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Comment Re:Facebook still wins the war (Score 1) 20

Really, somebody needs to go after Visa/MC/Amex and start taking the money from them, too, because they're the ones that enable the purchasing aspect of this.

It would be kind of nice if these "app store" type purchases required not just that app store approval, but some kind of credit card pin to approve the actual financial transaction, too.

There's just so much functionality tied to the app store/vendor cloud account that you end up needing the password to add free apps, which ends up opening the door to using the password for making in-app purchases as well.

It'd be nice to see "a minor made this purchase" be an affirmative and non-deniable method of obtaining a refund. Yes, it would be abused, but the abuse of it would be the key to forcing the app store and/or Visa into creating a system of affirmative cardholder approval of the purchases.

Comment Re:Router Failure? (Score 1) 89

Shouldn't, but could.

They could be running a converged network infrastructure with storage and networking fabrics meshed and a run-amok router starts blasting out broken routes and it cascades into storage access problems and crashes compute nodes that lose their storage, resulting some borked databases and crashed apps.

I'd guess it was designed to not do that and we don't know if it was a config error, some HA feature that didn't work, some other bug or what.

Comment Re:So, what's a problem? (Score 2) 150

This was my thought. Exploration in remote places has always been dangerous.

Sailors risked tropical disease, sanitation-related disease, malnutrition diseases, starvation, death from dehydration.

I'm curious what the risk rate for skin cancers is for mountaineers given that they spend increased time at high elevations with enhanced solar radiation exposure.

Nobody is being forced to strap into a rocket and go to Mars, just like nobody is forced to skydive, climb mountains or explore any wilderness. There are people who look at the risks and decide that the exploration is worth it for them personally.

The hard part about deep space won't be finding people willing to face these risks, it will be filtering out the few people you will actually end up sending from the vast sea of volunteers.

And yes, to a certain extent they will be guinea pigs, but they will also help us understand the risks and develop drugs or materials or therapies to overcome them.

Comment Pretty lame as far as scandal material goes. (Score 2) 164

If you want to see Democrats sniping at each others' candidates or complaining about what the party's up to, just go on any Democratic blog.

It's not a scandal. It's not a secret. It's not even a problem -- not even when people get hot under the collar and start acting like assholes. George Washington was elected unanimously by the Electoral College, but in every election since then politics has been turning Americans into assholes.

And that is a good thing. You can't make politics 100% civil without pushing out unpopular opinions.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 1) 207

RICO also occurred to me when I read the following paragraph:

According to the suit, Getty and its affiliates have not only sold unauthorized licenses of Highsmithâ(TM)s photos, but they have sent threatening letters to people that they believe have infringed the copyright.

Then I see that someone here objects thusly:

RICO? Who did they conspire with?

That's a cool parlour trick you've got there: pack all the accused into one side of the court room, then wave your hand toward the empty half.

RICO dismissed.

So, I guess I'm to understand that if the Mafia were to incorporate itself, it would no longer be a conspiracy, because the collective decision to become a fictitious legal individual sloughs off all conceptual notions of with-hood.

At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed LLC fig leaves together to cover themselves.

That makes so much more sense than the original version, and it's blindingly obvious in retrospect how easily the three "LLC" ink scratches could have been neglected at some juncture of the inter-generational hand-me-down.

Also, we're all sure the person receiving one of these shakedown letters has no feeling at all of being the one pitted against the many, aren't we?

Let me hazard a guess that what gives you the largest dopamine rush in any debate is to find something that costs you next to zero cognitive effort (you seemed not to even notice your use of the word "they" in your question "who did they conspire with?") while demanding that your adversary fill in the tedious technical blanks to your exacting and high standards of approval.

What gives me a big dopamine rush is to notice that the person attempting to wield this kind of argumentative posture has already failed to notice the nose on their own face.

But then I'm more interested in laughing than winning. Each to his own, I guess.

Comment Re:Cant say i'm surprised (Score 1) 306

I don't understand why people think AVRs need to be programmed in Arduino-C++ dumbed-down. avr-gcc (WinAVR on windows) is extremely nice to use and doesn't hold your hand. True C (or C++, if you like) programming.

I don't think anyone thinks they have to be programmed in Arduino C++, but the tools work well, so why look any further? What do you actually gain with avr-gcc?

Comment Huh? Not even close (Score 1) 181

Turns out that in Europe, they have emission laws on cars that requires them to be tigher than Americas, BUT, once past testing, they open it wide up and pollute like they are China. That is why when you look at the CO2 maps from OCO-2, you realize that Europe is actually emitting more than America does.
Basically, nations are cheating when they can.

Comment Re:Hitler kicked one million dogs (Score 2) 302

I too think e-cigarettes are an annoying and asinine way for people to keep doing something they know they shouldn't.

This is where the magic is.

You probably "shouldn't" do something if it is extremely harmful to you, although even then there are some cases where it doesn't matter (ie, a patient with late-stage terminal brain cancer can do most everything, including smoking, since smoking isn't what's going to end their life).

If smoking tobacco cigarettes has a harm score of 95 on a scale of 1-100 and vaping has a harm score of 10 on the same scale, does vaping still count as "something I know I shouldn't do"? What's the socially acceptable harm threshold where something can be harmful but somehow morally acceptable?

I feel like the whole e-cig debate is kind of dominated by a standard of safety that is unobtainable for what vaping physically represents, simply because it is a pleasure-providing drug experience.

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