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Comment: Re:Not terrorism ? (Score 1) 279

by circletimessquare (#49374591) Attached to: Attempted Breach of NSA HQ Checkpoint; One Shot Dead

right

not "terrorism in the sense we have become accustomed to"

but still terrorism

what tim mcveigh did was terrorism, for example

maybe unfortunately terrorism has come to mean "done by muslims"

although, maybe we should remove attacks on military installations as terrorism

surprise coordinated violent attacks on civilians for ideological reasons is about as good a definition of terrorism as we can get i think

we call too many things terrorism that are not, and too many things not terrorism that are

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 181

Who the fuck was talking about smartwatches? AC wasn't in the original sneering post, I haven't been throughout and you weren't when you started wittering on about $12 casio watches.

So no, I'm not getting a $350 smartwatch, so you're welcome not to tell me anything. Probably for the best, I'm unlikely to give you any credence anyway.

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 1) 75

by circletimessquare (#49373571) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

exactly

they oppose government when they should be opposing corruption

the idiots are actually helping the corruptors. the corruptors would rather not have anyone to corrupt as an extra expense, and the idiots oblige by insisting on the same: remove the corrupted position, rather than fix it. because they apparently like shoddy, expensive, manipulated, inefficient markets

it's like someone robs the bank because they paid off the bank guard

the intelligent response is to fire, prosecute, and replace the guard, and go after the criminals who paid him off

the idiots want to fire the guard and leave the bank unguarded, and leave it at that: not pursue the criminals who paid off the guard and robbed their bank, their money

it's stunning how stupid and propagandized people can be

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 181

Which part of 'prefer to wear something they like' skipped right past you?

I love my mechanical watch for its mechanical perfection. I don't give a flying fuck whether you like it or not, so it's not there to give me status in your eyes. You'll just need to take me on trust that it's not there to be jewellery, it's there to tell me the fucking time.

(it also has a stopwatch)

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 181

those that do are using them as jewelry for status symbols

Whoa, hold with the prejudice.

Maybe it's just possible that some people want to know the time, and would prefer to wear something they like to achieve that goal.

Some people use watches as jewelry and some people definitely perceive it as a status symbol, but it's a bit idiotic suggesting that's the entirety of the market.

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 1) 75

by circletimessquare (#49370023) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

well yeah. in which case a "free" market is simply anarchy, in which a monopoly and oligarchy comes to dominate and "govern" in a sense: decide how much consumers pay and that no one competes. truly "free" in the sense there is no government, but a much worse place in actuality

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 3, Interesting) 75

by circletimessquare (#49369829) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

it can self-regulate as well.

so company {X} dominates a market for widgets. any smaller companies try to compete, they undercut the competitors prices to starve them out, then jack prices way high when the smaller companies fold, consumers having no real choice

tell me how this problem is "self-regulated" by the market to correct for the abuse

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 1) 75

by circletimessquare (#49369309) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

the problem is that we do not have strong laws against corruption

1. corporations and the rich buying congrescritters with election funds (supported in 2010 citizens united)

2. revolving door employment between regulator and the corporations they are supposed to regulate

other countries have clear laws against this type of thing. we can have that too (not easily, but we should, and we should try)

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 4, Insightful) 75

by circletimessquare (#49368757) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

it's kind of like the concept of the free market

without rules, enforced, all markets quickly devolve into oligarchies and monopolies: customers and smaller players squashed and abused

so a free market requires government regulation

likewise, without rules enforcing net neutrality, large market players start fucking with the status quo to siphon off more cash. simply because they can

but there exists certain idiots in the world, a lot in the usa, who only see the government as a threat. the government IS a threat, in many avenues of life

but in the market place, the government is usually your only friend when it comes to real abuse from large market players

there does exist regulatory capture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

but again, this is an argument against corruption, not against government. again, the problem with regulatory capture is large market players corrupting the rules. so you want to heal your sick government, not weaken it further, thereby giving large market players yet even more ways to abuse you. and they will

but certain people, they just utterly lack the awareness that the government is not the only evil bogeyman in the world. many times in fact, like regulatory capture, the government isn't really the ultimate bogeyman, but just the front for the real villains: plutocracy

we need strong anticorruption rules in the usa. badly. the people are losing to big money. this will be our downfall

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