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Comment: Again, misses the point (Score 1) 676

by davydagger (#49539953) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
Once again, the article is about snowden, not what he revealed. Can we get back to talking about the real issues, and that is the contents of what snowden revealed, because most of it is pretty damning.

the problem with this country is we don't talk about issues, we talk about people, and who is and isn't a good person, and we don't talk about policy, and what is just policy. Half of it is celebrity culture, and how public relations and the press games reputation by pushing your emotional buttons.

They also use this in dogwhistle politics. For example, niether party is really ended the wars, stopping the mass surviallence, or ending the security state or warrantless wiretaps, but they use the "good guy/bad guy" image to get Americans to swallow otherwise bad policy because it comes from a source they are conditioned to accept.

But again, who cares about snowden, lets instead talk about what he revealed, because he has some pretty hard proof, and its some pretty glaring contradictions between US policy and rhetoric.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 649

by davydagger (#49527543) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
to be honest, you are little better. You are still insinuating that the original theorm that tinkering with modern day cars is somehow more dangerous than in previous generations, something which is false. Noted are all the dangerous checmicals and subsystems that existed in cars long before a CPU ever came around.

Comment: Re:Freedom vs security (Score 1) 649

by davydagger (#49527521) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
again, false. The dichotomy between freedom and saftey is nothing more than police state propaganda to get you into giving up freedoms.

You aren't more safe by giving up your freedoms. You're giving control over your life to someone else. You are in fact less safe, because you assume this other people has good intentions which is almost never the case.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 649

by davydagger (#49523193) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

What if onboard vehicle computers truthfully are (or soon will become) so complicated - and so integral to the functioning of the vehicle - that an untrained hobbyist screwing with it could cause injury or death?

Thats a pretty strong "what if". In the age of makerbots, audrinos, and people doing all kinds of do it yourself projects, its a very unreasonable assumption.

Besides, since the beginning, cars run on gasoline(nasty cacernogenic high explosive liquid), and use spark plugs(millions of volts), and other dangerous parts, yet people still live.

People have been doing far more dangerous mods like cutting off pollution controls, and running high compression engines that could blow apart for decades.

don't even get me started about the deathtrap 70s erra motorcycle choppers people used to ride.

I see nothing new about today's cars that changes anything.

In fact I generally find cars quite boring.

aka, you don't know what the fuck you are talking about

But I find Slashdot even more boring when nobody attempts to find merit in a contrary opinion...

When everyone is in agreement with a position you don't like its a "circle jerk", but when its with something you do like, its "common sense".

Comment: Re:Protect the children (Score 1) 629

Your observation because one really good moral "based on superstition and mythology" is to help and serve, such as adopting behaviors/norms/laws which reduce poverty and working to alleviate the suffering of Others

There is a stark diffrence between morales based on mutual aid, respect for the human condition, equality, and universal human rights, based on observation based facts, using controlled studies to determine cause and effect, than those based on superstition and mythology.

The fact that we as a nation cannot tell the diffrence is part of the reason why we have such a high poverty rate, such a high incarceration rate, glorify criminals, and criminalize reformers.

The biggest threat to our children is not some creep, pedophile, terrorist, or musician. Its school administrators, politicians, facebook, google, and rouge fire-and-brimestone preachers.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 1) 676

by davydagger (#49462615) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid
Dems do the exact same thing. mainstream politics have next to no credibility. The 2004 elections where a complete shitshow, with the dems doubling down heavy on things like a supposed nazi connection of the Bush family(turned out to be false, it was a smear campaign from the 30s), and conspiracy grade material

meanwhile there was so much low hanging fruit they sort of ignored. They finally got their ducks in a row with Obama in 2008, and Obama won by a landslide because most Americans are fed up with the patriot act, never ending war, the TSA, and the security state.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 1) 676

by davydagger (#49462489) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

If you really need to vote democrat and for a vote woman, it should be noted that Elizabeth Warren is also a woman, also is part of the Democratic party, and is far less of a shitbag.

Oh, and Warren is also an accomplished Politician, and I agree with her on many issues that don't involve gun control, and I widely prefer her to Hillary any day.

Comment: Protect the children (Score 3, Insightful) 629

Oh, wait, it seems that we only care about "protecting the children", when its an excuse to cram morals based on superstition and mythology, or we want to ban something with the intent of arresting people, or give the police new powers to arrest people, harshen sentances, or errode the rights of the accused.

But really, there are some pretty loud crickets when the state gets a hardon for arresting/harrassing children.

Comment: No one promises pork (Score 2) 370

by davydagger (#49420843) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects

No one promises pork spending. They just do it and don't tell you. Things like this are never really election items and if they are, they are ignored post election.

We don't have the congress we deserve, we don't have a democracy in any useful sense, and we don't have freedom in any useful sense of the word.

Comment: I think the solution is obvious (Score 5, Informative) 246

by davydagger (#49416547) Attached to: Watching a "Swatting" Slowly Unfold
As long as the cops in the USA have the "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality, swatting will always be a problem. SWATing exploits the fact that cops are fucking stupid, scared animals, who are prone to alarmism, and itch for an excuse to use excessive force. They see no problem in roughing up many innocents to get a small handful of small time criminals. They are easy to trick, slow to think, quick to act.

The solution is to re-examine SWAT team usage nation wide, and how they are used and for what. Until we do, SWATing will always be a threat. The solution is to fix the vulernbility by replacing a dangerous and broken system with one that works better.

Comment: Re:Enjoy Your New Internet Taxes (Score 1) 157

you're going to have to bring up some citations, because when the government gave AT&T a monopoly, they might have done some shitty things, and blocked some innovation, but the quality of service was second to none. They had a phrase called "five nines" to describe their uptime. To date, no other information system can match the 99.999% reliability of Ma Bell. You picked up the phone and the dial tone was always there. No exceptions. They also pushed innovation and gave back to the community. UNIX for example was given away for Free when they had a monopoly. They didn't care, they just wrote it off. AT&T Bell Labs was the envy of the fucking world, and the state of the art for electronic engineering for 5 fucking decades.

I'd like to see actual sources to back up the usual rhetoric, because your information is lacking.

Comment: Re:Enjoy Your New Internet Taxes (Score 1) 157

you made me laugh. FULL TITLE 2 REGULATION. Do you even know what that means. I mean, look how restrictive the phone system was regulated as title 2.

Don't say anything, because the internet was already tapped and regulated before title 2. The only thing title 2 did was prevent comcast from adding additional private regulations.

There is really no diffrence from the government dictating rules and comcast doing it, and the only person who really looses out is comcast, and only in their ability to fuck with the end user.

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann