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Comment: Re: Anti 1984 sign (Score 1) 258

by mrchaotica (#48914861) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Here's the thing: although you're entitled to your opinion, that doesn't change the fact that it's both wrong and un-American. In fact, the United States wouldn't exist without anonymous public comment!

So, if you hate freedom that much -- and make no mistake, freedom requires anonymity, so if you hate anonymity then you hate freedom -- then by all means continue to think that way. But please do the rest of us a favor and GTFO of the USA!

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 1) 429

For that to work, the vast majority of the game has to exist on the client (i.e., it has to be single-player or capable of LAN play or something). Hackers are not going to be coding up an offline server for an MMO. Maybe they'd be stealing the server-side code and adapting that, but not coding it up from scratch.

Comment: Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (Score 1) 385

Neither the US constitution, nor does any commentary I'm aware of, state that electors are pledged to represent the interests of their state.

U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Clause 2: "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors..."

The idea that a state legislature would choose electors that represent its interests should be common sense.

Of course, at every crucial point in history prior to the 1860s, somebody suggests reducing the power of states in favor of either democratic populism (Jackson) of federal power (Hamilton, Washington...), and the argument against goes something like, "You're just trying to abolish slavery!" American federalism was invented as a pretext to sustain slavery in the colonies where it was economically entrenched.

You could just as validly claim that slavery was a scapegoat excuse for the Federal government to usurp power from the states. Preserving states' rights is yet another reason why we would have been better off if slavery had never existed...

Comment: Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (Score 3, Insightful) 385

The problem with the electoral college is not that it exists, it's that it's being used improperly as a flawed proxy for the popular vote instead of as it was originally intended, which was to reflect the will of the individual states, not the people. Similarly, Senators were not supposed to be elected by popular vote, but rather by vote of their state legislature. And, of course, the office of the President was not supposed to be nearly as powerful as it is now.

What does this all mean? It adds up to the idea that the states were supposed to be much more powerful in comparison to the Federal government than they are now. Since states are smaller, it's easier for individual citizens to meaningfully interact with their state representatives than their federal ones. If states still had the power the Framers intended for them to have, individuals would have better representation than they do now even without electing the President or Senators.

Corporate interests are allowed to dominate because people feel like their vote doesn't matter. Why doesn't their vote matter? Because all elected offices who's constituency is small enough for them to actually affect don't do anything important enough anymore!

Comment: Re:The "what?!" is reaction time (Score 1) 304

by mrchaotica (#48894601) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

It also means that, instead of just being charged with "distracted driving," the perp can be charged with "texting while driving" and "driving erratically" and "distracted driving," which adds up to triple penalty (including jail time!) unless he gives up his right to trial and allows himself to be railroaded into a "plea deal."

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"