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Comment Re:Two wrongs don't make a right... (Score 1) 301

which will just cause someone else - presumably with better network security practices - to launch an identical service

People used the service because they thought it was a way to cheat without getting caught. While I'm sure there would be enough demand to make a future service profitable, I would expect the demand would be significantly reduced by this incident.

Comment Re:Did they make more than $750K profit by blockin (Score 1) 188

More to the point, if you keep getting fined for the same offenses, those fines are going to increase, and stronger measures may eventually be used to, if not assure compliance, then so damage the company that compliance ceases to be an issue.

So this company might stop doing it. But what about other companies doing this or other illegal things? It pretty much communicates that go you can go ahead and do whatever the heck you want until you get caught, because even after you've been busted the fine will be less than your profits. It's not like this is a new thing that they might not have known was illegal, they clearly just didn't give a shit because they knew if they got caught their illegal activity would still be profitable.

Comment Taking votes away from Sanders (Score 1) 458

If Lessig runs in the primary, he'll just be taking votes away from Sanders. Most anybody who would vote for Lessig would otherwise vote for Sanders, so if Sanders vs. Clinton would otherwise be extremely close, it could give Clinton the edge she needs to win the primary. If Lessig really cares about his ideals then he won't run.

Comment Re:You just described SoylentNews. (Score 1) 552

You've basically just described SoylentNews, a Slashdot clone that appeared when the Slashdot Beta shit really started heating up.

And you know what? I think it's clear that it's an absolute hell-hole that's worse than Slashdot today, even!

That community is small. It's small because many of the regular users there are best described as obnoxious extremists. They naturally drive away most normal users with their toxicity.

Then it's not really a slashdot clone (assuming what you say is true). I mean, the site may be a clone, but for most of us the community is what makes it what it is. Without the community, the thing as a whole is not a clone.

Comment Re:He stole, he got arrested (Score 1) 674

Don't you think a reprimand - "you can't do that here sir" - would have been more appropriate?

It sounds like that's exactly what the PCSO did. The problem is that rather than stopping, or even stopping while protesting it, instead he was a total asshole about it and continued to do it even though he was informed it was illegal. For any value of "it," the guy was a dumbass. If you're informed something is against the law and you refuse to stop doing it right in front of an officer, what do you expect to happen?

Comment Re:This is great, however, (Score 1) 1083

But, in many situations the concept of a domestic partner was so that same-sex couples who couldn't legally get married could still enjoy the benefits (in particular, medical insurance) of a married couple. Yes, it applied to straight couples too, because applying it only to same-sex couples would have been discrimination. Since it was created because same-sex couples couldn't be married, the concern is that it will be taken away because now they can get married. However, same-sex marriage has been legal in some states for a while now, and I haven't heard of this benefit being taken away in those places.

Comment Re:Nothing that money can't buy (Score 1) 65

You're absolutely right. I live on Maui, and see who it is that is protesting the loudest. There are a few people who genuinely believe it is a desecration, but that is a small minority of the protesters. Not that I mean to disrespect that minority, their viewpoint is legitimate in that it is what they truly believe, but I do mean to bash the rest, as those are illogical, irrational reality-deniers (anti-science == reality-denialism). It is the same people who think anything sciency or not "natural" is the epitome of evil. It is the same people sign waiving to ban GMOs. The same people who share miracle cures of juices, essential oils, and homeopathic remedies on Facebook.

There has been a big stink over GMOs here lately, and TMT protest is merely an extension of that. If not for the GMO nonsense, these people would not be protesting TMT, it wouldn't even be a blip on their radar. Fundamentally, they both represent greed, development, advancement, and are anti-natural and anti-Organic (yes I realize the ridiculousness of those terms, please don't try to debate me, I'm telling where these people are coming from) to them. These are the people who, when presented with numerous citations on why GMOs are safe, either insist that it was all done by paid shills, or that even if GMOs are safe then they should be banned because MONSANTO is a huge corporation so it's evil. And they'll spout their anti-GMO rhetoric from an Apple (14x the size of Monsanto) computer or one running Microsoft Windows (7x the size of Monsanto), then jump in their Toyota (4x the size of Monsanto) to go to Starbucks (1.5x the size of Monsanto) so they can Facebook (4x the size of Monsanto) from their Google (7x the size of Monsanto) Android phone over the Verizon (3.5x the size of Monsanto) network. But stay away from GMOs because Monsanto is a HUGE corporation! GMOs and TMT are the same thing to these people.

Again, I'll point out I'm not referring to everybody, I'm referring to the greenies that constitute a vast majority of the protesters.

Comment Re:Does it matter? (Score 4, Insightful) 668

I think it has something to do with advertising and fraud, not the contents.

Apart from fraud and charging people large amounts of money for something they are not getting, it is dangerous . Not because the product is actually dangerous, but because in many cases it's taken in lieu of actual medicine. For most situations - colds, minor aches an pains, etc - it's not a big deal, but for real health problems it is.

Comment Stop charging for checked bag (Score 4, Insightful) 273

If too much carry on luggage is a problem, then stop charging for checking a bag. When everyone got a checked back for free, there was plenty of overhead storage space, not to mention loading and unloading passengers was a lot faster because people weren't blocking the isles dealing with their carry ons. Now everyone tries to carry on as much as they can so they don't have to pay.

God doesn't play dice. -- Albert Einstein