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Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 214

Or far more worryingly, the possibility that explosives might be dropped on public events or something similar.

The good news there is that the weight capacity of consumer class drones is still pretty low. A pound of heroin is a lot. A pound of explosives really isn't. You could kill a few people in a crowd. But if your goal is a large scale terrorist attack, that's not a very effective method.

Comment Re:Does anyone remember... (Score 1) 248

That was before he was sufficiently rich that he could be noticeably philanthropic without effecting his quality of life.

Bullshit. Bill Gates's net worth peaked in 1999 with Microsoft's stock price. He has gotten significantly less rich since then and has donated far more money.

Comment Re:Answering calls? (Score 1) 70

, it made me wonder if there might be a future in Siri (or something like it) replacing phone tree systems with something a little more intelligent.

That's a main goal of IBM's Watson project. They didn't spend millions of dollars just trying to impress Alex Trebek.

Comment Re:Raising questions about freedom of speech? (Score 1) 298

If the government imposes content-based restrictions on speech as a condition of issuing a permit, that's unambiguous government censorship.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1977 that that's illegal.

Comment Re:Nothing to see here, move along... (Score 3, Insightful) 195

I was active on Slashdot early on, and then recently came back. Can someone tell me what the hell happened to this site? Was there a specific event that made all of the smart people leave, or was it gradual? Or did some event cause thousands of idiots to start posting here?

Because this thread is amazing. It makes the comments at the bottom of a Fox News article seem rational and intelligent.

Comment Re: Only IRAN is celebrating (Score 0) 459

If you're going to tell that story, at least tell it right. They weren't "a threat" to British Petroleum. The government nationalized (aka stole) all of BP's assets in Iran. The British government was understandably displeased. This was at the height of the Cold War when people were freaking out about the spread of Communism. So the British government supported a coup, and their US allies helped them.

Comment Re:Greeks surrender: no restructuring (Score 1) 485

The huge difference being that all of those policies were pushed by Congress, usually controlled by the other party, and then signed by the President.

Tsirpas was the one who called the referendum last week, encouraged voters to vote "no" to the deal, which they overwhelmingly did, and then agreed to a worse deal days later. It's immensely more incompetent than anything you mentioned.

Comment Re:A long time coming... (Score 1) 364

Gov't "nationalizes" the building and gives away the apartments to peasants...? If you're the gov't, you don't care if some investor loses his shirt, you want useful stuff that you can give to the masses to keep them from overthrowing you.

The Chinese gov't doesn't define "assets" the same way as a Western banker would.

Giving away apartments in "ghost cities" doesn't solve anything. There are no jobs are supporting infrastructure.

Comment Re:A long time coming... (Score 1) 364

And with a technocratic, authoritarian gov't, they have some leeway to take drastic measure that would be difficult if not impossible in a democracy.

Their latest authoritative decision is to forbid people who own more than 5% of a company's stock from selling for the next 6 months.

That's pretty insane. I can't see it going well.

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