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Comment Who does he think he is? (Score 4, Insightful) 209

Charles Dickens?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

The AI will save humanity, the AI will kill us all.

Comment Re:Solution (Score 1) 98

That's right, you'll end up with the person pushing the ban button as the last man standing. I've noticed that everyone seems to be offended by something. I mean, you're offended by the "offensive content complainers" and complaining about it here. Generally speaking, conservatives seem to be offended by these issues people are calling "puritanical standards", but liberals seem to be offended by non-conforming ideas (c.f. safe zones). This is a game that nobody can win.

Comment Partisanship At Its Finest (Score 2, Informative) 404

I'm so glad that: "Four House Democrats recently demanded that the FBI investigate the nominee after he 'jokingly' suggested that Russia find and release the 33,000 emails reportedly missing from Hillary Clinton's private email server."

I mean, that's the real crime--not what Hillary did. It's very important that the FBI get to the bottom of this--though maybe it will at least keep them too busy to be destroying more evidence that could indict a Clinton.

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 2) 150

He doesn't need to quantify his workouts. He may or may not want to--I sense conflicting desires in what MrKaos wrote. The real point of his post was that if an insurance company starts to require tracking for "discounts", then they will invariably have a policy that screws him over based on the way he works out. He would and should qualify for any benefit an insurance company would give for proving an active lifestyle, but he may not be able to provide that proof.

Comment Free Speech is Dead (Score 1) 438

I read through a lot of comments here but didn't see this thought yet, so I apologize if it's a repeat:

This ruling means that there is no such thing as free speech anymore. The first amendment is null and void. Why? Because if something becomes illegal to say on the basis of "national defense", then the government just needs to define more and more things [that they don't like] as a danger to national security/defense. That line is arbitrary, and the courts seem to always agree with the Executive and/or Legislative branch when they place something in the national security bucket.

If SCOTUS doesn't overturn this, then the day will come when speaking in a way that disagrees with the President will land you in jail because the Federal Government will have defined that as treachery and a clear danger to the security of the State. You see, what you said "is not merely tangentially related to national defense and national security; it lies squarely within that interest."

The whole freaking point of the 1st Amendment was to have the right to say things that the Government squarely disagrees with. If we've lost that, this country is legitimately doomed.

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 2) 438

Actually, you probably can sell legally sell it, but right now it's worth the risk. It all has to do with intention and protocol, but since that's always open to interpretation, it's probably not worth doing.

As long as you create a firearm with the intention of owning and not selling it, then you are not violating the law. That means that one day you might decide that you should sell that firearm. As long as you follow all the firearm transfer laws properly, then nowhere along the way have you broken any laws.

The reason it's risky is that a prosecutor would argue that you built the firearm with intention to sell it, and it's basically their word against yours. Who do you think the judge and jury will listen to? The respected prosecutor or the vigilante firearm builder?

Comment Going to Backfire (Score 5, Insightful) 65

If I were Charter, I would embrace this. I would make the base internet price the current price, then tack on $10/month to renters of cable modems. I would include a letter in the bill that says, "The FCC has mandated that we start charging for the rental of your cable modem...yada yada, it's the government's fault your rate just went up."

They'll make a killing and not really lose many customers. The FCC is creating a golden opportunity for them.

Comment Re:Popcorn. (Score 1) 382

Sorry, you're not allowed to afford a comfy chair and popcorn. That would flaunt too much success [for a peon], so your resources are being confiscated to:
1. Pay for someone's socialistic wet dream
2. Pay for domestic spying, war and cronyism

Unfortunately, there is no option three. You cannot keep what you have earned.

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