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Comment: Re:Bullets are OK, but... (Score 5, Informative) 247 247

> One of the features of safety glass is that when it breaks there aren't (or many) pointy edges created.

Which kind of safety glass?

They were talking about windshields, those are laminated glass. That means you have two sheets of ordinary annealed glass (which DOES break into big, dagger-like sharp pieces) with a plastic sheet in between (which prevents those sharp pieces from going anywhere). Presumably, given an appropriate substrate, you could make laminate out of any glass-like sheet.

The other kind of safety glass is tempered. This causes the glass to be stressed along the edges so that when it does break, it breaks into a million tiny pieces (all of which are very, very sharp). It may also simultaneously pop, especially if hit along the edges. It's less dangerous because the pieces, while sharp, are simply too small to do any real damage even if, say, a piece explodes while you're holding it.

Source: I worked for a cut & temper operation, I've dealt with all kinds of glass.

Comment: Re:Terrible precedent (Score 1) 1482 1482

You're part of an angry mob. I can almost hear the "rabble rabble rabble." Hate is ugly man and trying to pick some random person to vent your frustrations on is not cool. The Obama example is just to point out that your selection of targets is arbitrary.

I get that you're mad, but it makes you really ugly inside. Tolerance is live and let live. What you spout is just another kind of hate. I know your justification, I hear it all the time, but ever notice that all the people saying it are haters? Are you just another hater? Hate everyone for not agreeing with you so you can feel superior? Another guy in the mob too scared to think for yourself?

Because that's what I'm seeing and I'd really like to see that change.


+ - How to Access Wikipedia During the Blackout->

Xenographic writes: Anyone who needs to bypass the Wikipedia blackout to get information can use the bookmarklet found here to bypass the blocks. But just remember, if laws like SOPA or PIPA pass, the government will be setting up walls just like that everywhere that won't just vanish after 24 hours, so please let your representatives know that these laws are unacceptable.
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+ - The Current Status of Japan's Reactors->

Xenographic writes: There's so much panic over Japan's nuclear power plant malfunctions that a lot of misinformation has started showing up in the media from people who don't know anything about BWR safety systems or even what a Sievert is. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has been issuing detailed reports concerning the status of each of the reactors and the operations they're performing on each. Fukushima Daiichi has all six units shut down and everyone within 10km has been asked to evacuate. That's the same plant where the explosion took place, which experts believe to have been caused by built-up hydrogen. Also, before the explosion near unit 1, one worker, who was working on that same unit was accidentally exposed to 106.3mSv of radiation and hospitalized. Fukushima Daini currently has all four units shut down and everyone within 3km of it has been evacuated, while those within 10km are on standby. Kashiwazaki Kariwa is still up, with four of its seven units active and the other three undergoing regular inspections. Several other non-nuclear plants and power substations have been shut down as well. This leaves about 600k people in the area without power.
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Comment: Re:So much for the safety of nuclear energy (Score 4, Informative) 752 752

If you really want to know, here's the press releases from TEPCO which runs the plants. It's far more informative and far less alarmist than most of the reports going around. Yes, they are evacuating. Yes, there has been some unknown level of radiation leakage, but we don't know how bad it is just yet.

Those who want to review how the safety mechanisms of a BWR work should read this.

+ - Anonymous Claims Possession Of Stuxnet Virus->

An anonymous reader writes: Last night, a member of hacker group Anonymous announced on Twitter that the group was in possession of the Stuxnet virus.

Recently, Anonymous has been in the news for its high profile attacks on software security firm HBGary, after Aaron Barr, the CEO of HBGary’s sister firm HBGary Federal, claimed to have acquired the names of senior Anonymous members and threatened to release them to the public. This is where the possibility for Anonymous getting its hands on Stuxnet increases.

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+ - Internet shut down in Algeria-> 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: Just 3 weeks ago, the war raged on in Egypt but now revolution has come to Algeria as its country’s citizens also fight for freedom from President Abdelaziz Boutifleka’s rule. The government has gone ahead and shut down the Internet and even had many activists Facebook accounts deleted.
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Comment: You're not kidding... (Score 2) 351 351

No kidding. They even plan to subpoena Slashdot (not to mention Twitter). I don't know what they'll get out of that except for a lot of "in soviet Russia" jokes, but I guess their lawyers like wasting their client's billable hours on fishing expeditions?

I suggest they try Googling that key. I don't know how many results they'll find, but I'm guessing there will be thousands, if not more. It's kind of futile to tell the judge that you need expedited discovery and such when the cat is not merely out of the bag, but halfway across the galaxy, isn't it? But hey, I guess you guys might see it differently. You could go send a million nastygrams to everyone who reads the news and rack up $200/hr. Fact is, I just hate Sony. I don't have a PS3 because I've been boycotting Sony since the time they infected people with that rootkit, so this hexadecimal number you're trying to censor is utterly worthless to me. I can't very well circumvent the protections on a device I'll never own, now, can I?

