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Comment: Re:And the game continues (Score 1) 107

by phantomfive (#48950283) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Is Back Online, Properly

Economically in fact, piracy is a good thing just like any form of spoilage. Imagine if you bought 10,000 apples and they never, ever, spoiled? You'd still be eating those apples when you were 80 years old. You'd never have bought another apple in your life. You'd have expensive storage costs over 80 years.

Are you seriously trying to argue that it's a good thing apples go rotten? And that's why piracy is good?

Comment: Re:I am not sure what the hoopla is about (Score 1) 258

by phantomfive (#48949825) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People
I don't care. At this point I don't want my government going around killing people without giving justifications, because it will be abused. The risk could be worth it in times of extreme danger, America isn't under a huge threat right now, the risk of dying from terrorists is lower than the threat from our government.

Furthermore, whatever efforts the covert operations are doing have been horribly outweighed by Obama's poor policy, with terrorists controlling entire countries in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. If he's going to fight a war, he should fight the public war, not pretend that it ended while fighting a covert war on the side.

Comment: Re:The tests are the problem. (Score 1) 119

by phantomfive (#48949469) Attached to: Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

Thus, students can be invited to participate in that process either as a negotiation

Wow, can you possibly think of a worse idea? The teacher isn't a democratic leader, he's a person who literally knows better than the students (at least, that's why the teacher was selected). I can tell you when I've been in classes where I had to grade myself, I always gave myself top marks. There is no reason to do otherwise.

If you don't like grades, here's a better solution: make the classes pass/fail. If the student learns the subject well enough to move on, then they pass. If they don't learn it well enough, then they don't. Force everyone to either get an A or an F. If they don't get an A, it's either because the teacher didn't teach well enough, or the student didn't put in the effort. In the former case, the teacher should be fired. In the latter case, the student should be held back until he learns what he needs to.

Comment: Re:I am not sure what the hoopla is about (Score 1) 258

by phantomfive (#48948459) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People
I know because I added the word 'seemed.' Which means, "so it appears to me." When I add that, I'm always right. :)

More seriously: no data has been released to indicate that their surveillance tactics are useful. If they want to convince me, as a voter, to continue supporting those tactics, then they need to convince me.

They have other options, of course; if they can convince enough of the other 300 million people, then my single vote against them doesn't matter. It only matters when joined by many who agree with me. But there are a lot of people who do agree with me.

Comment: Re:If support calls you an A.., you probably are o (Score 4, Insightful) 211

by phantomfive (#48947947) Attached to: Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults

Anyone who explodes here in rage probably never worked in support. You get your share of assholes. Actually, you get more than your share of assholes.

Do you know there are systems that listen to customers on hold, and if they seem angry, puts them to the front of the queue?

People in support encourage that behavior, reward it, by doing things for people when they get angry. They reward anger, even when not talking to anyone! As a result, people pretend to be angry. I know a guy, who, I've never seen get angry ever.......but when he called support once, I saw him pretend to be angry. Because that gets results.

Comment: Re:w***e ? (Score 1) 211

by phantomfive (#48947707) Attached to: Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults
Sometimes the world gets more tolerant, sometimes less tolerant. The word is 'whore' and not even the Parent's Television Council thinks it needs to be censored.

And I'm sure the names 'dummy' and 'asshole' do apply to some of the customers. And whore, for that matter, in a literal sense.

Comment: Re:I am not sure what the hoopla is about (Score 1) 258

by phantomfive (#48947585) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People
Extending your point, as far as we can tell, the data collection hasn't seemed to stop any terrorist attack at all. Why should we support it if it doesn't even fulfill its offered justification? If they were truly saving lives every day, I could support metadata collection, but it doesn't seem to be worth the expense and effort, let alone the problematic invasion of privacy.

Even the author of the patriot act opposes it. It's time to let it go.

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