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Comment: Re:Time for a UNION! (Score 1) 263

by DNS-and-BIND (#48872877) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

attitude that puts the individual interest above the interest of the collective.

Welcome to the United States of America. If you value collectivism over the rights of the individual, you're probably much better off in one of the world's other many countries. Learn new languages, get exposed to multiculturalism, shop in countries where Wal-Mart has been banned. With borders opening more and more every day, what's your excuse?

Comment: Re:Imagine that. (Score 1, Insightful) 35

by DNS-and-BIND (#48851645) Attached to: Microsoft Outlook Users In China Hit With MITM Attack
The Chinese Communist government has been at war with its own citizens since 1949. Nothing new here. There's Xinjiang separatists, but those are no big potatoes. China doesn't need an excuse, they govern by executive order. The biggest threat to the government is from its own people, so one can see why they would spy in this way.

Comment: Re:Hurrah for America, the land of opportunity (Score 3, Insightful) 141

by DNS-and-BIND (#48850367) Attached to: Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

Selection bias. Only the restless care to leave their homes and support networks behind to try to navigate an alien, racist culture where people are measured by how much money they make.

I'm concerned about the dog-whistle racism in your post. It sounds like you're bitching about a certain group that was recently the victim of police violence.

Comment: Re:Hope and change (Score 1) 558

by DNS-and-BIND (#48842479) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Are you totally unaware of the fact that intellectuals have a really bad track record of totally despising the common folk? It's not that intellectuals don't take commoners' interests to heart when making decisions, it's more like they make decisions deliberately to harm out of genuine malice or depraved heartlessness.

If you don't believe me, ask around the next time you're at a cocktail party. You'll get some really ugly responses.

Comment: Re:I don't think it'll ever really happen (Score 1, Insightful) 331

by DNS-and-BIND (#48842461) Attached to: Lies, Damn Lies, and Tech Diversity Statistics
I love how the left-wing narrative on the subject completely leaves out the fact that nerds are regarded as freaks by mainstream society and that the left has long hated them specifically, going back way before they manufactured gamergate. As a prominent leftist said, maybe it's time to go back to bullying them, and the post above is just a confirmation of that attitude.

Comment: Well, he's right. (Score 2) 174

Among characteristics of captured terrorists, what are things that they had in common? Gosh, one of those is use of encryption. You think it's a coincidence that encryption is regarded as a weapon?

"it's a ridiculous notion that using secure email implies criminal activities"
Yes, true. However, criminal activities are frequently found using encryption. How can I explain this...hmm. OK, you know how Millenials consider you automatically suspicious unless they can look you up on facebook or linkedin? Yeah, it's like that. You might be a great person, but having this characteristic is associated with reprehensibility of some kind.

Comment: Re:No thanks. (Score 1) 172

by DNS-and-BIND (#48837731) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

Sure, they allow you to adjust - for now. The idea is to get you to give control, and once that happens we get the following:

"It is at first denied that any radical new plan exists; it is then conceded that it exists but ministers swear blind that it is not even on the political agenda; it is then noted that it might well be on the agenda but is not a serious proposition; it is later conceded that it is a serious proposition but that it will never be implemented; after that it is acknowledged that it will be implemented but in such a diluted form that it will make no difference to the lives of ordinary people; at some point it is finally recognised that it has made such a difference, but it was always known that it would and voters were told so from the outset."
-- Times editorial, published on August 28, 2002

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.