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Comment: Re:They screwed up the website (Score 1) 104

by nelk (#47335991) Attached to: Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

Too bad they are so utterly tone-deaf that they put up a website that requires not just your zipcode but also your street address in order to look up your congressional representative's record on the NSA. Stupid web2.0 fuckheads couldn't at least include a link to a list of reps to pick from in case we didn't want to hand out our home address to god knows what data brokers? Even when I disabled noscript and disabled requestpolicy that damn lookup still wouldn't work either. Epic fucking fail.

'Full Scorecard' link at the top of the site: https://standagainstspying.org...

Comment: Re:Kind of see their point... (Score 1) 207

by nelk (#47248771) Attached to: Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

Site uses the Ikea logo and colors and contains no disclaimer. I can see how people could mistake it for an "official" site.

The funny thing is, the one part of the site that would give a confused person pause to think 'Hrm. This doesn't look like an official Ikea site.' would be the presence of ads, which is the only thing they made her remove.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 150

by nelk (#43817357) Attached to: Judge Thinks Apple Will Lose E-Book Price-Fixing Case

You were the one that decided to buy at that price. How is anyone responsible but you? I'll sell you the chair I'm sitting in for $10,000. If you are stupid enough to buy it how is that my fault?

One person/company offering a product at a given price point, you're okay. Colluding with the rest of the chair industry to ensure that ALL chairs cost $10,000, not so much.

Comment: Re:Obvious question missed (Score 4, Informative) 189

by nelk (#40643705) Attached to: Bas Lansdorp Answers Your Questions About Going to Mars

Did anyone read the posting?

"Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, and bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in case of success."

"Men" being the important word here. They are not looking for a breeding crew on the first trip. They are looking for workers. I'm presuming future missions would be more diverse (especially if they are trying to build a real colony).

Did you read the posting? That ad was for an expedition to the south pole, not for this mission.

Comment: Re:Legality? (Score 1) 252

by nelk (#38286222) Attached to: Reverse Robocall Turns Tables On Politicians

There ought to be a law that bans electoral bodies from passing laws with provisions to make the voting body an exception to the law being passed.

Except that these are exceptionally cheap to operate. If you ban them altogether, then you make running for office that much more expensive. Political 'speech' is not something to be restricted lightly.

Besides, they would probably just exempt themselves from the 'We cant exempt ourselves' law :(

Comment: Re:400/2 = 200, and 200 230, please help me. (Score 3, Informative) 215

by nelk (#37989034) Attached to: Tesla To Build a Rapid-Charging Station Between LA and SF

How would an equidistant supercharger (thus, one that is 200 miles from each of two points, themselves 400 miles apart) fail to help drivers with cars that have a 230 mile range?

The numbers they are going off of are for a 'Rapid-Charge', which, as defined in TFA, would add around 150 miles of range in 30 minutes. You could of course charge for longer and get the full 230 miles out of the smaller range vehicle and make the 400 mile trip.

Comment: Re:Waste of time (Score 1) 195

by nelk (#37619146) Attached to: US Scientists Invited To Russian Yeti Hunt

...So if the yeti, bigfoot, the lochness monster etc... exist and are being sited more often by people now then they used to be, why don't we have any non-blurry pictures of them.

"I think Bigfoot is blurry, that's the problem. It's not the photographer's fault. Bigfoot is blurry, and that's extra scary to me. There's a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside. Run, he's fuzzy, get out of here." - Mitch Hedberg

Comment: Re:Well to give credit (Score 1) 426

by nelk (#35215958) Attached to: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology

Only on slashdot and other tech blogs can something so trivial as the PS3's DRM be considered as bad as what happened to Lisa McPherson, or any other number of deaths, morbidities or other horror stories to come out of the COS.

Hell, once I saw someone say that we should riot in the street Egyptian style because of what Sony's doing. Here's a bit of perspective. Egyptians rioted on the streets because they couldn't eat. Not because they can't play Xbill and Nethack on their consoles.

The link between the items mentioned in the summary is not that 'These things are bad in a similar way/to a similar degree', but rather 'These things are backed by entities with huge resources, and said entities would all put those resources to bare in an effort to have materials removed.'

Comment: Re:*only ipad* (Score 1) 220

by nelk (#34643866) Attached to: iPad Newspaper From News Corp Rumored in January

3. Not everything has to have a left/right slant. Can't we have an article about gardening without any political commentary?

I was reading an article about gardening the other day that had some very interesting ideas on how to handle bushes.
Speaking of bushes, did you know that Bush was also a recent president, and that a lot of his policies aren't seen in a very positive light? Discuss....

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