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Comment: Re:academic achievement as a proxy for intelligenc (Score 1) 265

by drooling-dog (#47880413) Attached to: Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

My first thought, exactly. Who would have thought that academics would equate intelligence (and other admirable traits, as well?) with academic achievement? Are there other ways in which this innate component of intelligence can manifest? Might cultural and socioeconomic factors - among other things - muddy the association?

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 495

by Sique (#47878597) Attached to: Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist
About any non-ruling party has more emphasis on citizen's rights than the ruling ones. Sometimes they differ in who they count as citizens (or humans). They have the big advantage of not having to compromise between conflicts of interest in actual decisions when one's rights are limited by other persons's rights, thus "individual rights" is a nice and unchallenged battle cry. If the party has some local influence (e.g. majority in a city council or similar), the party also calls for more decisions on a local level. And of course any non ruling party is in favor of changed rules to make it more difficult for the ruling parties to stay in power.

So nothing to see here. Just your average opposition party's positions.

Comment: Re:hmmmm (Score 1) 275

by Sique (#47878437) Attached to: California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews
An NDA would run afoul the aforementioned law, because it explicitely states:

This bill would prohibit a contract or proposed contract for the sale or lease of consumer goods or services from including a provision waiving the consumer’s right to make any statement regarding the seller or lessor or its employees or agents, or concerning the goods or services.

Comment: Re:Don't know what to think (Score 2) 122

by Sique (#47870669) Attached to: Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case
I don't think you get the real problem. It's not about the export of data (which is not at issue here), it's disclosing private data to a third party. This doesn't mean export - even if the third party in question appeared in Ireland in front of the data center, this still would be illegal.

Comment: Re:Don't know what to think (Score 3) 122

by Sique (#47870455) Attached to: Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case
The physical location of the data matters because of European Data Protection laws. Microsoft would run afoul of the laws of Ireland if they gave data stored on servers in Ireland to a third party without the actual owner of the data agreeing or a court order by an Irish court. The government lawyers obviously tried to argue that they don't need an Irish court, and the U.S. judge at first bought the argument. And now it seems as if the U.S. court might have changed its mind but want this to be sorted out by the higher court.

Comment: Where are you in town? (Score 1) 523

by zooblethorpe (#47857695) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

I'm getting 65 Meg down and 12 Meg up on my commiecast connection in Seattle... we pay for 50/10...

...That said, they had to come out and work on the lines, as before we were lucky to get 12 Meg down and 5 Meg up...

Just tangentially, it sounds like people living in the parts of town where the previous mayor was talking about implementing municipal broadband all got upgraded infrastructure, probably as the ISP majors tried to argue that municipal broadband wasn't needed. In contrast, I'm in Northgate, still reasonably dense and still well within in the city limits, but our neighborhood was outside of the areas marked for municipal broadband rollout -- and I'm still stuck with 4 down / 1.5 up.

Cheers,

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