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Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 1) 1081

by penguinoid (#49262707) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

I'm counting "life in prison" as "death sentence without the usual appeals and standards of evidence". None of the extra expense in a death sentence is the execution, it's all the extra scrutiny. If you're innocent, you should hope they're going for a death sentence rather than life in prison, because you have a higher chance of getting your life back.

Comment: Re:The solution being totally obvious .. (Score 1) 43

by penguinoid (#49258871) Attached to: MIT Launches Three-pronged Effort To Thwart Cyber Attacks

Real engineers *get paid to* make things that are reliable, tested, and safe, because the company could be sued into bankruptcy if things go wrong. Some software engineers *get paid to* make things that are reliable, tested, and safe, because the company could be sued into bankruptcy if things go wrong. Other software engineers *get paid to* get it done by tomorrow, because if something goes wrong no one but a few nerds gives a crap. But none of that could possibly be the fault of the managers.

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 5, Interesting) 1081

by penguinoid (#49258687) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

Most humane way to execute someone:
Bullet (or bolt gun) to the head, followed by organ donation to more worthy human beings. This may be ugly, but it is very humane.

Least humane way to execute someone:
Put them in a box till they die, funded by money that could have been spent saving lives.

I'm opposed to the death penalty, but my opposition starts at the most common method -- putting them in a box until they die because someone was too afraid of the automatic appeals process required for a faster death penalty.

Comment: Re:Has anyone studied? (Score 1) 262

by penguinoid (#49251271) Attached to: US Wind Power Is Expected To Double In the Next 5 Years

What about migratory birds? Has anyone bothered to solve the problem of mass kills during migration season?

Easy, simply replace all coal power plants with wind power. Or do birds killed by carcinogenic particulates, mercury poisoning, strip mining, global warming, all not count because they don't die at the coal plant itself?

Comment: Re:This sucks. (Score 1) 299

by penguinoid (#49245199) Attached to: Sir Terry Pratchett Succumbs To "the Embuggerance," Aged 66

The Bible also does not say anything about abortion

Yes it does. It says that abortion is an appropriate response to infidelity (when there are no witnesses as required for the death sentence). See Numbers 5:27. Also, the Bible says that children should not be punished for their parent's sin, but there is nothing that grants pregnant women an exemption from the death sentence.

Comment: Re:The day the music died (Score 2) 386

And the great irony is that, although the whole purpose of IP is to give inventors and artists their due,

The great irony is that the purpose of IP is to promote the progress of science and the useful arts, yet the massive extensions in term and coverage mean the opposite occurs. The inventors and artists can stick their IP where the sun don't shine, the only reason we care about them getting their due is so that they're encouraged to produce and share their work.

Comment: Re:So did he write facebook or not? (Score 2) 163

by penguinoid (#49237853) Attached to: Man Claiming Half Ownership of Facebook Is Now a Fugitive

In fact, I recently got terminated from one such place because they finally started to make money and could no longer dance around the fact that they hadn't given me the shares in the company that they had been promising for the previous 9 years.

Would you like to work for my company? We can't pay too much right now, but you'll get shares in the company, work hard and we'll make your rich beyond your wildest dreams.

Comment: Re: Why is this a surprise? (Score 1, Redundant) 156

I can't tell the difference between a bar of gold, and a bar of gold hollowed out and filled with lead*.

Archimedes sorted that problem years ago.

Then how about a bar of tungsten with a little lead to lower it's density to that of gold, then coated with gold?

In case you missed it, the parent's point was that sometimes people buy things because other people value or are expected to value them, of which any form of money including gold bars are a perfect example.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. -- Albert Einstein