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Comment: Re:NSA failed to halt subprime lending, though. (Score 0) 698

by TimHunter (#45714445) Attached to: NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware
Thanks for the link, but I think it proves that paiute is correct.

Many English speakers use "begs the question" to mean "raises the question", "evades the question", or even "ignores the question", and follow that phrase with the question, for example: "this year's deficit is half a trillion dollars, which begs the question: how are we ever going to balance the budget?" In philosophical, logical, grammatical and legal contexts, authorities deem such usage to be mistaken or at best unclear.

Comment: NC governor's test drive killed an anti-Tesla (Score 4, Informative) 214

by TimHunter (#45585999) Attached to: Tesla Faces Off Against Car Dealers In Another State: Ohio
Tesla arranged for NC governor McCrory to test-drive a Tesla.

McCrory hopped in for a ride, with a state trooper behind the wheel. Before long, McCrory and the trooper switched, giving the Governor a chance to guide the sleek vehicle around Raleigh.

It worked.

Comment: Comparison to Facebook a teensy bit misleading (Score 4, Informative) 497

by TimHunter (#45090949) Attached to: Cost of $634 Million — So Far

Here's a nice overview of just what's going on with the ACA website. The chart from Xerox illustrates why the system is a just a teensy bit more complicated than Facebook.

Comment: Re:Is there... (Score 1) 918

by TimHunter (#44685867) Attached to: US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered
Check your facts: Congress generally likes to hide when it comes down to "declaring" or "authorizing" military actions. That way if something goes wrong (like American men and women getting killed or something) they can deny responsibility.

Comment: Drone? Dog! (Score 1) 196

by TimHunter (#44622363) Attached to: Canadian City Uses Drone To Chase Off Geese

I used to live on a lake that had a permanent population of 60-80 Canda geese. Those bad boys were afraid of nothing and would hiss at you just for lookin' at 'em the wrong way. There was only one thing they couldn't tolerate: a dog. I'd see a bunch of 'em take off in a hurry for what looked like no good reason, then a minute later here'd come a dog, trotting along, minding his own business.

Screw R/C planes. The best and probably cheapest way to get rid of geese is to get a Jack Russell terrier and let it start "herding" them. Two weeks, three tops, and those geese will be gone forever. He'll work for food and keep you warm at night.

Comment: What's a CC number worth, on average? (Score 1) 106

by TimHunter (#44607697) Attached to: Instagram "Likes" Worth More Than Stolen Credit Cards
I'd guess that many, maybe most, stolen CC numbers are pretty close to worthless, given that the number has probably already been flagged as stolen and will be rejected on the first transaction. If it does succeed, the transaction will be flagged by the bank and not paid off. However one "like" is worth pretty much the same as any other "like". OTOH, the risk of using a stolen CC is non-zero but using fake "like" is risk-free.

Comment: Re:survival of the least stupid (Score 1) 1103

I wasn't referring to your post, vik. I was referring to slashmydot's post, which is provocative and judgmental enough to make me think it may be a troll. However, I'm also aware that there are people in the world who are sufficiently ignorant and arrogant to make such a statement seriously. If that's the case, I can't help his arrogance but I can try to make him a bit less ignorant.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton