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Comment: Re:Self Mumified? (Score 1) 108

by praxis (#49119877) Attached to: Mummified Monk Found Inside 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue

You are missing something: knowledge of how performed his self-mummification. The cure for this ignorance is the article, which described how they believe the whole process went down. I'll save you the trouble though: we don't know who removed the organs or when, but we do have a theory for how he became mummified.

Comment: Re:All the more reason... (Score 2) 246

by praxis (#49088897) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers

We are all clueless about some things. I, for one, care about clueless computer users because I can help them. I hope to foster a helpful culture so that others can enlighten me about things *I* am clueless about. Or, in other words, technologists should elevate technology for everyone.

Comment: Re:an option for privacy (Score 1) 227

the "more privacy" option is still as private as google.

LOOOOL. The only reason google enters into any business is if there is consumer information it can collect and do whatever it wants with it, not just advertising.

Yes, that's true. What's also true is that AT&T is asking to do even more than that unless you pay them $30 more per month.

Comment: Re:Bullshit Samsung (Score 1) 370

by praxis (#49034085) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Valve has changed their terms of service for Steam with the following question: do you accept these changes? If you answer yes, you have new rules governing the use of your games. If you answer no, you lose every purchase you have ever made with them. That's in the realm of zero trustworthiness in my book.

The relevant part of the TOS, bolding mine:

Valve may amend this Agreement (including any Subscription Terms or Rules of Use) at any time in its sole discretion. If Valve amends the Agreement, such amendment shall be effective thirty (30) days after Valve provides you with notice of the amended Agreement, either via e-mail or as a notification within the Software. You can view the Agreement at any time at http://www.steampowered.com/. Your failure to cancel your Account, or cease use of the Subscription(s) affected by the amendment, within thirty (30) days after receiving notification of the amendment, will constitute your acceptance of the amended terms. If you don’t agree to the amendments or to any of the terms in this Agreement, your only remedy is to cancel your Account or to cease use of the affected Subscription(s). Valve shall not have any obligation to refund any fees that may have accrued to your Account before cancellation of your Account or cessation of use of any Subscription, nor shall Valve have any obligation to prorate any fees in such circumstances.

Comment: Re:Extortion (Score 1) 619

by praxis (#48971363) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

Fact of the matter is, there aren't any "professional" journalists anymore that do their jobs so well they deserve to be paid to read their crap

You are wrong. There are a number of journalists who are worth paying to read what they write. There are far fewer of them today than there were ten years ago, but that's because many of them did not offer much beyond what became available from other sources.

Comment: Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (Score 1) 392

We vote, we count votes, and the person who gets the most votes takes office (with rare exceptions like Gore in 2000 when Gore got more votes in Florida). That's democracy.

That's direct democracy, which we do not have except in limited instances. Your example of the presidency is an excellent example of this, actually. Are you aware of this thing called "the electoral college"? When was the last time you voted for members of the electoral college? Okay, so the POTUS election isn't an actual "one man, one vote" type deal in the direct democratic sense. Plus, it's winner-take-all for each state and thus not even a true representation of how the various electoral college members actually voted. So, not directly democratic either even in the limited arena of the electoral college.

Okay, so how about the supreme court justices? Who did you vote for during the last election? Or hugely influential people in the various cabinets such as Secretary of State. Who did you vote for?

Huh. Okay, so while the US has some parts of government directly democratic ("one man, one vote"), there were deliberately set in place those checks and balances (a constitution and republican structure of other parts of government) to thoughtfully and precisely limit direct democracy, as the Founders felt that direct democracy would be too damaging ("tyranny of the majority" for example) and unwieldy to boot.

The example CauseBy gave, which you say is direct democracy, is not direct democracy. In a direct democracy the electorate vote on policy initiatives. In CauseBy's example, the electorate elect representatives.

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