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Comment Re:Sputnik days are here again (Score 1) 246

And why exactly would Kim who fancies himself a god want to provide Daesh whose cause is to create an Islamic state with assistance in the form of a nuclear weapon?

I don't see many upsides for Kim or the DPRK in doing so. Everyone likes to paint Kim as a mad man. It might be true he does not always display what we consider to be sound judgement. Still he is self interested enough to hand a group that would turn on him as fast as he can blink a real actual WMD ( as opposed to the nasty but hardly massively destructive things we tend to use to justify drone strikes ). He isn't a lunatic.

Comment Re:Asinine (Score 4, Insightful) 128

If operational security was taken seriously or important these organizations would be much much smaller. The more people who know a secret the harder it is to control. If the three letters want to be effective they need to go back to their original mandates and downsize to the minimal number of people required to execute on them.

The FBI tries to be the everything of law enforcement, they should not. In fact they should probably not even have arrest powers. I would argue make them investigators of federal but domestic crimes only. Let them investigate, turn the arrest warrants over to the marshal service to pick folks up.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 3, Insightful) 592

You are correct of course but suspect familiarity is what causes people to become less cautious and imprudent. "Hey I have driven this road a 1000 times and its always been just fine" they stop paying attention they drive faster. You go and make it different and suddenly they start paying attention again and yes slow down until its again familiar.

I hope some serious LONG term studies about center lines with good comparable areas with similar traffic and conditions are identified for test and control groups is done before a broad policy change like this is effected.

We have a lot of unlined roads, center and edge here in rural Virgina and people including me drive plenty fast around areas we know well. While it might not be worth the invest for the county or the state, all things being equal I certainly wish more roads were lined.

In places were there isn't much artificial light besides your head lights it can be hard to see a dark road surface at night. When someone elses headlights are in your face it can be especially hard to figure out how to safely share the road with the coming traffic in the dark. You can't see the edges well, due to the light pointed at you, you don't have the center line to judge by and the road is just wide enough for two vehicles to pass by each other while having no shoulders. You don't want to suddenly put one drive wheel in the soft dirt even at 35MPH that can result in a loss of control. TL:DR - people started painting reflective center lines on roads for a reason.

Comment Re:On paper, this is a good decision (Score 0) 133

livelihoods of local food sellers.

Are you sure? There as long been a question on where the dividing line is between food aide and 'dumping'. If you have a bunch of starving people around they will pay there last penny for something to eat. That is a strong intensive for local producers to find a way. You take that away when some third party comes a long to relieve the starvation. The result is you end up with large pockets of the world that never create a sustainable economy.

The problem with facebook's "free basics" is that its not really Internet access. Its limited social media and fact lookup. Which might be useful, but is it just useful enough that it prevents anyone from being able to deliver real access to the open internet by undermining the market?

So sure by blocking something like this you deny people something that might be a useful resource for them, but you also hopefully prevent them from being locked out of something much better, that will probably come along eventually if you keep Mark's grubby little mitts off the Monopoly button.

Comment Re:That may be. (Score 4, Informative) 506

SJW, tern used by ignorant primitive assholes to describe educated caring intelligent people.

Sometimes, certainly. There are also times when its correctly applied, like at Oberlin where the cafeteria was protested because the "Chinese" food was inauthentic. "Cultural appropriation" is one of those examples that simply should not be thing. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. There is no sensible reason a minority should be upset that the majority wants to act like them, even if they do it badly, unless its being done in a mocking away. Its not "theft" or abuse its an indication your culture actually has power and influence.

Certainly the school cafeteria was not trying to insult Chinese students bad serving bad Chinese food, that is a ridiculous premise. The only interpretation is Americans respect and desire Chinese cooking and dishes, but might not know how to actually make them.

I think the Oberlin example proves there are SJWs. These are people who are actively seeking something to be offended by. They are pulling attention away legitimate injustices and grievances and wasting everyone time on their pet problems that don't actually harm anyone. So they hurt real social causes. They also cause real harm to innocent people doing harmless things.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 2) 506

I think you are on to something here. We need to remember why there are inappropriate questions in the first place.

The essential reason is because asking them is likely to be insulting, deeming, or otherwise hurtful. As you point out my computer feels no pain, emotional or otherwise. So with pain out of the way we are left with other forms of abuse.

The only way to abuse a thing really is to use it for an unintended and wasteful purpose. Using a perfectly serviceable car as a boat anchor for example. Its abusive because it will make the car less useful in the future, the car was never intended for service as a boat anchor, and there are cheaper better things to use for boat anchors.

