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Comment Re:Gross, but... (Score 1) 618

Do you have any insights as to why they might have been made illegal in the first place?

Because telling other people how they must live is an irresistable urge among the small-minded. All of the reasons boil down to that. Drugs are hardly unique in this sense.

If the intention were to reduce harm as much as possible, prohibition is one of the least effective methods and all of the research shows this. But these are not people who are interested in facts, in measuring the effectiveness of their own solutions and no longer using methods that don't work. That would lead to conclusions that would interfere with pontificating to others about how they should live.

"Live and let live" and the notion of "consenting adults" do not occur to the small-minded.

Comment Re:Gross, but... (Score 1) 618

Maybe someday the US will make laws based on science and reality, as opposed to "morality"

I'm not an atheist and I sincerely believe that one of the most immoral things we tolerate today is the effort to tell other people how they should live. That desire is the primary motive behind the War on (some) Drugs. What other people read, watch, think, believe, ingest, and generally anything (anything) consenting adults wish to do is absolutely none of my fucking business. Government has no case for its involvement unless a third party is victimized in some way.

I believe your problem is with organized religion, not with the concept of God itself and certainly not with any kind of genuine spirituality as practiced by thinking individuals. Incidentally I also can't stand the people who must win a convert and cannot respect that you believe what you believe (or not) for your own reasons. It's again a desire to control and make others like oneself and it's just plain evil trying to masquerade as good.

Comment Re:A likely attack vector (Score 1) 256

I bet they used Flash to get in: since Adobe seems to be pushing Flash updates about every 10 minutes lately, it's evidently got some major security problems.

It's just yet another proof (as though more were needed) that security isn't something you can bolt-on after the fact. It would probably have required of them less effort to have done a rewrite from scratch, designed from the beginning with security in mind, than to have issued so very many patches and updates throughout the years.

Do they never consider that? Or I suppose it doesn't matter until something really embarassing like this happens?

Comment Re:Interesting Quote (Score 4, Interesting) 256

Worse. The source code included the required NSA backdoor. Now requiring to insert backdoors to manufacturers will lead to the logical consequence

We live in a society that, as Bill Hicks noted, is at about an eighth-grade emotional level collectively (he was being generous). Few people acknowledge the logical consequence, and seem to believe it magically goes away if they really, badly, truly wish hard enough or get upset enough.

I suspect the government understands the situation, however. Malicious attackers and other criminals exploiting mandatory backdoors only provides an excuse for more laws regulating the Internet and expanding executive powers. To protect you from those evil hackers, of course. If nothing else, the NSA gets their little back-door so they can more easily betray their own countrymen in the name of safety; if that goes wrong in the worst possible way, then: bonus! For the evil men who love power and know no loyalty, it's a win-win. Sadly.

Comment Re:See... this is why I torrent cracked versions. (Score 1) 256

I have a fantastic sense of humor. Which is not mutually-exclusive with being socially retarded.

Do you mean that literally, or do you merely observe that few social conventions actually make any sense? Some of them even seem deliberately designed to inhibit personal growth.

Because in a way, that's a great big joke all by itself. It's just not nearly so funny as it could be.

Comment Re:See... this is why I torrent cracked versions. (Score 1) 256

I'm a programmer, not a cunning linguist. Taking things at face value is my specialty.

The way that you say this reminds me of a photograph I saw in a history textbook back in high school. I have searched and (not remembering its name) cannot locate the image or else I'd provide a link, but I believe it comes from the time of the Industrial Revolution.

It's an old black-and-white photograph. It shows a man using a large wrench or spanner on a machine. The man's back is bent into an arc and his body contorted so that he may use the wrench on something not designed with ergonomics in mind. The purpose of the photograph is to show a man bending and yielding to a machine that was nominally supposed to serve men. It's similar to the notion that what you own also owns you.

I realize you were possibly being facetious, yet nonetheless you reminded me of something I haven't seen or heard about in years. I'd be interested if anyone here knows the photo to which I refer.

Comment Re:Thanks for the heads up (Score 1) 162

I like how all the "conspiracy theory" people are generally considered wacko, yet more of their predictions or "conspiracies" come to be yet they are never given validity.

The people who want modern-day prophets to be wrong so they can ridicule them, call them names, and feel better for a moment about their pitifully desperate and meaningless lives, well, these are not the kind of people who like to admit when they are wrong and try to avoid repeating the same mistake.

Validity was never to be expected from the likes of them. Such people aren't interested in truth. They're interested in feeling superior to someone else. This is fundamentally incompatible with a search for truth.

Comment Re:It wasn't a revelation (Score 4, Insightful) 162

Why would a government not take the effort to look into what people do on a daily basis when they have the technology .

To me it was also predictable, because I've read history books and noticed again and again that the most ruthless, sociopathic, often bloodthirsty control freaks are the ones who want power so badly that they'll do anything to achieve it. That's the nature of government. Public awareness and understanding is the only real thing holding it back. We have public apathy and ignorance because most people have been softened and made complacent by convenience and pointless indulgences (hundreds of channels of brain-dead horse-shit, news media controlled by 5 corporations all of which are cozy with government, public education for obedient workers and not for self-directed thinkers).

But that the government would want to spy on its people and would use technology in that manner, no that's not remotely surprising to anyone who understands the nature of governments and the people who most want to run them. What we need is a majority of people who comprehend this basic fact that has been repeatedly observed throughout history. The stakes are higher now, and become higher the more our tech advances. Our leaders have noted that bread and circuses works, that's because they actually do learn from history.

Comment Re:So... can they do it pre-breakup? (Score 3, Insightful) 528

It's about pictures the two of you took with mutual consent when all was great, I know Slashdotters aren't supposed to ever get in such a situation but it is quite common.

The sick part comes when after a break-up one of the partners posts them on the net out of revenge for the break-up.

When you date people who a) are not childish, and b) have a sense of honor, it protects you from pretty much all of these problems.

The sick part is that so many people think the government could ever be a substitute for cultivating a little wisdom.

Comment Re:So... can they do it pre-breakup? (Score 0, Troll) 528

So despite what the "women's advocacy groups" claim, this really doesn't do anybody any good in the end. It just makes the law more complicated, and lets some politicians brag about "defending women".

That, and no one in authority has the balls anymore to tell these women: this is why you should learn to recognize and value men who have honor and understand why this is important. A man with a sense of honor recognizes your right to exit the relationship anytime you wish and respects that this is your decision. A man with honor does not view the exercising of your rights as something he must avenge in a cowardly manner.

Comment Re:How about (Score 2) 528

Do you think a girl should be guilty of a crime if she reveals that her ex had only a 3 inch long penis after a breakup?

As embarrassing a thing this may be, it is protected under freedom of speech. I don't see how a naked picture is any different.

Because politicians love the meme of the innocent maiden victimized by nasty brutish men, so long as the politicians get to be the knights in shining armor.

Or the hard-working black man kept down by mean ol' racist Whitey. Or whatever -- any division will work. So long as it divides people into group identities and requires a savior, it will become a political issue.

It's not a very funny joke, but the joke is that so many people really think the legislators voting for this give a flying fuck about women who demonstrate poor judgment and can't differentiate a man who has honor and a man who does not (and don't think that matters, until something like this happens). Or anyone else. Or anything other than money and power, for that matter.

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