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Comment CPU cycles area cheap. Bandwidth is not. (Score 1) 58

I don't care in the least if my computer sits idle for a few seconds waiting for me, the user, to tell it what to do. I care very much if it arbitrarily decides to waste some of my all-too-limited monthly bandwidth incorrectly trying to second-guess my intent.

Dear Silicon Valley (or in this case, Oslo): Kindly fuck off and quit acting like the whole world has the same nice gigabit FTTP connections you've come to enjoy. Over half of the US (and more than half of the planet) doesn't have effectively unlimited high-speed broadband available. Please behave accordingly.

Comment Re:DEA already has rescheduled and overruled itsel (Score 1) 150

Actually, their constitutional authority to exist is that the Executive Branch calls them into existence to execute the provisions of laws passed by the Legislative branch.

It took a constitutional amendment to ban alcohol, and that amendment has been repealed. This leaves no authority for any branch of the government to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or use of any drug. Any act of the congress that purports to do so is not a law at all, it is as James Madison would describe it, a usurpation.


Comment Re:I hope so. (Score 1, Informative) 88

I know, right? Expecting people to pay back the loans they agreed to... And even threatening to *gasp* take back big-ticket items like houses and cars used as collateral for the mortgages? Might as well just give out bank-branded kneecapping sticks, amirite?

Banks certainly have their flaws, and make no mistake, we have some outright bad-actors like Wells Fargo. But as a whole, I have zero sympathy for people whining that their creditors actually dare to expect repayment. If you can't afford something, don't buy it.

Comment Re:The Streisand Effect has been triggered (Score 2, Insightful) 229

Well, I still haven't seen any smoking guns just yet


So if CowboyNeil came out and admitted to editing your posts because he disagrees with your politics, would you have a problem with that?

This isn't speculation, Spez admitted to depriving Reddit of its default protections under 47 U.S.C. 230. Spez didn't just commit a minor faux pas, he opened Reddit-the-company to serious legal liability as a result of his thin skin.

He then got caught in a leaked chat transcript conspiring with a handful of top default mods to find a way to ban T_D (y'know, the only sub openly supporting the goddamned president-elect of the United States of Fucking America without pissing off the userbase too much.

And you want a smoking gun? Hey, does this video footage of the gun firing repeatedly count?

/ Jesus, when will Slashdot allow HTML entities, never mind actual *gasp* Unicode!

Comment "Willing to"??? (Score 4, Insightful) 130

I don't even keep location services turned on except when I need to use my phone as a GPS, never mind allow any apps to access it.

Why the hell would I want to share my location with Uber? Oh, right - "Location data could also be used to provide new channels of revenue for the digital platform. This could include serving ads of local businesses". Yeah, kindly fuck right off, Uber.

Comment Re:Here come the science deniers (Score 1) 560

No denying here. I would also like to understand what long term effects alcohol has on the brain as well in comparison.

If there are equally bad mental health problems associated with use of both substances, then we can come to a conclusion about legalization or not of any mind altering drug - including those things that are currently legal most places. Once we understand the relative impacts - we can make better decisions rather than coming to a conclusion about a single substance in isolation.

That is science.

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