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Comment Re:Turn on? (Score 1) 98

Correction: 99% of _straight_ men find 18 year old girls sexually attractive. (For a non-straight men example, see Sam Adams, ex-mayor of Portland) Most of us, unlike a certain ex-Subway spokesman, have the good sense not to act on that attraction. Remember, if it's a day after her/his 18th b-day, it's ok, but if it's a day before, you're in Fogle territory!

Comment Re:an objective analysis (Score 1) 98

The DSP still requires a microphone to be physically attached in order to "hear" anything, so it should be fairly easy to physically disable -- just put a switch in the microphone circuit, or simply unplug it. Not as easy as putting masking tape over the web cam, but still easy enough for most people.

Comment Re:One very telling thing... (Score 1) 282

And Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh MIstress", "Starship Troopers", and "Stranger in a Strange Land" didn't bother them any?
You're point about "capitalistic form of government" is well taken, collusion between industry and government is a feature of fascist regimes, not democracies. (Did I just Godwins' Law this discussion? Sorry.)

Comment Whisky Tango Foxtrot?!? (Score 1) 282

First off, Bradbury wrote about human emotions, he was not _just_ a science fiction writer. Second, he was one of the best authors of the 20th century in writing about the human condition. Finally, they were bother by Bradbury, but didn't have any problem with L. Ron Hubbard?!? Really?!?!?!?! WTF!!!!!

Comment Re:system failure (Score 1) 67

It's a self-selecting sample... what kind of douchebag would run for petty public offices in the first place? Either they have a massive chip on their shoulder and the need to push other people around, or they are too incompetent to work in private industry where they would actually be judged by the results they produce. The standard answer to "Why do the people running City Hall suck do badly?" is "Have you filed for your candidacy to replace them yet?"

Comment Crowdsource funding for countersuite? (Score 1) 67

SLAPP countersuit, anyone? This looks exactly like a blatant attempt to silence criticism, and it looks like the judge agrees. Hit 'em where it hurts, and sue them back. Incidentally, I suspect the "Streisand Effect" also applies -- nobody would have known about these videos if you hadn't been arseholes about them.

Statistics means never having to say you're certain.