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Comment Re:This is a good thing (Score 2) 477

Unless I misunderstand how it works in the US, if both Trump and Pence were removed from office this very moment the presidency would fall to the president pro tempore of the senate, who is currently Senator Orrin Hatch (A Republican).

I know nothing of his politics or whether he'd be for or against h1b reform though.

Comment Re: Bloody SJWs (Score 4, Insightful) 261

The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.

- SOCRATES by Plato

Comment Re:Another sham class action (Score 2) 177

Exactly this. It seems more like a violation by the advertisers to make use of available options that are illegal in their specific cases when they should know damn well it is illegal for them to do so. Facebook providing the options in and of itself isn't what is at fault here as there are definitely certain products and services that appeal more to certain demographic.

Also given that there will be very easily associated keywords it should be very easy to provide the courts with advertisers for housing and lending who made use of these options.

Comment What the Idiotic Hell./ (Score 1, Flamebait) 401

Seriously, this is the dumbest most "hey lets try to generate views by ranting comments" stupid bullshit I've seen in ages. That is taking into account the completely unrelated US politics bullshit that has been barfed out of the firehose these days.

Popularity of a language is immaterial to the usefulness of a language, to the creation of solutions with whatever language, and certainly will never have a final answer.

What the sincere fuck Slashdot.

Comment Re:Deforestation (Score 2) 167

Algae is definitely the single big player producing 70-80% of available atmospheric oxygen overall, and trees are a fraction of the remaining 20-30% so they aren't the definitely go-to overall. However, for a study like this it would only require trees to be roughly 7% of global free O2 production for a 10%ish drop in available forests to equate to a 0.7% reduction in atmospheric O2 versus other molecules.

This wouldn't even take into account an increase in the amount of atmospheric oxygen ending up as other molecules due to the rapid increase in different forms of combustion.

I don't have any direct data on global O2 production by forests as a portion of the whole versus other plants beyond algae, nor any on the precise amount of deforestation as a percentage of the whole either, but the proportions required for parents description to be viable seem likely enough that it might be worth considering as a potential answer if anyone bothers looking into it.

Submission + - Chinese Man Attempts To Destroy Internet to Prevent Spread of Images (thenanfang.com)

Adambomb writes: A man from Shandong, China tried to destroy the internet in an attempt to prevent embarrassing photos from spreading.

The man, identified only as Liu, was a newcomer to Weifang who had come looking for work. One night last summer, Liu took part in a neighborhood square dance, a popular activity usually associated with middle-aged women. However, Liu noticed that people in the crowd were laughing at him, and had taken photos of him dancing.

At the end of June, the man went out one evening and destroyed four optical cable network receivers, causing over 100,000 yuan in damages.

Submission + - US Appeals Court Dismisses AT&T Data Throttling Lawsuit (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc (T.N) of deception for reducing internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The company, however, could still face a fine from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the slowdowns, also called "data throttling." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it ordered a lower court to dismiss the data-throttling lawsuit, which was filed in 2014 by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC sued AT&T on the grounds that the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier failed to inform consumers it would slow the speeds of heavy data users on unlimited plans. In some cases, data speeds were slowed by nearly 90 percent, the lawsuit said. The FTC said the practice was deceptive and, as a result, barred under the Federal Trade Commission Act. AT&T argued that there was an exception for common carriers, and the appeals court agreed.

Comment Re:I stand with Kodi developers. (Score 1) 90

In this case, the defendants in question are ones who preload their boxes with plugins that specifically access copyright infringing content sources. There are other companies in Canada unaffected by the injunction because they were smart enough to just provide the basic Kodi and such pre-installed. The problem isn't that Kodi is preinstalled, it is the addon packages they pre-install. Basically the difference between providing copies of Chrome or Firefox, or providing the same in a package that preinstalls extensions for specific to torrenting/streaming infringing content sources.

Of course, it is trivially easy to then install the plugins on the more intelligent companies set top boxes but the onus for doing so is on the user not the set top box retailer. Skipping this step is rather monumentally stupid of the defendants.

Comment Re: Huh? (Score 2) 232

You're missing the big picture. This was a Triumph for them in that the case ended up with no ruling in a situation where public sentiment was being stirred against the government stance. This means they're free to continue to bring it up in this fashion again and again until it occurs at a time when the majority is distracted by the Kardashian's dog being run over or something and the precedent they want to build gets through the courts.

Any time it looks like the end result would be a ruling in favor of the public in these cases, it will be dropped. Any time this occurs and nothing keeps it in the limelight, that is a success to the strategy.

Pretty straight forward.

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