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Comment: Re:Not the banks choosing, Operation Chokepoint (Score 1) 80

by AK Marc (#49157575) Attached to: Under US Pressure, PayPal Stops Working With Mega

Well first of all, they shouldn't be required to do business with someone who repeatedly commits fraud...

Well, bankruptcy is considered fraud in some places, but no bank has ever refused Donald Trump a checking account, despite 5+ "convictions of fraud" (repeated bankruptcies).

And Mega has never been convicted of fraud. Because of such accusations, Kim Dotcom arranged the business structure such that he has no real influence on it, and may not even have any financial stake in it at all, in addition to no control.

So where are these frauds you assert, and when did Mega commit them? Or are you lying because you hate Kim Dotcom so much you can't think straight?

Comment: Re:Can someone explain this? (Score 1) 57

by sumdumass (#49157567) Attached to: Oracle Sues 5 Oregon Officials For 'Improper Influence'

You do understand that cheating at taxes is more of a democrat thing than a republican thing right?

I know it's hard for the delusional to find their world isn't as they thought, but the fact of the matter is that it would seem that either someone is lieing to you or you are ignoring reality all together. So please, look up the suicide prevention number in your area, make sure you are near a phone, then read that link. You can also do searches for words groups together like "democrat tax cheats" and see lists of people that are near the top of the party.

But hey, stay hydrated and avoid cool aid if everyone is wearing Nike sneakers if at all possible.

Comment: Re:What's the big deal, anyway? (Score 1) 119

by sumdumass (#49157445) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

The rules make sense enough for the most part. There seems to be a couple exceptions to the rules in science that nobody cares about. For instance, Mammals give live birth- except for the platypus and spiny anteater. Eggs need to be fertilized- except in some bee colonies where male bees or drones develop from unfertilized eggs.

There are plenty more and one more will not matter much at all.

Comment: Re:stop the pseudo-scientific bullshit (Score 2) 73

by sumdumass (#49157411) Attached to: Mysterious Siberian Crater Is Just One of Many

Ice expands as it freezes. We also know water under pressure will super cool and not freeze but it will still expand. Take a pop bottle and fill it with water without putting the cap on and set it in the freezer. It will spill out the top. Put the cap on it and it will simple expand the plastic bottle (or break a glass bottle)

Now imagine a hole in the ground or a pocket of water just under the surface of the ground. It freezes, pushes up, and brings the ground with it a bit. It's under pressure so it doesn't all freeze but exerts force in pretty much a radius. The relief point is up until the weight of the column of water finds another relief point (a crack in the earth leading to sea or something.) If you look at the craters again, you will not find enough material around the edges to correct for the amount missing from the hole.

Now there is something called geothermal flux which is more or less changes in the heat within the ground. It is already being blamed for some of the permafrost melting. And we know there are perforations within the permafrost in the sea beds off the coast which are letting methane release. It's could have aided in the release and removal of material assuming water under pressure was in fact not frozen in these areas.

The pictures do not look like sink holes can be ruled out. What would likely rule sink holes out would be the depths of the permafrost as well as when it was originally established (the last ice age I believe).

Comment: Re:I should think so! (Score 1) 68

by sumdumass (#49157163) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

You wouldn't need to get it pressed on a lot of disks but imagine if an ISO file of some movie was altered and when little johny downloads it and burns it in order to play on the large screen TV in the living room or perhaps a friends house, it's there.

Now what can this malware do. That depends, can it open a proxy and ping me so I can bounce my IP off yours? Can it sit idle until someone commands it to participate in a massive DDOS attack? Or can I use it to gain access to the blue ray player and have it stream video from the NAS in addition to playing blue rays?

Comment: Re:I should think so! (Score 1) 68

by sumdumass (#49157139) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

Do you have any better links with the freak dude at vimeo?

All the videos skip and stall or play sound without advancing the video for some reason.

Oh and props for the youtube link. Even though it was likely above my skill level, it was captivating and interesting. From the start of the vimeo links, it sounds like it might be good too.

