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Comment: Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (Score 1) 239

by ultranova (#46790241) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

But, at the same time, let the idiots who decide to overdose suffer the consequences of their actions.

I'm not entirely sure why consider suicide a sign of idiocy. Or did you mean "decide" in the same way as people would randomly "decide" to die of food poisoning if only those pesky regulatory agencies didn't interfere?

That is the point at which the liberals who want to LEGALIZE drugs fail the logic test. They want the government to allow them to use their favorite substances, and then rescue them when they have trouble. I want the government to stop inserting themselves into everyone's personal choices, including during the negative results that will result.

Do you have any particular reason for your wish? Because it seems to me that mitigating risks (of drugs, of walking out at night, of eating at a restaurant, etc) makes people effectively more free, and I don't really understand why anyone would think this is a bad thing.

Do you simply want to control people and pretend you don't?

Comment: Re:Left-Wing Propoganda (Score 1) 239

by ultranova (#46790079) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Please butt out of our domestic politics. It's none of your goddamn business, and yet foreign politicians know more about state-level politics in America than they do their own provinces.

You can be the Top Dog or you can be just another face in the crowd but you can't be both. And America made its choice. Don't blame the rest of us if you don't like it.

Comment: Re:Cartels will be fine.... (Score 1) 239

by ultranova (#46789727) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

If they were able to increase their profits from other drugs at a whim, why would they wait to incur marijuana losses before doing it? Why wouldn't they just do it now?

For the same reason corporations wait until being fined before passing it on to their customers: they're just too nice to try and profit more than their fair share.

Comment: Re:The power of EULAs only goes so far (Score 1) 211

by ultranova (#46785015) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

They could also write in that if I click 'like' on a cereal facebook page I would have to kill myself, but that doesn't make it legally binding.

It doesn't have to be legally binding, it just has to make a court case drag on a bit longer. In a battle of attrition the company is always on high ground to mere mortals.

Comment: Re:perception (Score 1) 318

Shantytowns are symbolic of failure,

The failure doesn't disappear just because you make the shantytown illegal. All that accomplishes is make the people who lived there even worse off, for the sake of letting those who didn't pretend the problem doesn't exist. And in a way, it doesn't: a "failure" implies an unintended undesirable consequence of some decision or policy, while demolishing the homes of worst-off members of society for the sake of appearances is an intentional, deliberate action. It confirms that you are okay with this outcome, of treating people like garbage to be thrown aside and disposed of if they aren't economically useful; in other words, you haven't failed, you're simply evil.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1, Insightful) 788

And what they could possibly have hoped to achieve by filing charges, other than a nasty (and well deserved) publicity backlash?

Most likely they were defending the concept of domination. In their view, society is made of hierarchical power relations, and the only way to advance is to challenge someone above you. Bullying is a natural part of such system, used to establish pecking order, and it's "cheating" to expose it to outside judgement.

Basically, the school administration approves of bullying because it helps perpetuate a system where they're top dogs, and consequently view any effective attempt to stamp out bullying as a direct threat to their own status. It's ultimately the same reason why some people like to shit on the poor (sometimes despite being poor themselves), or get bent out of shape at the thought of everyone getting a prize: if there's no way to divide people into winners and losers - or pure and impure, or whatever terms you prefer - the hierarchical system will collapse, and take with whatever part of your identity you have invested in status in it.

Comment: Good Luck Trying To Hire Me (Score 0) 108

I'm not trying to get a security-related job anyway, but even so: I won't be applying to companies who want to take my fingerprints or my photograph.

I don't do piss tests or credit checks. Why should I do fingerprints of photographs?

Not very damned many people need a particular job that badly; there is usually other work to be had.

Comment: Re:huh? (Score -1) 324

it seems like it's really good news for the people who stream Netflix on Comcast.

Why?

People tend to forget: they're already paying for that bandwidth. What Comcast has done is start charging Netflix to send you video over bandwidth you're already paying for. And now Netflix's costs are higher, which they will likely pass onto you, so you will end up paying twice for the same ISP service.

No, that's not good.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 2) 630

by ultranova (#46757299) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

By that reasoning, I don't owe said debt, as no one I've ever voted for has actually been elected.

You don't owe the federal debt, actually, the entity known as the United States of America does. You are only affected insofar as the US might be unable to provide its current level of services at their current price, and are free to renounce your citizenship and move elsewhere.

Federal debt operates just like limited liability corporations debt would, in this sense.

Comment: Finland (Score 2) 385

by ultranova (#46757029) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Here in Finland, the tax department sends me a tax card which tells how much to withhold each month based on my estimated yearly earnings, which I give to my employer. I later get a prefilled tax return based on my real earnings, which details any extra to be paid or returned. I check it, and if it's okay, I need do nothing.

A more cynical person might think a system where the market for tax apps or accountants for the average person exists is intentionally designed to make paying taxes difficult and aggravating.

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