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Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 1) 81

by some old guy (#49369095) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

In essence I agree with everything you say. Do try to understand, though, that the U.S. Government has given people ample cause to be suspicious of their intentions and skeptical of their performance. I don't think they see .gov as the only bogeyman, just the one that happens to have an army and taxation authority.

Comment: Be Still, My Heart (Score 1) 38

by some old guy (#49239865) Attached to: Court Overturns Dutch Data Retention Law, Privacy More Important

Holy crap, score one for the good guys. I have no idea how much practical effect this will have on the 5 Eyes/NATO/EEC surveillance machine, but if nothing else it gives hope that basic concepts of liberty and privacy are not completely dead.

Could one of our EU folks enlighten an ignorant Yank on the force a national judge's ruling carries with regard to EU-wide law and regulations?

Comment: Apples and Oranges (Score 1) 389

The death of expensive designer watches is nowhere near imminent. Apple will reach it's usual target market of shallow, social-climbing neo-yuppies, but the truly wealthy and stylish will always go for ostentation and style over flavor-of-the-month gadgetry. Two different market demos entirely.

Do you really think Lamborghini fears Google smart cars? Is Lugano worried about Google Glass?

I think not.

Comment: Misguided Sympathy (Score 1, Interesting) 498

by some old guy (#49223385) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

Some people commit suicide because their life sucks so much they don't want to deal with it any more. People should be afforded the dignity to make their own choices without pseudo-altruistic nannying.

Others do so because they are defective. Selfish, attention-seeking losers who want everyone around them to be part of their pity party. Screw them. The gene pool is improved by their departure.

Oh, by the way, I have personally witnessed a suicide. A roommate blew his brains out in our living room because his "pain management" doctors couldn't manage his pain (neurological disease). I regretted his situation, but I respected his choice. I wished him godspeed as he gurgled his last auto-reflexive breaths.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.