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Comment I don't see a problem ... (Score 0) 135

... with adults deciding how to spend their disposable income.

If it's not for you, don't buy it.

If it's useful to you, knock yourself out.

As for privacy, we don't have that, and we don't have any expectations of that.

As for compromising/embarrassing escapes to the wild, that is becoming normalized, just as leaks of personal data and login information is.

As we become more exposed (see what I did there), fewer will give a shit, be they perpetrator or victim.

Comment I've got 15 mod points ... (Score 5, Interesting) 198

... and not one goddam comment to use them on.

That surprises me.

Where is the observation that the fucking CIA has a special, tiny, secret cubbyhole where they store this shit and hundreds have access to it?

Apparently, the gubmint learned not one fucking thing from Manning and Snowden.

And, for fuck's sake, don't use the word "treason," when it's "espionage."

Treason has two major components that are missing in this context:

1.) A United States Citizen declaring war on the United States. Where's that goddam manifesto? The last time that happened was the Civil War when the Confederacy committed treason.

2.) Aiding the enemy. The United States does not have a list of enemies. The gubmint considered a list of enemies years ago, but it got complicated. There are guidelines, policies, procedures of law that go into effect for an official enemy.

Some of those enemies are allies of our allies. Also, "enemies" is a moving target. Also, any United States company who did any sort of business with an "enemy" would be charged with treason.

Obviously, America has morphed from a Republic to an oligarchy, and global business supersedes all other considerations.

The last list of enemies was World War Two.

Don't come at me with Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.

We are not at war with any country.

We are at euphemistic police actions or peace-keeping with those countries.

Thank you very much.

I'm moving on to another Slashdot thread where some contributors need my help in getting the attention the readers deserve.

Comment The ONLY time ... (Score 1) 148

... I ever CC'd the boss was like:

From: Me

Subject: Your stuff still doesn't work ...

I know that you want to make my firm happy, and you know I do too.

So far, I'm the only one making any positive contributions, which results in your company's performance sucking big time.

Because you are incompetent, I am CC'ing my boss, your boss, and, to get the point across I'm CC'ing YOU.

Please fix this before end of work day Friday or I will be scheduling a meeting with you, me, my boss, and your boss on Monday.



CC: Me, You, My Boss, Your Boss

Comment Re:Make America Great (Score 1) 619


Please read Section III Article 3:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.

Jane Fonda did not declare ware on the United States.

The last time that happened was by the Confederacy.

She did not aid any enemy because America has no list of enemies.

The last list was WWII.

Jane Fonda was never charged with anything.

Love her or hate her, she exercised her right to freedom of expression and contributed greatly to the end of the Vietnam war.

Kind of, you know, Westboro Church.

Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is a Baptist church which is known for its hate speech, especially against LGBT people (homophobia), Catholics (anti-Catholicism), Orthodox Christians (anti-Orthodoxy), Muslims (Islamophobia), Jews (antisemitism), American soldiers and politicians.

Comment Lost that battle ... (Score 1) 90


What we must do is guard against the use of technology through market logic where people become brands and all things spiritual become commoditized.

... with the advent (deliberate pun) of rock and roll Christian music.

My upbringing taught that religious music was a deliverance of gospel and the performer would have objected vehemently to any attention to self via admiration or applause because the gift was presented by God Himself.

Now it's a goddam industry.

Comment February 1978 ... (Score 3, Interesting) 857

... on a visit to Radio Shack, the sales guys were setting up this TV typewriter showing some crude blocks of white on black graphics and some all-cap text.

They "broke" it and I saw:

10 ... do something
20 ... do another thing
30 ... do some more stuff

Then they fired it up again.

After 9 years in this man's Navy as an avionics tech working on a 64-8-bit computer with ferrite core and programming a TI calculator, I realized IT WAS A COMPUTER!!!

I told them to box it up. They said they couldn't because it was a store demo and the only one within 200 hundred miles.

The manager walked in and told them to sell it to me because, "That's what we do here."

I took it home, breezed through the manual, had it calculate orbital speeds based on distance from the Sun (some being beneath the surface and exhibiting relativistic speeds).

It was the TRS-80.

You can look up the specs.

I wrote articles for 80 Microcomputing and ordered an A-D converter from Analog Devices and made battery checkers and digital thermometers.

Saw one at the Smithsonian Institute, many years later, when I visited D.C.

Comment Re:Need to order a drone strike against these trai (Score 3, Insightful) 111

It's their duty to protect their own goddam security and all Americans.

Given that they know millions of Americans are at risk from exploits they have not reported to the vendors, by your logic, the NSA is a traitor organization and qualifies for a drone strike.

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