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Comment: It seems so obvious now (Score 2) 446

by paiute (#46733237) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem
Perhaps if you are a company which should have privacy concerns right up at the top of your list of to dos you should not appoint a board member who by all accounts gives not a shit for privacy concerns?

By the by, wouldn't life be the tits if I had no background in tech other than abusing it but had political connections as 99% of my resume and could land sweetheart preIPO deals like this?

Comment: Re:The Founding Fathers are crying.. (Score 1) 284

by paiute (#46602601) Attached to: U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

You should actually read the first ten amendments sometime. The way they are written

Congress shall make no law...

When the founding fathers wrote this, they intended to for the states to be able to pass laws restricting freedom of speech and religion.

Nonsense. The states have constitutions of their own which guarantee the rights of their citizens. The Constitution of Massachusetts, for example, was adopted seven years before the US version and in many ways is even more protective of individual rights than the federal.

Comment: Pretty simple (Score 1) 490

by paiute (#46586763) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
The USPS doesn't throttle the DVD supply to my house - at least not yet. Maybe there will be a Postal Service Movie Delivery System in the future which competes with them. Then my Netflix envelopes will mysteriously take two weeks to arrive from the next zip code. They will come ripped and often broken and mixed in with offers to enroll in the PSMDS if I am no longer happy with Netflix' service.

Comment: Re:Credibility (Score 2) 703

by paiute (#46558047) Attached to: IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

"Boy who cried wolf" ring any bells?

Yes it does. You will recall that in the end, there was a real wolf who did appear. He ate all the sheep. So if the townspeople had reacted to the warnings not with scorn but by realizing that they were unprepared for actual wolves, their sheep would have been safe.

Comment: Re:Olympic athletes (Score 1) 529

by paiute (#46507539) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

It's funny they mentioned Olympic athletes. Those folks are not trained in a school's PE class. Their parents hire coaches and training facilities at their own expense.

If you are gifted at basketball or football (or hockey - in the north), you will reach an age where you do not have to pay out anything and often get money and goods under the table.

"I have just one word for you, my boy...plastics." - from "The Graduate"