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Comment: Re:Why Apple? (Score 1) 188

by Jawnn (#48631789) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Why is it Apple's fault or Apple's problem? First of all these are Foxconn workers. Secondly Foxconn manufactures hardware for a lot of companies, not just Apple.

You are deliberately missing the point or you didn't even read TFS. Then again, this is /., so both are possibilities. Here, let me spell it out for you, again. Apple didn't commit the labor offenses, but they did promise to not do business with companies who do commit those offenses. Now it is clear that they are breaking those promises because it's still profitable to do so, because for Apple fan-boys, cool requires sacrifice. And conscience is an easy thing to offer up.

Comment: Re:Despicable Greenpeace (Score 2, Insightful) 465

by Jawnn (#48589159) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Greenpeace has been, for quite some time now, nothing but a group lobbying for its self-interest...

Really? What interest is that? Please be specific. You really need to stop parroting Fox news talking points and thinking for yourself. While this stunt is nothing, if not stupid, Greenpeace's stated mission can hardly be described as "self interest".

Comment: Re:enjoy! (Score 0, Flamebait) 209

by Jawnn (#48564269) Attached to: Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

Well, you guys wanted federal health care.

Please don't act all surprised when this information is used for all sorts of other purposes.

You mean like the private insurance industry has already been doing for years? My insurance carrier is dictating my care to my physician now. I want the power to decide what's best for me place back into her hands. That will never, ever, happen as long as the private insurance industry remains in the position it's in.

Comment: Not Impressed (Score 4, Insightful) 209

by Jawnn (#48564249) Attached to: Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans
Privacy and and security seem to be an afterthought, at best, in these plans and associated documents. Given the fact that attacks on health care data are already growing at an alarming rate (as predicted by many analysts) and that the health care industry is 10-20 years behind financial services when it comes to security and fraud prevention, this plan seems premature. At the very least, it's stated goals need to place privacy and security at the forefront, for until that gap is closed, any effort to expand the footprint of such sensitive information is, to say the least, misguided.

Comment: Re:Suits without merit (Score 3, Insightful) 129

by Jawnn (#48549323) Attached to: Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

there's fuck all that stops anyone, individual or manufacturer from suing for any, or no, reason.

There exist rules against suits without merit, which can cause the plaintiff to have to pay the defendant's reasonable attorney's fees, sometimes with punitive damages tacked on for wasting the defendant's time. If plaintiff's counsel repeatedly fails to diligently investigate the merit of each case, counsel might end up fined or even disbarred.

Yes, but that does not prevent assholes from bringing worthless lawsuits. It might discourage even marginally circumspect lawyers from doing so, but the burden to challenge the merit of an action, once initiated, rests with the respondent.

Comment: Re:They can go bite a donkey (Score 2) 698

by Jawnn (#48549291) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

They use my bandwidth (without permission) to peddle me ads for things I don't want and they think the courts should force me to look at their ads by removing my choice?

If the content provider chooses to include ads in the stream, you are free to not use that content. The notion that making an http request implies some kind of business arrangement that carries with it certain obligations ("You must look at my ads") is absurd. Content providers are often in it for the money, so we shouldn't begrudge them their attempts at monetizing that content, but creating legislation that forces us to accept that model is, at best, misguided.

Comment: Re:Justifying (Score 1) 213

by Jawnn (#48494413) Attached to: Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

Society has strictly no duty to help those who truly cannot fend for themselves, just like cops have strictly no duty to put their lives on the line to save others. And before you contradict me on this point, have a look there:

You're going to cite a blog post that contains almost no citations of it's own, and those it does provide do not exactly support the assertions made by the blogger.
Really? That's your source?

Comment: Re:Under the guise of loophole and law. (Score 2) 289

by Jawnn (#48488105) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

The Dark Ages is probably hyperbolic...

I'd love to agree with you, but history would beg to differ with both of us. The Dark Ages was caused, in large part, but the rise in political influence of the Roman Catholic Church. The Islamic world's fall from it's lofty position of leadership in arts and sciences was cause in large part by a similar rise in influence amongst Islamic clerics. The same mindless stupidity, driven by fear and ignorance, is playing out in the United States every day. The Gilbert, AZ school board silliness is just the latest one to gain national publicity. The religious idiots on the TX department of education has been pulling the same shit for years. If any large group were to gain any serious political traction the results would be almost to frightening to think about.

If you're not careful, you're going to catch something.