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Comment Re:EFF's Privacy Badger (Score 1) 254

The problem with not opposing the likes of the NSA while their power is still growing...

For the record, I never said nor implied that I don't oppose 'the like of the NSA.' Please do not put words in my mouth. To be clear, I mentioned it merely because the steps I take to protect my privacy from the private sector are not sufficient to protect me from Government agencies, based on recent revelations. Swing and a huge miss.

Comment A true Constitutional Crisis (Score 1) 156

The 4th Amendment is very clear (probable cause -> specific warrant -> seizure as authorized by the warrant), and so is Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution (the Supremacy Clause), which plainly states the Constitution is the highest law of the land. The 2008 FISA act blatantly contradicts both very clear articles of law by stating that the President's assurance that a directive is lawful (even if it obviously isn't) is protection from the law. If retroactive telcom immunity stands, it would potentially establish precedent that the President is the highest law of the land (again, contradictory to the Supremacy Clause.) The fact this issue had to go to appeals at all is a joke, and the retroactive immunity ruling is even more so. Plus the fact that it makes a mockery of Nuremberg, which executed people who followed unlawful orders.

Comment Re:A new segment (Score 1) 692

When I saw Jobs present the iPad I could immediately see the utility. It doesn't compete with my laptop or my desktop. I use it in places my laptop doesn't work well. Say on the sofa, or in the kitchen. I can grab it and look something up while walking around. I can take it when traveling and use it to read news, watch video and still get emails or even remote desktop / ssh if needed

I can do all that on my phone, without buying an extra device to haul around. Fondleslabs are the latest pet rock or maybe a status symbol at best. I fail to see anything they can do that I can't do better on my PC or phone. As for other people, I might see it getting a niche market for artists.

Comment Re:Oh the irony! (Score 1) 297

Well said. Sad that I had to scroll down so far to get to the question I asked myself when I first saw the story... what exactly is the "ground-breaking" technology? At the very least they are trolls for the very use of the words "ground-breaking" to describe ANY of the technologies in question.

As far as I can see, Apple proves the so-called "free market" is all about who has the best marketing and lawyers, NOT about innovation or efficiency.

Comment Seems YOU'RE the one that's knee-jerking (Score 0) 537

1. Did you even rtfa? It sure seems like you are knee jerking at the title to me.

2. Are you a nuclear scientist, and thus have some expertise? You sure come across as if you are, but I doubt that reality backs that implication up.

3. No matter who the author is, the periodical was started by nuclear scientists. I trust the editor of New Scientist exponentially more than your non-existent credentials.

The article seemed thoughtful and well written to me.


Denver Rejects UFO Agency To Track Aliens 80

Republicans weren't the only ones to win big yesterday. Aliens in The Mile-High City can breathe easier thanks to voters rejecting a plan to officially track them. From the article: "The proposal defeated soundly Tuesday night would have established a commission to track extraterrestrials. It also would have allowed residents to post their observations on Denver's city Web page and report sightings." Let the anonymous probings begin!

Comment Re:Not news (Score 1) 484

Yeah, keep ploughing through the ditch you drove us into.

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." - John Adams

"Reality has a well-known liberal bias." - Stephen Colbert

Comment Re:Not news (Score 1) 484

Most people who are at or just above that income range are small business owners, and punitive taxes will force them to hire fewer employees. You may not have noticed this, but the unemployment rate is a bit high right now.

Myth, and the small percentage (3%) it does affect are "S" corps who became such because of the TAX BENEFITS, and did so before Bush crippled the country with out of control spending on a senseless war and even more senseless tax breaks. We've had ENOUGH of the VOODOO economics.

I'm familiar with Glass-Steagall, and repealing one old, stupid law doesn't put a dent in the massive amount of regulation accumulated over the past 60 years.

Pure horseshit

No one is arguing that we're on a "slippery slope" to anything, just a steady decline into a European-style welfare state.

So you deny using slippery-slope fallacy and in the same breath engage in it. Debate over.

Not quite, you still need to learn what a slippery slope is. A slippery slope argument suggests an unrecoverable end-state that can't be disputed because you don't specify what the end-state actually is. That's why it's a fallacy: by not saying where you're going and how you're getting there, you don't make the logical connection...blah blah blah.

If you can't see how comparing today's US government as it is today with countries who have single payer, etc, etc, etc (which not only are we NOWHERE near today, but we weren't even near when The New Deal started) as a fallacious, slippery slope bullshit talking point argument that has no bearing on reality, we aren't going to find a middle ground, so enjoy your house of cards that you call logic and piss off.

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