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Comment: Re: Maybe in a different country (Score 1) 498

by countach74 (#49234859) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide
Yeah. Actually I think that was some of the wisdom to creating "united states." The smaller the group, the more likely for that group to consist of like-minded people (especially if one can rather easily change groups.) Too bad that didn't last... Frankly, I think it was doomed to fail, though.

Comment: Re: Maybe in a different country (Score 1) 498

by countach74 (#49230653) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide
It's been a bit since I've read the constitution, but I don't believe that it ever defined what made someone a person or "property". The subsequent amendments which addressed blacks and women were necessary because at the time, it was the only way that the federal government could decree such a thing over the rights of the state. In other words, it wasn't that the constitution declared slavery legal or anything like that; such issues were up to the states to decide.

Comment: Re:Yeah.... (Score 3, Informative) 106

Google does not arbitrarily filter search results. They filter search results in ways that makes them the most money. It's bad for business for them to simply remove search results because "they don't like you." Such a policy be bad for their own business, as it would hurt their search results, giving an excellent opportunity for competitors to claim a portion of their vast market share. Obviously there are complications to this, as Google does filter results in a way to promote their own business activities. But again, this is hardly arbitrary: they do so because they think it will make them more money.

Comment: Re: verified (Score 1) 311

by countach74 (#49146919) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission
So then the girls who have made the unfortunate decision of allowing compromising pictures to be taken of them should scour the internet for themselves so that they can make complaints? That hardly seems right. The children argument is a red herring; this has nothing to do with making the world safe for children; this is a matter of who holds the rights to the photo and what sorts of reasonable actions can be taken to protect the property owners. Also, how does this punish "everybody"? If anything, it seems like it only punishes people who are posting naked pictures of others. Well, I suppose it might make certain naked pictures harder to find. I guess if that's your concern, make your own site/app for doing just that. (Remember, Reddit is a for-profit company; they can and should do what they think is in the best interest of their customers.)

Comment: Re: Good grief... (Score 2) 681

by countach74 (#49109283) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge
I don't think he meant that a comp sci grad knows nothing of the inner workings of the equipment he works on, only that he doesn't know every detail. Perhaps I assume too much, but you probably don't know every technical detail about the telescope you're using, yeah? I imagine the average astronomer knows at least enough to do his or her job and not a lot beyond that. The point is, that's how much the average comp sci guys know about EE. Enough. :)

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759