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

by PackMan97 (#47987043) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

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

by PackMan97 (#47756141) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

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

by PackMan97 (#47694475) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

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

by PackMan97 (#46621477) Attached to: Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

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

by PackMan97 (#46509691) Attached to: White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

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.

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

by PackMan97 (#46475433) Attached to: White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

Aren't you a lucky duck.

The second cheapest plan my family could purchase (on or off the exchange) is a $640 bronze POS plan (yes, it calls itself a POS) that has a nice budget friendly $11,000 family deductible.

Obamacare has been a flat out DISASTER for my family. Of course, it makes sense that we have more coverage. When you have everyone pay for maternity coverage, everyone pay for mental health and substance abuse coverage and give out free well visits and routine exams of course costs are going to go up. It doesn't matter if you want (or need) that coverage.

My family is now paying for coverage we don't want or need and will have to pay out of pocket $11k (in addition to almost $8k in premium) before our "insurance" kicks in. This must be one of those crap plans Obama and the Democrats talk about.

Comment: +1 from Iran, Venezuela and the Ukraine (Score 3, Insightful) 197

by PackMan97 (#46325279) Attached to: US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

Can't you just imagine this tool when it comes to mass protests? Especially when things turn violent as they have in plenty of countries over the year. The primary way news is getting out is cell phone cameras and videos.

Wouldn't any freedom loving government just die to have access to a kill switch?

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky