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Comment Re:update - there were other tosses which Sanders (Score 1) 634

Correct. Your eyes are fine.
Flipping the coin is only introducing randomness. The odds of getting A result are 1/1. Assigning a value to the result is the significant part. Assigning the first flip as a score for the Bernster or Hillarity gives 1/2 odds for that first event.

Comment Re:that 250,000 watts/sqft power number (Score 1) 173

That's what caught my eye also. If Bitcoin mining is actually using energy at those rates there should be some consideration given to regulation. Speculation with currency has shown its downside, and I hope someone is analyzing the potential effects of speculation with the energy supply.
If it's 250kw/sq.ft. I hope the ceilings are 30 ft tall....

Comment Re:Those who would give up essential Liberty... (Score 1) 395

"Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once." from the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.
"What profiteth a man to gain the whole world if he loses his very soul...?" comes to mind also.....
Does anyone really buy much of anything the government is trying to sell any more? The model citizen our government is pushing towards looks less and less like the citizen defined in the constitution all the time.

Comment Re: Sounds like a psycopath. (Score 1) 486

Perhaps they could start with correctly handling those threats REPORTED TO THEM by their own agents, other US agencies, foreign gov's, and the public at large? I think that would have stopped ~90% of attacks from the last couple of decades.
The continuing push for mass surveillance is demonstrably counter-productive and stinks of tyranny.

Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 2) 608

Try reading the ancient writings for comprehension MM. There are stark differences in the messages of the Bible and the Koran. The Bible presents a creator warning of consequences after this life for sin, unbelief, etc. The Koran is fairly clear on consequences in this life for not converting to the Islamic faith. The Bible requires nothing more from a believer than to testify and present ones life as testament to that faith. The Koran has its 5 pillars and never really comes away from conversion by force unto death if necessary.
I'm not particularly fond of "religion" as a creation of man, but a serious study of man's most ancient writings on faith and God's revelations to man is a must for any mature mind.

Submission + - TPP makes copy left licences illegal 8

ras writes: With the release of the final version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty yesterday, this little gem was noted on the Linux Australia mailing list. Quoting article 14.7.1 of the TPP:

No Party shall require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition for the import, distribution, sale or use of such software, or of products containing such software, in its territory.

It goes onto to exempt demanding copies of the source in commercially negotiated contracts, quality assurance, patents, orders made by judicial authorities or to comply with the regulation. The one notable exception to the exemptions: copy left licences.

Comment Re:11 years later the die has been cast (Score 1) 81

And they jointly held the thought that, ..."The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."..., was endowed to every person by their Creator. Not by law or government, but by the "God of nature and nature's God." Law and government can only get in line with "self-evident truth" or it fails the Spicoli test:

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