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Comment: No surprise (Score 5, Insightful) 107

by john82 (#43411355) Attached to: DoJ Answers FOIA Request After Six Years With No Real Information

News Flash:

"A recent study has determined that Democrat administrations in Washington are just as bad as their Republican counterparts. There's just as much lying, corruption, scandal, debt, malfeasance and general stupidity. In fact, other than their respective logos, there appears to be no difference at all.

Film at 11."

Comment: Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (Score 1) 1232

by john82 (#42394773) Attached to: New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

Indeed. How would media members feel about a published database of their name, address, political affiliation and donations?

I'll bet some would argue such a response would infringe on the First Amendment, and possibly Fourth Amendment rights... of the media members (and their families). But do their rights to that protection supersede those of others?

Comment: Re:It depends ... (Score 1) 198

by john82 (#42025679) Attached to: Coffee and Intellectual Property

Champagne must come from the Champagne region of France. Parmesan (Parmigiano-Reggiano) must be produced in a limited number of Italian provinces. There are other examples of such branding that convey the quality and source of various products. If this is what they are after, I'm fine with it..

Fine. Henceforth, only beans from Ethiopia or Yemen may be called Coffee. Everything else will be relegated to "that brown s*** in hot water". I'll let the locals in Yemen and Ethiopia duke it out over the actual use of the name "Coffee".

Comment: Limit reporting (Score 1) 196

by john82 (#41966009) Attached to: UW Imposes 20-Tweet Limit On Live Events

This is just idiotic on the part of someone at the university. Perhaps the reporters should respond by limiting their articles to something roughly equivalent to 20 tweets. Most tweets are extremely short. Maybe a total of 800 characters would be sufficient. Let's see how the administration truly likes reduced coverage of their product.

Comment: Re:While... (Score 1) 259

by john82 (#41547275) Attached to: Earthquakes Correlated With Texan Fracking Sites

The hubris is that they predict, small, trivial little, meaningless earthquakes without knowing about the rest of the system's capacity to be influenced by these events.

Actually, the hubris is armchair techies on Slashdot masquerading as seismologists, geologists, etc. I can only that hope no one would seriously consider making policy or law based on the kind of shoddy, back of an envelope, pseudo-analysis as goes on in this forum on an hourly basis.

Comment: Re:As a University of Washington student... (Score 1, Funny) 595

by john82 (#39840375) Attached to: Not Just Apple, How Microsoft Sidestepped Billions In State Taxes

I am appalled that Microsoft is to blame for the current state of our university.

You're as gullible as a FOX or NBC news viewer. You bought-into the politicians' propaganda hook, line, and sinker like a fish. The only ones to blame, are not Microsoft who followed the tax laws, but the poltiicians who failed to REWRITE the tax laws such that MS and other corporations would have to pay on all their income (since they reside in washington).

Well this simply won't do. This is what happens when the lemmings go off their meds and start thinking for themselves. We simply can't have the likes of you questioning the order of things. No siree, bob.

Now, off to re-education camp with you!

[Btw: If you're reading this, you're in the 1%.]

Comment: Re:I guess they would never have hired (Score 1) 743

You're assuming my interpretation. The AC said he never espoused any support for ID. That was not factually correct. Further, Einstein actually derided anthropomorphic religion. Try actually reading what he said rather than jumping to your own conclusions.

Stop trying to put words in someone else's mouth.

Comment: Re:Isac Newton anyone? (Score 1) 743

Nice try, but no. There have been plenty of theories which have been postulated well in advance of any technical ability to test them being even on the horizon. In fact, we're STILL trying to prove some of Einstein's theories. Perhaps you've heard of Gravity Probe-B?

GP-B was designed to measure two key predictions of Einstein's general theory of relativity by monitoring the orientations of ultra-sensitive gyroscopes relative to a distant guide star.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"