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Comment: Re:It's that time... (Score 1) 301 301

In related news - one of the first reporters to tweet about the story works for the Financial Times has a rather unfortunate name relating to deadly machines. The reporters name being Sarah O'Connor.

"Seriously, Sarah. You need to let go of these fantasies. Do you want to end up back in the hospital again?"

Comment: Re:a terrible social crime... (Score 1) 190 190

junkies might similarly claim that taking away their heroin is a dangerous social crime.

And they'd be as guilty as you are at making that lame comparison. Yes, yes, we all know that there are some users out there for whom various content available via the Internet is like a drug, but to lump all Internet traffic into that category is beyond stupid.

Comment: Re:Antropologist (Score 1) 122 122

The article really has nothing to do with nuclear power plants, despite the opening references. He is talking about the poor security at the Oak Ridge facility. If private security guards are so bad, maybe they should call in the experts from Homeland Security.

For those who don't get the sarcasm, the notion that "privatization" is a good thing is proving to be a bad idea, yet again. Without careful regulation, something that itself comes with a cost, a profit-driven industry will, by it's very nature, seek to cut corners (cheat) it's customers in order to increase those profits. Pharmaceuticals, or automobile brakes, or guarding nuclear plants, these are not places to let the mythical free market run the show, and yet we continue to allow the Reagan era meme that "government is the problem" to pervade our thinking.

Comment: Re:Shocker... (Score 2) 242 242

Its just another mastrabatory progressive poll where some collection of halfwits want to claim intellectual superiority by asking a set of cherry picked questions under controlled circomstances and then strip out all context.

Really? Somehow, I suspect that you'd have an entirely different critique if the answers weren't such an embarrassment to those who fit into the "conservative" camp.

The really glaring thing here, to me at least, is that the non-scientist sample is so far off from the scientist sample. Do some research into why the non-scientists believe the stupid shit they do. Come, on, less than half of all laymen believe evolution is a thing? That's scary.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 4, Insightful) 301 301

Rightsholders keep pushing the fact that we're buying a personal use license to the media when we buy a CD/DVD/etc, so why is making a mere copy for personal use unlawful in any way?

You can't have it both ways, greedy bastards.

Oh, yes we can, you little person you. We missed the boat completely when it came to digital media and lack totally the vision to come up with a business model that works in this new age, so we've paid good money, a buttload of it, to have the rules tilt things in our favor. So shut up and take what we so generously offer you. Regards, Your Friends at RIAA

Comment: Re:Congratulations... (Score 3, Insightful) 161 161

By pulling out of the process, they're basically ensuring they will have zero say in the outcome.

Not quite. They're finally recognizing the plain fact that in the United States today, if a "corporate citizen" wants something badly enough, they get it, and the little people can go fuck themselves.
Is this a great country, or what? /s

Comment: What can Facebook do? (Score 1) 219 219

Just what they're doing now - serving as the medium for conscientious journalists and other concerned individuals to publish accounts of the bullshit going on in their corner of the world. Anonymity is tough, but it can be attained for such purposes. Such techniques should not be the responsibility of Facebook. And yes, anonymity tends to dampen credibility, so there's a balancing act to be performed if one wants to avoid the violent response of the corrupt little men being exposed, but let us give thanks that there there are those willing to take such risks for the sake of truth.

Comment: Re:Two questions need to be asked (Score 1) 546 546

You forgot the sarcasm tags, there, Skippy. Surely, you aren't seriously suggesting that all the crimes that the NSA and their colleagues in the intelligence and law enforcement communities are guilty of are not at least as dangerous as Russia and China's economic "threats". Right?

Comment: Re:Violation of that which is sacrosanct (Score 3, Informative) 231 231

Localhost is my home. You DO NOT touch my home.

Piss off, you mere citizen. If you're not a corporate citizen, you're little people, and little people don't have the same rights as corporate citizens. We will tell you what you can do with your property, and you'll like it, because the bread and circuses will continue to flow.

UNIX enhancements aren't.