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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

Fjandr Re:Yelp is an example of free-market failure (249 comments)

Penalizing violent or coercive actions is not within the scope of what constitutes a free market. "Free market" doesn't mean "anything goes" any more than "free speech" means you can slander someone or incite a panic.

It has nothing to do with "me deciding" anything. If my statement is true, it still does not, in any way, contradict the historical definition of what constitutes a free market.

5 hours ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

Fjandr Re:Yelp is an example of free-market failure (249 comments)

You're using the definition of "free" as "anything goes." The actual definition of a free market pertains to government intervention regarding pricing and wages, not coercive or violent actions.

5 hours ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

Fjandr Re:Yelp is an example of free-market failure (249 comments)

That's never been the definition of a "free market," though assuming that is the definition is probably why many people oppose the concept.

A free market is one where the government does not intervene by setting artificial prices or by creating legal barriers to entry. It has never included a principle preventing the State from policing coercive activities such as rape, murder, extortion, blackmail, etc.

5 hours ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Fjandr Re:Oh good (903 comments)

You apparently didn't read the part about vehicles being disabled while they were being driven.

yesterday
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Fjandr Re:Oh good (903 comments)

Unfortunately, those situations are almost always the result of a lack of financial education, not because they actually have to engage in that cycle. Of course, once in that cycle, it's almost impossible to get out of without making serious sacrifices. People convince themselves those sacrifices are not possible, rather than simply vary distasteful.

yesterday
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Fjandr Re:Oh good (903 comments)

There's a big difference between having your car booted and having it shut off while you're doing 70mph in the middle of freeway traffic.

I'm all for financial responsibility, but murdering people because they're 3 days late on a payment isn't an acceptably proportional response.

yesterday
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Fjandr Re:The WHO (477 comments)

This is a personal decision, not one he's trying to push on others. Just as those who so choose have the option of living as long as their body holds out, so too should people have the option of not prolonging their life as long as possible.

I have inoperable cancer, and its effects on me are such that at some point I will no longer be able to manage the symptoms to the point that life will not be worth living. I don't want to spend months or years in a narcotic fog to dull the pain enough so I can just keep breathing. Short of spontaneous remission, I will at some point choose to end my own life rather than suffer needlessly. My family is aware of this decision, and I will inform them at the point it is necessary so there are no surprises. I would do the same were my mind degrading to the point it would be clear my existence contributed nothing more than consuming oxygen and taking up space. I've talked to many others who feel exactly the same way. I'm not trying to kill other people based on some arbitrary criteria, but I sure as hell won't accept being kept alive because "all life is sacred." It's not.

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Fjandr Re:The WHO (477 comments)

I doubt the GP is drawing those conclusions from the distress of relatives, but rather from direct interaction with dementia patients.

You've never lived with someone who has advanced dementia, have you? I suppose you could be on the autism spectrum and be unable to understand body language that is obvious to everyone else. When you learn how mental trauma translates into actions, you can come to pretty obvious conclusions about the mental state of someone by those same actions, even if they are unable to articulate what's going on in their head.

When someone regularly descends into fits of sobbing when certain things happen, it's pretty easy to come to the conclusion that, hey, there's something disturbing this person. You don't need to be in their head to figure out things with other obvious signs.

about a week ago
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Wired Profiles John Brooks, the Programmer Behind Ricochet

Fjandr Re:dropped out of school at 13 (49 comments)

I doubt he's going to get much out of the "social development" of middle and high school now that he's in his 20s. He's either got it by now, or he doesn't.

about a week ago
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NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

Fjandr Re:Last Gasp of a Dying Man (110 comments)

And in mobile, Nvidia has the fastest graphics operations. Just look at the Shield.

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

Fjandr Re:So.. (110 comments)

Much of what they do would never have been possible to implement in software, because it would take a billion years to complete the operations. Therefore, nobody wrote software to do what Nvidia does in hardware.

