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Comment: Re:The results are deliberately skewed (Score 1) 243

by cyberchondriac (#49181407) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too
Of course it is, but this skewed experiment will go viral and lead to more cries of racism and civil unrest, more references to Ferguson and how evil non-brown skinned people are, possibly excluding Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, etc.. Like Morgan Freeman says, "If you want to end racism, stop talking about it so much".

Comment: Re:Bring on the lausuits (Score 1) 599

by cyberchondriac (#49131641) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

The only time the "people" win is when the Federal Government does not regulate. Regulation is strangulation and, ultimately, death.

That's insane. No economic system in it's purest form is good, from Capitalism to Communism, because human nature always skews things over time and corruption creeps in. Only a system of checks and balances can prevent that.
I'll choose Capitalism over Communism any day of the week, but look what happens to Capitalism when it's left completely to it's own devices: child labor, abuses, monopolies, price fixing/gouging, employee rights erosion, etc...
The very heart of a free market ideology is destroyed by a series of increasingly larger mergers and consolidated control that unregulated corporations exercise. It eats it's own. It's entropy of the free market. Communism is even worse, as it puts all it's eggs into a single basket right from the onset (the government), so the abuses happen even more quickly.
All systems need a set of checks and balances, and that means regulations for corporations. The only question is what to regulate, and how much, but to completely remove regulation would destroy the country.

Comment: Re:Tie your shoes (Score 1) 290

Personally I like to throw myself down to the sidewalk and feign a grand mal seizure, that manages to get their attention usually.

But seriously, when I'm on the correct side of the walkway, observing proper etiquette and leaving others room, and some rude asshat feels that the rest of the world revolves around him (or her), and decides that I'm moving out of their way because, I dunno, they're a more important human being, we may have an issue, because that kind of rudeness pisses me off. I think the truth is, a fair number of these people are in fact aware of you walking their way, via peripheral vision, but they choose to ignore you, and be a jerk. And now that we see people behaving this way without their phones, I think it reinforces that notion.
If a person is genuinely unaware and walks into you, they're more likely to apologize sincerely, and I can forgive that (though it's still annoying). It's the asshats that cop an attitude of self-entitlement that really irritate me. That's not how a civilized society should operate.

Comment: Re:Yes! (Score 1) 88

by cyberchondriac (#49090711) Attached to: Could Fossils of Ancient Life From Earth Reside On the Moon?
Well..... not entirely fabrications. And I believe it was more a case of bad information than deliberate lies, but if you hate Bush, than nothing else will suffice to say.
While there was no active WMD program after all, there *had* been one, as we all knew, and the NY Times recently expounded on just how much of those chemical bits were lying all over Iraq; although ironically, they were safer in the hands of Saddam Hussein than ISIS.

Comment: Re:No. Just don't use it. (Score 1) 330

by cyberchondriac (#49039021) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?
Agreed. I wasn't very interested in a "Smart" TV, my Sony BluRay player already does all that. But, I was set on a Samsung UHD 50", and they don't make a dumb TV that's UHD that I've seen. Not locally in the stores at any rate. When I got it home, I enabled Internet on it anyway, I was curious to see just what else it might offer. I was chagrined to learn of the microphone/data mining issue though.
It shouldn't be difficult to just turn off the networking, unless the TV refuses to work without it or something insidious, that would be serious problem. I'll test mine tonight.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.