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Comment Re: Simple question (Score 1, Insightful) 61

No. The post was modded down because "how does this affect my tiny little world" is your version of "Frosty Piss".

You already know the answer: "Nobody cares whether this affects you or not, because nobody cares about you in general."

Good bye. I'll read you again when you manage to reach a (Score:1)

Comment Re:Yikes (Score 1) 259

I would have rated that funny, but I am not sure whether the author knows dolphins are mammals which would make this a humorous remark or the author is normal internet idiot, which would make this a face palm post.

However well they can breathe they are still carnivores and their food needs either oxygen dissolved in water or food which needs oxygen dissolved in water.

But, as far as we know, the OP could just be completely off topic commenting that he's posting on Slashdot while competing on a rally race. Which would make it really inconvenient for him to be a dolphin at this very moment.

Comment Re:Simple question (Score 1) 96

How does water flowing on Mars affect my life or anyone else's in a meaningful way?

Your life doesn't matter. Neither does anyone else's.

Only humanity matters. And its continuity strongly depends on its understanding of how other planets work.

If you die tomorrow and that makes humanity advance a thousand-millionth of a day in its search for expansion, that would be a good net result.

Comment or Stupid decisions had previsible consequences (Score 3, Insightful) 68

People are expected to learn at an age of around 4, that if you bite the kid next to you, he'll either bite you back or cry and make someone else punish you for the biting. Apparently, becoming a decision maker in the justice department, the FBI or the CIA, doesn't require having acquired such wisdom.

More seriously, though, the only realistic explanations to the imbecile behavior of American governance towards cryptography is probably a mix of a few lines of reasoning:
- "So what if my decisions of today have dire consequences in tomorrow's landscape? I won't be in power tomorrow, so I don't give a flying fuck."
- "I don't understand any technology beyond the automobile, and I really don't care. Just give me a way of invading privacy now and shut up."
- "So what if today's abuses of power make everyone use cryptography tomorrow? It will just be one more reason to abuse our power even more tomorrow. Everyone outside the 0.01% is a potential terrorist criminal revolutionary."

Submission + - Polygraph Critic Doug Williams Writes from Prison

George Maschke writes: On October 30, 2015, Doug Williams, who was targeted by federal investigators for publicly offering training on how to pass or beat polygraph examinations, began serving a two-year sentence at the federal prison camp in Florence, Colorado, USA. Via e-mail, he has sent a commentary about his experience titled "Operation Lie Busters: A Travesty of Justice." It's worth noting that despite the U.S. Government's best efforts, information about how to pass or beat a polygraph test remains freely available (PDF) to anyone who seeks it.

Comment In America (Score 1, Insightful) 1080

A majority of American millennials, without even the most basic political culture after decades of disinformation, propaganda, christian fanaticism infecting the schools, and a strong focus on technical skills to create generations of workers, surprisingly don't know what they are talking about when asked basic economics and politics questions.

News at sunset.

Comment Re:In a related news... (Score 1) 43

...HTC shareholders announced that they would prefer to see that money distributed as real dividend to shareholders, rather than dissipated into VR thin air.

Less vocal HTC shareholders, rejoiced in the fact that decisions are being taken by people with actual business knowledge, instead of incompetents with parents money to invest.

Submission + - One of our solar system's five dwarf planets--Makemake--has a moon (

sciencehabit writes: Astronomers have spotted a small, faint moon orbiting the dwarf planet Makemake. One of our solar system’s five dwarf planets, Makemake—an icy, 1400-kilometer-wide orb that circles the sun far beyond Pluto—was discovered in 2005. The first images of its newly described companion, a moon nicknamed MK 2, were taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in April 2015, researchers reported today. If the satellite’s path is circular, the moon takes at least 12 days to loop around the dwarf planet, data suggest. Future analyses of the orbit will help astronomers determine the mass of the Makemake/MK 2 system, thus adding insight into the materials of which the objects are made, the researchers say. They might also provide better understanding into the history of the pair: If the orbit is dramatically elongated, that might suggest MK 2 was gravitationally captured by Makemake long after the two formed in separate regions of space, whereas a circular orbit could bolster the notion that the pair formed together.

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