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Comment: Re:Sensitive information? (Score 1) 152

People James may know

                  Wen Wu
                  Chengang Wu
                  Cheng G Gong
                  Fan Wu
                  Chenggang G Wu
                  Wen G Gong
                  Cheng H Wu

Woh. I wonder wu else he knows, though my guess is he's long gong by now so wei can't ask him.

Comment: Re: Abolish software patents (Score 3, Funny) 204

by The Wild Norseman (#45947685) Attached to: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

All I know is that more than half the time, the screen stops halfway during the slide and it wastes my time and makes the iPhone look and feel shoddy.

"Here at Apple, we care about security. We care so much about security, in fact, that we refuse access to not only thieves and hackers but to our Valued Customers too!"

Comment: Re:Unfortunately, aside from Ender's Game.... (Score 1) 732

by The Wild Norseman (#45365265) Attached to: Movie Review: <em>Ender's Game</em>

Oh, I dunno, hopefully someone who has a clearer memory will be along to help me out, but I thought that his book, Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus was a very good book and didn't seem to me to be all that homophobic or racist either. May want to give that one a try.

Comment: Re: NOT posted as AC. (Score 1) 603

by The Wild Norseman (#45330859) Attached to: TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

OTOH, there hasn't been a single crime committed with a lawfully-owned civilian machine gun (or other automatic firearm) since 1934.

I believe you are correct. In fact, the only one on record that I can find was done by a cop who is automatically (no pun intended) exempt from the laws regarding ownership of fully automatic firearms in the US.

"On September 15th, 1988, a 13-year veteran of the Dayton, Ohio police department, Patrolman Roger Waller, then 32, used his fully automatic MAC-11 .380 caliber submachine gun to kill a police informant, 52-year-old Lawrence Hileman. Patrolman Waller pleaded guilty in 1990, and he and an accomplice were sentenced to 18 years in prison. The 1986 'ban' on sales of new machine guns does not apply to purchases by law enforcement or government agencies."

Comment: Re: NOT posted as AC. (Score 1) 603

by The Wild Norseman (#45330795) Attached to: TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

Are you made that the government is allowed to enforce the law and you as an individual are not? Is that hypocritical of the government to keep law enforcement to itself?

Simply put, it doesn't. To be more precise, there are some powers delegated to the government regarding things like search and seizure, but I am fully able to, under the law, "enforce the law" as a common citizen. Some might argue that it is our duty to do so even.

Are you American? If so, you should know this already, if you feel yourself able to make knowledgeable comments on this topic.

Comment: Re:My spider sense in tingling.... (Score 1) 634

by The Wild Norseman (#45167171) Attached to: British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

That's very wrong. I pay my insurance premiums for decades until at some point when I need to be covered and the very same insurance company can deny coverage for that based on whatever reason. They do not suddenly refund all the premiums I've paid in since that time, do they?

That's the real disconnect when it comes to people and insurance companies. The vast majority of people do not want to rip anyone off; they just want the services for which they've been paying if the situation ever arises -- which is the whole bloody point of insurance, isn't it?

Comment: Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (Score 1) 1440

by The Wild Norseman (#44975609) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

You can keep trying to insult me and poisoning the well; it does nothing to change the facts as I have already stated.

You wrote "[i]t is dangerous to text at traffic lights. You are more likely to be rear-ended, and more likely to cause a delay (And delays increase congestion and congestion increases crashes)." That is a positive claim against the null hypothesis that texting at stoplights is no more dangerous than just sitting there.

Your positive claim, your burden of proof. That you are not willing to come up with any evidence is fine; it just means that your statement is unevidenced opinion and can be dismissed as such. The null hypothesis stands.

Comment: Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (Score 1) 1440

by The Wild Norseman (#44972771) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

If you'll read what I wrote you'll see that when I quoted your specific words, I used quotation marks. Where I did not quote your specific words, I did not use quotation marks. If conversation and clarification were important to you, you'd have noticed that I paraphrased what I understood your point to be and addressed that rather than playing your little game of trying to distract by attacking me.

A few posts previously, your actual words were "[i]t is dangerous to text at traffic lights. You are more likely to be rear-ended, and more likely to cause a delay (And delays increase congestion and congestion increases crashes)."

This statement is a positive assertion which means the burden is on you to provide some evidence that it's valid and to disprove the null hypothesis.

It's not really that difficult a concept to grasp.

Comment: Re:Officer dickhead is a dickhead. (Score 1) 1440

by The Wild Norseman (#44971499) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Ha ha ha. That's the state of the Internet. Assert something stupid "texting at a light is not dangerous" And don't back it up with explanation or cite. Then when someone disagrees, with a logical argument (a non moving car at a green light is more likely to be rear ended), demand cites to oppose your uncited opinion.

What's the rule, he who demands cites first, wins?

Umm... no, it's called 'logic'. To put a more-formal title to it, it's called 'the null hypothesis' -- in this instance, texting at a stoplight is no more or less dangerous than merely sitting at the light and waiting for it to turn green. You came along and said that texting at stoplights was far more dangerous than sitting there; that's a positive assertion which retains the burden of proof (i.e., show evidence which supports your conclusion and which disproves the null hypothesis).

Also, stating that "a non-moving car at a green light is more likely to be rear-ended" is trivially true; your unstated presumption is that texting while waiting for the light to change is the cause for a sharp increase in these kinds of rear-end collisions (which you'd also need to show).

Comment: Re: Tumbtack in your shoe, pressure when telling t (Score 1) 356

by The Wild Norseman (#44786935) Attached to: Indiana Man Gets 8 Months For Teaching How To Beat Polygraph Tests

I took one, for the Defense Intelligence Agency. And in addition to the stuff you mentioned, I sat on a pad that was wired to the same machine the rest of it was. Considering this is the federal govt that pressed charges, not some low budget local police station, I'd say my experience is a little note relevant.

Yup, that's why I sought clarification.

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"

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