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Comment: Re:Not sure this is deserved in this case (Score 1) 430

by smooth wombat (#49584537) Attached to: Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules
Less government regulation is pretty much what Libertarianism is all about, so this is more him sticking true to his ideals.

Except this the government going back and undoing what it had previously done. Originally ISPs were to be treated as common carriers but the government got bigger by using its power to say they weren't common carriers.

If the government had the power to say ISPs weren't common carriers, it most certainly has the power to say they are. No contradiction or overstepping of authority.

Comment: Re:Automated sorting of mail and metadata? (Score 1) 66

by causality (#49580127) Attached to: New Privacy Concerns About US Program That Can Track Snail Mail

Get rid of government and see how long your liberty lasts.

Do you deny that liberty tends to erode over time? Or did a hallucination cause you to falsely believe I wanted to get rid of all government?

If neither of those is true, then I cannot understand what motivated you to write that post. It looks like a knee-jerk response to someone else's conversation.

Comment: Re:Why would a non-sports person have cable? (Score 1) 329

by smooth wombat (#49563231) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

The sports thing is only really important to me during college football season, other than that, I don't watch it.

Ditto. That and Formula 1 as well. Those are really the only two sports I would regularly watch. When the World Cup comes around I would watch that as well.

Aside from that, don't really care to watch any other sports. As Homer said when he was at a baseball game after he had given up drinking beer, "I never realized how boring this game is."

Comment: Re:Curse you, Entropy! (Score 1) 480

It's the same mentality which claims recycling aluminum cans is more costly, in every sense, than getting the raw materials and making the can in the first place.

Anything to justify how evil not continuing down our current path is because if it can be shown through evidence that recycling or alternative fuels provide the same benefits we enjoy now with substantially reduced costs and/or environmental effects, their political agenda will be shown for the farce it is.

Comment: Re:Automated sorting of mail and metadata? (Score 1) 66

by causality (#49537733) Attached to: New Privacy Concerns About US Program That Can Track Snail Mail

The USPS has been using automated systems of sorting mail for decades. It's why mail across town goes to a consolidated center (perhaps halfway across the state) first for sorting into carrier routes and has been for decades.

That Homeland Security want to capture this information - which has long been determined to accessible (the original pen-trace) isn't surprising at all.

And they only have to photograph/image the ones that the machines can't read. It's only surprising to people who drink the conservative kool-aide that government can't do anything right.

There are four things government is in a position to do better than anyone else: military defense, law enforcement, public works, and the erosion of liberty.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 649

by smooth wombat (#49518553) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

How nice. So what you're saying is everyone else is responsible for paying for your incompetence except for you.

Just like Obamneycare. The obese, smokers, alcoholics and drug users never have to change their lifestyle choices because everyone else picks up the tab.

Talk about abandoning personal responsibility.

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin