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Comment: Re: They said they weren't doing it.. (Score 1) 80

by rmdingler (#48929273) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

Our other rights aren't as firm as America either, here it is Constitutional to limit speech in cases such as child porn or national secrets unlike America where any law limiting speech is unconstitutional and you have the madness of obvious unconstitutional laws being enforced by the courts.

I think I'd rather put up with the madness of the court's evaluation of each individual case of liberty, and whether or not they compromise the rights of others, than to have certain ones crossed off the list to begin with.

Comment: The house always wins. Partisan my ass... (Score 1) 80

by rmdingler (#48928935) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

They keep the shrinking number of interested voting citizens involved in the political process, but set them at each other's throats in a no-win, us versus them bickering match.

Since both sides are evil, and the contestants takes turns winning every few years, the ruling class stays in power as you pretend your side is somehow different and better.

Comment: Re: They said they weren't doing it.. (Score 2) 80

by rmdingler (#48928733) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily
For those {like me} not well versed on the Notwithstanding Clause, apparently, there is such a thing in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (think Bill of Rights).

It appears to be a way around your aforementioned personal guaranteed freedoms, in say, a government-dictated need.

It sounds a little sketchy at first, unless you consider that at least the Canadian gov't was letting their citizens know right up front that it might be necessary to eminent domain your guaranteed rights... they were much less explicit with how things might work one nation south of there.

Comment: No Wonder! (Score 2) 76

by rmdingler (#48923059) Attached to: Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

One wonders how Comcast/TimeWarner will behave after the merger.

After being held accountable for, what to them, is tens of dollars in past due franchise fees, and then bribing gov't officials fully & legally right under our noses,

I would say their incentive to improve is infinitesimal.

Comment: Re:~make~ as opposed to *born* developers (Score 1) 202

by rmdingler (#48919947) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?
Yes. The best at every single vocation, hobby, and pursuit start out with the physical gifts that make greatness in their field attainable.

And the truly exceptional separate themselves from there: they always have a little more "try" in them than the others.

Entitlement and freedom from obstacles is magnus infitialis.

Comment: Preposterous (Score 1) 152

The article seems to be implying a law enforcement arm of the U.S. Gov't has expanded surveillance above and beyond what was initially authorized.

It seems certain if that if this were the case, in a representative democracy, someone's already scheduling a Congressional hearing to sort this out.

Crap! It's Superbowl week and the Congresscritters are busy commenting on some quarterback's balls.

Comment: Re:Saddest line ever (Score 4, Insightful) 140

by rmdingler (#48913137) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. {Winston Churchill}

As you sit comfortably in your home and life sheltered by a Western democracy, it is all too easy to take for granted the freedoms you enjoy. Stories like this are about the rest of the World's citizens, and what happens when individual rights go away.

Relish this when you have a moment, but never, ever, stop struggling to protect the erosion of these inalienable rights. Totalitarian regimes aren't all born beneath a single governing style or philosophy.

Comment: Re:Quadcopter (Score 1) 146

by rmdingler (#48903839) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Probably one of those $15 nano quadcopters. You could get lot of bang for your buck flying something so trivial onto the White House lawn, if you were wanting to cause some commotion.


Unless it was an innocent mistake or a sinister scouting mission against defenses. In either of these cases, commotion would be quite the opposite of the reaction you'd be shooting for.

"Love your country but never trust its government." -- from a hand-painted road sign in central Pennsylvania