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Comment Mailbox (Score 1, Interesting) 421 421

From what I've heard, and it's not like I'm following it closely, Hillary was not given an email address by the government (using the general term). So she continued to use her own.

Why isn't the investigation into how someone got appointed Secretary of State and no one thought to create an email account? The fact that months in nobody said "Hey, why doesn't she have an email account?" strikes me as odd. That no one sending her emails rose a red flag saying "why don't you have a government email?" strikes me as even more odd. This seems like a colossal IT failure and taking it out on the user is asinine. Of course, it seems to me that she also failed to request a government email box.

For all the buzz that Republicans are making such a fuss about this email failure I would like to remind you about the W. flub where the white house IT said "oops, we can't retrieve old emails".

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549 549

Pretty much your only option is to test that the car behind is not decelerating (within some % tolerance) and knowing that a rear ender is possible... then you can tap the horn. It might annoy or confuse others around, but it also might get the attention of the driver behind you giving them the time to make a quick stop. It the only communication mechanism you have then the brake lights aren't enough.

Comment Re:Another blow to states' RIGHTS. (Score 1) 446 446

Now that is about the best argument I've heard from that side.

Perhaps we should drop the "GMO" argument and start discussing "Spliced". It we label food as comping from Spliced crops or not then people can decide whether they want to take part in the public health test or not. We've been eating non-spliced food for thousands of years and that has worked out fairly well. In 20 years or so we'll fine out whether spliced food seems ok or not, but only if the public has a clue what they're eating.

On a tangent I'll say that the reason for America's decline lately is because we're poisoning our food supply. If you look at the health impact studies they'll conclude that the problem of a desk job is being stationary, and the problem with couch potatoes is that they are stationary, then we allow farmers to grow our meat in gestation crates and cages where the animal can't even turn around. We also feed these animals crops that aren't part of their natural diets because it's cheaper. Then we spray those crops with pesticides and weed killers that they're spliced to resist. Sometimes we give those foods a quick rinse before serving, because that washes away all the bad.

Comment Re:So wait... (Score 1) 58 58

Of course I didn't read the article, but I imagine it went down more like this:

FBI: We know of some groups hosting what we deem to be illegal content within your borders and we'd like to shut them down. If you agree to tag along we can call this a cooperative effort. As a bonus you'll get to keep the servers we confiscate.

RO: Well, OK.

Comment Love em (Score 1) 340 340

I have a VersaTable which allows for sit/stand and an easy transition between the two. I also bought anti fatigue mats at the same time so I'm not standing on the hard wood floor. I have never been so happy with a decision. It took a few adjustments to find my happy standing position. I almost never sit anymore. My chiropractor would confirm that he can tell the difference (a change for the better).

Like the post above mine I have a large mouse pad and sit much of my forearm on the desk. I have a secondary monitor at the back of the desk (I got the 30" wide desk). I absolutely love it. I'll even game for hours standing. There's no question that it's better than sitting. I've had mine for about 8 months.

Submission + - Windows 10 Upgrade notifications have started

dkman writes: When I turned on my Surface Pro 3 this morning I got a popup to "reserve" my free copy of Windows 10. It said the software would download in the background and shoot me an email when it was done (I had to provide an email address for that, but there was an option to skip notification. I'm wasn't sure how I would know "when" if I skipped).

Now I see a windows icon in the tray titled "Get Windows 10". It has a "Test if your PC is ready" tool and tells me my upgrade is reserved. I assume it would tell me when it's ready to install.

Comment Re:Huh? They had full control of the hardware. (Score 1) 46 46

I came to say that it would have been much more interesting if they were sniffing the data between the watch and phone, which would mean they were capturing bluetooth data (having larger implications).

I'm not quite should how they're seeing files on the watch, so that might be interesting on it's own.

Comment Re:This is America! (Score 2) 479 479

Yea that 's what I don't get about the Creationists. Evolution is observable and happens, period. If you want to believe that God causes evolution or that evolution is part of God's plan... then fine, but why the hell do they decide to argue that evolution is a lie?

Same thing with the big bang. It makes me want to say "Creationists are retards", even though I'm smart enough to know that saying that isn't productive. It's infuriating.

Comment 2 points (Score 2) 145 145

Under the draft provisions of the latest trade deal to be leaked by Wikileaks, countries could be barred from trying to control where their citizens' personal data is held or whether it's accessible from outside the country. ... These negotiating texts are supposed to remain secret for five years after TISA is finalized and brought into force (1). Like TTIP and TPP, TISA could be sped through Congress using Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast-track authority, which has been passed by the US Senate and may be taken up in the House this month. Under TPA, Congress is barred from making amendments to the trade deals, and most simply give yes-or-no approval. (2)

1. How is that supposed to work if no one knows about it?
I assume that the companies doing business would be "business as usual", and the country's governments being bullied by the agreement just wouldn't be able to say they want their citizens' data store within borders. Which sounds ok for me, being in the US, but sounds pretty shitty for them...but that sounds like "business as usual" from what I hear.

2. Congress should always be barred from adding amendments that have nothing to do with the bill. Something related I'm good with, but an amendment to spend money studying ducks in Arkansas on a bill to build a bridge in Massachusetts is bologna.

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