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Comment Re:Excellent (Score 1) 150

finally a homosexual man who can reply calmly and rationally. i wish there were more non-militant gays where i live.

about the topic discussed earlier, I think homosexuality is a naturally occurring phenomenon that becomes more prominent during overpopulation. i.e. nature's way to defend resources. google for J.B.Calhoun's research into mice overpopulation from early 50s or J.R.Hammock's from 70s. mind you, we're going to f*** nature up anyway with the current research of same sex reproduction.

Comment Re:Let Me Be The One (Score 1) 268

what if all attributes of object world.person(n="anonymous coward") are simply reassigned to a newly created object nirvana.person(n="anonymous coward")? or in your case samsara.person(n="anonymous coward")

class world is still left with unused object (to be garbage collected) and a new object gets created in class heaven. your supremo is the software itself.

does the different nomenclature make it more believable?

Submission Feds building huge biometric database on all citizens->

schwit1 writes: For years the FBI maintained it had no interest in scanning fingerprints collected by employers — teachers, lawyers, state and federal workers, even bike messengers now routinely submit fingerprints for employment — but that has now changed.

"For the first time, fingerprints and biographical information sent to the FBI for a background check will be stored and searched right along with fingerprints taken for criminal purposes," reports the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting rights online.

The change, which the FBI revealed quietly in a February 2015 Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), means that if you ever have your fingerprints taken for licensing or for a background check, they will most likely end up living indefinitely in the FBI's NGI database. They'll be searched thousands of times a day by law enforcement agencies across the country-even if your prints didn't match any criminal records when they were first submitted to the system.

The EFF believes the change is "part of an ever-growing movement toward cataloguing information on everyone in America-and a movement that won't end with fingerprints."
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Comment Re:MacBook Pro (Score 1) 235

i'm sure psychiatrists have a word for it. somebody more knowledgeable please help me. what is it called when somebody makes other people do the thing they feel guilty about, to feel less guilty themselves (because others are now doing it too)?

i've had Macbook Pros. that's not a computer, it's a fashionable legburner with built in pipe organ (as soon as you do anything even remotely resembling work). that thing just can't cool itself and stay quiet. i also tried running gnu/linux on it but the story was the same. it either throttles itself to a crawl or wheezes like an old asthmatic.

Comment Re: Police? (Score 1) 370

i'm all for poisoning the available information. tag yourself in pictures of random people, create multiple twitter/fakebook/g+ accounts with your (possibly real) name but where everything else is a bit off. and for f*cks sake, do not keep the same online accounts for too long for sentimental reasons. it's ok to have a high UID on slashdot even though you've been on slashdot for 10+ years. the feeling of prestige in an online community is what feeds this doxing phenomenon.

Comment Re:Without Steve Jobs ... (Score 2) 324

i think the next product should be iSland. with that much cash, they can just build or buy an artificial island, declare it a new iCountry, base themselves on that iSland and pay taxes only to themselves. I'm sure amazon, google and microsoft would gladly incorporate themselves in iCountry for some token tax.

Submission Chemical evidence shows the Nazis weren't at all close to having the bomb->

TheAlexKnapp writes: The Nazis winning World War II by getting the bomb first is a staple of alt-history and it's the reason why James T. Kirk lost the love of his life, Edith Keeler. Einstein also noted possible German efforts to build one in his letter to FDR urging the U.S. develop an atomic weapon. But it turns out there really wasn't a race to build a bomb at all. Materials from Germany's atomic weapons program have been studied by an international team of researchers, who determined that Germany never achieved a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction — something that Fermi and his colleagues had accomplished in 1942 — which was a key step to actually building an atomic weapon. This chemical evidence supports other historical accounts that the German atomic program never achieved this result.
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Submission Apple's 16GB iPhone 6S is a Serious Strategic Mistake

HughPickens.com writes: Matthew Yglesias writes at Vox that Apple's recent announcement of an entry level iPhone 6S is a serious strategic mistake because it contains just 16GB of storage — an amount that was arguably too low even a couple of years back. According to Yglesias, the user experience of an under-equipped iPhone can be quite bad, and the iPhone 6S comes with features — like the ability to shoot ultra-HD video — that are going to fill up a 16GB phone in the blink of an eye. "It's not too hard to figure out what Apple is up to here," writes Yglesias. "Leaving the entry-level unit at 16GB of storage rather than 32GB drives higher profit margins in two ways. One, it reduces the cost of manufacturing the $649 phone, which increases profit margins on sales of the lowest-end model. Second, and arguably more important, it pushes a lot of people who might be happy with a 32GB phone to shell out $749 for the 64GB model."

But this raises the question of what purpose is served by Apple amassing more money anyhow. Apple pays out large (and growing) sums of cash to existing shareholders in the form of dividends and buybacks, but its enormous cash stockpile keeps remorselessly marching up toward $200 billion. "Killing the 16GB phone and replacing it with a 32GB model at the low end would obtain things money can't buy — satisfied customers, positive press coverage, goodwill, a reputation for true commitment to excellence, and a demonstrated focus on the long term. A company in Apple's enviable position ought to be pushing the envelop forward on what's considered an acceptable baseline for outfitting a modern digital device, not squeezing extra pennies out of customers for no real reason."

Comment Re:Kind of. Coast Guard. Same size as 1 carrier gr (Score 2) 106

wouldn't canada (or anybody) be safer without a friend who goes around the world stirring shit at every possible opportunity?

i.e. if they had United States of South Canada for a neighbor, i'd imagine the south canadian (mounted) navy wouldn't just run around the world rattling guns and meddling in people's shit.

Submission Ask Slashdot: Country best to avoid government surveillance?

simpz writes: Which country is best to choose for hosting Internet services and locating VMs to avoid government surveillance (both NSA and local)?

It should be a country with good connectivity to the US and Europe, but have strong legal protections from mass surveillance. People talk about Switzerland, Norway and Iceland (even Spain). Anyone worked through the pros and cons of each of these? I'm not concerned about legitimate (with court order) surveillance, just the un-targeted mass surveillance most governments seem to do. I don't believe this bad behavior should be rewarded or made easy.

Comment Re:Money (Score 1) 246

in an ideal world, in addition to GPL, i would like a GPrL (general private license) that would:

1) give the buyer source code and right to make and use derivative work
2) give the buyer the right to sell derivative work but pay commission to original author - original author must specify fixed sum or percentage during original sale. original author must specify if they want commission from derivatives of derivatives - i.e. commissions going all the way up the chain.
3) not give the buyer the right to give original or derivative away for free
4) give the buyer the right to freely give the one copy of the software to another party provided they themselves stop using it
5) give the buyer the right to change to a more restrictive license of derivative work as long as clause 2 is rediscussed

Backed up the system lately?