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Comment The man in the mirror (Score 2) 217

I’m starting with the man in the mirror // I’m asking him to change his ways // And no message could have been any clearer // If you wanna make the world a better place // (If you wanna make the world a better place) // Take a look at yourself, and then make a change // (Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)

Comment Password Security (Score 1) 314

The single biggest threat this law creates is the need to have passwords a company can decrypt. If a court order requests the password of an account, a company is required to provide said password. This means you must now store your user passwords in a method you can decrypt. Nope, nothing wrong with that! I guess Senator Burr was getting jealous of all the attention the NC GOP was getting from HB2 that he wanted to try and upstage them.

Comment Trees as weapons (Score 2) 173

Beginner: * Break off a branch from a tree. This is called stick. Hit someone with it. Advanced: * Produce a straight staff from a tree. File down the point of one end, or attach a flint or metal pointy traingle to one end. This is called a spear. In close quarters you may stab someone with it in a jabbing motion. At a distance, you may throw it. Be warned, if you missed you just armed your opponent with a spear. Expert: * Produce a straight staff from a tree and fashion into a bow. Use the sniwes from an animal you slayed using your club or spear and fashion a string you can use on your bow. Produce minature spears that you can use to shoot from this bow. Bows make excellent weapons to be used at a distance before your opponent can get into throwing range of a spear or melee distance if they have a club. As you can see, Trees are very dangerous and can be used as weapons. We should cut them all down.

Comment Re:fighting carbon pollution? (Score 2, Insightful) 369

Exactly! At best this oil will cost more to produce (Obama's goal) and will end up in more pollution (the opposite of what Obama wants to achieve). It also has the side effect of encouraging Canada to build more refineries to process this oil and build their own pipeline to the their coast to ship it and get thus eliminate a bunch of American jobs. Bravo, Mr President!

Comment Re:Drones (Score 2) 313

1. The US has a modern air defense system. I imagine Chinese drones penetrating US air space would be shot down and should things escalate, a conventional/nuclear war would result. This is why the only nations we send drones to are unable to take any action to stop us. They are not used with impunity. We aren't going to send them to Germany, the UK, Japan, China or any country with a modern army. 2. Our drones are effectively remotely piloted aircraft. Not "killbots". There is some chair jockey in a building in the Nevada desert who pilots the craft and fires the missiles and then goes home to be with his family after his shift is done.

Comment Power is the problem, not Money (Score 1, Insightful) 233

Money seeks out Power, not the other way around. The reason there is a lot of money in politics is due to the obscene amount of Power our government now wields. When the #1 return on your investment is no longer R&D, training your employees, hiring better employees, but is instead lobbyists (to either reward your company or punish your competitors) there is a sickness. Taking money out of politics will not change this. In fact, it will just mean the money will ooze in around the cracks and crevices of whatever laws we throw up and corrupt the system even further. Take the power out of the government and the money will disappear on it's own.

Comment Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (Score 2) 385

Really? At least once a week there is a story like this, chosen to excite the conservatives and to try to make the liberals look bad. Can you show me an article posted in the past several months that does the opposite? No, you cannot.

Me thinks you doth protest too much.

  • Obama Presses China On Global Warming - Conservatives would argue global warming doesn't exist
  • South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early - Conservatives know renewables will never work
  • Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects - Conservatives know nuclear power is safe
  • Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds - More climate change claptrap

..and that's without going past the first two pages of headlines.

Comment Re:Bets on first use (Score 1) 233

Exactly! Or maybe someone took some photos or videos that a government doesn't want to get out. Simply kill the phone and you are done with that problem.

The bad scenarios are far more dangerous than not having a kill switch.

Besides, weren't there apps that do this that folks could purchase of their own free will"?

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