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Comment Re:heres the operative sentence (Score 1) 406

When you're talking the South China Sea, there are two territorial boundaries to consider. Was this the boundary that the international community, except China, acknowledges as their territory or the imaginary boundary that China claims as its territory on shoddy 'historical' evidence that just happens to encompass large theoretical reserves of oil?

Now, if the drone does exactly as claimed, then it is harmless. However, if I was the Chinese, I wouldn't be willing to take the US Navy's word for it and would want to look at it myself to make sure. It wouldn't be the first time we co-opted something for the good of humanity to serve US military interests.

Comment Re:Almost seems destiny (Score 5, Insightful) 406

There are, sadly, many people in the US that cannot see the US as anything other than the world's greatest country, in everything, and that it will continue to be the greatest until the end of time. It's a fantasy that they can't see past and refuse to even try. The US has not been the leader in many categories for some time and we're the leader is some categories that we really don't want to be, such as highest percentage of population in prison. These people are not only sad, they're dangerous to the continued survival of the country as we can't fix problems that we refuse to see or acknowledge.

Comment Re:Streisand effect (Score 1) 188

Actually, I didn't recognize it by the abbreviation they used in the summary. I had to Google the acronym to get the actual name. I thankfully have never had to deal much with the financial services sector so I am not as familiar with this company or its reputation. As far as I'm concerned they're all greedy self-serving bastards with no regards for anything except how much of someone else's money they get to swindle and take home today.

Comment Streisand effect (Score 5, Interesting) 188

Well this company completely missed the memo regarding the Streisand effect. This company obviously thought that using lawyers and burying the truth was cheaper than fixing the problem. Now, not only will they have to fix the problem, their users will be aware of the fact that the company tried to hide it from the users of the software. Talk about damage of trust. This company may also get hammered in court with anti-SLAPP penalties from the company they were threatening. Hopefully, this ends up being a very costly bout of stupidity making the company think twice about doing it again.

Comment Re:Only Fixed by Resigning (Score 1) 410

We, the users, have the ability to flag your posts for removal. Enough of us flag it and it's gone; no moderator required. Now, I don't know this for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised, if the threshold to remove a post from an anonymous user is lower than removing a post from a registered user with a positive karma score.

Comment Re:Except they didn't. (Score 3, Funny) 455

Strangely enough, I saw an actual, honest job listing that required speaking fluent Klingon as a job requirement. It was for a psychiatric hospital who had gathered up shut in Star Trek nerds that refused to speak any other language and they wanted to try and treat them. Psychiatric experience was a plus but, the job requirement was for a Klingon-English translator. One of the only times I wish I knew Klingon as the salary and benefits were awesome for the time.

Comment Re:Hol. ly. Sheeeeeit. (Score 1) 145

I wonder if Microsoft wants to sell it directly and have the cards installed by default is so they can have them connected and activated even if you have not activated them and signed up for a plan. This way, the PCs and tablets would report back to them no matter what and they'd have your GPS data on top of it as well as audio recordings if you don't have Cortana blocked. You just wouldn't get to use the already active connections. Now, like the summery said, getting the carriers to agree to this will be quite a challenge. They'll want a lot more money from Microsoft then they are likely to be willing to pay. Popcorn time.

Comment Re:Ob. xkcd (Score 1) 978

Actually, starting a business is exactly what gives the government the right to hit you with additional rules and regulations. You are voluntarily entering into a public commerce agreement with the government, as you have to get a business licence and to get that licence, you agree to abide by the rules and regulations required for that industry as set by your county, state and federal government. By setting up a public front where you solicit money from the public, you agree to serve the entire public, not just the portion of the public you see fit to serve (unless they commit a violation that allows you to refuse service). Christian bookstores must serve Muslims, landlords in white neighborhoods must rent to qualified black people and bakeries ran by Christians must serve gay people. If you want to discriminate against whoever you like then, don't open a business of any kind. Oh, in case you want to get uppity that it's your God-given right to earn money, remember that money is a government created and owned entity in every country in the world.

Oh, and your "inalienable rights" only go so far as they don't violate someone else's rights. You're not special and you don't get more rights than other people. People can't stop you from being an asshole, but, they have the right to punish you for it.

Comment Re:Ob. xkcd (Score 1) 978

I agree that it is not applied evenly. It's an imperfect process that has to get adjusted by an imperfect body, congress (that's an understatement of epic proportions), so sadly, it's going to be imperfect. The problem is protecting people who get discriminated against is always a moving target as society always finds new groups of people to discriminate against. And though, there can be a base justification for the stereotypes, everyone deserves to be judged on their own merits, not the merits of people who look or sound like them or on criteria that has nothing to do with the matter at hand.

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