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Comment Re:Twitter shouldn't be shutting anyone down.. (Score 1) 832

The idea that you can say whatever you want, and that no one can stop you; is not the idea behind free speech.

Actually, no, that's pretty much it.

The "no one can stop you part" is particularly relevant to government only because they're the only ones who can shut you up with violence and it sometimes be acceptable.

And before you go all libertarian about it being Twitter's platform, remember whatever argument you make applies to network neutrality as a whole.

Free speech is the same as freedom of conscience. The ideas in your head are yours, no one can force you to have different ideas, and you can share your ideas with whomever you please. That is what free speech means.

Comment Re:Remember when (Score 1) 139

Can anyone remember when laws were made by elected officials?

Do you think they just invented a right to record people? Strange how the grandstanding government hater thinks we need the government's permission to do something.

We have the right to record anything we damned well please. We're doing it constantly in our heads; fortunately technology gives us a way to do it that is permanent and non-repudiable.

We only restrict that right with laws in the interests of privacy, trade secrecy, copyright, etc.

Comment Re:Theory that Drones can be weaponized (Score 1) 410

Dey derker derns!

Now they can assume any drone is a threat and respond accordingly, and have the legal authority to take it out and arrest its pilot if they can find him.

If you don't understand how easy it is now to build a homemade cruise missile, well, you're probably the kind of stupid person who was shocked, shocked that passenger jets could be turned into weapons.

Comment Re:jobs (Score 0) 173

Who is going to hire someone out of prison with a record as a programmer.

Seriously, use to be an ex-con knew his place, and you could count on them to shovel all the shit you threw at them and they'd keep their traps shut.

But now they come out of Rikers with their heads full of nerd gibberish and they think they're fuckin' rock stars! You tell 'em you got a job for them and they demand free meals and a massage therapist! If you want a rub and tug, get it on your own damn time!

Comment To everyone whining about the title... (Score 4, Informative) 110

Here is the list of organizations who got the info:

Georgia Democratic Party
Georgia Republican Party
Georgia Libertarian Party
Independence Party of Georgia
Southern Party of Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Macon Telegraph
Savannah Morning News
Georgia GunOwner Magazine
Georgia Pundit
News Publishing Co.
RedState

Who is the biggest risk? Who has the least to lose and the most ideological fervor? Who is most likely simply to get hacked?

Actually, it isn't the gun nut magazine, it's the Southern Party of Georgia.

That would make an even better headline: Georgia Gives Personal Data of 6 Million Voters To Racist Lost Cause Political Party You've Never Heard Of

Comment Re:Upset about Georgia Gun Owner Magazine... (Score 0) 110

Which is more likely to abuse the information - a small magazine devoted to individual rights, or the two major political parties?

The tiny gun magazine, of course. The political parties and newspapers actually have reputations to lose.

Besides, have you ever heard how gun nuts talk?

Comment Sure are a lot of morons in this thread (Score 5, Informative) 387

They're eating up the author's framing as if it was literally what Nye said. What he actually said was that NASCAR should reward fuel efficiency as well as speed, as it would make a more interesting engineering problem.

Besides, everybody knows that if you're not NASCAR, you're NASCDR.

Comment Re:If New York Times complains about it... (Score 0) 119

You're pretty fuckin' dense if you think anything is wrong with that blog post on calling black people "articulate". I mean, Chris Rock makes the same point, and isn't he the excuse you trot out for being allowed to say the n-word?

To think it is in the same league as that whiny Salon article demonstrates why right-wingers need to keep their damn mouths shut when it comes to social justice issues. All they seem capable of doing is giving more ammunition to the SJWs.

Comment Yes (Score 1) 568

Because it pisses off the insecure people who whine about this.

The whole "engineer" requires licensure thing is a recent invention and is mostly for people to puff up their status, much like lawyers trying to make "esquire" happen. They already have a title, "Professional Engineer", and they can stick "PE" on the end of their names all they want, and no one else is allowed to.

"Engineer" is a common word they don't and will never own, at least not in the United States.

Comment Re:Linus is right. (Score 1) 576

Stupidity has to hurt, or people don't learn. Better it happen this way then with a bug that compromises billions of devices.

As the article points out, he didn't call out the author of that code, so they weren't publicly shamed (which, ironically, is the preferred tactic of his critics), but you know they were ashamed, and rightly so.

Fear of becoming the cause of a Linus rant is part of the quality control of Linux, and it is highly effective.

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