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Comment: Re:Network Neutrality Violation (Score 1) 317

by rotide (#42483685) Attached to: French ISP Blocking Web Ads By Default
I'm going to totally agree with you. It appears slashdotizens are totally fine with their ISP's filtering data as long as it's something they don't like. Amazing. I'd rather use Adblock or another method to filter out ads if I don't want to see them. I don't want my ISP filtering anything for me, thank you.

Comment: Re:the pro in pro sports (Score 3, Interesting) 257

by rotide (#38428466) Attached to: NFL: National Football Luddites?
I wasn't trying to trivialize it. People just take the art (yes art, I'll give you that) and skill of throwing a ball and turn it into a holier than thou profession. It's sickening. You're a professional ball thrower and personality on TV. The problem is, it seems as though most of them see themselves as the latter. Everyone just needs to realize they are nothing more than professional kids in the sense that they play the same game kids do, just with more rules and structure. Not to mention multimillion dollar contracts.

Comment: Re:the pro in pro sports (Score 4, Insightful) 257

by rotide (#38428360) Attached to: NFL: National Football Luddites?
I can't watch pro sport due to multiple reasons. First, it's basically nothing but a bunch of prima donnas complaining all the time. Everyone thinks they are gods gift. News flash, it's a game. Yes you get paid, but you're throwing a ball around a field, get over yourselves. Second, the fact that they are nothing but commodities in and of themselves now. Hell, the teams themselves are practically traded like baseball cards. Not to mention the non-stop and constant advertising. But what really gets me is the sheer fanaticism about it. People get so offended if you bash their quarterback, or root for the rival. There is nothing fun about it. Just a bunch of prima donnas on TV and people who idolize them for no reason. All the while you're being sold everything from beer, to deodorant, to cars. Hell, the Super Bowl is almost better known for it's advertisements!

Comment: Military Industrial Complex (Score 4, Insightful) 416

by rotide (#37878228) Attached to: Weaponizable Police UAV Now Operational In Texas

Really is amazing to watch just how far and wide the military/state is invading citizens lives.

I know there is a happy medium between no security and full blown police state, but I'm sure we passed that line and we're accelerating towards the latter. I also know that _every_ great nation has fallen. Maybe they don't totally die, get conquered, etc, but they certainly become shadows of their former selves. Are we on the slide down now? Are we past our prime? Can we recover? I understand that anything is possible, but does it look likely or even plausible given our political climate in the US? What would it take to make things "right" again (yes, I know there are multiple views of what this means)?

Am I just rambling and making no sense after just waking up on a Saturday?

Privacy

TSA's VIPR Bites Rail, Bus, and Ferry Passengers 658

Posted by Soulskill
from the give-the-people-what-they-do-not-want dept.
OverTheGeicoE writes "TSA's VIPR program may be expanding. According to the Washington Times, 'TSA has always intended to expand beyond the confines of airport terminals. Its agents have been conducting more and more surprise groping sessions for women, children and the elderly in locations that have nothing to do with aviation.' In Tennessee earlier this month, bus passengers in Nashville and Knoxville were searched in addition to the truck searches discussed here previously. Earlier this year in Savannah, Georgia, TSA forced a group of train travelers, including young children, to be patted down. (They were getting off the train, not on.) Ferry passengers have also been targeted. According to TSA Administrator John Pistole's testimony before the Senate last June, 'TSA conducted more than 8,000 VIPR operations in the [previous] 12 months, including more than 3,700 operations in mass-transit and passenger-railroad venues.' He wants a 50% budget increase for VIPR for 2012. Imagine what TSA would do with the extra funding."

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