So here we are left with Cortana. Other than queries designed to trigger say something like SQL Injection that could damage the software or the database behind it, I fail to see how any particular query could be abusive under any reasonable system of morality. Microsoft is personifying a thing, and then being upset about the fact others don't embrace their personification and treat that thing as if it were a person. This is ridiculous. What's next are we going to start shipping every 8 year old boy who pulls the head of his little sisters Barbie off to juvie?

Comment Re:The Republicans are destroying our lives (Score 5, Insightful) 186

Right, because an international agreement negotiated by a Democratic administration is some hope to be blamed on the Republican party.

Pull your head out of your ass. The Establishment is the problem, If you are remotely considering voting for HRC or Rubio, THIS IS YOUR FAULT.

Vote Sanders, or Vote Cruz as you like but do not allow HRC or Rubio to get nominated!

Comment Re:legalism is a crap philosophy. (Score 1) 582

I live out in the middle of no where but Cville might be the nearest big city. I aggressively avoid going there because driving and parking is SO PAINFUL. It has to be the worst place I have ever driven a car. I mean driving in Boston is easier!

I can't describe the layout of streets in Cville as anything other than "aggressively stupid". Now add all the UVA students who are typical distracted, intoxicated, or stopping in completely random places for people to jump in or out of the cars and its the stuff of nightmares. There are few "main" roads other than US250 and US29 that go across town, so pretty much all travel is on "neighborhood streets". It does not surprise me that people are injured and even frequently. Speed isn't really the problem. Quite honestly I am terrified the entire time driving around there. Even crawling at 25mph anyone could step out from between two parked cars that you could not see with enough time to stop.

What Cville needs isn't speed limits and speed traps, its already got plenty (cops there are actually quite aggressive compared to most places IMHO, the professors experience not withstanding), it needs mirrors on polls so you can see around corners and over parked cars. It also seriously needs to demo some building and put in more off street parking, so it can disallow parking on the busier streets.

Comment Re:Censors must have been delighted (Score 1) 255

True but if you are looking to cause their down fall you stick a few single frames of the old somewhere in the middle. If you still get your 'G' or whatever 'appropriate for children' rating the BBC gives, you got a major scandal, "see see the censor's don't even really do their job its just a cash grab!"

Wost case its just as effective a DOS as this was anyway.

Comment Re:Mdsolar strikes again with unrealistic FUD (Score 1) 346

Pfft, I like my artisanal coal fired steam turbine generated electricity. The nuclear steam turbine stuff is alright for an everyday fix though. I'll even indulge in that bottom shelf hydro-electric stuff once in a while when money is tight.

The photovoltaic and wind turbine stuff though is rot-gut, nobody should have to suffer with that. The just don't bulbs don't glow right.

Comment Re:So why the secrecy (Score 2) 171

it violates the freedom of association by imposing warrantless surveillance.

I am pretty strong strict constructionist who is also willing to read in some implicit rights where I feel they are necessary to exercise the other explicit rights. The 9th amendment exists to support that interpretive action.

For examples, if I were a SCOTUS justice I would hold that the various travel restrictions like the no-fly list are unconstitutional because there is no due process around who is on the list. We have an explicit right to association and assembly in the first amendment. One must be able to go to where the assembly is taking place, if air travel is the only reasonably way to get there due to say time constraints, the government cannot prevent a citizen from traveling by air, without due process of law.

I find your argument that surveillance violates the freedom of association however. They government clearly is denied the power to prevent you from associating, but I don't see any explicit right to associated in secret. An association is not an effect, and while it might involve your person being present or not, it does not require the violation of your person to observe it. So I am struggling to find an implied privacy right here using the fourth amendment.

I am not sure there is a constitutional issue here. I do think there is a violation of law taking place however. Essentially you have a contract with the cellular carrier to interface your equipment with their own. These devices misrepresent the LEA as the carrier to your device. I don't see how this is any less fraudulent than if an officer arrived at your home dressed as gas company employee and professing to be from the gas company investigating an issue, and subsequently made the argument that you could be prosecuted for the contraband discovered in your home based on the fact that he was invited in and therefore did not require a warrant.

Plain clothes cops are one thing but to me these devices cross a line in that they are actively misrepresenting what/who they are. This possibly induces you to do things that might be materially against your interest like self incrimination. This is a form for fraud.

Comment The mind of the leftist (Score -1, Offtopic) 171

Remember kids, we have regulate every financial transaction out there because you can't be expected to read and understand a contract in plain language. Nope if you want to take out a short term loan at a high rate of interest or something you are a victim. On the other hand surely you can be expected to reach abstract conclusions about the behavior of cell phones and cellular networks by observation of advertising and the existence of various location aware apps. If you can't be expected to make decisions about your privacy based on that well tough beans.

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