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Comment Re:String theory is just that: a theory (Score -1) 130

But we just proved it doesn't exist. The missing mass exists.

But not the dark matter.

Hence, my theory is just as valid, that EM has both mass and is a wave, and we're just confused little podlings who will have to go back and adjust our theories again, as we did over and over and over.

Remember, at first we didn't think light bent due to gravity.

Comment Re:String theory is just that: a theory (Score 0) 130

Right, a theory. But if you can't count it, can't measure it, does it really exist?

Or, alternative concept: is it aether? Could light and other EM waves have mass? We used to think light was a particle. Then we thought it was a wave. Now we "know" it's a particle and a wave. What if all electromagnetic waves are both waves and have mass? If infinitesimal, the vastness of space makes millions of light years of area of space contain a lot of infinitesimal waves.

Just as valid a theory, since we've disproven dark matter mass by experiment.

Submission + - Twitter censors #DNCLeaks trending topic and hashtag (

bongey writes: Twitter censored the 2nd trending topic DNCLeaks hashtag. The trending hashtag #DNCLeaks was climbing over 90k tweets when it disappeared from the trending topics. It was replaced with PraisinTheAsian(17k) and TheWalkingDead(38k).


Feds Seize KickassTorrents Domains and Arrest Owner In Poland ( 298

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal authorities announced on Wednesday the arrest of the alleged mastermind of KickassTorrents (KAT), the world's largest BitTorrent distribution site. As of this writing, the site is still up. Prosecutors have formally charged Artem Vaulin, 30, of Ukraine, with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement. Like The Pirate Bay, KAT does not host individual infringing files but rather provides links to .torrent and .magnet files so that users can download unauthorized copies of TV shows, movies, and more from various BitTorrent users. According to a Department of Justice press release sent to Ars Technica, Vaulin was arrested on Wednesday in Poland. The DOJ will shortly seek his extradition to the United States. "Vaulin is charged with running today's most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials," Assistant Attorney General Caldwell said in the statement. "In an effort to evade law enforcement, Vaulin allegedly relied on servers located in countries around the world and moved his domains due to repeated seizures and civil lawsuits. His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice." KickassTorrents added a dark web address last month to make it easier for users to bypass blockades installed by ISPs.

Comment Re:Someone Please Explain The Glitch (Score 2) 80

or rather, they designed the game to need access to your GPS so they can get your geolocation for advertising purposes

I would normally agree with you, but PoGo has exactly zero ads in it (not even the voluntary "Watch this short ad for a buff" type so common in Freemium games). Nor, for that matter, have I received a single even remotely spammy email of any kind at the throwaway GMail account I used to register.

Really, no need - People apparently can't throw money at it fast enough. Can't say I quite get it, though... Cute toy, but to have literally doubled Nintendo's market cap in the past few weeks? Wow.

Comment Re:Failed Strategy (Score 1) 72

That link doesn't support your claim. The single strongest claim in that article says "Google pays taxes in Ireland, where it is charged at a lower rate than in France" - Not exactly a smoking gun, just France behaving in its usual petulantly xenophobic way over the horrible, horrible unfairness that any non-French company dare to exist.

Comment Re:Thanks to (Score 1) 310

We'll always have flat-out trolls, no doubt. I can easily ignore those.

I find it much more annoying to try to follow a thread when 2/3rds of the participants post as AC. They may have meant to troll, they may have meant it legitimately, but I can't even tell when a response to me comes from the same person to whom I responded.

I firmly believe in allowing people to post anonymously; but Slashdot makes it trivial to create an account with zero connection to someone's real identity. For that reason, I answered this poll with a "yes" - You can remain anonymous while still using a consistent pseudonym for the sake of discussion.

As a thought, perhaps this amounts to merely a matter of phrasing - Instead of disallowing anonymous posting, how about we call it "ad hoc" posting?

Comment Re:Failed Strategy (Score 1) 72

Google, and all the other companies we keep bitching about, do pay their taxes. They just don't pay more than the law requires them to.

Do you pay more in taxes than you need to? Do you skip itemizing your mortgage interest because you consider it an unfair advantage over renters? Do you keep your retirement savings in a taxable taxable brokerage account rather than "dodging" your fair share of capital gains tax with one of those evil 401k "tax shelters"?

Same deal here. Google, Apple, et al have done nothing more illegal than intentionally structuring themselves to minimize their tax liability. Yes, those loopholes damned well need to end; but you want to blame someone? Don't look at Google, blame yourself for voting for the status quo (D, R, makes no difference). You want the system to stop favoring billionaires and captains of industry? Stop electing billionaires.

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