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Comment: Re:DESI Is the SUPREME RACE! (Score 1) 107

by Dragon Bait (#47902657) Attached to: Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

Most of them are buddhist, vegetarians or vegans.

Do you think buddhism is some kind of diet? Or should that have been a period after buddhist?

Do you think vegetarians is some kind of diet? Do you think vegans is some kind of diet? I suppose if you're a cannibal it could be, but I highly doubt that what GP meant.

+ - Despite Obama's Pledge to Curb It, NSA Mass Surveillance Wins Rubber Stamp->

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schwit1 (797399) writes "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Justice Department's request for another 90-day extension of the National Security Agency's controversial mass surveillance program, exposed publicly last summer by Edward Snowden and authorized under Section 215 of the post-9/11 Patriot Act. The spying authority is next set to expire on Dec. 5.

The extension marks the third of its kind since President Obama pledged in January to reform how the NSA spies on Americans during a major policy speech delivered amid withering scrutiny of the nation's intelligence-gathering practices."

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Comment: Re:What are the bounds of property? (Score 1, Redundant) 159

by Dragon Bait (#47898507) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Also, as far as I am aware, you are not allowed to have security cameras on your property that film parts of other's properties. Those laws should suffice, or at least be amended to include "roaming" cameras.

Be sure to check with your local laws. IANAL and I understand the law slightly differently --- which might be because we're in different localities (or because IANAL).

Comment: Re:define "customer" (Score 1) 287

by Dragon Bait (#47889429) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

We are not customers, however I would argue that we are service providers. We provide service to Google's business by consuming advertising. As a service provider I also do not want my emails ignored.

If you're the service provider to Google then according to this ruling it is you that is not allowed to ignore e-mail from Google.

Comment: Re:yet if we did it (Score 1) 463

My initial perception was the same as your experience: that the black and Latino populations were solid blocs

I never said they were solid blocks. That one day --- when violence was threatened --- then they formed one solid block. During normal times they weren't.

That said, they form pretty solid voting blocks. Blacks have consistently voted 90% for Democrats since Johnson's Great Society.

Comment: Re:zero privacy = full control (Score 1) 206

by Dragon Bait (#47840009) Attached to: Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

I'm just saying if we can embrace the positive parts of full transparency, that will be better than the fallacy of believing we can successfully safeguard our privacy.

You do realize that Roe v. Wade is based on privacy rights, don't you? If you get rid of privacy, including (or especially) medical privacy then you undermine the foundation of a woman's right to choose.

Comment: Re:yet if we did it (Score 1) 463

Or it could mean that white people benefited from better education and privilege, there-fore having less reason to riot over perceived ills and taking alternative means of remedying the situation.

Or there could be different cultures at work.

My junior high was 1/3 white, 1/3 Hispanic, and 1/3 black. In 8th grade, a white kid was beaten severely enough to be sent to the hospital by a group of Hispanic kids. The vice principle (a huge black man with a commanding presence) got on the intercom and indicated that any retaliation would be dealt with severely. After school, all the blacks were in one large group, all of the Hispanics were in one large group in another area, and the whites were completely scattered---you couldn't find more than 4 white kids together in one group.

I found it interesting that the whites did not band together like the other races.

Comment: Re:I see 2 problems (Score 1) 83

First, about half of what I buy on Amazon are gifts that I myself would not have any interest in owning.

IIRC, you can mark an item as a gift when you purchase it (not sure if that impacts recommendations). You can alter the recommendations via "Your Account", "Your Recommendations", "Improve Recommendations", "Don't use for recommendations."

Comment: Re:OK, fine, do it already. (Score 5, Informative) 83

I'm OK with targeted ads. I just wish they would figure out how to target them.

On the desktop version of Amazon, go to "Your Account" on the top right next to the search bar, then "Your Recommendations" from the drop down. Under the search bar there should be a "Improve Your Recommendations" link. Find your "Hello Kitty" purchase and click "Don't use for recommendations."

Note: If anyone cares, I do not work for Amazon any more than any of their other customers do.

Comment: Re:Because they could't sue the Government (Score 1) 212

by Dragon Bait (#47742169) Attached to: Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Hmm, Kaiser. Where have I heard that name before? Oh, I remember: in the Nixon tapes when he's discussing HMO's, which in turn created the largest rise in healthcare costs in the entire history of the United States! Well now that there is sure an unbiased source, yesiree Bob!

An Anonymous Coward does an ad hominem attack without bothering to see if his nay saying has any credibility. How useful.

You could have done a simple Google search

Comment: Re:They always told me I was so smart... (Score 2) 243

by Dragon Bait (#47738669) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Intelligence isn't a liability.

It certainly can be. With schools aiming for the middle or least common denominator, intelligent kids get bored and don't live up to their potential. The kid that is motivated and has to struggle is far ahead in this system than the kid that is intelligent, finds everything easy, and gets bored with it all.

The most delightful day after the one on which you buy a cottage in the country is the one on which you resell it. -- J. Brecheux

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