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Comment: Re:They did this with Occupy Wall Street (Score 1) 143

by meerling (#49601279) Attached to: Inside the Military-Police Center That Spies On Baltimore's Rioters
I don't know about you, but I did what I could to stop what I knew was coming.
Didn't do a damn bit of good, other than there being a record that these results were foreseen.

Like usual, it's not a question of "If it can be abused?", but rather "When will it be abused?".

Comment: Re:AT&T customer uses $24,298.93 in services (Score 2) 201

The first person at AT&T that was spoken to should have been able to identify the HUGE charges for long distance numbers. They should have also been able to tell him the numbers, as well as when the calls were made, and for how long.
I know I used the word "should" when "can" is more appropriate, I was being nice, and refuse to accept that something that was a standard capability in both the 80s and 90s is suddenly non-existent in this age of data retention.

Comment: Re:The problem isn't the FBI ... (Score 1) 169

by meerling (#49591833) Attached to: FBI Slammed On Capitol Hill For "Stupid" Ideas About Encryption
Put in back doors, and you can kiss any American "security" software goodbye. Let's not even bother with the whole issue that a backdoor will be found and opened, then all hell will break loose, and stick with the fact that nobody on the planet will knowingly buy or use "security" software that is known to have a backdoor.
If they get away with this backdoor crap, how long until they are demanding master keys to your house. (Yeah, that's a bit of hyperbole, but only because the physical expense would be huge.)

Comment: Re:What's the problem (Score 5, Interesting) 620

by meerling (#49582479) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers
I just wanted to say Thank You, and no hard feelings. It seems we've found a couple of interns that will do your entire departments for a pepperoni pizza and 2 liter of coke per shift. You have 6 hours to train your replacements and will be expected to have vacated the premises or security will detain you until the police arrive and you will be prosecuted for trespassing.
Don't forget your NDA, you can't say anything about what this company does.
Thank you very much, and hit the road bud.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 4, Interesting) 339

"...argue that the secret science legislation would force EPA to ignore numerous studies. They say that not only do many studies contain public health or industry-submitted data that are confidential, but the legislation provides too little funding for EPA to obtain all the necessary raw data. And many studies, such as longitudinal surveys, are not realistically “reproducible,” scientific organizations worry."
As far as republican backed industry is concerned, anything like health and environmental issues that prevent them from doing whatever the hell they want is bad. The EPA is a big supplier of those things they hate, so if they can cripple the EPA, they get to do more things to make them money, despite it being dangerous to the public health and safety.
So yes, they are trying to pull a fast one by attempting to eliminate as much as they can.
It's kind of like a mafia lawyer trying to get the judge to throw out all witness testimony that is not 1st hand police testimony, or all evidence that has been touched or operated by someone other than a cop. So Uncle Johns being in the room and seeing Vinnie the Slasher cut up the victim gets thrown out, along with the fingerprints from the door because Uncle John used it to run out screaming for the cops, of which he is not one of. And forget witness protection also, you can't hide the names and address of Uncle Johns family either, since that kind of confidential information isn't "transparent" enough...

Again, yes, it's a scam attempting to cloak itself in respectability. (Or more like trying to sneak sarin into the theater by hiding it in an empty first aid kit wrapped in bandages.)

Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 1) 334

by meerling (#49539029) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology
Funny how so many people are assuming or asking about something like that.
Do you know nothing about how leadership "takes full responsibility" for anything people at least 2 management levels lower do?

Basically it means they'll yell at some underling to fix this, and actually check in on progress once a week or so as long as people keep bugging them about it. Also, they'll do the "sad face in public" thing to help with press releases and photo ops.

Doesn't matter if it's a politician or a corporation, it's all the same dance card. (One of these days I'm going to look up "dance card" and find out what that is, assuming someone bothered to wiki something that old.)

Comment: Re:A great way to transport it... (Score 2) 678

by meerling (#49511593) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California
It was about time for California to try and tell Oregon to divert one of it's rivers again. They attempt that on a regular basis. It's never going to happen, that water flow is important where it is even if nobody is drinking it.
Nobody is going to let California take their water resources, period. They need to find another solution, like reduce water needs, or build some desalination plants.
Besides, if a kickstarter doesn't reach funding, you don't get any of the money, and even if you did, wasting it on a politician would be really stupid.

Comment: Re:Varies, I suppose (Score 1) 533

by meerling (#49506413) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power
There are other methods to store excess power, but I doubt one homes solar panels would make it feasible for the home owner to install.
One of the common methods is to pump water to a higher altitude (up a hill, or into a water tower), so when you need the power, let it run back down to the generator. (The pump is the generator, just running in reverse.)

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 1) 320

by meerling (#49498605) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal
Warning labels... Funny how those don't have to rely on science or even basic intelligence. For example, there is a bicycle manufacturer that has added the warning to their bikes of "Not to be consumed" all because some F-N moron apparently decided to try and eat one of their bikes, and then sued the company because they didn't tell him not to.
If you want to base whether or not something is safe based on the contents of a warning label, you might as well kill yourself now, you'll be a lot less freaked out.

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 2, Insightful) 320

by meerling (#49498595) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal
You do realize don't you, that even the non-gmo stuff Monsanto sells is almost exclusively their own hybrids for which they already have Intellectual Property Rights. No genetic engineering needed for IP.
I have no problems with genetic engineering, though I may have issues with specific uses. Monsanto on the other hand, is just as bad and self serving as any other huge multinational corporation. They all suck.

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