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Scotland Votes No To Independence

CauseBy Re:Free Willy! (474 comments)

You used a lot of words to pretend that the UK isn't a kingdom and doesn't have a monarchy and doesn't have a state church. I applaud that the UK is so progressive and generally free while maintaining such absurd anachronisms, but maintain them it does. They'll be a theocratic monarchy until they sever ties with the church and sever ties with the monarch. You can wave your hands around all you want, you can't make a country with a queen into a democracy.

yesterday
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

CauseBy Re:How many of you are still using Gnome? (394 comments)

"they believe their untested/unvalidated opinions on GUI design are better simply because they're different"

Huh. That seems like an unfounded assumption. Maybe they believe their untested/unvalidated opinions on GUI design are better for some other reason than simply because they're different. How have you excluded other possibilities?

5 days ago
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

CauseBy Re:$60 for an iPhone case IS expensive (144 comments)

Yeah I also thought that was expensive. For comparison, I consider the Otter Box to be a great case, it's the one I use (on my S4), it's certainly more functional and higher quality than a printed one would be. The Otter Box comes in different levels and the most expensive one is a bit less than $60. I paid $40 for my consumer-level case.

I don't think that means they can't find a market for it, just that I'm probably not that market.

about a week ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

CauseBy Re:Free Willy! (474 comments)

A monarchy is a political system with a monarch. UK has a monarch. Therefore UK is a monarchy.

A theocracy is a political system with an official state church, where the head of the government is the head of the church. The UK is such a system. Therefore the UK is a theocracy. The Queen does serve in the name of God doesn't she? "God save the Queen" and all that? And isn't she the leader of the Anglican Church? Yeah, that's theocracy.

It is true that I enjoy baiting the UK but it's easy to do because I'm right. The UK is a theocratic monarchy. That's just a fact but my actual point is that that is stupid. It should stop being a theocratic monarchy. Every day they delay increases the embarrassment. I think the world would be better if the UK became a secular democracy (and thereupon renamed itself to something without "kingdom" in it).

An unwritten constitution is the same as an imaginary constitution which is the same as no constitution at all. A constitution which is really a bunch of laws is... a bunch of laws, not a constitution. A constitution can be read. If you can't read it then it isn't a constitution.

How would you feel if you got arrested and the officer told you that you were inviolation of an "unwritten law". Oh, it's a real law, it's just that you can't read it because it's unwritten. Nobody would take that idea seriously because it isn't a serious idea.

Disband the monarchy. Send home the Lords. Do away with peerage. Ditch the state church. Write down your constitution. Do all that and apparently nothing in the UK will change, because you and other people claim that none of those things matter at all.

about a week ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

CauseBy Re:Free Willy! (474 comments)

"No, its not "mostly" run by the elected body, the elected body has the ultimate power to pass laws."

Thank you for correcting me (rolling eyes) now go correct Wikipedia:

"Bills can be introduced into the House of Lords .... Most new members of the House of Lords are appointed... Membership of the House of Lords is made up of Lords Spiritual and Lords Temporal... [There are 92 unelected hereditary peers in that body.] It regularly reviews and amends Bills from the Commons."

More: "The monarch undertakes various official representational duties... The Royal Prerogative is extensive and parliamentary approval is not formally required for its exercise... The Royal Prerogative includes the powers to appoint and dismiss ministers, regulate the civil service, issue passports, declare war, make peace, direct the actions of the military, and negotiate and ratify treaties, alliances, and international agreements. "

Golly you have a lot to go correct on Wikipedia.

You go on to say "the Queen must otherwise keep the fuck out of politics or else."

Right: "or else". She has real powers which, if she exercised them, might lead her to lose those powers. That means she has those powers. There's no "or else" in a situation where a person can't take action. But frankly that isn't important because it is more stupid not less stupid to have a powerless monarch. What do you keep her around for, just to remind people that they are subjects instead of citizens? Just to officially maintain a tiered system of legal rights? That's a terrible reason.

Look, I get it, you have the House of Commons, which is a democratic body. You went through a whole sort-of revolution where that body asserted itself as politically supreme and proved it in battles. That is nice, and it's truly a mishmash system they have, but I can't say this more clearly: if you have a monarch, you aren't a democracy; if you have an official state church, you aren't secular.

