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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

Concerned Onlooker Re:Edward Snowden's Plan B? (98 comments)

Wow, you really ARE new around here, aren't you? I'd be OK with you calling it Obama's Torture Chamber if I thought you were just as aware that it was also Bush's Torture Chamber.

5 hours ago

Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

Concerned Onlooker Re:Van Braun built weapons for Nazis (161 comments)

"So no, it's not at all accurate to speculate that Von Braun was a Nazi or into that whole ideology."

No, he was just a guy who used up the lives of prisoners to meet his ends. He may not have been an ideologue, but he was a sociopath.


Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

Concerned Onlooker Re:No matter how common you think it is... (203 comments)

Because articles aren't just for those who can answer them. The rest of us are curious and want to learn new things, but when one keeps the subject shrouded in esoteric jargon (to this crowd mostly) that makes it hard to do.


Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Concerned Onlooker Re:If you want to earn big bucks... (311 comments)

"...and get yourself a job at a big corporate."

Ugh. Well, I'm not a hipster, but I guess I'll have to buy some hipster clothing if that's the only other option. At least the hipsters are allowed to use their imaginations.

3 days ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Concerned Onlooker Re:Wow ... (417 comments)

"Visa wakes up, takes a dump, then wipes its ass with $300,000 dollars."

This must be the reason that all those money laundering schemes exist.

3 days ago

AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

Concerned Onlooker Re:Why not? (119 comments)

I don't know. I was busy looking at the bottom of the page for the footnote to the asterisk.

about a week ago

FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

Concerned Onlooker Re:Transparency (139 comments)

"You think this began with THIS president?"

No, but many of us were hoping it would at least be reduced by this president. I am finally getting it through my head that Romney or Obama would have both basically done the same job of letting our rights slide down the tubes. This goes for any Democrat or Republican candidate. As long as Americans are fooled into not-voting or into voting for either of the two big parties nothing will change.

about a week ago

Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Concerned Onlooker Re:But what IS the point they're making? (338 comments)

"It has taken care of us very well."

Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Nature also took quite good care of the dodo, the Tasmanian tiger, etc.

We are part of an ecosystem. I guess we're going to find out how much of that system we can destroy until we ourselves go extinct, or figure out a way to exist outside of the food web. Remember, just because you don't care about some little tree frog somewhere doesn't mean that the symbiotic and inter-connected nature of the system doesn't care.

about a week ago

Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Concerned Onlooker Re:no problem (338 comments)

Nothing is obvious to the uninformed.

about a week ago

Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Concerned Onlooker Re:But what IS the point they're making? (338 comments)

Nope. Go ahead and build anything and eat everything. Nature will take care of the human population eventually.

about a week ago

Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

Concerned Onlooker Re:this is news? (217 comments)

The surprise twist ending is when we end up with an authoritarian regime because too many people just sighed and said, "this is news?" any time something that should outrage us happened.

about two weeks ago

Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

Concerned Onlooker Re: String theory is not science (147 comments)

I think that's a little backwards. We have used math to model the universe. The universe is just the universe. It's an impediment to thinking when you mistake the model for the reality.

about two weeks ago

NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

Concerned Onlooker Re: Forward into the past (157 comments)

Not sure about a movie, but it IS a line from a Firesign Theatre piece. :-)

about two weeks ago

NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

Concerned Onlooker Forward into the past (157 comments)

Sounds like a cool idea to me, but it seems a bit like a cosmic joke that we would in a way be reverting to a past we had here on earth by living in caves. The symbolism is nice, though; starting over in a new environment.

about two weeks ago

Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data

Concerned Onlooker Re:Small business owners (68 comments)

"At some point you sometimes simply have to live with a certain level of risk..."

The problem is, the risk isn't yours. It's on the people whose private data you've leaked to the world. This just happened to me. My former employer (of about 8 years ago) had his laptop stolen while on location. Names, SSN's and who knows what else from former employees were all on that laptop. No encryption I assume. I got an email of warning but I'm too angry to make contact for more information.

about two weeks ago

Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

Concerned Onlooker Re:I hope Noriega wins. (83 comments)

They may say he's in jail for crimes against humanity, but what he's really in jail for is pissing off the US.

about two weeks ago





Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 8 years ago Are you being criticized for poor ethics and morality? Are your customers dropping off because it is becoming widely known that you pay your employees so poorly they cannot afford health insurance and then make them work overtime for free on top of that?

What do you do? Do you improve your companys image by becoming more humane and ethical? No. You do this.


Point of view

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 8 years ago Conservatives are constantly looking to improve their position in the world. Liberals are constantly looking to improve the position of the world.


Extinguish the Human Race?

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 8 years ago Nanking. Auschwitz. Rwanda. CIA. Torture. Terrorism. United States genocide. Beslan. Sudan....

It's a huge list, actually, stretching back to the beginning of history and I'm sure well before.

My question is this: If you could completely wipe out the human race with a wave of your hand would you do it? One final egalitarian solution to the disgusting plague known as homo sapiens sapiens. I think I would.


Negroponte: What a piece of work

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 9 years ago It's unfortunate, but the world is probably shaped more by human excrement like John Negroponte than it is by decent people. How stupid does he expect people to be when he says he knew nothing of human rights abuses happening in Honduras? And just who are these animals that get off on torturing and murdering? When the U.S. talks of defeating terrorism the little hypocrisy meter just about jumps off the scale.


Profanity and the Public Airwaves

Concerned Onlooker Concerned Onlooker writes  |  more than 10 years ago Reading through the postings on the recent FCC story about regulating profanity one might have thought by the vitriolity of the messages that something really awful was happening. In fact, what everyone is calling censorship is not even close to that. It's also quite amusing that while people were ranting about censorship anyone who took an opposing view was modded into oblivion and suffered some very crass remarks.

The airwaves, I will remind you, are public. And just like in any public space we need to modulate ourselves, maintain a modicum of decency and mutual respect. I know there are those out there (apparently they all post on Slashdot) who will accept no limits, but anyone who has made it past adolescence can see the value of limiting friction in social situations. Choosing to make others uncomfortable is a sign of either immaturity or of pathological behavior. The airwaves are a public commons and enforcing a little decency is not the end of the world.

Indeed, for all those who claim that these words are "part of everyday language" I will refute that. Quite a while ago I had the realization that swearing was something that was inifnitely more fun to do than to listen to. I decided to stop. Like giving up any addiction it was difficult at first and then after a while I became amazed when I realized that there are so many people out there who are unable to express themselves without swearing. It may indeed be part of the vernacular but it is without a doubt an artless way to speak or communicate. In fact some people are simply unable to speak without interjecting the F word in at every opportunity. The funny thing is, it's used so much that it has lost any real communicative effect it might have had and it simply remains as a sharp, ugly blow to the ear.

In the end I don't really like seeing the FCC pulling a Hayes commission type of move on Howard Stern, yet I feel it so very difficult to get worked up in his defense. I listened to Stern once or twice and realized that his kind of damage was not for me so I simply tuned out, which is what I gather I am supposed to do. I voted with my absence. The bummer about that is that if it continues to get worse it leaves the airwaves devoid of anything that I and other people like me can listen to or view, and the public space has effectively been taken over by bullies. The very same types of people that would harrass you as you try to enjoy a public park.

True censorship is a heinous thing and if the FCC is really doing this because it disagrees with some things Howard Stern said then I am totally against that, but for crying out loud why does everything have to go to its lowest form in the name of freedom? Why don't people get as worked up when we aren't living up to our best as individuals, reaching for loftier goals, than when they feel their right to be crude and crass is threatened?

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