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  • IBM extends Watson cognitive capabilities to MobileFirst for iOS apps

    Watson to the rescue to know my favourite snack.
  • Tim Cook included in early list of potential VP candidates for Clinton campaign

    thedba said:
    Way to open up a dialogue. 
    There is no dialogue to be had. You’ve already incorrectly answered the fundamental question: Is innocent life worth protecting? You’ve revoked any stake you had in the argument.
    I'm not a US citizen.
    No fucking wonder you don’t understand why guns exist. And so, again, you have no stake in the argument.
    What you guys call liberalism (the Clintons?) is what most of the rest of the world would call the right, maybe even the far right. 
    No shit. The rest of the world is a goddamn shithole. We know that. We’re trying to PREVENT that. That’s why the Constitution exists. That you don’t have your natural rights protected by the foundation of your government is your problem, not ours. And it’s also your problem of COMPREHENSION.
    But go on thinking any Democrat is going to take away your guns.
    The National Firearms Act of 1934 DEMOCRATS
    Gun Control Act of 1968 DEMOCRATS
    Clinton Executive Orders DEMOCRATS
    Lautenberg Act DEMOCRATS
    Brady Law DEMOCRATS

    Either shut up about things you don’t understand or educate yourself.
    And keep on holding on to antiquated concepts like the 2nd amendment. You know it was written when muskets was the sophisticated arm of the day. 
    As passed by the Congress and preserved in the National Archives, with the rest of the original handwritten copy of the Bill of Rights prepared by scribe William Lambert:
    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of the state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

    The following is taken from the Oxford English Dictionary and bracket in time of the writing of the second amendment.
    1709: If a liberal education has formed in us well-regulated appetites and worthy inclinations.
    1714: The practice of all well-regulated courts of justice in the world.
    1812: The equation of time is the adjustment of the difference of time as shown by a well-regulated clock and a true sundial.
    1848: A remissness for which I am sure every well-regulated person will blame the Mayor.
    1862: It appeared to her well-regulated mind, like a clandestine proceeding.
    1894: The newspaper, a never wanting adjunct to every well-regulated American embryo city.

    The phrase ‘well-regulated’ was in common use long before 1789 and remained so for a century thereafter. It referred to the property of something being in proper working order. Something that was well-regulated was calibrated correctly, functioning as expected. Establishing government oversight of the people’s arms was not only not the intent in using the phrase in the 2nd amendment, it was precisely to render the government powerless to do so that the Founders wrote it.

    The militia refers to the entire pool of citizens–no longer just men–capable of military service. Some uneducated people will claim that the National Guard “replaced” the militia. This was clearly spelled out as false in the Militia Act of 1903. This act clarified that the National Guard is the organized militia while all able-bodied men between the ages of 17 and 45 were part of the reserve militia. The Militia Act of 1903 repealed the Militia Act of 1792, which had required all able-bodied men to be able to provide their own firearm.

    To Keep And Bear: 
    To keep means to have. To bear, in this context, means to carry and to hold. The phrase, very simply, means that you can have the item in your possession.

    Shall Not Be Infringed: 
    The last part acts on the previous phrase, “to keep and to bear.” Infringe means to wrongly limit or restrict. The language is as plain as possible. 

    Written in more modern terms, the Second Amendment might read something like this: A properly armed people is necessary for a state to be free and secure. People can have weapons in their possession and you can’t do anything about it.

    Get fucking wrecked, foreigner.

    crowley said:
    As part of a well-regulated militia.
    You’ve already been proven wrong, kid. I will continue to remind you that you cannot read or comprehend the English language until such time as you can.
    Faul language and poor in grammer. That must sum up TS...

    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of the state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

    The thing is: is a militia necessary to the security of the state these days?
    That's what invalidates the rest of the sentence.

    And, oh yes: guns do kill! Indeed, you'd need a trigger happy person. 
    But then again, who else would buy a gun in the first place?
    The NRA has created a thought pleonasm...
  • Tim Cook included in early list of potential VP candidates for Clinton campaign

    Tim Cook for VP?
    what did he do as a CEO bur oversseing the failure to diversify (appleWatch subpar), failure in major software projects (iCloud, Maps, Siri), failure in investments for future (Titan).

    He's a hell of a COO, but he certainly isn't a CEO
  • Samsung suspends production of Galaxy Note 7, AT&T and T-Mobile stop offering replacements

    levi said:
    Public relations nightmare is an understatement.

    So where are all the class action lawsuits?
    Why class action? Those directly effected can sue and will likely receive a settlement. All others will get a refund or comparable replacement. The issues effecting iPhone 6 if real and in significant numbers, are justifiably class action worthy. And I'm a shareholder. 

    First off, what does you being an Apple shareholder have to do with anything?

    Second, its more than just getting a replacement. People were told to power down and not use their devices. You think everyone has a spare phone lying around they can use while waiting for that replacement? Not all carriers were offering loaner phones while waiting, and people who ordered from Samsung online (direct) had no way to arrange for a loaner. Further, people who ordered online were inconvenienced even more since couriers (like FedEx) wouldn't allow old Note 7's to be shipped back by air. This caused additional delays.

    You think people are going to individually sue Samsung for their inconvenience? Why don't Apple users with so-called touch disease individually sue Apple? Simple. It would cost far more to go to court than the few hundred dollars they would get. This has class action written all over it.
    Well, do you think people should sue Apple if iPhone 7 takes longer to produce?
    European perspective here, but I guess this whole class action thing is overkill: you get refunded and buy something else. No real damage done (except for those whose Note have really burnt, exploded, ...)
  • Samsung suspends production of Galaxy Note 7, AT&T and T-Mobile stop offering replacements

    Maybe they should ask Boeing for some advise