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Comment: Re:"If you have nothing to hide..." (Score 2, Insightful) 200

Have you ever noticed how some people say the government is out to get them? They get guns, they have a standoff with police, etc etc....

The difference of course is that the old white dudes are usually complaining about some imaginary slight and they are called patriots. They have a standoff and the cops usually show restraint. When poor inner city folks who actually do get crushed by the police regularly complain, well, they're just uppity thugs and vandals.... the cops move in, bash some heads, and it all goes to hell in a handbasket.

Nope, no double standard here!

Comment: economic interests (Score 3, Interesting) 80

" European businesses such as the giant aerospace and defense company EADS, best-known as the manufacturer of the Airbus planes, targeted, so were European politicians"

Why would you spy on private companies and your allies? The only reason that comes to my mind is economic gain... The NSA, etc serve economic interests, not safety.

Comment: Re: Earthworks, not robots... (Score 1) 124

by whistlingtony (#49499925) Attached to: Drought and Desertification: How Robots Might Help

Oregonian here.

What we NEED is colder winters. We save our winter snow in the snow pack on the mountains(By We, I mean it happens naturally). That melts in the summer, providing ample water for our rivers and hence for us. Our winters are getting warmer (Statistically speaking, everyone's winters are getting warmer) for some reason on a trend line, almost like a hockey stick, if only we knew what was going on....

Just in case anyone reading is stupid and doesn't get it, it's global warming, which I'll call Climate Change because some people are too stupid to understand that when you pump a bunch of energy into a closed system it creates lots of weird effects that are varied depending on local geography. More wind, more rain (Yeah, I live in a temperate rainforest thanks to an ocean and a mountain range), and even sometimes freak snow even though the global average temperature goes up.

Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 327

by whistlingtony (#49485365) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

" telling people that they're not allowed to say things during an election is a direct violation of the first amendment. Period."

Exactly! But..... Exxon Mobil is NOT a person. I don't feel guilty restricting the MONEY they spend.

Look at our political system. Congress needs money to get elected. They get huge campaign donations, with the implied threat of no more donations if they don't vote a certain way.

This needs fixing. How are you OK with this?

Comment: Re:Nerds care about politics too (Score 1) 676

by whistlingtony (#49463927) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

Power did a lot of work to get rid of Unions, because Unions were effective at raising wages. Sure, the choice between D and R is a stupid one... but there ARE other choices.

They take work though.... Why not go volunteer at the city or county level, try to make a difference. I do some political volunteering and it's possible to make a difference at the state level. Things filter up, but only if you get off your ass and help us....

Choice may be an illusion, but the lack of choice due to Apathy is clearly a choice for Power.

Comment: Nerds care about politics too (Score 4, Insightful) 676

by whistlingtony (#49459115) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

Nerds care about politics too...

I'm Liberal. I want clean government, an end to shitty subsidies, no corruption, representatives that actually represent me, equality and justice for all... All the usual.

I can't stand Hillary. I actually turned myself into a Democrat (You can easily switch parties in Oregon. There's a website. it takes just a few moments.) so I could vote AGAINST Hillary in the primary. I think she's a giant tool, and a bit of a war monger. I think she'll be the same bank and war friendly President that we got out of Clinton, Bush, Bush, Obama, and Obama. She's not a progressive. She doesn't care about the little guy. She's a career politician.

If Warren won't run, I'll vote for Bernie Sanders, the only Independant in Congress.

To end this, I would say to you all that our country is having some problems and it's OUR fault. Large swaths of the US citizenry are political morons who vote for hot button issues (And really, when did the R's ever get rid of abortion? When did the D's ever really help the poor? They just SAY that shit, they don't mean it.) or for the "character" of a candidate. Voter turnout is really low, making it possible for candidates to play to the base instead of playing to the swing voter.... Don't blame Washington. Blame yourself. And don't give me that "I don't vote so it's not my fault" B.S. You give them your taxes and then don't hold them responsible for what they do with them. Those people make me sick....

Comment: !@#$ Slashdot. (Score 1) 416

by whistlingtony (#49275153) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

This is supposed to be News for Nerds. This is F!@#$ing NASA for crying out loud. Half the posts here are "Climate change isn't real!" and the other half are a call for some libertarian BS about small government and how NASA shouldn't do basic reasearch into our planet.

What happened?

I'm !@#$ing disgusted by the anti science rhetoric here. Here! On a News for Nerds site!?

This is !@#$ing NASA. Should they launch satellites? Yes! Should they point them inwards AND outwards? Yes! Should Congress stop F!@#$ing with their funding?

That so many supposed Nerds can just ignore basic science is a testiment to the power of the rhetoric used against us, not to mention the sheer lack of critical thinking that is clearly displayed here. I am disgusted by how low we've sunk. No. YOU'VE sunk.

Turn in your !@#$ing Nerd badges. You don't deserve them.

Comment: Re:take the politics out of it (Score 1) 416

by whistlingtony (#49275073) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science
What feasible solutions would YOU suggest? I'm really curious..... Let's take the politics out of it... What !@#$ing feasible solutions would be good enough for you? Climate Change is real, and we need to do something about it, so what would you do that would actually fix the problem? Please, do enlighten us....

Comment: Re:Of course there's proper English (Score 1) 667

by whistlingtony (#49264919) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

Yeah. Nothing is verboten in English!

Actually, the thing I love most about English is the ability to noun verbs, and to verb nouns. I LOVE that. It makes it so easy to convey ideas. When someone heads a ball, it's just obvious what has happened. :D I can google with Google, I can hammer with my hammer. I can boot someone out of my home! Ha! I love that!

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 550

Everyone is forgetting that these new rules are the ORIGINAL rules. The FCC reclassified back in the late 90s... This current reclassification is FIXING that !@#$up.

There is no expansion. There is no government takeover. It's an agency that was tasked by Congress with regulation, regulating, because the carriers have started to pull some hinky double dipping extortion racket that will take down the single greatest engine for innovation, education, and prosperity that this world has ever seen.

These new rules are a Good Thing, Today. If you think the government is bad, well damnit, they did something good TODAY. If you think it's all just money talking, you're right, but at least they got it right TODAY. I don't care if a leprechaun shitted out Net Neutrality, we need it, and here it is.

So stop complaining that the evil government did something RIGHT for once...

"Just think, with VLSI we can have 100 ENIACS on a chip!" -- Alan Perlis