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Comment: Gun Control (Score 1) 256

by taucross (#43387491) Attached to: Korea Tensions Lead To Delay Of Minuteman III Test Flight

Just because a man has a bomb doesn't mean he's going to launch it at someone, right guys? Guys? Bombs don't kill people, people kill people. Let's say maybe he gets his warhead out at parties to impress a few ladies. So what? Does that mean we should ban bombs? No. Plenty of people get their bombs out at bombing ranges to blow up a few tin cans with their friends. This doesn't mean we should bomb them.

Now I'm not saying that bombs aren't dangerous. I probably wouldn't let my kid handle it until they were at least three years old. But if some dude has a bomb, and he can legally own that bomb - maybe it's even a constitutionally protected bomb - then he has a right to have a bomb. Even a concealed bomb.

Bomb. Teehee. Sounds funny if you say it enough.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that (Score -1, Troll) 567

by taucross (#43309999) Attached to: United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea

they've gotta be getting to the point where even China isn't going to take their crap for much longer. They WERE trying to destabilize the region. NOW they're trying to destabilize the entire world.

You think that North Korea is acting in isolation? No, they're China's puppet. That's the only reason the US takes notice of them.

I just hope that china is even a fifth as annoyed with him as the rest of the world is. Seriously, even China-style communism would do that country a world of good. I'd just love to see Jinping make a trip over to Pyongyang and sit the little dictator/delusional-god in a small chair and discuss making some minor adjustments to how NK is run.

China aren't annoyed. They're pulling all of the strings. It's China that's testing the waters. The Cheonan sunk and the US did nothing, so they're pushing it a bit further. The fact is, the US probably couldn't win a war against North Korea. Not with China and Russia on their side.

US, your wars have left you weak, unstable, and poor. Your country is falling into disarray. Why wouldn't your enemies choose to attack you at your weakest?

Comment: Re:I don't get why this is hard to understand (Score 1) 143

by taucross (#43299333) Attached to: Supreme Court of Canada Rules That Text Messages Are Private

It's a tricky discussion for most because there can always be extenuating circumstances. If one's child were abducted, they knew it was the other parent (as is mostly the case), and there was imminent harm, a policy of retrospective warrants should be considered as a possibility.

This isn't a "think of the children" argument, it's just that I would make a small sacrifice (of personal liberty) to perhaps save someone that someone else holds near and dear. And I would hope that they would make that sacrifice for me if the worst should happen. Lots of people think that way. It's not that I don't think privacy is important, I just think there are lots of more important things I can trade it for.

Comment: Minimum kit for browsing (Score 1) 97

by taucross (#43254097) Attached to: Tracking the Web Trackers
1. Install SRWare Iron (Chrome without usage tracking)
2. Add NotScripts
3. Add FlashBlock
4. Add HTTPS Everywhere
5. Add Ghostery
6. Add AdBlock (cos why not)

That's your minimum kit to browse the web these days.

Ghostery's plan is to sell all of your information to advertising companies. This isn't a bad thing necessarily, but you should probably know that before you install it.

Comment: Re:More evidence (Score 5, Insightful) 189

by taucross (#42972223) Attached to: Troll Complaint Dismissed; Subscriber Not Necessarily Infringer
Fairness happens through a strict audit chain of deductive evidence. An IP address is not a way of identifying criminal liability. This is a fact, no matter how unfair it may seem. It can identify a person, yes; the account holder. But it does not then follow that the account holder is culpable. Do you think it is better to convict an innocent person, or to let a guilty person go free? The question is deeply philosophical and most tantalising.

Comment: Re:hmm (Score 2, Funny) 419

by taucross (#42614297) Attached to: Scientists Create New Gasoline Substitute Out of Plants
If grasses can be used then the OP's idea isn't so far fetched. Could you imagine racks of dirt and grass 1km high? Creating giant tower racks of biomass to support the creation of fuel could be done to create sufficient energy density. I guess we could call it a "Rack-mount Blade server". Boom boom

Comment: Like a computer (Score 1) 530

by taucross (#42344581) Attached to: IQ 'a Myth,' Study Says
IQ is raw processor speed. The Voodoo visual accelerator is our imagination. Most people are still running integrated graphics, making their imagination IQ bound. Shared visual memory is efficient in low passion environments but useless for any creative work. It also helps to have sensitive inputs. Most people would not doubt the efficacy of Cherry MX switches, but are so jaded by personal experience they would not realize their thin membrane inputs have been worn to death. That's the hardware, but equally important is the software layer. You can have the greatest hardware in the world but if you run proprietary software it is of no use. Note I do not refer to the licensing scheme but rather the software's capacity for interaction.

"Freedom is still the most radical idea of all." -- Nathaniel Branden