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

Concerned Onlooker Re:this is news? (207 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.

3 days 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.

3 days ago

NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

Concerned Onlooker Re: Forward into the past (156 comments)

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

4 days ago

NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

Concerned Onlooker Forward into the past (156 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.

4 days 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.

5 days 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 a week ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Concerned Onlooker Re:Useless coins (751 comments)

"By comparison the US notes have a very short life expectancy and hence are some of the most expensive to maintain currencies in the world."

Yes, but they don't smell as bad when CEOs use $100 bills to light their cigars.

about two weeks ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Concerned Onlooker Re:Foxconn beings?! (530 comments)

I think you will actually need three pints. And four packets of peanuts.

about two weeks ago
top Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

Concerned Onlooker Re:VRML (104 comments)

Who cares? As long as it's written in coffeescript I'm in.

about three weeks ago

Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

Concerned Onlooker Re:Politicians making a promise. (117 comments)

"...get a constitutional convention by having non-corrupt state-level politicians pass an amendment."

Clearly you haven't been paying attention. State level races are as bad as national level when it comes to money as influence.

"So we're going to elect some politicians that promise to do something different? Where have I heard that before? (Every 2-6 years)"

Your gutless resignation isn't doing any good. Lessig has a great idea and he understands just how fundamentally broken the system is. He is fighting the system from within the system, something I didn't think was possible, but it's a really worthy goal. Be part of an attempted solution. Go donate. (And yes, I have. Twice.)

about three weeks ago

NASA Successfully Tests 'Flying Saucer' Craft, New Parachute

Concerned Onlooker Re:Yawn (49 comments)

This is something called a low-density supersonic decelerator. It's probably a bit different from anything else that has been happening "for the last 50 years." It's meant to allow a parachute to work effectively in the low-density atmosphere of Mars for spacecraft that are too heavy for conventional parachutes or the bouncing type of landing that was used for the Mars Exploration Rovers.

about three weeks ago

That Toy Is Now a Drone

Concerned Onlooker Re:They're infringing my Second-Amendment drone ri (268 comments)

"I'm not sure that the FAA has the authority to regulate the quadcopter in the first place..."

Maybe not quadracopters, but they definitely have the authority to regulate airspace. And regulation of quadracopters is probably coming, in much the same way as every little device that transmits radio waves is regulated now.

about three weeks ago

YouTube Introduces 60fps Video Support

Concerned Onlooker Re:Isn't illegal? (157 comments)

It was a joke. Read carefully.

about three weeks ago

YouTube Introduces 60fps Video Support

Concerned Onlooker Re:Isn't illegal? (157 comments)

"I'm waiting for the obligatory nutcase to drop an insane "human eye can't see more than 30fps" comment."

Actually, I just checked the frame rate and reality only runs at 48 fps, tops. Anything higher is just theoretical.

about a month ago

Air Pollution Can Disrupt Pollinating Insects By Concealing the Scent of Flowers

Concerned Onlooker Re:First Boo Fucking Hoo (67 comments)

"Flowers are for women and fags."

And the food web. Don't forget that.

about a month ago

Red Hat Assistant General Counsel Analyses Supreme Court's Patent Ruling

Concerned Onlooker Re:finally (43 comments)

Maybe someday we'll be able to say One Click in the right direction.

about a month 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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