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Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 2) 280

by king neckbeard (#49139347) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

How is minimum wage relevant in this topic?

For starters, it would be more efficient to just provide minimum wage jobs to the immigrants, even if the entirety of their employment is to undo the work of other immigrants. However, there's a great likelihood that they will actually do something useful in the course of work, meaning that we might even be able to pay them a US living wage.

Look up what it costs on average to arrest a local drug pusher sometime.

Perhaps you might want to pick a better example than the horribly failed war on drugs.

Law enforcement is expensive.

Then perhaps we should take a 'less is more' approach.

Comment: Re:Actually, ADM Rogers doesn't "want" that at all (Score 1) 406

by king neckbeard (#49126365) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data
One thing that always bothers me when people mention that the Constitution doesn't apply outside of the US to non-citizens is that, if the Constitution doesn't apply, the government has NO right to act because it has no power without the Constitution.

Comment: Re:Facts not in evidence (Score 1) 406

by king neckbeard (#49123359) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

Your (and my, and any individual citizen's) personal interpretation of the Constitution is not the measure. It is the interpretation and implementation by our three branches of government. I realize that some reading this believe they have all been compromised, or that they think some particular thing is "obviously unconstitutional" (even though the judicial, legislative, and executive branches say otherwise), but the fact is we have the system of government we have.

My argument wasn't that anything was "obviously unconstitutional", my argument was that they should try and keep their practices as far into "obviously constitutional" as possible. If doing nothing is 0 and the threshold of unconstitutional is 10, let's try and keep most things around 3 or 4 and only go up to a 7 when we absolutely have to. Or, if you want a real life equivalent for citizens, it's appreciated if we aren't barely legally sober all the time while driving.

So how about you consider the alternative: one where you don't assume that everyone working at every/any level of government, e.g., NSA, doesn't have the worst motivations and is actually trying to do their best to honorably, legally, and Constitutionally, protect our nation and its people instead of the opposite. How about that?

That's fine. However, that road to hell is paved with good intentions. Genuine malice is actually pretty rare in humanity, but gross incompetence is abundant in 100% of the population. Thus, putting too much power in one place results in great power being inevitably wielded incompetently. The inherent secrecy of the institution means that they are largely shielded from serious outside criticism, which results in incompetence being baked into their practices. Being enormous and secretive means that our intelligence agencies are bathed in incompetence and useless practices to the extent that Maxwell Smart is an incredibly generous portrayal.

Comment: Re:Facts not in evidence (Score 1) 406

by king neckbeard (#49122003) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data
How about an alternative where our government actually follows the Constitution even if we can have our lawyers weasel around it through advanced legalese? One where we value personal liberty over threats that we've made up or manufactured ourselves? We would be safer if someone were to burn all of the NSA's facilities to the ground, leaving nothing but rubble. They are a much bigger liability than any risk that they fight, and this has problem been the case for intelligence agencies going back to Hoover.

Comment: Funny thing about opinions, everyone has one. (Score 1) 406

by king neckbeard (#49121441) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data
I believe we should craft a policy where Mike Rogers apologizes for his misdeeds and the misdeeds of the NSA in general, and asks, for the sake of humanity, that the NSA be completely and totally destroyed, ideally releasing info that will lead to the destruction of similar agencies around the world (perhaps some conclusive evidence that spies always do more harm than good). Rogers then jumping off a tall building is highly recommended, but I wouldn't consider it mandatory.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 532

by king neckbeard (#49121363) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

So our ship gets completely atomized - by them or us. Mission to prevent discovery of home-world accomplished. Same as people throw themselves on live grenades,

Unless, of course, somebody phones home, and then they know of a belligerent race that they think will destroy them. Great plan, asshole.

or on the other end of the scale, start shooting up their school because they're bored.

I don't know of any mass shootings due to ennui.

What a pant-load. What is "rational" to aliens is ... alien. And what is a provocation to them is unknowable, since they are aliens. Maybe it's their policy to keep their origin secret, for whatever reason.

Evolutionary forces would almost certainly have to act in a similar manner regarding aggression, and if they are xenophobes, then it wouldn't make all that much sense for them to be exploring space, since that greatly increases the risk of them being found.

If people acted in their own short-term self-interest, lifestyle diseases wouldn't be the biggest killers.

Sitting on your ass and eating an entire cake is in your short term interest. It's just bad in the long term. Picking fights with strangers is a bad idea that almost always ends badly. This is going to be universal unless they are such powerful beings that we can't hope to fight them. Shoot first, ask questions later is idiotic. Even most apex predators don't do that.

I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; If it be man's work I will do it.