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Comment: Well, good. (Score 1) 390

It isn't any "ethically worse" though, it was just easier to do before, and easier to conceal.

Anything that makes the government's dirty little unethical secrets more obvious I am all for.

Privacy isn't a crime, encryption isn't a crime, protecting yourself from an out of control corportogovernment is not a crime.

Comment: There's something tacitly cowardly (Score 1) 408

by ToddInSF (#48917157) Attached to: Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'
about targeting people like this and seeking to defame them and accuse them of things, while at the same time hiding and having no fear of repercussion for what mistakes you make and the innocent people you will inevitably harm along the way.

Vigilantes aren't heroes; they aren't seeking justice of any sort, they are not out to actually change anything.

All they really accomplish is destruction and the induction of fear.

Pedophilia is bad. But so is the use of confidential underage informants by the police in the USA every day. DA's and prosecutors take part in this fiasco, children have died as a result, yet nobody really cares.

If you're going to take the high road when it come to the harming of children, start with the war on drugs and the cops, district attorneys, the DEA, and the courts role in the systematic exploitation of children to justify the militarization of the police force and SWAT teams and bloated law enforcement budgets.

Insisting that pedophiles that have acted on their proclivities be convicted based on things called evidence and due process shouldn't make you a target by an organized group of anonymous basement dwellers.

Comment: Re:its nothing new really. (Score 1) 809

by ToddInSF (#48886181) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
I drive several modern computer-designed vehicles on a regular basis, including a Dodge Intrepid.

A tach is absolutely essential simply because the engine and passenger compartment in a modern vehicle is so quiet that it is remarkably easy to red-line it without even noticing.

Engine life and fuel economy are reliant on a tach. It's really that simple.

I'd never buy a used car from somebody that doesn't have a tach and doesn't understand this.

Comment: Re:To curb terrorism (Score 1) 219

by ToddInSF (#48845589) Attached to: European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism
A series of fear-based statements without anything to back them up.

This isn't about our culture vs. their culture. This is about stupid assholes destroying our culture from within, and making it more like their supposed culture, out of sheer ignorance and fear.

It's idiotic, you're idiotic, what the fuck is wrong with you assholes, do you all have fucking amnesia or something ?

Comment: Re:Games versus reality (Score 2) 393

by ToddInSF (#48824357) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?
I've been where you are now. What I don't understand is, why are you arguing with the fools here ?

Most people simply lack the capacity to comprehend where you are simply because their life experiences and their own limitations prevent them from understanding. Not only are they not going to be of any assistance, their comments are going to be detrimental. They'll simply never understand. Why bother with them ? They are idiots.

You seem perfectly coherent, articulate, and intelligent to me. So what if you have a less than ideal personality right now ? That doesn't have to be a permanent state any more than living on the street does, not for you it doesn't.

The wealth of experience and understanding that you already have surpasses the average persons by far at this point. Accept help wherever you can get it. It doesn't matter what people's motivations are! Just take whatever you can get right now until you reach the goal of getting off the street. Other people's opinions are entirely insignificant. What and who you are now does not have to be what you are in a year, five years, ten years. That's what some people will never get. People change and evolve all the time.

Given what you've described you've been through, I wouldn't be surprised that you are suffering from PTSD to some extent. You need to get stable. You need a decent place to stay. You need decent nutrition and something to do consistently. Go for those things, accept the help that you can, and keep trying. It can take a long time to heal, but you need to; your'e too intelligent and articulate to stay in the situation you're in now, and your ability to help people will be exponentially enhanced.

I hope I haven't offended you. You just remind me so much of where I was nearly 25 years ago. I'm married now, I have friends that value me, and I'm able to help people. A LOT of people. Sometimes I look back and am amazed I survived. It would have been a whole hell of a lot easier if I'd just accepted help more often than I did. When I finally did, everything changed; not overnight, but gradually everything got better. Every little doubt that I had about myself and my limitations (which I might point out were put on me by fools) was dissolved over time.

Get out of the trap, never forget that you were in the trap, and help others when you're able, to get out of the trap.

And recognize that the comments made by fools here are part of the trap, too.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl