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Comment Re:Does not match TFA (Score 1) 40

The answer is for anything on the Internet to be protected, and if it can't be protected it should not be on the Internet.

That's fine and good in principle. The public health equivalent would be that "anything in public is vaccinated, and if it's not vaccinated it should not be out in public."

Until you get the anti-vaxx blowback, the hysterical screaming, authorities caving in.. and then the next sweeping pandemic.

The internet is becoming the next public forum, and inevitably public hygiene debates will begin to apply to it.

Frankly, I miss the old internet the way that ranchers missed the unfenced range back in the mid-late 19th Century, before the coming of all the farmers and farm towns. The lack of "civilization" wasn't so bad when it was so sparse, and everyone had to know what they were doing to just get by. And yet, we still had the occasional pandemic.

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 3, Interesting) 242

Is that actually the case? I thought a big purpose was to avoid voter intimidation by non-governmental vigilantes who oppose a particular candidate.

Absolutely! Your reason also holds true, but it comes in a distant second.

We tend to minimize the "Uncle Sam knows who you voted for" angle precisely because we don't live in a country where we routinely round up people who voted for the "wrong" candidate to torture or execute or "reeducate" them.

By contrast, consider (whatever your stance on the post-9/11 Iraq war) that Saddam Hussein routinely won reelection by an almost unanimous vote for precisely that reason.

Comment Re:Complete bullshit (Score 2) 242

The People really don't want one either. People don't really want to know what is being done in their name by politicians, or else they would be pissed off. Plausible deniability. It is how many Germans ignored the Nazis.

To know, would require a person of any amount of conscience to act.

Comment Re:attention (Score 1) 134

Racist Xenophobic conversations would be something I would engage in, not because I was either. It is more interesting to troll the stupid idiots spewing crap, than it is listening to conversations about LeBron or Kardashians.

I could have a shit ton of fun with that.

Comment Re:Cyanogenmod has gone downhill a bit (Score 1) 80

The CM Micromax Deal was dreadfully short sighted. While they gained Micromax, they pissed off a whole bunch of people. I would be on ColorOS if it weren't for a missing single feature I use regularly, single button screenshot. If they add that, I'll be off CM for good.

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Analysis Reveals Almost No Real Women On Ashley Madison 406

gurps_npc writes: Ashley Madison claimed to have about 31 million men and 5.5 million woman enrolled. Those odds are not good for the men, 6:1. But unfortunately, most of those 'women' were fake. This researcher analyzed the data and found only 12,000 actual, real women using Ashley Madison. That means for every 7750 men, there were 3 women. There are reports that Ashley Madison paid people to create fake female profiles. Their website admits that 'some of the users may be there for "entertainment purposes."' The article itself is well written, including a description of the analysis. A charitable person would say that Ashley Madison was selling a fantasy, not reality. But a realist would say Ashley Madison is just a thief stealing money from lonely, unhappy men.

Comment Re:Glad they didn't read the books (Score 1) 192

There's a rather large gap between writing "a rape occurred" and graphically depicting it. If the events were related by characters secondhand, I'm willing to bet no one would care. GoT does deserves 1st amendment protections, of course, but I can sympathize with people who find it troubling that extended depictions of torture and rape are considered entertaining.

Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 1) 358

You're absolutely not getting the point.

Hey everyone, I have a BANK ACCOUNT - No discretion needed.

Hey everyone, I have an ASHLEY MADISON ACCOUNT - discretion needed.

It isn't the bank cards, those can be canceled, it isn't the other details, it is the fact that you're on a website looking to cheat or find cheaters. It says a lot about your morals. We don't have to impose our morals on anyone. I don't trust people searching for cheating lovers.

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.

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