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Comment: Re:Consent of the Governed (Score 1) 89

by cold fjord (#48443539) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

He didn't say it was. If you think Republic and Democracy are incompatible, you don't understand either term.

If you think a republic and direct democracy are compatible, you don't understand the term. That is an important distinction that plays into that whole "representative government" thing, not to mention secrecy debates.

What kind of dumbfuckery is this? The bank bailouts alone make a very bad liar out of you. The mandate to purchase for-profit health insurance further pulls back the curtain to reveal that you've put on your clown shoes.

Consulting the Congressional record I could find votes by Senator Mccain and Reid. Could you show me in the Congressional record the votes by Citibank and United Healthcare? Or aren't there any?

Where are Citibank and United Healthcare registered to vote?

I find it hard to believe you took a trip in your clown car for this.

Comment: Mistaken Western-centric thinking about China (Score 1) 66

"It left China with either letting go of censorship, or breaking significant chunks of the Internet for their population."

I love the tiny minds at work here. People who cannot see outside of themselves, nor consider any perspective but their own Western one. As if there were any choice involved! China doesn't block websites because they're evil, they block websites because they are damaging to China's body politic. These overseas actors want to harm China, and like antibodies reacting to bacteria, China's government reacts to block the damage. You can cry censorship all you want, but the fact remains that it's for China's own good that these actions are taken.

I remind everyone that the Chinese Communist Party is made up of the smartest people in China. It is full of scientists and engineers, people with analytical minds, and people who are qualified to make decisions for others. If Slashdot were based in China, the most thoughtful constantly-modded-up users would be mostly CCP members. Think of John Gruber, the MIT economist who helped get the badly needed Affordable Care Act passed despite opposition from lesser minds. There is nothing particularly scandalous about what he did. The seriousness of the deception depends on the extent of the harm done. Getting healthcare for millions of uninsured is the same as China's blocking these harmful websites. A little harm is done, mostly to people who intend harm in the first place, and much good is done to people who badly need it. It is a Faustian bargain, but it is worth it. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

The Western mindset that censorship is automatically bad is outdated and unsuitable for 2014 and beyond. We need to just relax and let the smart people do their thing. We're better off with them in charge rather than the mob. If you disagree, then say so - but don't doubt China's justification for its own point of view, which I doubt anyone, especially those in this "freedumb center", has even taken a moment to think over.

Comment: Re:Consent of the Governed (Score 1) 89

by cold fjord (#48442853) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

The US is an oligarchy in rhetoric only, in reality it is a republic in which corporations can't vote but citizen can. Election still determine the composition of Congress and it is Congress that makes the laws, not corporations, even if corporations can and do influence the contents of various laws. The recently stated intent of the President to ignore the power of Congress is a troubling development, but one which I expect many on Slashdot will agree with.

Comment: Re:Consent of the Governed (Score 0) 89

by cold fjord (#48442793) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

You seem to hold some mistaken ideas about what "those who stand with liberty and freedom" actually do in some cases. The people that wrote that text you quote employed spies and kept some matters secret, both before and after the Revolution.

Resolution of Secrecy Adopted by the Continental Congress, November 9, 1775

Resolved, That every member of this Congress considers himself under the ties of virtue, honour, and love of his country, not to divulge, directly or indirectly, any matter or thing agitated or debated in Congress, before the same shall have been determined, without leave of the Congress; nor any matter or thing determined in Congress, which a majority of the Congress shall order to be kept secret. And that if any member shall violate this agreement, he shall be expelled this Congress, and deemed an enemy to the liberties of America, and liable to be treated as such; and that every member signify his consent to this agreement by signing the same.

Maybe you should read that again just so it sinks in - not keeping certain secrets could make you an enemy of the liberties of America in the eyes of the Founding Fathers.

Do you understand the meaning of representative government? The consent is to be governed, not to every single individual action of government.

Comment: Re:Consent of the Governed (Score 0) 89

by cold fjord (#48442675) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

The US is a Republic, not a direct democracy. The lawmakers are representatives that do some things behind closed doors out of practical necessity. Abraham Lincoln had people spying on the Confederacy, and that wasn't done in the open view of the public either. There is always going to be a tension between the need to keep the public informed and the need to keep some things secret. Trying to resolve that tension by asserting there must be no secrets in government is a losing game and it goes against practically all experience and wisdom.* One may reasonably argue about where the boundaries should be, not not about the practical necessity of the government keeping some things secret.

*Hence the popularity among some on Slashdot.

Comment: Re:Sorry, you'll have to outsource. (Score 1) 116

by cold fjord (#48442389) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Since you're getting into something you by your own admission lack domain experience in, unless you've won the Powerball and have a lot more money than brains, anyone you interview will realize that you're going nowhere and hence even the short-term prospects are, at best, poor.

At least with outsourcing, you can BS them as much as they BS you so they won't walk out the door shaking their head.

So in short you didn't really have any useful advice, just spite, that for some reason some people think is "insightful."

Comment: Re:The assumptions, they make a whoosh out of you (Score 1) 55

by cascadingstylesheet (#48442091) Attached to: Upgrading the Turing Test: Lovelace 2.0

If, on the other hand, we expand our definition of a "machine" to encompass every conceivable kind, for the materialistic pragmatic it becomes easy to answer whether machines can ever think - yes of course, the brain is a machine that can think.

But here, you smuggle your answer in inside of your assumption. You are assuming what you are trying to prove.

Comment: Re:Control the carbs and you control blood lipids (Score 1) 172

by DigiShaman (#48442003) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

So beans and rice is bad?

IMHO, I think the whole obesity and diabetes epidemic stems from a sedentary lifestyle. Kids these days are not as outdoor active as they used to be. Blame consoles, PCs, phones...whatever. No actually, blame the parents. Anyways, this coupled with the fact working families are having to put in longer hours just to make ends meet. I suspect this is pushing people to eat on the fly rather than to take the time properly prepare and cook healthy foods. And if parents are no longer eating healthy or preparing for their kids, how can the next generation expect to learn healthy eating habits?

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.