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Comment: Re: stop the pseudo-scientific bullshit (Score 1) 59

by jd (#49156217) Attached to: Mysterious Siberian Crater Is Just One of Many

The Great Extinction, caused by Siberia becoming one gigantic lava bed (probably after an asteroid strike), was a bit further back in time. Geologically, Siberia is old. You might be confusing the vestiges of Ice Age dessication (which was 10,000 years ago) but which involves the organics on the surface with the geology (aka rocks).

Regardless, though, of how the craters are forming, the fact remains that an awful lot of greenhouse gas is being pumped into the air, an awful lot of information on early civilization is being blasted out of existence, and a lot of locals are finding that the land has suddenly become deadly.

Comment: Re: Authority (Score 3, Interesting) 57

by jd (#49156167) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

That is a good question. The last time the courts ruled on this, the ruling was that the FCC had ceded power and couldn't claim it back without the will of god. Or Congress, or something.

Personally, I'm all in favour of Thor turning up to the Supreme Court, but he probably wouldn't be allowed in on account of not having a visa.

Comment: Re:Yet another reason to abandon physical media. (Score 1) 57

by jedidiah (#49155579) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

> If you watch your movies via streaming, this is not an issue. 2015 people, 2015.

Yes. In 2015 there's still plenty of stuff that's not available via streaming or is only available at a price that most people aren't interested in paying.

Some us actually use this stuff and don't merely talk about it.

Comment: Re:Monopolistic: Do no evil? (Score 2) 138

by Anonymous Brave Guy (#49154799) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

Now will ICANN put its foot down

It had better hope so, because giving entire TLDs to specific big companies could easily be the straw that breaks the camel's back in terms of the rest of the world accepting US-led administration of the general Internet. There's plenty of scepticism already, but organisations like ICANN are tolerated because frankly no-one has much of a better idea or wants to take on the responsibility. However, it is not difficult to think of a better idea than letting big businesses rewrite the established rules in arguably the most important address space in the world today for their own benefit.

Comment: Too much information is lost in the photo (Score 1) 319

by mark-t (#49154473) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

Sampling the pixels directly from the image reveals that the dress color in the photo has a hue between in or around the range of 230 or so, which happens to be blue. However, because it appears that the dress was not directly lit, that hue may be arising because of diffuse interreflections with its surroundings, something that anything which has a lighter shade can be very susceptible to if the only light hitting it is diffused, and which is the kind of lighting that this dress does appear to be exposed to in the photo.

So there is simply too much information about the surrounding lighting conditions that has been lost from the photo to ascertain with any certainty what the actual color of the dress is... at least from this one photograph alone.

Debating the matter is pointless, because it is impossible to actually arrive at a logically valid conclusion merely from what one can see in this photograph except through sheer guesswork.

Comment: Re:Clever. (Score 1) 358

by Cederic (#49152843) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

What fucking relevance does that have? You appear to have a blind hatred for one individual and the party he represents and lazily ascribe all ill in that direction.

Try not to be a bigot, the world is not red and blue, and there is nuance, subtlety and compromise in most things.

Maybe you dislike this policy. Fine. Tell us why, don't be an ignorant twat going "d'uhbama bad, it's all his fault, we should nuke iran"

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 278

by rtb61 (#49152819) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

NSA (and they denied it all to the point of perjury), Stingray, data confiscation at borders, Investigative Data Warehouse, police radar to secretly scan inside houses, naked screening at airports, body searches, internal border patrols etc. Sorry but the US government routinely, absolutely routinely lies about all this but yes you are true through clumsy arrogance they always end up being caught out even if it does take a few years. Do any of those idiots spend time masturbating over naked women sunbathing in their own backyards, you know, you just know, that it will be stupidly inevitable that some douche with a badge will end up doing it.

Comment: Re: Bloatware?! (Score 1) 200

by rtb61 (#49152759) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

Stumbleupon sends you all over the place without much choice and like, duh, hint, hint when you run script blockers that kills most websites functionality and as such there is no logical reason to be there, some even appear totally rather than just partially blank (you're not blonde by any chance). So no right for ads not even by route of stumbleupon or any other scammy marketing links, plenty, literally hundreds of millions of other site to choose from ;D.

Comment: Re: Bloatware?! (Score 1) 200

by rtb61 (#49152525) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

By the same token, falsely promoting products is fraud. Whether or not websites fail to vet the ads they show, they are still totally responsible for the fraudulent misrepresentation of products. So here is how it works, play nice and you ads survive, be naughty and no advertising scripts or cookies for your website, for the advertising agents and for the marketed products. So fraud is worse than cheating, one is criminal the other is purely moral. Also watch out for poorly behaved advertising agencies, no point working with them, if they are blocked all over the place.

Comment: Re:Just damn (Score 1) 394

by rtb61 (#49152521) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Let's not forget who really creates the characters people love, the writers and who ensure they are portrayed effectively, the directors, also those that create the environments they play in or record the events. Keep in mind Leonard Nimoy's book "I am not Spock", actors are not the people they pretend to be in front of the camera. Want to remember Leonard Nimony, the remember him for his acting or his other public roles and not for one character he pretended to be in front of a camera.

Comment: You are wrong Sir (Score 1) 125

by frovingslosh (#49152385) Attached to: Vandalism In Arizona Shuts Down Internet and Phone Service
What? You think they consider that some sort of privacy issue? Actually, they do just the opposite. They print out their customer lists and bind them into thick books. Then they "hand out" those customer lists with addresses and phone numbers to telemarketers and other nuisance callers. Want off that published customer list? OK, but it will cost you. Just another way for AT&T to screw their customers.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.