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Comment: Re:Interesting Move By Mr Obama (Score 0, Troll) 429

by KermodeBear (#49124733) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

he never striked me as a partisan President.

Are you kidding me? The guy who, at best, is completely dismissive of anyone who disagrees with him? The one who likes to rub his victories into the faces of his opponents with snide, cheap remarks? The guy who isn't getting what he wants out of congress, so is trying to use executive orders to achieve his goals instead?

You have to be trolling.

Comment: Re:News (Score 1) 210

by KermodeBear (#49097683) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

It is an attack they use all the time. Someone will say, "The government is too big, it is too invasive," and the immediate response is, "You are stupid, you don't want government, you're an anarchist!"

Is that what the first person said? No, it isn't.

These attacks are infantile and they speak volumes about the person making them.


Obama Says He's 'A Strong Believer In Strong Encryption' 220

Posted by Soulskill
from the except-when-it-helps-the-terrists dept.
An anonymous reader writes: U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Re/code recently on a variety of topics relating to technology. The talk included the president's thoughts on encryption, which has been a controversial subject in tech circles lately after government officials (including Obama himself) have publicly complained about default encryption in modern communication tools. In the interview, he says he's a "strong believer in strong encryption," adding, "I lean probably further on side of strong encryption than some in law enforcement." Obama puts it another way, more bluntly: "There's no scenario in which we don't want really strong encryption." However, the president says the public itself is driving concern for leaving law enforcement a way in: "The first time that an attack takes place in which it turns out that we had a lead and we couldn't follow up on it, the public's going to demand answers."

Comment: Life for Firearm Possession? (Score 2, Interesting) 215

by KermodeBear (#49013083) Attached to: Silk Road Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty After Federal Sting

Handel faces up to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking and up to life for using and possessing a firearm.

So... He gets 20 years for trafficking substances across international borders that will rot your brain out, but he can get life for possessing an item for personal protection? Which item was doing more damage to society? It wasn't the firearm.

I know, I know... People like to tack on + as if having one or not having one changes what was in the first place. Thing is, it doesn't.

Rob a convenience store without a gun and take all the money: Store has an empty drawer.
Rob a convenience store with a gun and take all the money: Store has an empty drawer.

The end result is the same. Saying that it is somehow worse is such a farce.

Comment: Re:Just end the madness (Score 1, Informative) 119

The power to tax is the power to destroy. When all it takes is the whim of a the legislature to pass a tax...

Of course, this isn't nearly as bad as regulatory organizations that don't even have to pass a bill; executive fiat is all that is required.

Because of this, we'll never see a flat or fair tax in this country.

Comment: Re:Cue the GOP response... (Score 1) 825

Wouldn't it be easier to just abolish all of the taxes and do a simple national sales tax? Then any business done in the US is taxed here and cannot be escaped. Any business done abroad is done abroad and isn't taxed by the US.

That seems pretty fair to me, extremely difficult to avoid, and solves the problem of 10,000 pages of law that nobody can possibly comply with 100% all of the time.

Comment: Not a Control Freak? (Score 2) 458

by KermodeBear (#48946165) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Not because he was a control freak, but because he had a passion for perfection.

That is precisely what a control freak is - someone who believes that things should be a certain way and refuses to compromise. Everything must bow down to the vision of that person. You can try to spin it as a "passion for perfection" but ultimately it's exactly the same thing.

Comment: Re:Recycling Materials (Score 1) 128

Good to know. Where I live (semi-rural area) there's probably a half dozen junk yards within a 15 minute drive of me. Cars just go there and... sit around... Sometimes people will run in there and yank a part out for nominal amounts of money, but most of the time they just sit and rust away.

Comment: Recycling Materials (Score 1) 128

What struck me as the most interesting part of this article was the concept of taking your car to the shop, removing the drive train, and melting the rest down to be used to print a new car.

This would be fantastic. All of a sudden, getting into a crash doesn't mean you have to junk the whole car. You can salvage the body and a lot of the parts (in theory). Wait a week or two and voila, you have a brand new product.

In theory we should be doing this with existing cars, but they just don't seem to be built for it, or there's no facilities that will take them for recycling. If you start out with this as part of the life cycle of the vehicle, well, that could be really cool. This could drastically reduce the price of a vehicle if people are recycling their car parts since you don't have to source nearly as many new materials.

Questions about safety and durability can be addressed over time, I'm sure, and hopefully they won't be so lightweight that they can't be driven in the winters up North.

Comment: Re:Subject to the whims of the masses... (Score 5, Insightful) 225

by KermodeBear (#48864909) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

That was my immediate reaction as well.

"I don't agree with the political / religious / philosophical point of the article, so I am going to flag it as false, even if I know that it is true."

Just what we needed, yet another tool to promote drama and division among people.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.