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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

Darinbob Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (53 comments)

The police should refuse to obey the orders from a mayor to follow an illegal order, but most won't do it because they either don't know the order is illegal or because they know they will likely get fired if they refuse depending upon how much power the mayor has in the town.

13 minutes ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Darinbob Re:Old proverb (378 comments)

You are indeed correct. However there had previously been movement within the US to enter the war and there had already been assistance to the UK. It was war on Japan that was declared quickly, then Germany responded because if the alliance with Japan. What was surprising however was that the US focused most of its efforts first on Germany rather than Japan which is what threw me off the facts.

8 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Darinbob Re:Militia, then vs now (1564 comments)

What was the law that gave the land to the cattle rancher's family? How did they legally acquire it away from the native Americans? Was it in his family before Nevada was a state, or was it part of a land grant given by the feds?

8 hours ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Darinbob Re:We have them already. (205 comments)

Those also sink. As do oil drilling platforms. Sure the tsunami or earthquake won't destroy them but that doesn't necessarily make them safer than if they were on land.

yesterday
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Darinbob Re:Possibly Worse Than That (211 comments)

It applies to cases of automobile rules as the common example. Thus you pay the fine for speeding even if you were from another country that had different laws. Same for tax laws, you can't just say "I didn't realize I had to report income from alimony!"

yesterday
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Darinbob Re:Possibly Worse Than That (211 comments)

Especially if said contract is hidden away on their web site that no sane person would ever visit.

yesterday
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Darinbob Re:so? (211 comments)

Why is it a "like"? The article only mentions that as an aside and the rest of the article talks about General Mills having arbitration agreements if you join a social media group. I don't do facebook, but can't you join a social media group without clicking like? You'd have to do this on General Mill's web site since I don't think clicking like on facebook can pop up a "do you accept these terms?" box.

yesterday
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Darinbob Re:The power of EULAs only goes so far (211 comments)

Although big companies have been making inroads here against the little customer, which is indeed what has been encouraging big companies to add more and more of these ridiculous arbitration agreements. For example the article even mentions the AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion case which said that an arbitration agreement wording could be used to forbid going to arbitration as a class action.

The trouble is that there's a growing movement of anti-legal-system thinking out there, especially on the right wing. They see lawsuits as a problem, and trial lawyers as bad people (but a trial lawyer on your side is a good guy, trial lawyers for other people are the evil ones). Combine this with a pro-corporate attitude, and this means that these sorts of arbitration agreements may have a lot of support in congress.

yesterday
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Darinbob Re:Old proverb (378 comments)

Some people claimed this came from Kiev, however if so it feels like invented "proof" that neo-nazis and rightwing extremists are in the Kiev goverment which is something Russia has been asserting (although they call anyone who is not pro-Russia is called a nazi).

yesterday
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Darinbob Re:Old proverb (378 comments)

Even after Japan attacked, the German issue had only little to do with the US, but it was enough to tip the balance since there was always a segment who wanted to go to war with Germany directly instead of just sending economic support. Also the German conflict slowly grew, and it was initially a problem in eastern Europe where Russia appeared to be what was going to slow or stop them. When the conflict grew to France and England then there really started to be popular support in the US for entering the war. Remember at the time that the US had not taken on any sort of world policeman role.

yesterday
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Darinbob Re:Old proverb (378 comments)

But US can not really do anything. We've got troops still in Afghanistan, the people are sick and tired of over a decade of "pretend nothing is happening" war stance, it's been tremendously expensive and increased the debt to crisis levels. And when we have intervened militarily in the last few decades, especially when being in charge, it's been horribly planned and executed. It's impractical to take on another war, especially a war that is guaranteed to spread to multiple countries.

Like the Yugoslavia break up, this needs to be handled by Europe with America only there as a NATO ally. We don't need to be charging in shouting "We're in charge!"

yesterday
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Darinbob Re:Useful Idiot (378 comments)

It's only temporary refuge though. Russia has not granted him asylum. If I were Snowden I'd have made it a goal to not ask difficult questions of the czar.

yesterday
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Darinbob Re:Still need Microsoft Office unfortunately (273 comments)

The "standard" is basically to do whatever the Microsoft product does.

This applies to multiple standards. It's even common for many cheap products to skimp on the standards and only implement a subset that works on Windows even if the standard mandates certain functionality that they leave out.

yesterday
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Darinbob Re:Still need Microsoft Office unfortunately (273 comments)

You probably also get Word and Excel files that can not be accurately read by Word and Excel (if they're not the same version the files were created with). Even Microsoft is incapable of being compatible with Office.

yesterday
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Darinbob Re:What now? 1 billion! (273 comments)

I never figured out Excel. Lotus 123 was easy to use and learn, but Excel is obtuse.

yesterday
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Darinbob Re:Well (297 comments)

So let's look at what other primates due during their working hours. Guess what, they sit down and lie down a lot.

yesterday
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Darinbob Re:I'm not going to stand for this (297 comments)

And many of those workers who stand all day definitely have troubles doing that after 30 years. And surprise, they still get arthritis even without the desk chairs.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Darinbob Re:Militia, then vs now (1564 comments)

Except that in this particular case in southern Nevada, it involved threat of violence and property crime.

yesterday
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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

Darinbob Re:Uproar? (145 comments)

This party sadly came true.

2 days ago

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