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

Fjandr Re:Here come the Samsung fanboys... (110 comments)

Yes, if Qualcomm negotiated for past use, Samsung would be protected from suit.

about three weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

Fjandr Re:A camcorder is a camcorder, even up your bum (206 comments)

They can get the information only if they know that it contains evidence. Merely suspecting it of containing evidence is not enough to compel disclosure.

about three weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

Fjandr Re:Humans have too much (206 comments)

None of those are rules.

about three weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Fjandr Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

I'm almost certain this was a joking reference to the man who was charged with damaging public property because his blood ruined a couple uniforms as a result of a police beating.

about a month ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Fjandr Re:from the PoV of someone who has actually studie (455 comments)

The Police Guild in my city has been fighting tooth and nail to prevent a police ombudsman (civilian oversight) from having ANY investigatory powers at all. The Guild can prevent it because the city is too scared to let their employment contracts lapse and dissolve the police department for long enough to enact a mandate for civilian oversight.

about a month ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

Fjandr Re:My money is on SpaceX (211 comments)

Talent isn't leaving NASA for SpaceX. The talent is never getting to NASA in the first place. A number of high-profile candidates courted by NASA have declined job offers in favor of positions in private space flight companies.

about a month ago

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Cell phones turn teens into sex offenders

Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Fjandr (66656) writes "In yet another example of boneheaded administrative behavior, six students from Greensburg Salem High School, PA were arrested and charged with juvenile possession of child pornography. A student had a cellphone on in class, which was confiscated. The phone was searched by school staff, at which point pictures of nude or semi-nude female students were discovered. During the subsequent investigation, additional phones were seized and searched, leading police to arrest 3 female students who took pictures of themselves and 3 males students who received the pictures. Police in this case say that students receiving such pictures should turn their fellow classmates in to be arrested and charged.

Similar cases have occurred in Ohio and Indiana.

Some of these charges carry with them the label of "sex offender," and mandatory lifetime registration on the sex offender lists. Is this really the approach we want to take in disciplining our teenagers?"

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Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  about 2 months ago

The Internet is full of assholes. Pretty much anyone who has used it for more than a day is aware of this.

Message boards, forums, and pretty much any method of interaction online brings out the inner asshole in so many people. I decided to post this so that such people on Slashdot can be aware of why I frequently do not respond to comments posted in response to my comments: life is too short to engage with arrogant assholes. Yes, sometimes I do engage, but frequently the tone of a reply to one of my comments instantly tells me that the poster is brimming to the top with confidence in their own superiority. Why should they stoop so low as to actually be polite? So much easier to just be an abrasive douchebag.

Often this sort of behavior is accompanied by a taunt that I won't reply because I'm wrong in, well, whatever it was I said in a given post. Standard Internet Tough Guy line, and one that is unfortunately just encouraged by a response (and is a means to stroke their ego even more if there is no reply). So, this is my general note to anyone who wanders through here. If I don't respond, it's either because I'm not paying attention to Slashdot, or your post clearly indicates you're a self-involved asshole and a reply is a waste of time. You can probably figure out which it is on your own.

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Sometimes you just have to laugh

Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Well hello there Slashdot Journal, long time no see!

Somewhat surprisingly, given the nature of Internet forums, I don't encounter too many people of this ... let's say ... caliber. At least not directly. I guess I caught Sexconker on what appears to be (at least from a perusal of their comments as they exist at this moment) a very rare non-dickish post. Well, there's still the ubiquitous swearing in it, but it was targeted at people who, to be fair, usually actually are assholes of some stripe or another.

The chain of posts starts here. It's actually fairly reasonable, allowing some license for what appears to be a decided lack of foresight. That is, until you get to the end. As a result of my disagreeing that a GPU can perform all operations available to the newer ARM processors (specifically access-controlled states and the use of specific cryptographic instructions), I "don't get it." As a result, I am worthy of nothing but the derision of a "lolbro you dumb."

The irony of that statement made me chuckle a bit. Sometimes, you just have to laugh...

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Hhrrrrmm?

Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So soon on the heels of my first freak comes my second!

