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Comment Interests (Score 1) 407

because the State Department has asserted a very strong public interest in national defense and national security

It's nice when people express an interest in my life, but when they start demanding information it gets creepy, and when they start using it as a justification for violating my rights it has become abusive.

Comment You keep using that word (Score 1) 109

Amazon Says It Puts Customers First - But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn't

I think most people understand that the phrase "putting customers first" means "We strive to serve our customers well, with the expectation that we are going to be well-paid for it." So this complaint doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Amazon isn't necessarily going to offer me the lowest prices in the world. They aren't giving away stuff for free, after all. And I want them to profit so they will be around to serve me tomorrow, because I do feel like they serve me well.

the company gives itself an oft-decisive advantage

Decisive advantage over what? The customers? Is shopping a competitive experience between the buyer and the seller where one only gains at the expense of the other? This reads like an attempt to alienate a merchant and its customers. It's probably not actual astroturfing by a competitor, but one could be forgiven for wondering.

Comment Re:Lacking empathy = mentally ill (Score 3, Insightful) 412

Maybe you don't care but she's entitled to a different opinion.

She certainly does. She's even entitled to a different opinion on whether or not she should sue her parents. That doesn't mean that I'm not allowed to have an opinion.

I can get on board with the notion that suing might be overkill here but there is no objective reason for the parents to persist their behavior.

I don't disagree. Her parents should remove the pictures. But the original question was what should she do. Her father is evidently a jackass; she can't control that. In reality, it would be better for her, her parents, and everyone else if she were to let it go rather than going to the extreme of suing them.

Comment Re:So, what's her other option? (Score 2) 412

OK, let's say she has a mental illness in which those photographs cause her a lot of distress.

If that is the case, then the correct option is still not to sue her parents. The correct option is to help her get the medical help she needs.

Of course, you're not going to agree with this, because you framed your answer in such a way as to imply that mentally ill people have no right to sue to have their rights respected.

There is no right to not be distressed, regardless of whether or not you are mentally ill.

Comment Re:So, what's her other option? (Score 4, Insightful) 412

You're telling me it's "absurd" for her to sue, and she should "Grow The Fuck Up (tm)". But you're not telling me what she should actually do. What choices does she have other than suing?

The obvious answer is to ignore it. Non-mentally-ill adults do not experience "emotional distress" over the fact that people may see some of their baby pictures.

Comment Re:Taxes = theft (Score 5, Insightful) 579

Police wont do shit to stop you getting robbed. Best you can hope for is they turn up not too long after and give you a crime reference number so you can claim on your insurance if you have any. In America they might turn up quicker on the off chance they get to shoot someone.

I suggest you spend some time in a country that doesn't have a strong police presence and then re-think that statement. In a lot of countries around the world, if you have any significant possessions, you have to live inside of a cage to keep from getting robbed. In America that is the exception rather than the rule.

Comment Re:Where?? What is wrong with MORE CHOICE (Score 1) 551

How do you propose hooking this phone to the car audio system now? Has to be wired as no car stereo supports this new format or are they doing both bluetooth and this new format?

It is exceedingly unlikely that they would be removing bluetooth support (and if they were, somebody would have mentioned it by now.) Presumably they will be supporting both.

Comment Re:the more guns you have, the more likely you are (Score 1) 212

So if other methods aren't as lethal as a firearm, wouldn't you want to maintain access to firearms to a) provide a means for suicidal people from maiming themselves severely and permanently, b) allow them to ease their suffering in as humane a fashion as possible?

If people are going to try to kill themselves for real, they're just going to do it. Reducing the margin of error and making it easier seems like the more civilized way to do this, don't you think?

Comment Re:Is using a dead womans voice... (Score 1) 145

Nah, it'd result in some pretty crappy rip-offs.

Have you seen the show Dark Matter? It tries really hard to be Firefly-esque - identical (if shallower) archetyped characters (bravado gunman, gifted girlchild, etc.) , all with a similar gist. At least in the first couple episodes, that's as far as I got due to the insufferable dialog and acting.

And without the characters - the acting, the motion, etc. - it'd not be the same. And which is harder, impersonating someone, or playing a unique character? I'm fairly certain the latter, due to how many impersonators there are...

Now, if you had a fan-made Firefly continuum? If production quality was good, I can definitely see that being potentially viable due to the love that fans put into their stuff....

Comment Re:Not Impressed (Score 1) 37

Parent has the 2012 edition. You're probably on the 2013 edition like I am.

Mine is a 2012, and it still works pretty good. (I did have to "downgrade" from the updated Android version back to an older version of Cyanogenmod, though.) It's not useless by any stretch of the imagination; I use it almost every day.

I have started having problems with it occasionally crashing, which I suspect is hardware-related. If there's a new Nexus 7 when it finally bites the dust, I may get one.

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