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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Iamthecheese Is there some kind of sjw story quota now? (622 comments)

It's stupid and counterproductive to blame the victims of a crime. That said, it's very useful to turn this into a fable to teach people how to prevent future occurrences. And the simplest way to explain it is to say something like, "They should have secured their data"

To dismiss that statement outright with the phrase "victim blaming" is to throw away the ability to learn from their experiences. If what you hear is "no crime occurred" you're reading into it something that was not said.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Iamthecheese Re:yes, they people who follow the law/ rules (578 comments)

Most piracy does not represent lost sales, but sales that never would have happened. In fact I would bet that piracy tends to make money for less well-known producers of content.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Robot Picking Challenge 2015

Iamthecheese Not an AI problem (106 comments)

It seems like a simple search through pictures of every item stocked and the way to grab it is sufficient to accomplish this, and that's well within the capabilities of existing industrial robots. Put Baxter on a line navigating robot and you're there. What am I missing?

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

Iamthecheese mental gymnastics (191 comments)

The US government constantly abuses the law by ignoring it until a test case comes up and a judge says a particular method is illegal. The real harm is the creeping loss of rights as abuses become normalized by the time they make it to trial leading to more lenient judgements over time as judges try to match interpretation to "society's standards".

I urge you to write your congress-critter today and tell him or her that the constitution is too important to ignore in the name of safety and that "hard on crime" is an insult to your intelligence.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Iamthecheese Re:My letter to congress (575 comments)

Soap and ballot are still marginally viable. Let's not rush things. Words cannot express how undesirable the last box is.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Iamthecheese My letter to congress (575 comments)

I just finished drafting the following email. Perhaps it will serve as a helpful template for those of you who want to send a message to your own representatives. Honorable Mr. , Dear sir, I recently read that speaking through the Attorney General the Obama administration is asking for new back doors in American electronics. The justification given is, in short, the protection of children. Further impingement against my own and my childrens' privacy is not only distasteful, it's criminal. The forth amendment may allow "reasonable" searches but the definition of "reasonable" has already been stretched to the breaking point. My primary hope for my children is not their safety, but their freedom. As your constituent it is my deep desire to see that you uphold the constitution: Every letter and every jot. Please reject any bill that further infringes upon the 4th, or any, amendment to the constitution. In particular in this case, please stand against further attempts to spy on Americans' electronic communications. sincerely and with all faith,

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Iamthecheese Re:Oh good (907 comments)

These people can't afford the way they are living. They need to rejigger their lives. The destitute don't have that choice between steak and ramen noodles. They can't save money by halting the data side of their cell phone plan. They can't cancel a subscription, put off a purchase, or call in a debt. In that situation "lower your expenses" would involve becoming homeless, not eating, or selling their only means of income.

about a month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Iamthecheese Muck funny in politics and muck Ficrosoft. (365 comments)

The only reason politicians pretend to listen to arguments like Microsoft is making is the money passing under the table. The only reason Microsoft needs to argue this point at all is to present the pretense that politicians are uninformed, as opposed to corrupt.

about a month ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

Iamthecheese Re:I'm wrong, shouldn't figure trillions in my hea (392 comments)

You forgot to include the economic boost from the people now able to return to work faster/not dying/getting preventative care so they never get sick. Also the lowered cost of care for people who now can get treated before it becomes an emergency. Most of the cost of Obamacare is recognizing costs that were, until now, hidden.

about a month ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

Iamthecheese Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (392 comments)

So what you're saying is they should delay care until it becomes an emergency? Or are you saying if they don't get treated the problem will go away?

What you really want to say is that they don't deserve to be treated and should rot in the streets. Go on, let it out.

about a month ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

Iamthecheese Partisan bickering (392 comments)

Fingerpointing is more important than solutions. This is a common and deep-rooted problem in politics, one that crosses party lines without pause. We have to stop this incompetence... What's the best way to accomplish this? I know! Let's start bickering about whether the Democrats or Republicans are at fault!

about a month ago
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Are Matt's Robot Hexapods Creepy or Cute? (Video)

Iamthecheese .5 seconds per cut (35 comments)

If the only way to make your video more compelling is to jiggle it like a twelve year old with his first Penthouse maybe you should be using different subject matter. Not only has the video of 10,000 cuts been done a million times it wasn't that interesting in the first place.

As for the robot I couldn't judge. Maybe a video of it lasting more than two seconds would help.

about a month ago
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Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks

Iamthecheese Re:Flash and Silverlight (61 comments)

>If everyone ran a linux desktop, they'd be forced to learn how computing works And that is why we won't have the year of Linux on the desktop for a very long time, if ever. People don't want to spend their time learning new computing skills, especially esoteric ones. They want to do their work and play their games.

about a month ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Iamthecheese compromise (243 comments)

I want you to give me all your money. You want to give me nothing. Let's compromise. Give me what's in your wallet, then we'll both be happy.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

Iamthecheese Does it drive? (132 comments)

No, "does it drive" is well down the list of questions I would ask. I want to know whether all the parts were printed, material costs, labor costs, whether it's street legal, safety, durability and/or ease of repair... In short I want to know whether there's a logical rational to saying anything but "meh". Considering they dodged every one of those questions the answers are probably down Meh road, past Slashvertisement junction, left at Hype street and first notachanceinhell on your left.

about a month ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Iamthecheese These people are dangerous (286 comments)

There is a group of people out there walking free guilty of illegally taking and spreading pictures of children. They don't care about the law and they don't believe there will be any consequences. Every day I contemplate the world my children face with this kind of person, and it enrages me. It should enrage you too. The NSA must be stopped.

about a month ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Iamthecheese Innovation (140 comments)

I feel medical publishing needs to move away from the current paradigm even more than the open-access journals that have been discussed so widely. The company that made this advance, Agios doesn't seem to be a typical "big pharma" company: They are running lean on market cap (350 million in outstanding shares) and big dreams. Imagine a world with a hundred more companies like this could be creating equally innovative solutions. Then realize that the biggest drug company has a market cap that could be funding over 500 Agios's.

Given advertising costs that number is a little deceptive. Nevertheless we are talking about human trials in the US, an enormously expensive process. It's popular to be conservative about medicine, especially in the US and there's a good reason for that but there's a line between looking for more likely results and wasting money on almost exclusive focus on incremental improvements. We've crossed that line.

Medicine is science and science is moving faster all the time. As a society we need to keep up by focusing capital on smaller, more agile companies, not only to prevent the tragedy of unaddressed new problems but to move the state of the art forward as fast as possible. There are lives to be saved.

about a month ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Iamthecheese Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (491 comments)

Sulfur is nothing compared to the storms and crop damage global warming will cause. Choose your battles.

about a month and a half ago

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Scammer's sentenced to super short, suspended stint

Iamthecheese Iamthecheese writes  |  about 7 months ago

Iamthecheese (1264298) writes "A scammer who used an Indian call center to sell free virus scanning software received a suspended sentence and a 5,000 pound fine yesterday. Members of the swindler's organization used cold calling and claimed to be Microsoft. Saying the victim's computer was infected, they tried to sell antimalware programs available free from microsoft for 50 to 100 pounds."

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