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Comment Verizon - the next class-action victim (Score 2) 100

"Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk..."

Ah, say no more Verizon. When a Verizon-powered Note 7 device burns up in the cargo hold and takes down a passenger plane killing hundreds over that precious holiday season you wish to protect, Samsung et al will know exactly who to identify in the class-action suit/counter-suit.

Seems customer ignorance is infectious...

Comment Re:Obama has no right to do this (Score 1) 241

Well, if it's any comfort, there are several Republican Senators asking the same question. But really, whether you trust Obama or not, he was elected by the same rules that will put Trump in the White House. In other words, he has the legitimate constitutional authority to order such an investigation. Your trust in it is irrelevant.

Comment Re:Hillary Lost Because of Her (Score 1) 241

For now the bulk of Trump's die hard supporters will continue cheering for him as he breaks promise after promise. The Rust Belt voters didn't vote for him for anything he said, he was indeed their version of a Brexit vote, a way of sticking to the elites real and perceived. I doubt many voters in these areas hold any illusions as to his capabilities.

What will be interesting isn't four years of Trump's "Twitter presidency", it will be how the Democrats respond, because in all likelihood, a man of Trump's age is unlikely to be seeking a second term, so it will be another non-incumbent election. Will they be able to find an answer to Trump?

Comment Re:you no longer own your devices (Score 1) 171

The Geneva Conventions exist to make warfare civilized. While that may seem contradictory, it isn't. It's the difference between stabbing someone in the kidney because they dared talk to your girl and asking them if they would like to step outside because of it. Yeah, still not a very pleasant activity, but things like not using nerve agents and land mines make it as civil as a fight (war) can be.

Killing another human is hardly defined as a "civilized" activity. Only when society deems it somehow justified is it acceptable.

For thousands of years we humans have been rather busy killing each other in order to prove what happens after you die. That tends to make a scavenger hunt for WMDs look like a booger by comparison, and I'd say our ability to define justified is about as good as our ability to be civil towards each other.

Well a lot of the Geneva convections are actually specific rules to prevent you from killing people during a war.

They include things like prohibiting targeting marked medical personel and equipment, prohibiting the execution staving and tourture of prisoners of war, etc.

This is "civilized" ins the sense that by signing on you get the benefit of reasonable expectation that your soldiers will benefit from the rules at the cost of you having to also play by them. Much like being part of civilization means you get the benefit of being able to own property at the cost of also having to respect your neighbor's property rights. It's that "social contract" thing John Lock was talking about.

You are correct. This is a more palatable form of warfare. To call it civilized pushes the very boundaries of that word.

And while we're busy making bloodshed more palatable, perhaps the correct "social contract" that leans towards a civilized society is addressing how to avoid bloodshed altogether.

Somehow I feel that will never happen because in the end, bloodshed is a highly profitable business.

Comment Re:Obama has no right to do this (Score 5, Insightful) 241

1. Not ousted, merely at the end of his second and final term (and one wonders if the 22nd Amendment didn't exist if the election might have been rather different).
2. He's still the lawful and constitutional POTUS until January, so he has ever right to order such a review.
3. Why are Trump supporters so nervous of investigations and recounts? It almost seems like they think there's something to hide.

Comment Re:you no longer own your devices (Score 1) 171

The Geneva Conventions exist to make warfare civilized. While that may seem contradictory, it isn't. It's the difference between stabbing someone in the kidney because they dared talk to your girl and asking them if they would like to step outside because of it. Yeah, still not a very pleasant activity, but things like not using nerve agents and land mines make it as civil as a fight (war) can be.

Killing another human is hardly defined as a "civilized" activity. Only when society deems it somehow justified is it acceptable.

For thousands of years we humans have been rather busy killing each other in order to prove what happens after you die. That tends to make a scavenger hunt for WMDs look like a booger by comparison, and I'd say our ability to define justified is about as good as our ability to be civil towards each other.

Comment Re:Resource Management - Death by Design. (Score 1) 405

There's a much more mundane reason why alcohol and tobacco are still legal: we're sitting on millions of addicted people.

From the cradle addiction to the actual grave, every step along the way feeds capitalism. Government fully supports that because it also meets the needs related to resource management. Addicts don't cost money. They make money.

Remember what happened during the prohibition era? It turned out that addicted people are willing to help destroy society to get their fix. They'd rather pay the Mafia, an organisation bent on killing folk and subverting the rule of law, than try to do without their fix. The result was that the prohibition era basically caused most of America's organised crime and we're still paying for that.

The reasons for Prohibition never coming back again are a bit different today than when it was introduced. Alcoholism was conveniently labeled as a "disease" many decades ago. Why? So that the growing Medical Industrial Complex could obtain a massive benefit from it, backed by insurance companies who will now cover you to treat this new affliction. Pure capitalism drives the legalities around alcohol today, which will never be denied no matter how many MADD mothers march. Alcohol is now a $200 billion dollar burden on society, which drives a lot of money into the pockets of those lobbying to keep it legal.

Addicted people aren't really human in the normal sense of the word, and if you forget that, you'll pay for it.

In a capitalistic society controlled by pure unadulterated greed, an addict is nothing more than a reliable customer.

Even countries which are trying to address these issues are doing it slowly, one baby step at a time, because they must ensure that at every given step all the addicted non-humans won't suddenly go off on one.

Controlling the addicted zombies to keep the horde at bay is a cute theory. I prefer to accept the fact that resource management is an obligation of every government. The baby steps are political bullshit pandering to put forth the image that we are a civil society who actually gives a shit about not creating addicts while maintaining profitable legislation that unfortunately creates addicts.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 405

> Because no one's Insurance Company ever told them what doctor's were covered before Obamacare.

Before Obamacare, the private insurance plans in my state were better. You could buy a proper insurance plan on the open market. Now those types of plans are gone. Can't buy them at any price.

That means that the best facilities are out of your reach if you're on Obamacare and have cancer.

I've actually had to go BACK to being on an employer provided plan because of Obamacare.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 405

> Yes, I'm sure taking away subsides of millions of people will work great, they can stop paying $150 per month

I don't know anyone like this and most of my family are the sorts of people that white knights like you claim to champion.

I'm not sure this mythical "obamacare beneificiary" even exists. Are you capable of describing what such a person should look like?

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 405

How about the opportunity to spend your money on more immediate necessities rather insane insurance premiums.

Remember, Obamacare only gives you the "privelege" of paying a lot for something you may never need.

If you are normal person hysterically fixated on the possibility of medical bankruptcy, then the liberal media has already damaged you. Your mental problems are the fault of liberals, not republicans.

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