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Comment: Re: It's called Regret Porn, not Revenge Porn (Score 1) 230

by cerberusti (#49409339) Attached to: 'Revenge Porn' Operator Gets 18 Years In Prison

This is pretty much a textbook case of extortion, specifically blackmail.

He made a business out of continuing to publish embarrassing and socially damaging imagery until he was paid off. Publishing the images alone would have been a grey area at the time he did it, but the extortion site is definitely illegal.

If Google started a service where they dug up dirt on people then contacted them to get a payment in order to make the problem go away, their representatives would absolutely be hauled into court. Google knows better than to try of course.

Comment: Re:Doesn't seem likely. (Score 1) 160

by cerberusti (#49256873) Attached to: LAPD Police Claim Helicopters Stop Crimes Before They Happen

They are much better at finding those who commit very serious crimes, and bringing a helicopter down over a city is extremely serious.

This is one of those situations where almost anybody who would be capable of committing the crime and having any real shot of getting away with it also has better options in life.

Comment: Re:Doesn't seem likely. (Score 1) 160

by cerberusti (#49252191) Attached to: LAPD Police Claim Helicopters Stop Crimes Before They Happen

That ignores the not so minor point that if you take a helicopter down the response will be extreme.

That one helicopter is not the only thing the state can bring to bear against you, and they will be very pissed off. In short, it would need to be a case of much of the city revolting before that becomes the kind of thing you might get away with.

Comment: Re:White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 1) 420

by cerberusti (#49154109) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

My gf and I looked at it on the same screen.

My answer was periwinkle and brown for the image, but I thought the real dress was probably blue and black. She says white and gold.

I had to spend a moment looking at the background to determine that it was probably blue and black.

Comment: Re:Hmm, maybe (Score 1) 213

by cerberusti (#49095597) Attached to: Sony Offers a "Premium Sound" SD Card For a Premium Price

The thing is that audio is generally not entirely digital.

I have had computers where moving the mouse produced a specific sound through the headphones. Most are better these days, but shielding the analog components and wires, and generally reducing noise components make can have an impact.

If you are amplifying it this will also amplify your noise, which is an easy way to make it noticeable.

Comment: Re:Unit conversion (Score 1) 200

by cerberusti (#48985425) Attached to: Too Much Exercise May Not Be Better Than a Sedentary Lifestyle

I would say it is a decently fast jog, but is not a run. I would put that cutoff at around 7:30 miles, and say that it involves some changes in the way you move (less bouncing up and down, getting up on the balls of your feet, etc.) Personally my knees hurt if I jog, but not if I run.

I do my morning 5k in just under 18 minutes on most days as a comparison (usually in the 5:40 per mile range, but on a good day I can do it in a little over 15 minutes.)

Comment: Re:Herd immunity (Score 1) 673

by cerberusti (#48889311) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Your understanding was correct, 97% chance to develop immunity.

Some vaccines effectiveness fades over time if you are not exposed again occasionally (either directly or through another injection), but the op is just misapplying statistics.

If you were vaccinated and developed immunity, then were constantly exposed again you should keep good immunity to it.

Comment: Re:Commission (Score 1) 238

by cerberusti (#48860401) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

Most states require that they file how premiums are determined with a large lead time (the fines for deviating from your filings are large.)

This does not give google much room to mess with it in real time. Insurance carriers already do quite a bit of analysis before issuing a policy (most will pull credit scores and driving records, in addition to information from other providers.)

Insurance companies also make quite a bit of their money from investments, which google is not into very much as far as I am aware.

Comment: Re:Something you're all forgetting (Score 1) 450

They already made some people get the expensive version, it is just more people now. I had to use the business version last year as my tax situation tends to be more complicated than most (and it still takes an entire day despite the software.) I was using a CPA before that, but I grew tired of the errors (for which I am still liable) and decided to do it myself from now on.

I think you misunderstand how a deduction works. It does not directly reduce your taxes, it effectively reduces your income for purposes of calculating your taxes. This works out to a 10% - 40% effective discount on the item in question if you can deduct it, but you do not get all the money back.

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