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Comment Re:Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 1) 199

it is profoundly unfair to discriminate against women at the workplace because of their biology.

That women give birth is as unfair as gravity, which keeps us from realizing our dream of flying. But it is not wrong to acknowledge it. The point was — and remains — that this biology is inconvenient. Why is acknowledging the inconvenience "sexist"? Can a true statement ever be unfair? How about these:

  • Blacks have more pigment in their skin than Whites.
  • Women have uterus.

Are these two racist and sexist respectively? And if they aren't, why an equally correct statement about employee's pregnancy being an inconvenience is?

By stating that this is an inconvenience to employers, Trump is stating that this unfair state of affairs should continue.

Stipulating for a second, that "unfairness" equals "discrimination", is he even stating that?

While a tortured interpretation is required for Trump's words to appear remotely sinister, Hillary Clinton's dismissal of rape-accusations as "Bimbo Eruption" is Ok with you... The hypocrisy is so thick, you can cut it...

It was racist primarily because there was absolutely no basis in fact

But there was basis! His father was from Kenya and traveled there with his pregnant mother. Whether she returned to States to give birth or not was not at all obvious.

people claimed, despite contradictory evidence, that he was born in Africa

I haven't seen such claims — certainly none by Donald Trump. The evidence — still posted on White House web-site — only appeared in 2011.

and was a Muslim

A son of a Muslim is a Muslim — fact. And converting to any other faith, as Obama has done, is a capital offense under Sharia — but Obama's religion is a different topic, let's not get distracted.

as if either condition disqualified him from being a US citizen

No, his citizenship was not in doubt. Whether he was a natural born citizen was questioned. And McCain faced similar questions — which, for some reason, have never been denounced as "racist".

Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 5, Insightful) 91

I think CloudFlare's comments are accurate, but I'm no expert.

I'll play an expert. CloudFlare are lying. Though it is correct, that "a simple DNS reconfiguration" would allow the pirates to continue to exist, their bandwidth requirements will go much higher and they would not be able to do as much damage to the intellectual property owners.

Think, for example, of banks blocking money-laundering — it does not stop whatever activity generates the criminals' profits. But it makes the criminals' lives (much) harder.

The reaction and attitudes of Slashdot and other crowds will, once again, boil down to those towards the original activity. People frowning on copyright infringement will denounce CloudFlare. Others will celebrate the pirates getting off for a while longer.

But technically CloudFlare's arguments are bullshit — and they know it.

Submission + - (Not Quite) Open Source Hardware? 1

Ichijo writes: One hardware project that calls itself "open source" doesn't want to make its hardware design source files publicly available because doing so would, in their words, "make it very trivial for e.g Chinese companies to start producing cheap clones... we’d be getting support requests for hardware we had no idea of the quality of." This answer was in response to a request by a user who wants to use the design in his own projects.

Have any other open source hardware projects run into support issues from people owning cheap "clones"? Have clones been produced even without the hardware design source files?

Comment Re:Scan your signature (Score 1) 246

They could tell because there were several pages requiring signatures, and they were all exactly the same.

Remotely plausible... But only if the recipient is already suspicious. Which they probably were after you discussed the printing vs. e-signing with them.

They can also tell by the size/speed of the transfer.

Nonsense. You made this up.

As much as hospitals charge, do you seriously believe that they aren't staffed up enough to detect fax cheaters?

Let me tell you a story, that happened to me. I had a dedicated fax-line, its number differing from that of some medical office in another state only by the area code. Guess what? Incorrectly dialed faxes — from hospitals and other medical offices — would end up in my computer (been using Hylafax for 20 years now) a couple of times per week. PHI be damned — I got medical histories and exam results of total strangers.

Now, this was before HIPAA, but medical information was already a big deal — and yet, these much-charging organizations could not be bothered to properly verify fax-numbers... Dedicating resources/training to catch — not cheaters — people not wishing to waste paper is not going to happen...

Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 227

Many concurrent last mile networks is a bad thing for the commons

No, they aren't. The same lamp-post, which brings a FiOS fiber-cable to my house, also carries a Comcast cable to my neighbors. It can easily carry 5-10 more.

We only need a single well built physical plant for last mile data

The owner of that "well built physical plant" then becomes a monopoly — an evil far worse than even a whole bunch of "unsightly" cables.

Comment Re:Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 0, Troll) 199

No, truth is not relative, but INSULTS are.

So, "pregnancy is an inconvenience" is an insult? Maybe, it is time you link to the actual context?

You strongly implied, which is just as bad as saying it.

No, I did not imply, that Hillary started the rumor. I even linked to the article, which quite explicitly said, she did not. But I'm beginning to see a trend here...

Birth Certificate released in 2011, Trump kept the issue alive in 2012 and 2013

Your own link contradicts you. Trump was asked in 2013 about his earlier actions by an interviewer — and defended them. He did not "keep the issue going" — the interviewer did:

He [Trump -mi] continued to defend his [pre-2011] decision to bring up the issue, and told ABC News’ John Karl in 2013 that he knew [back then] what he was doing.

to believe [...] would falsely put birth announcements in BOTH the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin.

Why wouldn't you believe that? If she did get stuck in Kenya late into her pregnancy and was forced to give birth there, the announcements could've been considered a perfectly innocent "white lie" (no racist pun intended) to ease repatriating the newborn child back into the US.

Only a total moron or a virulent racist would think that was faked.

There we go again. It is just unbelievable, that the kind of argument, which Hans Christian Andersen utterly destroyed back in 19th century, is still in use by Democrats today. Only a total moron or virulent racist would think, the Emperor is naked. Right...

I do NOT claim that a white person would not have been questioned

In your attempt to explain, why questioning Obama's birthplace is racist, you did give an example of White man being treated differently (better) than a Black man in the same (or similar) circumstances. It is thus perfectly legitimate for — and honest of — me to ask you, which White man was treated better than Obama.

while the black person was put under a microscope, looking for every possible flaw

A presidential contender — vying for arguably the highest post on the planet — is always under a microscope with hundreds of people, both well-paid and volunteers, looking for every possible flaw. For example, Washington Post alone has 20 reporters dedicated to digging up dirt on Trump this year. Are they White-hating racists, or is it a legitimate scrutiny of a major party's nominee?

Cruz and McCain were given MUCH easier times than Barack Obama were given

Both produced birth certificates upon request, rendering their circumstances rather different from Obama's, who kept stalling for 3 years...

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