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Comment: Re:One solution for a lot of the ID theft parts .. (Score 1) 211

by Zagnar (#43415775) Attached to: Iranians, Russians, and Chinese Hackers Are After You, Says Lawmaker
You've hit the nail on the head. If a credit company's security is so lax that anyone who knows my SSN can claim to be me, then the bloody credit company should be penalized for having awful security measures. I wish I had modpoints to give you.

Comment: Re:Wtf? (Score 1) 289

by Zagnar (#42383063) Attached to: Jury Decides Artist's Gory Images On Website Are Art

It's not as simple as that.

Obscenity not protected by the first amendment if it passes the miller test, from wikipedia:

The Miller test was developed in the 1973 case Miller v. California. It has three parts:

Whether "the average person, applying contemporary community standards", would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest,

Whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable state law,

Whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.

The work is considered obscene only if all three conditions are satisfied.

Comment: Re:If we're going to survive long term (Score 1) 352

by Zagnar (#42302275) Attached to: I'd like us to explore with greatest emphasis ...

Perhaps we shouldn't be dealing with absolutes, is intelligence hereditary or isn't it? Perhaps it isn't a Boolean value at all. I'll suggest that intelligence has more to do with parenting and nutrition than with genes but discounting genes entirely is foolish.

In such a complex organism as the Human being, wouldn't it be some great combination of factors that align to form genius?

Comment: Re:Please Stop (Score 1) 333

by Zagnar (#41999015) Attached to: Woz Worries Microsoft Is Now More Innovative Than Apple
If you read the article here, it feels like yellow journalism, things only said to bring hits to a site or draw comments. Watch the video, you'll see that Woz is a level headed geek, he says the sorts of things that everyone here can agree with and the points given in this article are just a few tiny pieces of what he mentions in the video.

Comment: Re:Why coffee? Why not beer? (Score 1) 345

by Zagnar (#41942897) Attached to: Climate Change Could Drive Coffee To Extinction By 2080

I could argue that but then, there's probably some scientific study somewhere.

There is another reason to drink coffee in the mornings, however; once the caffeine wears off, I become tremendously relaxed and have an easy time falling asleep. Coffee helps with insomnia in it's delightful little way.

Comment: Re:Razor products (Score 3, Interesting) 249

by Zagnar (#41927563) Attached to: Why Would a Mouse Need To Connect To the Internet?
I also loved my Naga, until owning it for just over a year when the buttons wore out and stopped reliably clicking. Mind you, the cord's braiding was faulty from day one and my regular optical mouse has better tracking on most surfaces. Still, great shape and idea. I just wish Logitech would make a gaming mouse with a bajillion buttons so I wouldn't have to put up with Razer's poor quality.

Comment: Re:Everyone loves a winner. (Score 1) 881

by Zagnar (#41883039) Attached to: Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

Obama has pushed it even further in only 4 years than Bush did in 8...

I believe you're mistaken, at least partially. It's a common misconception that Obama contributed more than Bush to the financial collapse but the vast majority of statistics I've seen have suggested otherwise.

If we look at unemployment for instance, there was a sharp rise that began in 2008, which can hardly be blamed on Obama. Obama came into office as things were already going poorly and while he may not have done enough to fix it, the mess was clearly not his doing.

Since he's been in office, we've seen a slow but steady improvement in the economy and a decrease in unemployment rates. Though his handling of fiscal policies has been poor, he's still above Bush in my eyes, who cut taxes and began two unfunded wars.

Sources too, since everyone here loves data:

Note that Obama became president in the middle of that big uphill slope.

Comment: Re:I still want a quality, cheap, powerful PC (Score 1) 232

by Zagnar (#41831305) Attached to: Nexus 7 and Android Convertibles Drive Massive Asus Profit
Perhaps you should be building your own computer, eh? It takes time from you in the form of research and construction but you get to decide on the parts, the hardware and how much it costs. Really, this is Slashdot, building your own should be the logical conclusion for every electronics dilemma.

Comment: Re:Don't PANIC! (Score 1) 281

by Zagnar (#41812561) Attached to: Hurricane Sandy Nears East Coast
This is indeed troubling, It shows that we need stronger control over our election system. Elections that are won or lost by a fraction of a percentage deserve a fraction of a fraction of a percentage error margin and clearly we don't have that. I would be hesitant to believe the outcome of any election until these sorts of messes stop happening. Excellent link.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354