And moreover my particular point is that it is embarrassing, in 2014, for Western Civilization's second-most-important country to be a theocratic monarchy.

about a week ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

CauseBy Re:Free Willy! (474 comments)

These are excuses:

"Oh, well we have a Queen, and we're legally second- or third-class citizens, and we have an official state religion with special legal rights, and leaders of that church sit in reserved seats on one of our our official legislative bodies, and our head of state is born into that position -- but oh we're totally a secular democracy. Pfft, we're even way more secular democracy than America."

America is a super religious country, yeah, and it's still not a theocracy. Sure it's totally weird that the UK is less religious but nevertheless they are still a theocracy. Its political process is mostly run by an elected body, uh huh, but it is still a monarchy. The UK doesn't get to hand-wave and talk about itself as a secular democracy when it is the opposite of secular and the opposite of a democracy. And don't even talk about an "unwritten" Constitution. That is preposterous. Do Brits really have to be told that imaginary Constitutions don't count?

If Brits want secularism, democracy, and a constitution -- well then why don't they get those things? All of those things are easily in reach.

about a week ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

CauseBy Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

I forgot to mention that the number doesn't matter. They openly persecuted homosexuals therefore it is nonsense to suggest that they would support gay marriage. That is sufficient to the point, so all of your pedantry, while appreciated, is pointless.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

CauseBy Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

"More than one million gay Germans were targeted, of whom at least 100,000 were arrested ..."

Fair enough. Let me rephrase it pedantically:

The Nazi party targeted or killed more than a million homosexuals. It's hard to imagine them "supporting gay marriage" when they made being gay a capital crime.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

CauseBy Re:Free Willy! (474 comments)

I'm just saying, that's a lot of words defending a system of theocratic monarchy over a system of secular democracy. Maybe I'm biased but I'm for secular democracy.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

CauseBy Re:Free Willy! (474 comments)

Countries that have Queens are monarchies. I don't think we really need to debate this.

If she is purely ceremonial then that makes it worse, not better.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

CauseBy Re:Let the hate fly! (142 comments)

I like derby. Why don't you like derby?

kidding!

about two weeks ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

CauseBy Re:Good riddance (142 comments)

No, wait! I want them to buy the startup I work for first! I'm not greedy, a few tens of millions is enough for me.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

CauseBy Re:One of the most overpaid execs in history (142 comments)

He also owns the land that Oracle buildings sit on. They pay him rent of approximately a gazillion dollars a year. That $1 thing is propaganda. Trust me, he gets his. Trust me, he also gets some of everyone else's.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

CauseBy Re:more evil things to do elsewhere? (142 comments)

Thank you. I didn't get it. All I thought was "isn't the island a lot bigger than a patio? what am I missing?"

I was missing a joke! Whoosh. I know it sucks to explain jokes to rubes but this rube appreciates it.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

CauseBy Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

I've tried to use this logic when explaining "solving chess" and "replacing IPv6".

I had a too-long argument with a coworker about whether it is possible to "solve chess". I said no, because the computer memory required has more bits than there are photons in the universe. He wasn't convinced so I modified my argument: "It's not that solving chess is impossible, but that it is impossible in this universe." Give me a different universe and then we'll reconsider.

Same thing with IPv6. I've heard educated people say "It'll be a few more years until we just run out of address space there, too." I say, no. We have enough addresses to individually address every atom in the solar system, with spare addresses. Once we start addressing atoms in other star systems then we'll reconsider.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

CauseBy Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

cf/authentication/authorization/g

You are authenticated by your fingerprint but that might not be good enough for reliable authorization.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

CauseBy Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

Do you mean to say that you encrypt important data using passwords that you can't remember? That doesn't make sense to me.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

CauseBy Re:Obama is but a puppet (236 comments)

Presidents aren't puppets insofar as they aren't preselected stooges.

My guess is that each President, on the day of his first PDB, physically shits his pants when he sees laid out in front of him the ugly facts of the security world. After getting new pants, the President starts rethinking his political positions.

I thought maybe Obama would be a little less prone to that than previous Presidents, but it turns out not. Watching it happen to Rand Paul would be the only good thing about electing him.

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

CauseBy Re:The Titanic is UNSINKABLE. (358 comments)

If it can be heard, it can be pirated, no exceptions. It is a fool's errand to try to make a sound un-pirateable.

about two weeks ago

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