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Comment: The United States of Google (Score 1) 238

by klek (#48859205) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

Of course. They have all the data and statistics. And they have the comprehensive reach to give insurance to everyone, *for a much lower cost*. We'd be fools not to take it, because it's so cheap, and covers *everything*. Cars, houses, rentals, electronics, babies, jobs, farms... anything you have or need.
This will kill the Insurance Industry(TM) as we know it, and replace it will GoogleSure, in which you are automatically enrolled once you turn 16. Enrolled for life.

Inevitably, this imperious mission creep will eventually invade politics: first taking over all lobbying, then the politicians, then finally the entire government itself. We will become citizens of the GoogleStat. Politics, lawmaking, poverty, homelessness, immigration, budgets, subsidies, etc. all will be done in the most efficient manner possible; the entire economy will be 'tightened up' thanks to Google's efficient algorithms. And we won't even need to vote on anything anymore, because our Benevolent Father Google will already know what we choose, where we drive, how we live, and what we want. The Holy Algorithms will simply select the best laws for us, and the DriverlessGoogleCopBots will enforce them, just like Judge Dredd: Judge, Jury & Enforcement rolled into one... One Massive Algorithm to Rule Us All. And it will finally be perfect.

Comment: No community.. always policing (Score 1) 784

by klek (#48834759) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

So I used to walk about 2 miles to school and back most days when I was between 8-10 years old. Never a problem. Sure, one person's anecdote is no preponderance of evidence, but I'm with the Meitiv's on this one.

At heart of this issue is that most people's *first response* is to fucking call the police. The "mandatory reporter" couldn't have, oh maybe, gone and talked to the children _first_, and THEN talked to the parents, instead of cowardly calling the police from the secrecy of their home & making it a legal issue.
  THIS is was Soviet Russia was like, everyone snitching on everyone until no one had friends they could trust, and everybody went neurotic from the isolation.

The cops/CPS assumption that the caller is right and the parents are automatically at fault is *definitely* a problem too. Shades of the police state.

Comment: Religion/morality is against violence? Since when? (Score 1) 894

by klek (#48823867) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

"religion can never be used to justify violence"

Bwaahahahahahahaaaa! As if.
Religious-inspired violence has killed more people in the history of this planet that state-sponsored violence.
"Morality", it appears, specifically of the religious kind, tends to allow people to justify mortal violence against whatever 'infidel' their in-group points a finger of hate.

Comment: Those no-warrant situations, so useful! (Score 1) 303

by klek (#48747361) Attached to: FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

(1) cases that pose an imminent danger to public safety,
So basically, ANY public gathering at all, whenever 2 or more are together, for any purpose.

(2) cases that involve a fugitive, or
Any *political* demonstration. Or any time the cops allege a "fugitive" is out and about.

(3) cases in which the technology is used in public places or other locations at which the FBI deems there is no reasonable expectation of privacy."
Any time anyone is on the street with a mobe in their pocket.

Pretty straightforward!

Comment: One book? That's it? (Score 1) 755

by klek (#48738151) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

You know, you think that God could have given us more than *one book* (of dubious historical provenance) with which to assert his reality. I mean really, one book? Just one? Something more thorough like an encyclopedia would have been better, if you're going for just one. But really, continued output would be more convincing. "Publish or perish," right?

And anyway, it's been nearly 2000 years since that book was written. No updates for modern issues? No edits? No recent editions (save for language translations)? No further tales or stories? Nor more commandments? ("Thou shalt not waste more than 20% of your time on the Internet!")

How come nobody sees burning bushes any more? Or gets turned into pillars of salt? Evangelicals have had to resort to blaming random *natural phenomena* on various alleged lapses in so-called morality. Where's the accuracy in that?

God really needs to get back to work and write another book.

Comment: criminally insane much? (Score 1) 580

by klek (#48626991) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

When dealing with a criminally-insane opponent, their threat of 'bombing' movie theaters may be empty & unsubstantiated, but considering that this very threat **was made via Sony corporate network computer screens**, then that means the opponent still has access to Sony's network, and frankly the threat could mean *anything*... more data wiping/sabotage, or something else. Why take the risk over a shitty, low-budget comedy?

Plus, any nutcase with a gun off his meds could shoot up a theater, Aurora'CO-style, and Sony would get sued. So, yeah. If I were Sony I would do the same thing, pissant naysayers be damned.

In other, I'm surprised that the CIO and/or Senior IT Admin staff hasn't been sacked yet.

Comment: Consumers not citizens (Score 1) 157

by klek (#48436311) Attached to: Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

We've been referred to as "Consumers" in a political context on news programs (in the USA) since the early 90s.
That is not new and didn't start with Greenwald.

A two-party system in the USA is *never* going to be representative of the Will of the (300mil+) People here. It never really was, either.
And it won't be as long as anti-intellectualist, pro-emotionalist politics carry the day.

Comment: Re:Population (Score 1) 496

by klek (#48427751) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

"Seattle metropolitan area" is different that "Seattle city limits"

Seattle: "With an estimated 652,405 residents as of 2013, Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest."

"The Seattle metropolitan area of around 3.6 million inhabitants"... ....which includes the city of Bellevue on the other side of the lake, Everett to the north, Renton the south and several other incorporated cities.

Comment: Re:"Getting whiter" (Score 4, Interesting) 496

by klek (#48427611) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Wow. Really? Your post is incredibly obtuse.

Well, one issue is that the people who HAVE been living here getting displaced, due to rocketing rents, and being forced to move out of the city.

The other issue, since you obviously don't live in a coastal city, is that when you have a diverse mix of cultures living cheek-by-jowl, you have a very interesting, creative and vigorous culture. Education is improved, understanding is improved, and cuisine is improved - among other things. Port cities with a wide diversity have historically been the loci of learning and tolerance and artistic creativity. You want a peaceful civilization? Encourage lots of different people to live next to each other. You want to encourage intolerance and "racist" violence? Encourage cultural homogeneity.

"Race" doesn't exist, btw. You're talking about cultural background & skin color. There is only one human race.

When it is incorrect, it is, at least *authoritatively* incorrect. -- Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy