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Comment: Re:Hurrah for sex-segregation! (Score 1) 554

As the Supreme Court decided in Plessy v. Ferguson, separate but equal facilities are just fine.

Hey Doc Brown, welcome back to the 21st Century! How was life back in the early 1900's? Get to see some of those flappers everyone was talking about back then? Awesome! Hey listen, you might of come back too soon Doc. Cause you missed that Plessy v. Ferguson was overturned by Brown v. Board of Education back in 1954. The courts pointed out that even if everything about the schools are equal there is still the inherently unequal treatment of the segregated populations. Just an FYI so you don't bother citing it again. Now go on and get back to helping out Marty with his crazy mix ups, poor kid is always getting into a bind.

Comment: Re:Would you like next door kid reprogram his car? (Score 1) 292

by Mr. Shotgun (#49401797) Attached to: EFF Fighting Automakers Over Whether You Own Your Car

I'm sorry, but auto manufacturers have a point. Not anyone is competent to reprogram embedded car software. Unfortunately, bugs can be deadly. How would you feel about, say, 10% of the cars on the road running custom software by the next door kid?

People have been tinkering and modifying their cars ever since the first Model T rolled off the assembly line, yet surprisingly civilization has survived. Or are you one of those people that thinks because it's "on a computer" it is scary and dangerous? If the kid next door starts trying to reprogram his ECU without knowing what he is doing he is more likely to brick the damn thing than anything else so he won't be going anywhere near a freeway after that unless he pushes it there.

Cars are killing much more people than guns. In fact, I would go further than the auto manufacturers. Nobody should be allowed to drive a car. How many people on the roads shouldn't have even a driver's license at all? A lot. And you are ready to see those people hacking their own car software? No way!

Oh blow it out your ass, the percentage of the driving population that is interested in modding their own vehicles is rather low, and a good portion of that crowd is more about the spoilers and ground effects than anything. What you are doing using jumped up hyperbole to try and scare people about a non existent threat. I do not support limiting people from modifying something they legally own, however if there ever came some legislation barring you from going outside I would back it 100% because I am convinced you are scared of your own shadow.

Comment: Re:They do have a point... (Score 1) 292

by Mr. Shotgun (#49401735) Attached to: EFF Fighting Automakers Over Whether You Own Your Car

So what you saying is we must prohibit everyone from being able to modify their vehicles because someone somewhere might do something illegal? Do you realize how stupid that sounds? I mean what kinda Orwellian world do you want to live in where everything is banned unless approved by the government? Do you want people to wear coded chastity belts, only unlockable by approved agents, as well in order to prevent rape? Jeez, of all the arguments against people modifying their own cars this is the most mewly mouthed bullshit i have ever heard.

No lets call a spade a spade, the reason the auto manufacturers are proposing this is to lock out independent repair shops and drive all that sweet sweet repair shop money back to their sponsored and sanctioned dealerships. Any argument about illegal car mods and the like are just bullshit out the gate.

Comment: Re:The industry needs more regulation (Score 3, Insightful) 116

by Mr. Shotgun (#49194037) Attached to: Anthem Blocking Federal Auditor From Doing Vulnerability Scans

This is hilarious. Every day slashdotters either complain that it's *obvious* we need less regulation. And in a separate thread, it's *obvious* we need more regulation.

*protip* slashdotters as you so put is is not a hive mind, people post here from all walks of life and have differing opinions. In fact I have seen opinions from both sides of the political spectrum that have been rated +5 insightful in the same thread. And they were both right, it was insightful and made you think. The last thing this site needs is to become an echo chamber of samethought and goodthink. If you are looking for that there are plenty of other websites out there, may I recommend Tumblr or yahoo news?

Comment: Re:Can we all agree that... (Score 1) 271

by Mr. Shotgun (#48986775) Attached to: Female-Run Companies Often do Better Than Male-Run Ones (Video)
Hell, I can get behind that. Freaking autoplay is bullshit. I came to slashdot for the comments, cause the articles are usually five days old (or a dupe). Following a comment thread and then going back up top should not require me to click pause on the same damn video three times.

Comment: Re:Yeah (Score 1) 562

by Mr. Shotgun (#48848121) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

The government should defend the Constitution instead of tear it apart.

Unfortunately the constitution and the associated bill of rights were intended to be limits upon the government so it is not surprising to see the government tearing at those walls. It is after all in it's nature to try to expand it's power, much like fire will continue to seek more fuel or a wild animal will feed again.

What is rather disappointing is to see the people, who are supposed to be the ultimate checks on the government, react with such antipathy towards these encroachments on their rights. The constitution and bill of right was designed so that they was a constant struggle between the will of the governments insatiable lust for power over the governed and the citizens desire to be free of the encumbrance of the government. But lately the people have abandoned their post and thrown their lot behind whoever has a letter behind their name that pleases them the most.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.