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Comment: Re:That's a nice democracy you have there... (Score 1) 148

Now, boy, we can do this the easy way, or we can do this the hard way.

Which is a trap. The only way to defeat evil is to force it to reveal its true face. Intelligence agencies would very much love to have everyone pretend having their mail opened and read is okay; it's when people refuse to go along with the lie when the ugly truth comes out.

And it will only get uglier from here.

Comment: Re:Crash safety testing not applicable. (Score 1) 120

Renault isn't even planning to make it available in the US, since it doesn't meet the road requirements here.

Well, they could be imported in (very) small numbers as a utility vehicle. They wouldn't be allowed on the highways, but golf-cart type vehicles are allowed on many residential streets.

Comment: Re:America is HUGE (Score 2) 130

by Rei (#48904027) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

That just raises another issue - why are you services and utilities so unreliable in the US? Here in Iceland we get hurricane-force winds several times a year on average - I've had gusts over Cat 5 on my land. Winter isn't incredibly cold but is super wet (all precipitation forms), windy, and lasts a long time. Up at higher altitudes you get stuff like this (yes, those are guy wires... somewhere in that mass). I lived in the US for a long time and had an average of maybe two power outages a year from downed lines and such - sometimes lasting for long periods of time. I've never once had a power outage here that was anything more than a blown breaker in my place.

It's really amazing what you all put up with - your infrastructure standards are really low.

Comment: They also are investigating other things... (Score 2) 73

by Lumpy (#48903959) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

They also found some very high tech surveillance drones made from some high tech composites made to look like common folded notebook paper. It seems that these high tech spy planes also use a printed circuitry that looks like words on the surface.

The secret service is still researching these severe breaches of security. While they let a crazy guy run across the lawn and enter the white house in broad day light.

Comment: Re:What a bunch of A-Holes (Score 2) 130

by Rei (#48903903) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Yeah, here in freaking Iceland most people have 50 or 100 Mbps fiber for a lot cheaper than that. And not just in the capitol region, it even runs out to Vestfirðir now where the largest city is under 3k people.

It makes no sense whatsoever that a hunk of rock just under the arctic circle, 3 1/2 hours plane flight to the nearest land mass with any sort of half-decent manufacturing infrastructure, consisting often unstable ground constantly bombarded by intense winds, ice, landslides, avalanches, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, etc, with the world's 2nd or 3rd lowest population density and heavy taxes on all imported goods, can do this while the US can't. What the heck, America? You've got half of the world's servers sitting right there, why the heck can't you manage to connect people to them?

Comment: Re:Something is wrong with the respondents! (Score 1) 304

by dbIII (#48902647) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

So you saw at least three of those episodes if you watched them all.

They must have come after the Janeway-Paris amphibian sex episode that rubbed in how outside of DS9 there is zero consistent continuity in Trek, at which point I gave up. The firing was reported a bit in the press as was her getting paid significantly less than other cast members. I recall a few trekkies getting very pissed off about it, however how much was Hollywood rumour and how much is real I do not know. The firing may not have been the result of asking for a raise, we'll probably never know it that rumour is true unless she decides she can live without convention gigs.

Comment: Re:Shame (Score 1) 62

by dbIII (#48902627) Attached to: SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute
Consider the above posters posting record. I think in his view both transgressed against their leaders so seen as equivalent - King before Country.
So with that viewpoint Benedict Arnold is the patriot and Washington the traitor. Funny how someone can grow up like that in the USA isn't it, but there you go, it takes all kinds.

Comment: Re:Think of the children! (Score 5, Interesting) 309

The problem is with the underlying assumption that there is some kind of conspiracy.

There probably is. Not the purposefully coordinated kind where everyone meets in a dark room somewhere to plot their actions, but the kind where everyone sharing fundamentally rotten values leads to effectively coordinated flock behaviour. For examples of this, look at Catholic Church's recent scandals; but it's hardly the only organization that sets the mask of respectability above the wellbeing of mere children.

People are trained to pretend they are helpless against systemic injustices from the day they're born. It's what allows those injustices to continue existing. If a child molester takes advantage of this trained response to look the other way, for example if the local cops ignore what "respected" members of their community do with their children, it's a matter of semantics whether that should be counted as a conspiracy or not.

In any case, there's going to be a lot of pain to go around as this culture of silence runs headfirst into the Information Age, becomes effectively defunct, and forces people to see what's been all around them all this time, whether they want to or not. The world will be better for it, though.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.