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Comment Re:It can't. (Score 4, Insightful) 94

Habital planets are so rare and far apart that alien life wouldn't be able to spread across the galaxy. Hell, even earth is so far away from the nearest possibly habitable planet that if we could travel 90% of the speed of light, it would take something like 10,000 years to get there. Much less a population and equipment and supplies enough to start a society.

Actually, we don't know if habitable planets are rare. We are finding a bunch and have barely look at what the universe holds. Now the traveling thing could be a problem, but maybe there are civilization on other planets that don't waste their time and resources killing each other and actually focus on science and space.

Comment WTF happens in N.Dakota to require such weapons? (Score 2) 179

I'm wondering what happens in North Dakota that requires drones with non lethal weapons to fly around? Are they planning on using this on the Native American population? Or maybe the wildlife? Or is it to keep them pesky Canadian rapists who illegally cross our border in check?

Comment Re:I'll piss on a spark plug... (Score 2) 86

Most likely, if this ever gets used, businesses will take the FTC to court, say they are not a law enforcement body

Except, the FTC is most definitely a law enforcement body.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was established as an independent administrative agency pursuant to the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914. The purpose of the FTC is to enforce the provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits "unfair or deceptive acts or practices in commerce." The Clayton Antitrust Act (1914) also granted the FTC the authority to act against specific and unfair monopolistic practices. The FTC is considered to be a law enforcement agency, and like other such agencies it lacks punitive authority. Although the FTC cannot punish violators—that is the responsibility of the judicial system—it can issue cease and desist orders and argue cases in federal and administrative courts.

Today, the Federal Trade Commission serves an important function as a protector of both consumer and business rights. While the restrictions that it imposes on business practices often receive the most attention, other laws enforced by the FTC—such as the 1979 Franchise Rule, which directed franchisors to provide full disclosure of franchise information to prospective franchisees—have been of great benefit to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Emphasis added.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

Their private servers got hacked. In much the same way if I were to get mugged

Lots of people conflating individuals with corporations here.

If you leave the back door open and your customers' stuff gets stolen, you should be liable, criminally and civilly. Just as if you don't maintain your underwater oil rig properly, and there's a catastrophic blow-out and millions of gallons of crude get dumped into the ecosystem, you should be criminally liable.

Comment Re:When you define anything as "cheating"... (Score 1) 705

Actually, some of us do. For instance, those of us who try to follow Christ also, by definition, try to give at least some consideration to how Jesus defined it:

"27 You have heard that it was said to those of old,[c] 'You shall not commit adultery.' 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

(Matt. 5:27-28, NKJV)

The lesson: Big sins usually start off as small ones. Don't lust after other women, don't think about cheating, don't put yourself in the position where you might, don't neglect your marriage to the point where you feel you need to, and chances are pretty good that you won't.

We also try to remember that if God has forgiven us our sins against Him, then we also ought to be willing to forgive those who sin against us. Most marriages can be saved if both partners are willing to save it, and, sometimes, even if one of them is not.

The bible says it's okay for your daughters to get you drunk and have sex with you also.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 705

Actually he didn't. When he was in the US he used the site and now he is back in Saudi Arabia where he doesn't use the site. But he is afraid that what he did in the US will be exposed and will be punished for it in Saudi Arabia.

Then I guess he better move back to the United States or to another country, because his lapse of judgement might get him killed if he stays.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 705

So the message is "shut up and live a lie in your repressive regime"?

Be careful what you wish for. You might have to do it soon.

No, the message is, when you live in an oppressive regime, and you do something that is considered wrong there, you best hide what you do very fucking good. Putting your info on some Dating/Cheating website isn't the smartest move you can make. Mainly when the info can lead the attackers, abusers and whatnot to your door if they found out.

Comment Problem is the NSA and their overreach (Score 1) 98

I see a problem with this because of the NSA and their overreach into our private lives. They are already recording our phone calls, they already have access into the internet. So do we really want to have our computer's mic constantly hearing our conversations? MS records what your mic hears for Cortana's "improvement", what stops them from handing it over to the NSA?

Years ago I'd be considered crazy for this, but now with the NSA being who they the are, can you trust them? Can you trust MS? Can you trust your government. The same government that wants to do away with encryption?

Comment Re:Nothing New Here... (Score 2) 318

Move along, nothing to see here. Microsoft has been trying to get their hooks into everybody just like Google and Facebook. If people don't care about their privacy and allow this kind of data collection in the name of "quality" and "focusing search results and ads.." "blah blah" we'll all become human centipads.

No, don't move on, don't ignore this stuff. Doesn't matter if it's been going on before, it's wrong and is starting to get very bad. We need to be taking a firm stance against this sort of stuff.

I guess maybe you are cool with it because they pay you a fee or something, but I, like other people, are not cool with it.

The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives. -- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project