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Comment: Re:Bah humbug censorship (Score 3, Insightful) 307

by ATMAvatar (#47847347) Attached to: Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit
This was more the case of "Don't want your car stolen? Don't leave the windows down and doors unlocked". The thief still has to hot wire the car, and he/she still takes the lion's share of the blame, but it doesn't detract from the fact that it is really stupid to leave your car out like that.

Comment: Re:What else does he do? (Score 1, Troll) 40

by ATMAvatar (#47843537) Attached to: "Net Neutrality" Coiner Tim Wu Is Running For Lt. Governor of New York
A better analogy is one where you purchase a vehicle capable of going 60MPH, but unbeknownst to you ahead of time, it gets throttled remotely to lower speeds if you drive to Chicago or LA because those cities did not pay the manufacturer enough extortion money. Oh, and it can go 90MPH to Destroit because the manufacturer is based there.

Comment: Re:Humans have too much (Score 5, Insightful) 206

by ATMAvatar (#47838729) Attached to: Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

Assuming that it was impossible to have *any* privacy, you would immediately see widespread persecution of anyone who didn't fit the "norm". Shortly afterward, anyone with any intelligence would cease any public activities which did not meet general approval and start looking for ways to engage in them so that only other people with those hobbies would know about it - in effect, clamoring to restore the lost privacy.

In short, a life without privacy is one where you must live according to how everyone else wants you to live, whether than living how *you* want to live. It is a prison without bars.

Comment: Re: What's so American (Score 4, Insightful) 531

In the context of a single argument, you are correct. However, in the scope of society as a whole, public shaming of people who are willfully ignorant would hopefully serve to discourage those who see it as a badge of honor to argue a topic while being completely ignorant of the facts. However, I would be happy if we could at least drop the anti-intellectualism which permeates US culture.

Comment: Re:Told ya... (Score 1) 207

I wouldn't call it stupid, but it is a logical fallacy. Given what we knew 10 years ago, it was only logical to point out the fallacy of assuming that everything you said or did was monitored, because there was little/no public evidence of such. That it turned out to be true does not make the past arguments any less fallacious.

Comment: Re:It's not extra-judicial (Score 1) 52

by ATMAvatar (#47629685) Attached to: UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls
In the case of the US, it's a secret court with secret proceedings - as far as anyone knows, the actual approval for surveillance is rubber-stamped by circus clowns. Even then, it was shown that much of our surveillance was done without consulting the special "court". I don't see why we should assume the UK system is any different.

Comment: Re:I must be the outlier (Score 3, Insightful) 234

by ATMAvatar (#47565241) Attached to: Comcast Confessions

I'm not quite sure why Comcast hasn't emiserated the in-store situation yet; but apparently they haven't, and it's not as though the front-line peons are fucking with you for their pleasure, so if they aren't forced to they generally won't.

That's easy. Someone deliberately screwing with you to prevent your cancellation in person could escalate the situation to violence. Over the phone, the most that can happen is a shouting match, and if the customer gets frustrated enough, they hang up, which is a win.

Comment: Re:No, no unfair advantage at all... (Score 1) 175

by ATMAvatar (#47543707) Attached to: Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

I can't imagine why anyone would accuses him of 'cheating' ...

The device is like a spring, so it stores energy as well as having extra length and mechanical advantage, and better still its far stronger and requires much more force to break.

I'm sorry he lost his leg, but there is no why this is 'fair' by any sense of the word.

Oh, and I suppose Pitch-O-Mat 5000 was just a modified howitzer?

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