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Comment: Re:Turn it on them (Score 2) 90 90

Surely it wouldn't be beyond the collective wit of the internet to set up a parallel surveillance system targeting judges, politicians and others involved in dismantling these freedoms. After a couple of months of having their every private movement made public I suspect they'd change their outlook.

Quite a while back I posted a comment suggesting a smartphone application that allows people to take a snapshot of a government official/bureaucrat/judge/LEO/agent as well as officials/employees of NSA/NRO/CIA/etc private contractors and upload it and location/time and other relevant data to a website in a non-5-eyes nation where facial recognition and data-mining software could analyze it and make that information and analysis publicly available. Track all their travel, associations, purchases, everything possible.


Comment: Re:Uber this! (Score 3, Insightful) 308 308

France can always be counted on to do things in the least logical way possible.

In which alternate universe is arresting the people running an illegal business the "least logical way possible"?

The fact that it's illegal for a private person to accept payment for a car ride principally to protect politically-connected businesses practicing an outdated/obsolete business model is both corrupt and illogical. It's protectionist crony-capitalism. Rather than logically correcting such a corrupt system, they doubled down on it. Just because a government declares something "illegal" does not mean it is morally and/or ethically wrong, or a detriment to society and/or the economy.


Comment: Re:GUNS (Score 1) 262 262

You can get a pretty good gun for $200 and a really good gun for $500 these days. You can get a CNC'd 1911 for that now... or something more modern :) And yet a 3d printed gun will literally never be as good, because it will never output forged stock. (Perhaps one day we will develop a universal assembler, and that will be better than either of course.)

All quite true at this time.

The one thing a 3D printed gun can do that a normal gun cannot: Not yet exist when authorities come to confiscate guns, and then exist once the authorities have departed.

That, more than anything else, is what makes 3D printed guns unique and the ability to produce them attractive, especially to those who live under a government bent on disarming the population.


Comment: Re:GUNS (Score 1) 262 262

No, it's because a 3D printed gun is not anywhere near as good as a gun made by a gunsmith.

Not really so true anymore, currently it's the price per copy.

But as 3D metal printing technology advances (and it won't be long, as it was only a handful of months ago that all there was out there was the Liberator plastic single-shot and now there's metal 1911-style semi-auto pistols being produced.), expect the cost/time required to drop dramatically and for quality to keep pace.

Can you think of a legitimate application for which a 3D-printed gun would be superior to a weapon made by a real gunsmith?

"Superior"? Probably not for a little while yet, but at the same time it will not be long at the rate 3D printing tech advances these days. "Legitimate application"? Depends a lot on what you would consider a "legitimate application", but I get your point and in many cases you would be correct. This will soon not be true as 3D printing technology advances & matures, however.


Comment: Re:Television Stereotypes (Score 3, Interesting) 253 253

Well, it's not like black youth are inundated with the glorification of "thug life" and "gangsta" culture, or that blacks that *do* do well are often labeled by their peers as "actin' like dey white"...

I'm black and I don't know a single person that talks like that. Not among my family, friends, or acquaintances. I do encounter this stereotype quite frequently on television, music and on the internet though.

I'm not saying there aren't people who think like that. But that it's not as common way of think as rap videos and off-hand comments would lead you to believe.

E.g. How many of these people you overheard were actually being serious? And not making fun of the stereotype?

I live a short distance outside Detroit. Come take a drive with me some afternoon and I'll introduce you to countless examples. I'm a professional blues guitarist and regularly live, work, and eat with black people and have for decades, and have dated a number of black women over the years as well, many with children. It's a result of the culmination of decades of cultural and social messages blacks receive their entire lives from government entitlement programs, affirmative action laws & policies, schools/colleges, music/media/mainstream news, and their peers.


Comment: Re:Demographics (Score 5, Insightful) 253 253

Oh, good. I was wondering how long it would take for someone to say "Black people just don't want technology jobs." I suppose they prefer working in fast food and sports?

