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Comment Re:Drones (Score 2) 313

1. The US has a modern air defense system. I imagine Chinese drones penetrating US air space would be shot down and should things escalate, a conventional/nuclear war would result. This is why the only nations we send drones to are unable to take any action to stop us. They are not used with impunity. We aren't going to send them to Germany, the UK, Japan, China or any country with a modern army. 2. Our drones are effectively remotely piloted aircraft. Not "killbots". There is some chair jockey in a building in the Nevada desert who pilots the craft and fires the missiles and then goes home to be with his family after his shift is done.

Comment Re:Power is the problem, not Money (Score 1) 233

I never said the Federal Government should be weak, but there is a far cry from the Articles of Confederation to a federal government that regulates how many pieces of pepperoni need to be on a pizza before you can call it a pepperoni pizza.

Comment Power is the problem, not Money (Score 1, Insightful) 233

Money seeks out Power, not the other way around. The reason there is a lot of money in politics is due to the obscene amount of Power our government now wields. When the #1 return on your investment is no longer R&D, training your employees, hiring better employees, but is instead lobbyists (to either reward your company or punish your competitors) there is a sickness. Taking money out of politics will not change this. In fact, it will just mean the money will ooze in around the cracks and crevices of whatever laws we throw up and corrupt the system even further. Take the power out of the government and the money will disappear on it's own.

Comment Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (Score 2) 385

Really? At least once a week there is a story like this, chosen to excite the conservatives and to try to make the liberals look bad. Can you show me an article posted in the past several months that does the opposite? No, you cannot.

Me thinks you doth protest too much.

  • Obama Presses China On Global Warming - Conservatives would argue global warming doesn't exist
  • South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early - Conservatives know renewables will never work
  • Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects - Conservatives know nuclear power is safe
  • Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds - More climate change claptrap

..and that's without going past the first two pages of headlines.

Comment Re:Bets on first use (Score 1) 233

Exactly! Or maybe someone took some photos or videos that a government doesn't want to get out. Simply kill the phone and you are done with that problem.

The bad scenarios are far more dangerous than not having a kill switch.

Besides, weren't there apps that do this that folks could purchase of their own free will"?

Comment Godwin's Law (Score 2) 382

This is a record. Godwin's law before the comments!

One site I participated in had a great way to deal with trolls. Once your rating became negative enough, you were put on a global /ignore and no one saw your posts except yourself and others with equally negative reputations.

Comment Re:Check out Detroit (Score 4, Funny) 100

Checking out Detroit is definitely on my bucket list. However, I have conveniently put it as the last item just in case it's the last thing I do.

Tesla is trying to be a disruptive force in the auto market, they aren't going to do that by locating in Detroit. Too many "old car" thinkers.

Comment North Korea, Syria, Iran, Russia all disagree (Score 4, Insightful) 218

They think a centralized kill switch would be a FANTASTIC idea! Just brick the phones for anyone who dares challenge the state.

I can really see how this might be useful in the US. Instead of the IRS investigating tea partiers, we could just selectively brick their phones. Or if you swing the other way, disable those iPhones from all those annoying hispter Occupy protesters. Seriously, you have an iPhone and you complain about the 99%? You are the 1% globally.

Comment Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (Score 1) 578

Please describe in detail your first sexual encounter. That has about as much relevance to my post as anything else. It really doesn't matter what I had as part of a private business transaction.

What matters now is the choices I have due to government force.

You will lose an important tape file.