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Comment Re:Turkey is due for some DEMOCRACY (Score 1) 97

Look, I don't support the takeover of Palestine, nor the ethnic cleansing that went on there, but Jews are different than Lutherans, and most other religions, in that they're not simply a religion. If not for anti-Semitism, they'd likely be happily living in Europe, (and probably would have been fully assimilated a long time ago). No doubt you've heard of the Nazi genocide? While two wrongs don't make a right, it's understandable that they'd want to pick up and leave after that. Unfortunately, they let their choice of location be guided by religion. Not that there's really anyplace on Earth you can go without displacing the people already there. The history of the World is one of constant migration and genocide.

Comment Re:Just Give Up (Score 1) 33

That's right. Language prescriptivists always lose. It's simply the way language works. The French have been trying to encase their language in amber for some decades now, with little success. You may as well try to teach young people that "vinyl" is only used as a collective noun for records. They'll still say, "I bought a vinyl" or, "I have a bunch of vinyls", as retarded as that sounds to older people. "Hacker", and all other words, mean what the speaker intends them to mean, and what people understand them to mean.

Comment Re:Comcast can go suck a... (Score 1) 182

Are you implying that forcing ISPs to terminate at a "COLO facility managed by the local municipality" is a "free enterprise" solution? How would you do that without regulations? That a city-owned facility which stands between customer and ISP is "having the Government get out of the way"? Are you being sarcastic? I mean, I like your idea, but that third paragraph, unless you're trying to be funny, is almost a non-sequitur. Sorry, it's not always easy to tell.

Comment Re:Nothing New ... (Score 2) 182

... so it's really closer to $50 per month to not be spied upon.

I'm paying $50 per year not to be spied on. I shouldn't have to pay anything, of course, but I can trust my VPN a lot more than I could ever trust my ISP. And, supposedly, my encrypted traffic is disguised as regular ol' HTTP traffic by using XOR, (I admit, I haven''t done the research), so unless they take a "deeper" look, they don't even know I'm using a VPN. Comcast is taking advantage of the ignorance of the average user. It's essentially a protection racket.

Comcast: "You need to pay us to protect you."
Customer: "Who are you protecting me from?"
Comcast: "Us."

Comment Re:2016: The Year of Linux on the Desktop (Score 1) 207

To be honest, though... this smells a lot like some trumped-up nonsense.

Of course it is. How would they even do that? The fact is, with digital, there's always a way around it. When people want something, they find a way to get it. It's how torrents came into being. If they ever found a way to make torrenting really difficult, someone would come up with an even better way.

Here's the other thing I wonder - when did Google go from being a search engine, to being in charge of the internet?

Comment Re: FB should did it (Score 1) 447

I'm a huge believer that police often overstep boundaries, but no, that is exactly what they should not have done.

Why were they even at her door with a "bench warrant stemm[ing] from charges during a March 10 stop, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest"? Disorderly conduct and resisting arrest are the charges they throw at you when they've got nothing on you. Yet, they're at her door with a warrant for these misdemeanor charges? There was child inside, too. They should've tried to de-escalate. Why was it so important to turn off her live feed? Because trolls were egging her on? I don't think so. Something is fishy about this whole thing.

Comment Re:Wah! (Score 1) 407

The term troll is actually derived from a fishing troll, because it lures people in. It has nothing to do with the actual fictional monster that is a troll.

Absolutely true. Unfortunately, trolling has become much less like the fisherman troller, cleverly luring the fish in, and much more like the asshole living under the bridge. Trolling ain't what it used to be, and hasn't been for a long time. Perhaps, at least in part, because of people's misunderstanding of the term's derivation.

Comment Re:well well well (Score 1) 769

First off - the email content isn't all that shocking. At least, not to anyone who understands how parties work. Sure, they'd love to project the illusion that the Democratic Party is actually democratic, but it's not. And simply because deflecting attention is a desirable outcome, that doesn't mean the charges are bogus. Trump has ties with the Putin government. That is a fact. Putin has tried to influence elections in other countries through hacking. I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss these charges.

Comment Re:well well well (Score 1) 769

"...the "who did it" does not matter as much as "what the emails say".

Really? It seems to me that, compared with "what the emails say", the fact that the Russians might be colluding with, or even simply manipulating a US election in favor of Trump is the lede here. I mean, it's not like the emails are telling us anything we didn't already know. Of course the DNC wants a party member for the nomination, and would do anything they could towards that end. They didn't want to end up like the Republicans, who lost control of their own party. The Democratic Party is not a public, democratic, institution. It just seems that way to the uninformed.

Comment Re:A journalist does not know what is going on? (Score 1) 319

A journalist (of the WSJ no less) has no idea what is going on in their country?

Journalists ain't what they used to be. It used to be a working-class gig, but now it's been given over to college-educated, middle-class people, who get there with the experience of the world you'd expect. I mean, look at the kind of reporting you get when the topic is recreational drugs. Don't get me wrong. There are still good reporters. They're just fewer and further between.
You're absolutely right - this is old news. But, I have to admit, I really enjoy the outrage of middle-class people when they get the same treatment from law enforcement as the rest of us for the first time! I forget which NPR show it was, but one of their producers got the special treatment at the US/Canadian border, and, for me, who used to cross that border quite often, and spent many an hour as their guest, it made for a most enjoyable podcast.

Comment The World's Getting Worse (Score 2) 203

"...there's a general perception that the world's getting worse..."

Well, yeah, amongst people lacking any historical perspective. And maybe amongst politicians, although I'm not always certain they actually believe what they're demagoguing about. I mean, there are people - many people - who think that crime is worse today, when it's actually at record lows. Whether it's you, me, or Kurzweil saying it, these people's minds won't be changed. Let's face it, most people are not all that educated, and get most of their knowledge about the World through the television.

Comment Re:Piracy lets you share with unlimited users. (Score 1) 57

Piracy lets you share with unlimited users.

So does real stuff. Not that I'd ever lend someone a record again, but at least I can play my records on any, and as many, turntables as I want. I can even sell 'em if I want. Digital data simply has no intrinsic value because it can be reproduced endlessly for nothing. If you want people to pay for it, it'd better be really cheap, and really convenient, because that's all it has going for it.

Instead of trying to bring real world convenience to digital, they're trying to bring digital inconvenience to real objects. Call me old-fashioned, but I want to own the crap I buy.

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