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Comment Re:How to live in denial. (Score 1) 419

I hope these kooks come to "SSXW" in Spring of 2012 as promised.

Considering the size of this sh*tstorm, if they do ... it'll probably be under a name that is not "Ocean Marketing".

Considering the size of the sh*storm, if they do even being in the Witness Protection Program wouldn't be enough to conceal their involvement. All it would take would be one person or group following the tracks from Ocean Marketing to their new name and posting that new name to Slashdot or some other gaming website and they'd be "outed."

Comment Re:They don't want to (Score 2) 477

Do you really expect the members of Congress, elected from the general public, to be experts in all of those areas? If YOU were elected to Congress, how many areas are YOU an expert in?

No and a few respectively. But if I wasn't an expert in the area covered by a particular bill, I'd listen to the explanations of people that were experts in that particular area -- and if there were different opinions, I'd listen to the various sides.

The Internet is too important to too many people to rush something like this through when there's this much controversy about the proposed change. Passing a bill honoring some sports team for winning a championship? Sure, that can take 30 seconds. Passing a bill where Hollywood is on one side and Google is on the other? Perhaps we better think about it a little.

Comment Dear Representative Watt (Score 2) 477

I'm not a doctor, but you look like your spleen is broken. It's gotta come out. Good thing I have my Swiss Army knife. Now just lie down on that table there, bite down on something, and let's do this.

Now what does a spleen look like again, and where it is? Oh well, I'll just go digging -- I'm sure I'll find it sooner or later!

Surely you don't object to me performing surgery without a medical license or any sort of medical training? After all, like I said, I'm not a doctor ... but you're "not a nerd", and that didn't prevent you from backing SOPA, right?

Comment Re:Ironically, (Score 1) 150

If FTL travel is possible, we could just travel out N light years from Earth and pick up the signal from the original broadcast. Of course, the signal's probably degraded too far for it to be recognizable.

If I were a time traveler, my first stop would be the local convenience store a couple weeks ago, to pick up a "lucky" lottery ticket. Or maybe South Africa a few millenia ago, when there was no De Beers to stop me. It's not as convenient as Corwin's shadow from The Guns of Avalon, where he just picked them up off the ground, but it'd do.

Comment Re:Public interest? (Score 1) 144

If he's received death threats (as I believe has been reported) then why does the questioning need to take place in Sweden? Surely if the Swedes were willing to pay for a (potentially one-way) plane ticket for Assange and a round trip ticket for an officer to bring him to Sweden, they could pay for a Swedish officer to travel to the UK and question him there; if it turns out that they want to charge him after that questioning, then they just need a second one-way plane ticket for the ride back to Sweden. Or they could make use of videoconferencing and save themselves the cost of the tickets if there's no reason to bring him to Sweden.

Comment Re:How does this happen still? (Score 1) 70

somebody tries to send the full list of subscribers to the latter...

This prompts the question "Why did you do that?" If the subscribers list is intended to be internal, keep it internal. Send a link to the list's location on $SOME_INTERNAL_PAGE to the management and let them click through to it. If you accidentally send that internal link to the subscribers list rather than the maintainers, then you've exposed some of your internal site organization details to the list (mildly bad) but you haven't divulged the subscribers list since they don't have permission to access the internal page (very good.) It's the Pimpl pattern for business data.

Comment Re:That's not direct democracy (Score 1) 308

However, there are a couple of differences. First, Votorola is not anonymous. It is completely open and public. That gives participants 100% validation of their voting: nobody can steal or corrupt or hack or usurp your vote, because you can actually check on it at any time.

This has both benefits and drawbacks. I did a quick scan but didn't see what safeguards, if any, are in place to prevent voter intimidation tactics. The police would step in if I threatened to break your kneecaps unless you vote yes on proposition Q. But what if I (as your boss) subtly imply that the raise you receive this year may depend on how you vote on proposition Q, which I support? Unless there was some way to prevent me from learning how you voted, you're likely going to vote yes on proposition Q rather than risk a lower bonus (or even getting fired.)

Comment Re:Effects on People With Medical Issues? (Score 1) 220

I wonder how strong a relationship there is between blood glucose level and the amount of energy these produce. If there is a measurable difference when you go outside the recommended BG range, you could hook the fuel cell to a sensor and warn the diabetic patient to take the appropriate action (eat something sugary or take some insulin) if the current indicates a BG level outside the recommended range.

It could mean an end to measuring using lancets and testing strips to test blood external to the body. In fact, if there was a way to expend (or store) the excess power the fuel cells could be used instead of or in addition to insulin to correct a high blood sugar level.

Comment Re:Berlusconi's a c**t... (Score 1) 292

Web sites are easy to change.

Force them to change something that's been published by the government in hard copy and widely distributed. Google Translate didn't do all that great a job translating the text of the legislation, but I think there's a cap on the amount of money the retraction can cost. However, in an edit war (particularly if you get a large number of people involved so that they can't just reuse something they've already printed) that could cost some serious money and time.

Better yet, find some piece of legislation that mentions a person by name (you know, something similar to this "feel good" bill from the US Senate honoring a girls Little League team) and demand they change it. Would that make the changed text into law? I don't know, but it would be an interesting question for the courts.

Comment Re:Sorry but.... (Score 1) 162

5 years for the first pass.
10 years for the second pass.
20 years for the third pass.
50 years for each subsequent pass.

That way, even a law that seems obviously like a good idea can be reevaluated or revised if circumstances change. Suppose for example that we developed the technology to clone a deceased person and copy over the memories from their original brain. That would allow people to perhaps "recover" from being murdered. Would the punishments proscribed by law for murder need to change? Perhaps we would want to consider punishing more severely "murdering someone and destroying their brain" (irrecoverable death) than simply "murdering someone and leaving their brain intact" (recoverable death.) In my opinion that would be an obvious change to the law against murder rather than a separate law, and at the next "checkpoint" the law could be so modified..

Comment Re:FF was good, then... (Score 2) 334

If many of those UNCO bugs are "My internet is broken" they should be easy to close out. Put in some sort of boilerplate, like:

"Mozilla Firefox simply displays web pages that you retrieve from the Internet using your connection to your Internet Service Provider (or ISP) which is the company you pay for Internet service. The problem you reported appears to be related to an issue with the connection between your computer and your ISP. We have no control over that connection, so there is no way that we could fix the problem even if we knew the cause. Please contact your ISP's Technical Support staff [perhaps with a link to the N most common support numbers] for assistance with this problem."

Will some of the people come back with "No, I want YOU to fix it"? Sure. Would this resolve a decent fraction of those "fix my internet" bugs? I think so. Create the same sort of boilerplate for the most common N bugs-that-aren't-bugs or bugs-that-aren't-bugs-in-Firefox and you should be able to cut down on the noise. Then you can concentrate on the signal.

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