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Comment: Re:Existence of hitman? (Score 1) 73

...never mind

"Ulbricht's own lawyer admitted during opening statements that his client created the site. "There's no dispute it was used to sell drugs," said Turner. 'There's no dispute when the defendant was arrested, he was logged in as Dread Pirate Roberts.'"

Comment: Re:Perhaps .... (Score 1) 73

Wait, people use the USPS to receive illegal goods in the mail? Isn't that stupid. Not only is it a federal offense to mail illegal goods through the USPS, but they have the right to open your packages. Isn't that like the easiest way to get caught dealing drugs? I mean, the package has your name on it, or it least your address. What are you going to do, say you're holding it for a friend?

Comment: I'm talking 'bout balls deep! (Score 1) 73

Has the government had anyone by the balls as the do Ulbricht, I don't think so. It just keeps getting worse for this guy. I'm pretty sure they'll probably throw some child-porn charges in there for good measure. This guy is fucked, fucked, fucked. And will get fucked (in prison)!

Comment: Re:inflation embiggens numbers (Score 1) 534

by gizmo2199 (#48924495) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

But inflation is simply the increase of purchasing power of a currency over time. One way you can measure it is: how much have your grocery bills gone up in the last year, last five years, last 10 years and so on. If you really want to be accurate, you can even adjust it per person.

Comment: Re:Popcorn time! (Score 5, Insightful) 376

by gizmo2199 (#48888689) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

It's a tricky question. I would say that the dividing line is coercion-- is the professor using some form of threat, or promising good grades?

I think that's where you have to draw the line. I mean a college-aged girl has to get over the fact that older men will be attracted to her, and make advances. Just because she's creeped-out by it, doesn't necessarily mean it's inappropriate. Ultimately gender equality means others have the right to hit on her, and she has the right to tell them to fuck-off. That's what you do as an adult.

And it's not as if women don't use their sex-appeal when it suits them.

Comment: Jetpacks! (Score 2) 105

All of these articles have that tinge of 1950's science fiction: we'll all be living in magnificent under-water cities in 10 years, and everyone'll have a jetpack!

All we need to do is build an underwater city...and jetpacks. But in reality it's that our cities will be under water in 10 years.

Comment: Re:Hope and change (Score 1) 562

by gizmo2199 (#48842159) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

We've had intellectuals as President, including the man holding the office now. Judging by their records, I'm about ready for the random person from the phone book. Couldn't do any worse.

I'm looking at the potential candidates from both parties, and I don't like (or trust) any of them. Surely we can do better.

That that were the case, but running for president (and being unscrupulous enough to be nominated in either party) is a very self-selecting process. People with the competence and willingness to do the right thing by their fellow citizen get weeded-out early in the process.

Comment: Re:We deserve this guy (Score 1) 496

by gizmo2199 (#48813125) Attached to: Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs
But that doesn't disprove OP's point, even in the case where the Republicans got more votes, they only received 51.4% of the vote, which means that if it were a fair election, they only would have gotten 224 seats in the House, but they got 260, so that means that the House is tilted in favor of Republicans by at least 36 seats.

Which means that for the Democrats to get a majority they'd have to win at least 37 seats more than 218.

Of course the really big news is that 2.9% of people didn't vote for the 2 parties, which would have translated into 12 house seats for third parties, but there isn't a single 3rd party candidate in the House.

Comment: Re:We deserve this guy (Score 1) 496

by gizmo2199 (#48813061) Attached to: Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs
Yeah, but this is a feature (bug?!) of federalism, the senators are supposed to represent the states, while the representatives represent the people, and in fact until 1913, senators were appointed by the governor of the state, but of course senate seats then became sources of patronage for the governor's buddies. But you're right, the senate is very tilted toward smaller states having outsize influence, but that was the intention.

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 2) 629

by gizmo2199 (#48796847) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw
Ironically, with Android, Google made the same compromise that Microsoft made with Windows, that is make the core OS, but outsource hardware to a million different OEMs, in order to get your software running on a greater ecosystem of machines, unlike the Apple model of controlling both the hardware, and the software, as is the case with Macs and iPhone.

Except, now Google has run into the same issues Microsoft ran into with Windows, namely now they have to either a) support a million different hardware configurations, or b) drop support for "legacy" hardware with every new version of their OS.

Except of course there's a third party involved, the telecomm companies that are responsible for providing OTA updates at their whim, whereas Microsoft never had that problem. If anything, they dictated the upgrade schedule for OEMs, leading to the infamous $2,100 email machine.

So Android is a real conundrum, on the hand, it's open source, but on the other, very few phones actually get the latest release installed, and that's if the telecomms don't cripple the software by installing crapware on it. And there's just enough closed-source binary blobs on the phones that you can't really install your own version either.

My advice, get a nexus, or don't get an android phone.

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