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Comment Hardship of innocents (Score 4, Informative) 98

I've worked in their customer care (recently quit). There is such a thing as false positives, little old ladies who don't know the difference between a proxy and a flux capacitor. And the company line for someone calling about a VPN error? Do **not** help or advise them in anyway except telling them to undo what they've done whatever that was, and call the ISP to help find what default settings should be. Next thing you know, you've got a rep from the ISP calling in because an entire IP block is getting flagged, and nobody can actually cite any particular instruction, marker, or standard for why it's getting flagged and what needs to be done about it. I can tell you this, the corporation looks to weigh the undue hardship of innocents in dollars, and that ought to be incompatible with some ethical systems.

Comment Re:This bull (Score 2) 98

You read what you wanted to read -- that's not a real error message. "Not not available right now" --- that's a thing. But it never says the country. P.s. you get that message when your internet sucks or when the implementation sucks (e.g. that black friday blu-ray player)...

Comment Re: Internet without evangelicals = Win (Score 0) 293

The mozilla thing was a little sad. When you're the leader of men, especiailly at a company that uses at least some donated money and donated time from progressive thinkers... you shouldn't take public positions on anything. Elrich seemed like the pinnacle in upright professionalism in terms of handling things he disapproved of in a company responsible and ethical fashion. Unfortunately, it came to light that he spent money to help restrict rights for a minority, and a lot of people aren't okay with that. Hopefully they come out with a referendum to stop giving churches special tax exemptions, and hopefully the people who want to keep their jobs leading people donate anonymously.

Comment Re: Internet without evangelicals = Win (Score 5, Insightful) 293

I just had a friend lose a contract over the fact he worked with gay weddings. He actually made out like a bandit and got to keep a large deposit -- he donated it, posted his story of attempted persecution, and the story went viral and business is BOOMING. If you find a story of fundamental homosexuals beating up christian because he looked too square, I'd love to hear it.

Comment Re:100% Accurate, Nearly All of the Time! (Score 1) 138

I know there's more than one measure of accuracy in medical studies. I forget the jargon, but there's always a measure of false-negativeness and a measure of false-positiveness. While they do have to admit a false negative, "some afflicted lacked the indicator", they may be able to say, "100% of healthy patients lacked the indicator". Ergo if you ever found it, you just made an inarguable diagnosis. So maybe a reporter didn't grok the stat. The false negatives are curious, though - some small percentage of the population has diseased brain tissue but clean fluids, as if their braincar had a great new oil filter.
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Submission + - Reuters Image of Russian Subersible from Titanic

Juha-Matti Laurio writes: "Footage purporting to show Russian explorers claiming the seafloor beneath the North Pole last week was in fact a scene from the 1997 film, reports The Independent. It took a 13-year-old Finnish boy to call a local newspaper pointing out that the footage looked identical to that in the film. According to Finnish Helsingin Sanomat publishing the pictures too 'at the time of the original broadcast, the vessels and their crews were known to be still some hours away from their destination'."

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