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Comment Re:Bully for Yahoo (Score 1) 328

Actually, I remember the early internet quite well.

It was NOWHERE near as useful as it can be today.
(But I do understand how you and I and others can get tired of intrusive ads, as opposed to something like a non-tracking text ad or banner.)

What I am more tired of is so many of the folks online who argue from extremes... and like to insult people who don't agree with them instead of trying to make a legitimate point.

I also have little patients for those who expect everything for free. Welfare used to be a dirty word to proud, working folks. Now it seems so many people aren't embarrassed to get something without working for it, they actually don the label of "leech" as if it were a badge of honor.

Comment Bully for Yahoo (Score 1) 328

....whereas I find many ads obnoxious and the tracking going on kinda creepy, if everyone blocked ads there would be virtually nothing online "for free."

All the "I'll take my business elsewhere" folks are in for a rude surprise when they realize all the small and innovative content generators don't have the free time to generate quality content for nothing in return. All that will be left is larger companies that can bankroll long-term investment and paywalls.

Comment Only good results are political (Score 1) 169

From a practical standpoint the drone operations are counter-productive.
They come off as cowardly
(no risk of personal injury while killing others),
while the attacks also kill many innocent people.
(To quibble over numbers is insulting.)
The drone attacks likely represent the greatest recruiting tool of the groups they mean to diminish.

So why use them so much, and seemingly with so little regard for collateral damage?

For the headlines:
"Number [insert low number] enemy killed by US drone!"
...and then all props go out to warrior Obama.

Comment Probably bad (Score 2) 459

Those who think we need to choose between ISIS and Iran, just as those who say the only alternative to the current deal with Iran is war -- are being dangerously simplistic. Sort of reminds me of the whole Democrat-Republican dynamic here in the USA of late. It's one line of BS or another -- both of which turn out to be politically motivated; that is, in the self-interest of the politician. I'm tired of hearing how: "This is Bush's fault" and "No, it's Obama's fault" At some point it's our fault. For listening to overly simplistic arguments, believing them, then picking a side. ...often followed by calling each other names. Sad is what it is. Sad and dangerous.

Submission + - IE does not allow Google as Search provider 1

psherman2001 writes: For the last couple years Microsoft has been increasing the effort needed to change the default search provider in Internet Explorer from Bing to Google Search. For instance, the need to be shown an online add-on page, then Google not on default page (need to select "All"), then even a Windows update that prevented Google, specifically, from being selected (KB3038314)... So imagine my lack of surprise when now, on IE 11, Google Search, as a search provider add-on, is no longer available at all.
    Didn't Microsoft learn anything about their old tricks turning people off?

Comment censorship is submission (Score 2) 228

"When I visit a mosque, I show my respect by taking off my shoes. I follow the customs, just as I do in a church, synagogue or other holy place. But if a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission." --Flemming Rose

Comment Who is revisionist? (Score 1) 818

From Lincoln's letter to Horace Greeley, Aug. 22, 1862: "If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it..." Although Lincoln did believe: "...my oft-expressed personal wish that all men every where could be free." it was obviously not his main motivation in the Civil war.

Comment Blame game (Score 5, Insightful) 330

Doesn't matter who's fault it is...
who started privacy abuses,
what party is/was in power.


There is something going terribly wrong here.

We, as Americans,
have obviously slid quite a little way down the slippery slope,
toward something quite different than the bastion of freedom we like to think of ourselves as...

We should be doing something more about it than pointing fingers and playing politics.

Comment Re:74% of Pakistanis now consider the U.S. an enem (Score 4, Interesting) 362

When I read a couple years ago that a strike had killed "mostly" militants, then the next day bombed everyone at the funeral... I felt suddenly empty. Who in their right mind would NOT think badly of the country responsible?

I love my country and consider myself quite patriotic, but these drone attacks are shameful. They should be stopped. Aside from the obvious moral imperative, there is the practicality of it: every time we kill another "al-Qaeda #2" with these cowardly half-blind strikes from the sky we create many more enemies.

Why do I hear so little protest here in the US? What can the average Joe do to raise hell about it?
And where is the press on all this? I'm tired of hearing about Mitt Romney's taxes and President Obama's birth certificate. Let's get real.

We've met the enemy...

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