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Comment: This is what Democracy is all about (Score 1) 337

by paltemalte (#42610537) Attached to: <em>We The People</em> Petition Signature Requirement Bumped To 100,000
What this does show is that Democracy is a totally flawed and broken way to select leaders for a nation. The same people who signed the death star petition are also allowed to vote in general elections. Is it a wonder we then end up with such destructive governments as those headed by Obama, Bush and Clinton? No, its not.

Comment: Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (Score 1) 2288

by paltemalte (#35894730) Attached to: Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

BTW, this is why a clock is divided into 60 seconds and minutes, because 60 can be divided by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, and 30. If you are having to chop something up into smaller pieces, it really helps to use a numerical base other than 10 for that division. For a quick & dirty system, base 12 really is very useful, hence why things are often sold by the dozen for the same reason.

You do know you are making an absolute guess now right? There are no sumerian documents hinting that they used the 360 degree system for geometry and time measurement because it made for easy division.

Comment: Re:the TSA's purpose is not stopping terrorists... (Score 2) 379

by paltemalte (#35835422) Attached to: TSA Investigates... People Who Complain About TSA
I once had my brand new Hugo Boss deodorant (which incidentally is the last non-food product I have ever purchased at an air port) confiscated, because the TSA felt that it probably was a bomb in disguise. I agree they have not stopped any terrorists at all, but that TSA agent was pretty pleased with himself and I believe in his book that made it: "terrorists: 0, TSA: 1".

Comment: Re:For non-Canadians, let me explain that Rogers.. (Score 1) 252

by paltemalte (#35649124) Attached to: ISP's War On BitTorrent Hits <em>World of Warcraft</em>
If they wrote the book, then AT&T in the US is about to make the movie on poor customer service. Don't forget to join the facebook protest group against AT&Ts bandwidth capping. Don't let this happen in America.

Comment: Re:I think this is a good thing (Score 1) 386

by paltemalte (#35376634) Attached to: DHS Eyes Covert Body Scans

If the technology is out there to do this safely and securely, how could it possibly be a bad thing. These being used at major gatherings - Olympics, Superbowl, World Cup - all round the world these should be able to be used given the current state of the world we live in.

Its also been proven perfectly safe to be frisked. So I support having a TSA frisking agent at every street corner.
Its also safe to be interrogated. So I support having a TSA interrogator in every public place that goes around and interrogate people at will.
It is safe to have a government GPS tracker installed under your skin, so I support that too.

The ten thousand dollar question: If I'm willing to sacrifice liberty for security, what do I deserve?

Comment: geek security or real security? why not both? (Score 1) 825

by paltemalte (#33157428) Attached to: Where To Start With DIY Home Security?
If you are doing this because you feel a need to satisfy your geek cravings, then by all means, buy networked video cameras, motion sensors, night vision cameras, set up dedicated servers doing nothing but image-recognition and audio analysis, and you can probably get some kind of solution up that will record and track everything that happens in and around your house or apartment.
When and if the local meth-head burglar shows up to rob your house he will probably not even notice the fancy security system before he rips the computer running it all out of the wall socket and carries it out to his getaway vehicle.

If geeky satisfaction is not your goal but rather real security, then follow the advice that many people here have already pointed out:
1. Get a gun.
2. Put up signs warning that you have a gun and am familiar with its point and click mode of operation.

If you want BOTH geeky satisfaction and real security you could hook your face scanning computer up TO your guns, so it automatically shoots everyone it deems villainous. But don't come crying here if your system pops your mom when she comes to do your laundry, if that happens you can only blame your own poor face-scanning-programming skills, not advice you got on the slashdot!

+ - Unprecedented Censorship Bill Passes in UK->

Submitted by paltemalte
paltemalte (767772) writes "A draconian Internet censorship bill that has been long looming on the horizon finally passed the house of commons in the UK yesterday, legislating for government powers to restrict and filter any website that is deemed to be undesirable for public consumption. Only a pitiful handful of MPs (pictured below) were present to debate the bill, which was fully supported by the “opposition” Conservative party, and passed by 189 votes to 47 keeping the majority of its original clauses intact.
The bill will now go back to the House of Lords, where it originated, for a final formal approval."

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