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Comment: Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (Score 1) 309

by BobMcD (#47419179) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

So... why is it the people who upload and host this stuff do not have consequences?

I think that's a legitimate TOR angle, actually. In order to leverage the law you need to know where they physically are. TOR hides that, per design.

There's a case here, folks.

TOR is inhibiting legal remedies.

Comment: Re:better than what we have now (Score 1) 245

Otherwise when he talks about making gay people illegal, forcing women to be barefoot and pregnant, abolishing access to birth control and abortion people might question why this Canadian is pretending to be a Texan with values completely the opposite of the nation he held a passport in.

It's always nice when someone self-identifies as someone who doesn't know what the fuck they're talking about.

Comment: Re:Most disappointing for me is manipulating the f (Score 2) 160

by BobMcD (#47376657) Attached to: Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

Well, three problems:

1) Their users provide the feed. Facebook just displays it.
2) It isn't 'for free' as Facebook uses the data to advertise to you, and thus earns money on the content you generate.
3) The example I gave was explicitly not bullshit - if it were, why would anyone interfere with it?

Comment: Most disappointing for me is manipulating the feed (Score 2) 160

by BobMcD (#47375311) Attached to: Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

Facebook's efforts to manipulate the feed are really disappointing. If they'll do it for jollies, then they'll damn sure do it if someone pays them to or if the government orders them to.

Imagine an 'American Spring'. Imagine the government not only spying on Facebook users communicating about it, but requiring that Facebook actively suppress any positive comments about it.

That shit ain't right.

Comment: Re:The egg comes first, the chicken later. (Score 1) 1318

by BobMcD (#47361127) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

It happens because there was something wrong with the zygote sufficient that the body aborted it on its own.

I covered that part already.

"Just leave it alone and give it a chance" isn't so difficult a standard for reasonable people to apply. Note, too, that this doesn't inhibit contraception in any way.

If your pill only targets those zygotes that would have been lost anyway, then I can see no problem with it.

Comment: Re:Political/Moral (Score 1) 305

by BobMcD (#47360503) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

The defaults alone weren't the problem. The groupthink and perverse psychology of the private sector was the problem. Government just wanted to help people get homes. The greed of the private sector created such a mess that everything crashed because of their shenanigans.

This assumes that either:

A) Government is immune from private sector influence.
or
B) The private sector's behavior was in any way surprising.

Both are pretty naive. At least we all know better now, right?

Right?

Anybody?

Comment: Re:The egg comes first, the chicken later. (Score 1) 1318

by BobMcD (#47360257) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

You're focusing on the wrong aspect. It isn't about potential, but human potential. The same as eating meat is allowed, but eating human meat is not. This is largely because nobody wants to be eaten.

However rudimentary it is, if left alone it will most likely develop into a human. Same as you did when you were in that rudimentary stage because nobody interfered with your genetic material.

Note, too, this is why many of us don't object to funding primary education even though we don't all have kids. We received such an education, and wouldn't have wanted it taken away due to lack of funding.

So while the nervous system makes a fine line for certain arguments, in general it's the 'what if this happened to me' angle that makes human-material issues most unique.

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