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Comment Re:BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN (Score 1) 348

Every outgoing presimadent since the Reagan, blessings upon him, makes the same grandiose claims that we'll put a Man on Mars real soon now.

Except that, with his wording, Obama is making a much heavier-handed attempt at tying his legacy back to Kennedy and his “this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” declaration.

Comment Re:Catfishing? (Score 3, Informative) 40

The Wikipedia article describes it as "Catfishing is a type of deceptive activity involving a person creating a sock puppet social networking presence for nefarious purposes."; doing it to carry on a fake relationship is perhaps the canonical example, as the term is taken from the movie Catfish, where this was the central theme of the movie, but it's not the only application of the term.

Comment Re:She's right (Score 1) 221

The period from 5,000 years back to 120,000 years has also been chosen to start with the last Ice Age and includes the Older Dryas and Late Glacial Maximum periods, while the most recent 5,000-year block includes the Boreal warm period, the Roman Warm Period, and the Medieval Warm Period, at least the latter two of which were warmer than today. The Vostok Petit ice-core data show that the Earth has spent the majority of its history significantly colder than today, with the last 5,000 years representing an unusually stable warm period in global temperature

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 2, Insightful) 438

I say, make guns like driving, but on a "shall issue" permit requiring a reasonable proficiency test.

And you can purchase any car that you can afford, transport it anywhere in public without needing a license unless you use another car to transport it (realistically, pulling an F1 race car on a trailer by hand is ludicrous, but the law doesn't restrict it), and you can drive that car on private property without needing a license, insurance, registration of the vehicle, or any of the safety requirements for a car operated on public streets. Apply the same 'restrictions' to firearms, and watch the gun-control lobby fill the cardio wards of the nation's hospitals, because that gives up 90% of what they've stolen away from gun owners over the years.

Comment Re:That's too bad.... (Score 1) 125

Absolutely right. No matter how much money they make, it will never be enough. They will always claim they are making less than they should be making due to (a) Piracy (b) YouTube (c) Streaming services (d) Some other reason. It's always someone else's fault that they aren't making as much money as they think they should.

The Music And Film Industry Association of America (MAFIAA) won't be satisfied until they can make individuals pay each time they experience a music or film performance, even if it's just remembering a performance.

Comment Re:Why are bankers doing that research (Score 1) 284

My impression is that banks are about the bottom line and profits. Why is someone at a bank doing that research?

Perhaps so that, if it turns out that we are in a simulation, they can invest in research to discover a way to hack the simulation and create money out of nowhere, thereby boosting their bottom line and profits immensely?

Comment Re:Foretold (Score 1) 145

Steamboat Willie can never enter the public domain after all...

I've been referring to the 'Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act' as the "Mickey Mouse Perpetual Protection Act" for years, and I'll just shift the name to whatever bill Disney rams through Congress to extend copyright protection to ensure that no representation of The Mouse ever falls into the public domain.

Comment Re:Still nope! (Score 1) 256

Don't forget that the "Microsoft actively monitors whether you're using Edge for up to 30 hours a month. It tracks mouse movements and other signs that you're not trying to game the system, and you must also have Bing set as your default search engine." statement means that Microsoft will be setting up a telemetry service on your computer to record what you do and send it to Microsoft. Just like the "Customer Experience Improvement Program" updates that add telemetry trackers to your Win7 system which Microsoft keeps trying to push to people even after the Windows 10 free update period has expired.

Comment Re:Just like trying to ban guns (Score 1) 446

90% of the time its not a home made gun... Almost all the time sounds like a fair description of 90%. so that other 10% fits nicely in almost never

"Here, stick your head through this hole. Just ignore the heavy blade in the slide above the hole; it almost never drops when someone sticks their head in it."

If there's a one in ten chance that the blade will fall and cut your head off when you stick your head in the hole, I don't think that you'd feel that "almost never" was an accurate description of the probability.

Comment Re:I also want protection for my children. (Score 1) 167

Note that video of gang riots, military combat, dictatorial executions, and other scenes of violence are, by their omission, presumably "appropriate content". Heaven forfend that some child should, even by accident, see an erect penis; it would scar them for life. But letting them watch police fire tear gas into crowds of rioters, or a policeman getting dragged down and beaten by rioters, or bodies lying in the street in pools of blood, is all just part of life.

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