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Comment: I wouldn't call that a "surveillence society" (Score 1) 254

by scottbomb (#49501233) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

To do so implies that a camera is always trained on me when in fact, that's almost never the case. The article itself does make an interesting point about people being more reluctant to act like a fool when they know a stranger with a camera is likely to catch it all. But to call that a "surveillance society" is false sensationalism.

Comment: What the hell does this have to do with tech? (Score 1) 383

You know, "news for nerds, stuff that matters". Sure, this matters, but why the hell is it here? I've always liked ./ as a site where we can discuss technical issues, not politics. Yet sadly, poltics seems to be the appearing here a lot more than I think it should. It's a dumb business move too.

Comment: He got what he deserved. (Score 3, Insightful) 317

He clearly stated that he intended to take his life. I'm glad he was detained. A first repsonder is not in a position to decide if someone who just threatened suicide is telling the truth or not when they deny it. What if the cops just took him at his word and left? They'd be held liable if he really did intend to knock himself off. If he really WAS just testing FB, the proper thing to do is to alert authorities in advance. Go to the cop shop and discuss the experiment with them BEFORE you go making people legitimately freak out. But I give FB credit for having real people actually review the post instead of relying on computer text-parsing algorithms.

Comment: Stupid question (Score -1) 667

by scottbomb (#49264447) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

Yes, there IS such a thing as a stupid question and this is one of them. I'll say the French have the final word on what's truly French, the Spaniards have the final word on what's truly Spanish, and the Brits have the final word on what is true and "proper" English. I am used to speaking the American version but who really cares anyway? My boss was is from the UK and except for the occasional accent difference, we understand each other perfectly.

Comment: A "fix" for a "problem" that doesn't exist (Score 0) 631

by scottbomb (#49140951) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

I'm dying to know what exactly the ISPs have done to "bring this upon themselves". Yes I know there has been talk about Netflix and others negotiating dedicated pipes and all but how has this affected anyone else? My DL speeds have been around 15 mps for years and I don't notice any delays on any particular websites I visit.

This is nothing but another big gubbermint power grab. They're going to use this as an excuse to regulate the internet, something I think a majority of Slashdotters oppose. Then again, a majority of American Slashdotters voted for the socialist in the White House so I'd say the American people brought this upon themselves.

Comment: How intelligent? (Score 1) 333

It's interesting how the common assumption is that if we find humanoids on other planets, they will be more technologically advanced than we. Imagine the disappointment when we find a planet populated by cavemen. Then again, there will likely be those among us who will seek to enslave them.

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.