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Comment Re:Problem? (Score 1) 644

I don't care if you're a democrat or republican, that's extremely poor handling of our money.

Maybe, but what it really shows is that we are not spending enough.

hahahaha. You could not have given a better Democrat party line response. It is just ... awesome.

"The people deciding where to invest our money are corrupt and stupid."
"Well then, spend more money!"

I'm sorry sir, but throwing more money at things doesn't make the people in charge any smarter.

Comment Re:"to produce ... a more just society" (Score 2) 266

The USA is projecting more power across the globe in the name of profit than any other nation, so naturally it should fall under the most scrutiny.

The issue here is that most people equate American business interests across the globe to American government. Like it or not, they're two different things with two different aims. One aims to protect profits, one aims to protect itself. I'll let you figure out which one is which.

No, the issue is that people can't tell the difference because protecting profits and itself has become so intertwined. The Department of Homeland Security was all over San Francisco before the Super Bowl arresting people for selling counterfeit NFL gear. The US military is deployed around the world to "protect American interests". Well, what interests would those be? Is the entire planet gearing up to invade us? Or is it actually some business venture that the military is protecting?

Comment Re:One can't be 100% transparent (Score 2) 266

No, they do not. Privacy means no accountability, which means absolute trust and absolute power, which is always stupid.

But that is not how most governments, including the United States, are structured. Privacy can mean personal privacy, or it can mean privacy within a select group. The President's authority is only what Congress, the Courts, & the Constitution give him (supposedly). The Constitution structures our government in a way so that even in the case of private matters, there is accountability.

This discussion sounds like it is going to be like math vs. physics though. You think the world is a perfect system where governments can be 100% open and still be successful in some way. Others acknowledge that humans are involved. Greedy, selfish, assholes that will sell their own grandmother just for the sake of knowing they sold their own grandmother.

Comment Re:call me selfish (Score 2) 330

You're trolling, but I'll bite.

You're selfish.

By your logic, Chinese or even Spanish would be a better choice than English: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers

From a purely practical standpoint it doesn't make very much sense to expect people to author something nontrivial in a language they aren't fluent in. It makes far more sense for the paper to be written in a language in which the author can effectively communicate their ideas. It can then be translated by someone who is good at translating into another language for a broader audience if need be. Just because a smart person doesn't speak English fluently does not mean they don't have ideas worth communicating. That's ridiculous.

He's not trolling, that is just the way things are. While there are more Chinese or Spanish native speakers, there are more English speakers in total. Why? Because when people get to school their first choice of a second language is English.

Just delete "native" from your wiki search and read that article.

Comment Re:These exceptions would legalize hacking in Cana (Score 1) 240

http://tinyurl.com/9wpxjg6 Page 11-12 (a) a program that is installed by or on behalf of a person to prevent, detect, investigate, or terminate activities that the person reasonably believes (i) present a risk or threatens the security, privacy, or unauthorized or fraudulent use, of a computer system, telecommunications facility, or network, Do you believe the RIAA poses a reasonable threat to your privacy from their new rootkits? Well then it seems, under this law, you could install a trojan horse on their computer, read their files, and then crash programs that might end up help the RIAA from violating your privacy...Like Windows

I think I like section (b):
(b) a program that is installed, by or on behalf of a person who provides services related to the operation of the Internet or another digital network or who operates a network including a telecommunications service provider for the purposes of network management;

legalizing botnets... awesome.

Comment Is copyright that different for various art? (Score 1) 203

Can google show a link with summary to a news article? Can they just show the entire article?
Can google show a link with summary to an image (i.e. thumbnail)? Can they just show the entire image?

I cannot imagine any reasonable person would differentiate the two situations. The content the Google user is actually looking for is the high-res image itself (my assumption based on my own personal decision process that leads me to visit images.google.com). As soon as you start serving up the full content, you're appropriating it.

Comment Re:Don't like retroactive laws. Taxes no different (Score 1) 514

Well I don't have any formal training so I'll defer to your claimed expertise. Though that does not sound correct. The executive branch has quite a bit of discretion when executing laws. They also have to interpret the laws that are not entirely clear. If the FTB has fewer options, I imagine it is because tax law is so complicated and yet very clear on certain points.

In this specific case though the judge only invalidated the additional "in state" requirements. The rest of the law stands so the FTB's actions seem to me to just be them enforcing the rest of the law.

Comment Re:Don't like retroactive laws. Taxes no different (Score 1) 514

The FTB, unlike the court, has no discretion in crafting a remedy, and cannot (unlike the legislature) reform the statute retrospectively to avoid undesirable impacts.

