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Comment Child Porn? (Score 1) 406

If you visit a child porn site and view images, are you not guilty of a felony?
Will they not try to put you in jail if they can find you?
Will the operators of the site not be prosecuted for felonies?

The precedent is set. They question is now, do you view the wanton murder of innocents, the advocating for such, etc. to be as egregious as child abuse?

Submission + - South Australia intervenes in electricity market as prices hit $14,000MWh 1

sycodon writes: Turmoil in South Australia's heavily wind-reliant electricity market has forced the state government to plead with the owner of a mothballed gas-fired power station to turn it back on.

"National Electricity Market (NEM) prices in the state have frequently surged above $1000 a megawatt hour this month and at one point on Tuesday hit the $14,000MWh maximum price."

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Submission + - SPAM: Nanowre Battery Breakthrough

sycodon writes: Researchers at the University of California Irvine (UCI) have found a way to protect and extend the life of nanowire based batteries.

The Nerd take:
"We demonstrate reversible cycle stability for up to 200000 cycles with 94–96% average Coulombic efficiency for symmetrical -MnO2 nanowire capacitors operating across a 1.2 V voltage window in a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) gel electrolyte."

When researchers applied a plexiglass-like gel to gold nanowires in a manganese dioxiode shell, it increased that number to over 200,000 and the battery didn’t lose any of its power or storage capacity over a period of three months.

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Comment Re:So find an unreasonable one (Score 5, Insightful) 1010

So what did they find?

1. She and her aids were careless in handling classified information.
2. There is evidence of potential violations of the statutes.
3.110 emails in 52 separate chains had been determined to contain classified information “at the time they were sent or received.” Of those, he continued, eight included “Top Secret” information, while 36 chains had “Secret” information at the time it was received, while eight contained “Confidential” information, the lowest level of classification.
4. Participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it.
5. You or I would be in big trouble -"To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions"

So Questions:

1. Will she face ANY sanctions of any kind?
2. If WE would lose security clearance, will she?
3. Can someone be President if they are not cleared to see 90% of what crosses their desk?

Comment Kinda (Score 4, Informative) 209

There is a balance point in any support function. If you are too helpful and too quick, the user will never learn and will call you each and every time they get in a bind, even if they've been in that bind multiple times.

We are very helpful the first time around and as part of resolving the issue, provide copious links to online training materials specific to the issue they experienced.
The next time, we simple provide citations to where they can read the solution to the problems. Eventually, they don't have to call anymore.

Yes, there are some idiots who just don't take the hint or just can't fathom the materials (often times, inept executives), but the solution there is to refer them to a peer who has been designated as an "expert".

Comment Money Shots (Score 3, Informative) 565

1. Armed citizens are less likely to be injured by an attacker:

2. Defensive uses of guns are common:

3. Mass shootings and accidental firearm deaths account for a small fraction of gun-related deaths, and both are declining:

4. “Interventions” (i.e, gun control) such as background checks, so-called assault rifle bans and gun-free zones produce “mixed” results:

5. Gun buyback/turn-in programs are “ineffective” in reducing crime:

6. Stolen guns and retail/gun show purchases account for very little crime:

7. The vast majority of gun-related deaths are not homicides, but suicides:

Again, as ArylAkamov mentions, this was a CDC study.

The Obama Admin disappeared it for all practical purposes. It wasn't on any morning news shows, the View, any of the late night Snark shows, none of the Sunday Morning shows, nothing.

Comment Insufficient Data (Score 0) 364

Any true "moral dilemma" would have to include information about all the parties involved.

Neither the Government nor the Tech has the right to make a moral decision for someone nor do they have enough information to do so.

Should a Nobel Winning Physicist be sacrificed in order to save a car load of Gang Bangers on their way to a Drive By Shooting?

What if that Hypothetical Crowd was a bunch on NeoNazis?

Morality is a Human thing and can't be programmed.

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