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Comment Yeah, let's give Facebook more power... (Score 4, Interesting) 51

Facebook is already make or break for news sites. Operations I've worked with get anywhere from 40-60+ percent of their traffic from Facebook. Facebook already has too much market power in this sector. News operations that go along with this idea are slitting their own throats.

Comment Re:If only it was true... (Score 1) 468

Federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains really good numbers on relative number of deaths in various occupations. You can find the latest numbers here: http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi...

The FBI also releases a detailed report of pigs killed every year. You can find it listed as "Law Enforcment Officers Killed and Assaulted" as part of the annual Uniform Crime Reports program. It's on the FBI website.

And the malice comes from experience.

Comment Re:If only it was true... (Score 1) 468

I wish this app would increase the death rate, but I don't think it will help. The death rate for pigs is lower than that for garbage men, and an order of magnitude below truly dangerous jobs like loggers and commercial fishermen. Every time a pig dies I feel a little safer, and I only wish something as simple as an app could help in that regard.

Comment Mission Acomplished (Score 1) 64

Verizon and the rest of the cable/telco cartel have succeeded in extorting rents from Netflix, so now they have no need for an alternate service. A content play was never a natural move for Verizon. Much easier and much more profitable to simply shake down the two or three leading streaming services -- but until they were able to do that, having something like Redbox streaming was an important part of their threat.

Redbox streaming likely only existed to use as a threat: "nice little business you've got here. Pity if anything started happening to your deliveries and our company took all your customers."

Comment I'd love to mock this grant... (Score 1) 126

...but I'm finding it hard to really get too worked up about.

We are planning to buy almost F-35s at a price of approx. $188 million per. This is a plane that in the words of Rand corp (hardly an anti-military outfit) "can't turn, can't climb, can't run" well enough to dogfight.

We are planning to buy a total of 10 Ford class aircraft carriers, at a cost of more than $11 billion per ship. The Chinese seem to think they can neutralize our carriers with cheap ballistic missiles and attack subs. Lots of experts think they may be right. But even if they aren't that will leave us with twice as many fleet carriers as the rest of the world combined.

Compared to that, I think a million bucks to study the life cycle of memes is a bargain.

Comment Why is this on /.? (Score 0) 190

It's a bill sponsored by members of the minority party in the House of Representatives. It has zero chance of becoming law, and a nearly zero chance of ever making it out of committee. Why are the editors wasting our time with this? Do they not understand the first thing about how congress works?

Comment Re:Turn the tables around (Score 2) 114

Sure, but is "intuitive user interface for capacitive touchscreen device" actually patentable? If it is, then Apple's got a case and the patent system is even worse than I thought. If it's not, then Apple's just scum trying to manipulate the legal system to win what they can't win in the market.

As for nuking Apple from orbit? I'd happily do it even if there was no such thing as iOS, Android or even cell phones. I'd nuke them even if I had to give the launch order over a landline with a rotary phone.

Comment You can still get cable descramblers? (Score 1) 548

I had no idea you could still get cable descramblers that work worth a damn. Anyone know if they're legit? Anyone wanna point me toward a good source?

I used to get hacked DirectTV access cards back in the day and they were awesome...but I thought those days were over for good.

I've sworn to never pay for cable again, but I would sign up for a basic package if I could get everything else for free like back in the day.

Thank you DOJ; without your stupid initiative I woulda never known.

Comment Depends on the state (Score 1) 1374

And as for the "what if this is the only gun you can buy" counterargument: there are a few hundred million guns in the USofA, and the people that make them have considerable clout. The notion that suddenly all those other, conventional firearms will disappear, and that gun manufacturers will be forced to make only this type of gun, is delusional.

Ruger has already been forced to quit selling new guns in California because of a requirement that all new pistols include 'bullet stamping' technology -- technology that is not near ready for regular use and will make pistols at least two to three times more expensive than they are now when it is finally reliable.

Other manufacturers will be affected by the new regulations as they refresh their model lines (and in Cali, that can include things like a different color finish).

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