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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

CauseBy Re:Having worked with prosecutors (219 comments)

We do call it the adversarial system for a reason. It's not only the defendant who is adversarial; it's also the prosecution.

2 days ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

CauseBy Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (219 comments)

Yo that's a pretty solid idea.

Prosecutors decide what crime you violated, and then after that their hands are tied. If they can't nail you for that then their options are exhausted. This would have good and bad effects but maybe the good would be the greater portion. I'd have to think about it but it's at least a pretty good idea.

2 days ago
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Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

CauseBy Re:Sure way to make the government block their sit (95 comments)

Yeah, or this entire announcement is just cover for a program like the fake vaccines in Abottabad.

Also, this: "the only sure way to prevent governments surveillance of huge dragnets of individuals is legislation".

Can anyone explain to me how legislation would prevent government surveillance? I don't get it. If the Constitution isn't enough, why would a law be? Maybe because laws are how dollars get spent?

about a week ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

CauseBy Re:Right on! (284 comments)

Completely agreed. I can think of a couple nice things to say about WalMart, but I can think of thousands of horrible things to say about WalMart, and I can think of even more to say about the Walton family. Fuck the lot of them.

about a week ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

CauseBy Re:But the case hasn't even started! (119 comments)

"Then explain why every apartment complex will refuse cash and tell you to go get a money order to pay your rent?"

Basically because rent isn't a debt. It's a transaction. My local grocer doesn't accept credit cards (debut or cash or check only) and that is fine because shoppers aren't in debt to the grocery store.

about a week ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

CauseBy Re:*Spoiler alert* (555 comments)

Did they threaten her livelihood because she is a feminist or was it because she was corrupt?

That might sound like trolling but I actually didn't follow gamergate closely so I really don't know the answer. To me it seemed like "A person cheated at business, and the community around that business called out the cheater". Does the community call out all feminist game developers, or only the cheaters? If it's the former, then why did I only hear about it when the cheater cheated?

about a week ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

CauseBy Re:"Acceptable"? WTF? (555 comments)

What do you mean by "acceptable", mister thought-policeman?

To me it means that you don't dislike the thing. You are either neutral towards it or you like it. Let's check the dictionary to see how that comports with the official definition. Let's see, the first definition is "able to be agreed on; suitable". Hmm, this book isn't something people are "agreeing" to. Let's look at the examples:

adequate, satisfactory, pleasing, welcome

Okay, yeah, that's what it means to me: pleasing, welcome. Is this book pleasing and welcome? Not to me, that's why it isn't acceptable.

The second definition is weaker, relating "acceptable" to "tolerable". Tolerance is something you give to a thing that specifically when you DON'T like it. By that secondary definition, I find this book acceptable, because I tolerate it. I do not wish to imprison the author of the book nor deny the author civil rights. That's not normally how I use the word "acceptable" though.

What does "acceptable" mean to you? Does it mean the primary #1 definition, or more like the secondary #2 definition?

about a week ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

CauseBy Re:So close, so far (555 comments)

Yeah sure, but the book isn't called Barbie Is A Manager.

about a week ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

CauseBy Re:LOL ... w00t? (555 comments)

What's sexist and racist? The post makes a statement of fact that Mattell is lead by exclusively white people and 11 out of 12 are men. The way I use that word, statements of fact cannot be racist, only opinions can be racist.

about a week ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

CauseBy Re:LOL ... w00t? (555 comments)

Is it just me or does Alan Kaye on that page have an enormous torso and a tiny little head?

about a week ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

CauseBy Re:"Getting whiter" (495 comments)

Reasons it sucks for a city to be too white:

  1. Nobody can dance
  2. The music sucks
  3. The racists stop feeling uncomfortable
  4. Too many sweater vests
  5. Car details are boring

And apparently Slashdot no longer allows the ordered-list tag? Fuck it, I'm leaving it as it is.

about a week ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

CauseBy Bullshit (495 comments)

While Seattle women earned 86 cents per dollar earned by men in 2012, today, they make only 78 cents per dollar.

Well then fucking step up, ladies! Why the fuck do you get away with doing 22% less work than men do? Why do men constantly have to carry you? Men do almost a third more work than women do and frankly, as a feminist, I find that disgusting. Men deserve equality. Men shouldn't have to do more work than women do.

Meanwhile, during this time when women are only doing 78% of the work men do, women earn the same wages for the same work. That problem is solved, so the remaining problem is that women do unequally little work compared to men.

Time to stop lolligagging, women.

about a week ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

CauseBy Re:By the same logic (333 comments)

"By the same logic, computers should not be allowed in any life-critical situation."

I don't think you understood the subtlety of the article. It's not that we shouldn't use machines to kill people, it's that we shouldn't let machines decide to kill people.

Likewise, we should let medical machines decide whether to attempt a life-threatening procedure. That decision should be made by humans.

about two weeks ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

CauseBy Not Sexism (641 comments)

I went to the article just to make sure the quote was accurate and sure enough the first sentence is

A government-funded innovation agency in Sweden is considering creating specials label for video games based on whether or not the games’ portrayals of women are sexist.

This is an anti-male suggestion and therefore, as a feminist, I oppose it. The sexes are equal and to have a special label discussing attitudes toward only one sex is... well... sexist.

If you label as sexist every video game where a man is portrayed as a strapping, burly attractive male, then I will assent to labeling as sexist every video game where a woman is portrayed as a curvy, skin-showing attractive female. Otherwise, not.

To me it is unsurprising and unremarkable that people in media are portrayed as attractive. For some other people that is offensive, but I'm not really offended.

Oh, in GTA you can rape and murder a female prostitute? Well, I've never played the game, but don't you also rob and murder male competitors? If so, then no you don't get to say one is sexist and the other isn't. Maybe you could pick out the sexual nature of the violence and say that applying that to only one sex makes a difference. If so, then the GTA people will probably just add male prostitutes for you to rape and murder -- would that satisfy the haters?

about two weeks ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

CauseBy Re:uh, no? (340 comments)

Can we please get a +6 mod level for comments like this?

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

CauseBy Re:Insert free advert for GMO crops .. (377 comments)

I am just assuming what point you are trying to make, so I might be off base here, but if you are comparing Monsanto suing rich Canadian farmers to DuPont suing poor African farmers, the difference is that poor African farmers are poor. Generally nobody bothers to sue poor people because the payoff never comes. That's what I meant: not that they would never sue, but that they would never bother to sure impoverished African farmers.

The legal aspects of GMOs are, as I said, interesting. I have opinions on that matter which I haven't expressed.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

CauseBy Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

I think you're trolling me but I'm not totally sure.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

CauseBy Re:Insert free advert for GMO crops .. (377 comments)

You are right, I was wrong. I looked it up. Monsanto has a patent on the concept but has promised not to use it. That strikes me as odd because I really thought they were doing that.

I'd based that assumption on the article: "hybrid seeds get weaker by the generation". I wonder why they get weaker? How much weaker? Is that a pure side effect and not intentional? I guess so.

Thanks for the fact-check.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

CauseBy Re:Alternative? (377 comments)

Yep. You nailed it. Fuck those disingenuous anti-science hippies.

about two weeks ago

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