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Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 124

I thought I was going to die

I was in so much pain that stopping the pain one way or another was more important to me than the fear of death. I thought something was really badly wrong such that death seamed a fairly likely outcome at the time, but ending the damned pain swamped any emotion about dying such that I don't even remember a fear of dying. Odd.

Some say stone pain can grow comparable to child-birth pain, but at least while giving birth one knows what the cause is. I had no clue.

All I could think of was an alien chest-burster

I think I shouted something about a toothy chupacrabra trying to get out to the medics when asked to describe the pain.

Comment Re:Simple fix, just requires money [clarification] (Score 1) 74


Re: "The logs be randomly spot-checked by an auditor(s) who verifies the reasons given by interviewing the person(s) who searched."

Rewrite: "The logs be randomly spot-checked by an auditor(s) who verifies the reasons given by checking existing records, and interviewing the person(s) who searched if any discrepancies or gaps are found."

Comment Simple fix, just requires money (Score 4, Interesting) 74

The solution is pretty simple, but often skipped:

1) The reason for every search should be required and logged by the searcher. Example: "Related to case 12345, this person was a close match to the suspect description given by clerk at robbed market, who was interviewed by officer 84923 on Aug 7th." (In practice short-cut lingo can be used to reduce typing.)

2) The logs be randomly spot-checked by an auditor(s) who verifies the reasons given by interviewing the person(s) who searched.

3) The depth of the investigation will vary such that some will be pretty thorough. (Not every spot-check can be deep, but make enough deep to keep users on their toes.)

4) Those who've failed past audits or enter poor records are audited more often.

This won't catch every violation, but greatly reduces it because the search-user doesn't know which search will be audited and how deep the audit will be.

The reason this is not implemented is that governments and/or tax-payers don't want to pay for logging features and auditors.

Comment Re:Let me foresee what will happen... (Score 1) 166

I am ashamed to be part of the tech community...

I interpreted the original post as claiming Russia will slap a new facade on OSS and claim they "made it" without giving OSS credit. It may not be a dig against Russian programmers, but against Russian politicians who lie, or perhaps politicians in general, who, as we all well know in the USA, often take credit for what's not theirs and blame others for what is theirs. It's not just a Russian thing.

Comment Re:What the Idiotic Hell./ (Score 1) 394

No, Indonesian only resembles Latin because it uses the same character base.

Er... no. It also has similar pronunciation, similar word length, broadly similar word order rules, and even some cognates which Indonesian gained through Dutch. I picked that example very carefully. Someone who was not familiar with human writing systems could easily look at (say) Latin, Indonesian, and Romanian, and conclude based on alphabets alone that Indonesian is more closely related to Latin than Romanian is.

Comment Re:The Climate has always been changing... (Score 1) 168

how much is really mankind's fault? ... The Earth's climate has LAWAYS been changing and will continue to do so no matter what.

It rarely changes this fast without some world-wide event like a meteor or super-volcano, and it's still changing: The ride ain't over.

In the end it doesn't matter.

To who? To humans displaced or bankrupted by weather changes? Yes, it matters. To dead species, Yes, I'm sure they are not happy about extinction.

On the up side, it's a good time to invest in Canadian, Alaskan, Greenland, and Siberian real-estate.

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