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Comment Re:Always been doing it (Score 5, Interesting) 106

So since you are hearing ads (and I'm assuming you a relatively young anonymous coward) you would rather hear irrelevant ads shilling restless leg syndrome aids VS cheap flights to cancun?

Can't speak for the AC, but if I can't avoid corporate mind control (a.k.a. advertising) entirely I'd like it to be as mistargeted as possible. Facebook sometimes seems to think I'm in Sri Lanka or Laos and sends me ads I can't read, that's perfect.

Comment Jota, Ghost Commander, and my VPS (Score 1) 286

Jota is a free software basic Android text editor. Ghost Commander is a free software file manager that lets me transfer files via sftp. I have my own server. So from my phone and tablets I can download (when connected), create and edit (connected or not) and upload (when connected) notes, writing projects, or whatever. From my full-fledged PCs its even more transparent, I use sshfs to mount the remote directory. (You have your own cheap VPS, right? I mean, I know /.'s standards have declined, but I assume we're still all techies here, and VPSs are cheap. Given that, why would you want to store your stuff on some computer you don't control?)

Comment Re:Stranger Danger! (Score 1) 211

Capitalism's goal is free people satisfying the needs and desires of their fellow citizens.

Capitalism's goal is the enrichment of the capitalist class via the state-backed exploitation of workers and of the natural resources that are the common property of humanity. If any needs or desires of people outside the ruling class happen to get met -- which used to happen but is now more and more rare as capitalist scum become more efficient -- it's a by-product, not the goal.

Land existed before civilization, before humanity. It becomes "property" only via state action. The ante for the game of turning land (a real thing) into "property" (a human fiction) and backing that up with state force, is seeing that every human being has a warm, dry, clean, and safe place to sleep and store their stuff and attend to basic human needs.

Comment "let us spy on you so we can rescue you!" (Score 2) 208

And while it's impossible to know for sure, it's entirely possible that the time Gleeson saved by not having to call an ambulance manually helped save her daughter's life.

Extremely unlikely. The few seconds difference it might make is lost in the noise in all the factors that affect the response time. This rings as a bullshit justification of constant surveillance: "We're always watching out for you! Like a helpful older sibling."

Comment Re: Why do we need US political topics? (Score 1) 245

Which implies that you still -- almost sixteen years later -- reject the findings of every recount -- both official and unofficial -- that found George W. Bush to be the legitimate winner.

1.) State and federal law and international treaty put a variety of requirements on the Florida 2000 selection of electors. These laws were not followed. Ergo Florida never sent a legitimate set of electors to cast their ballots.

2.) The complete Florida recount done by researchers found that, despite the illegal disenfranchisement of many voters, using the "clear intent" standard Gore got more votes in 2000 in Florida than Bush did. The press coverage universally buried the lede and talked about how the limited recounts Gore called for would have left Bush the winner.

Those are the facts. Those of us who push for history to recognize them, and for the political system to make sure the situation does not re-occur, are not "holding a grudge".

Comment Re:Why is he in jail? (Score 1) 416

Since when is Palin an "elite" in America?

Since she was elected governor of Alaska, at least. Possibly since she was elected to the city council in Wasilla, though I'm not sure how much power or status that gave her. Certainly as mayor she was able to use her status to impose her will on people.

"Elite, sometimes "Ãlite" is a small group of powerful people in political and sociological theory, such as an oligarchy, that controls a disproportionate amount of wealth or political power in society. This group holds a superior position among the ordinary people and exercises greater privilege than the rest of the population." -- the wik

Comment The Church of All Worlds exists (Score 1) 527

There is a legally recognized "Church of All Worlds", inspired by Heinlein. It's a sizable Neopagan group started by Oberon Zell (who corresponded a fair bit with Heinlein). The judge's apparent ignorance of this fact demonstrates the unsoundness of his ruling.

Pastafarianism is as real as any religion. Questions of religious liberty must be based on the sincere beliefs and actions of the person, not in the origins of the religion. Dude has FSM tats, has undergone some expense and pain in the name of Pastafarianism, so it's not a trivial thing for him.