Alas, I can point to no specific comment for what picked this one up, only that according to his journal I (or anyone else on his foe list) have engaged in "assholery."

The really interesting thing is that he claims this is because it helps him avoid people he'd rather not read, and yet also claims that he reads at -1. The only thing I can come up with is that he must see the little yellow dot and use Jedi mind tricks on himself to be oblivious to the content ... or scroll really fast.

Anyway, looking through his recent posts uncovered this gem of moderation. It is absolutely stupefying that this guy posts a completely relevant rebuttal to another post using an exact quotation of the Slashdot FAQ and gets modded to 0, Troll!

I still find things on this site to bring wonderment to my jaded mind. Heh...

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My first freak! And a comment on moderation...

Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Both are related to this comment: #11630402

My first freak is Walles (99143) as a result of that comment! :)

Maybe it's because I made indirect fun of lythander (21981) and disagreed with b-baggins (610215), in the same story. Both are his friends.

*shrug*

As for someone moderating my comment troll, here's Wiki on trolls. Last I checked, disliking the opinion in a comment does not automatically make it a troll.

I relate all this not because I really care, but because it's all highly amusing. Karma-stalking or not? Make of it what you will... :)

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Discourse on voluntary servitude, excerpt

Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Poor, wretched, and stupid peoples, nations determined on your own misfortune and blind to your own good! You let yourselves be deprived before your own eyes of the best part of you revenues; your fields are plundered, your homes robbed, you family heirlooms taken away. You live in such a way that you cannot claim a single thing as your own; and it would seem that you consider yourselves lucky to be loaned your property, your families, your very lives.

All this havoc, this misfortune, this ruin, descends upon you not from alien foes, but from the one enemy whom you yourselves render as powerful as he is, for whom you go bravely to war, for whose 'greatness'you do not refuse to offer your own bodies unto death.

He who thus domineers over you has only two eyes, only two hands, only one body, no more than is possessed by the least man among the infinite numbers dwelling in your cities; he has indeed nothing more than the power that you confer upon him to destroy you.

Where has he acquired enough eyes to spy upon you, if you do not provide them yourselves? How can he have so many arms to beat you with, if he does not borrow them from you? The feet that trample down your cities, where does he get them if they are not your own? How does he have any power over you except through you? How would he dare assail you if he had no cooperation from you? What could he do to you if you yourselves did not connive with the thief who plunders you, if you were not accomplices of the murderer who kills you, if you were not traitors to yourselves?

You sow your crops in order that he may ravage them, you install and furnish your homes to give him goods to pillage; you rear your daughters that he may gratify his lust; you bring up your children in order that he may confer upon them the greatest 'privilege' that he knows - to be led into his battles, to be delivered to butchery, to be made the servants of his greed and the instruments of his vengeance; you yield your bodies unto hard labor in order that he may indulge in his delights and wallow in his filthy pleasures; you weaken yourselves in order to make him the stronger and the mightier to hold you in check.

From all these indignities, such as the very beasts of the field would not endure, you can deliver yourselves if you try, not by taking action, but merely by willing to be free. Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands on the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces. [emphasis mine]

Éttiene de La Boétie, Discours de la Servitude Voluntaire (1552), translated, formatted for readability

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Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well, it appears that miracles can happen. I didn't get the whole story, but it seems my father blew a gasket the last time he went to the DMV. He finally got some higher-up schmuckety schmuck and ran them through the ringer. Said schmuckety schmuck apparently saw the logic in using his own discretion to accept a US passport as proof of legal residence.

I've completely given up on the intelligence of Americans, so instead of being consistently disappointed, I can instead find myself pleasantly surprised on the rare occasions when they act in a manner other than abject idiocy.

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Crack monkies hard at work

Fjandr Fjandr writes  |  more than 9 years ago A little history: I applied for an Idaho State driver's license on 12-06-2004. I don't have a Social Security number, and Idaho requires a letter from the Social Security Administration confirming this fact before issuing a license. After many hours of the comedy of errors that is the SSA, I left the building with said letter.

