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Comment: Uh, Why... (Score 1) 157

by fahrbot-bot (#49361037) Attached to: UK Licensing Site Requires MSIE Emulation, But Won't Work With MSIE

The error message says "You have more than one browser window open on the same internet connection," (I didn't) and "to avoid this problem, close your browser and reopen it." I did. No change.

Why do they care how many browser windows are open? On the same Internet connection? Why is this a "problem"? How would closing *your* browser fix the issue, if the other window(s) is/are open on another system sharing your "Internet connection"? (Perhaps you or someone upstream is using some sort of NAT.) And, finally, why do they care what browser you're using simply to logon?

Comment: Re:How is this new? (Score 1) 172

I'm wondering, is this the next round of BPA /phthalates that we find are bad for us?

From TF-NYT-A: (emphasis mine)

The approach also allows them to vary the ingredients of the textured layer and the lubricant to fit the properties of different liquids — for food applications, the coatings are derived from edible materials.

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are stupid enough... (Score 1) 316

by fahrbot-bot (#49324837) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

to not recognize that more government control of the Internet is a good thing.

To all conservatives, more government regulation is uniformly bad.

Unless those regulations involve telling a woman what she can and cannot do with her body, or are amendments preventing people of the same sex from marrying ...

Comment: Re:Congratualtion Sherlock (Score 1) 143

by fahrbot-bot (#49308505) Attached to: Excess Time Indoors May Explain Rising Myopia Rates

I work in a basement 200 feet under the ground and I know it feels good to get outside once in a while.

Yeah yeah, ls671 likes to go outdoors, and therefore knew all along what causes myopia, right?

No. Obviously, ls671 works in a Minuteman silo and feels less twitchy and sees things more clearly after spending time outside every so often. This is a *good* thing... Naysayers are welcome to send him their GPS coordinates.

Comment: Re:Oh, *BRILLIANT* (Score 3, Funny) 317

Take someone who is suicidal and crying out for help and to talk with their friends, and you block them from talking to anyone!

Why not just had them a gun?

And... make them "read Facebook's suicide prevention materials." (I wonder what the legal disclaimer is on that?)

What happens if the user doesn't give it a "Like"?

Comment: Re:But to WHICH police? (Score 1) 79

by fahrbot-bot (#49287519) Attached to: Twitter Adds Tool To Report Tweets To the Police

This seems rather hopeless. Does it go to the police with jurisdiction closest to the IP address the offending tweet came from? Or to the police closest to where the alleged victim resides?

From TFS: " It is left up to the user to forward the report to law enforcement ..."

The user can only opt to *also* receive an email containing information about the reported tweet.

Comment: Re:OMG that slut totally insulted me! (Score 2) 79

by fahrbot-bot (#49287503) Attached to: Twitter Adds Tool To Report Tweets To the Police

Click report to police.

As described in TFA: The user can only opt to also receive an email containing information about the reported tweet.
It's up to that user to forward the email to the police.

From TFS: (for those with even shorter attention spans):

It is left up to the user to forward the report to law enforcement ...

Comment: Re:Long range outlook: batteries or fuel cells? (Score 2) 229

Hydrogen is a volatile gas that is EXTREMELY difficult to store and transport, making it very impractical.

That may not always be true with things like "micro-porous polymer" beads/fibers - see: New hydrogen storage material could be added directly to fuel tanks:

When the hydrides are trapped inside the polymers, the hydrogen can be rapidly desorbed (released) at low pressures and ambient temperatures. According to Cella Energy, the micro-porous polymers can store as much hydrogen for a given weight as high-pressure tanks.

The micro-beads, which also encapsulate hydrides, are especially interesting for vehicular applications. The micro-beads resemble a fine powder and could potentially be poured and pumped like a fluid into vehicles’ fuel tanks.

The company explains that the encapsulated hydrogen could be safely used in either an internal combustion engine or fuel cell. Once the hydrogen is desorbed from a bead, the empty bead is stored in a separate lightweight plastic tank in the vehicle. When the vehicle needs to be refueled, the waste beads are removed from the vehicle and taken elsewhere to be rehydrided and recycled. Unlike hydrogen stored in high-pressure cylinders, new micro-beads could be refueled into vehicles just like vehicles today are refueled with gasoline.

Comment: Re:Like O.J... (Score 2) 169

by fahrbot-bot (#49284335) Attached to: Not Quite Dead: SCO Linux Suit Against IBM Stirs In Utah

Your last sentence is particularly telling.... It reads like the classic technique of a culprit accusing his accusers of exactly the thing that he himself did so as to deflect criticism.

Like O.J. and and V. Putin vowing to find the "real killers."

Whoa, whoa - WHOA. They're going after Lennart Poettering?

Comment: Re:so, the key to amnesty... (Score 1) 322

by fahrbot-bot (#49284209) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades

That's standard modus operandi.

Embezzle $1m, go to jail.
Embezzle $100m, get fired as CEO, collect massive golden parachute, go work for someone else for more money.
Embezzle $10b, get a taxpayer funded bailout.

Reminds me of a bit in the Eddie Izzard standup performance Dress to Kill:

You know, we think if somebody kills someone, that's murder, you go to prison. You kill 10 people, you go to Texas, they hit you with a brick, that's what they do. 20 people, you go to a hospital, they look through a small window at you forever. And over that, we can't deal with it, you know? Someone's killed 100,000 people. We're almost going, "Well done! You killed 100,000 people? You must get up very early in the morning. I can't even get down the gym! Your diary must look odd: “Get up in the morning, death, death, death, death, death, death, death – lunch- death, death, death -afternoon tea - death, death, death - quick shower"

Comment: Re:so, the key to amnesty... (Score 2, Insightful) 322

by fahrbot-bot (#49284133) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades

And there's back doors in it for the Chinese.

Maybe not just for them. It's nice that Microsoft is willing to let people (and pirates - Arrrg!) upgrade for free, but it makes me wonder why they're so eager for everyone to have Windows 10. What's in it that they want to be ubiquitous and/or available? Backdoors, spyware, etc...? New ways to track people or help the authorities (and various 3-letter agencies) track usage? More A/V controls to appease the RIAA and MPAA?

Ya, I get they want more market share - in something - but it still sounds fishy.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.

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