Well, it's not like black youth are inundated with the glorification of "thug life" and "gangsta" culture, or that blacks that *do* do well are often labeled by their peers as "actin' like dey white", "uncle Toms", "house niggas" (all things I've heard blacks say personally, as well), and any that profess anti-entitlement-society, pro-family views are excoriated by both their peers and "news" media.

I frankly greatly admire minorities in the US that have the courage and determination to run that gauntlet instead of cave to the pressure to "stay on the plantation" and instead go on to use their intelligence, talents, skills, and strong work ethic to do well and become an asset to their communities and to society.


Comment: Heavens Forbid (Score 1) 253 253

Heavens forbid that the best candidates are picked! Oh the horror!

And of course if there's a vastly smaller pool of minority and women applicants, that's the employer's fault as well! Maybe we could force them to pay to educate then train minority/women parolees and force them to hire them! That will assure private data stays private! /s*


*I find it rather tragic that Western culture and society has devolved so far into reactionary mob-rule that a 'sarc' tag is necessary. We used to have these things called Rule of Law and individual liberty coupled with individual responsibility. No more, apparently.

Comment: Re:Great, now how do they get there? (Score 1) 212 212

Got any evidence that the US is after Assange?

Oh please! Really? Of course the US wants him after the huge mess and dog-and-pony show in Congress regarding Assage/Wikileaks, and the repeated attempts by the US to destroy Wikileaks however they can.

Do you have any evidence that I'm wrong? Assange has wasted years of his life for nothing if the US was *not* intent on grabbing him (or having him grabbed by allies to cover involvement). Of course the US will not say anything about wanting him, until they're able to get him back to US territory somehow.

You do not alert a fleeing/hiding subject to your plans to abduct him, particularly when it's highly dubious that said subject is even legally prosecutable, given US law/jurisdiction outside national borders, foreign citizenship, and how/where the actions in question occurred. Of course they'll keep their cards close to their chest.

The US wants Assange, there is no doubt. They just want it all taken care of quietly, as they'd basically be prosecuting him for the same thing the NYT did when it published the Pentagon Papers, and the NYT *is* in US territory and are/were mostly comprised of US citizens. It's just that these days, Rule of Law in the US only exists in textbooks.


Comment: Re:Great, now how do they get there? (Score 1) 212 212

You do realize Assange and Snowden are two different people, right?

But they are both wanted by the US for essentially the same thing.

They 'pantsed' the US intelligence services in public and exposed their criminal actions to the world and most importantly to the US population.

Like any organized crime cartel, they feel they must do their best to make these individuals pay a heavy price in order to keep their own people too scared to rat them out on their criminal activities.


Comment: Re:Welcome to Fascist America! (Score 1) 413 413

The authors of the Constitution were rightly afraid of corruption in government power, but their solution, as you point out, was to set government power in opposition to itself.

Right, they set the branches up to oppose and balance each other, so as to limit and slow the exercise of government power.

This still doesn't address the problem that good government comes from people governing well, not from more or less of a quantity of "government"

Here is where you go off the rails. Depending on the virtue of politicians is...unwise. The corrupt always rise to power. That is why you only give politicians and bureaucrats only just enough power to accomplish only those things that cannot be accomplished otherwise while maintaining a free and open society under Rule of Law.

Government is a necessary evil. It is force and so must be strictly limited. Again, I would refer to a computer network as an analogy. A mainframe/dumb terminal system (strong central government) is much easier to suborn than a distributed network (roughly co-equal States with a relatively domestically weak central government) which by it's nature limits the damage possible and can detect and take steps to protect the other networked machines and correct any damage caused.

If that's incoherent, I would posit it is a confusion of the willful variety by the reader, not the writer


Comment: Re:By your logic the Nazis were pro Communist (Score 2) 305 305

You are aware, I trust, that you are describing a very small group of men that made up some of the Nazi leadership. The overwhelming majority of Nazis were Catholics and Lutherans.

And *you* are aware, I trust, that churches throughout Germany had many of their priests/pastors/clergy killed and replaced by Party-approved men, and crosses and other sacraments & symbols were stripped out and replaced with Nazi symbols and flags.


Read up on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the context of the events related to churches etc in Germany during the Nazi reign.


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