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Comment: Theodoric of Ft. Meade (Score 1) 140

by T.E.D. (#49370465) Attached to: NSA: We Mulled Ending Phone Program Before Edward Snowden Leaks
It happened in one meeting, chaired by Theodoric of Ft. Meade, NSA Subdirector. Here's a transcript Snowden smuggled out:

"Wait a minute. Perhaps she's right. Perhaps I've been wrong to blindly follow the intelligence traditions and superstitions of past decades. Maybe we intelligence agents should test these assumptions analytically, through experimentation and a "scientific method", with a respectful eye towards our citizen's privacy. Maybe this privacy could be extended to other branches of government: medicine, the IRS, lawmaking, social services, law enforcement. Perhaps I could lead the way to a new age, an age of rebirth, a Renaissance!...Naaaaaahhh!"

Comment: Re:Actually, Hobby Lobby was about birth control.. (Score 1) 885

by T.E.D. (#49354571) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Not exactly. By the definition of "abortion" that most pro-lifer's like to use (any pregnancy termination after fertilization of an egg), hormone-based birth control in some circumstances does cause abortions.

Banning The Pill of course would have massive social implications, but that's precisely where the absolutist line of thinking leads one.

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 885

by T.E.D. (#49354177) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Swap the word "gay" for "black" and try again. The country already learned, rather painfully, that letting businesses refuse to serve whole segments of the population causes one hell of a lot of unrest.

You don't really have to imagine this. I've personally been refused service in Indiana due to the fact that some members of my group were black.

This is just an attempt to codify the existing practice of discrimination in Indiana. That's why it passed and got signed. These are in fact the people's representatives doing what the "good people of Indiana" want.

Comment: Re:DSL might very well be available there (Score 1) 536

He tried that. Their DSL there is so oversubscribed they won't allow new customers on it under any circumstances. If that's truly the case, I suspect managing to trick a phone installer into giving it to him anyway would not provide him a very usable line.

Comment: Re:Make some noise (Score 1) 885

by T.E.D. (#49344051) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Indianapolis resident here. Most of us who live here are not as dense as Governor Pence.

I beg to differ. Your governors are elected there via MAJORITY vote, right?

It may not be your fault that there are idiots among you, but it most certainly IS your fault that you elected one to lead you.

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 885

by T.E.D. (#49343969) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

A "real marriage"? Which marriages are real, and which are fake?

I think he meant "traditional marriage". That's where neither spouse has actually met (except possibly at an extended family gathering), and an exchange of goods between the two families is involved to balance out the transfer of female property. Quite likely arranged while one or both parties are infants. If the man wants romance, he takes a concubine (of his preferred gender).

You newfangled Victorians with your love-based marriages just don't understand traditional values.

Comment: Re:Transparency in Government is good! (Score 2) 334

Actually, the Republicans had rather a lot to do with the drafting of it, even if none of them voted for it in the end. It went a lot like this:

R: If you remove X, I might vote for it.

Obama: OK, it now doesn't have X.

R: Psyche! Not good enough, sucker. Hahaha! But seriously, if you add Y, then I might vote for it.

Obama: OK, it now has Y.

R: OMG! Everybody, come look at Y! That's Death Panels! Obama wants to kill your grandmother!...

Comment: Re:CODE Keyboard (Score 1) 452

by T.E.D. (#49276393) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I mouse with my left hand, so the G300 works better for me, but otherwise I'm doing the same. I don't even care that much about the price, but the mouse itself has been far more reliable. I think I bought it somewhere on the order of 3 years ago, and its still going strong.

Its annoying to have to go twiddle with their preset uploading software every time my computer comes back from sleep mode, but otherwise I'm really pleased with it.

Comment: Re:CODE Keyboard (Score 1) 452

by T.E.D. (#49275237) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I quit buying Razer mice, because not only were they consistently dying on me after a year or two, but they do it in a horrible way for a gamer. They will just stop responding to input for a little while. The "little while" will slowly start to get longer and happen more often. This is absolutely deadly (virtually of course) if you are playing a real-time game. Trivial perhaps, but if I'm buying a wired gaming mouse, my #1 demand is that it reliably takes input. If I can deal with random cutouts, there are plenty of $5 mice out there I could buy.

I haven't noticed quite the same issue with their keyboards though. Have they been having quality issues too?

Comment: Re:The answer has been known for over 10000 years. (Score 1) 286

by T.E.D. (#49266725) Attached to: Elon Musk Pledges To End "Range Anxiety" For Tesla Model S

Before the invention of the horseless carriage London was suffering greatly from a horse-shit re-distribution issue,

This is the typically-given reason for all department stores being designed with the perfume counter in front of the door. Supposedly it helped cover up the stench of all the "horse pollution" coming from the street.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke

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