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Comment: Best comments of the day (Score 2, Insightful) 1097 1097

This is the best story of the day, comment-wise.

Hatred of conservative Texas, hatred of guns, yet still the absolute intolerance of religion and strict belief in the first amendment all combining into a cognitive dissonance (to use a favorite term around here) that must be blowing people's minds.

I love it.

Comment: Re:Law enforcement doing what they should do (Score 1) 254 254

It does read as a tip or warning until you apply context; If he had inside information about a pending attack and wanted to thwart it, it's more likely he would have been alerting authorities directly.

Rather, he chose to tell the public at large in an ambiguous way using a public channel. Doing so immediately put the suspicion on him directly. And rightly so.

Even if he was "tipping" people in on an attack, his method and words of doing so makes him a casual observer when the attack does go down, amused with an "I told you so" smirk. That makes him an accessory.

Comment: Constantly amazed (Score 1) 279 279

Constantly amazed at this pursuit. Maybe I'm old school or something (LOL, just turned 30.) My life is my computers, my work and my hobbies, but I have a 50mb/s connection, and a family which consumes multiple netflix/hulu/youtube streams for the entire 4 hours that we're at home in the evening and not asleep. It all works fine for us. Not saying it would for others, and I'm all about the technical aspects of it, but come on. What in the world are you trying to do? The only possible use case I could see for this is piracy.

Comment: Re:One stupid question (Score 4, Informative) 88 88

How do they choose the exchange? Government property must be auctioned off to the highest bidder, otherwise they are favoring a business over others.

One of those little things that they do to maintain the appearance that they are not corrupt.

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 3, Informative) 619 619

I used to be like you. "Read my lips, no new taxes!" Taxes are bad, taxes are the devil, they get so much and waste so much already. Until I became treasurer on my homeowner's board. We are required by our master deed (which is approved and registered with the city, therefore is legally binding) to provide certain services. A new regulation from Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac states that we must take on a certain expense or they will not back loans issued in our neighborhood. If they do not back the loan, then 95% of mortgage companies will not issue it because they can't sell the liability. Therefore, no one in our neighborhood can sell their home unless the buyer pays 100% cash.

This expense represents a 35% increase in our budget. We cannot legally cut services. So we have to issue a "tax" (dues increase to the HOA) to cover the cost. The benefit to the community is that they will be able to sell their homes again--we've already seen a 20% loss in value.

So yes, taxes are sometimes necessary. In my case it's forced from the outside. In the government's case, it could be due to waste and inefficiency but I'm willing to bet that is a very small percentage (and a study I've read of welfare waste backs this up). It could also be due to increasing population, increased infrastructure regulatory requirements, dwindling resources, etc, etc, etc.

Comment: NoSubject (Score 1) 245 245

What would they do for anyone else? They'd just seize the servers for investigation and be done with it. Not let you give some wimpy cry about your retention policies--hard to enforce retention when your server is sitting in some FBI storeroom waiting to have its hard drives combed over.

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