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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

GlennC Re:An Insightful Quote (140 comments)

The point is that if disaffected Islamic youth in Australia are buying the "war on Islam" propaganda, what chance does the U.S. and their allies have in Iraq and Syria?

Anything they do there will only amplify the view that they are modern day Crusaders.

The additional context only bolsters that opinion.

yesterday
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

GlennC An Insightful Quote (140 comments)

From the Sydney Morning Herald article:

"I dunno, I got a lot of anger," he said. "It's a war on Islam just because we grow our beards. They want to label us as a terrorist, or supporters of IS, whatever, that's up to you."

As long as the more stable regional powers refuse to directly confront the extremists, it becomes very easy for this view to continue.

yesterday
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

GlennC Re:relevant article (318 comments)

Of what use is a paywalled article?

2 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

GlennC Re:Yes it is a lot of money (405 comments)

The instant review stations are in view during some of the most tense situations of a game, with a lot of attention.

I don't know what channels you're watching the game on, but where I watch, the review station gets a couple of seconds of camera time at best. It's actually rather rare to see the booth at all.

Most of the on-air view is the replays themselves, with the announcers giving their interpretation.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

GlennC The Real Killer App... (471 comments)

Perhaps an app that puts the current time on the face of the watch?

about a week ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

GlennC Holding out for 640k (204 comments)

Because that ought to be enough for anybody! :D

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

GlennC Re:Here's an idea (448 comments)

If you're that concerned, you are cordially invited to get your buddies and some guns and head over there yourself.

I'm sure you'll be able to distinguish between the ISIS fighters and our allies.

Show everyone how a "Real 'Murrican" takes care of business.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

GlennC No (448 comments)

Next question.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

GlennC Software Analogies (312 comments)

I wonder how many of those who are up in arms about letting services like Uber and Lyft market their services would allow commercial hardware and software companies to make changes to GPL licensed software without attribution or sharing their modified source code?

Or should Apple support my home built PC if I put OS X on it? If I paid for the OS, the vendor should support that, right? Why should I pay extra for their hardware...it's no different, right?

To me, it's simple - if you want to market your services, follow the established rules.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

GlennC Re:This is ridiculous. (146 comments)

Let's look it up....http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

        "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

Since there is no "Right to Travel" listed earlier in the Constitution, it is not explicitly denied here.

Unlike most codes of law in the United States, the Constitution does not generally apply to individual citizens. Rather, the Constitution defines and codifies the Federal government, and is generally accepted to be the limit of Federal and State powers and responsibilities.

Finally, I remember that when I was younger (mind you, this was back in the 1970's), having to provide identification and being subjected to searches before being able to travel was the scope of godless Communists and tinpot dictators.

That we have come to this point is a sad commentary on the United States. That many others not only accept this but actively defend it is even more disappointing.

about a month ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

GlennC Re:Makes both look bad (125 comments)

I'm just giving my opinion, and I've been in plenty of taxis in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and elsewhere.

If you don't agree with my opinion, I have no problem with that.

Since the Uber premium services rely on existing limo services, why wouldn't I just go directly to those service providers? Although if I were in a position where I couldn't find one, Uber could potentially be useful in that situation.

Also, it's nice that Uber provides additional insurance, but the point is that in most locations, Uber, Lyft and the rest are still in a legal grey area in which I'd personally rather not find myself.

Again, if you want to avail yourself of the service, feel free.

We may not agree, but I see no reason for the angry invective.

about a month ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

GlennC Makes both look bad (125 comments)

Between this nonsense and the fact that the ride sharing services don't have the proper licensing and proof of insurance, I wouldn't feel comfortable using any of them.

about a month ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

GlennC Re:Cities (246 comments)

I fear that I'd dislike Germany

Having been to Munich several times, I can say that you probably wouldn't have many of the problems you say you had in Paris.

There are different neighborhoods in Munich where the buildings don't all look the same. The older section of the city center does have a very similar look to it, but there's still enough variation to make it interesting. While there are many chain restaurants for those who want them, with a little effort you can find interesting local places. In fact, one of the best places I found is across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe, and it's not the Hoffbrau Haus (which is also across from Hard Rock). Neuperlach Zentrum and Nauperlach Zud are a couple of neighborhoods worth checking out that are away from the city center, but easily reachable via public transportation. There are also some good Chinese and Italian restaurants.

You'll find plenty of Germans with at least some knowledge of English, and the signs on all the buses and trains in multiple languages. Public transportation is wonderful, and runs all day.

That said, you'll probably also enjoy the Nordic countries, which are close by to Germany. I'm looking forward to going back and exploring some more.

about a month ago
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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

GlennC Re:Citing Wikipedia (189 comments)

...institutions like Wikipedia are supposed to keep decent standards alive

I think I see where the problem lies....

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Juan Gilbert Answers Your Questions

GlennC Voting and Auto Dashboards (18 comments)

I don't see why paper and pen aren't used. Even this guy's voting solution boils down to a paper ballot.

As for auto dashboards, I prefer them with discrete tactile switches and knobs. That way, my attention is focused on the road, where it should be.

I admire the fact that some folks are looking at making improvements, but there are some instances where involving technology serves only to complicate matters.

I may be older, but you can stay on my lawn if you wish. Just please don't make a mess.

about 2 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

GlennC Re:Yeah, let us get rid of cash and give banksters (753 comments)

There's no reason the replacement would have a fee on every transaction.

Actually, there are two reasons the replacement would have a fee:

1. To recoup the cost of the infrastructure.
2. To increase the profits for the provider.

These are banks, after all.

about 2 months ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

GlennC Re:"unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" (231 comments)

Let's look it up....http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

Since there is no "Right to Privacy" listed earlier in the Constitution, it is not explicitly denied here.

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Since, to my knowledge, no State has prohibited privacy, nor has there been a Constitutional Amendment denying a citizen's right to privacy, the right to privacy most certainly exists.

Unlike most codes of law in the United States, the Constitution does not generally apply to individual citizens. Rather, the Constitution defines and codifies the Federal government, and is generally accepted to be the limit of Federal and State powers and responsibilities.

about 2 months ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

GlennC Re:Incorporate (223 comments)

^^^ THIS ^^^

Since I don't have any mod points, please accept a virtual +10 from me.

about 2 months ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

GlennC So this is how it ends.... (150 comments)

The funny thing is that people are not only complicit in having their rights taken away, they're PAYING to do so.

If I had fewer scruples, I'm sure I could find a way to make money off this as well.

about 2 months ago

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