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Comment: Re:Remember Hypatia (Score 1) 473

by bmo (#49557057) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

Go ahead and find a news article of radical Christians killing thousands of innocent people every month in Africa with gasoline, matches, and machetes

They do.

Or have you completely fucking ignored what's been going on in Uganda?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Engineered by guess who? "Christians" in the US.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

People like you disgust me.

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BMO

Comment: Re:Remember Hypatia (Score 1) 473

by bmo (#49556347) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

I love how you have to go back 1600 years to find an example of Christians being assholes

No, all I have to do to find examples of Christians being assholes is to open the fucking newspaper and read current events.

The Christian Taliban, aka the Dominionists, Reconstructionists, "Christian Warriors", "Joel's Army" et alia, surely do exist. And they are frightening.

Read this take-down of Joel's Army: http://www.discernment-ministr...

The greatest weapon against religious fanaticism is education

Fixed, but only to a point. Many of the most loudest "kill all the fags" and "America is a Christian Nation" dolts that have a following have college educations. Fred Phelps was a lawyer and so is the rest of his family.

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BMO

Comment: Re:You got it all backwards ... (Score 1) 301

RMS himself has said that he would only be okay with getting rid of copyright (and hence the basis on which GPL and its copyleft protection stands), if copyleft itself is written into law - i.e. if redistributing binaries without access to the code becomes illegal.

Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 1) 333

It's not a war when the other government doesn't mind you being there.

Really? So Vietnam war wasn't a war, and neither was the Soviet war in Afghanistan?

I have a very simple definition of war. If you have a "legitimate military operation" with "legitimate military objectives", then guess what, it's a war.

Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 1) 607

by shutdown -p now (#49533899) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

Just as we can compel you to pay your income tax by force if needed, so we can compel you to get yourself vaccinated. You can protest as much as you want, and you're welcome to "fight us to the death", but judging by the fact that you're still alive, it seems that you have diligently filed your tax returns so far, so I'm going to file it as "just talk".

Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 1) 607

by shutdown -p now (#49533881) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

You don't have a right to not catch diseases from infected people.

In my state, knowingly spreading disease (e.g. by going to the crowds) if you know that you're infected is against the law.

People do have a right to not submit themselves to injections they don't agree with.

No-one has an absolute right to anything. All rights are ultimately balanced against the good of society. That's why free speech does not preclude libel & slander laws, for example, and why RKBA doesn't mean that you have a right to own a cruise missile.

In this particular case, your right to control your body is overridden by the extreme degree of common good that results from mandatory vaccinations, combined with a very low degree of personal invasion that such a vaccination actually entails.

Comment: Re:And the vendor response will be... (Score 1) 279

by bmo (#49531183) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

They replace the ad space with a message like this: "You're running Adblock. Please consider whitelisting us so we can pay for this website. Thank you."

Fark does this. I wish more sites did. Fark also has subscriptions for the private side (TotalFark 5 bux/mo). Value added selling works when there is actual value added.

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Comment: Re:And the vendor response will be... (Score 5, Insightful) 279

by bmo (#49527021) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

I suspect the vendor response will be more along the lines of, "We've detected Ad Block on your computer. You will be unable to view content on this site while this is active."

Some already do this.

My response is always "fuck you, I'll go elsewhere then."

And the "elsewhere" where they don't do that is typically better.

I also run the EFF's Privacy Badger.

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BMO

Comment: Re:A sane supreme court decision? (Score 1) 401

How is that any different than an X-ray/millimeter-wave/infrared device being used to determine the contents of the vehicles?

The basic idea there is that the dog can't tell anything other than whether you have drugs or not, and 4A is not deemed to be applicable to your criminal activity (i.e. you don't have the right to privacy to evidence of the crime). The reason why your right to privacy is violated in a regular warrantless search is because of all the other things that cops get to see that aren't related to a crime. But if they have a magic device that can only detect evidence and not anything else, then that doesn't affect anything other than evidence and hence is not an infringement. Cops claim that drug-sniffing dogs are such devices.

Comment: Re:A sane supreme court decision? (Score 1) 401

They can still use a dog, because that doesn't count as a search (for 4A purposes). But now it's only true if they have one at hand already, and do it as part of the traffic stop without extending your detention (because such an extension would be illegal).

Comment: Re:A sane supreme court decision? (Score 5, Interesting) 401

There is a lawyer who's doing some nice comics that explain all those intricacies - he has a strip covering dogs.

However, dogs are still BS, for the simple reason that a signal from the dog is considered to be probable cause, which is ridiculous because they can be conditioned quite easily to do so at the handler's signal (and often do it without the signal just to please the handler).

Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 533

by shutdown -p now (#49516461) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

I actually wonder if anyone needs to be paid to handle this stuff. It's a useful service, and hence potentially profitable - why wouldn't the market deal with it? Once we start getting substantial excesses of power from residential solar, the energy companies would be seeking for places to dump it, and one can offer such a thing, for a fee. And then sell that power back to the company when they need it (peak of consumption) at a slightly higher rate. So long as this roundtrip is cheaper than the cheapest generated power, the energy companies would participate.

Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 533

by shutdown -p now (#49516445) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

As the amount of electricity you draw from their generators goes down, they're going to reach the point of needing to charge you a flat fee just for the connection to the power lines, plus the usual fees for actually using their electricity.

Natural gas is already paid separately for the connection and for the gas itself, so adopting such a model wouldn't be breaking any new ground.

When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.

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