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Comment: Re:Lacking details (Score 1) 203

I actually think the whole thing was a ruse to sell his Bustin' Jieber app.

1. Make 3D printing claim. (Bonus for wearing Google Glasses while doing so.)
2. People check you out.
3. ???
4. Profit!

Having a ready to buy shitty app fits neatly into #3. The fact is that the school seems to incentivize kids towards bullshit business lingo, innovating this and that. I doubt their math and science is that strong as the Bullshit Dept. I applaud them requiring kids to have a business though.

Smoke and mirrors, razzle and dazzle. Congrats kid, you have a bright future in this country.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 3, Insightful) 346

by rolfwind (#47375721) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Is google gonna have to run tech support everytime someone mistakenly sends an email?

Should the USPS intercept a letter upon request everytime someone made a mistake in sending it out?

No, it's not doggone reasonable. In fact, it's so unreasonable, that only a company with the pull of Goldman Sachs can demand it.

Do you think you go to google with the same request, they'll bow down to you? Do you think the courts would have granted it so fast?

Of course not, because it's a drain on their resource to help some dumbass rectify his own damn mistake.

Comment: Faith in God (Score -1, Troll) 299

by rolfwind (#47374637) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

By 1977, his bodyâ(TM)s radiation count had fallen by about 80 percent. When the worker returned home, friends and church members avoided him. His minister finally had to tell people it was safe to be around him.

What, wasn't their faith in god strong enough? It works wonders for children without vaccinations...

Comment: Re:IF.. (Score 4, Interesting) 561

by rolfwind (#47321797) Attached to:, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Really? I don't find the legitimate ones bad at all. Much better than the SAT for testing raw, innate intelligence.

IQ is like a brightness of a flashlight. It's potential. Brighter is better, but it doesn't guarantee you point it at a useful direction, or even use it for anything useful at all other than to study playboy under the bedsheets.

I would think if they took recent Nobel Prize winners in the hard sciences, they would be trending above average and by a margin.

Comment: Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (Score 4, Insightful) 263

by rolfwind (#47285143) Attached to: The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

Back in the day patents were put in the Constitution to advance the arts and sciences. Medieval guilds protected knowledge which held humanity/society back, so it was preferable to give limited government protection in exchange for opening up the knowledge (so the next generation can have at it, I guess).

Having patents for their own sake seems counterproductive in this regard, as a lot can be reverse engineered in the meantime.

In reality, everyone is told by legal not to look at previous patents ever, just in case they do infringe, it's not willful infringement.... patent portfolios protect the huge corps and the trolls, with very little in between, and the really lucrative stuff is kept proprietary anyway.

So it leads one to ask, while wasting time writing patents apps, what is the patent scheme good for really and is it beneficial for society?

Comment: Re:De-fund the NSA Completely (Score 4, Insightful) 63

by rolfwind (#47277061) Attached to: How Secret Partners Expand NSA's Surveillance Dragnet

I think the most powerful argument that can be made against the NSA (and today's government in general) is that it was once seen as a necessary evil that could be harnessed to protect liberties. It surely wasn't anywhere near perfect ever, but it was hoped that over time, it would eventually slide towards perfection as a servant of the people.

Now, does anyone seriously believe the government is anything but a bureaucratic monster, gorging itself via wars (on terrorism, on poverty, on drugs, etc) to the end of enlarging itself and shrinking everyone else's pie? I mean seriously?

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg