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Comment: Coke or Pepsi? (Score 1) 598

by sydbarrett74 (#49741685) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties
The problem with Repubs vs Dems is that it's akin to choosing between Coke or Pepsi: one is slightly sweeter and the other is slightly more bitter, but they're both essentially fizzy sugar-water. That is to say, when it comes to how they actually vote on bills (as opposed to what they promise on the campaign trail), there's little substantive difference between most members of the two parties. Any time there is a little difference, it's due to outliers like Bernie Sanders, or political theatre (like how the Dems blocked debate on the TPP fast-track one day, and then voted in favour of it a couple of days later).

Comment: This illustrates the folly of giving backdoors... (Score 2) 42

by sydbarrett74 (#49741373) Attached to: How 1990s Encryption Backdoors Put Today's Internet In Jeopardy
...to three-letter agencies. If we allow them in, we also allow the 'baddies' in -- and the NSA has proven to be at least as bad as the terrorists and criminals they're ostensibly monitoring. At least the criminals don't maintain the polite fiction that they're following the law.

Comment: Re:sampling bias (Score 1) 405

by sydbarrett74 (#49655589) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?

As probably pointed out elsewhere in these comments, the same is said about every technological development.

'Those impudent whipper-snappers writing on papyri. When I was a child, we were forced to memorise epic poetry. They are so lazy for committing things to an external medium rather than their memories!'

'Those rascals calling on that newfangled telephone gewgaw! Why not take a ride over to the dry grocer rather than calling in an order. The height of sloth, I tell you!'

Comment: Re:Technically, probably not a good move to dodge (Score 1) 153

by sydbarrett74 (#49507869) Attached to: Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA

You are correct--in theory.

In practice, the NSA collectively view everyone outside of the Agency as foreigners and enemies. Therefore, due process of law even within the USA's borders means fuck-all to them. So in actually, Americans within the US have no more real protections than non-citizens, especially when you have pliant judges and magistrates who will sign on the dotted line cuz National Security.

In some rarefied Platonic universe, we all have natural, inalienable rights endowed us, but unless they are recognised, enforced, and vigilantly defended, they aren't worth the paper upon which they're enumerated.

Comment: Re:Supreme Court Decisions Have Consequences (Score 1) 46

by sydbarrett74 (#49453313) Attached to: The DEA Disinformation Campaign To Hide Surveillance Techniques
The ultimate purpose of the WoD was never to protect people from themselves--that is merely the pretext. The WoD is actually about class and race warfare (to wit, the disproportionate prosecution and conviction of ethnic and racial minorities and those lower on the socioeconomic ladder) and the aggrandisement of the PTB. Any other conclusion is untenable.

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