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Comment: Re:illogical captain (Score 1) 937

by witherstaff (#47902525) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Christianity has a logical and consistent framework, despite the fact that people disagree on various things.

If you're talking about the bible it is not a consistent framework. Even the gospels don't agree with each other on the death of Jesus, a central tenant of the religion. Personally I like the Gospel of Matthew. In that account, and only that account, an unknown number of zombies also rose from the dead along with Jesus and went into the city.

Comment: open source big brother (Score 1) 108

by witherstaff (#47794963) Attached to: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret
I can see some need for an open source big brother. Would either need mounted cams in a yard facing a roadway or a way to mount a cam on the dashboard to read in real time, a smartphone version of the russian drive cam. . There are a few good uses and after that it'd be full of some cyber stalking style info. But if we have already lost our privacy why shouldn't we know what the government knows?
  • Neighborhood watch would be helpful - why is this car creeping around the area?
  • With enough coverage could weed out thieves / crimes
  • Find your elected official and see if they hang around strip clubs
  • Find where the kid dating your daughter is hanging out
  • Employee said they were home sick? Find his plate and see if it isn't out driving around
  • Auto tag police plates and have real time police locations. Like those spot a cop apps to help avoid tickets
  • Road rage allows for revenge. Get cut off? Find where the car is parked and put bird seed all over the car, etc

The sky is the limit on what would be created with an open source backend DB. I'd put a cam in the yard and in my car. Sounds amusing.

Comment: Re:To quote Cyrano Jones... (Score 1) 426

I always thought it was Found On Road Dead. Or : Recent studies show that 95% of all Ford vehicles are still on the road. The other 5% were towed home.

My mother bought a Ford Explorer with a chrome running board option. Before the 5 year bumper to bumper car warranty expired the chrome was noticeably starting to flake. Except the bumper to bumper excluded that option.. the chome option was only a 3 year warranty. I do have to give it to the Ford engineers to be able to devise a fail date just slightly longer than warranty. Now that's quality work.

Comment: Some of their suggestions (Score 1) 172

by witherstaff (#47556145) Attached to: US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

New York is looking at requiring 100% + holding of any deposits made to a company that holds the crypto currency, like an exchange. The wording they used is amusing : "As capital protection, these companies would have to hold the same amount of virtual currency as they owed to their customers. But unlike banks, which are also subject to capital requirements, these companies would be allowed to hold some of it in virtual currency. "

I like how at first pass it sounds like banks hold 100% also

Comment: Re:Since when was Thor a title? (Score 1) 590

by witherstaff (#47475511) Attached to: Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman
I feel sorry for poor Blake. When thor brought back all the souls of the Asgardians awhile ago from death Blake was left in some limbo. Does the human host show back up when Thor isn't on Earth? The guy just barely exists because he made the mistake of finding a damn stick. How about a storyline of Thor ending the subjugation of a mere mortal?

Comment: Should have run but didn't (Score 1) 143

by witherstaff (#47093059) Attached to: Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns
I wouldn't assume he would have fled someplace under a new name. There are a number of recent cases where people who should have fled did not. Bernie Madoff surprised me that he didn't run, the Silk Road founder still living in the states was also surprising. I guess it's part of the mentality of 'they'll never catch me'

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