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Comment He's turned into a classic traitor. (Score 1) 658

Snowden? I thought his name was Kim Philby.

He betrayed the USA for supposedly lofty goals, but now he's hanging out with our enemies and leaking secrets totally unrelated to his "whistleblower" mission.

Over the last week, he's started to look less like white knight and more like garden variety traitor.

No one's going to blink when Obama drones him.

Comment This law is broken. (Score 1) 161

AT&T wants us to believe that because their website was so insecure that feeding it sequential data would reveal private customer information, the problem can be solved by throwing the "hacker" -- who notified them immediately and did not leak the customer information -- into jail.

Yeah, right. The overseas hackers aren't going to even care that much. They'll take your information, use it to rob you blind, and presumably AT&T will cover it up, since their response has not been to address the actual problem in this case.

Weev is caught in the crossfire. American industry wants to have government protect it from its own sloppy coding. The truth is that protecting industry encourages more sloppy coding, which then helps the Chinese hackers who are robbing us blind.


Comment The new Microsoft-NSA hybrid owns us all (Score 0, Troll) 135

First they came for the secure boot, and I did not speak up, because I was not a BIOS...

This will enable them to control all of our computing hardware from their centralized corporate mind-control chambers.

Soon they will make us intolerant of anyone not like us, and we will become flag-waving, hamburger-munching, Coke-swilling droids who cheer whenever the poor, brown or leftist people are slaughter by automated drones.

Running Windows ME. ...so how'd I do Reddit I mean Slashdot? Did I hive mind the right way? Shower me in imaginary internet karma points!!!

Comment Doesn't address the problem. (Score -1, Troll) 381

Do good, make people working for you feel they're doing something good for the world.

You underestimate two motivations:

1. Self-interest. Two months ago, Snowden was a nobody with a dysfunctional life. Now he's famous and has many fans. Like Assange or even Charles Manson.

2. Revenge. People who are nobodies love to take revenge on anything bigger than they are, and they'll do it for "altruistic" reasons in order to have support from the crowd. They're sociopathic manipulators.

If Snowden has any decency, he'll go out into the middle of a large field so no one else dies in the drone strike.

Comment Lessons of history (Score 1) 211

There's only two ways to peace. One side destroys the other to the point where the other side doesn't want to be exterminated, or both sides have the ability to exterminate each other and the cost of war is too great.

That's a profound observation reinforced by history.

I'm not sure why people fear it; it means we know what we need to do, instead of what we wish were true.

You'd think all the sciency types would be more open to that.

Comment Politics versus organicism (Score 1) 375

Political: "We are a country, see, because we have a name and some documents, and we are united by our belief in capitalism (donuts) and equality (welfare). Anyone is welcome here who agrees with those."

Organic: "My people evolved in this land and have possessed it for centuries, improving it and themselves. We are inseparable from it. The only people welcome here are ourselves, and everyone else must find their own nation."

Comment Government is a public relations business (Score 2) 99

In government, you are not judged by results. You are judged by appearances, specifically how many people you can fool for long enough that they forget all the stuff you've screwed up.

This is why as little as possible should be entrusted to government. Even government workers will generally agree with this: government works best when it has a small set of goals and some way of measuring "success" other than cheering uninformed voters.

Comment Unions didn't do that. (Score 1) 467

What won workers rights was the tendency of most companies to not follow the worst examples and, when those worst examples were exposed, to no longer be forced to compete with that at price levels that were abusive.

In other words, culture won out over greed.

In the meantime, we've gained unions, which are parasitic organisms that in every instance are linked to organized crime, low worker productivity, and the failure of industries.

The lesson of the Twinkie has re-shaped American labor. Unions are not needed and destroy our industry; there is a better way without unions.

Comment Let's become a giant shopping mall (Score 2, Informative) 160

We'll invite everyone in.

Culture? We have none. We are all citizens of the television.

Heritage? None. We are arbitrary, gray and without origins. We need government, television and shopping to feel a sense of place.

Values? We have nothing in common except that we like money, we like sex, and we like to shop.

It's the path to Idiocracy + Brave New World.

Why does Zuckerberg support it? Cheap labor. People who permanent vote for no majority rule. And more customers who haven't yet gotten jaded about the decay.

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