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Comment Re:Give the carriers a choice (Score 1) 170

As for the yammering about how these awful monopolies ... stop. There is no monopoly for ISP service. None.

What are you smoking? In most areas there is exactly one choice for internet service. Usually the local cable company. A business with a history of some of the shittiest customer service in existence. In other places the only choice is DSL from the local phone company. The world champions in shitty customer service.

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 675

The important difference is not in the technical sphere, but in the legal one. With at chip-and-PIN card that legal assumption is that any transaction that had the right PIN was a valid one, and the user has to prove otherwise. With anything involving a signature the legal system puts the burden of proof on the merchant to prove that it was you making the purchase. Additionally the U.S. legal limitation of $50 of responsibility (commonly waved to $0 by most credit cards) applies only to signature transactions.

So from a legal standpoint having a signature involved is very advantageous for the consumer in the U.S., and in this one case the credit card companies have gone with the more consumer-friendly option.

Comment Confirmation bias at its finest (Score 3, Insightful) 304

It's a simple recipe: have an opinion and then mine the past for confirmation of this opinion. If the amount of CGI in a film is inversely proportional to how much audiences like it, then Avatar should have been a failure and Waterworld should have swept the Oscars. You can make the exact opposite argument just as well by simply picking different films.

If the author wants to test this theory he needs to find a way to predict the success of the film based on his hypothesis before the fact, not after.

Comment Re:It's Heartbreaking you're not in Jail (Score 3, Informative) 482

General Patreus gave his mistress 8 highly classified books with the full intention that she read them, and use them as a basis for writing a book (about him). The Justice Department called the information in those "exceptionally grave damage", and was looking at charging him under the Espionage Act. Additionally he lied to the FBI during the investigation (a grave offense in and of itself). Instead of going after him they negotiated that down to $100,000 fine and two years probation, and separately he was drummed out of the military. The final charge was "mishandling classified material"...

So not only was his offense of far larger scale, but it was deliberately giving someone classified material for personal gain, a deliberate offense rather than one of lack of care. Even the most hyperbolic accusations of Hillary Clinton come nowhere near that.

You can argue that someone with a lesser position than Secretary Clinton might have been disciplined for this, but both the FBI and Justice Department have said that there is not enough evidence for charging under one statue that requires malice, or another that has only ever been used in treason cases.

What does smack of a two-tiered system is that both her predecessors in that office, and other contemporary cabinet members, had similar email setups and no-one is talking about trying to prosecute them. Nor are we talking about bringing charges in the Bush email scandal, where the law was clearly violated and 22 million governmental records were lost... including a number that were subpoenaed in investigations of the Bush White House. If we are going to hold people to this standard, why are we not spending $20 million dollars (estimated FBI costs of Clinton probe) investigating those?

Comment Re:Mutah was banned by Muhammad (Score 2) 161

"Mutah" is not permitted in Islam, not sure where you got that from.
In fact it was banned by Prophet Muhammad, after the lewdness that the pagans and idol/people worshippers used to spread.
It's only the Shia (minority) sect which allow this.

Too bad fucking little girls wasn't banned. When your prophet is a pedophile, you are corrupt from the start.

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