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Comment: Re:Think of the children! (Score 4, Insightful) 321

by nbauman (#48902443) Attached to: Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

RTFA, they are collecting official case information, not internet rumors. Don't worry about your nonexistent wife or girlfriend.

Oh, that's reassuring. They're collecting official unverified accusations, from reliable sources like anonymous reporting lines.

Comment: Re:Think of the children! (Score 2) 321

by nbauman (#48902425) Attached to: Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

These assholes at Anonymous are so stupid that they identify people with the same name as the criminals. In other words, they're just as stupid as Homeland Security.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sp...
Spike Lee retweets incorrect address of George Zimmerman, violates Twitter rules
By Chenda Ngak CBS News December 13, 2012, 4:03 PM

Comment: Re:Think of the children! (Score 5, Insightful) 321

by nbauman (#48902391) Attached to: Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/...

Self-styled vigilantes attacked the home of a hospital paediatrician after apparently confusing her professional title with the word "paedophile", it emerged yesterday.

Dr Yvette Cloete, a specialist registrar in paediatric medicine at the Royal Gwent hospital in Newport, was forced to flee her house after vandals daubed it with graffiti in the middle of the night.

The word "paedo" was written across the front porch and door of the house she shared with her brother in the village of St Brides, south Wales.

Gwent police confirmed that the attack last Friday night was prompted by a confusion over the words "paedophile" and "paediatrician".

Comment: Re:WhatsApp+ seems to be a skin for WhatsApp (Score 1) 188

by hjf (#48895639) Attached to: WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

and i think this is the whole point of it. These companies (Facebook, Apple, WhatsApp, Google, etc), all want you to use their dumbed down, one-size-fits-all product. There are no options to customize anything. Everything else is not available to the user, or is hidden. Firefox is also jumping in on this idea that people don't want any buttons, and that you should just remove everything from the UI. Now you can't even turn off JS from the GUI without a plugin (sorry, an add-on).

So, facebook comes in boring blue. All images are the same size. all text is the same color. You get out of your 9-to-5 work at a cubicle and go into your facebook cubicle.

But the thing is: a lot of people want to customize things. Guys just loooove slick blue-on-black. Girls love iOS omg white with cute handwritten font. But no. These companies don't let you take that decision. It's not up to you. Do people suck at "theming" their computers? GOD YES, "menu bar" background images are just horrible. but some people like it. Even if it's horrible, it looks good to them, and guess what? Just let it be. Let the user be able to skin their stuff. Why go all soviet on them?

So people find ways to do this with "alternative" apps that do more harm than good (like those facebook "plugins" that let you add emoticons and shit - guess what! Facebook had to incorporate that. )

And yes. I remember MySpace. I remember what a pain it was. how truly AWFUL those profiles looked like. Completely unreadable, just garbage. But that's how the owner of the profile liked it. So, let it be. What's next? Municipalities telling people what color they should paint their house? (oh yes, that already exists in some "communities" in the US)

Comment: Re:Salary versus cost of living in each city (Score 0) 133

by bill_mcgonigle (#48892555) Attached to: By the Numbers: The Highest-Paying States For Tech Professionals

The gag is that the seriously wealthy aren't worried about Obama's new tax policies, because they can afford a tax lawyer who can prove that they earn nothing.

If you haven't been paying attention for the past few millennia, the purpose of government is to transfer resources from the masses to the few. I know, they don't tell that to the masses in their indoctrination centers, but if you look at all available evidence, it's pretty clear.

Sure, they throw a few bones to the dogs to make sure they don't turn on their owners, but look at every available trend and analyze the data.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 0, Troll) 293

by bill_mcgonigle (#48892529) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Let's just enforce existing laws and get dangerous drivers off the road.

Correct.

THERE IS NO RIGHT TO DRIVE.

Stop acting brainwashed. The Right to Travel is a fundamental human right. Go check out the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that your government probably signed on to if you don't believe me. It does not mean that humans have a right to crawl through the muddy forests to get from place to place - it means all humans have the fundamental right to travel in the common manner of a society. Whether that's a donkey cart or an SUV with DVD Entertainment System or an Airbus A340.

There are even places where automobile travel is the only allowed method of travel - we have an area around here where the local road was taken over for an Interstate and the only way in or out is an exit.

If you are a dangerous driver you can and should be taken off the road.

Correct. There's a mechanism for that.

No person shall ... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law

The Right to Travel is a fundamental liberty and we have a way to deal with taking away liberties for the protection of society. It doesn't require parroting some bullshit statist rhetoric your phys ed. teacher told you in high school.

Now your insurance company - they ought to have a lot to say about your competency as a driver. Sadly, they almost never do, except in aggregate, such as very high insurance rates in MA where the passing grade on a DMV test is 60%. You ought to be able to save $400 a year if you score 95% or better, but no ... that wouldn't be _fair_. Regulators gotta regulate, whether it does harm or not, so everybody pays high rates and the incentives to improve are eliminated.

Comment: Re:Why would anyone buy something from those catal (Score 3, Insightful) 65

by bill_mcgonigle (#48892427) Attached to: Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11

Long before those things ever existed people weren't buying SkyMall's useless, overpriced crap.

Obviously false, since people don't stay in a business for decades just to piss away money.

However, the economy is the worst it's been in 60 years (vis-a-vis age-discounted labor participation rates) and so there's just less of a pool of money to waste.

Skymall took some cream off the top but we're down to whole milk now.

Smartphones might have helped it along, but there are people posting here about reading the catalog for entertainment because they couldn't figure out how to bring a book with them on the airplane. Those people aren't planning ahead on their phones either.

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