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Comment: Re:Fucking Government doesn't care about US (Score 3, Insightful) 64

by mrchaotica (#47901535) Attached to: NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension

Bullshit. The Supreme Court damn well knows the 4th Amendment (and the rest of the Bill of Rights) should be interpreted broadly, so as to limit the government as much as possible. They just don't give a fuck because they're partisan, totalitarian bastards!

Comment: Re:This is new? (Score 1) 160

by mrchaotica (#47880833) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Are you sure? There are actually two (possible) dialogs:

  • One is a white-themed dialog with a header labeled with the Google Voice icon + "Google Voice", the choices "Call with Google Voice" and "Call without Google Voice", and a cancel button.
  • The other is a black-themed dialog with a header labeled "Call" and the choices (on my phone) the CSipSimple icon + "[my VoIP number]" and the Dialer icon + "Use Mobile".

If your phone is set up the way I think it is, when making a call from Google Voice you'd see the first, white dialog. If you choose "Call without Google Voice" it would make a normal cellular call. If you choose "Call with Google Voice" it would still make a cellular call, but the number called would be Google Voice's number itself, whereupon it would then be routed through Google's servers and then to its destination. But it would still use cellular voice protocols between you and Google. (Your phone would report that it called the number you told it to call, but if you requested a call log from your cellular provider it should show you calling Google instead.)

Comment: Re:This is new? (Score 1) 160

by mrchaotica (#47879825) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

If you try to dial out with Google Voice, it pulls up whatever app is registered to handle dialing phone numbers and makes a call with that. If you only have one such app -- e.g., the system Dialer app -- then it uses that and completes the call as a "real cellular call" using voice minutes. (On my device, it prompts me to choose between the system dialer and my VoIP app, but I only see the prompt because I have multiple programs to handle that intent.)

Try it when on Wi-Fi without a cellular connection and you'll see that it fails.

Comment: Re:100% Talkatone's greed (Score 1) 160

by mrchaotica (#47878993) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Did you try reading the article you linked? Here's the first paragraph:

One of the most popular ways to make use of Google Voice on Android has long been GrooveIP. This app was able to route voice calls on a device through Google's free IP call service. Google finally ended third-party access to Google Voice yesterday, but GrooveIP was ready with an alternative.

The statement "Google ended third-party access" means it quit working, and that it did so because of Google, not any of the third-party developers!

Comment: Re:100% Talkatone's greed (Score 1) 160

by mrchaotica (#47877955) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

O RLY? Okay then, explain why Groove IP and ObiTalk's Google Voice integration quit working at the same time! Surely Groove IP, at least, didn't do it out of greed since they told people to stop using their app at the same time...

Also provide a link to this mysterious "GVoice+" APK, because despite my quite decent web searching skills I couldn't find it and I don't believe it actually exists.

Comment: Re:Unchecked governmental BS (Score 2, Insightful) 495

The US government simply has acted like any other employer, in that it is selective in who it hires. What do you want them to do?

I want them to be a whole lot more restricted in what they can do than "any other employer," because they're not "any other employer," they're a goddamn government!

Governments should be held to a much higher standard than any natural person or private organization. There is no such thing as "equal rights" for governments; governments have no rights. Governments are always "guilty until proven innocent." Governments should not defend themselves -- governments should be the people's bitch. It is entirely reasonable for a government to be summarily dissolved by the governed, for any reason or no reason, with no recourse or argument. Anything otherwise is tyranny!

Okay, so that was a bit over-the-top, but I trust you got my point. More specifically, while the government should be allowed to be selective in terms of who it hires based on competency, it should not be allowed to be selective based on race, gender, age, political affiliation, favorite color, preference for vi vs. emacs or any other non-job-competency-related basis whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 495

Let me make the question a little clearer: "Have you ever belonged to an organization that is trying to kill me?" According to you, that's none of my business.

The difference is that it's a government, and you're not. Natural persons have a right to live; governments do not. If [a critical mass of] people are trying to overthrow a government, it's probably because it's become tyrannical and therefore deserves to be overthrown!

(Before you try to tell me I'm wrong, you should note that the Declaration of Independence uses exactly the same argument.)

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 0) 495

I advocated a "revolution" by absolute and unflinching non-participation in all government interactions.... For many reasons, this became a giant mess for me and I ended up a target. It started off quite subtle and juvenile... but ultimately ended up with things that I do not believe were legal to do to a person in the least.

You don't want to interact with government, but you want it to provide legal protection to you?

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 2) 495

the Libertarians or the Greens, which have completely opposite views on almost every issue.

On the contrary, the Libertarians and Greens agree on several fundamental principles:

  • Free speech as an absolute right (i.e, no bullshit "free speech zones")
  • Strong support for other civil rights (much stronger than the Democrats or Republicans, which are both authoritarian)
  • Reduction in scope of Federal government / more localized control
  • Non-aggressive / less interventionist foreign policy
  • More inclusive ballot access / abolishment of rules that favor the two-party system

IMO, the two "major" parties have gone so far off the totalitarian/fascist deep end that the civil rights issue alone should be enough to sustain a Green-Libertarian coalition!

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