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Comment Cable TV for free (Score 1) 242

I had cable TV for free for many years because my cable modem provider forgot to block cable TV when I signed up for just internet. Even though I was getting hundreds of channels for free, I just couldn't get myself to watch it. I'm not sure why anyone would pay for to watch that drivel.

I pay for Netflix now because I like the TV shows they have... but I still download the pirated versions of the TV shows even if Netflix has them just because I like the ability to click a file and have it instantly start playing without buffering or having to get it from a server, without having to worry about Network congestion.

Comment mouse glued down... (Score 1) 116

They show the desk recline and the mouse stays attached to the mouse pad. It's either:
A. mouse glued down: useless
B. magnetic pad with enough friction to hold a mouse still (too much friction)
C. magic (aka lies)

Either way this doesn't seem useful. I wouldn't get one even if it was 1/50th of the cost. There are suckers out there who are willing to give it a try, that's why there are companies out there that make this junk and this is why God invented the "junk closet" - because that's where this contraption will go after roughly 5 hours of usage.

Comment He made it or did he disassemble it? (Score 1) 657

I can't find anywhere on this article... did he actually make this stupid clock or did he just disassemble a cots alarm clock and stick it the parts in a briefcase? It sounds like the latter, because why would you make it plug-in if you're making your own alarm clock to go in a brief case?
The Internet

Former Russian Troll Wins Lawsuit Against Propaganda "Factory" 49

An anonymous reader writes: Lyudmila Savchuk, a former Russian internet "troll" has been awarded one rouble ($0.01) in damages after she sued her ex-employer claiming it was a propaganda "factory". A Russian court ordered the secretive agency to pay her symbolic damages. Savchuk claims that she and her co-workers at Internet Research were paid to flood websites with pro-Putin commentary. The BBC reports: "Ms Savchuk said she was happy with the result because she had succeeded in exposing the work of Russia's internet 'trolls'. Russian media quoted a spokesman for Internet Research denying the accusations. The Kremlin says it has no links to Internet Research's operations. Since leaving the agency, Ms Savchuk has been organizing a public movement against online trolling."

Comment Re:A mini ice age? Really? (Score 1) 185

"All life dying" is never going to happen. Life has survived on this planet through far worse cataclysmic events. And humans aren't about to go extinct anytime soon.

However, climate change has consequences. When climate shifts, fertile land becomes less fertile. When food runs out, there's famine. When there's famine there's disease and war.

Let's say it's a relatively small disruption, then only 1% of population dies off. That's not too bad? That's 70 million people. If you kill 70 people, you're a serial killer. If you kill 70 million people, you're a climate change denier.

Comment Re:How much is an AG these days? (Score 4, Interesting) 256

You already pay the AG's salary as well as his business expenses and his medical/dental/vision through your taxes. You shouldn't have to illegally bribe him extra to have him do what's best for the general public that he's being legally paid to serve.

Serving someone other than the people who elect you and pay your salary needs to be tried as treason or at least heavily stigmatized. Unfortunately, it's not even frowned upon lately.

Comment gotta protect your business (Score 3, Interesting) 256

No matter how outdated you are, you have to protect the family business. These big content distribution moguls are all up in arms about the fact that content distribution is trivially easy now. What would you do if you had a multi-billion dollar business built around doing something that became trivially easy to do? Start breaking some knee caps of course!

They've been operating in the grey area of the law for half a century. It's only a matter of time until MPAA/RIAA and their constituents get tried under RICO statutes.

Comment on error resume next (Score 1) 1067

What you're asking for is equivalent to the "on error resume next" feature of Visual Basic.

If you just barely know how to operate a fork-lift, you will not get a job operating a fork-lift.
If you just barely know how to fly an airplane, you will not get a job flying an airplane.
... but if you just barely know how to program computers, you'll get a job programming computers just fine because the management can't tell the difference between a true programmer and a coder who just hits keys on the keyboard until something looks like it does what it's supposed to do.

If you get a divide-by-zero error, it's not because the computer made a mistake, it's because you made a mistake.

United States

US Switches Air Traffic Control To New Computer System 160

coondoggie writes: The Federal Aviation Administration this week said it had completed the momentous replacement of the 40-year-old main computer systems that control air traffic in the US. Known as En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), the system is expected to increase air traffic flow, improve automated navigation and strengthen aircraft conflict detection services, with the end result being increased safety and less flight congestion. The FAA said the Lockheed Martin-developed ERAM systems “uses nearly two million lines of computer code to process critical data for controllers, including aircraft identity, altitude, speed, and flight path. The system almost doubles the number of flights that can be tracked and displayed to controllers.”

Comment Loopholes... (Score 1) 342

I draw a line on the floor. I say you're not allowed to step over this line, your actions will be punished if you do. Then you find a clever way to get on the other side of the line without actually stepping over the line. This is what these companies are doing. They're getting on the wrong side of the law. The fact that they found a crack to squeeze 1 billion pounds out without actually breaking any laws doesn't change the fact that they escaped without paying tax on a billion pounds. What they did is simply tax evasion. They should be punished accordingly, for tax evasion. Their accountants should be punished as well and their lawyers that approved of this kind of lawlessness.

Comment ISIS idolizes Hebdo's caricatures of prophets? (Score 1) 206

Here's the irony of the situation: the whole idea behind forbidding drawings/sculptures of their prophet is to prevent idolatry. The prohibition of idolatry applies only to Muslims creating/worshiping religious idols. Unless these ISIS guys greatly admired Charlie Hebdo's caricatures, they have no religious justification for what they did. These guys are simply murderers even under their very own Islamic rules.

Radioactive cats have 18 half-lives.