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Comment: Let's integrate everything! What could go wrong? (Score 2) 219

by phrackthat (#45892635) Attached to: Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

Hey, it's all good. Once we've got fridges hooked up, coke cans and bottles, Lunchables, and every other food related item and cigarette packs, alcohol bottles, beer mugs, and so forth we can pass a law where they will integrate with our shiny Obamacare system so that your insurance can be adjusted according to what you eat! Perhaps all of our lives little details will become mandatorily given to the government for our own good - you been getting around a sleeping with some honeys (I know, this is Slashdot, but we can all have a dream!) , the government must know because it increases your risk of an STD which increases your risk profile, own a gun? that'll be hooked into the government information pool too. Own a gun? Watch too much TV? Play too many video games? Don't watch enough government sanctioned TV? Everything can be used to enhance your profile of insurance risk, terrorism risk, etc.

The third party doctrine will accommodate any invasion of privacy since, under current law, once information about you becomes available to a third party, the government can compel it's production without a warrant. Once everything you own is hooked up to the Net, it all becomes fair game for government analysis. Of course, once these functions become ubiquitous opting out will become impossible but the courts will continue to waive their collective hands and say that we willingly sent our private information to a third party so it's fair game for the government.

Comment: Re:UAV's vulnerable to directed-energy weapons? (Score 1) 153

by phrackthat (#45473901) Attached to: Many UAVs Vulnerable To Directed-Energy Weapons

I will now coin a new acronym..."KEDW," or "Kinetic Energy Directed Weapon," also known as a "gun," and go speak to a conference about how it is a much worse threat than this...because not only can it shoot down police drones, it can hurt people too!

I think KEPOW works better for a gun. "Kinetic Energy Projectile Ordinance Weapon"

Comment: Re:Orson Scott Card (Score 1) 732

by phrackthat (#45349899) Attached to: Movie Review: <em>Ender's Game</em>

No problem -- Tolkien wrote these a long time ago, so all Jackson has to do is wait a few more years until the copyright lapses and they become public domain, then he can... oh, right.

Funny, it worked for Disney for decades, on everything from Snow White and Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty to Beauty and the Best and The Little Mermaid, not sure what's different here.

Simple. The Disney company at that time was relatively small and was happy to obey a law that it could benefit from.

Now it's a different story. Disney, thanks to our wonderfully corrupt legislators, is the law.

Comment: Re:Orson Scott Card (Score 1) 732

by phrackthat (#45349795) Attached to: Movie Review: <em>Ender's Game</em>

Enders Game could be the best movie ever, Orson Scott Card is not getting a dime of my money.

Whether you go to see the movie should have nothing to do with OSC. He's already posted on this issue - he got a flat fee for the movie rights long ago and will not be making a dime extra if the movie does well.

Comment: Re:Credibility gap (Score 2) 280

by phrackthat (#45253759) Attached to: German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

How about actually getting a fair and reasonably comprehensive assessment from an unbiased source? Crazy, right?

http://www.politifact.com/personalities/barack-obama/

Politifact is "reasonably comprehensive" and "unbiased"???? Damn! What are you smoking, we'd all like to know cuz that shit must be good!

Up to 2011, they found Republicans to be lying 119 times to 13 for Democrats. Usually Politifact engages in strawman attacks where they dismiss the actual language the speaker used and instead substitute their own language (which would in-fact be false), then label the speaker's claim as false. Try looking at http://www.politifactbias.com/

Comment: Re:The efficiency of capitalism (Score 1) 327

by phrackthat (#45208515) Attached to: How To Lose $172,222 a Second For 45 Minutes

Obamacare is about stealing money from people and apparently there is no mechanism to stop this theft at all.

Well, actually there is a mechanism. It's called the vote. However, you have a lot of low information voters out there and a media that's as loyal as Pravda to the Democrats. The people voted to stop Obamacare by voting in people to oppose it.

Democrats bitch and whine that a "democratically passed law" is being opposed. The media parrots the Dems and tells people what to think - "The evil Republicans are opposing a democratically passed law." But they don't tell the sheeple that the Democrats in the House were voted out over Obamacare and that it is the #1 job of the people who were to voted in to oppose it and shut it down because that is why they were voted in!

The 4th estate is an utter failure. They do not operate to keep those in power honest - they serve the interests of Democrats for the purpose of aggregating power.

Comment: Re:How do we get Congress to sign up? (Score 1) 365

by phrackthat (#45147539) Attached to: Buried In the Healthcare.gov Source: "No Expectation of Privacy"

The Republicans? If you recall the Republicans did the same thing they are doing now when Clinton was president. Since Reagan their M.O. has been to spend and borrow recklessly while they have control of the White House and oppose everything when the Dems have the White House.

