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Comment: Re:Fiddling while Rome burns? (Score 1) 236

by shutdown -p now (#49803413) Attached to: Microsoft Tries Another Icon Theme For Windows 10

So, instead of trying focus on what kind of user experience we're going to have (which sounds like they think the tablet interface is what people actually want for everything) ... and focusing on making all of that good and usable

Have you seen Win10 preview, or at least read some reviews and look at the screenshots? Because it is exactly what it is about... I mean, the most obvious change that you see once you install Win10 over Win8 is that the Start menu is back. Other changes include things like Metro apps actually running in resizable windows, and the "charm bar" is gone, and all the actions are integrated into the window title bar. Etc... basically, all things Metro are desktopified.

Comment: Re:Waste of Time & Money (Score 1) 263

I'm not outright against some manned missions, I just don't think they should be our top priority and shouldn't crowd out robotic exploration of new places. A manned "space race" is unlikely to get us much relative to other options.

In addition to the robotic missions I mentioned, powerful telescopes that can detect and do spectrographic analysis of planets of other star systems would be far better science than more manned missions to local rocks. We could detect another Earth with clear-cut life signs, for example. That would be a bigger discovery than simple microbes on Mars (which robotic sample return missions can perform).

There would be no Saturn V, no Falcon HR etc.

They are cool in the "wow, big!" sense, but maybe we don't really need them right now.

Comment: (Score 1) 94

Not zero, but yes, Russia is kinda lagging behind on these things. Not even just fancy stuff like thermal or NVD, but even just plain optics or red dot and holo sights (just for giggles, look up the battery life on red dot sights that are in service there, and compare to Aimpoint, or even the more expensive Chinese optics).

Comment: Re:Where does the Fed claim to get power to ban th (Score 0) 209

by ScentCone (#49802885) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Since you're apparently an expert in the colloquial interpretation of 18th century American English, could you please explain what this part of the 2nd amendment means?

You're looking at the language and purpose of the amendment incorrectly. To translate its essence into more modern parlance, if would go something like: "Because it's always going to be necessary to have a trained and equipped military organization ready to defend the country, the government - in the interests of not allowing the government to have a monopoly on the tools of defense - shall not prevent citizens who are not in the military from having arms."

The people who wrote that amendment still had a very bad taste in their mouths from living under a monarchy that DID reserve the power to capriciously allow only the military to keep and bear arms. Knowing that a military/militia is necessary, they used the second amendment to be VERY clear that they considered the fundamental right to keep and bear arms to be NOT exclusive to the military. Just like the considered the freedom to speak to be not under the control of the government.

Comment: (Score 1) 94

Military grade thermal imaging of the sort on fighter jets or heat seeking missiles is not really the same as the consumer level junk you'd find on e-bay that people use to look for Sasquatch or find people in burning buildings

That's plainly not true. If you have around $5K, you can absolutely buy military grade thermal vision devices online, including eBay. Might not be the kind they put on fighter jets, exactly, but certainly the kind they issue to soldiers in the field.

Comment: Re:EU food ban? (Score 1) 83

hey expect it to be down to under $40B by the end of this year []. What they're going to do when it runs out, I have no clue

They'll start slashing welfare to stabilize the budget. That's why the rhetoric about how the evil West is once again trying to destroy Russia is still in full force... so that when they start starving the more vulnerable parts of the populace, there's an established external enemy to blame.

The other option? That would be war, the ultimate excuse.

Of course #1 does not preclude #2. It might just defer it.

Comment: Re:Troll v Troll (Score 1) 153

by shutdown -p now (#49802837) Attached to: Professional Internet Troll Sues Her Former Employer

It's not meant to be changing minds directly. It's meant to provide a display of purported majority backing the policies, so that people who are easily swayed by the "majority must be right" argument (which are plenty) have more incentive, and to scare the minority in opposition into silence.

Comment: I predict nothing will come of this (Score 4, Informative) 56

by Spy Handler (#49802125) Attached to: Hacking Your Body Through a Nerve In Your Neck

I hear medical breakthroughs like this all the time, where a cheap simple device will replace expensive drugs. Then nothing happens and it's not heard of again.

Is it because A. it doesn't work as well as inventors hoped or has too many side effects, or B. pharma industry silences them by killing them or paying them to hush it up? Help me out here.

