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Comment Re:Lack of privacy (Score 1) 133

Maybe I have just been lucky. That luck will probably turn around now that I was all snarky with you!

Most of the problems I've found seem to come from misconfiguration on the receiving end. I've recently had to set my SPF record to softfail because several universities that work with (that both use Office365) are consistently checking the sender's SPF records against one of their own internal relays. So every single email from an outside domain that has a SPF hard fail record is sent to spam. After I and the faculty at the universities talked to the IT department, the proscribed course of action was for them to turn off junk filtering in their email client. They insisted that the obvious screw-up that was evident in every message's headers was just as they had intended it. (This happened at two different universities.)

Comment Re:Every politician, all the time, in real time (Score 1) 296

Congresspeople, especially socially conservative ones, have gotten a LOT of mileage over crowing about how pure and morally upstanding they are

Liberals tend to misunderstand what conservatives care about. The most popular conservative ever was Ronald Reagan, who was divorced and very rarely went to church. The current Republican president is a thrice married philandering pussy grabber. The evidence is that Republicans don't care about personal behavior any more than the Democrats that dismissed Bill Clinton's womanizing.

Comment Re:Some privacy is more equal than other (Score 5, Interesting) 293

I absolutely do not understand this OBSESSION with fetuses, [...]

Sure, let me help you out.

Before the late 1970s, the obsession with fetuses was an entirely Roman Catholic thing. At the time of Roe v Wade, most evangelical Protestants in the US were fine with legal access to abortion at least for health reasons.

In the fallout from Watergate, conservatives got into bed with fundamentalists, taking over both the Republican Party and the evangelical church. The previous wedge issue, segregation, was no longer viable, so to get Catholics onside, abortion was chosen as the new wedge issue.

This is all quite recent history. The "traditional doctrine" that fetuses have the same moral value as a child is younger than the Happy Meal.

If this is news to you, look at what's now happening with contraception. In 20 years time, people may find it hard to believe that most American evangelical Protestants were fine with contraception at the turn of the 21st century.

Comment Re:Some privacy is more equal than other (Score 1) 293

A third trimester baby is viable, and yet can be legally aborted.

In almost every jurisdiction that I'm aware of (and that's around the world), late-term abortions are not legal unless the fetus is not viable or the mother's health is at significant risk, and almost always require prior medical ethics approval if it's not an emergency.

Comment Re:Some privacy is more equal than other (Score 1) 293

Obviously, privacy of police officers is less equal than that of Planned Parenthood officials.

I understood that what they filmed was basically a counselling session, which is pretty much assumed to be private.

BTW, is "Planned Parenthood official" a real thing, or is that a made-up term?

Comment Re: Tradeoffs (Score 1) 575

You need to understand that there are people here on Slashdot who voted [...] twice for Bush, [...]

The number of people still on Slashdot who voted twice for Bush can probably be counted on a small number of hands. Hell, most of the +5 voters probably aren't old enough to have voted for Clinton or even Bush the first time.

Besides, if anyone actually voted for Bush twice, I can only say this: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me... you can't get fooled again.

(Having said that, I'd give almost anything to have him back right now.)

Comment Re:Death Knell for Britain Clear (Score 1) 575

This is an outsider opinion, so take it for what it's worth, but it seems to me that one possible solution that isn't being talked about is devo-max for England.

If everyone had something closer to equal representation on equal terms, like a federation, that would go some way to repairing the Union. But Brexit has been triggered, so that may not even matter now.

Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 2) 575

It has now essentially turned its back on one of the constants of British foreign policy since Tudor times.

That's one way of looking at it. The other way of looking at it is that British foreign policy since Tudor times has been to ensure that no single entity ever came to power in Europe, and destabilising the EU is a continuance of that policy.

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