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Comment: Two sides to this... (Score 2, Interesting) 150

by SailorSpork (#47499863) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account
One one hand, I join in the mob rage that this warrant is obviously to broad / vague. On the other hand, as of 2014 in the US this data still need a search warrant to obtain. Let's see how this conversation goes in 2020. Maybe by then US will stand for Universal Surveillance.

Comment: Re:Resurrection (Score 2) 205

I see the plot of a new Micheal Bay (or maybe J.J. Abrams) movie: The US military, unable to get qualified recruits to fight the new Zombie wars, takes a cue from the Zombie playbook and develops the technology to bring life old soldiers. After a bit of a difficult start, the program exceeds all expectations until the previously dead soldiers revolt at being put back in the grave and bring Washington to it's knees by filing for Social Security benefits.

Hmm. Nice twist at the end, but too much plot, needs more explosions.

+ - Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo's Streaming TV Service->

Submitted by bsharma
bsharma (577257) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a potentially fatal blow to Aereo, an Internet service that allows customers to watch broadcast TV programs on mobile devices.

Launched a year ago in New York and then extended to 10 other U.S. cities, it allows customers to watch over-the-air TV programs on a smartphone, tablet, or computer for as little as $8 a month. Selections can be viewed live or recorded for later viewing."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Control Groups (Score 5, Informative) 250

by SailorSpork (#47073941) Attached to: Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

Where are the control groups? Shouldn't there also be at least a few of these: 1) One group that showers daily and uses the spray. 2) One group that showers daily and sprays plain water. 3) One group that doesn't shower for 4 weeks and sprays plain water.

Number 3 is almost required for any accurate study and I would think it would the other 2 wouldn't hurt either.

Reading the article, she was subject 26 of who knows how many. For all we know, she was in the control group, or there may have been separate control groups present. The article recaps her personal experience, not the complete conditions for the experiment. Maybe with the initial findings, they'll do multiple rounds with different variables as you suggest above.

Comment: Re:This isn't why they had a security breach (Score 1) 210

by SailorSpork (#46880961) Attached to: Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security
Pffft, you think that matters? Target had a high-publicity credit card hack theft thingy, Target installing "better" card thingys with "chips" in them, seems gadgety and high tech. Target gets its "we're improving our credit card security" headline. American people go "wooooo, high tech thingy! Problem solved!"

Comment: Re:400 years for one murder (Score 1) 51

by SailorSpork (#46880347) Attached to: Supreme Court Makes It Easier To Get Lawyers Fees In Patent Cases
You kind of hit on the point. There are certain things that can be done to reduce sentences and overturn rulings. In theory, having multiple life sentences and 400 year punishments should effectively deter any of them from actually allowing certain criminals to get out of prison early. I would assume it would also give the prison wardens some sort of way to rank and prioritize attention paid to inmates, work release programs treatments and privileges, and so forth. The guy serving 10 years for killing his wife in a fit of rage for cheating on him may get to try programs that the guy who did multiple unmentionable things many times over and is serving 10 consecutive life sentences will not. Maybe I'm giving the system too much credit.

Also, who knows what medical breakthroughs we'll make in the next 400 years?

Comment: Re:If you're just beaming it down to earth anyways (Score 1) 230

by SailorSpork (#46843199) Attached to: How Japan Plans To Build Orbital Solar Power Stations
They had these in SimCity 2000. You built Microwave power collectors that collected energy from orbital space stations.

Why I'm bringing it up on Slashdot (aside from the hoped-for karma boost from invoking PC game nostalgia) is that occasional disasters happened if the orbital satellites were ever off by a fraction of a percent and they beamed the energy into the nearby residential population instead.

I'd be very interested to know more details of how they plan to transport the energy to the surface.

Loose bits sink chips.