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Comment Re:Welcome to the Corpocracy (Score 1) 192

The Democratic Party has been allied with 'Big Money' at least since the era of Clinton. He happily signed the Gramm-Bliley-Leach Act, which dismantled Glass-Steagall. You can lay a big part of the blame for the Great Recession at Slick Willie's feet. When he was campaigning in '92, he ushered in an era of the 'New Democrats' (cf. New Labour in the UK) and actively courted Wall Street. This alignment with plutocrats is nothing new for them. In an age of billion-dollar political campaigns, you go where the money is.

Comment Re:limitations of form concentrates and enhances (Score 1) 174

limitations of form concentrates the minds and enhances the power and effect of content.

And it will continue to, if Twitter sticks to the philosophy of its current experimental interface. 140 characters will still be shown in the feed, with a link to view the extended tweet. Don't feel like writing more than 140 characters? Then don't! I'm sure Twitter will include some kind of 'legacy' config option where it will artificially disallow you from writing more than 140 characters if you enable the setting.

Comment Two birds, one stone (Score 2) 123

Clipping the wings of WhatsApp very neatly solves two problems for the Powers That Be(tm): it protects a de facto, if not de jure, monopoly on the one hand, and enforces censorship on the other. Only a chump would think that the judge issued this order merely because WhatsApp didn't play bureaucratic ball. The PTB feel a threat to their entrenched power, and have employed the judiciary to strike out at the rebels.

Comment Re:The browser wars are over (Score 3, Insightful) 140

Some, maybe even most, of the Vivaldi developers' experiments will fail miserably. What counts is that they're shaking things up slightly, and that's a good thing. With Firefox and Chrome increasingly becoming a mutual admiration society and MS Edge looking like it'll end up just as shitty as its predecessor, another player in this horse-race might effect some positive changes.

Comment Get rid of reality TV (Score 1) 307

I think the axe should be taken to all of these 'reality' shows. Sure it's cheap for the networks because they don't have to pay professional actors or writers. But is society really served by watching a bunch of housewives sitting around debating what shade of polish to paint their toenails when they get their next pedi?

Comment Re:The elephant in the room (Score 1) 176

[sarcasm]Yeah, because when sodomy and cohabitation laws were on the books, people always complied with them.[/sarcasm] People have always cheated on their spouses, had children out of wedlock, engaged in covert homosexual flings, &c. You just didn't hear about it as much because people didn't have 24/7 media. or the ease of discovery that we have today in an always-connected world. Don't for one second delude yourself that people today are hornier than our ancestors were. Placing these atavistic laws back on the books would only force such behaviour back underground. Sex is one of the most powerful forces in existence; legislating it away is futile and counterproductive. A little bit of trivia for you: guess what region of the United States experiences the greatest rates of out-of-wedlock births, STD's, pornography viewing, and other phenomena? That's right, the Deep South (one such citation here), which is the most socially conservative part of the country, with the highest levels of religious observance. What we need in order to stem the tide of children born into less than optimal conditions is more access to contraception and non-abstinence-based sex education, not chastity belts. Abstinence-only approaches are an unqualified disaster, and I suspect are advocated by either hypocrites or people who just plain don't enjoy sex and want company in their misery.

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