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Comment Re:What about privacy? (Score 2) 398 398

A link in the article linked lists the problematical parts of the Microsoft privacy policy and user agreement:

"The Privacy Statement and Services Agreements combined come to 45 pages. Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, Horacio Gutierrez wrote that they are'“straightforward terms and polices that people can clearly understand'.”

Comment Summary is inaccurate (Score 5, Informative) 114 114

The summary is inaccurate, or at least confusing. The summary says "lasers that can shine light over the full spectrum of visible colors", but the article says that this is three monochromatic spikes, red, green, blue, which together appear white. It also says that the choice of colors is tunable... but tunable lasers aren't new.

The summary also implies that it is "a" laser, but the article makes it clear that what they did is make three separate lasers on the same substrate (specifically "three parallel segments, each supporting laser action in one of three elementary colors.")

Comment Re:My Pet Peeves (recent Windows laptop keyboards) (Score 1) 670 670

Not having it would be worse. Nearly all engineering drawing (as well as some additional technical writing) standards require the use of all caps to minimize ambiguity. In those cases holding down the shift key is ridiculous.

Worse for your specific case that most people will never hit. A simple shortcut or custom keyboard could fill that role if needed.

Or chose "all caps" font.

Comment Re: I don't get it (Score 1) 167 167

How quaint. Somebody who thinks that their internet use is anonymous.

If you act as if everything you post can eventually be traced to you and you're wrong, no harm done. If you act as though stuff will never be traced back to you and you're wrong, that's a different story.

Comment Re: Skirts are okay. (Score 1) 471 471

Easy way to short circuit this - it's possible to follow their dress code and still look slutty. They want tops with collars? Fine - just don't button thrm up. Curve-accentuating jeans, shoes with clear acrylic heels (the ones worn b Trisha Heffer in Battlestar Galactica were originally obtained for $20 from Walmart). Purple or pink hair, etc. And guys, sporting bed hair all day, every day, should get your ball caps back. And get your kilts - and stay authentic - no tidy-whities.

Some rules are just begging to be broken in specific circumstances.

Comment Re: Stop thinking like a greedy Republican... (Score 0) 85 85

They can't or they would have already realized that there is no incentive to work for free so they can make money. Looks more like they can't afford to keep paying coders, or don't want to. Hey, why not work for me for free and I'll keep any money? No? Gee, not such a hot idea, is it.

I don't think anyone is in a rush to welcome our "All your free labor belongs to us" wanna be overlords.

Comment We still can't analyze data we don't have (Score 1) 249 249

We can't analyze data we don't have.

I think this conversation has pretty much reached a dead end.

You're right: when you assume that scientists are all biased, and all the actual analysis and results and data and models can be dismissed without the effort of paying any attention to them because you have already decided they're biased, you can indeed draw any conclusion you like.

"Facts are stupid things." -- President Ronald Reagan (a blooper from his speeach at the '88 GOP convention)