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Comment: Re:Uh ...wat? (Score 1) 411

And yet, if you asked people how best to allocate police resources, do you think "sitting in speed traps" would be at the top of anyone's list? There are certainly understandable explanations for why police seem to be useless unless someone is murdered or a big corporation has an extremely urgent minor complaint, but that doesn't in any way invalidate my point.

People only turn to vigilante justice because the alternative is no justice. As a society, we either need to address the crimes that concern people or accept that they will address them by themselves.

Comment: Re:Pandora's Box (Score 1) 411

just because democracy and the state do not work as you would like them to, it does not mean you can take the matter in your own hands.

It actually does mean exactly that. If a state wishes to assert legitimacy, the onus lies with the state to ensure that justice is uniformly and fairly carried out. The state is ultimately accountable to the citizens, not the other way around. Justice is far more important than the unchallenged authority of the state.

Of course, there can/will be consequences for taking the law into your own hands (which can't often be said for agents of the state). Of course, a regular process for determining guilt and dispensing retribution is preferred.

Comment: Re:Pandora's Box (Score 1) 411

And what happens when the police departments show complete disinterest to your problem?

Change the system. Sorry there isn't an easier answer, but that's the price of living in a democracy.

While it is in many ways (far) less than ideal, there is an easier answer: vigilantism.

One man can solve his "justice" problems by himself, but one man can't change the system by himself. If society at large decides that vigilante "justice" is not something that we want, then we can change the system together. There is a recurring progression to these things that isn't easily short-circuited.

Comment: Re:Uh ...wat? (Score 1) 411

What is the best thing he could do, then? Vigilante responses only start to look attractive when official responses are withheld. If police actually investigated crime that is important to citizens, rather than wasting their time going after drug users and speed limit violations, vigilante responses would be less attractive. The police magically appear at the corporations' behest when someone tries to report a security vulnerability; where are they when citizens need them?

Comment: Re:NSA involvement ? (Score 2) 59

by chihowa (#49154293) Attached to: BlackPhone, In Wake of Gemalto Fallout, Receives $50 Million In Funding

Silent Circle was partially founded by Philip Zimmermann, so that's supposed to lend some credibility to the operation. The company, and PZ in general, still operate on the premise that trust in them should be enough for anybody, so the operation will be opaque and the source closed.

I really respect a lot of what Zimmermann has done, but we're finding out more and more that our trust in institutions was ill placed. I don't think his model works in our current world. Finding out in twenty years that Silent Circle was an NSA front wouldn't really surprise me that much, despite Zimmermann's involvement. "Trust me, I'm one of the good guys," doesn't fly anymore.

Comment: Re:leave this mess. (Score 1) 85

by chihowa (#49147013) Attached to: Microsoft Closing Two Phone Factories In China

I really appreciate the removal of the left sidebar, actually. This new layout, as totally fucked and buggy as it is in so many ways, at least gives ample room to the comments. Deep comments are still not handled well, where after ten comments deep the nesting gets screwed up.

Bugs aside, this is a huge improvement over Beta, which basically ignored the fact that the comments are the only thing that make this site worth visiting. A little testing would help, though. This layout is broken on every browser I try. What browser are the devs testing it on?

Comment: Re:#1 slashdot article submitters (Score 1) 257

by chihowa (#49143271) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

Wow... speaking of full retard.

You've clearly got some assumptions that you're basing all of your little tirades on, so why don't you just share them upfront instead of expecting us to infer them from your breathless ranting.


OK, I went back and reread the thread and see what's going on now. You're not talking about robots replacing human labor like everyone else in the comments for this article. I accidentally stepped into the present day, nothing to do with this article, libertarian/anti-libertarian thread. I'll show myself out.

Comment: Re:#1 slashdot article submitters (Score 1) 257

by chihowa (#49138673) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

So who comes and murders the hot dog vendor to death for operating a stand in his private park without giving up his cut? Where does this homeless person sleep while he's raising his capital and picking himself up by his bootstraps. Your entire argument is predicated on the existence of land that is free to use by others.

It doesn't take long for them to get enough money to build a hot dog stand.

What do you base this on? If everything is privately owned and they have nothing to offer but labor, which is devalued or valueless in our hypothetical robot-run world, where do they get this money?

If he's starting with nothing, he's only got a few weeks to build up the capital to start his hotdog stand, while diverting some of the money to food, water, and rent (there is no public land, remember). If he fails to raise the money or misjudges his market, he starves to death, right?

I assume that in a world where labor had little to no value, you'd never be that homeless man, right?

[To keep this discussion on track, I'm not some authoritarian statist or communist or anything. I'm only pointing out that your solution to this thought experiment isn't very well thought out.]

Comment: Re:Crazy at the helm (Score 1) 309

by chihowa (#49137791) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

Well, it's a good thing that your opinion of the case determines its merit.

Look, I'm sure that you've done more research into this case than I have, but not siding with Pao doesn't mean that someone is motivated by all of the generalizations that your post claimed. How about you lay off attributing everything to the conspiracy of the patriarchy and actually explain the relevant facts of the case if you feel compelled to post something. What you're posting now contributes nothing positive to the conversation at all. You don't win arguments by just calling people names.

Comment: Re:Crazy at the helm (Score 1) 309

by chihowa (#49137231) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

You're looking to let her off the hook based on a strawman generalization that nobody's making but you. Nobody here is talking about women sleeping their way to the top, but about Ellen Pao specifically, who seems to have a sketchy past and questionable motives.

Just because you think her case has merit doesn't mean that it's settled. Others think her case doesn't have merit and disparaging them as misogynists doesn't make you automatically win the argument. Your entire post is just one big ad hominem attack.

Comment: Re:What's the alternative? (Score 2) 270

by chihowa (#49136995) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

Civil asset forture isn't related to any of that. Parallel construction isn't either.

And why is that? I gave very real examples of what our government can and does do to its citizens. To quote the poster you originally responded to, "For my government, it's as easy as sending a patrol car or two." And I noticed that you never addressed the identity theft part...

As to "fantasyland," it's aways a pleasure to deal with the uninformed and mistaken.

Yes, I believe a newspaper article about something that hasn't happened falls squarely in the realm of fantasyland. We have contingency plans to nuke them as well.

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