Comment: S-Corp != C-Corp (Score 1) 509 509

Google & Apple are C-Corps, which don't allow this tax loophole at all, so Steve Jobs can't save any money by pulling this trick. The comparison is not accurate.

He used his S-Corp to reclassify wages as investment income to avoid FICA taxes, paying himself $24,000 per year (i.e. factory worker wages) instead of a reasonable wage for a CPA. You can't do that in a C-Corp, because you'll have to pay the corporate taxes that S-Corps get to avoid.

He would have been fine if he'd paid himself even somewhat reasonable wages, but Google & Apple can't pull this particular trick at all. C-Corps use completely different tax loopholes.

Comment: Re:Not following the news, are you? (Score 1) 973 973

> No, I did-- and assange isnt "this sort of thing", as he wasnt selling nuclear secrets

Also, the spy swap meant that we got something for letting them off the hook. Who, exactly, would Assange get swapped with?

You've never even tried to rebut the fact that it's an offense for which one can be executed, you've merely pointed out that they don't usually seek it.

Don't get me wrong, though. If they have to take it off the table to have him extradited, they will. But not before then.

> None of them citizens, not once their citizenship has been established.

You mean because they made one of them renounce his citizenship?

The fact that you know all this and are arguing anyhow doesn't exactly repair your credibility, you know. I'd say it's a bit worse than grabbing the wrong link out of a set.

Interestingly, there are wikileaks connections even there.

> Political support....from someone who isnt holding any office whatsoever right now? One or two people dont "much political support" make.

Would you prefer the quotes from the justice department mentioning that they have a task force working on this? Or how about the fact that there's an active investigation, as evidenced by the subpoenas to Twitter?

No, that doesn't mean they will execute him, but it does mean that there are people who'd like to. You won't find many out-and-out calls for assassination, but you will find plenty who wouldn't mind trying him in a death penalty case.

> If you are saying that crazy people will do crazy things, then I agree; but I dont get what that has to do with Assange, especially as he is in custody at the moment. Hes not likely to be randomly shot by some crazy person.

Right now? Probably not. If he's let free? That changes things.

Comment: Re:Not following the news, are you? (Score 1) 973 973

> Are you SERIOUSLY defending the Rosenbergs? Or shoving honest-to-goodness Cold War spies in the same camp as Assange, who has been more of an embarrassment than a grave asset to an enemy?

I'm saying that this sort of thing can lead to executions. Did you not read my link text at all?

> Your second link, citizens in Gitmo, appears to be just plain wrong (unless wikipedia is incorrect)-- James Yee doesnt appear to have ever been held in Gitmo, but rather a brig in North Carolina, as he was in the armed forces at the time.

My bad. I copied quite a few links and should have given you the link to the US's own report on how many people don't actually belong in Gitmo.

> With your third link, you seem to be trying to make the point that, because a potential-not-even-yet-announced candidate for president has announced in a not-official-in-any-capacity that she thinks we should hunt obama, that this should therefore be treated as if it is official policy.

I was pointing out how much political support there was for something like that. They've already got a task force hunting for something to charge him with and I've already made the point that it's an executable offense (see point one, which you managed to completely miss).

> Your last link is REALLY classy-- youre buying into this whole "the gunman must have been following someone's rhetoric", even though there is NO indication that he was doing so.

I don't need to prove that the crazy guy was following anyone's rhetoric.

I just need to prove that there are a lot of crazy, angry people out there right now and we can all see that you can't say that no one would do such a thing.

Also, you obviously didn't read what his lawyers wrote: they cited that exact example. So maybe you disagree, but it's already part of the case.

Comment: Re:Rep. Giffords got shot after being threatened. (Score 1) 973 973

> Nobody knows whether or not he listened to any particular radio shows, was a fan of Palin or even saw the map.

It's not unreasonable given that Rep. Giffords herself called Palin out on that very advertisement and reported harassment due to it.

Maybe this guy wasn't, but when there are so many crazy people who are talking about skipping right over the soap, ballot & jury boxes, well....

For the record, I consider myself neither Democrat nor Republican. Although I have voted for both, I generally try to vote for the least crazy individuals.

That's getting fairly difficult these days. At some point, I'm going to have to resort to writing in my own name or something.

Comment: Not following the news, are you? (Score 5, Insightful) 973 973

> This is so much hyperbole it is not even funny.

Right, because we've never executed people for this sort of thing before. And, even though we'd put innocent US citizens in Gitmo, there's no way we'd do that to someone who isn't even a US national, neatly sidestepping all that "fair trial" nonsense by labeling him as some kind of "enemy combatant" or whatever.

And, even though we have politicians calling for Julian Assange to be assassinated, there's no way that anyone would ever even think of taking them seriously. Ever.

That's total hyperbole, right? Nobody here is that crazy... right?

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