Incorrect. Go back and read the article again.

Gina Rodriquez, of the California Taxpayers Association, says the board had several options open to it under previous case law.

Option 1 being from 2012 on, the exemption/deferment is no longer allowed. 2008-2011 tax filings are left as is.
Option 2 being what they're doing: retroactively collecting taxes, interest, and penalties.

Both options have been used before in similar cases. Option 1 was used in Hunt-Wesson v. Franchise Tax Board (2000). Option 2 was used in Farmer Bros. v. Franchise Tax Board (2003)

Comment Sensationalist media (Score 1) 633

I'm increasingly seeing that Slashdot is just as horrible with the sensationalist headlines as the mainstream media. Anything to get more ad impressions.

He was not "expelled for finding sloppy coding". No matter how much you dislike schools, Quebec, Canada, authority figures, software, computers, accurate headlines, or terms of use, he still was not "expelled for finding sloppy coding."
What is so hard about swapping the text and adding a comma?
Try it:

Student Finds Sloppy Coding, Expelled From Montreal College

Now it implies a correlation (which there definitely appears to be) instead of libelously explicitly stating causation.

Comment Re:sigh (Score 1) 620

What's your obsession with anger management classes? A bit of transference, I presume?

Just continuing with the same analogy. Didn't want to confuse you again.

Look, dude, you invited the responses you received when you made the half-assed, idiotic comment about ballots and elections, in a discussion that had nothing to do with the aforementioned topic.

Sorry I assumed you had the ability to think about what I was saying before you respond. I also assumed you were not the anger prone type to assume the worst and attack somebody that comments on your "Im sick and tired but not doing anything about it" whining. I'm also sorry you think ballots and elections have nothing to do with government and police.

If you're going to respond to people with snarky nonsense,

Work on your sense of humor. Try watching some stand-up. Maybe fukung or xkcd. There is a variety out there to choose from. But mostly try laughing at yourself. You whined, you got called on it, it hit too close to home so you jumped on me. Your problem there, not mine. Next time, instead of escalating to attacks on imagined "moronic and counter-productive" beliefs, you should reply with something humorous.

For the record, nobody put a gun to your head and forced you to say something stupid and nonsensical

There you go with the anger again. Nobody put a gun to your head and forced you to be an ass, insulting and cursing like a brat. Nothing stupid or nonsensical about my comment. Why do you deny the connection between griping about government and running for office? Most people that want to change government behavior vote or run for office.

nor did anyone force you to continue to defend your stupid and nonsensical comment

I didn't defend my statement, I just called you a prick, because you were being a prick. In fact you bitched about me not expanding on my statement, you don't remember?

via continually escalating stupidity and childishness.

Childish, yes. Stupid... well Kettle, I'm going to have to disagree there. I think my responses have been far more clever than your frothing-mouth curse-laden rants.

You chose to engage in this conversation of your own volition, and are just as guilty as you claim I am for fostering immaturity, so don't even try to pull that victimized, reversal-of-position bullshit on me.

eh? There you go again trying to put your limited thought processes on me. I did not claim innocence of immaturity. I absolutely responded in kind. One of my many faults. What I was doing was sarcastically trolling your laughably hypocritical mentioning of a "mature discussion" between insults and swearing as I currently believe you are an angry prick.

FYI, you're no more innocent for your part in this admittedly moronic debate than I am; it takes two to tango, after all.

Well I'm glad I taught you something. Assuming you now know that mature discussions require 2 as well?

Comment Re:Old problem (Score 1) 507

Actually the Space Shuttle Challenger was a design choice to save on the cost of shipping the tanks to Florida.

Ya. So they chose "just get it done"

The alternate one piece design didn't fit through one specific tunnel along the railroad from the plant to Florida, and would have required overland transit.

Instead of the tougher, costlier, or more time consuming "get it done right."

And then dealt with the consequences.

Comment Re:sigh (Score 1) 620

So, instead of expounding on your previous, exceedingly vague statement, thus giving clarity and allowing for a mature discussion,

Interesting. And what part of "WTF are you on about?" is inviting a "mature discussion"? Cursing? Putting words in my mouth and then calling my attitude "moronic and counter-productive"? Is that what you call a mature discussion in your school? Cause that is not how we adults do things in the workplace, courts, or government. You'll probably find that kind of b.s. is not recommended in anger management classes either.

And you have the nerve to say I''m a prick.

Absolutely kid. Act like a prick, get called a prick. Next time, if you want a mature discussion, try using your big boy words. Act mature. That means asking for clarification when something flies over your head instead of flying off the handle and insulting people or what you assume is their belief.

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