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Comment Easy as pie (Score 2) 400

I spoke with a friend on the phone not too long ago, and we may have mentioned a bunch of ECHELON keywords. I don't TOTALly RECALL...;)

My phone did auto-restart though (which it has never done in the 2 years I've had it, no updates either...) after that I only got 3g, and crappy reception in my apartment.

I was like for someone in IT, couldn't you afford a 4G stingray?

Comment It's about time! (Score 1) 247

It makes me feel so safe that new cars will be getting black boxes, moving forward.

Now we just need grey boxes that upload our location, and velocity in real time so the government can always monitor our movements, maybe add to that heath information so they can tell me when it's time to see a doctor!

Oh wait, I have an android phone with a fitbit...

Comment Re:Priorities (Score 1) 216

Like Cali, or NY? Oh you meant nation. Sorry, I have to disagree with you; I think most states are fairly 'nanny' over here.

Quick, quick, save me from myself! I don't want the responsibility of making decisions for me! It could lead to me being wrong about something, and then loosing my leverage in a future argument with every person in the world about how great I am! Save MEeeee!

Comment Re: Yep (Score 1) 216

I dunno, did the FCC classify your device as having to accept interference? Your weapon might fire accidentally, committing a felony for every additional shot. What about a de-bounce switch? How can you be sure you will stay jail free, and not commit multiple, accidental felonies? I am not willing to risk my freedoms on it, not me, no sirree, bob. I'll stay safe in my box over here, don't mind me. Just shivering alone in my box, waiting for the authorities.


in my box, where it's safe.

Comment Re: Yep (Score 1) 216

Well our gracious Sabbatean Franko Nazi overlords realized that in Rome it angered people when they were charged with a law that they weren't allowed to read. They saw that bureaucracy, and capriciousness were more likely to succeed in the long run. Since the people would be fighting the bureaucracy, and its 'inefficiency'. In this way they could avoid the overt trappings of totalitarianism, all the while cramming 'freedom' down everyone's throats for so long that they actually believed that they were.

Comment Re:approves an anti (Score 1) 446

Hybridization as between two plants of the same species is fine by me. I take issue with simpletons splicing in genes from other creatures assuming that in the depth of their grandeur they can actually foresee critical interactions, and then trying to pass off their arrogance as progress. Frustrating vermin.

When we can take the entire sequenced genome, and feed it into a simulation that can accurately model the entire life-cycle of the organism in something faster than real time, then we can have a discussion about modifying organisms, and after that releasing them into the wild. Anything else should be on pain of death. You-all (myself included) are far too ignorant to be making these kinds of decisions, and keep your damned glyphosphate off my breakfast cereal!

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