Comment: Re:What's the big deal, anyway? (Score 1) 119

by sumdumass (#49157087) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

You have to add all the objects that meet the criteria.

No you do not. you can create an exception into a rule quite easily. I before E except after C. See, a rule with an exception and the earth nor it's inhabitants suffered major catastrophe. And if you look, you will find words that violate those rules too.

Comment: Re:And still (Score 1) 119

by sumdumass (#49157061) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

Why does the concept of another category, dwarfs, enrage people?

It's not the concept or name that enrages people. Well, some might get pissed if you call them a dwarf and are not yourself a dwarf. It's that all the other planets you mentioned are still considered planets while somehow the dwarf planet is being used to denote that Pluto is not a planet. Instead, Pluto is the big headed cousin of a midget or some other shit now.

Comment: Re:One Word ... (Score 1) 119

by sumdumass (#49156947) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

Actually, the FCC basically wrote the lawsuit with all it's work on the internet being an information service or an enhanced service prior to 96. I doubt the FCC will have to wait until republicans get in power before having to toss the title 2 regulation over the internet.

It is important to note, the FCC has never until recently held any position that the internet was anything other than a title 1 enhanced or information service. Even the brief period of time in the 90's when it became a title 2 classification due to court action that was overturned on appeal, they wrote legal briefs and filed them with the courts proclaiming the mistake in title 2 classification.

Here are a few notable quotes from one of the reports I have have been looking at.

certainly was not Congress's intent in enacting the supposedly pro-competitive, deregulatory 1996 Act to extend the burdens of current Title II regulation to Internet services, which historically have been excluded from regulation."


Senators Ashcroft, Ford, John F. Kerry, Abraham and Wyden emphasize that "[n]othing in the 1996 Act or its legislative history suggests that Congress intended to alter
the current classification of Internet and other information services or to expand traditional telephone regulation to new and advanced services." 75 Like Senator McCain, they state: "Rather than expand regulation to new service providers, a critical goal of the 1996 Act was to diminish regulatory burdens as competition grew."

As much as something needed to be done about the state of internet, I don't think the FCC's move was the right thing and I'm pretty sure it will not pass the court's especially seeing how they are bragging about doing it to get around a failed court challenge to something previously. I can't see the courts siding with the FCC if there is any ambiguity at all.

Comment: Re:Perception (Score 1) 332

by ScentCone (#49156915) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?
He's not talking about the ACTUAL dress, he's talking about the photographic portrayal of a dress is the crappily exposed and presented JPG that everyone is looking at. The dress, as recorded in the JPG, is a barely-blue-tinted light grey, and the black elements have a demonstrably uneven RGB that makes them look gold (because that data represents a color low on blue ... which is to say, it's a golden hue).

Comment: Re:Can someone explain this? (Score 1) 57

by sumdumass (#49156895) Attached to: Oracle Sues 5 Oregon Officials For 'Improper Influence'

This is so funny. You are so invested in your worldview that you must create a fiction in order to blame the failings on your enemy. Of course the no true scottsman is a valid fallacy even being a fallacy, but you take it to the point of absurdity making you the king of la la land.

Comment: Re:Inproper influence (Score 1) 57

by sumdumass (#49156865) Attached to: Oracle Sues 5 Oregon Officials For 'Improper Influence'

He did say he got caught being involved with tax fraud. The IRS is investigating him. We know that doesn't happen to democrats. Well, we know nobody pays attention and little is ever done about it because excuses like the tax software was confusing works good enough for them to keep their offices. It's just the republicans who seem to implode and lose their seats when caught despite studies say the democrat tax cheats outweigh the republicans 72% to 28%.

Comment: More fascism (Score 3, Interesting) 80

by rossz (#49156401) Attached to: Under US Pressure, PayPal Stops Working With Mega

The feds have been putting pressure on banks to stop taking accounts for businesses they do not approve of. So far, they've gone after accounts of the porn industry and gun stores. I fully expect them to target tobacco stores in the near future. They do this by suggesting to the bank that they would find it necessary to conduct thorough and repeated audits if the banks work with "less than desirable" businesses.

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