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Comment Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (Score 4, Interesting) 101

If Malaysia practices apartheid, why is the civilized world not boycotting, divesting from, and sanctioning this country? This is what happens to countries that practice apartheid. It worked on South Africa and it can work again on Malaysia.

I wasn't even aware of this until I read the summary, and I read a lot of international news.

Comment Re:Who proposed tem? (Score 4, Insightful) 214

There are people out there who want new for new's sake. They are desperately bored with their lives and demand novelty. Long-term thinking is alien as well as boring. They're going to demand the mallard duck and the avocado, cheer when they are approved, and then never use them. Next round of Unicode, they'll have more dumb ideas to include.

Coming up: Unicode 16, when the committee gets fed up with all these dumb symbols that nobody uses and purges the list.

Comment Re:Garbage what? (Score -1, Offtopic) 71

It's because we've been told over and over by leftists like yourself that as long as large problems remain, it is pointless to work on small problems. Example: "I can't believe you shitlords are worrying about a law to prevent dog poop in the streets when there are people going hungry in Iraq! Won't somebody think of the children!"

You can change around the issues to ones that suit you best, but that's basically it. Of course, as soon as it gets reversed and used against you, it becomes invalid, and of course everyone expects this.

Comment Do you have to click on the ad? (Score 1) 235

I read the article all the way through, and it SEEMS like you have to click on the ad in order for it to infect you. They don't specifically come out and SAY this, though. So, is this the case? Does not clicking on ads keep you safe? I thought just having a flash ad download and execute on your machine was enough, or are we not talking about this? There are references to "hardened landing pages" that infect the users, so WTF is up with that?

The funny part is that the malware installed is used to install click-fraud bots on infected machines, so the ad networks and/or end clients themselves are the ones being screwed out of money.

Comment Re:It can't. (Score 0) 102

I take it you haven't met average people, have you? I'll bet you're surrounded by upper-class Ivy League (or wished they had gone to an Ivy) intelligent people like yourself all day long, and have used that great intellect to project those characteristics onto the rest of humanity. Why don't you actually get out there and talk to some of them? You'd be horrified, and withdraw into a gated community like so many of your fellow travelers have already done.

Just think of how stupid the average person is. And half of 'em are stupider than that!
-- George Carlin

Comment Re:Advertisers, worry about security? Get real (Score 1) 235

The goal of an advertising company is not to make a profit. It is to maximize profits. They will do everything the law allows and then a little bit further. And then if nobody goes to jail, even further than that.

Also, please stop with "Mad Men" analogies, that is a fictional TV show that has nothing to do with reality. Might as well try to connect the oil companies to "Mad Max".

Comment Re:Here's my nightmare (Score 1) 82

Back in the 1960s-1970s, Progressives imagined a violent overthrow of the US government and its replacement by a far-left regime. They were serious about it, too, they engaged in terrorism and went as far as blowing up the U.S. Capitol. For some strange reason you never hear about that today and most people are totally unfamiliar with the topic. Implementing the leisure society, bullshit. The far-left ideal was "he who does not work, also shall not eat."

Comment Re:Isn't this supposed to be the FBI's job? (Score 1) 84

Causing Katrina? There isn't anyone who causes hurricanes to form. They're natural disasters that form by themselves. Is this a late-stage version of Bush Derangement Syndrome? It's fallen off greatly but still affects some patients.

Comment Re:Not used to quality details? (Score 3, Informative) 131

You HAVE to ride Chinese factories on details. They simply don't understand why they're important. They'll do the work according to your standards as long as you're supervising, but as soon as you think they've got it and you don't need to watch them any more, bam, it's right back to the old way.

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 3, Insightful) 271

The law should NEVER, EVER, EVER, provide protection over any data available behind public sector activity.

The public sector frequently claims the release of information will be burdensome; however, the public sector actors are not always forced, by statute (as they are in Minnesota) to ensure records should be held in a way which the sector cannot claim burden in failure to comply.

This needs to change.

Comment Re:Fixed it for you. (Score 5, Insightful) 440

But a realist would have to ask uncomfortable questions like why such men were lonely and unhappy in the first place.

When a woman gets married and has children, her whole life changes. Her husband is no longer the focus of her life, her children are. She loses interest in sex, and doesn't see why she should have to do it any more. If she wants another child, sure, but otherwise not. To her, it's just one more person who wants something from her at the end of a long day at work, and this one she can actually say "no" to. So, she does.

Meanwhile, the husband, cut completely off from one source of sex he is allowed to have, grows increasingly desperate and unhappy. I don't condone cheating at all - but damn, marriage doesn't mean celibacy. Or, it shouldn't. This is the point at which feminists burst into the conversation shouting "RAPE!" (but they always do that) and that's not my argument at all. A wife *should* love her husband and *want* to have sex with him of her own free will. This isn't happening.

Nobody supports cheating men, but let's be honest here, men need to have sex in order to keep healthy and sane. A website that promises it to them for only $19.95 per month is going to get customers, plain and simple. Remember: desperate and unhappy. Human beings are capable of some pretty fucked-up actions when they become desperate enough. The fact that this website didn't even have any women to match the men to just makes them even more scumbags than we already knew.

Comment Re:Cost (Score 4, Insightful) 171

It's training people not to let their dogs shit everywhere. After a while, everyone will know that if you let your dog shit on the street, it's going to come right back to you with a fine attached. So why even let it happen? Believe it or not, there are people out there (solipsists) who are convinced the laws don't apply to them. They don't just scoff at laws, they take great joy in breaking them. These little "quality of life" laws sound like piddly shit but they do make a difference in a crowded city. Don't do it and you end up like San Francisco, which has a huge problem with shit lying in the streets. It stinks to high heaven and you can smell it from a mile away.

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 5, Insightful) 171

Then you're telling people it's OK to let their dogs shit everywhere. That's a bad idea. Moreover, the dogshit cleaners will be AWOL most of the time (government workers, you know) so there will STILL be dogshit on the streets all the time. Costs will go up every year, and the people who actually clean up after their dogs will be the ones who suffer the most.

Comment Re:Well that's great... (Score 1) 173

The issue isn't safety, the issue is that women are woefully underrepresented in this area. The grandparent poster has noticed how aggressive diversity programmes have been launched in all areas of society - except, oddly, these. Extrapolating from what has already occurred in the rest of society, the government will get on this issue and within the next 5-10 years women will dominate the dangerous jobs industries just like they currently do HR and teaching. It will be a wonderful future!

Maybe Computer Science should be in the College of Theology. -- R. S. Barton

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