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Comment Re:The question is... (Score 1) 407

When I was a kid in America, lo those many decades ago and long before the 'new education' craze, "cooperate" and similar words did indeed bear such diacritical marks (or more rarely, were hyphenated).

I can confirm that you'll often see the diaeresis used to break a diphthong in older books in English, but I'm not quite old enough to have been taught to use them. Wikipedia indicates that the New Yorker Magazine still uses this style.

Comment Re:But (Score 2, Insightful) 280

Unless the programmers were committing fraud by asking people for investment money with no intention to return it, how are they breaking the law?

I understand Madoff would provide quarterly statements showing a more-or-less constant rate of return, listing fictitious trades that would justify the rate of return, using knowledge of actual prices in the past quarter to get the numbers to come out just right (which is easy enough in hindsight). I'm all for presuming these guys innocent, but I think your outrage is misplaced. It's hard to imagine a spec for this software that wouldn't be at least a bit suspicious, so you can hardly blame them for looking into the programmers.

Comment Re:Houston Has Similar Plans (Score 1) 456

. . . no self-declared "nerds" would ever make such an elementary mistake as to call a town of 7000 people a "city".

To be fair, any self-respecting geography nerd knows that "Vermont city" is an oxymoron, and would have seen right through the headline. Burlington has a population of about 40,000, and that's as big as they come.

Comment Re:Is medical advancement stagnating? (Score 3, Informative) 149

How long is it before this drug treatment is avaliable? 2025?

It's available now. Doctors in the U.S. are allowed to prescribe medication for off-label uses if it's approved for any use, so you might be able to get a prescription metformin for anti-cancer use this afternoon if you make a few calls. There may be a more general problem, but this is not a good illustration of it.

Comment Re:One more nail in the coffin.... (Score 4, Insightful) 853

This and a bunch of posts above it that basically say the same thing are a big part of the problems we are having today. WE are Americans and, yes, WE fought and died for the right to be free.

"WE the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

The people who wrote that are as dead as the people who fought and died to make it happen. Nonetheless, they are us and WE are them. When you disconnect from that you lose sight of how important it is to maintain the freedoms afforded to us. The OP hasn't lost sight of that. Neither have I. WE are Americans. WE died for you and continue to do so whenever the situation merits.

The rest of the OP's post, which you may or may not have read, was concerned with the chipping away of our freedoms. That's what he/she meant by "one more nail in the coffin". You're rights won't be taken in a chunk. They'll be stripped away layer by layer. That way you won't notice.

And yes, sending packets and net access is one of those freedoms. To think that the only freedoms our consititution allows are for things that existed when it was written is a bit short sighted to say the least. Give the government this right and it will be abused. The Feds already have control over all their networks and systems and they have the ability to pull those plugs any time they feel threatened. No bill or law needed. A bill like this would give them power to unplug you, your company, your group, your town, your state, your country. WE fought and died so that our government could never have that type of control over our lives. If the Feds feel threatened, they don't need a bill, walk over to the router and unplug the fiber, but don't tread on my packets.

Comment Re:Lithium Ion Batteries (Score 2, Insightful) 174

Now THAT -IS- interesting.

I mean, it appears to me as though Apple found a couple of cases where it wasn't the battery and they're trying to promote the idea that their product is safe before admitting that there is a defect.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the batteries went through alot of QA before they were shipped, and they were much safer then previous batteries used.

Why are you assuming that this has anything to do with the battery being defective? How do we know that this was not caused by either the backlight exploding directly from pressure or from the backlight exploding and causing damage to the lithium battery which then exploded?

Comment Re:Poor Title (Score 1) 829

The U.S. . . . hasn't had to fight a war on its own turf since the Spanish-American war.

Puerto Rico and Guam were ceded to the U.S. by Spain at the end of the Spanish-American war, and as far as I know, none of that war was on land that was U.S. territory at the time. So it would be more accurate to say that the U.S. hasn't had to fight a war on its own turf since before the Spanish-American war, which supports your point. However, it might be possible to quibble about Pancho Villa in New Mexico and Texas, and the Japanese in Guam, the Aleutians, and of course, the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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