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Comment Is anyone against navigation, music and climate? (Score 1) 400

Those are the main functions of car interface and optimum functionality requires independent or phone-linked cellular connection. Everything else is just due to the fact that someone else might like extra features and it's difficult to customize them for each individual car. Ideally those things will be installable/uninstallable like mobile apps.

Comment Re:I'll piss on a spark plug... (Score 2) 86

Most likely, if this ever gets used, businesses will take the FTC to court, say they are not a law enforcement body

Except, the FTC is most definitely a law enforcement body.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was established as an independent administrative agency pursuant to the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914. The purpose of the FTC is to enforce the provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits "unfair or deceptive acts or practices in commerce." The Clayton Antitrust Act (1914) also granted the FTC the authority to act against specific and unfair monopolistic practices. The FTC is considered to be a law enforcement agency, and like other such agencies it lacks punitive authority. Although the FTC cannot punish violators—that is the responsibility of the judicial system—it can issue cease and desist orders and argue cases in federal and administrative courts.

Today, the Federal Trade Commission serves an important function as a protector of both consumer and business rights. While the restrictions that it imposes on business practices often receive the most attention, other laws enforced by the FTC—such as the 1979 Franchise Rule, which directed franchisors to provide full disclosure of franchise information to prospective franchisees—have been of great benefit to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Emphasis added.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

Their private servers got hacked. In much the same way if I were to get mugged

Lots of people conflating individuals with corporations here.

If you leave the back door open and your customers' stuff gets stolen, you should be liable, criminally and civilly. Just as if you don't maintain your underwater oil rig properly, and there's a catastrophic blow-out and millions of gallons of crude get dumped into the ecosystem, you should be criminally liable.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

What makes a system insecure? The system integration/networking? The software, especially third party software with its disclaimers about "no liability for implied merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose"?

None of that matters to the legislation. It can be very simple: If you expose people's private information, that your company has collected, then the CEO and board of directors do jail time.

You would see better security overnight.

It's funny how law and order only seem to apply to people who have to struggle for a living.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 0) 705

And why should it? For the sake of argument do you think the government should tell you that you MUST install a home security system, have dead bolts on every exterior door, require exterior doors be steel or solid wood, limit the side of windows to no more than 1" by 1" or require bars?

If you run a business, say, protecting other peoples' stuff then yes.

Additionally we should have some disclosure laws, just like food labels there need to be some standardized categories and forms companies that maintain any information that is personally identifiable other than firstname, lastname, current address, billing address, and primary phone number, should be required to disclose that on a standardized and both electronically readable and human readable format. Maybe a nice TML or INI like file.

So, let's get this straight. You're outraged that the government should tell a business that they MUST secure customer data, and at the same time you're OK with the government telling businesses that they MUST maintain certain information...which they then are not required to keep secure?

And why do techbro libertarians really not take the time to think their statements through?

The "free market"'s a cookbook!

Comment Re:Worst. Summary. Ever. And a lie to boot. (Score 1) 1030

Well, turning to science fiction for pleasant escapism that doesn't question the status quo is... well, I can't say made of fail, because there's an awful lot of that, but, darn, should it surprise anyone that this isn't the stuff that is winning awards?

I'm kind of fascinated by the argument around class divisions in SF, though when I try to map it to the folks I know I do find myself wondering how sensitive a measure that is. I suspect there's a generational component. I suspect there's a regional component.* But I know so many fans working service industry jobs who were all about the progressive fic, and so many well paid software engineers who weren't. (I am thinking of some hilariously awful conversations with a baby lead not so many years ago.)

* And this is where I'm probably most likely to be blinded myself - I'm from Seattle.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 2) 1030

And what is a Christian apologist?

Apologetics is a type of writing in defense of something. Early Christian apologists are Paul of Tarsus and later, St Augustine.

There are libraries full of apologetics, and one who practices apologetics is called an apologist.

In regard to the last assertion needing more citations, I think you could find more than you need by reading subject's own public statements. Try for yourself. Start by going back to last year's Hugo Awards for copious self-incrimination.

Comment Re:There's truth on both sides here (Score 2) 1030

I think it's pretty valid to make a distinction between authors saying "Hey, BTW, my book is eligible to be nominated!" which a ton of people from all kinds of backgrounds do, and for that matter "Hey, this is a bunch of cool stuff I've read that you might want to check out that's also been eligible," to putting together a slate. There's an argument to be made as to where the sad puppies fell. There really isn't one with the rabid puppies.

(And really, as many people have pointed out, when you have so much stuff being published, and a relatively small body of people nominating things, it's a system where even a very small organized voting bloc can get something on the ballot. This isn't the first time this has come up, even, though it's the first time there's been a slate that I know of. There are a number of reforms to the nomination system being looked at, so things might be changing.)

Card... So, you do know that opposition to gay marriage is only one of the more recent bits there? And he takes it an awful lot further than a lot of people seem compelled to by their faiths. He was, at one time, one of my favorite authors. I attended one of his Secular Humanist Revivals way back when. He seemed to be a great guy. I mean, this was back when the net was flat, and I was a young thing, but still. ...and I guess I should be glad that the quality of his writing had been falling off by the time I heard about him writing about how there should be laws criminalizing homosexuality, which should then be selectively enforced to keep the unruly ones in their places. *boggle* The volume has increased and decreased at various times over the years, but I do think there's a difference, at least in degree between someone thinking that their own religion is a great reason some other people entirely shouldn't be able to get married, and their own religion is a great reason those people should be thrown in fail unless their keep their heads and voices down. Ew.

(Of course, as a bi woman it's perhaps not surprising that I'd take this a bit personally.)

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 0, Troll) 1030

Look, mate, you are the ONLY person who EVER brings up MRAs into discussions like this one.

Wait, I thought I was the only person to bring MRAs into discussions like this one. I'm offended. And since I've copyrighted "whiny pissbaby MRAs", I demand that this discussion be taken down.

Also, Vox Day is one absolutely shitty writer. Imagine if Ayn Rand's African Grey Parrot wrote pedantic sci-fi fan fic and didn't have an editor. If you think I'm joking, go find one of his books (you won't be able to find any at torrent sites, because there is zero demand).

People signed up, people voted and the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy slate was soundly defeated by the equivalent of Deez Nuts. Whenever there are elections, the losers always cry, so it's not unexpected to see Breitbart and company crap on the floor in fury.

"If Diet Coke did not exist it would have been neccessary to invent it." -- Karl Lehenbauer