Does your business card state "Have torture-kit, will travel"?
Upload a video to youtube that's got some copyrighted music playing on a radio in the background and they're all over it like stink on shit. Millions of people getting scammed out of countless amounts of time and money, meh.. That about sums up the priorities of the just-us system today. You got money? You get justice. You don't? Fuck ya.
And people on slashdot wonder why nobody around here has any respect for copyright anymore... It's because the original deal was broken. They kept extending to the advantage of the copyright holders, with absolutely zero concessions for the public. How is that fair? Why should I respect that?
In America, these wonderful pharma corps have also purchased a law that says you can't import your drugs from another country. YOU are not allowed to take advantage of "the global market".
THEY, on the other hand, can shop around for labour where they see fit, even to the detriment of the populace in their corp's home land. The same land that allowed them to gain their massive wealth through protections and assistances.
Never mind, citizen, the fact that this law is actually breaking the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
This is actually one of the most important points and can't be stated enough.
Look at what's happening in the West now. Bankers run amok, ripping off trillions and causing widespread economic damage. Instead of being punished for their crimes (which aren't even acknowledged by those in power), they are allowed to continue. Inflation, taxation, offshoring, dubious immigration policies, and (in the USA particularly) a corrupted healthcare system resulting in enormous costs has ruined the middle class. The poor are just as fucked as ever and the only government response to that is to build more prisons for the crimes that are the result of poverty.
How do the people react? Take a look around. More and more people are resorting to get-rich-quick schemes and outright scams. Frivolous litigation in attempt to score a big windfall so they'll never have to work again.
Nobody wants to put in a hard day's work any more because they're realized that it's a sucker's game. Like a parent, government must lead by example. And the example they are setting is a dire one.
Why the smiley? The discontinuation of the penny is the sign of a sad state of affairs. One where government has devalued the currency so much that the base unit is considered valueless. People should be marching in the street, demanding the value stolen from them be returned, not championing the result of the thieving.
If everything you were taught was wrong, do you still demand to be respected in your "profession"?
It's performed by a human. Why would you think you're going to get perfection?
Yeah, where's my goddamned Gravis Ultrasound driver for Win7 64-bit, huh?
My grandfathers fought in a war to maintain our standard of living. They worked hard to improve their country, for themselves and for their children. Now I watch these dirtbag corporate execs piss it all away to people of another country and expect us to reduce our standard of living in order to "compete". These same shitcocks who live opulent lifestyles off the backs of the same people they piss on.
No. If they want to exploit all of this foreign labour, they should be forced to move their headquarters and executive officers to those countries where they do all their work, then import their product as if they were a foreign company. If they want to take advantage of all the niceties, protections, and advantages this country provides them, they can damn well show some support in return. If not, they are nothing but parasites who deserve to be removed.
No, even if it is anonymized, this is a big "do not want". You must assume that this data will make its way into the hands of Coke, Apple, the banks, and government entities.
These guys are quickly figuring out how the human brain works through methods like this, and they aren't using it for your benefit. It's being used to figure out how to sell you more crap, how to convince you to get others to buy more crap, and how to adjust your thinking patterns.
I find it amazing how well people are programmed through today's media. Even here on slashdot you have so many "individuals" who parrot media talking points to a tee, that it's unlikely they came to those conclusions on their own.
The human mind is simply another machine. Once they figure out what thought categories you fall into, they know what code path to feed you to influence you in their direction. This idea won't sit well with most folks, because they think they're too smart to fall for that, but I see it time and again with otherwise brilliant people who are suckered in by the agendas of others. I see it happen to myself as well, and it's scary.
There is no way I want my kids to be providing data for the enemy.
Exactly. The thieving scumbags immediately crawl out of the woodwork, push their way through to the front of the crowd, and like greedy little leprechauns, pocket all of that money, leaving none for the intended purpose.
Yet another example of "trickle-down" being massively overwhelmed by "hoover-up".
I've also read that I have won $500,000 and I should email some guy to claim my reward. It must be true!
Bad example, because if you were given the choice of a pacemaker that used a battery and one that didn't, with the one that didn't having a significantly higher chance of not failing, which would you go for?
If you look closer at your examples, maybe you can see why there's a distinction. Lying in those situations has a direct negative impact on another person, is what differs. Someone's mere ownership of an item doesn't affect anyone else. Your argument doesn't distinguish definite harm to another compared to "potential" harm to another.
We already have laws for misuse of weapons against others. If we confiscated any item that someone could potentially use to harm another, you'd find yourself without a vehicle, kitchen knives, shovels, baseball bats, tire irons, and maybe even hands.