And Democrats do anything differently when Republicans occupy the White House? Oh yes, Democrats are pure and white as the driven snow while Rethuglicans are the spawn of Satan and servants of their corporate evil overlords.

Of course, Obamacare was not written by legislators (entirely Democrat in its support) but by insurance industry reps who stood to profit greatly on the back of the middle class and through forcing every every man, woman and child to purchase their product. The AARP supported Obamacare, against the wishes of their members, because the AARP would benefit from Obamacare to the tune of $2.8 billion.

As Pelosi said "We won't know what's in it until we pass it." Now we do, to our great sorrow: millions of jobs cut to part-time, full-time jobs that will never be created, billions in additional debt, the IRS having its nose in our medical histories, the middle class bearing massive insurance hikes in order to create new entitlements to pay for Democrat votes, the demolition of privacy in our medical care and stripping away choice from millions in their healthcare decisions.

For fuck's sake, the Democrats couldn't give a rat's ass about their constituents - they care only about power and serving the corporate interests that have supported them. Seriously -- you didn't clue into Obama's nature when he was asking people to report on their neighbors if they spoke out against Obamacare?

Comment: Re:ReMAX and Century 21 in Greenland (Score 1) 310

by phrackthat (#44930927) Attached to: Arctic Ice Extent Tops 2012's, But Is 6th Lowest In History
If you want to freeze your ass off, go right ahead and buy real estate in the Antarctic. Antarctic ice levels are at their highest recorded levels. That's something that's usually left out of the AGW debate. See: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2012/09/19/antarctic-sea-ice-sets-another-record/

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 1293

by phrackthat (#44913523) Attached to: Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

And that they are secret agents.

This was modded informative? You guys do realize that his reference to platypuses being "secret agents" is to the children's cartoon "Phineas and Ferb" where the main characters have a pet platypus who lives an alternate life as a secret agent fighting the schemes of a mad scientist to rule the "tri-state area." I can possibly see it being modded "funny" or possibly even "interesting," but informative???

Comment: Re:Just upload your encrypted data online (Score 1) 223

by phrackthat (#44811875) Attached to: Device Security: How Border Searches Are Really Used

The legal authority provided for this unconstitutional intrusion is 287 (a) (3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 66 Stat. 233, 8 U.S.C. 1357(a)(3), which simply provides for warrantless searches of automobiles and other conveyances "within a reasonable distance from any external boundary of the United States," as authorized by regulations to be promulgated by the Attorney General. The Attorney General's regulation, 8 CFR 287.1, defines "reasonable distance" as "within 100 air miles from any external boundary of the United States."

However, the SCOTUS has not yet chimed in on the subject but its precedence suggests that the breadth of the searches and the distance involved may be unconstitutionally overbroad. Specifically, the border search exception applies only at international borders and their functional equivalent (such as international airports) (See Almeida-Sanchez v. United States, 413 US 266, 273 (1973) ).

More recently courts have opined that the "extended border search" exception should apply only to those situations where the following facts are present: (1) "reasonable certainty" that the international boundary has been crossed by the suspect vehicle and (2) reasonable suspicion that the subject of the search was involved in criminal activity. (See US v. Guzman-Padilla, 573 F. 3d 865, 868 (2009) , See also US v. Nelson, Dist. Court, D. Arizona (2012)).

Comment: Re:It's true; Finland outperforms the USA (Score 2) 1255

by phrackthat (#44739929) Attached to: Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

You're comparing apples to oranges. Finland is a largely homogeneous society (as are most countries that outperform the US in education - Japan, South Korea, etc). As of 2010, just 4.6 percent of Finnish residents had been born in another country. America is a nation of immigrants and is racially heterogeneous, this in turn has a significant impact on our "averages" in standardized tests. For example, during the kerfuffle over the teachers unions in Wisconsin, they liked to point out that Wisconsin's unionized education resulted in better performing students than Texas, which was non-unionized. However, when the numbers were broken down by race, Texas students beat Wisconsin students in every single grade and category. However, Wisconsin simply had fewer minorities - it's a very white State.

While the book "The Bell Curve" is very controversial, the research in this area keeps coming up with the same results - Asians perform better than whites, whites perform better than Hispanics, Hispanics perform better than blacks. I once read some research where they simply broke out the test scores for Caucasians in the USA and compared them against Finland and the USA numbers were in fact better than Finland. There are many other differences between Finland and the USA (childhood healthcare is significant among them) that contribute to the gap, but racial make-up is huge. I lean toward the theory that poverty and the difficulty of learning a language that isn't used at home are the two most important drivers, but there are also cultural differences in black and Hispanic communities that contribute to the wide gulf in educational attainment.

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