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Comment: Just a reminder (Score 2) 270

Congress consists of the House of Representatives AND the Senate.

Most people (even the politicians) have a habit of calling the House of Representatives "the Congress", but it's not. It's only half of Congress.

Right now we have different parties controlling the two halves. I kinda like it when they don't get much done. It's better to have no laws passed than bad laws getting passed.

So, when the House passes something nowadays, you can bet that the Senate won't pass it, nor will the President sign it.

Comment: Re:So now that the UN said it, (Score 1) 261

by reboot246 (#47477825) Attached to: UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights
You're an extremist if you think your rights supersede the purposes and principles of the U.N..

From the United Nations charter:
"These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations."

What are their purposes and principles? Only the U.N. knows for sure, but my observations have indicated that they're in favor of whatever the U.S. is against (and vice versa). I think the U.N. would be more believable if they located their headquarters in some place like Syria or China.

There's no doubt that the NSA has violated nearly everybody's rights, but don't rely on the U.N. to do anything about it.

Comment: Re:You think? (Score 0) 385

You'll get nowhere with the average slashdotter, felrom, but thanks for trying. Few, if any of them, have even taken a course in economics. All they're capable of is spewing what they've been told by equally ignorant people.

They have no idea how business actually works. Hell, my guess is that none of them can even tell you the difference between "profit" and "profit margin"!

All they know is that corporation = evil, and that the most evil corporations are oil companies.

Comment: Gardeners appear to be against it (Score 2) 66

by reboot246 (#47355319) Attached to: The Internet of Things Comes To Your Garden
I just read every post (up to this point), and it's the real gardeners who are opposed to the tech solutions.

That's not what gardening is about. You have to get out there and get your hands dirty to enjoy it. I was born with a "green thumb" and can grow almost anything, even plants that are supposed to be outside of my growing zone. But you gotta be out there with 'em to know what they need and when they need it. Too many people over-water, plant in the wrong place, or over-fertilize and then wonder what went wrong.

I even like my weeds. Many of them are edible!

Comment: Re:Nothing (Score 1) 286

by reboot246 (#47337499) Attached to: What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant
Yes, sue them under Section 1983, Title 42 of the United States Code. Even individual officers can be sued for violating your rights. LEOs should think long and hard about violating a person's rights, because you can sue them for their money, belongings, house, retirement, whatever it takes to pay you when you win. And you may just win if you have the right lawyer.

In part Section 1983, Title 42 states -- any person who "under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State . . . subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States . . . to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law."

Comment: Re:Doesn't give warm fuzzies (Score 1) 162

by reboot246 (#47328633) Attached to: Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients
It may be innocent enough when it's just hospitals and doctors that are mining the data about you, but what happens when this country gets to a single-payer system? Then it's the government making the decisions and while a doctor or hospital can "advise" you about how you need to exercise and eat right, the government has the power to force you to do it.

Think about it seriously. Everything you do in life somehow can be a health or wellness issue. Like to skydive or race motorcycles or rock climb or target shoot or any number of other perfectly normal activities? Well, you may or may not be able to enjoy some of those in the future. It's all up to some un-elected bureaucrat to decide. Oh, and they will probably be an IRS employee; we know how caring they are and how careful they are with your data.

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