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Comment: Re: Of Course It Is (Score 1) 78

by Libertarian_Geek (#49481467) Attached to: GAO Warns FAA of Hacking Threat To Airliners
Are you justifying a bad design (connecting critical flights systems to entertainment systems) by taking the route that a $12 GPS chip and supporting circuitry is too expensive or weighs too much to add a dedicated one to the non-critical systems?

Because every example you just posted could be completed with a 4 ounces and $20 of electronics or less.

Comment: Re:Hillary on e-mail, in 2000 (Score 1) 609

by Libertarian_Geek (#49234491) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server
Using a private email server for mail doesn't change her status from a government actor to a civilian actor. Her status as a government actor changes the status of her private mail server to a government email account.
If it were otherwise, a government office could rent or borrow property from a private citizen and thereby censor the public's speech on that property.
There is precedent here. Take for example a state office censoring citizens' comments from their Facebook page is unconstitutional censorship. Lawsuits have been won on this doctrine.

Comment: Re:About right (Score 3, Interesting) 246

So, armed robbery isn't a violent crime because they were only pretending that they would kill me? I know that the weapon in this case was a BB gun, but someone who uses the threat of violence to get money isn't in the same category as a common thief. If someone pulled a BB gun on me during a robbery, I would attempt to shoot them to save my own life.
1> I have no idea that the BB gun isn't a real gun.
2> Regardless of the criminal's words, I have no knowledge of their real intentions or capabilities beyond what they present to me.
3> I can't take their word that they only want my money, since they've already shown (by threatening my life) that they value life below property.

Comment: Re:Origin of *Species* (Score 1) 249

by Libertarian_Geek (#49075915) Attached to: Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question

except it's the selfish assholes who equip themselves to guard what they have against anybody else getting it. The selfish assholes survive because they have the keys to the grain silo, everybody else (read: who hasn't got a copy of the key) can go die in a field. Selfish asshole (=selfish gene) survives, the meek inherit the Earth. From six feet beneath it.

Help me understand why it's selfish to protect your stuff but it's compassionate to give away someone else's.

Comment: Re:Everyone who blamed Bush for everything... (Score 1) 379

Why would either party stop it? Imagine the political power of a party that can eavesdrop on their opposition.

This is a corrupt game of musical chairs.

I'm surprised the music hasn't stopped for the last time.


If only we had real journalists and uncorrupted law enforcement to hold them accountable.

Comment: Re:Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats ... (Score 1) 379

... cares for the nation ... works for the people

As long as we still rely on the Republicans and the Democrats to steer this country, USA is going nowhere fast

If we were truly going nowhere, it would be less worrisome. Make no mistake, we're moving and the ultimate destination is frightening.

Comment: Executive orders aren't "bigger on the inside." (Score 1) 379

No, it's not "currently allowed under an Exec Order".

Neither the constitution, nor the laws bound by it, nor the orders bound by the law are "bigger on the inside"... They're not TARDISes. They may not exceed their legal limits.
Laws must not exceed the authority routed to them by the constitution. Orders must not exceed the authority routed to them by law. That's how the system is designed.

The intelligence of any discussion diminishes with the square of the number of participants. -- Adam Walinsky

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