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Comment Re:Vote for Sanders? (Score 1) 200

well said

i was going to mention sanders, but i wanted to soft pedal it

there's still a knee jerk reaction to the word "socialism" in the usa that is something out of 1950s era joe mccarthy red scare hysteria

even though actual socialism: germany, denmark, canada, etc., simply means affordable healthcare and higher education. socialist countries are richer, happier, and freer than the usa (yes, freer: their representatives aren't purchased by plutocrats)

but if you say "socialism" to a moron of the american variety, they think communism. gulags and long lines for toilet paper

this is how you keep slaves: bury them in ignorant propaganda

Comment Re:Brave polling, but in real life? (Score 1) 214

So you don't plan to use your e-mail while you're traveling?

Fair enough, but then why bring your computer at all, if you can't do anything with it?

If I was a border agent and you were telling me all this, I'd find it rather hard to believe that you brought your computer, that can't log into anything and you don't have the ability to do so. I think I'd hold you for awhile until my experts could have a crack at your machine and see if a week in detention might change your mind.

A fair question, which has a perfectly valid answer.

If I'm travelling on business, I'll ensure I have my work e-mail available. I have a separate laptop that I use purely for work purposes, and is setup against my workplaces Exchange server. That e-mail address is only used for work related purposes; it's not the e-mail registered against personal services like Facebook, or my banking, /., etc.

So if some border official wants to go through my work e-mails, they're going to have the lawyers of a multi-billion dollar American corporation to deal with. I'm perfectly fine with that. They won't have any access to any of my personal accounts or details, and I won't be able to give it to them.


Comment Re:Brave polling, but in real life? (Score 1) 214

They can make you reset your passwords.

Just because you don't know your Facebook password doesn't mean you can't login, it just means you need to reset it.

The keychain doesn't help you with that.

Except that my e-mail passwords are also long, random strings that I don't know, and password resets typically are sent to your e-mail. Those e-mail passwords are stored in my keychain, so it does indeed help with that. If I can't get to the password reset e-mail and link, I can't reset my password.


Comment Re:ITT (Score 2, Insightful) 200

there is a mistaken notion that you have to devise a perfect solution to the problem before improving the problem

for example: we have laws against rape and murder. that doesn't stop all rape and murder, but no one is arguing that, just because we can't stop all rape and murder, we shouldn't have any laws against them. but we do have morons arguing that because we can't magically stop all corruption, we shouldn't try to minimize it

the point is to simply minimize the problem. the simple fact is that many nations do better than the usa in regards to controlling corruption and plutocrat interest. with very simple changes (simple in construct, i didn't say simple to achieve). for example: we pass laws that cut down on the election cycle funding by corporations and plutocrats. i'd argue the most destructive event against the usa, in it's entire history, worse than 9/11, worse than pearl harbor, even worse than the civil war, is the 2010 citizens' united decision. let's start by reversing that

a lot of whining at this point about how that's hard. because the right thing is hard to do is an argument against doing it? anything worth doing in this world is hard by definition. if it were easy, it would already be done. this is just lazy whiners

elect people that would promise to reverse citizen's united. i'm not saying it's going to happen in 2016. but every day people grow angrier and more aware of the problem. look at the interest in trump and sanders. these "protest votes" would usually fade by now in previous cycles. but people are really getting mad. at some point, a tipping point will be reached. this problem isn't going away, and is getting worse. not enough people are paying attention right now. but more and more are every day

really our biggest enemy is acceptance and cynicism. there's always people with bad intent in this world. they always need to be defeated. but instead of rolling up our sleeves and doing that, the perplexing and maddening thing is people who roll over and accept being robbed, and then rationalize their victimhood with cynicism. this is our real enemy: willing slaves

you will see this mentality in many comments in this thread and other threads on the topic of corruption and government. those people are the real reason we have our problems

Comment Re:Brave polling, but in real life? (Score 1) 214

Well, they would the keychain then. Do you think they're stupid or what?

That's why (when I'm travelling at least) I keep the keychain out of their jurisdiction. Proper law enforcement agencies can go through proper channels, and can see if they can get a Canadian court to issue a warrant to get it. Best of luck to them.