Upon actual application, I presented my valid out-of-state license and the SSA letter confirming my lack of a Social Security number to the nice lady staffing the office. The letter, being hand-written by a Social Security employee, was my only expected point of failure in the whole process. The examiner didn't even blink at it, but accepted it at face value.

This is where the story starts to get interesting, because only after the one non-certified document was accepted did things start to go horribly, horribly wrong. Slowly, at first, and then with stunning rapidity.

The license I was surrendering was a brand new 2004 model. The examiner's book of out-of-state licenses was last updated in 2002, and my previous home state changed their license format in 2004.

After much rummaging, the pady put a call in to the central office in Boise. After several minutes talking (quite clearly) in hushed tones, she described the license and they agreed that it seemed to be authentic.

Apparently accepted, I was handed the written examination (the easiest I've ever taken), and left shortly thereafter with my new soon-to-be-national-ID card.

Three days after getting my new license, I left Idaho to visit my fiancee through New Year. A couple days later I get a call saying that mail has arrived for me from my insurance company and from the DMV. Having titled my truck the same day I got my license, I figured they were sending me the title. Pretty snappy service, huh?

So I ask for the DMV envelope to be opened, and lo-and-behold it's a notice saying I have one month to appear with proof of legal presence or have my license cancelled. Apparently the visa (??) I used didn't give me the right to apply for a license. Visa? Where the hell did they get the idea I was an alien?

Oh, wait, I don't have a Social Security number, that means I must not be a US citizen. Makes perfect sense, I get that all the time.

So, I ask my father to take my certified US birth certificate and my US passport down to the licensing office to get the question of my citizenship straightened out. Should be pretty simple, as unless you're a spook it's fairly difficult to get a US passport. Should be good enough for a lowly DMV clerk in Idaho, right?

<ranting starts somewhere around this area>

Wrong!

My birth certificate is one of those old ones that's hand written. Actually, it's a photocopy of a handwritten birth certificate. However, it's also embossed (physically imprinted) with the State Seal of the state I was born in. Good enough for the State Department, should be good enough for Idaho State, right?

Wrong again!

While he's at the DMV, the clerk tells my father that, because of the 9/11 attacks, and the fact that my previous state DMV didn't absolutely require a birth certificate to obtain a license, they have to verify that I'm a US citizen.

That's all fine and well, but my valid US passport isn't good enough. It has to be a certified US birth certificate. That's there too! Apparently my birth certificate was no good either because, even though it was certified with the State Seal, it was hand-written. What else can you expect with someone who was born at home in the era before computerization?!

That's alright, you can get a new birth certificate from your state of birth! How long will it take? 4-14 weeks! How much will it cost? An arm and a leg! What proof is required? 2 utility bills (or US passport, or valid driver's license)!

What? 2 utility bills is all that stands in my way of absolute "proof" of my identity? Do you know how easy it is to get a utility in a false name? And they still won't accept a US passport, one of the most secure documents available to your average US citizen! Welcome to the USA, land of bureaucratic ignorance!

So let's break this down: I have a valid license from Idaho, because they haven't cancelled it yet (there's an extension till this is resolved). They want a birth certificate to prove I'm a US citizen. I can get a birth certificate with a copy of the Idaho license, the one that's not "really" valid until I show a copy of a birth certificate, which I can get with ... ad nauseam.

Do you see a problem with the logic here? This logic was even pointed out to the lady at the DMV. May I recommend NEVER attempting logic with a government official regarding regulations. There is no logic in regulations, and they tend to be very offended when you point things like this out.

Fortunately, my father can request a copy of my birth certificate, and so I don't have to leave the state I'm in to deal with this (yet). We'll see how they handle being told the absolute earliest (according to the state of my birth) I can get a "new" birth certificate to them is another month. Wouldn't surprise me if the cancel my license, sticking me in another state with my vehicle and without a valid license.

Crack monkies, I tell you!

<end rant>

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