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Comment Re:Wrong age (Score 5, Insightful) 61 61

This. Nobody is an adult at 18. Not even close. Most people don't have their cognitive act together, and any sort of capacity for rational behavior (if they're ever going to get there) until, these days, they're the better part of 30.

But knowing to not shoot selfies of yourself being a total jackass is something that can make some sense a lot earlier than 18. If some 15 year old can know enough not to drop his pants in front of his grandmother or in front of his classroom at school, he already has what it takes to know not to do it online. He just has to be taught that. Which involves, you know, parents. Who give a damn about their kids' future.

Comment Re:A simple proposition. (Score 1) 204 204

They used to sell a service where you could subscribe to Slashdot [slashdot.org] for some nominal fee per 1,000 page loads. The fact that they quit selling this service is their own problem, the scaffolding is all there. It just needs to be turned back on and made worth the investment.

I subscribed to Slashdot right up until their subscription system broke.

My second official act as the new owner of Slashdot (after tearing out the videos and replacing them with fish tanks) will be making sure that goddamn subscription system works again. It was easy as pie and occasionally I would even pick some insightful commenter and gift him 5000 page loads.

When Slashdot started refusing my subscription requests, I figured it was only a matter of time until they'd get sold. Fortunately, I had sufficient bottle caps, pre-war money and Legion Denarius to purchase the site. Once the sale goes through, things are gonna be different around here, lemme tell you.

Comment Re:Another Corporate rape of the commons (Score 1) 90 90

for their benefit

And for YOUR benefit, if you have enough discipline to run your own business that happens to use the same type of technology. I suppose you consider the wireless connectivity you use every day to be a "rape of the commons" every time you connect to a web site that runs advertising in order to pay for their operations? Rape! Rape rape rape! Eeeeevil businesses doing things like ... delivery antibiotics to your hospital. Rape rape rape!

Comment Re:Ooh good business writing regulations. (Score -1, Troll) 90 90

Ooh good business writing regulations. (Score:1)

You're so right. Only people who HATE businesses should be recommending regulations. Only people who've never had the energy to organize a croquet game, let alone the biggest retailer in the world, should propose changes to a huge body of regulations. A fine idea.

Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 1) 466 466

And all three of which went to prison for their technically illegal actions.

Wrong. Martin Luther King, Jr, Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony did NOT go to prison. They were arrested, booked and released. MLK spent some time in a local jail, but that's not the same as being sent to prison.

A better example for Snowden would be Daniel Ellsberg, who is now seen as a hero.

Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 5, Insightful) 466 466

He should have gone on the Sunday talk shows and say, "the government is doing really sleazy, illegal and unconstitutional shit, and I am violating my oath and the law by telling you exactly what they are."

When your oath to the government requires you to keep government wrongdoing secret, the problem is not with the whistleblower, but with the government.

Comment Re:The argument is "leaky" at best too (Score 1) 190 190

I would correct that even further.

It isn't about the fittest or death risk, it's about being able to procreate and survive.

In your species example of the 4, 6, and 10 mph creature. If the live birth rate of the creature declines as their speed increases (musculature takes energy/hormones away from breeding, high speed movements cause more lost pregnancies, etc...) than the 4mph species may actually be the winner as they will out-bread the 6 and 10mph variants.

Now, throw a 5 mph predator into the mix and the picture may change. If the 4mph variant can still breed fast enough to offset the deaths to the predator and out populate the higher speed variants, then it could still be the winner.

More likely though, the 6mph critter would win out as it is able to out breed the 10mph critter and would suffer significantly less losses than the 4mph critter to 5mph predators.

It all comes down to procreation. Which is the basic of the movie Idiocracy.

-Rick

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1) 466 466

The government, not wanting to validate that the information he leaked is indeed accurate, have not named the people he's gotten murdered. There's a list; it's not short.

And you've seen this list? You know about it because Raymond Reddington told you about it?

Nobody got killed because of anything Edward Snowden has done. Can you say the same about any American president in the past - I don't know - two hundred fucking years?

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 2) 466 466

If you fire a gun in an unsafe manner, you can be charged with attempted murder, for what you "could have" done. You can also be charged with attempted murder for stabbing someone who actually survives. You could have done many things. Things you do can have many outcomes, and some things you do are illegal. In response to your exact example, if you are driving in an unsafe manner, it is called reckless endangerment, because you "could" have injured someone with your reckless driving.

None of those charges carry the death penalty.

He also broke a contract (Non Disclosure Agreement), which has pretty strict terms in it.

That's a civil matter and certainly does not carry the death penalty.

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