Comment: Re:So the concept of Putlerbot sockpuppet is true! (Score 1) 153

by dunkelfalke (#49802053) Attached to: Professional Internet Troll Sues Her Former Employer

The closest equivalent in English is "you have fucked up".
You are welcome.

And my Serbian friends never use this kind of speech when they think I can hear them - they are well aware that I understand what they say. You may speak with your friends however you like, but I am not your friend.

Comment: Re:So the concept of Putlerbot sockpuppet is true! (Score 1) 153

by dunkelfalke (#49801861) Attached to: Professional Internet Troll Sues Her Former Employer

Is it more likely that hundreds/thousands of Russian citizens are utterly delusional to the point of insanity, all the while being perfectly Internet savvy, or that there are propaganda firms working for Putin to control the Western public opinion regarding things such as Ukraine? I find the latter much more likely.

Well, first of all, Russians who actually speak English can get a much better job than that. Second, the government propaganda in the Western mass media has shaped the public opinion regarding Russia for over a century now. It would be a waste of time. Third, Putin stopped caring about what West thinks about Russia two years ago. Previously you could see that he sort of tried to build a working relationship with EU and USA, but it was very much an one-sided effort. So he stopped caring and annexed Crimea. And fourth, you underestimate the number of internet savvy Russians, I think because this part of the internet exists outside of what most people usually see - same for Chinese internet.

Tu si se zajebo. Sasvim solidno "citam" srpski i ostale bivse Yugo jezike, osim makedonskog.

There is no need for this kind of vulgar speech. It is good for you that you can read Serbian. Also in cyrillic or is this the reason why you have a problem with Macedonian? Because for me it is not more difficult than understanding Serbian (I speak Russian pretty well and also have learned Czech).
Anyway, then you might have seen a Putin paid shill indeed.

Comment: Re:So the concept of Putlerbot sockpuppet is true! (Score 2, Insightful) 153

by dunkelfalke (#49801285) Attached to: Professional Internet Troll Sues Her Former Employer

Not really, no. Russian government shills are only used inside the country, to calm down dissent. They won't do their work on any English language website - what for? Basically, if you don't speak Russian, you won't see them. The only exception might be Serbia, but my guess is, you don't speak Serbian either.

Comment: Re:Unclear who this hurts (Score 1) 86

by ScentCone (#49800331) Attached to: Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin

Bullshit. Unless you can point to real evidence this is true, you're just guessing.

What? How do you think that coupons actually work, anyway?

1) You present a coupon, and you pay less cash at the point of sale than you otherwise would have. This is not a mystery. It's the whole point. If it's the retailer's own coupon, then they are basically putting the item on sale in exchange for having a trackable form of marketing. If it's a manufacturer's coupon, then the retailer is participating in a mechanism wherein the manufacturer and retailer have worked out a back-channel compensation scheme for the retailer having collected less cash during the transaction. This is also not a mystery.

2) When you present the retailer with a bogus retailer coupon, you're getting a discount that's disconnected from one of the key reasons they issued the coupon in the first place: to understand which marketing methods are the most constructive. When you present the retailer with a bogus manufacturer's coupon, one of two things happens: the retailer eats the loss, or the manufacturer does. Again, why are you acting like this is some strange unknown? Or, are you just hoping that someone there's a third magical possibility that makes it just fine to rip off businesses with fake coupons? Yeah, I thought so.

Comment: Re:Unclear who this hurts (Score 1) 86

by ScentCone (#49800287) Attached to: Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin

Is short, this "informative" post is nothing but a guess.

What you mean is that you have no idea how retail operations and promotional marketing work, but you vaguely want it to be true that ripping off stuff through the use of bogus discount coupons is a "victimless crime" blah blah blah, so you're going to pretend that basic information is unknowable, as moral cover. Hint: you're not as clever as you think you are.

Comment: Re:Doesn't get it (Score 1) 286

That's all very true. Just like almost everyone can run a race. But very few can be Usain Bolt. There are some people that are just very good at what they do by the vagaries of nature. Anyone can program, most people should get a passing familiarity with our kind of abstract thinking and the ability to generate algorithms to solve problems, but not everyone is going to be a good, or even decent, programmer, regardless of training.

"It is better to have tried and failed than to have failed to try, but the result's the same." - Mike Dennison