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Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 1) 348

by NoKaOi (#48936331) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

Even when some ideological icon does run on his own (e.g. Ralph Nader)

He might have been an ideological icon, but let's clarify one thing: He sure as fuck wasn't ideological about his platforms. He was the Green Party candidate and his platform was the environment, but he was pretty much one of the worst things politically to happen to the environment. If he had bowed out and endorsed Gore, Bush wouldn't have been president, simple as that. And no doubt he knew that (despite what he says publicly), because he's not dumb, so he just didn't give two shits about the environment. Or is somebody honestly going to try to tell me that more than half of the people who voted for him would have voted for Bush instead of Gore, especially in Florida where it would have decided the election?

(in Nader's case, the Democrat party immediately started screaming "OMG you'll split the vote and then they will win!")

Which is exactly what happened, despite Nader's denial. Regarding Florida, Nader himself says that "in the year 2000, exit polls reported that 25% of my voters would have voted for Bush, 38% would have voted for Gore and the rest would not have voted at all." Which means Gore would have netted 12,665 votes over Bush, which would have won him the election (Bush won FL by 537 votes). So either Nader is really bad at math, or he's a dirty liar.

Comment: Re:morons (Score 1) 83

by NoKaOi (#48902565) Attached to: NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

How stupid are these people?!

Smart enough to have tested a prototype in a vacuum chamber that simulates Mars' atmosphere. And probably smart enough to RTFA before bashing somebody else. But I'm sure after reading a one paragraph summary that you are more educated on the topic than they are.

Comment: Re:its worth remembering that terrorism is effecti (Score 1) 110

by NoKaOi (#48895853) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

the solution to the US terror problem seems simple. stop treating third world countries like they're children. quit overthrowing elected leaders and installing dictators, stop propping up nation states with a history of violence, and start treating the people who live in these regions as more than "hearts and minds" that you have to "win."

But then the terrorists win! Instead we need to be at war with them, and to win* that war we need to get that pesky constitution thingy the hell out of the way!

*winning the war on terror == giving large sums of money to defense contractors, and getting reelected by convincing the populous that they will get blown up if they vote for the other guy.

Comment: Re:You see that too? (Score 1) 512

by NoKaOi (#48882431) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

Or he's genuinely concerned about us STEM workers. Or the GOP wants to get STEM workers to switch sides (we're generally very strongly Democrat voters).

No, I'm quite certain he doesn't give a shit about STEM workers. It's the GOP's anti-immigration, pro-xenophobia ideology. But since the GOP also has their pro-corporation, anti-middleclass ideology, it's amusing to see what happens when those ideologies conflict. What it really tells us is that the particular companies he's beholden to aren't big H1-B'ers, so he is free to go with the anti-immigration ideology. Exxon Mobile, for example, only has 47 H1-B employees, out of 75,000 employees, so this probably doesn't even warrant a phone call from their CEO.

Comment: Re:Make an example of them. (Score 1) 246

by NoKaOi (#48882373) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

The quarter ending 6/30/2014 shows Dish Network had a net profit of $213Million. Considering the penalty could be up to $912Billion, a full year's worth of net (not even gross, so the year would be a draw, not even a loss) profit should be the minimum . That would be $852Million, any thing less is just a slap on the wrist.

By the way, the article is from early this morning, but Dish Network's shares are up 3.4%. Clearly shareholders aren't taking this seriously, so why should the company's executives take it seriously? They need to be made to take it seriously.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 5, Insightful) 666

by NoKaOi (#48870485) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

The need for separation of science and state becomes more and more obvious every year since 1947.

NO. There already is too much separation of science and state, as evidenced by this very issue. There needs to be less separation of science and state, but we need to make sure that it's science defining policy, and not policy defining science. Try reading that again but replacing the word "science" with the word "reality" and you'll see what I mean.

Comment: Re:Wrong direction (Score 1) 217

You have to have explicit permission in order to do a robocall to a number.

How do you define explicit permission? If it's buried in page 12 of a user agreement that you have to sign, is that explicit permission? From a legal perspective, how do you separate that from the actual real-world permission like what you're thinking of? How about a line on page 12 that explicitly gives their "affiliates" permission to robocall you?

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