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Comment: Re:Which is stupider, the book or the game? (Score 1) 393

by cfsops (#48823403) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

Probably had something to do with a requirement that in return for a FREE PLACE TO LIVE, they had to actually look for work, or attend job training.

Right. And that's a problem. Try providing something for less fortunate people without strings. You know, providing for the sake of providing, because it's the RightThing(tm) to do, rather than as an effort to force your will on powerless people. What no one wants is the leash around their neck.

Comment: Re:Makes Sense (Score 1) 225

by cfsops (#48060293) Attached to: Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos
While I agree in principle that someone should be responsible for what they post, I agree much more strongly with the notion that, if you don't want nude pictures of yourself distributed across the net, then don't fucking take nude pictures of yourself. And certainly don't act the butt-hurt "victim" when they get loose.

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 1) 651

by cfsops (#48052941) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
From Article 1 of the Constitution:

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

While the Constitution did not explicitly "allow" slavery, it did implicitly recognize it's existence (the 3/5ths clause) and it could be argued thereby tacitly allowed it. With the 13th Amendment slavery was abolished.

Comment: Re: Case on Shaky Ground (Score 1) 195

by cfsops (#48032043) Attached to: CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

except in the RARE excpetion where a minor is tried as an adult for something serious like murder

I don't know how rare it may be, but I don't care. there is something fundamentally flawed with people who say out of one side of their face that a 15 year old is too unsophisticated to decide that they want to suck cocks, then from the other side of their face say that an 8 year old knew exactly what he was doing when he killed someone. it's perverted and obscene.

Comment: Re:Not sure about this. (Score 1) 195

by cfsops (#48032021) Attached to: CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers
I think they are trying to "make a point", but it seems the point is on top of their heads.

Perhaps since the software was being hosted over AWS, they'll next go after Amazon for selling surveillance systems.

I would say this is one of the silliest things I've ever heard, but I've only just started reading ./ this evening. :)

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 221

by cfsops (#47970419) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach
I seem to recall a newspaper picture at some point that showed missiles on the roof of the building, but I think that the secret service has always declined to comment on the defense systems in place. I'm not sure that it would make the most sense to put missiles at the WH; there may be other locations in the vicinity that would offer better protection.

Comment: Re:A solution in search of a problem... (Score 1) 326

by cfsops (#47914199) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction
Where I live, there are clever signs on the road that say:

Hang up and drive!
$124 fine


So I'm sitting at a light and a local cop in an SUV drives by and he is... wait for it... talking on his fucking cell phone. If those charged with enforcing the law, (and traffic laws are laws after all), are incapable of abiding by the law, then I'm not sure there's a good answer to this "problem."

Comment: Begin by communicating. (Score 1) 361

by cfsops (#45415329) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

As a new developer at a young-ish software company, I've been told my communication skills need some work.

Is your manager telling you that your communication skills need work, or is it your co-workers?

If it's your manager, then part of his/her job is to help you improve; he/she needs to suggest how you can improve your communications skills.

If it's not your manager, then talk to (communicate with) your manager, tell them you're concerned that your communication skills may need some work and ask them for suggestions. It's part of their job to help you improve, so they should have no problem offering advice.

If your manager isn't willing to offer any help, then think about looking for a new job and moving on.

Comment: Re:fourth amendment vs. first amendment (Score 3, Informative) 333

by cfsops (#44304921) Attached to: EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

Unless you really believe the nutball theory that evil UN men in black will use those databases to swoop in and start confiscating guns indiscriminately then it's pretty implausible that holding gun sellers and owners accountable would violate anyone's rights.

It was exactly that "nutball" confiscation of guns, perpetrated by James against Protestants, that led to the assertion of the right in the British Bill of Rights and which in turn led to its inclusion in our Second Amendment.

I'm sure I don't know what you mean by holding gun sellers and owners accountable. Hold them accountable for what? Are you suggesting that gun sellers and owners are, by definition, guilty of some crime for which they must be held responsible? If they've done something "wrong" and have been judged guilty, as you seem to suggest, what's the point of a list? Why not just punish them?

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