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Comment Re:Big Brother is back in town (Score 1) 160

"They have not up to this day demonstrated that these intrusive mass spying mechanisms and continuous and ever more severe invasion of privacy has brought any real results. It's as if they're just gathering information of every individual citizen for possible later use. "

It's about instant dossiers for people who become "problems" to the establishment. Proles don't have to worry. They're too busy trying to go along to get along. It's the people who shout words like "change" and "peace" and "corruption is bad" and "the rights of the people" and so on, who try to get a following, or just have a following whether they started it or not.

So they can be discredited/arrested/disappeared. Because terrorists/pedophiles/thinkofthechildrensomethingmustbedone.

It's "collect everything and sift through it with algorithms." Which means that it's not the police/feds/NSA *people* who are doing the surveillance, but a machine. And while a cop needs a warrant, a machine doesn't need one to say "hey, look over here."

I think I might be one of the lucky ones to leave this planet earlier than others (I'm 50). My (step) granddaughters on the other hand...

I am afraid for them.


Comment Re:Quit it already! (Score 1) 470

Whenever someone comes up with the frankenfood argument I always wind up explaining that there are enough problems with GMO food (the ones you listed - i.e., homogenity and IP insanity) that "you don't have to make up new ones out of thin air."

The frankenfood scaremongers are creating a situation where those of us on the sane side are being lumped in with the morons. And I'm tired of it.

*I* don't want to buy GMO food because I am offended by the IP (and associated one-sided contracts) angle /and/ the lack of diversity. I don't want to see what's happening to bananas (they're all clones - thus a single pathogen can wipe out an entire cultivar, which has been happening) happen to other food. I don't need any woo-woo, guys.


Comment AHEM (Score 5, Insightful) 117

Towns and cities have the absolute right to let "third parties use your poles" because your poles exist in the public right-of-ways like along roads, sidewalks, and the municipalities grant you easements over people's property, because they see poles as a public good.

This business of using the public for your private profit and then whining about it when you have to abide by rules made by the public, is poor judgement at best. It's whining. The briefs themselves are subterfuge because they ignore the right of the public to regulate pole use.

So stop lying, Frontier and AT&T and get with the fucking program and let competition on "your" (ours, really) poles.



Comment Here's the solution we've known about for years (Score 1) 213

End the war on drugs.
End for-profit prisons.
End "third strikes" legislation
End mandatory minimums
End "increasing sentencing by pi times"
Stop using prisons as mental hospitals and actually build mental hospitals and give the people the services they desperately need.
Imprison only the "real criminals" and make everyone else do restitution/fines/service work.

This business of making /not even half-hearted/ "reforms" that only actually increase prison populations is not fucking cutting it.

You had your chance to deal with this, Obama. You had 8 years of a potential bully-pulpit for ideas you said you believed in. You never used it. Fuck. You.


Comment Re:lol (Score 4, Informative) 443

The "cost of further litigation" includes what would happen if they appealed and the appeals court found in the plaintiff's favor. Then the generic argument becomes fairly bullet-proof - anyone going to court with that argument is going to win.

It would unleash thousands of cookie-cutter pro-se and cheap-lawyer lawsuits, which they seriously don't want.

They don't have to worry about me, though. I've been MickeySoft free for almost 20 years. I have nobody to sue.


Comment Roses need bullshit. (Score 3, Interesting) 208

But in this case, the roses are covered in bullshit.

"She works for free."

No, "she" doesn't. Anyone who says a piece of equipment "works for free" even if it doesn't have an operator most of the time is /lying/. Maintenance and setup costs can be a bitch. If you believe that machines are "free labor," you have no experience in manufacturing. They amplify the ability to make stuff (scaling up is more economical), but they're not free.

The pie then "travels on a conveyor belt to human employees who add cheese and toppings.

So the only problem solved here was the simplest, spreading sauce. Frozen pizza companies have solved the issue of automation, but it doesn't scale down. I'll get to that in the last paragraphs.

Even the guy who tried making a burger-making-robot failed. It was basically a VC scam, which this sounds like.


Yeah... uh...

>end of article
>shells out for a hand-made pizza, because it's better.

But of course, because bespoke pizzas are easier to make when the maker can /adapt/, unlike a machine, which must be retooled. Frozen pizzas, made entirely under automation, are "standardized" per the manufacturer. And that's what happens when you automate something that's hand-made, choices get reduced to a handful. You're not going to see a pizza come from these trucks with soppressata, as 80 percent (or more) of people /don't even know what it is/.

I'm not saying this is impossible, but the fact is that a lot of people go to pizzerias because they can easily get special orders, because if you can't, frozen pizzas are less expensive and you don't have to leave home. Say what you will about cardboard and disappointment, but big pizza chains that rely on human help will still do special orders.

"Any color, as long as it's black." - H. Ford


Comment Re:FOIA requests (Score 2) 268

She'll likely win it, but not because she's liked.

The only reason why she'll win is that the R side is just so horribly /bad/. Indeed the justification by a lot of Clintonistas is that they hold up the spectre of a "Trump Presidency."


I love this term. Consider it stolen.

>Bernie's kid-gloves treatment of her

This is the most disappointing part of it. He could have annihilated her in ads using her own words and record. "But that's negative ads" and he pledged to not do negative ads. All the while she's killing him in the media with rumors and nonsense.

I'm gonna go vote for Jill Stein. She's not gonna win, but I'll be damned if I'm going to vote for evil or more evil (YOU try and figure out which one is which here. Clinton has /done/ more evil than what Trump talks about. So like, what's the choice here? Devil you know or devil you don't? Fuck. That.)


Comment Ahem... (Score 4, Insightful) 309

The court argues that since "computer hacking is more prevalent than it was even nine years ago" the defendant has no expectation of privacy to the contents of his own machine.

This is like arguing the content of a person's wallet is not private because of the existence of pick-pockets.

This is insanity.


Comment Re:why qualify the nightclub as "gay"? (Score 1) 224

If you're shot with a .22 long, unless you're extremely unlucky, you're going to survive.

If you're shot with a Remington .223/5.56mm NATO in the abdomen, you're going to die, because it's made hamburger of your insides from the cavitation.

It's not the speed at which you can pull the trigger that's the difference, here. It's the fact that being shot with one vs. being shot with the other is the difference between "it's a flesh wound" and the EMT saying "he's dead, Jim."



Comment Re:why qualify the nightclub as "gay"? (Score 1) 224

You're comparing an AR15 round to a .22 Long round?

Yes, they are of similar caliber, but you don't fucking understand F=M*A. You also don't understand that the AR15 round has so much force behind it that the damage isn't done by the round itself, but by the cavitation generated by the round going through the body.



Comment Re:why qualify the nightclub as "gay"? (Score 1) 224

>What's funny is that I left a gun on my front porch.

You're a shitty gun owner. You leave your weapon to be fucked with by passers-by.

You don't know what an "attractive nuisance" is. If a kid had gone up to your porch and shot himself with your gun, say goodbye to everything you own.


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