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Comment Re: Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 370

Awww, butt-hurt much? I've been white-hat trolling slashdot for 15 years (which you would know if you bothered to look up my account under my birth name - I never hide), and a piece of crap like you isn't going to get one over me.

Well because you had surgery to remove all your organs except for just one, then you're just an asshole, and therefore don't have a gender. That's a fact no matter how much you argue otherwise I'm afraid. And I did skim over one of your posts after the fact and noticed that you advocate banning anonymous speech, which means you're also a wannabe dictator. Go move to china or something; they agree with you there. And, the only reason you'd be against anonymous speech is if you get butt-hurt often because of it. After all, your butt is all that remains to be hurt.

Your purpose in life is to serve as target practice so that when I encounter jerks like you in real life, I already know all their arguments, and the proper counter-arguments.

Right, and that must be why you haven't, at any point, offered any kind of counterargument to any point I made, except for a straw man of poor craftsmanship. In fact, this is typical narcissism right here. You're like an IRL version of Eric Cartman: Your ego just won't let you see anything that might hurt it.

A troll who's too stupid to realize he's being trolled just isn't fun any more.

Riiiight...Actually you aren't very good at this. You aren't a troll, you're a goat. Or rather, just a former dictator goat's anus. Have a bleating nice day.

Comment Re: Wow (Score 1) 40

That might be beneficial to your liver, but likely won't have a big impact on heart health. Even if it did, it would only be good advice for a younger age to mitigate (but not prevent) the possibility of heart disease when you're 60 or older. It certainly won't do you any favors if you have any congenital heart diseases.

Comment Re: Positive feedback? (Score 1) 271

Maybe, as that change has been attributable to an increase in dietary iodine. However it's also said that human intelligence is analogous to the tail feathers on a peacock, and since arranged marriages stopped being a thing in the west ever since world war 2, and faster/more affordable travel allows for a much broader mate selection, it's possible that we're inadvertently subjecting ourselves to selective selection instead of the more arbitrary selection we had before. This would also help explain the higher autism rates, which nobody has been able to pinpoint a cause for (and no, it's not vaccines.)

Comment Re:Old movies (Score 1) 199

Forget obscure, old is enough. Copyright should exist as a means of supporting creative works, not a way for large media corporations to sit on something in perpetuity and collect revenue with the only expense being 'investments' in congress to extend copyright.

I'm more than willing to pay for something new because that supports the production of creative works I like enough to give time and money to. Music, movies, books, video games, sure, I will and do buy them. But there's are many things out there that are several decades old and should have fallen into the public domain years ago, and for those I feel no such moral obligation. If the media companies want to avoid piracy, they've got options. I pay for Netflix, I pay for Amazon Prime, there's plenty of options for them to get a piece of the pie even with things that really should be free anyway. If they can't play nice and want to prove just how greedy they are, screw 'em.

Comment Re:Um, duh? (Score 2) 271

Not just that, but those with means have much more opportunity to do the exceptional things so-called elite colleges are looking for. Feeder schools with high rates of getting pupils into elite schools are a thing for a reason. An average kid with means is still much more likely to have an outstanding resume than an exceptional one student from a more modest background.

Apologists will say admissions at these places are money blind, but the reality is they just use proxies. It's the class equivalent of saying 'I'm not racist, but I won't hire people with funny names like Jose, Latasha, or Ahmed.'

The old saying 'Elite schools are where the wealthy launder privilege into credentials' once again holds true, and still no one cares. No one is holding them accountable for their classism. Point it out and some asshole accuses you of 'class warfare.' Far as I'm concerned, their should be an academic boycott of these places until conditions improve. It is baffling to me that, for all the progressives in academia, no one wants to touch this subject.

Comment Re: Offer, Not Bring (Score 2) 90

Apple also only publishes to its own platform, basically pretendin that only theirs exists, so they have at least some excuse. But, I'm curious why Microsoft does this and yet if somebody else wanted to install their services on a Windows lock screen, Microsoft would have none of that.

It's probably a good thing that both consumers and developers are eschewing Microsoft's UWP and mobile platforms to the point that even Microsoft is starting to do the same.

Comment Re:liar (Score 0) 506

We are not defending the man. We are defending the fundamental principle of free expression. Assange is not being persecuted because he "raped" anyone, but because he said things that powerful people didn't like.

If this was true, the UK had just as much reason to want him as the US, and the later would have applied stiffer legal pressure than Sweden so that they could get him first.

Comment Re:liar (Score 3, Insightful) 506

I think the biggest thing is: Who the fuck didn't see this coming? He's such a fucking weasel. The whole reason he claims to be avoiding Swedish authorities to begin with is just a big load of shit, and anybody who has defended him at this point is either stupid or naive to believe that Sweden is even the slightest bit more interested in handing him over to the US than the UK.

That point is especially clear when you consider that Sweden is a serial violator of the second worst sin in the eyes of the US: Harboring known pirates of hollywood movies. The only worse sin is harboring a known terrorist.

Comment Re: Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 370

Of course, the real question is what sort of sick f*ck spends his time on the Internet attacking a woman

First of all, you're not a woman, second of all, you attacked me, asshole. Go look back at the thread if you don't believe me. I made a post pointing out the absurdity of the situation described by an AC, then you started attacking me (and then ironically you started defending the very thing you accused me of doing, mooting your own argument.) And then as if that wasn't bad enough, you keep making straw man arguments.

Comment Re: Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 370

You completely ignored the fact that it's sometimes VERY dangerous to try to extricate yourself from an abusive situation.

Ah yes, now the argument shifts from victim blaming to this. *sigh* why do I even bother replying to any of your posts; in fact I'm not even going to take the time to read the rest, let alone reply to it.

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