You'll respond, and 15 other people will respond, and the troll will just rephrase his argument and repeat it. He doesn't care that it doesn't make sense, in fact he knows it's wrong, but he'll just say it again. His game is literally this: to make you type as much as possible with as little effort on his part as necessary. If you see a troll post, treat it like an Xbox 360. Just do a 360 and walk away.

Comment: Re:Slashleft (Score 1) 404

by Headw1nd (#43941659) Attached to: US Mining Data Directly From 9 Silicon Valley Companies
It's true... Looking at the right and the left right now you can see them subtly trying to steer the debate back to the same old "scandals", and away from this story. This is not the time for partisan politics, I'm a die hard lefty and I would love to see the administration taken to task for this.

Comment: Re:Other interpretations.. (Score 1) 404

by Headw1nd (#43941561) Attached to: US Mining Data Directly From 9 Silicon Valley Companies
There's a very real chance that this is a "leak" designed on the fly to discredit those currently talking about the verizon leak. If that is the case, it well may backfire as I doubt they will actually be able to discredit it in the public's perception, it's just too plausible. Assuming it is a false leak, they might also use it to put pressure on Google et al to cooperate, a "Everyone thinks you're a ho so now you might as well sleep with me, and I'll look after you" kinda thing. Or it could be a total hoax, which changes nothing except where it came from.

Comment: Re:So they pissed on the enemy (Score 5, Insightful) 591

by Headw1nd (#38700828) Attached to: The New Transparency of War and Lethality of Hatred

and Muslims are supposed to be better than dragging burned mutilated corpses through streets. Just pointing out that your point B is irrelevant since America is as much represented by these soldiers as the Muslim population is represented by that mob in Fallujah.

Are you seriously suggesting that the US Marine Corps doesn't represent the US? Maybe you think they just happen to be over there on vacation, but I'm pretty sure they were sent, armed, paid by the the US government. They are acting on the authority of the United States of America, and as such everything they do, good or bad, reflects on the integrity and honor of the United States, and the Corps as well. If this was some group of jackoff civilians in Detroit you might have some kind of point, but when it comes to soldiers, you don't.

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