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Comment Re:Don't support Bethseda or id (Score -1, Offtopic) 44

Right, which is why I won't buy anything from Oculus given Palmer Luckey (their illustrious founder) bankrolling a pro-Trump shitposting group during the election cycle.

Do you litmus test every product you buy to make sure its execs agree with your political views before you buy from them? Because I don't. But, then again, I'm not some 3-year-old child throwing a temper tantrum because his candidate lost.

Comment Re:pointless (Score 1) 101

Yeah, for the longest time you couldn't find *ANY* 4K TV that wasn't curved. Drove me crazy. I hate those ugly pointless curved displays. Whoever sold TV manufacturers on that gimmick should be tied down and forced to watch Highlander 2 over-and-over again on the world's largest curved TV.
 

Submission + - Malaysian Police: VX nerve gas killed N Korea leader's brother in airport attack (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Malaysian police have announced their finding that Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jon Un, was killed by assassins using VX nerve gas in an attack in the busy Kuala Lumpur airport. Malaysian authorities plan to decontaminate the airport and other sites visited by the attackers. Police are holding the two female attackers, one of whom was affected by the chemical agent, as well as two other men. They are seeking seven more North Koreans connected to the case. VX is the most toxic of the nerve gasses and the UN has declared it a weapon of mass destruction. The manufacture and stockpiling of more than 100 grams of VX per year is prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993. It has no commercial uses. The Malaysian police are trying to discover if it was smuggled into their country, or manufactured there. The Malaysian government has recalled its ambassador to North Korea for consultation. North Korea is blaming the death of Kim Jong Nam on Malaysia. North Korea is believed to have major stockpiles of chemical weapons, and is alleged to conduct experiments on prisoners and social undesirables.

Submission + - Film studios seek to block Australians from acessing 41 pirate websites (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: A group of film studios is undertaking what is set to be the most significant use so far of Australia's anti-piracy laws, which allow rights holders to apply for court orders that can compel ISPs to block their customers from accessing certain piracy-linked sites. A pair of rights holders last year successfully obtained court orders forcing Australia's most popular ISPs to block a handful of sites including The Pirate Bay. Now Village Roadshow wants to have 41 more sites blocked

Submission + - The race for autonomous cars is over. Silicon Valley lost. (autoblog.com)

schwit1 writes: Up until very recently the talk in Silicon Valley was about how the tech industry was going to broom Detroit into the dustbin of history. Companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber — so the thinking went -were going to out run, out gun, and out innovate the automakers. Today that talk is starting to fade. There's a dawning realization that maybe there's a good reason why the traditional car companies have been around for more than a century.

Last year Apple laid off most of the engineers it hired to design its own car. Google (now Waymo) stopped talking about making its own car. And Uber, despite its sky high market valuation, is still a long, long way from ever making any money, much less making its own autonomous cars.

To paraphrase Elon Musk, Silicon Valley is learning that "Making rockets is hard, but making cars is really hard." People outside of the auto industry tend to have a shallow understanding of how complex the business really is. They think all you have to do is design a car and start making it. But most startups never make it past the concept car stage because the move to mass production proves too daunting.

Submission + - Facebook videos to autoplay with sound (bbc.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Videos have autoplayed on Facebook’s News Feed for some time, leading to a curious rise of “silent movies” as publishers adapted to knowing that the majority of viewers would be watching, but not listening, to their work.

But between now and the end of the year Facebook’s News Feed will be enabling sound on your News Feed by default, a move the company has been testing out on a limited number of users for a short while.

The firm said it had received “positive feedback” so far.

"With this update, sound fades in and out as you scroll through videos in News Feed, bringing those videos to life,” the company explained in a blog post on Tuesday.

Submission + - WSU Submits $100 Receipt as Evidence of "Concrete Harm" From Trump Order

theodp writes: As Trump's Executive Order on immigration awaits a vote on en banc rehearing, the Washington State Office of the Attorney General has notified the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that it has filed two additional declarations "concerning concrete harm to Washington’s universities". In his affidavit, Asif Chaudhry, VP for International Programs at Washington State University begins, "One student in WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, who is from Iran, was registered for an academic conference in Canada scheduled to take place February 5 — 8, 2017. His WSU department paid for the conference. The receipt, made out to his department chair, is attached as Exhibit A. The department also planned to cover his travel expenses. Due to the executive order, the student was unable to attend the conference." Per Exhibit A, the dollar amount of the loss to WSU was a whopping $100. Chaudhry adds that WSU will also be harmed if it has to forego an incremental $15K or so in tuition and fees from international students over that ponied up by WA residents. Boosting the ranks of international students, WSU explains, "is an essential step in the Drive to 25, the university’s commitment to achieving recognition as one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030" (WSU President Kirk Schulz suggested the initiative will also make WSU grads more attractive to Microsoft).

Comment Re:Doomed (Score 1) 341

I fail to see why a bakery has to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding while a venue is allowed to refuse to host it. Since they're both private companies, and therefore not subject to respect potential clients' rights (by your own argument), then what's the distinction?

Let's be honest here. You're just trying to come up with some sort of twisted logic to explain away the inconsistency of SJW's raising hell over bakers refusing to bake cakes for gay weddings but being perfectly cool with social media companies banning conservative voices. You want private companies to have to respect the rights of people who you agree with, but not have to respect the rights of those who you don't agree with.

And that's one of the real distinctions between an "SJW" and a classic liberal to me. The classical liberal wants freedom of speech for all and realizes that if all aren't protected then none will ever be safe. The SJW only wants freedom of speech for those whom he agrees with, and fails to see how this practice could easily be turned against him and his causes in the future.

Think about it this way. Right now Twitter, Facebook, et. al. are owned by liberals in ultra-liberal Silicon Valley. But what if tomorrow they were bought out by wealthy conservatives and relocated to Dallas? Would you be comfortable with *them* wielding the ban-hammer you just gave them? Don't think it couldn't happen, either. Things like that can turn on a dime.

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