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Comment: He got what he deserved. (Score 3, Insightful) 317

He clearly stated that he intended to take his life. I'm glad he was detained. A first repsonder is not in a position to decide if someone who just threatened suicide is telling the truth or not when they deny it. What if the cops just took him at his word and left? They'd be held liable if he really did intend to knock himself off. If he really WAS just testing FB, the proper thing to do is to alert authorities in advance. Go to the cop shop and discuss the experiment with them BEFORE you go making people legitimately freak out. But I give FB credit for having real people actually review the post instead of relying on computer text-parsing algorithms.

Comment: Stupid question (Score -1) 667

by scottbomb (#49264447) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

Yes, there IS such a thing as a stupid question and this is one of them. I'll say the French have the final word on what's truly French, the Spaniards have the final word on what's truly Spanish, and the Brits have the final word on what is true and "proper" English. I am used to speaking the American version but who really cares anyway? My boss was is from the UK and except for the occasional accent difference, we understand each other perfectly.

Comment: A "fix" for a "problem" that doesn't exist (Score 0) 631

by scottbomb (#49140951) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

I'm dying to know what exactly the ISPs have done to "bring this upon themselves". Yes I know there has been talk about Netflix and others negotiating dedicated pipes and all but how has this affected anyone else? My DL speeds have been around 15 mps for years and I don't notice any delays on any particular websites I visit.

This is nothing but another big gubbermint power grab. They're going to use this as an excuse to regulate the internet, something I think a majority of Slashdotters oppose. Then again, a majority of American Slashdotters voted for the socialist in the White House so I'd say the American people brought this upon themselves.

Comment: How intelligent? (Score 1) 333

It's interesting how the common assumption is that if we find humanoids on other planets, they will be more technologically advanced than we. Imagine the disappointment when we find a planet populated by cavemen. Then again, there will likely be those among us who will seek to enslave them.

Comment: Finally. A Google plan I can get behind (Score 4, Interesting) 101

by scottbomb (#48872205) Attached to: Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

Maybe. The devil is in the details, and I'm looking forward to learning more about it. But Google has a shitload of money and they blow way too much on useless crap that no one wants like Google Glass and autonomous cars. They're launching fiber now here in Austin, giving Time Warner and AT&T some much-needed competition. Backing underdogs like Spring and T-Mobile makes me think Google may end up owning both. One thing Google does well is networking.

However, there is one caveat: will Google be sniffing all the traffic it sees on these newly-acquired traffic just to harvest it and sell to advertisers. THAT's where I draw the line. My ISP has only ONE JOB: connect me to the web without getting in the way. That's what I pay for and that's what I currently get.

Comment: Re:the thing i never understood was (Score 1) 129

by scottbomb (#48817081) Attached to: US Government Lurked On Silk Road For Over a Year

I read in a Tor forum that it was Silkroad that was taken down (not Tor) and it was indeed due to a social slip, the owner logging in to IRC WITHOUT the protection of Tor, that caused him to get busted.

True, hard drugs and kiddie porn are to be dealt with. Fine. Go get 'em Barney Fife!

But what troubles me is that with all the advances in computer science, it's still impossible to create a truly brick-wall secure network where people can be truly anonymous. Is it even possible? It seems so, at least theoretically. Forget AI or self-driving cars. Baby steps. Let's solve some of these problems first.

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