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Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 4, Interesting) 221

by epiphani (#47958311) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

Yup. Here's the key part of the comments:

Secret Service is not protecting the White House with adequate agents and uniformed officers and is not keeping up to date with the latest devices for detecting intruders and weapons of mass destruction

In other words, buy more stuff for more security theater. This is probably the same guy who thinks the TSA actually provides security.

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 4, Informative) 819

by epiphani (#47845577) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

The problem is twofold. I travel a huge amount for work, and I am required to select the cheapest available option (within a window). The only thing that saves me from spending 10+ hours a week in huge amounts of discomfort due to the amount of space is my frequent flier status.. Those extra 5" of legroom are luxury when you travel as much as I do.

Comment: Re:Ghostery (Score 1) 219

by GumphMaster (#46917001) Attached to: Help EFF Test a New Tool To Stop Creepy Online Tracking

A radio station I listen to recently rebranded. Their "improved" web site does not deliver content without the WebTrends tracking code being allowed through NoScript/Ghostery. I seems to do do some magic callback foo to achieve this. This behaviour seems to rapidly expanding on the site; I found a page today that required NetCensus tracking as well. Curiously I get more content if I block JS altogether (although not fully functional).

Comment: Re:Cause an Elected Dictatorship ? (Score 1) 465

by GumphMaster (#46895829) Attached to: Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

The UK/ca/AU/nz Prime Ministers are effectively elected dictators

Bwah ha ha ha ha! You clearly have not been paying attention to Australian politics since 2007. The "dictator" was toppled several times by revolt from within and ended up running a minority Government until the election in Sep 2013. A "dictator" dependent on the support of minor parties to govern is hardly the description of one with unrestricted control. The current "dictator" is having trouble quelling the open discontent from within his own coalition in several policy areas and cannot get important policy initiatives through the parliament. Unfettered power? I don't think so.

Comment: Re:Why is this so difficult? (Score 1) 1198

Your vet will typically use high dose pentobarbital or sodium thiopental in euthanasia of cats and dogs. Pentobarbital is the drug that the Danish manufacturer is withholding from the US penal system because they use it in executions. Sodium thiopental is no longer manufactured in the US and cannot legally be exported from the EU for use in executions.

Comment: Why should we find this surprising? (Score 3, Insightful) 288

by GumphMaster (#46875753) Attached to: Decommissioning Nuclear Plants Costing Far More Than Expected

'The Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Rowe, Massachusetts, took 15 years to decommission—or five times longer than was needed to build it.

Of course it takes longer to decommission than to build. When it was built all the materials were essentially safe, non-toxic materials where handling is easy, well-understood, and well supported by standard systems, factories and the like. When it is torn down much of the material is unsafe or toxic to some degree, some is extremely unsafe and toxic, and all of it must be dealt with in situ using systems that are not commonly used elsewhere. Handling toxic material safely takes more time than handling safe materials. The extended time leads naturally to extended cost. As wise people have observed, time is money.

Comment: Re:Don't take the job (Score 1) 108

by GumphMaster (#46763415) Attached to: 52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

Please do not fly commercially, you clearly will not respect the authority of the pilots or the safety that zero blood alcohol/drug levels add to ( Don't consume anything that is mined in my part of the world, most (all) mining companies have zero tolerance for drink/drugs and random testing for same... even for office staff.

Do you suffer painful hallucination? -- Don Juan, cited by Carlos Casteneda