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Comment Why we shouldn't vote every day... (Score 1) 490

Let's see.

  • We aren't a Democracy in the US, we're a Republic. Voting on everything makes it easy for mob rule.
  • Voting on everything would be problematic, even with today's technology. It is still too easy to tamper with polling stations. What would be used to verify any questionable results?
  • As others have noted, what if the subject(s) you're very interested in come up for a vote on the day(s) you're unavailable to cast your vote?

...and that's just off the top of my head.

I can easily envision a world where opinions are cast and the "decision of the people" is whatever the politician in power wants it to be anyway. There would be no recourse and no verification. People would be little more than sheep. ...almost like now.

Comment Re:SMS (Score 2) 204

Now that we xenophobically blocked Syrian refugees, now the Governors have announced they will keep Amierica safe by banning cell phones. "The terrorists used cell phones and this new technology they learned from Snowden (aka Moldemort) called SMS. We must not be threatened by this illegal usage of dangerous technology." Rumor has it they're going after books next and plan big book burnings and witch drownings. "I know at least one of those ISIS phuckers read a Harry Potter book," Texas governor was overheard saying.

Comment Re:what good will this do ? (Score 1) 320

There's a father in the UK who would disagree with you. His daughter, who was very quiet, introspective and not very religious was introduced to ISIS via Twitter. They carefully groom, have "handlers," who spot the girls and then hand them off. They're then fed a steady stream, similar to what you see on your Twitter and Facebook. With the aim to gradually move you from center and an "entertaining extreme ideas," without any aim to do them yourself. Then one day, "Come check it out for yourself. Here's Twitter accounts of others who are here and having a great time!!" The UK girl hid her trip from her parents who had 0 idea until the police showed up. The sick irony is the police had previously contacted the school, who sent home a letter with the girl for her parents to read. Guess whether parents saw it? Long story still long... It is good that Anon is shutting these down.

For the people asking why intel communities aren't shutting them down: They're intel sources. Why would you shut down accounts when they tell you TTPs, SOPs, areas of influence, capabilities, locations (eg. idiot Twitters a pic of the ISIS HQ, which is then bombed within 24 hours), etc. Besides, no manning for this as there's no DoD or IC requirements to "shut down propaganda accounts."

Comment Re:Mixed (Score 1) 350

Because in Europe, they'll pull you over for not passing, while cruising in the left lane. I drove a rental around Belgium and Germany, and was warned by quite a few people to stay out of the left two lanes (assuming 3+ lane) I've watched CHP (California Highway Patrol) roll up on a left lane squatter, cruise for about 1-2 miles behind, and then pass on the right. Which, technically, I think passing on the right is also illegal to go along with the impeding. The only place I've seen here enforce is CHP up north, around Monterey, where retirees in motorhome back up 4+ cars going up hills.

Comment Re:My oldest is 4 (Score 1) 4

Well... The son I've got in mind (the one that's showing an interest in this subject) is 16. Age isn't a factor.

My plan is to use Python as a stepping stone: teach some basic procedural things, use turtle to provide some visuals (he's taking Drafting classes at his high school), and then introduce him to the tools provided with the Unreal engine (A friend of mine pointed me at this video as well. It should be pretty interesting.)

I'm not planning to leave him high-and-dry; I'm expecting to be learning some stuff as we go, too. He keeps talking about wanting to design his own games, so I wanted to be able to steer him toward some tools that would help him reach his goal.

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Journal Journal: Teaching Python 4

Well, it looks like I'll be teaching one of my kids how to program.

To an extent, he's already familiar with some programming, as he's figured out how to program a TI calculator (not sure of the model, but it's in the 80s). Whether he understands the instructions he gives his calculator or not, I don't know. He'll know far more when I'm done. :)

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 3

I have several invitations, if you're interested. That would allow you to play around with it and see what you think.

I'm fairly interested in it because it seems to be a repository of sorts for GPG/PGP keys and stuff like that. (It is NOT a password storage tool like keypass!) I'm constantly forgetting my GPG key on a server that gets shutdown and re-purposed, and that could eventually be a Bad Thing.

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Journal Journal: Your opinion matters... 3 me, at least.

Does anyone else have experience with ?

I was given an invitation to it. I've signed in and set up a couple things, but I haven't had much else to do with it so far.

I'm curious to see what others think of it. Your thoughts?

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Obama Invites Texas Teen To White House After "Bomb" Clock Incident At School 657

The Grim Reefer writes: In a followup to this morning's story about the arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb, President Obama has invited the teen to the White House via Twitter. The President tweeted: "Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great." The Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas sent an email to parents about the incident asking students to: "immediately report any suspicious items and / or suspicious behavior."

Comment That's not how any of this works... (Score 2) 122

There are, of course, the legal ramifications (*cough*FourthAdmendment*cough*) regarding seizure without a court's say in the matter. (IANAL, etc, etc...)

There is also the fact that those that really cared about this site probably know the site's IP, and with that in hand, who cares what they do with the domain? Add the IP to your local /etc/hosts file (or its Windoze equivalent), and you're golden.

I'm pretty sure at this point that the RIAA (and MPAA for that matter) spend far more in legal fees from their delusions than they actually make in profits.

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Journal Journal: Back into Python 1

Okay... A couple weeks ago, I decided to take another look at Python-- the first such look I've given the language since around 1997.

So far, I have the basic stuff down. I've got a quick script down that provides functions to add ANSI colors to my output, so I have that going for me. :D

I have Python 2.x on a VM on my work system, but I'm using Python3 on my home system.

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