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Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 3, Informative) 1089

by Le Marteau (#49297789) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

> In the US you can always write in a candidate of your choosing. Now, some people like to protest vote for Mickey Mouse, or various other inanimate objects. However if you were to vote for someone who was eligible to run who was not on the ballot, and they pulled in more votes than anyone else, they would be the winner.

YMMV. In many jurisdictions (if not most) there is a list of pre-qualified write in candidates. I shit you not. Google "qualified write-in list" (with the quotes) for a bunch of examples. Sure, you can write in anyone you want, but if they are not on the list, it will not get counted.

Here is one example, from San Francisco: (http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/11/05/18725142.php)

For voters who wish to cast their vote for candidates other than the ones printed on the ballot in San Francisco-- they need to know that they are still limited to a few official write-in candidate names if their vote is to be counted.

Comment: Re:Your justice system is flawed, too. (Score 2, Interesting) 1081

by Le Marteau (#49259051) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

> you agree to by being born into a society, that by doing so, you agree to abide by that societies rules.

I have no doubt you actually believe that horseshit. That statement makes some of the more hilarious proclaimations Christians are so fond of saying seem rational and reasonable in comparison.

Comment: Re:87%, not 29% (Score 3, Interesting) 384

by Jesrad (#49187811) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

Allow me to translate from this french: "take its responsibility as a shareholder" = shoulder losses.

We here in France have what we call "état-stratège", where the taxpayer is turned into this wunderkind shareholder who holds lots of major stock forever and gets none of the dividends.

Comment: Re:Would it matter? (Score 1) 576

How long till the US army runs out of refined oil though ? How long till the tech seeps into the local people and gets turned around guerilla-style ? Logistics are what win or lose an invasion. Interstellar logistics are pretty much impossible barring any sort of "stargate" technology.

(Also, Napoleon era tech already included rifles with near-semiauto fire capability and decent clip size, like the Girandoni Windbüchse used by the Tyrolian elite soldiers of the Austrian army.)

Comment: Re:Human (Score 4, Interesting) 576

Then I wondered what an alian would look like to me, a human. I decided that an alien would look just like another human. So I began to wonder what advanced characteristics I couild watch out for. Successful businessman, good luck, healthy long life, mysterious origin, that sort of thing.

The best example individual that fits, is Elon Musk. The guy is ridiculously successful, but that is merely a means to his alien ends, which seem to be: to go back to his home planet. He needs processing power, so he funds high tech development, then sells it when it's sufficiently advanced so he can focus on developping the battery tech that he will also need later on, etc. Repeat the cycle until he gets the effective rocket / spaceship / dimensional portal tech required to get back home.

+ - NSA linked to hard drive firmware hacking across 12 major manufacturers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Russian security researchers have published a report [http://www.kaspersky.com/about/news/virus/2015/equation-group-the-crown-creator-of-cyber-espionage] detailing the insertion of data-stealing software into the firmware of hard drives from over a dozen major manufacturers. The report, from Kaspersky Labs, connects the organisation behind it — which it has dubbed 'The equation Group' — with the National Security Agency, due to common variants in the hard drive malware and Stuxnet, the NSA-driven cyberattack initiative which was used to attack a uranium refinement facility in Iran. The 'Fanny worm' propagated by the firmware hack is used to breach air-gapped networks via infected USB sticks, relaying retrieved information back to command-and-control centers. Reuters claims to have had the allegations confirmed by two ex-NSA employees."
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Comment: Re:Current minimum is 30 min by car. (Score 2) 149

by drerwk (#49041303) Attached to: Mooted: An Undersea Link From Finland To Estonia
It may be people at work were kidding me: However, apparently it is common to drive into the sea at Talinn.
http://www.topgear.com/uk/phot...
http://www.bencoombs.net/page7...
As for temp:
Helsinki Airport recorded a temperature of 34.0 C (93.2 F) on 29 July 2010 and a low of 35.9 C (33 F) on 9 January 1987. - so maybe I'm thinking with wind chill.

Comment: Current minimum is 30 min by car. (Score 1, Insightful) 149

by drerwk (#49039501) Attached to: Mooted: An Undersea Link From Finland To Estonia
I had the great pleasure of staying in Helsinki for Dec/Jan - love the Finns. It finally got down to -44 or so and there was much celebration at work as the gulf had frozen over and the booze run to Tallinn could be done by car. I gratefully declined the invite to go along for the ride.

Be sociable. Speak to the person next to you in the unemployment line tomorrow.

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