As for everyone else, well, without physical access to the keychain, they're out of luck.


Comment Re:Yeah, I thought this problem was solved (Score 3, Insightful) 104

that's actually the problem with most technology

nuclear for example

i haven't a single doubt that we have the technological means to maintain nuclear plants forever without a single accident

but what we don't have is the social and political means to do that

money is always being cut, indefinitely, and the people making that decision are not exactly technically proficient. the incentive to cut costs form the general public and bosses who want to trumpet cost cutting trumps all other concerns, because other concerns, no matter how vital, are simply not understood. combine that with a technical person that responds with anger and arrogance at the idea of vital safety mechanisms being underfunded, the manager will simply disregard him or her as a person with a personality problem, and then disasters happen

people who champion nuclear, especially on a website like this, understand the technology well, and are correct when they announce we never have to have a nuclear accident ever again due to technological issues

but they don't consider the political and social aspects of our species that means vital funding of safety mechanisms and maintenance of absolutely crucial technology *will* be broken. it's simply a matter of when, not if

and then people who champion nuclear get angry at people like me, and accuse us of not understanding the technology. oh we understand the technology is wonderful. but it is you who doesn't understand humanity

the imperative on cutting costs and doing as little effort as possible is always trumping all other concerns. always. and people like this wind up being the managers, not the underlings. they can't be fired, they do the firing

incompetence is a force that destroys everything. sober up and accept that

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 4, Funny) 559

Not only are you flushing your money down the toilet, but getting all those empty bottles out of our waste stream would be a great benefit for all of us.

I'm rich enough that I only fill my toilet tanks with the finest imported bottled water. It's only the best for my effluence!


Comment Re:Brave polling, but in real life? (Score 4, Interesting) 214

It is interesting to see the current results with over 40% in "Sorry I can't help, but I just can't recall any ..." but I expect most of these people will not realize how much pressure you may get from legal authorities to release your password. Chances are most of you would crack after you have legal authorities pressing you. Why? because you don't need to be criminally prosecuted for your life to be made miserable. Especially if you don't have anything incriminating, it will be easier to give the password show that you don't have anything and just go on and change your password. Now this isn't fair and we should have legal protection against officials for even asking the question, but real life, if you are going to stand up for your rights, there will be consequences you will have to face. If you have the bravery to do this, good for you. But in reality most of us do not have the bravery that we think we do in such a poll.

That depends on how you assign passwords in the first place. Myself, I've hit a point now where nearly all of my passwords are uniquely auto-generated, and dumped into my keychain. I never even see them directly -- the process is pretty much automated. I didn't generate them, thus I don't know them.

Thus, if for example I were travelling and a government official or someone in a dark alley wanted to know my Facebook password, I can't help them. I don't know it. They interrogate me or hit me over the head all day and night long, and they aren't going to get anything. This is why, when I travel to the US, I don't take my keychain with me.

Now local authorities who can force me to sit down at one of my primary computers to unlock the keychain are a different story, and not one I could do a whole lot about. At a minimum, they could certainly compel the keychain password out of me and do it themselves. The key (no pun intended), however, is they need the keychain in the first place to do this.


Comment Re: weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 318

you're making excuses. there's plenty of differences but not of the kind and of the type to make germany different enough that basic economic facts about socialized healthcare and higher education wouldn't work in the usa

you're desperate and reaching for straws to bvoid the obvious lesson

"germany is less square miles so gravity doesn't work the same in germany"

that's what you sound like

we're talking basic economic principles here

you're not being intellectually honest

"cultural differences" is the new cheat by pridefully ignorant assholes to avoid basic lessons about the reality they live in

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 203

ah yes, that orthodox leftist creed of keeping drugs safe

there's no need for it, it's a severe authoritarian need to control people, right? like a cartoon movie script: "ooh, i'm a lefty, i'm here to destroy your rights {insert manaical laugh}. why? i dunno. it's just what we do since central casting by joe mccarthy in the 1950s"

you need a cartoon villain to have your cartoon belief system

because these problems don't exist:




that's just from last week

how many millions of more examples do you want you ignorant asshole before you try matching your beliefs to reality?

