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Comment Re:So.... (Score 1) 325

You can already send messages to most people you're not connected to. If you do so, however, it will land in the "other" category, which is more or less a black hole, as it doesn't cause a notification/unread count. This fee will mean that you can pay $1 to have your message land in the "inbox" of your random recipient instead of "other", making it more visible, despite the fact that you're unconnected and normally the message would have landed in "other". Nothing in the article says anything about sending messages to profiles that are hidden/secret - you still need to have a link to their page to click the message button in the first place.

You just ignored the content of the article and assumed that Facebook was rolling out a feature to invalidate privacy settings.

Comment Re:Bad summary: the airline, not the government (Score 1) 624

You need 60 to break the filibuster. However other than that you are totally right - the Democrats had 60 votes from July 7th, 2009 to August 25th, 2009 and from September 25th, 2009 to February 4th, 2010 ONLY IF you count Sanders and Lieberman as Democrats - and the latter assumption is not particularly accurate.

Comment Re:Too fucking bad.. (Score 2) 502

He's going to a minimum or low security facility, which is typically almost completely unsecured, and has a focus on work and job programs. We are not talking about "hard time" here. He'll be serving alongside white-collar criminals, not exactly a dangerous bunch.

The wisdom of Office Space seems applicable here.

Y'know, minimum-security prison is no picnic. I have a client in there right now. He says the trick is: kick someone's ass the first day, or become someone's bitch. Then everything will be all right. Why do you ask, anyway?

Comment Re:read between the lines (Score 1) 71

IF we're going to get mad at Google for roaming around in a car picking up SSID's than WHY can't we get mad at Zynga for taking whatever information they have about me and making money by selling it?

Because Zynga only gets the data that YOU give them; you ultimately have control over how much information Zynga gets about you. Don't want them to have information about you? Don't use their applications.

Comment Re:so... (Score 1) 412

Can you please explain why you feel this statement suggest the student hasn't grasped the substance of the lesson?

It depends on whether or not you think the student approved of the lesson. If he is endorsing the exercise, then his statement is along the lines of "We weren't actually being terrorists, we were learning about it, it's a good idea and negative reactions are overblown" and he has clearly grasped the substance of the lesson. If he was disapproving, his comment was more along the lines of "We shouldn't be pretending to be terrorists in order to learn about terrorists" and he missed the point of the exercise. So, it depends on the context of the quote given by the student.

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