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Comment: Re:Be a goddam American ... (Score 4, Insightful) 107

... stop being an enabler and speak up.

Nobody wants to listen. They have other things to worry about. Like lives. And even if we could get them to care, they best they could do within the system is vote for the candidate who is slightly less in favor of the surveillance instead of the candidate who is slightly more in favor of the surveillance.

Comment: Re:MUMPS! (Score 2) 242

by JoeRandomHacker (#48752035) Attached to: Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

As to whether the language pays, MUMPS is actually used quite a lot in financial and medical applications. As a language, there isn't much going for it except the installed base; it reminds me a bit of BASIC. However, it does have built-in persistence, and can be made to store and retrieve data reallyreallyfast, to the extent that attempts to switch to something else tend to fail due to reduced performance. So if you can handle the language, there are places that will pay you to program in it, and given the typical application domains, the job would likely be fairly secure.

Full Disclosure: set ^dayjob(me)="MUMPS Implementation Developer"

Comment: Re:Google has patched only version 4.4 (Score 3, Interesting) 71

by JoeRandomHacker (#47341803) Attached to: KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

I can understand if Google wants to force vendors to update to the most recent android. However, from a vendor perspective, what's so hard about backporting this patch to, say, android 4.3 and below? Is there a contract with Google forbidding this? Do they get money from NSA?

Backporting it probably isn't difficult, but getting all the vendors and carriers to patch, build, validate, and deploy their custom Android builds for all the various devices they have supported over the last few years is.

Comment: Re:Yet Another Sci-Fi Time Crystal (Score 1) 153

by JoeRandomHacker (#41665249) Attached to: Physicists Propose "Perpetual Motion" Time Crystals

Back to the 70's, and ancient Atlantis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Time_Monster

I initially misread that as "... and ancient Ataris".

Which was even scarier than the Doctor Who premise.

As long as you have a decent supply of Epyx 500XJ joysticks, I don't see anything to be afraid of. (You'll need to replace them periodically 'cause the little plastic bit inside holding the guts in place tends to break.)

Comment: Re:Can't cut anything... (Score 1) 263

And are you a slave, or did you get paid for your work? If you give me something that is worth $20 to you, in return for $20 cash, and it happens to be worth $21 to me, there is no theft.

Then likewise, if you give government $20 dollars in tax (and yes, you gave it, you implicitly agreed to do so by staying and obeying government... nobody said you can't rebel), and government gives you something in return that's worth $19 to you, it is also not theft

Nonsense. If I come to your home, explain that I will ruin your life if you don't pay me, and understanding that fact, you give me the money, then you haven't "implicitly agreed" to anything. That is called "complying under duress", and we all do it to get by. That doesn't mean what I did wasn't wrong or that it shouldn't be changed.

Comment: Re:Can't cut anything... (Score 1) 263

I don't suppose you realize that when you take something away from someone because you want to, then you become the tyrant?

Where did the rich who you work for get that money? From YOUR labor; your labor generated the wealth that they accumulate and control. If you steal twenty dollars from me, and I then pick your pocket for five, who is the thief?

And are you a slave, or did you get paid for your work? If you give me something that is worth $20 to you, in return for $20 cash, and it happens to be worth $21 to me, there is no theft.

Comment: Re:Can't cut anything... (Score 1) 263

Well when you have a massive debt, everyone has to give up something

No you don't. You can increase revenue. The 1% own something like 75% of everything, they can afford it. FUCKING DOUBLE THEIR TAXES! History has shown that high taxes on the rich do NOT harm the economy.

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"The tyrant fears the laugh more than the assassin's bullet." Heinlein, Our Fair City

I don't suppose you realize that when you take something away from someone because you want to, then you become the tyrant? The ends justify the means? Is that really what you want?

Comment: Re:I don't care about either. (Score 2) 409

by JoeRandomHacker (#40805465) Attached to: Why You Should Be More Interested In Mars Than the Olympics

(Oblig. B5)

Franklin: "Well, the patient is confused, delusional. Unable to separate his natural sense of loyalty for his home team from the reality that they stink, and only got to the playoffs on a technicality."
Ramierez: "Yeah, what technicality? The Mars team hit more home runs than any other team on the books!"
Franklin: "Only because Martian gravity is 40% less than Earth normal. Alright, the ball travels faster and further skewing the results. Now once they hit Earth gravity, Helen Keller could bat better than any one of them."

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton

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