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Comment Re: Wrong (Score 2) 496

The "wrong" here applies to you. This works at the north pole, but also works at an infinite number of places near the south pole, near being defined as any point a mile north of any place where one could walk a circle around the south pole that's some even fraction of a mile in diameter (one mile, half a mile, 1/3rd, etc).

Comment Re:Ad supported? (Score 1) 199

Also note that the image is in color which suggests to me that this is geared at least partly toward the owners.

Dogs aren't color blind in the "they can only see in black and white" sense that most people think. Their range of color perception is more limited than humans', but they still can perceive colors.

According to the DogTV faq, they'd messed around with the color and contrast of the images so they're more apparent to dogs.

Comment Re:Please (Score 1) 118

Name a state that doesn't have it set up this way. +1 if you manage to find a state that has things fun to do besides drink.

Washington abolished the state-run liquor monopoly during last year's election; you can buy any kind of alcohol at stores here, although they have to be larger than some arbitrary square footage. We also just legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Do I get my +1?

Submission + - U.N. Secretary-General: Freedom of Expression Should be Limited ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, weighed in on the global reaction to the film "Innocence of Muslims" by arguing that free speech should be limited when it offends others. In a press release, the Secretary-General stated, "Freedom of expression should be and must be guaranteed and protected, when they are used for common justice, common purpose. When some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others’ values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected in such a way."

Submission + - Linux forcibly installed on Congressman's computer ( 1

fermion writes: I am sure most have heard about Michael Grimm, a US House of Representatives member from New York, who's campaign headquarters was vandalized. What has not been reported everywhere is that Linux was installed on one of his computer, erasing data in the process. Is this a new attack on democracy by the open source radicals, or it is just a random occurrence?

Comment Re:uh, wha? (Score 1) 489

And I'm not convinced it was used correctly. Given the definition ("to clear from alleged fault or guilt"), typically I would expect the subject of exculpate to be an entity rather than the behavior itself. "Not that it exculpates them for this behavior." A better choice might've been "absolve".

Comment Re:Identity Theft May Save People $21 Billion Over (Score 1) 112

If you think that's a fitting headline, I don't believe you actually read the story.

The money the IRS is losing is money they paid out to criminals filing returns with fraudulent information and claiming a refund. This is ultimately going to cost citizens (both for the initial false payouts and for the costs to clean up the mess), and the only people who win here are the criminals taking advantage of a broken system.

Comment Re:I had someone file under my SSN this year. (Score 1) 112

But they could flag for more careful review anything that didn't match (ie, any return going to an address that's inconsistent with any of the W2's or previous addresses on file) and expedite any returns that ARE consistent. It would be a way for them to focus their fraud prevention efforts, rather than just saying, "Oh it's too difficult to track, so we'll just mail out a return to anywhere, no questions asked."

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