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Comment: Facebook "offered to explain why it is incorrect" (Score 2) 40

Pretty funny that anyone would care about Facebook's "explanation" about why the independent researchers finding all those tracking cookies are all mistaken... but to be honest, I'm pretty sure that killing off Facebook's tracking wouldn't do anything if everyone else is tracking you anyhow.

Comment: Re:Like a breath of fresh air (Score 1) 109

by penguinoid (#49382551) Attached to: SCOTUS: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

More cynically, there are enough cheaper and more convenient ways to track people nowadays than attaching a special-purpose GPS tracker to their property, that pretending to value the Constitution just this once is worth more than the inconvenience of getting a warrant for those few times they want to use a physical GPS tracker.

I'll still cheer their doing the right thing this once, but if they want my general approval they still have way more to do.

Comment: Re:Cannot regulate bitcoin in the traditional sens (Score 1) 31

by penguinoid (#49380319) Attached to: Bitcoin In China Still Chugging Along, a Year After Clampdown

Bitcoin is not a finite resource, or a resource at all. It was designed with artificial scarcity.

I wouldn't waste the HDD space to store a bitcoin hash.

Sounds similar to diamonds -- let me guess, if someone gave you a diamond you'd just throw it out like the worthless little piece of carbon it is, am I right?

Comment: Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 1126

Haven't you heard? God said such things are OK now, like shrimp and women's rights.

You want to go after a really bad sin? Try greed -- which is one of the most pervasive violations of the rule "Love your neighbor as yourself". Be a real man, and make your stand against a *popular* sin, rather than one most people can't even be tempted by.

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.

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