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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

Golddess Re:UK is not a free country (147 comments)

I love how everyone always says whatever "the hell" you want, like there's something intrinsically aggressive about this axiom

I don't follow. How does adding "the hell" imply aggressiveness?

about a month and a half ago

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Golddess Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

You may find it fun to repeat yourself on things you've already been proved wrong on

Except they haven't yet been proved wrong. Yes, the things they bring up have already been proved wrong time and time again, but they personally were not aware of it.

I forget the exact details, but during the 2008 presidential election, I responded to a thread that I think was about Barack Obama's birth certificate being no business of ours, saying that if the constitution requires the president be a naturally born citizen, then for any presidential candidate, their birth certificate is our business. And the replies I got figuratively bit my head off. I did not know why my post elicited such anger, because at the time I did not know about the large group of people trying to get Obama disqualified on the grounds of his not being a naturally born citizen, and of their dismissal of his birth certificate, or whatever.

Like I said, I don't remember the exact details. But the point is, if I was a different person, then instead of trying to figure out why this hatred got directed towards me, I might've immediately sided with the "birthers" and ignored any future attempts at "proving" me wrong.

It may get annoying debunking the same myths again and again, but please remember that for the person bringing the myth to your attention, they may have just heard about it and are legitimately curious about why this thing they just heard about does not debunk AGW.

about a month and a half ago

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Golddess Re:A win for freedom (1330 comments)

and that said view predates whatever is being "forced" on you.

What about converts to a religion? If someone were to convert to Pastafarianism, does that mean we can continue to forbid them from wearing their colander, just because they were not raised as a Pastafarian?

about 2 months ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Golddess Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

Electronic information is directly analogous to paper. Information is information regardless of how its stored.

Correct. And it is not my responsibility to teach the police the made-up language I used when writing on that paper.

about 2 months ago

Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

Golddess Re:First Amendment to what? (104 comments)

Aside from "because it suits them" there's no way the government can argue that twitter use is both within their jurisdiction and also that using twitter is 'external'.

Not saying it's right, but prosecuting a UK citizen for what they said on Twitter is not saying that Twitter is within UK jurisdiction, it is saying that regardless of where a UK citizen is, the UK citizen is within UK jurisdiction.

Now, when the UK government demands that Twitter do something about the offending post, that is them claiming that Twitter is within UK jurisdiction.

about 2 months ago

US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

Golddess Re:Overreach much? (216 comments)

My 2006 buick detects if someone is not wearing a seatbelt and turns off the passenger side airbag if no one is in the passenger seat

.....WHY??? Sure, it might be unnecessary if no one is sitting there, but what possible benefit is conferred by disabling an airbag?

about 2 months ago

Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

Golddess Re:Barnes and Nobles still lets you preorder (210 comments)

If you're gonna be rude, you might want to check your facts first. Amazon Prime for students is $49 per year.

But perhaps NotDrWho simply mistyped the price. I hope not though. I was hoping to learn about other alternatives to Amazon Prime.

about 2 months ago

Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

Golddess Re:Barnes and Nobles still lets you preorder (210 comments)

Does Barnes and Noble give me free 2-day shipping and a huge library of free streaming movies and TV shows for $40 a year?

Since TFS is about Amazon, one would expect that the unnamed company you are referring to there would be Amazon. But since Amazon Prime is $99, I have to ask, what other company are you talking about?

about 2 months ago

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Golddess Re:Frosty (483 comments)

People who oppose the death penalty on the grounds that it kills innocent people are making the implicit claim that it's somehow not just as bad for those innocent people to rot in prison forever, which is a horrifically barbaric ideology in and of itself.

Um, killing innocent people is worse than imprisoning innocent people. Don't get me wrong, imprisoning innocent people is wrong, and I support the idea that it is better for 1000 guilty men to go free than it is to imprison a single innocent. But to say that the killing of innocents is equally as bad as the imprisoning of innocents implies that, if someone were to ask you to choose either life in prison or execution for yourself, you would respond with something like "I don't care, flip a coin, they're both equally undesirable".

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

Golddess Re:As painful as it is... (552 comments)

Is it? I don't actually know, which is why I am asking the question. Can "locked in" people feel the pain associated with not breathing?

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

Golddess Re:Don't. (408 comments)

Put up a beware of Doug sign

The only thing that sign will do is make burglars nostalgic for The Far Side.

about 3 months ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Golddess Re:What's the problem? (1198 comments)

revenge is a deadly sin (as in: "cannot be forgiven") for a reason.

While I agree that what happened is wrong, basing ones argument on religious reasons will never work. Because seven simple words will completely deconstruct your argument.

"My religion does not have that concept."

about 4 months ago

Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

Golddess Re:Watch Out for PETA (466 comments)

Since what tastes good varies between people, I think the results of any such study would merely be able to conclude that they taste different, not that one tastes better than the other.

I had a similar experience the first time I tried organic milk. I didn't know it wasn't the normal milk I usually drink, but I did notice that it tasted different. Not bad different, but not good different either, just.. different. It wasn't until several weeks later that I actually started to have a preference, but that preference is not static. Some days I prefer the organic stuff, some days the regular stuff.

about 4 months ago

Joss Whedon Releases New Film On Demand

Golddess Re:+2.... Flamebait? (137 comments)

As I understand it, Overrated/Underrated give no specific label. So someone who starts at 0, with one Troll mod and 6 Underrated mods, would appear as +5 Troll.

about 4 months ago

Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

Golddess Re:Better leave now (239 comments)

That is assuming that the second/third wave colonists are even capable of stopping along the way to pick up the first wave. And that they are capable of pinpointing the first wave's exact location.

about 4 months ago

Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Golddess Re:not trolling, really. well, maybe a little.. (355 comments)

You could always pull out the Knife of Exact Zero and make some cuts to the piece.

By the way, what's a wedge shaped wing ramp?

about 4 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Golddess Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (1633 comments)

Do you think there are ANY weapons which should be restricted in terms of private ownership?

Under the current laws, yes. Because if you allow an exception for one amendment without going through the proper procedure to change the constitution, you have just created a loophole that can be used to circumvent any amendment.

I see the need for SOME limits.

I see the need for some limits too. I just don't see the need to circumvent the constitution to implement those limits. If it is dangerous enough, surely there will be enough support in the various government bodies to follow the proper procedures that are in place for amending the constitution.

about 4 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Golddess Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (1633 comments)

beheaderaswp wants a firearm to get from Point A to Point B, in the event that Point A becomes dangerous. It seems reasonable to assume that, once at Point B, they would want to keep their firearm in case they need to move on to Point C for the same reason they left Point A.

about 4 months ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Golddess Re:Good? (510 comments)

I'd like to see paraplegic culture go away, blind culture, Amputee culture, and furries culture.

Erm, what? Are you saying that being a furry is a debilitating condition that we need to work on "correcting"?

about 4 months ago

How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy?

Golddess Re:His debate (220 comments)

If God did indeed make the universe, then the universe itself is the ultimate testament to truth (whatever that is) - not a book - for the universe alone was authored by the hand of God. To deny it is to call God a liar.

Isn't that basically what some groups do? Specifically, I'm thinking about the groups that claim their god put fossils in the earth to trick us, but I'm sure there are others.

about 5 months ago


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