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Comment: Re:V2V Developer (Score 1) 390

by sacrilicious (#46153501) Attached to: Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

If it's not transparent and open, it will be hijacked and abused by the government. Not even a question. You yourself may have the best of intentions, and the evolving system may currently be in a benign state; that's well and good, and I thank you for both your intents and for your summary of things as they seem at the moment. That being said, it does not in any way serve to derail the larger theme that this will be abused and corrupted. I have no doubt, however, that the government will do its utmost to pretend otherwise. And this opinion of mine is based on a LOT of evidence.

Comment: Figures (Score 3, Funny) 151

by sacrilicious (#45545511) Attached to: Online Shopping: Hazardous To Junk Food's Health

Anthony Hopper, chief executive of advertising agency Lowe Open, said brands need to change how people buy chocolate, but acknowledges that it won't be easy.

After that scene where he talks about eating fava beans with a light chianti, I figured he could make anything sound tasty. No surprise he ended up in food advertising.

Comment: Imagine (Score 5, Insightful) 786

by sacrilicious (#45258285) Attached to: Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

Imagine if President Obama had stated, 'I believe the nation should commit itself to the goal of enabling all Americans to access affordable health insurance' but then left the how to do it to some of the best experts in health care and economics without partisan interference."

Yes, imagine if he or anyone had had the political freedom to leave such a choice to truly non-partisan experts... but he didn't have that freedom, because there are such corporate interests vested in the outcome, with tentacles all into both parties, that such freedom to do so does not exist. If back in Kennedy's day there were numerous huge wealthy corporations with interests in the moon landing NOT happening, or happening on different timetables with different agendas, *and* the liberty to corrupt politics with money had reached the fever pitch it has today, *and* politicians had already given up the idea of even posturing to seem like they had nobility and dignity above that of a Geraldo show, THEN the moon landing might well and truly have been f*cked.

Comment: Misleading (Score 4, Insightful) 1160

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

HIGHLY misleading headline. I read the headline and thought, "wow, so many executions are occurring in the US that there's not enough of this drug for non-execution purposes"... which is a much more straightforward interpretation than what the article eventually gets into, which is that the use of the drug in a single execution would make an EU regulation kick in.

BOOOOOOO, slashdot editor. Boooo.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 437

by sacrilicious (#45201197) Attached to: TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport
I feel endangered by the screening process because it is the process that now both (1) is the biggest unpredictable time delay in my getting to the plane, and (2) the biggest potential theater in which some TSA agent might not like how I look, how I didn't answer his boisterous "hello, how you doing" the right way, or take issue with any of a number of other aspects of my existence (medical devices, laptops, whatever) and cause trouble for me varying between leaving me feeling hassled or outright making me miss my flight, or perhaps even saying I simply can't fly (small chance, but the zinger is that there is FUCKING ABSOLUTELY NO RECOURSE. So yes, I agree that the TSA screening is now the biggest risk on my radar every time I fly. Who knows, I might end up on a no fly list simply for writing this.

Comment: Re:Go Team.. (Score 1) 513

by sacrilicious (#44988517) Attached to: Snowden Strikes Again: NSA Mapping Social Connections of US Citizens
I don't understand the point you (or Naomi Wolf) is trying to make. In the article you point to, she says

It is actually in the Police Stateâ(TM)s interest to let everyone know that everything you write or say everywhere is being surveilled.

How so? She doesn't spell this out, and I didn't get it from what you wrote either. Why would it be in the police state's best interest to have their activities known? And if it is in their best interest, why would they go to the trouble of having Snowden disclose it in the style he has, rather than simply announcing it?

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