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Comment Re:Pay attention. (Score 2, Interesting) 153

This allows the government to hack AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF COMPUTERS if they have a rubber stampped warrant from a judge who has no understanding of what they are signing.

I would assume that a judge would have some common sense. A warrant might say "All computers own by XXX person" or "all computers at XXX location." I doubt that a judge will sign a warrant for "all computers in Utah."

What is the alternative? "Whoops, we got a warrant to search five computers, but all of the illegal stuff is on computer #6, so we have to let this criminal go?"

Judges had to go through law school -- they are generally not stupid. I bet that most of them even own a computer or two.

Comment Re:Another spam ad (Score 1, Informative) 84

I am not a shill and I have a Tap because a friend of my had an Echo and I loved it, mostly b/c I use Prime Music a ton and my young kids can easily interact w/the device to play what they want. Several of my friends have purchased the devices after using mine.

I mean, popular? No, not nearly as much as Amazon may like you to believe; however, they are pretty great devices for what they are and I think the recognition software is world's better than Siri (which, IMO, is completely and utterly useless and I never use on my Mac or phone).

By all means, be skeptical, however it doesn't mean they're not being used by people and they're not any good.

Comment Re:Horizontal glass (Score 0) 428

Reading comprehension much? I was not talking about interior surfaces, I was talking about exterior. I will assume that you are genuinely stupid instead of being a troll...

If you have a glass table, you pretty much know not to drop things from a high distance, and if you do, you get what you deserve. For a fridge, unless your fridge is very tall, it is impossible to drop something from higher than about a foot.

Shingles, on the other hand, could have hail dropped from a very high distance indeed -- enough to reach terminal velocity. Where I live we had a severe hail storm a couple of months ago. A friend of mine is getting insurance to replace his entire roof.

Comment Re:Glass (Score 3, Informative) 428

You mean except for almost every window on every house and car made? [sarcasm] Yeah barely any glass out there. Who would use glass? [/sarcasm]

Uhhhh, how much glass is used for horizontal (or horizontal-ish) surfaces? On my house, at least, all exterior glass is completely vertical. When hail arrives, the glass only has to absorb the horizontal component of the force, which is significantly less than the vertical component. Roofing surfaces, however, are much more horizontal than they are vertical, so they will have to absorb more force.

Comment Moving to another star? (Score 2) 522

In the span of 1000 years, I can certainly see humans being able to travel and inhabit other nearby planets but do we really think we'll be at a point where we can move large groups of humans >25 trillion miles away? Or does he see this more as we'll be putting civilization into space for centuries-long travel toward those other systems?

Comment Re: Oh dear (Score 1) 742

Americans already make cars. Even "Japanese" (Honda, Toyota) cars sold in the US are usually made in the US.

iPhones and other smartphones being made here will probably up the prices slightly, but most of the estimates I've heard are absurd.

iPhones could be made completely in the US and Apple could charge the exact same price for them as they do now and the only difference is Apple's profits would go from ridiculously obscene to only slightly obscene.

But where (in the USA) would you make them? Industry is "dirty"... we only do clean businesses.... like McDonalds.

Comment Re: Oh dear (Score 1) 742

Actually it's better to say "Japanese...etc" cars sold in the US. are usually made in North America (really saying USA is just wrong).

These companies like to brag to US citizens about how their cars are made in North America because people in the USA don't understand there's more to North America than just the USA.

Comment Re:Editor much? (Score 1) 17

"A technical issue at with a computer..."

Slashdot has been getting harder to read because of what I assume to be the army of paid political shills chiming into every conversation about politics - which in my opinion doesn't belong on slashdot - but when the GOD DAMNED EDITORS CAN'T EVEN FORMULATE A SENTENCE?!?

"I'm sorry, we could not translate your post."

You can be a formulate sentence.

Comment Re:should or could? (Score 2) 1081

One of the reasons for the electoral college is so that more populous states can't just overwhelm rural areas. Otherwise, anybody who doesn't live near a big city should not even bother to vote.

That was also the reason for a separate senate and congress. The congress is based on population. The senate is two per state, no matter how big or small.

Comment Re:Going by this logic (Score 1) 436

and a good deal of evidence that about a third of Republicans are living in a self-constructed la la land.

The way I see things, the GOP can be split into the sane and the crazies. The crazies voted for Trump in the primary. The sane ones, though the majority, were split among the other candidates, so Trump got the largest single block despite not having an actual majority.

If the GOP primary has been via approval voting then one of the more sane candidates would have won and also would have beat Hillary easily. Instead the GOP nominates the only candidate that could loose to Clinton.

Comment Re:Who even remotely wants a TV package anymore? (Score 2) 45

Netflix has the advantage of watching any of their programs at any time. With OTA, cable, and satellite, you also have the option of recording it to watch later.

With this thing, it appears that there is no such thing as recording? I noticed a "72-hour catch-up windows" for "many" networks. Cute, but in my house a show can sit for a week or two before we get a chance to watch it, and that is just with OTA as a source. Thanks, but no thanks.

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