that is the actual threat. that is why we have government regulations like the FDA: to protect us from the actual fucking real threat: industry

meanwhile, you want to whine about "orthodox leftist creeds"

that's not the actual threat, that's your uneducated delusion you ignorant piece of shit

did i make up executives who will kill you and poison you to make $1 more? am i making that shit up? do you read the fucking news? there's 3 links above from last week. do you want some more you shitbag before you try the slightest bit of intellectual honesty for the first time in your low iq life?

you imagine regulation as the threat, when the fucking story you are commenting under shows the real threat is industry. reality

why do you persist with a belief that fucking contradicts simple facts and simple reality around you

what the fuck is the source of your colossal ignorance you useless propagandized piece of shit?

you're a zombie. walking through the world blind, unable to see or understand anything. just regurgitating the same tired wrong ignorance, without the slightest effort to accept facts. prideful ignorance

Comment Re: weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 2) 318

you want to give the benefit of the doubt. it is mostly stupid people out there. nine times out of ten, they genuinely don't understand what the fuck they are talking about but open their mouths anyway

if i am having a conversation here with mostly europeans, and the difference is therefore in terminology (there are dumb europeans as well as dumb americans, but the terminology differences means indeed i have to side with caution), then i apologize

but if i am talking to the usual low iq propagandized american retard on this topic, there is no apology necessary

i am not using empty insults. we are talking about, objectively, morons. who talk about economic concepts they don't understand, merely regurgitating quasireligous beliefs their propaganda channels spoonfeed to the useful fools. genuine morons

do you respect a creationist when talking about evolution? an antivaxxer when talking about biology? no and no. these people need to be castigated and rejected. they reject reason so there is no use arguing with them. so it is with free market fundamentalist retards. they have beliefs that only exist when ignoring economics and simple history

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 318

you're an uneducated idiot. stop talking about topics you don't understand. libertarianism was originally about social issues in europe. then it got coopted and repurposed (so stolen... ironically) to be used as a term for economic issues in the usa

to the point that people now can call themselves libertarians in europe, or libertarians in the usa, and actually stand for completely oppposite positions in the economic and social spheres


The term libertarian was first used by late-Enlightenment freethinkers to refer to the metaphysical belief in free will, as opposed to determinism.[12] The first recorded use was in 1789, when William Belsham wrote about libertarianism in opposition to "necessitarian", i.e. determinist, views.[13][14]

Libertarian came to mean an advocate or defender of liberty, especially in the political and social spheres, as early as 1796, when the London Packet printed on 12 February: "Lately marched out of the Prison at Bristol, 450 of the French Libertarians."[15] The word was again used in a political sense in 1802, in a short piece critiquing a poem by "the author of Gebir", and has since been used with this meaning.[16][17][18]

The use of the word libertarian to describe a new set of political positions has been traced to the French cognate, libertaire, coined in a scathing letter French libertarian communist Joseph Déjacque wrote to mutualist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon in 1857, castigating him for his sexist political views.[19][20] Déjacque also used the term for his anarchist publication Le Libertaire: Journal du Mouvement Social, which was printed from 9 June 1858 to 4 February 1861 in New York City.[21][22] In the mid-1890s, Sébastien Faure began publishing a new Le Libertaire while France's Third Republic enacted the lois scélérates ("villainous laws"), which banned anarchist publications in France. Libertarianism has frequently been used as a synonym for anarchism since this time.[23][24][25]

Although the word libertarian continues to be widely used to refer to socialists internationally, its meaning in the United States has deviated from its political origins.[26][27] Libertarianism in the United States has been described as conservative on economic issues and liberal on personal freedom[28] (for common meanings of conservative and liberal in the United States); it is also often associated with a foreign policy of non-interventionism.[29][30] Since the resurgence of neoliberalism in the 1970s, free-market capitalist libertarianism has spread beyond North America via think tanks and political parties.[31]

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