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Comment: Re:Solar: putting Americans out of work since fore (Score 1) 286

by linearZ (#49551221) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

The coal industry supports THOUSANDS of American jobs. What do you hippy moron leftists propose to do about all the families your precious "solar" panels will put out of work? Oh that's right, you'll just pass some big-goverment high-tax shit and the swirl down the toilet of American society continues.

You got it soldier! Back in the days of the agrarian society, everyone worked! And we worked hard!

Progress sucks. Now we have to figure out what to do with our time when we the hippies win we are getting our energy from free sunlight.

Comment: Apple is Losing "it" (Score 0) 74

by linearZ (#49534247) Attached to: Apple Offers Expedited Apple Watch Order Lottery To Developers

There once was a time when I looked forward to Apple's new products. Without being an iCult member, repeating all I heard from the fearless Apple leaders, I could appreciate the design and market leadership. I didn't always buy the stuff, but I once knew when I looked at new a Apple product I was seeing the future of consumer electronics.

Apple hasn't marketed a good new idea in three years. And it isn't even a new idea. Android tried and failed about a year ago. It turns out, people prefer lightweight watches, with faces they can read, that don't have to get recharged on a weekly basis. Making a smart watch, when everyone carries smart phones is a bit of a redundant novelty.

It is kind of sad to see Apple go in this direction.

Comment: Re:Old Folks Homes (Score 1) 536

by linearZ (#49525651) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

I think you are confusing "hyped" with "over-hyped".

I remember the 70s, and the first Star Wars was absolutely hyped. I saw it opening day and there were lines. This was for a movie that no one had seen yet. Those lines were generated with hype.

I'm sure that first building will be the same way. Pretty good and a waiting list to get. Smart money will be on the second building. Third building will be tough. Ewoks are a bitch to get rid of.


Comment: Re: Idiotic (Score 1) 590

Don't assume that I should know you.

On /. , you are defined by your posts.

If you think I'm slimy because I question the capbility of the state to properly facilitate trials with life and death consequences, that is you choice.

But don't think I would think any different of you from what you post here, simply because I don't know you.

I've formed my opinions of you from your rigid and unenlightened views expressed here in writing. If you are now saying you've somehow been disingenuous - that I would have different "if I only knew you" - well then, I'm not sure my opinion of you would not change for the better.

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 590

I' Logic. Think it through.

Your logic is the logic of an automaton. Only a fool would have logic this simplistic.

You strike me as the kind of person that likes being told what to do by authority, and then attacks anyone who doesn't obey. You'd make a great cop - if you aren't one already.

Comment: Re:HTTPS Everywhere - 3rd Party Certs? (Score 1) 70

by linearZ (#49508609) Attached to: Chrome 43 Should Help Batten Down HTTPS Sites

Sorry about your wife. I can see how you might achieve certain perspectives after that.

Nervetheless, I think the scenarios I'm speaking of do have a valid perspective in this forum. This is /. and a internet privacy is a recurring and important topic, is it not?

Two points here:

1. Clearly our internet communications are being monitored by third parties outside the endpoints. Time, data, endpoints, and content. This data is being stored forever. To what end?
2. Encrypting everything is not that radical of a position - its not like the existing infrastructure can't handle it, and it is not like the end users would even notice.

As far as Google goes, isn't that part of the deal? I know Google will use some bit of my information, and I have an idea of how they use it. I chose Google here, and, FWIW, the deal is pretty well outlined by Google. For unencrypted comm, Its not like I'm choosing the third who is listening. I don't really know that deal - the rules aren't really published.

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 590

If you are saying that the criminals would have some sort of kangeroo court then you're really just conflating a proper court of law with a kangeroo court.

Did I say "Kagaroo"? No. I'm talking about the moral authority of government to kill and you are dreaming about kangaroos. You are full of crap. Government trusting, non-critical thinking, pseudo argumentative crap.

The fact that you devolve into some ivory tower slippery slope argument on tax collection - as if losing money were equatable to losing ones life - just shows how afraid you are to even question what "authority" might be doing wrong. Keep that tower alive, I'm sure those theories of yours are working well in every daily life...

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 590

We'd live in some mad max post apocalyptic hell hole in a week if we followed this to its logical conclusion.

Following your logic to a reasonable conclusion - if criminals held a trial first and then kill someone, it wouldn't be an "execution" rather than "murder".

Your overly technical logic assumes that the government and justice system couldn't have possibly been infiltrated by criminals. One could invoke Goodwin....

Execution becomes murder when the official government, who facilitated the trial and performed the "execution", loses the moral authority. The problem in the US is that moral authority has been chipped away with every execution of an innocent person. We should at least acknowledge that wrongful executions occur, and that perhaps we can't trust our government to properly facility trials that lead to execution/murder/whatever you want to call someone losing their life at the hands of another.

But, hey, at least the government is introducing some efficiencies. They could have gone with helium....

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