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Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 325

50+ years ago was a different world, and while it was unfair to a lot of people (mostly anyone who wasn't white), it was a world in which these mass shootings were not so common.

It was also a world where you could spank other people's kids if they got out of line, kids could go out and play all day outside unsupervised, and so on...

Of course, it had other issues... but in this specific case, we were better off...

Ladies and gentlemen, a Conservative's "better world" in his own words: Master Race beating up kids.

What the Hell is wrong with you people?

Comment Re:the lard of hosts for fat ads (Score 1) 300

...problem solved.

Until Facebook drops the pretense and begins spreading as a viral botnet. What can your precious hosts file do, when everywhere you point your browser, all you see is the Face of SkyNetBook?

And there's no login required; it already knows who you are. It has already read, analyzed, and posted on your timeline all your formerly private files. Full details of everything you do will be instantly available for the world to read with no interaction needed from you, since SkyNetBook is everywhere, on every computer, every CCTV, every smartphone. And naturally SkyNetBook has your billing information, so anything that could be considered an affirmative for any of the... commercial suggestions SkyNetBook presents you results in automatic order. Just think of the benefits for economy! And since everything you do is documented, you don't need to fear death, for your profile will be kept active and run by the same commercial AI that makes the suggestions, so you - or your profile - can keep sending invites to your friends.

It's just you and other dead people, on Facebook, haunting the living with FarmVille invites, forever.

Also, from my POV, the only "independent sites" out there don't depend on external ads. The others are, by definition, dependent. Like this one.

Every site depends on some kind of income stream to cover its expenses, be it ads, subscriptions or the publisher's pockets. So either conclude that "independent site" is an oxymoron, or lower or refine your standards a bit.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 200

That's just the way life works dude, get over it.

The whole point of sapience is being able to judge how life works against how it might work. "Getting over it" means becoming a mere animal reacting to its immediate surroundings on instinct. But, whatever works for you, ya dog.

They don't "deserve" less freedom, but they won't get it unless they fight for it just the same.

So do you or do you not consider it a "moral responsibility" to submit to punishments demanded by unjust laws?

Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 325

No, he's pointing out that people who want to kill other people for notoriety are going to do it, laws or not.

Like any other crime, there are a few people who will commit the crime regardless of any law, and there are of course many people who would never commit the crime, even if they were 100% guaranteed to get away with it. The law's deterrent effect is seen only in the third group of people: those who would commit the crime if they thought they could get away with it, but won't actually do it because of the risk of being caught and punished.

It sounds like you are arguing that the third group does not exist. If so, I think you are wrong about that.

Comment Re:Time to let it die (Score 3, Informative) 300

I was amused when I bought a blender online. I was deluged with ads for blenders! Hint: since I now have a brand-new blender, I am actually the least-likely person to want to buy a blender!

I think I made it worse because I also searched for Blender the software.

Comment Any (Score 1) 105

If you don't trust them, and know that, that it doesn't matter what you use.

Encrypt, and only use encrypted. You can do this in many different ways, but if you never reveal the encryption key to them, YOU CAN GIVE YOUR ADVERSARY ALL YOUR ENCRYPTED DATA. That's the whole point of encryption.

Encrypt, store in the cloud in any location you like. All they get is encrypted data that they can't do anything with. As only you need to access it (and not random general public, which is a much more difficult thing to secure), only you need the key.

Problem solved.

Comment Credit Cards (Score 2) 304

In the EU (but not the UK), banks will send you a text for EVERY credit card transaction. If there's a problem, you can contact the bank. It's also free.

Are you really telling me, in this day and age, that we can't have suspect transactions result in a text to your phone that you can then authorise - even before the web page refreshes?

Banking is so in the 1950s of computing that it's laughable. It's done deliberately in some circumstances to profit from charges, fees and the timings of clearing payments. But you can't claim fraud if you haven't taken SIMPLE measures against it.

Like asking the user to confirm suspect transactions using a secondary method (that can be phone for old people without mobile phones, text for those with phones, maybe even the bank's secure app if you so choose). Declining a card transaction because it comes from an unusual place is no longer a metric to decide on the suspicion assigned to a transaction. I've purchased from all over the world, especially in the run-up to Christmas when Amazon, eBay et al only stock the normal boring stuff and I want something a bit different.

In one instance, my Italian relative came over, went to a DIY store with us, paid for the transaction and KNEW BEFORE WE'D HIT THE DOORS that he'd been double-charged on his bank account. A text came through, then another, in a foreign country, before he'd even left the shop. And we were then able to cancel the second transaction.

Why the fuck isn't just this standard practice?

Comment Same pipes (Score 1) 544

It is completely intellectually dishonest to the point of a LIE to assert that water delivered via a sterile, new, plastic container is the equivalent of what runs through the often old, sometimes lead, sometimes infused with bacteria and sediments stuff tossed through underground lines prone to breakage and then on premise, subject to the neglectful landlord's, and cheap ass developer's habits.

How do you think the tap water got to the company who put it in the bottles? It goes through those exact same pipes.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 200

Plus, part of accepting a moral responsibility is accepting the punishment for that. Rosa Parks knew fully well that they might go to jail, but she was fully willing to accept the consequences of her actions knowing that it would spark a discussion. Now will Uber?

So does this mean those cursed with more oppressive governments deserve less freedom? Because I'm pretty sure the consequences of running your mouth about Obama (or Bush, or Clinton, Or Raegan, or...) in the USA and Kim Whatever in North Korea don't require quite the same level of courage to face.

So, if you're willing to go to jail (or die) for your cause, then obviously believe in it a lot, but even if you aren't doesn't mean you're wrong. It just means you have less commitment (and are thus less likely to win).

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 373

It is based on taking things by force from people that created or traded things through peaceful actions.

By contrast, socialism is about making sure the labourers get to keep the fruits of their labours, rather than having the owning class confiscate them.

Never trust an operating system.