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Senate bill rewrite lets Feds read your e-mail without warrants

Brian Knotts Democrats (1 comments)

Just need to point out here who's in charge. This is being rewritten by Sen. Leahy of Vermont. Democrat.

about 2 years ago
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Republican Platform To Include Internet Freedom Plank

Brian Knotts Re:Look at ninety percent of the effort towards go (459 comments)

I know of a group of people who tried to start a small bank. Even though they had sufficient resources, government regulators prevented them from doing so.

That's how regulation always works. Those who are already in an industry use regulation to keep out competition.

more than 2 years ago
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Democrats Crowdsourcing To Vote Palin In Primaries

Brian Knotts Re:Here's how Palin wins (1128 comments)

Your comments will not be popular here, but you're correct. Such a scenario is plausible.

more than 3 years ago
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Democrats Crowdsourcing To Vote Palin In Primaries

Brian Knotts The Democrats wanted to run against Reagan, too (1128 comments)

So, thank you, Democrats. I look forward to watching you become even more insane after President Palin is sworn in.

more than 3 years ago
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Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

Brian Knotts Re:1984 (1238 comments)

The nature of the United States is that there are primarily two opposing political forces vying for control.

This is quite right, and is what is at issue here. One side has been controlling education for decades...really a century or so, and the other side is finally fighting back, trying to wrest control.

Now, in my opinion, the real answer is decentralization of education, with more homeschooling, and devolving large schools into small, independent (preferably private) neighborhood schools. Then, you have less centralized power for anyone to try to control.

more than 4 years ago
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Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

Brian Knotts Re:1984 (1238 comments)

Regulation will *always* be used by the powerful to buttress their power and position. Always.

The only check against that is a limitation on government power. That is what the founding fathers were attempting to do.

Adding regulation only makes matters worse.

more than 4 years ago
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Defense Chief Urges Big Cuts In Military Spending

Brian Knotts Re:Gates and the defense contractors (449 comments)

Too bad the Americans can't tolerate the idea of an empire based on non-American culture and values, as such an empire wouldn't necessarily listen to political and military pressure of the American government as it tries to enforce the ideas of political capitalism, that is, a capitalism providing benefits for the few instead of the many as it feeds the hungry, overweight employees of the American companies and the dictatorships formed by political assassinations.

As much as I tend towards isolationism, it's still hard not to respond that over the past century, at least a couple of "empire(s) based on non-American culture and values" have been proposed and imposed, with somewhat less than positive results.

more than 4 years ago
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Psystar Not Closing Up Shop

Brian Knotts Re:Monopoly or not. (439 comments)

As long as you don't distribute what you create, you are free to do whatever you like with GPL software. You can *use* it however you like. You are not required to even accept the GPL. The only limitation is that you have no right to distribute any derivative works, other than those provided by the GPL, if you choose to accept it. Read COPYING some time.

more than 4 years ago
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The Environmental Impact of PHP Compared To C++ On Facebook

Brian Knotts PHP vs. C++ (752 comments)

This is idiotic, and is typical of the kind of pseudo-science underlying much of the climate alarmism currently en vogue. Like a lot of things, it is pretty much impossible to quantify which language ultimately uses more power, because of all the variables. As others have pointed out, you might save some power in the deployment of the code, but you would surely use more power in the development of that code. Then, you have to figure out what the total impact of that is, since you'd have more man-hours of coding, using human coders, who sit at desks, in offices, which must be heated and cooled, etc., etc.

more than 4 years ago
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The Climatic Research Unit hacked, files leaked

Brian Knotts Re:Global Warming isn't really a debate. (5 comments)

what does this supposed conspiracy inflating global warming stats hope to gain by inventing it?

Money. Power.

As it has always been throughout history.

more than 4 years ago
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Emergency Government Control of the Internet?

Brian Knotts Re:Backwards (853 comments)

Clinton did the same stuff, FYI. So, you could just say that Obama is continuing Bush's continuation of Clinton's anti-privacy policies.

Yes, you can argue that it's really Congress that is doing this, but there is a lot of coordination, especially when you are talking about a Congress controlled by the same party.

And there isn't a single "right wing" or "left wing" view on this. What it boils down to is a statist view, and an anti-statist view.

more than 5 years ago
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US Life Expectancy May Have Peaked

Brian Knotts Re:Wait, really? (1053 comments)

BTW, did you click the link to the Atlantic article? That article is really good, and proposes a real fix to the health care system. It should be seriously considered.

more than 5 years ago
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US Life Expectancy May Have Peaked

Brian Knotts Re:Wait, really? (1053 comments)

What I meant was that in the popular media, the term "death panels" has gained traction. While it may be used in the context of trying to debunk its assertion, in the long run, the widespread use of the term undermined the political momentum of the proponents of the Obama/Dem plan. So much so that they promptly removed the provision that didn't exist.

She is no dummy; that was a brilliant little bit of political guerilla fighting.

more than 5 years ago
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US Life Expectancy May Have Peaked

Brian Knotts Re:Wait, really? (1053 comments)

Speaking of research, Trig is a boy. And really classy move there, mocking the disabled.

more than 5 years ago
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US Life Expectancy May Have Peaked

Brian Knotts Re:Slashkos (1053 comments)

I suppose you have to cut them some slack. The indoctrination in government schools is unrelenting these days.

But, yeah...it is kind of like "Slashkos."

That's why I hardly post these days. Or, for that matter, visit. Sad. This was a really cool place in the nineties. 'Course we had to ride a stationary bike with a generator uphill both ways in a snowstorm just to keep our Compaq Portable Computers running long enough to post a one-liner.

more than 5 years ago
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US Life Expectancy May Have Peaked

Brian Knotts Re:Wait, really? (1053 comments)

I know all you slavishly leftist Slashdotters of the current age think that Sarah Palin is a moron. But, she's got everyone using the term "death panels," doesn't she? Maybe she's not so dumb, after all, eh? The answer to the shortcomings of private insurance bureaucracies is not bigger bureaucracies, it's putting the decision-making back into the hands of patients.

more than 5 years ago
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Presidential power over the internet

Brian Knotts Deafening silence (1 comments)

If the GOP had done this, there would be a 1000-post article here. Instead, a couple of items in the firehose. Well, all you oh-so-smart Obama voters...here's your change. This was introduced by a Democrat, and is co-sponsored by another Democrat, and a liberal Northeast Republican. Not that the Republicans are much better. But I stopped even reading this site because of the devolution from what it once was to a conservatism-bashing nuthouse.

more than 5 years ago
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Fox Hacks Fark

Brian Knotts Re:WHBQ Fox13 != Fox News (188 comments)

Ah, you're new here!

Actually, I'm not (see uid).

However, I might as well be, as I don't spend much time around here anymore, largely due to the problems to which you allude. And the infestation of numbskulls.

At one time, there weren't really any politics to speak of here, and we discussed technical issues.

more than 7 years ago

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Democrats: Colleges must police copyright, or else

Brian Knotts Brian Knotts writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Brian Knotts writes "News.com reports that congressional Democrats have introduced a bill creating a new corporate welfare program, which would force colleges into subscribing to music services, or else lose $100 billion of federal financial aid programs.

Unsurprisingly, the MPAA is on board with the bill.



"We very much support the language in the bill, which requires universities to provide evidence that they have a plan for implementing a technology to address illegal file sharing," said Angela Martinez, a spokeswoman for the MPAA.
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