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Comment Re:According to the author, publisher, reviewer, (Score 1) 139

This strange form of denial is seen everywhere Chinese espionage is discussed. The person is utterly convinced that China is, in fact, not doing what is in its own best interest. No, that takes a back seat to boogeyman fear-mongering. Because I think it could possibly be so, then it must be. China couldn't possibly be behaving this way, because if it were so then I'd have to re-question some of my core beliefs.

Comment Re:I remember when... (Score 1, Insightful) 134

So, you just made some shit up and tried to pin it on him? And that got +4 Interesting? WTF we are just making shit up now? It is depressing how many people simply refuse to believe that there might be nice places in the world where live nice people. They just can't get the idea through their minds - everybody in the world must be just like them, there cannot possibly be any diversity.

Comment Re:Definitions. (Score 1) 457

Withdrawn unilaterally from several of the Geneva conventions...which ones would those be? The convention of 1949 or which one? We do know, right, that the Geneva convention only applies to uniformed combatants of a national armed force, right? Right? The proper response to an uniformed militant who doesn't represent a nation - someone like a Taliban - is, under the Geneva convention, immediate battlefield execution. No really.

Comment Phone phreaks: driven by need (Score 1) 64

I remember a time when in-state long distance was 50 cents a minute while out-of-state was 20-30 cents a minute. Some federal law or something. Which sucked, because everything I wanted to do was in-state. Enter phone phreaking! Make all your calls for free, from any phone in the country. There was a period of about eight years where I never paid for a phone call, ever. It was convenient as I ended up doing a lot of traveling and at the end I was making hour-long international phone calls originating overseas without worrying about a thing.

What killed it? The cost of long distance fell through the floor. It's been a while since cell networks let you call nationwide for the same price as local calls. Even direct-dialing international calls from my cell phone is a reasonable price.

Plus, SS7. Seriously, fuck SS7.

Comment Re:BBC cannot win (Score 1, Insightful) 487

Other websites manage to display the time correctly without the stupid hack of "show the computer's local time."

Maybe the reason that everything they do is heavily scrutinised by rabid right-wing politicians and licence-fee payers is because the BBC are corrupt to the core. Seems like extra scrutiny is not only warranted but heartily welcomed.

Comment Stupid online clocks (Score 1) 487

Man, I wish there were no such thing as a "show the local computer's time" function. There are so many websites that should damn well know better that do this. Even sites for organizations that are responsible for keeping accurate time pull this crap. Timeanddate.com does a fantastic job, I've no idea why it can't be done elsewhere. Oh, right - 100 hours to fix it and that's not in the budget.

Comment Re:Which amendment would you like to lose today? (Score 1) 609

So...single-issue groups only pursue their single issue? Do you understand how politics works? Just because you're against slavery doesn't mean you're going to work against financial crimes or child abuse.

There's a huge backlash - right here. By weakening one amendment we weaken them all. hell, there are a lot of educated people who think the US Constitution is dumb and evil, because they despise the people who celebrate it.

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