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Comment Re: Cue the idiots (Score 4, Insightful) 137

The trigger happy twitter fingers of Trump is what gets the security service guys nervous. He is scheduled to get his first security briefing. There's nothing stopping him from tweeting that information and then blowing up the reaction into another Media Moment for himself. If he makes it big enough, it would look like the Federal Government is singling him out. That they should do but it will only play into his hands. His sycophants in the Republican party will tut-tut and claim it isn't that bad. His infantile voters will find a way to stomach it because he's Telling it Like it Is and Blowing Against the Man.

Comment Other factors? (Score 2, Insightful) 145

Perhaps astronauts who go into deep space are feted and find themselves traveling more, eating out more, being in more smoke filled environments, stressing out in front of large audiences etc. A few days in space might not be what did it but everything that came after. Or maybe it's just a statistical blip from a small sample size.

Comment Re:In a country far far away (Score 2) 504

And now get the hardware peripherals to work. The gaming mouse with a polling speed that XWindow cannot handle. The programmable flight sticks that can't be programmed in Linux because there is no tool (and no, sorry, the windows-tool doesn't work in Wine). The EAX-7.1 Sound card that is treated like it can only output Stereo (and that gets no driver from its manufacturer). The USB Soundcard that doesn't work at all (for the same reason). The gamepad ...

Yes, all those examples can be brushed aside with "That's not Linux' fault that their maker doesn't deliver drivers" (well, except maybe that mouse issue, that's really a shortcoming of XWindow). True. But guess what, the user doesn't care whose blunder it is. What he sees is that these things he paid multiple 100 bucks for do work in Windows and don't work in Linux.

And until we solve this, it's going to be a really hard sale that "Linux on the Desktop" idea.

Comment Re:Amazon fire is more locked down (Score 2) 100

And their fire line is far more locked down than Apple could ever dream of, with a small pool of apps.

Locked down what? You can sideload any app you want to any fire device you want. And what's more, you don't even need to plug in a USB cable to do it; They have ES File Explorer in their store. Once you have that installed, you can install anything you want, and uninstall ES if you like afterwards. The latest revision of the launcher on the Fire TV stick finally integrated non-Appstore apps into the app menu, so you don't have to launch them from application settings.

Comment Re:It's a feature (Score 2) 302

In the area I'm from, it was more liver cirrhosis from too much alcohol. You know what they say, in Winter, you can only code... or drink. And back when my grandpa lived, we didn't have computers, hell, we didn't have electricity. Or shoes. And the snow was THIS high, all the times. Especially in Winter!

Comment Re:It's a feature (Score 5, Insightful) 302

This is a device that was designed to emit toxic vapours.

Nicotine may be a toxin, but in the amounts in which it's consumed, that's the least concern about the effects upon the body. However, these devices weren't intended to emit other toxic vapors.

It's like saying that fireplaces pose a fire hazard or that an electric outlet carries the risk of electrocution. It's what it's supposed to do.

False. A fire hazard is an uncontrolled fire. A fireplace is designed to control a fire. An electric outlet is not designed to electrocute you. It's designed to deliver power to an appliance. Granted, some of them are not very well designed to explicitly not electrocute you, but that's a separate issue.

The idea of the vaporizer is to deliver as clean a smoking experience as possible. If you put water-based herbal extracts into them, that's what you're doing. What's interesting is that these other things aren't that clean, either. Anyone remember transparent cigarette papers? They were everywhere for a while, I went through a couple of packs myself on the basis that I was already smoking tobacco so who cares, but what was found is that only the center of the cherry is hot enough to burn the combustion byproducts into something harmless, which meant that you were getting a bunch of toxics from them even worse than smoking paper.

Comment Re: Hatchet jobs aside (Score 1) 392

No it isn't useful.

Really? You don't find the specific allegations to be useful?

This is why you are an idiot: that is just links to HTML on the internet. Anyone can put anything on the Internet.

Yes. For example, cowards like you can post stupid comments like yours.

"First hand account" means nothing.

I strongly disagree. On the other hand, a comment left by an anonymous coward does mean nothing.

For example you have been beating your wife for a long time. Why don't you stop? I have multiple first hand accounts of you beating your wife, yet it hasn't stopped. Why don't you stop?

Well for one thing, I'm not married, so it's impossible for me to stop beating my wife. I don't have a wife. For another thing, an anonymous coward like yourself making unfounded claims is very different from a person with a name and an identity making specific allegations.

My question was what the allegations were. The answer was clearly useful, as it linked to specific claims of specifically unacceptable behavior. Nowhere did I state that I accepted the linked statements as fact; what I said was that they were useful in the context of the question, and they were. If you believe otherwise, you are very stupid, and should not be permitted near a keyboard without supervision.

Submission + - UK judge calls for an "online court" without lawyers (

mi writes: A senior judge has called for the establishment of an online court that does not have lawyers and can deal with claims of up to £25,000.

The proposal is the centrepiece of a package of reforms to the civil justice system, drawn up by Lord Justice Briggs, a Court of Appeal judge.

Just how exactly will this court ensure no one is, in fact, a trained professional on the Internet, where no one knows, who you really are, is not explained.

We discussed the idea last year. Apparently, it is still alive.

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