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Comment: Re:Black Friday (Score 4, Informative) 198

by Vegeta99 (#38176608) Attached to: Black Friday, for me, means ...

The "shopping" black Friday is on the same list, moron.

Single days

        Black Friday (1869), the Fisk-Gould Scandal, a financial crisis in the United States
        Black Friday (1881), the Eyemouth disaster in which 189 fishermen died
        Black Friday (1939), a day of devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia, which killed 71 people
        Black Friday (1945), an Allied air attack against German ships in Norway
        Hollywood Black Friday (1945), a riot at the Warner Bros. studios
        Black Friday (1978), a massacre of protesters in Iran
        Black Friday (1987), a tornado in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
        Black Friday (2011) or United States v. Scheinberg et al., a case involving online poker companies

Recurring days

      Black Friday (shopping), the day following Thanksgiving in the United States
        Black Friday (partying), the last Friday before Christmas

I'd have made it blink too, but Slashdot won't let me.

Comment: Re:take their servers and router (Score 1) 120

by Vegeta99 (#37926858) Attached to: US Marshals Ordered To Seize Righthaven Property

In Illinois (and in every other state, I guarantee) attorneys are responsible for retaining and protecting client information -- including things like draft memos and attorneys' notes -- from access by any third party without client permission.

How far does that duty go? If some thief knocks down my reasonably secure door and steals my reasonably secured filing cabinet, am I on the hook? Where's that go with computerized files? If a reasonably secured filing cabinet is just the cheapie you can buy at Staples (and indeed, I don't know if it is or not), would a zip file with a password be sufficient, or are we talking 3-DES or better?

(I'm a law student, and I'm curious why some attorneys i've worked with think "well my office door is locked" constitutes computer security, but too damn busy to actually do any research on the matter until I take Professional Responsibility)

Comment: Re:You ain't seen nothin' yet (Score 1) 145

by Vegeta99 (#37915084) Attached to: PROTECT-IP Makes Its Way To the Floors of Congress

So ... that'll be one camping pass ... and one hunting/fishing permit, unless you plan to eat only plants, then you'll run afoul of the regulations on havesting plants, which are protected, on public lands.

Well, I'm a hunter, and back home in Pennsylvania, one needs not an extra permit to hunt on state game land, just the $20 or so license. Even without that, you can hunt and eat nuisance animals (coyote, crows, starlings, perhaps bobcats) on any day of the week, without limit, even Sunday when no other hunting is permitted. A license to fish is only required for public waters, and only if you're over, IIRC, 16.

Comment: Re:Rats with liver cirrhosis (Score 1) 89

by Vegeta99 (#37903966) Attached to: Human Blood Protein (HSA) From GMO Rice

They don't need to puff. My buddy has a bulldog that is downright vicious if you light a cigarette near him and refuse to blow a little smoke in his face. Why? When my buddy was at work during the day, the bulldog would eat butts out of the ashtray, and this went on for some time before anyone figured it out. Goofy friggin' dog, that's for sure.

Comment: Re:Vaccinating carriers... (Score 1) 569

by Vegeta99 (#37837112) Attached to: HPV Vaccine Recommended For Boys

I was told in some training in undergrad that the reason is that women have to deal with more, well, trauma than men do, leading to microabrasions. Now, I don't know if HPV can be passed from blemish-free skin-to-skin contact, but if it's like most STDs and requires some sort of fluid contact, a woman has a higher likelihood of having such contact than a man. So, we get off a little lucky in the evolutionary department, and so does the STD - I'm sure not going to pop out a free host in 9 months.

Comment: Re:My car has a fail-safe device... (Score 1) 356

by Vegeta99 (#37835538) Attached to: Jaguar Recalls 18,000 Cars Over Major Software Fault

It is, but it isn't the rule here.

I have a 2000 Jetta, VR6 standard. I can start it just fine in gear, it will happily smash its front end into a wall.
My girlfriend has a 2003 Jetta, 2.0L I4 standard. It will not start without the clutch fully depressed to the floor.

My car is the only car I've ever seen do it, but I've seen plenty of 4x4's that do it, too.

Comment: Re:Passcode (Score 1) 367

by Vegeta99 (#37671700) Attached to: Calif. Appeals Court Approves Cell Phone Searches

Look, buddy, you're just wrong. The fourth amendment says that nobody will be deprived of their property unreasonably. Where in that amendment does it say that a warrant is a requirement? Between the first and second clauses, there's a comma and the word and. There's no way to fit your extra words in ther. Where do the Federalist papers talk about it? Where does it say "A search is reasonable ONLY when there is a warrant." Where does it even say that probable cause is reasonable?

You can do your research (or ask a lawyer!), or you can plug your ears and act as if you knew the intent of the Framers. Article III, Section 1 says "The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court[.]" Let them do the judging, OK? I'm going to take back my offer of a reasonable discussion, because clearly, you have no idea how criminal procedure works. Did you notice the 4th Amendment applies equally to people and things? So if a cop sees someone murder another in cold blood, they should have to run down to the courthouse, swear out an affidavit, and get a warrant before they arrest someone? Kafka would have a field day.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.