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Comment: Re:remove phone-home crap - Then how would it work (Score 1) 124

by WillDraven (#43447373) Attached to: Hacker Modifies Facebook Home To Work On All Android Devices

How do you think the service knows where traffic is backed up at? If nobody shared their GPS data there wouldn't be any traffic feedback. I'll admit comparing it to Facebook status updates is a bit of a stretch, but I wouldn't call the idea of a service pooling GPS data so users can see where traffic jams are "a completely retarded argument."

Comment: Re:As did (Score 1) 599

by WillDraven (#43344211) Attached to: Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

I thought it was generally accepted that Hiroshima and Nagasaki convinced Japan to surrender, thus preventing more deaths in the long term than were directly caused by the bombings. The title of the article is "Nuclear power prevents more deaths than it causes", thus "As did bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki." It's not the most substantial or relevant comment, but I don't see how you get blaming heat stroke on solar power out of that.

Comment: Re:SLAPP (Score 1) 119

by WillDraven (#43124075) Attached to: Copyright Trolls Order Wordpress To Disclose Critics' IP Addresses

If you read the full story behind what's going on here, you'll see that the lawyers who filed this motion are all getting dragged in front of a federal judge that they've managed to piss off. The judge has been throwing phrases like "defraud the court" and "incarceration" so Monday's hearing should be fun to watch.

Comment: Re:And how will this (Score 1) 243

by WillDraven (#41369663) Attached to: Huge Diamond Deposits Revealed In Russia

It will also increase her financial self-worth, giving her something she can personally contribute to the family (at high emotional cost) in times of great need, or something of intrinsic and emotional value she can hand on to favoured descendants. At worst, she can flog it off if you separate.

As long as you make sure most of the value is in the precious metals of the setting. Diamonds aren't worth shit for resale.

Comment: Re:I'll admit to torrenting a few times (Score 1) 215

by WillDraven (#41023307) Attached to: BitTorrent Tries To Appease Users By Making Torrent Ads Optional

Actually, with utorrent and VLC you can stream most music and videos so you don't even have to wait for it to finish downloading all the way (assuming the torrent is healthy enough of course, anything that came out in the past year or two is usually streamable within 30 seconds or so).

Comment: Re:Dumbass... (Score 2) 386

by WillDraven (#41015703) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Protecting Data From a Carrington Event?

I've got as much love for Wikipedia as anyone, but I think anybody trying to use it to rebuild civilization would be rather frustrated. It's full of articles that let you know things existed, who made them, how popular they were, etc. without enough detail to tell you how to make one yourself.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten

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