Comment Re:Dictation (Score 1) 188

Lying to a cop is not a crime, in and of itself.

Yes, it is, at least here in Maryland: "A person may not make, or cause to be made, a statement, report, or complaint that the person knows to be false as a whole or in material part, to a law enforcement officer of the State, of a county, municipal corporation, or other political subdivision of the State, or of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Police with intent to deceive and to cause an investigation or other action to be taken as a result of the statement, report, or complaint....A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding $500 or both."

Comment Re:That's not the reason tourists stay away (Score 3, Interesting) 106

It's your damn xenophobia. Teach your people some manners and we'll talk about visiting.

I've spent about four months total in Japan, mostly in Osaka but some day trips out to the boonies. The Japanese people I encountered were almost universally polite and helpful. I got quite a few free drinks and even a free dinner from people who wanted to practice English.

Yes, there was one drunk guy unhappy to see a white guy on his street and yelled at me, one cashier who ignored me and one older guy who didn't want to sit next to me on a train. Meh. More than balanced out by the woman who all but took me by the hand to help me find the temple I was looking for when I got lost in her little town.

I see more rudeness from fellow Americans in a week here than I'd see in a month from how Japanese folks treat Americans. I'd go back in a heartbeat, and hope to do so someday.

Comment Re:Ok (Score 5, Informative) 556

Nearly everybody has a driver's license.

No, actually, large numbers of people don't. Many Americans don't drive. I know that many middle-class suburban Americans are shocked to learn that other Americans live differently, but it's true. in fact some Americans are entirely unable to obtain government issued IDs.

Comment Re:Double edged sword (Score 3, Interesting) 556

When was the last time a US government agency massacred dozens of people here in the US?

Killing dozens at once? And federal government only? Ok, it's reasonabl rare for the US government to kill lots of people at once here, have to go back to the Waco massacre for that one. It kills lots of people at once in other countries on a regular basis, of course.

Killing people one by one? And including state and local governments? Dude, have you somehow missed the recent uproar over police shootings? And it's nothing new, the War on (Some) Drugs has had cops killing people for decades.

If you're not afraid of the government, that's a sign that either 1) you're white and rich and of sufficient status that you're glad to have the state keep "those people" in line with deadly force, or 2) you don't have a clue what's going on.

Comment Re:Not just adblock (Score 1) 205

Logging enables features such as view history, which makes it easy to find and re-watch something.

Yeah, that certainly needs to be implemented with some sort of server-side user tracking. No way that a browser could have some sort of "history" or "bookmark" feature to allow the user to review and tag content on the client side.

Comment Re:Amazon finally went DRM free? (Score 1) 202

The difference is Amazon is opt-in. If you don't want them collecting data on you, you can simply decline to use their products or services.

Unfortunately there's nothing simple about it. As they get their tentacles into more and more areas, your choice evaporates.

I'm an author. (If you're interested in Neopaganism or Buddhism, buy my book.) Not dealing with Amazon is not a practical option.

I'm a developer and system admin for a small company. The boss -- non-technical -- keeps talking about wanting to use AWS, because "it's what everybody's doing". I have to keep explaining why it's a bad move, both technically and because Amazon Is Evil.

Brick and mortar stores are closing. Sports Authority is the latest. Why? Competition from on-line sellers. Your alternatives to Amazon are dying off.

Amazon is a corporation -- a beast created by state fiat. The state has a duty to keep it leashed.

Comment Re:Wrong technology (Score 2) 59

The obvious lesson here would be that 4G is really not the technology you want to be using for downloading +15GB/month of data.

I used to have Sprint's WiMax 4G service as my home ISP, same service as Clear/Clearwire but under a different branding. Downloaded on the order of 90GB some months. Worked fine for several years, other than that I was on the very edge of the service area and occasionally dropped signal in bad weather.

4G can get bits to homes. If an ISP sets out to do that and fails because it oversells, it's not a technical problem, it's poor planning and people have a right to be pissed about that.

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