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Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 393

A firearm is quite clearly a tool. It can also be used as a weapon - as can most anything, up to and including using your attached limbs. I use my firearms as a tool that enables me to throw small bits of metal at accuracies, distances, and speeds unable to be easily matched by other means in a similar format.

A firearm is a tool in the same sense as heroin is a tool: no reasonable person would ever describe them in such terms unless they were trying to set up some particularly transparent bullshit fence.

All in all, it's a pretty damned well designed too for a very specific task - throwing bits of metal to quite a distance, accurately, quickly, and with decent reliability.

And the reason this is useful is that those fast-moving bits of metal project deadly force over distance. In other words, it's a well-designed weapon.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 393

No one wants to actually really solve the problem. They just want to mindlessly apply the bag of tricks associated with their agenda whether they will work or not.

I very much doubt that that's true. It would require most people to be actively dishonest, after all. No, what's happening is that the gridlock makes it impossible to push any agenda in a moderate, considered and conditional way, so when the opportunity comes - when there's a crisis of some sort - people use it to force things through. It's like locked continental plates violently shifting in an earthquake instead of constantly and gradually.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 393

50+ years ago was a different world, and while it was unfair to a lot of people (mostly anyone who wasn't white), it was a world in which these mass shootings were not so common.

It was also a world where you could spank other people's kids if they got out of line, kids could go out and play all day outside unsupervised, and so on...

Of course, it had other issues... but in this specific case, we were better off...

Ladies and gentlemen, a Conservative's "better world" in his own words: Master Race beating up kids.

What the Hell is wrong with you people?

Comment Re:the lard of hosts for fat ads (Score 1) 327

...problem solved.

Until Facebook drops the pretense and begins spreading as a viral botnet. What can your precious hosts file do, when everywhere you point your browser, all you see is the Face of SkyNetBook?

And there's no login required; it already knows who you are. It has already read, analyzed, and posted on your timeline all your formerly private files. Full details of everything you do will be instantly available for the world to read with no interaction needed from you, since SkyNetBook is everywhere, on every computer, every CCTV, every smartphone. And naturally SkyNetBook has your billing information, so anything that could be considered an affirmative for any of the... commercial suggestions SkyNetBook presents you results in automatic order. Just think of the benefits for economy! And since everything you do is documented, you don't need to fear death, for your profile will be kept active and run by the same commercial AI that makes the suggestions, so you - or your profile - can keep sending invites to your friends.

It's just you and other dead people, on Facebook, haunting the living with FarmVille invites, forever.

Also, from my POV, the only "independent sites" out there don't depend on external ads. The others are, by definition, dependent. Like this one.

Every site depends on some kind of income stream to cover its expenses, be it ads, subscriptions or the publisher's pockets. So either conclude that "independent site" is an oxymoron, or lower or refine your standards a bit.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 207

That's just the way life works dude, get over it.

The whole point of sapience is being able to judge how life works against how it might work. "Getting over it" means becoming a mere animal reacting to its immediate surroundings on instinct. But, whatever works for you, ya dog.

They don't "deserve" less freedom, but they won't get it unless they fight for it just the same.

So do you or do you not consider it a "moral responsibility" to submit to punishments demanded by unjust laws?

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 207

Plus, part of accepting a moral responsibility is accepting the punishment for that. Rosa Parks knew fully well that they might go to jail, but she was fully willing to accept the consequences of her actions knowing that it would spark a discussion. Now will Uber?

So does this mean those cursed with more oppressive governments deserve less freedom? Because I'm pretty sure the consequences of running your mouth about Obama (or Bush, or Clinton, Or Raegan, or...) in the USA and Kim Whatever in North Korea don't require quite the same level of courage to face.

So, if you're willing to go to jail (or die) for your cause, then obviously believe in it a lot, but even if you aren't doesn't mean you're wrong. It just means you have less commitment (and are thus less likely to win).

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 387

It is based on taking things by force from people that created or traded things through peaceful actions.

By contrast, socialism is about making sure the labourers get to keep the fruits of their labours, rather than having the owning class confiscate them.

Comment Re:Millennials and "codes of conduct". (Score 1) 244

That so many are so hell bent on pushing their agenda of having the right to be offended

Freedom of thought gives everyone the right to be offended over anything they feel like. That doesn't necessarily mean anyone else has an obligation to change their behaviour.

the power to decry / denounce / ban anyone they don't like for whatever reason

Freedom of speech gives everyone the right to decry and denounce anyone and anything they don't like for whatever reason. Freedom of association gives anyone the right to ban anyone from a forum they own.

Has a name been attributed (a la Godwin) to the death of a thread when someone writes "Check your privilege"? Because apart from "Go fuck yourself" there isn't any response to it.

You could reflect on whether your experience about whatever's being talked about is universal. If it is, they're lying so point that out, if it isn't, take that into account from then on, and perhaps correct whatever statement prompted the response.

But no, as long as inequality exists there isn't an automatic response to counter "check your privilege" because you can't know whether you've stumbled into a manifestation of it before you check. Unless, of course, you're okay with being on the wrong side of history, in which case "go fuck yourself" is the only answer you either have or deserve, and anything else is just trying to mask it under more or less elaborate excuses.

Comment Re:Millennials and "codes of conduct". (Score 1) 244

"your right to swing stops at my face"

Your right to swing stops when your fist gets close enough that I have to start paying attention to you or risk being caught by surprise. The problem is, the boundary of this "personal space" of mine isn't quite so clearly defined as the boundary of my body is, thus there's room both for abuse and mistakes either way.

Comment Re:Translation ... (Score 1) 144

Honestly, WTF revenue do they have? I see so damned many companies being valued in the billions, and for what seems like no justifiable reason.

The reason is that IT is still relatively immature field, and as such there's far greater opportunities than in established fields. Perhaps GitHub will die or just barely linger on, but there's also a chance it'll take off. By contrary, there's no chance whatsoever that you'll be able to displace Wal-Mart, McDonald's, Chinese manufacturers, etc. even if you invest billions.

It's not that GitHub is a good investment, it's that there aren't any other good investments either.

But I remain unconvinced any of these companies are actually worth anything in the billions.

They're lottery tickets. Or, if you prefer, high-risk investments. Their economic value mainly comes from the small possibility that they might be worth far more in the future.

Comment Re: GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 1) 306

Nobody thinks "people should pay me because" concept is real, most open source software is in the form of libraries (like this image format) which should be used within the developers own project that they should be able to sell, because they made it.

You can sell a program which uses GPL'd code as a building block. You just can't stop anyone else from making yet another program that uses your code as a building block, just like you used the GPL'd code. Obviously this sucks if you want to merely take and never give, but that's not a bug, it's a feature.

Comment Re:Because 2016 elections... (Score 2) 319

Thus gossip about a stuuuuupid presidential candidate's former business deal (from 2004) with an asshole who's been dead since 2011 - is suddenly click-worthy "news".

A presidential candidate's demonstrated incompetence in a leadership position is "stuff that matters". So is major corporate executive's, since it helps dispell the lingering idea that leaders get paid more than underlings because they're worth more, rather than just more powerful. The remains of the myth of the divinely appointed kings are hindering our democracies by making the decision-making positions extremely attractive to psychopaths, narcissists and people with other mental issues, and need to die.

We can found no scientific discipline, nor a healthy profession on the technical mistakes of the Department of Defense and IBM. -- Edsger Dijkstra