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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

Boronx Re:Government Intervention (469 comments)

Any tax break like that should be considered corruption without having to dig any deeper.

yesterday
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Boronx Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (687 comments)

Game journalism has never been and will never be honest. This is because gamers want game porn far more than they want hard hitting game journalism. In order to provide the game porn, the media has to get in bed with the developers and the publishers. This will lead to gamers getting burned from time to time. The old adage "buyer beware" applies especially well to any new release game.

about two weeks ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Boronx Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (687 comments)

Timeline:

Indy dev makes chick game.
Indy dev gets favorable mention by a media type.
Rumor spreads that dev slept with media type.
Group of gamers get furious at the alleged corruption.
Some people go on comment sites and call for dev to get raped etc.
Dev plus her friends loudly condemn such behaviour.
Some how this gets gamer group more furious.

You may say that the dev is on the authoritarian side, and gamers gate is on the libertarian side, but that's not how it looks.

Being able to fuck your way to success, that's libertarian. Doing and saying horrible things to people because of perceived minor offense, that's authoritarian. Getting even more pissed because you get called on it, that's also authoritarian.

about two weeks ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Boronx Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (687 comments)

If you aren't harassing people, nobody's calling you names. If you aren't calling for people to be raped etc, then the criticism isn't directed at you. If you *are*, then the criticism is warranted.

about two weeks ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Boronx Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (687 comments)

That's your fucking scandal? The entire gamer media is in the tank for in AAA game, and your scandal is an indy dev who fucked some guys? I'm starting to think this gamer gate is just another grouping of right wing nuts.

about two weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

Boronx Re:noooo (560 comments)

I have seen people on Slashdot complain that the scientists weren't taking the Sun into account, but maybe that was you, too.

Let's look at a time line.

1. Climate scientists: Discover climate has changed dramatically several times ... You: not born yet

2. Climate scientists: Gather mountains of evidence of such changes ... You: are born

3. Climate scientists: Discover that humans are affecting climate ... You: blissfully unaware that climate even changes

4. Climate scientists: Gather mountains of evidence that humans affect climate .... You: learn in school that the climate has changed dramatically several times. Knowledge transmitted indirectly from climate scientists.

5. Climate scientists: Warn the world that humans are affecting climate ... You: "It is just *assumed* that any change must be our fault, that the Earth is static and doesn't ever change unless we do it."

So yeah, you're probably the only person in the world to take the time to write that sentence, but not take the time to think about it.

about a month ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

Boronx Re:noooo (560 comments)

"It is just *assumed* that any change must be our fault, that the Earth is static and doesn't ever change unless we do it."

There's literally nobody except you who thinks this.

about a month ago
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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

Boronx Re:Nonstop action? Whattabore. (332 comments)

This is really a list of historical ground breaking movies.

Citizen Kane hasn't held up as well as film buffs like to think.

Vertigo is a good but not particularly memorable thriller. Psycho is way more important.

The Wizard of Oz, like Citizen Kane really only stands out in context of its time.

Casablanca and Lawrence of Arabia are truly great movies even today. I'm not sure anyone has ever really recreated Cassablanca's magic.

about a month ago
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How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market

Boronx Re:for all your info (83 comments)

'Murka

about a month ago
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Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

Boronx Re:All those flapping wings (99 comments)

How do you know some butterfly didn't cause the birds to move?

about a month ago
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Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

Boronx Re:So the question is... (99 comments)

Those seagulls probably saw the storm.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Boronx Increase pay, reduce work week. (628 comments)

Maybe people shouldn't have to work so much? Just pay people a living salary for doing 10 hours per week or something. Isn't that the dream? If we get more stuff for less work, let's kick back a little bit and let people do what they want most of the time. I think we'll be amazed at what will happen when most of the world's time is freed.

about a month ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Boronx Re:Welcome. (391 comments)

You do the job long enough and it's bound to happen.

about a month and a half ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Boronx Re:It has been done. (448 comments)

They say they would have backed you up, but you can't trust those guys.

about a month and a half ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Boronx Re:It has been done. (448 comments)

So your whole country is being incinerated from the air. You have a few downed pilots who could tell you a thing or two about how to stop them.

Case Closed.

Only we hanged the Japanese torturers for doing that, and rightly so.

"Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a time and in such a cause... for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country." -- George Washington, charge to the Northern Expeditionary Force, Sept. 14, 1775

You are a coward and a monster.

about a month and a half ago
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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

Boronx Re:Myth Confirmed... (89 comments)

... Unless the escape was harrowing.

about a month and a half ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Boronx Re:Conservatives mostly don't like the involvement (218 comments)

Without regulated net neutraility, your concept would never work, since the big carriers could just pick favorites among the little guys and dictate who actually gets to run fiber into your neighborhood. Yeah, other companies could, but they're going to get just a trickle of bandwidth.

about a month and a half ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Boronx Re: Tired of this shit (448 comments)

In the end, it all comes down to cock size.

about a month and a half ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Boronx Re:Tired of this shit (448 comments)

You have to balance all that against white people's inability to dance and, in general, to carry a syncopated rhythm.

