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Comment: Re:There is no need for the Patriot Act (Score 1) 320

by drinkypoo (#49787259) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

The Patriot act should go away and the US powers that be should focus its efforts on neutralizing the Sunni-Wahabi threat by whatever means necessary.


Unfortunately we are taking the wrong side here in helping the Saudi's eradicate a Shia Minority in Yemen.

What we did in Iraq was separate peacefully coexisting communities of the people you're talking about. We deliberately set social progress back a hundred years there. What you think we need to do is literally the opposite of our government's intent.

Comment: Re:What happens when you have insular advisors (Score 1) 320

by drinkypoo (#49787237) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

Note to Obama: You are being lied to.

Obama has been consistent, at least since taking office. Before taking office, he spoke out against mass data collection. But ever since taking office, he has consistently stated that we require this data collection to be safe. We have met the enemy, and he is us. And that very much includes Obama.

Comment: Re:Caught Up (Score 1) 70

by drinkypoo (#49787139) Attached to: Microsoft Edge To Support Dolby Audio

Everything about the web is like that. We are in the process of doing "on the web" everything we have already been doing locally for decades,

And we're doing it in a way that brings us right back to the era of mainframes. Although far more advanced, the model is highly similar to that of the IBM mainframe systems whose semi-smart terminals understood form fields and submission.

Comment: Re:How do the "poorest residents" own homes (Score 1) 115

So, how do the "poorest residents" own a home?

By spending half or more of their income on their mortgage, and by having a co-signer and a down payment. It's not rocket surgery, it's just dealing with the evil, evil banks. The banks are sitting on something like three houses for every homeless man, woman, and child in America, refusing to drop their prices to market level.

Comment: Re:$70000 is poorest? (Score 1, Redundant) 115

Yes, I have always loved the concept of my paying more taxes so other people could have for free the things I can't afford for myself.

Share your wealth or they will share their poverty.

The more money people have, the less they tend to do for the poor. If it worked the other way around, you wouldn't be whinging now.

It's a shame the middle class won't band together and come after the rich, but those poor idiot fucks won't realize that they have a better chance to win the lottery than to actually work their way into the upper echelons of society. They still think they're going to be the ones looking down their noses at someone else someday.

Comment: Re:A few things here... (Score 1) 115

First off, $70k isn't poor. Not even in California.

That depends on where it is and if it's a family or just a person. Just a person in the boonies making $70k is doing great. A family literally anywhere (even someplace totally shit) in the Bay Area living on $70k? They're scraping by, because over half of that is likely to go to rent or mortgage, when conventional wisdom says not to spend more than a quarter.

Comment: Re:Russian rocket motors (Score 1) 58

by Bruce Perens (#49787045) Attached to: SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches

Russia would like for us to continue gifting them with cash for 40-year-old missle motors, it's our own government that doesn't want them any longer. For good reason. That did not cause SpaceX to enter the competitive process, they want the U.S. military as a customer. But it probably did make it go faster.

Also, ULA is flying 1960 technology, stuff that Mercury astronauts used, and only recently came up with concept drawings for something new due to competitive pressure from SpaceX. So, I am sure that folks within the Air Force wished for a better vendor but had no choice.

Money doesn't talk, it swears. -- Bob Dylan