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Comment: Just on a computer? But, but, but... (Score 2) 148

...any British person deemed to have carried out an unauthorised act on a computer that resulted in damage to human welfare, the environment, the economy or national security in any country would face a possible life sentence.

What about politicians that do the same thing? Oh, I guess that would an "authorized" act. Never mind.

[ Man, oh man, if we could jail politicians for damaging the economy, environment or human welfare here in the U.S. ...]

Comment: Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (Score 1) 321

by Man On Pink Corner (#48207909) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Because some people understand that the election of Reagan, like everything else in politics, was a reaction to something else. In Reagan's case, his success was a reaction to confiscatory taxation, disastrous economic policies, and out-of-control growth of Federal bureaucracies under Carter and earlier administrations.

In the context of the times, Reagan was not wrong when he said that the scariest words in the English language were "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." Where he went wrong was when he climbed into bed with religious fruitcakes, giving them more power over ordinary Americans' lives than even the Democrats had tried to assert.

Other people, including the most vocal on Slashdot (DURR HURR DON'T LIKE TEH GOVERNMENT? MOVE TO SOMALIA!!!11!!) don't understand the action-reaction nature of politics. They assume that things will somehow work out differently the next time their own visions of maximal statism are implemented. The neoliberal statists and Moral Majority Reaganites are just two halves of the same coin, really.

Comment: Re:I'm still waiting... (Score 5, Interesting) 157

by fahrbot-bot (#48197837) Attached to: Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

It's similarly illegal to study gun violence under a US public health research grant, even though every other class of mortality is nominally okay.

More pointedly, the US keeps statistics on deaths from gun violence, except the number of people killed by police. From: List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States

Although Congress instructed the Attorney General in 1994 to compile and publish annual statistics on police use of excessive force, this was never carried out, and the FBI does not collect this data either.

Note: This was recently covered by The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

Comment: Re:problem (Score 1) 119

by fahrbot-bot (#48197241) Attached to: Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

What makes you think our government gives a shit about anything other than grabbing more power?

I'm not sure that sentiment makes sense - or ever has. The Government already has *all* the power, should it wish to exercise it. They make, interpret and enforce (or not) all the rules. All it takes is good people not doing anything to stop bad people.

For example. The Supreme Court recently decided that Freedom of Speech over-rides any argument for a buffer-zone around abortion clinics (and, I believe, other places), but strictly enforces a buffer-zone around the steps of the Supreme Court.

Comment: In related news... (Score 1) 130

... Facebook will also track your progress in Softball games using GPS and your last location on the field, if you've opted in to the Facebook Knows Where You Are at All Times product, to generate a notification when it thinks you've crossed a base or home. If you're safe, you can select "I'm Safe" and a notification and News Feed story will be generated with your updated stats.

HELP!!!! I'm being held prisoner in /usr/games/lib!