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Comment: Re:Stealing? (Score 5, Insightful) 197

by flagg9483 (#46533691) Attached to: Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8
Yeah, blah, blah, corporations are evil and holding down the poor hard working honest guy. Nonsense. If I start a small corner store business making widgets, then hire you to help. I instruct you have to make my widgets, give you the tools and material to do it, pay you as we agreed, then you steal my inventory and give/sell it to someone then you are a THIEF. Just because it is software doesn't make it belong to you, and just because it is a corporation doesn't give you moral superiority.

Comment: All are still in use (Score 1) 171

by flagg9483 (#46218189) Attached to: Old cellphones, in my household ...
I have 3 Android phones and 1 tablet and I use each of them daily. An HTC One and Nexus 10 table are my daily drivers. I have an old HTC Desire running Cyanogenmod that sits on my bedroom dresser plugged into an old pair of computer speakers that I use strictly for streaming music. I also have a Galaxy Nexus running Cyanogenmod that I use as an alarm clock and to control the HTC Desire remotely with BubbleUPnP. When I replace my HTC One I plan to put that in my car on a permanent basis as a media device.

Comment: Re:not surprised at racism and naive WASPs (Score 2) 1737

by flagg9483 (#44294977) Attached to: George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

Perhaps when you finish high school you will have learned some basic probability so you won't be amazed at such events.

Well, the problem with your figures is that you are assuming a randomly selected jury. That is not how it works, although your figures are perhaps representative of the pool of potential jurors. The defense and state lawyers have some flexibility to reject potential jurors that they feel would be biased. The state in this case would have wanted to reject white or hispanic men while the defense would probably want to reject blacks. Given those strategies, the likelihood of eliminating all blacks from sample of Florida's population if fairly high. I bet you could eliminate blacks form the jury in 90% or more of that state's trials if a lawyer was so inclined. Perhaps you should finish university and get some real life experience applying statistics in real life circumstances before you shoot off about your mastery of a subject.

Comment: Death of $60 games is greatly exaggerated (Score 4, Insightful) 435

by flagg9483 (#39347571) Attached to: Can $60 Games Survive?
Are you kidding? There are men out there who will pay $200 if a woman will just get naked and call him daddy for an hour. Anyone who thinks gamers won't pay $1.50/hour for a game is crazy. Hell, I pumped more than 6 quarters an hour into arcade games once a week when I was a kid, and that's back when you'd actually pick up a quarter in the street if you found one.
Space

Herschel Spectroscopy of Future Supernova 21

Posted by Soulskill
from the that's-a-big-star dept.
davecl writes "ESA's Herschel Space Telescope has released its first spectroscopic results. These include observations of VYCMa, a star 50 times as massive as the sun and soon to become a supernova, as well as a nearby galaxy, more distant colliding starburst galaxies and a comet in our own solar system. The spectra show more lines than have ever been seen in these objects in the far-infrared and will allow astronomers to work out the detailed chemistry and physics behind star and planet formation as well as the last stages of stellar evolution before VYCMa's eventual collapse into a supernova. More coverage is available at the Herschel Mission Blog, which I run."

Comment: Back to school for you, son (Score 5, Informative) 294

by flagg9483 (#26845077) Attached to: Researchers Warn of Possible BitTorrent Meltdown
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_network A computer network is a group of interconnected computers. Networks may be classified according to a wide variety of characteristics. This article provides a general overview of some types and categories and also presents the basic components of a network. ... Functional relationship (network architecture) Computer networks may be classified according to the functional relationships which exist among the elements of the network, e.g., Active Networking, Client-server and Peer-to-peer (workgroup) architecture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peer-to-peer
The Almighty Buck

+ - The Legality of Income Taxes... Freedom of Facism?

Submitted by
earlgrae
earlgrae writes "As tax season rolls around, and I painfully rub my ass once again, I find myself asking the same questions i do every year. How am I going to come up with this money? Where is it going? Why do I have to do this again? Yet this year, I actually have some food for thought, provided by Director Aaron Russo in his documentary America: Freedom to Fascism, which has been made available for free viewing on Google Video. This film addresses facts that the average American is generally unaware of, and probably should not file income taxes this year without at least considering. Before watching this movie, i never reaized that 16th Amendment was never legally ratified, the Federal Reserve is maintained by an independant non-govenrmental institution, according to law the income tax is purely voluntary, and that our income taxes only go towards paying off interest on the national debt. I'd like to know what other Slashdotters think, and whether or not anyone is actually prepared to stand up to the IRS. I urge everyone to watch this film before coming to any conclusions, and then if so inclinded, spread the word."

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

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