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Comment: Re:Repair (Score 1) 43

by danlip (#47947577) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

in the US about 3 years ago it was easy to find a guy on craigslist with a mobile iPhone repair service - they drive to you and repair it in the back of their van while you wait. Clearly a low budget single person operation, but I had no reason to believe he was using stolen parts or anything else dodgy. Repaired a broken screen and got several more years of good use out of the phone. I assume such services still exist, plus many small shops offering repairs.

Comment: Re:Working in Tech - or DOING Tech? (Score 1) 391

by danlip (#47919957) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

I don't need a lib arts degree to write well documented code. I need a good technical understanding of the code and an understanding of what difficulties the next person who comes along will have reading the code - and understanding that I have acquired from lots of experienced reading other peoples code. And a desire to do a good job - I can't emphasize that last point enough.

Comment: Re:Seriously, we're not rapists.... (Score 5, Insightful) 595

by danlip (#47749129) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

I think the main point is to prevent the woman from drinking the spiked drink. I think it is rather unlike that a guy gets convicted (or even prosecuted) based solely on this test. Perhaps arrested, but more likely just questioned. Unless he's black, in which case he would probably be shot by the police, but that's a problem which has nothing to do with this product.

Comment: Re:That's no moon.... (Score 1) 80

by danlip (#47739501) Attached to: Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

Dyson Spheres are a rather silly thing to search for, as the technology required is too advanced to fathom (perhaps impossible). It seems the TFA was just talking about looking for aliens with huge power sources. That is certainly possible. But my point was that an advanced alien civilization may just have figured out how to be so efficient as to not need huge power sources. I was also responding to the "makes no assumptions about what alien civilizations may be like" statement in the summary, because it seems that they are making a pretty big assumption that could be easily violated without resorting to exotic materials or new laws of physics. We could even be there in 100 years.

Comment: Re:Thermodynamics (Score 1) 80

by danlip (#47738989) Attached to: Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

That seems like a fairly safe assumption. On the other hand if they get all their power from solar (or wind, hydro, etc., which are just secondary affects of solar) then it seems to me they'd be in equilibrium and they'd have the exact same thermal signature as a no-civilization planet. That seems more likely.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 748

by danlip (#47703801) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

While you say homosexuality is not a choice (and I agree) the people on the other side of the debate says that it is, and it committed to not changing their mind based on facts (they call it "faith"). So that argument is not going to convince anyone.

And that Baptist resolution you sited says they "deplore homosexuality as a perversion of divine standards" and it "is an abomination in the eyes of God". That's much stronger language than "dislike". The phrase about God loving everyone despite their sin is just a throw-away phrase to try and make them look less like huge assholes (didn't work).

Comment: Re:I'm not so sure.... (Score 1) 171

by danlip (#47703649) Attached to: Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

You may be right with prescriptions. And the people using the fake medical identity would not be getting the prescriptions for themselves but for resale on the black market, and would probably be a career criminal. If they are local (relative to the real person) and they go to the same pharmacy (which would already have the account info in their computer) maybe they wouldn't be asked for ID or flagged as fraudulent. Although it's still a little hard to believe, because the drugs that are valuable on the black market are narcotics and I am pretty sure they ask for ID every time for those.

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