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Comment: Re:It's in their own slogan (Score 1) 138

by tehcyder (#48269533) Attached to: Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

That's just like the term "progressive". I know people that consider "progressive" to be the ultimate compliment.

Actual conversation: "Oh, I can't believe those neighbors turned out to be such jerks. They seemed so progressive!"

Progressive taxes, progressive politics, etc. Never real thought about to *where* are we progressing.

The political term "progressive" includes in its meaning the idea that humanity is (overall) on an upward, improving path.

For example, we have outlawed slavery, given women the vote and stopped sending (Western) children out to work for 12 hours a day.

If you are deeply conservative, then I suppose you think life was better a few hundred years ago when people grew rich from slavery, treated their wives as chattels, and liked the ability of eight year olds to climb up narrow chimneys.

For the rest of us, the progress made is obvious.

Comment: Re:left/right apocalypse (Score 1) 335

by tehcyder (#48269045) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

Climate discussion instantly transforms the staunchest conservatives into Occupiers. Suddenly they're worried that the big bad CEOs of renewable energy companies are going to be getting rich from the rest of us and leave us impoverished.

The CEOs for renewable energy companies are often "not our sort of people".

Comment: Re:Legal Loophole (Score 1) 84

by tehcyder (#48268101) Attached to: Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

What this effectively does is create a legal loophole through which the US intelligence agencies can request data from the GCHQ, on US citizens thereby bypassing surveiling citizens directly.

If only they'd had such systems in place before 9/11, the world's most spectacular terrorist outrage might have been prevented.

If only...

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 84

by tehcyder (#48268079) Attached to: Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

Can someone remind me why it is that we, the people who elect and pay the wages of the politicians and public servants who seek to destroy our right to privacy in this way, continue to allow such outrageous behavior to continue?

Because unlike the colonists, we have never overthrown the British state and insisted on a written constitution to which the State is subject.

Yes, because the US doesn't have the exact equivalent to GCHQ called the NSA or anything..

Comment: Re:Bankers to that (Score 1) 84

by tehcyder (#48268029) Attached to: Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

GCHQ on the other hand are tasked with the job of securing British communications from foreign spying, and for some reason, someone in there has risen to a position of power, where he thinks his job is to spy on Britain for a foreign power. It doesn't take a genius to see what's happened there. I'm sure a considerable amount of effort was expended to ensure he got into that position.

Individuals' goals have nothing to do with it.

In organisations like the Civil Service or the Armed Forces, you get to the top by embracing the culture of that organisation.

GCHQ is not a bunch of radical libertarians tragically perverted by one evil genius mole working for A Foreign Power.

Comment: Re: Yes, what are YOU going to do? (Score 2) 84

by tehcyder (#48267941) Attached to: Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

The first thing you should do is to look into how you can pay nothing or as little as you can in taxes.

You missed out the stage where you become an independently wealthy Criminal Mastermind with a secret lair hidden inside a Carribean volcano first. Twat.

a whole lot of people (almost all people above 50) love automatism and fascism

Fuck you, you ignorant piece of shit. If anything it's the younger generation who are quite happy to share everything on facebook and the rest of the "social media".

Comment: Re: I hope they have insurance (Score 1) 138

by tehcyder (#48267905) Attached to: Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

+5 ignorant. What do you think would happen if a black hole were to form on the moon? Pls, use some common sense here. And trust us science folks to know what we're doing. We go to university for 10 years for a reason.

It takes that long to achieve the polished level of inter-personal communication skills you are demonstrating?

Comment: Re: umm.. what? (Score 1) 138

by tehcyder (#48267853) Attached to: Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

As a physicist, I could now either get angry and rant about how your inferiority complex due to sucking at math impedes your thinking or I could just chuckle and say: tough luck, buddy. Sorry my job pays better than yours.

I could be effectively innumerate and still be earning more than you (e.g. as a lawyer or CEO). It's a meaningless metric. And anyway, I doubt that most academic physicists are exactly on millions a year.

Comment: Re:Why not? (Re:No. Just no.) (Score 1) 195

by tehcyder (#48267775) Attached to: Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

For me this is about porn.

When I go to a reasonably legitimate porn page and type in "sexy girl playing with a dildo" I do NOT expect an underage GIRL; I expect such videos have been expunged and anyone that looks to be 16 or so is at very least 18, but more likely about 22.

Now let's say the fuckers wanted to 'get me' for some reason? Perhaps they put up a bullshit page where they have uploaded child porn, and now i'm going to jail because of what? Because I couldn't trust the page I was going to to be the page I intended to go to.

Entrapment is bullshit, no matter how you cut it.

If the fuckers really wanted to 'get you' they could just plant some drugs/kiddie porn/terrorist bomb making equipment on you anyway. If that's how the world worked.

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurence of the improbable. - H. L. Mencken

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