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Comment Re:If the point was ... (Score 1) 261

What's the point of doing what Assange and Wikileaks have been doing without any moral position? He isn't helping his own case.

It's most flummoxing. Even before he holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy his behavior started to look somewhat erratic. Some prescient bloggers (such as Sean-Paul Kelly) warned Wikileaks about tying its reputation this closely to just one person. Alas, the warnings were ignored, and now the damage is done.

Comment I feel the same way. (Score 1) 258

And the question wasn't addressed in the video.

Can this function like a normal tablet? Will I be able to remove the controller modules and carry it around and read email, use Chrome and Google Now and Microsoft Office apps and snap photos? Or is this a dedicated gaming machine that's just modular?

If the latter, I wouldn't buy it. If the former, I'd buy it to replace my current 8" tablet, as a tablet PLUS gaming experience. But I need a tablet, and I don't want to have to have TWO tablets just to get slightly better gameplay on one of them.

If it's a one tablet concept (would have to be Android, I assume, to have the ecosystem) then great. If it's just a game console with fancy industrial design? Pass. I have good enough gaming on my current tablet.

Comment Re:As much as I dislike Trump ... (Score 4, Insightful) 416

And yet time and again Clinton is used to point out this or that even though he hasn't been president for well over a decade.

Make your mind up. If the lies and criminal acts of Bush and Cheney can't be used in a discussion than neither can Bill Clinton.

And no, crimes of past president's are not irrelevant. They are very relevant since they show the hypocrisy of people who will excuse those crimes but suddenly become appalled when someone else does the exact same thing. If you didn't consider it a crime then you can't consider it a crime now.

You can't have it both ways hypocrite.

Comment Re:Minefield (Score 1) 546

if people start getting blackballed, hired or fired for having expressed mere support for X political party or Y viewpoint.

What do you mean, start getting blackballed? Too young to remember the wholesale blackballing of actors because of their supposed views?

This doesn't even begin to touch the surface of the obvious and hidden blacklisting which goes on every day. Numerous studies have shown your name alone can get you blacklisted from a job.

States have had to pass laws to prevent all kinds of people and groups from blacklisting people for whatever reason.

Comment Re:It figures (Score 4, Insightful) 48

The police put a lot of effort making sure this guy goes to jail for making information available for free.

It's not information. It's a work someone put a lot of time and effort into creating and this asshat thought he was entitled to give it away to people without compensating the author.

If you want to produce something and give it away that is your right. You do not have the right to give away or steal someone else's work.

Comment Re: Hilarious (Score 4, Insightful) 185

Why use something other than a grease pen on a white board?

Because it's technology! It's the cool thing to do because everything is better with technology.

Stop trying to hold us back. Technology is the answer to everything. Didn't you see the trouble the guy in England had to go through to get his wi-fi tea kettle to work? Think of how much easier putting a pot of water on the stove would have been rather than the 11 hours he spent fiddling with technology. The horror!

Don't forget the polished turd which is Ford's infotainment system is known by engineers. Think of how much better it is to look away from the road to figure which part of a screen needs to be pressed to change the song rather than reaching out and touching a physical button. Technology for the win!

And don't get me started on the Internet of Things. It's the greatest. Why, devices hooked to the net, such as refrigerators or toasters, can be used as part of massive botnets. Isn't that great? Who wants, or needs, a refrigerator which isn't connected to everything? Think of how much easier it is to take down a web site you don't like when everything's connected to the internet.

Woo hoo! Three cheers for technology.

Comment Re:Sounds reasonable (Score 4, Insightful) 204

I get frisked at airports, its no big deal.

Because they consider you a criminal. You were presumed guilty until they found you innocent.

If you think this is acceptable then you wouldn't have a problem being frisked everywhere you go. Every restaurant, every movie theater, every store you want to enter, they frisk you because they're presuming you're a criminal.

Congratulations. You're another shining example of how the terrorists have won. They've made it so we fear everything and everyone.

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