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Comment: Government Pipes (Score 1) 417

by ThatsNotPudding (#48812941) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US
While it would be nice to think about FedGov controlling all the fiber pipes, ensuring equal and universal access, real competition, and reasonable pricing, there would be a downside.

It would only be minutes after this dream was realized when moralizing politicians would insist on fine-grained monitoring of all user activities, along with the banning of all websites showing anything more naughty than a fully-clothed nipple. The bible-thumpers and 'think about the children' hand-wringing helicopter freaks would insist on a draconian system that would make even the Suadi Arabian Morality Police jealous.

I'm all for Net Neutrality, but we should be careful what we wish for, as the devil will always own the details.

Comment: God and the Devil (Score 4, Insightful) 329

Just as Satan is God's Most Valuable Employee (doing exactly what he needs done), Terrorists are the same for Dictators (and those that dream of being a Dictator): a perfect - some might say purpose-built* - excuse to destroy what they fear the most: the freedom of true privacy.

* - As some one pointed out on Twitter: ask yourself why Al-Queda has never even once tried to attack Israel.

Comment: LOL (Score 1) 1350

by ThatsNotPudding (#48756887) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Khomeini was a clever bastard who tricked the Iranian reformists who wished to replace the Shah with a democracy. He promised before he got on a plane in France to be merely a figurehead. In short order he had co-opted the revolution (which was, by and large to that point, secular in nature).

History repeats. The intellectuals that started the Russian Revolution got bum-rushed (and ice-axed) by their own thugs (Stalin and Beria).

Comment: Doctor George Tiller (Score 1) 1350

by ThatsNotPudding (#48756715) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

But that was how many years ago? 500+? The Catholic church and it's beliefs have greatly changed since. The way I see it, Islam (or some members/sections of it) today is where the Christian/Catholic religion was many centuries ago was.

Dr. George Tiller was murdered (ironically in the doorway of his church) by a Christian zealot for daring to assist women in controlling their own freaking bodies.

But this does point out the one common bedrock of all organized religions: the control and subjugation of women, up to and including rape and murder.

Fuck religion (all of them).

Comment: Simple and Disallowed (Score 2) 229

by ThatsNotPudding (#48653479) Attached to: GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

One major drug smuggling gang has been able to continue flooding the UK with Class A narcotics unimpeded for the last year after changing their operations.

Simple: legalize it all. Now, you've removed the massive profits, reduced the associated violence of the sellers, the theft and robbery crimes of the users, while also reducing the amount of ODs, allied health costs, and even deaths, ala Portugal.

But they have no idea of allowing these solid, provable benefits to society, as it would be a detriment to their power and money (i.e., they're just another criminal organization).

I think there's a world market for about five computers. -- attr. Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board, IBM), 1943