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Comment: Re:How about equality in iPhone sweatshops? (Score 2) 913

Even if I'm not into your imaginary buddy up on the cloud you may still stuff his idiocy down my throat.

Given that the Christian god is often portrayed as being male does this mean that you shoving his stuff down my through mean the christian god is ok with homosexual acts?

Comment: Re:Fuck so-called religious "freedom" (Score 1) 913

With laws like these I find the best approach is to abstract them and ask the simple question of: should it be legal for to people to be complete raging assholes to each other while not committing any other offense against each other? To this question I would have to answer yes so supporting a law like the Indiana one makes sense as all it seems to be doing is codifying that being an asshole is not a crime. This same logic also works well in you example of insulting Muslims in an Islamic country, and in this example we find that Islamic countries have made being an asshole illegal.

In the case mentioned in the summary with Texas we would need to modify our question and have it be: Should the state be able to be a raging asshole to a citizen of that state? As this best represents that situation in general. Here though I would find that my answer should be a definitive NO since we are dealing with the state which shouldn't be an asshole to its citizenry. In addition to that the Texas case seem to be promoting a specific set of religious values over another, especially considering that a fairly major branch of Christianity just voted to allow it.

That said there are still laws and constitutional amendments dealing with similar discrimination issues applying to other groups. If people were being honest in this debate they would instead seek to make LGBT individuals another protected class under existing law. This I feel is the correct debate to have and given that they are born that way, much like being born black, Romanian, Jewish, etc. it seems like they should be included.

Comment: Re:Optimist (Score 1) 75

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49369901) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

it's an inaccurate, hysterical, and unintelligent smear

Why? It seems that Obama has sought to expand the power of the state, although to be fair so did Bush. The only question is who is the bigger statist and while Obama has expanded government power less than Bush did, he did none the less still expand it beyond the levels of Bush.

Comment: Re:Carbon Neutral? (Score 1) 192

tens of thousands of tons of ore has to be crushed and refined with carbon based energy sources.

Having been though an ore processing plan (iron not uranium) I don't think the ball mills and other machines in the plant really care where the electricity comes from. Granted the giant haul trucks and shovels run on diesel but one could replace the haul trucks with conveyors with electric motors and the big shovels are all electrical and just tethered to a somewhat mobile generator

Comment: Why use secrete service agents (Score 3, Interesting) 175

Why use secrete service agents when instead it could be a dual use facility for the training of the US Olympic track and field team. They excel at running and jumping so if it puts things beyond their abilities then it would be well beyond the abilities of any ordinary fence jumper.

Comment: Re:First time a Muslim packs one with explosives (Score 4, Insightful) 123

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49354685) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?
Just view the word Muslim like Nazi and then it becomes clear. The constant banging of the drums against muslim/islamic terrorists seems to cause people's mind to shut down as they now are being painted as the universal bad guy. That or the GP is just anti Islam, but given the current climate it may just be a convenient boogie man.

Comment: Re: My issue with password restrictions (Score 1) 159

There should be but with these systems that are home rolled who knows. As far as the password truncation the last thing I dealt with that had that problem was a stupid router from the ISP I had about 15 years ago. I get the feeling that having a properly designed system costs money and requires competent and thus expensive people to design and implement so in the race to the bottom good security seems to be the first thing cut.

Comment: Re:My issue with password restrictions (Score 1) 159

Well the arbitrary low limits on password length is just annoying. Yes I am sure that they want to save a few bytes in the DB but seriously if I really want to I should be able to have Beowulf written in the original Old English as my password if I want. Off by one errors are common so maybe report the bug, but I would also complain about short length allowed.

Comment: Re:Still waiting for a "hackability meter" (Score 1) 159

I like to introduce as much entropy into the system as possible. It is really sad that my bank has a max password length of 24 chars while my credit card offers 32. Also my credit card will allow me to change my username at any time to a string of up to 32 chars. There is the additional security "feature" that they offer of having those silly questions but even there my credit card offers you the option to have more than 3 questions and the answers can be longer than the ones for my bank. So to access my bank account takes something around ~350 bits of randomness yet the credit card requires ~600 bits (these are probably the low end estimates since I am not really sure how to count the security questions so I just added the bit count for a single one). I guess it is because the credit card company gets to eat the losses by default while by default with the bank I get to eat them.

And yes those are actual random bits, not button mashed bits (base 64 encoded enough output from /dev/random).

Comment: Re:They're still paving the trans-Siberian highway (Score 1) 226

I've been hearing about this proposed road for close to 20 years now and it is much like flying cars. Everyone likes to propose it but then reality sets in and it is discovered it is a really shitty idea. If it were ever built I would think it would be cool to attempt to drive it, then again I want the Pan-American Highway so I can take drive my car from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina just because.

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