I'm just going to hope you're a troll. If you managed to post that without irony, then you're too stupid to read and understand a reply anyway.

about a month and a half ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Boronx Re:It has been done. (448 comments)

A significant number of people are still anti-torture, but they weren't a majority yesterday, either.

Hey, if torturing some random guy makes you feel better about not saving those kids, who are we to stand in your way?

about a month and a half ago

Submissions

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Boronx Boronx writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Boronx writes "Compared with a law-and-order response to 9/11, President Bush's prosecution of the war on terrorism by executive fiat is the weaker of the two.

A legal response would have been nurtured by the law. In turn, it would have built into the system of law a bulwark against terrorism that would endure beyond any presidency and that would have inherant legitemacy here and abroad. Such a bulwark would have benefited from the slow but relentless accumulation of wisdom that is a halmark of our legal system.

Bush's war by fiat, or dictatorial war, is not nurtured by the law, but constantly threatened by it. It has already been slapped down by the courts in more than one place. Those components which have not been abandoned because of too much legal scrutiny, are in danger of being wholly dismantled by it at any time. If we have a new president in 2008 who is not attached to the policy, we are likely to see its total collapse. If the new president remains attached to the policy we will still see it erode towards utter uselessness.

Because Bush's policy is illegal in many parts, because it scorns legal responses to terrorism, it has not nurtured in growth in the law towards fighting terrorism. The opposite is true. Suspects that emerge from Bush's system are all but impossible to prosecute because of illegal detentions, lack of a chain of evidence, insufficient evidence, evidence tainted by torture, withholding of evidence for security reasons, partly to protect sources but also partly to protect the system from legal danger, and years wasted while the cases go cold.

Bush's reflexive secrecy, along with the dictatorial nature of the policy, stunt the accumulation of wisdom. Very few people have enough knowledge of the policies to offer constructive criticism, and since Bush has full control over it, his system will only benefit from what little wisdom comes its way if Bush manages to absorb it."
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Boronx Boronx writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Boronx writes "It seems that Bush's main selling point on Iraq today is that we can't afford to let his policy fail. What he really means is that he can't afford to admit that his policy is already failed. He also seems unable to allow that the American people, and more importantly the Iraqi people have had their say, or that their opinions matter.

BTW, why have I heard so much about how the Bush Administration is reacting to the ISG report, but nothing from Muqtada al Sadr, for example, or any other Iraqi? If the ISG is offensive to Iraqis, isn't the effort stillborn as a serious policy proposal?"

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War on Terrorism

Boronx Boronx writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Compared with a law-and-order response to 9/11, President Bush's prosecution of the war on terrorism by executive fiat is the weaker of the two.

A legal response would have been nurtured by the law. In turn, it would have built into the system of law a bulwark against terrorism that would endure beyond any presidency and that would have inherent legitimacy here and abroad. Such a bulwark would have benefited from the slow but relentless accumulation of wisdom that is a hallmark of our legal system.

Bush's war by fiat, or dictatorial war, is not nurtured by the law, but constantly threatened by it. It has already been slapped down by the courts in more than one place. Those components which have not been abandoned because of too much legal scrutiny, are in danger of being wholly dismantled by it at any time. If we have a new president in 2008 who is not attached to the policy, we are likely to see its total collapse. If the new president remains attached to the policy we will still see it erode towards utter uselessness.

Because Bush's policy is illegal in many parts, because it scorns legal responses to terrorism, it has not nurtured growth in the law towards fighting terrorism. The opposite is true. Suspects that emerge from Bush's system are all but impossible to prosecute because of illegal detentions, lack of a chain of evidence, insufficient evidence, evidence tainted by torture, withholding of evidence for security reasons, partly to protect sources but also partly to protect the system from legal danger, and years wasted while the cases go cold.

Bush's reflexive secrecy, along with the dictatorial nature of the policy, stunt the accumulation of wisdom. Very few people have enough knowledge of the policies to offer constructive criticism. Since Bush has full control over it, his system will only benefit from what little wisdom comes its way if Bush manages to absorb it.

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Iraq War

Boronx Boronx writes  |  more than 8 years ago

It seems that Bush's main selling point on Iraq today is that we can't afford to let his policy fail. What he really means is that he can't afford to admit that his policy is already failed. He also seems unable to allow that the American people, and more importantly the Iraqi people have had their say, or that their opinions matter.

BTW, why have I heard so much about how the Bush Administration is reacting to the ISG report, but nothing from Muqtada al Sadr, for example, or any other Iraqi? If the ISG is offensive to Iraqis, isn't the effort stillborn as a serious policy proposal?

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