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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Jawnn Re:let me correct that for you. (604 comments)

Oh dear. So many startling assertions. Where to start? This is probably an exercise in futility, but...

East Germany and the Soviet Union really bought into the idea of Socialism: the state owned everything. Private property was outlawed. You could go to jail for making a profit.

The East Germans were so committed to the idea that the state owned everything that they believed they had a right to build an enormous wall to keep the governments property (people) from escaping to the West.

[citation needed]

2 days ago

Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

Jawnn Re:The flip side: (126 comments)

On the flip side, how many hours were wasted the could have been put to better use?

Assuming that one does not count creativity and the cultivation of it's associated skills as "wasted", I am going to say that zero hours were wasted. You don't really understand what's involved in a real RPG, do you.

4 days ago

Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

Jawnn Re:Looks ok to me (228 comments)

1,000 out of 4,000,000 tickets makes a 0.025% error rate. That's a perfectly acceptable margin of error. You need to discriminate between positive and negative error rates in situations like this. .

And you need to factor in the time frame, dumbass.

5 days ago

Senator Al Franken Accuses AT&T of "Skirting" Net Neutrality Rules

Jawnn Re:verizon, comcast? (81 comments)

Outdated or not, "bribe" more accurately describes the transaction - "Here's some money. Vote the way I say. OK?"

about two weeks ago

Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

Jawnn Bullshit (109 comments)

News is news. Selectively publishing only certain stories is always an editorial chore, but using viewers/readers "feelings" crosses the line into something more akin to entertainment. Welcome to the club, Google. You're just like Fox News now.

about two weeks ago

Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Jawnn Re:Or (389 comments)

Why do we need a climate change bullshit bogey man to get politicians to stop blocking natural progress?

You keep using that word. I do not thing that it means what you think it means.

about two weeks ago

UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Jawnn Seems appropriate (353 comments)

Encryption is not a crime. Hiding evidence of your crimes using encryption probably is. Being so stupid that you have to rely on that encryption to keep your ass out of jail definitely should be.

about two weeks ago

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Jawnn Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

Yes, it does include a freedom "from" religion clause. If you take the time to learn anything about the framers of the Constitution, you'll know that they were dead-set against allowing anything invoking divine authority to creep into the system of law and government which they were creating. Not all of them, but most, and that wisdom, thankfully, carried the day.

about two weeks ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Jawnn Re:19,000 (401 comments)

If you are going to do business in America, then you need to hire Americans. Otherwise don't expect the benefit of doing business in our economy. Don't reap the rewards of safety and US government sponsorship if you aren't going to contribute to our economy by hiring local. Stop being leeches.

Stopping talking like freakin' liberal, ya crybaby.
You see, hiring Americans is un-American because this is 'murican free enterprise at it's finest, making glorious profits for anyone "willing to work hard to get ahead" (TM).

about two weeks ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Jawnn Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Insanity? Welll, yes. But that's the very definition of good theater, in my book.

about two weeks ago

FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

Jawnn Re:Charge what it costs to certify (123 comments)

If the federal government cannot keep up, then farm it out to private firms who are then audited by the Federal Government.

Yeah. Look how well that's worked out for the pharmaceutical industry.

about two weeks ago

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Jawnn Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

I don't suggest doing nothing. I suggest more research and more experimentation. I suggest public policy that encourages more nuclear power and addresses the dangerous build up of temporary storage for spent nuclear fuel, trading a risk of local toxicity for the proven regional air pollution and possible global impact.

What I -don't- suggest is that we rush it. Let change evolve slowly on a low-cost vector until the science is good enough to support more radical action.

So you suggest doing nothing to arrest the carbon emissions that appear to be fueling the climate change. That is, in effect, nothing. "Slowly evolving change" will not get it done. Certainly, some scenarios indicate that we've already passed the tipping point. And yet you advocate "caution". Like I said, insane.

about two weeks ago

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Jawnn Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

Can I get you to concede that there are climate scientists unworthy of the title?

TFTFY. And yes, I will happily stipulate as much if you will admit that the vast majority of the tiny minority of "climate" scientists who still deny the overwhelming evidence have dubious credentials or have an interest in preventing meaningful change in energy policy, or both.
Wait for it..., wait for it... Yep. Crickets.

about two weeks ago

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Jawnn Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

"97 percent of climate scientists believe human activities are causing global warming."

That's not a scientific statement, it's a political one.

Actually, it is neither. It just is. As in "just is" a fact, readily observable and incontrovertible. Now, the suggestion that it is something else is, itself, a highly "political" statement clearly aimed at diminishing the weight of the fact that an overwhelming majority of those best equipped to assess the data have arrived at the same conclusion. No, the matter is not "settled". No scientist worthy of the title would even suggest as much, but the constantly repeated meme that we should thus do nothing until it is "settled" is simply insane.

about three weeks ago

Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

Jawnn Re:besides that (131 comments)

...the whole idea of social networks is to get *away* from work....

I beg to differ. The whole idea of social networks is to con the sheep into providing personal details that can be sold to those willing to pay for it.

about three weeks ago

Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

Jawnn Beg all you want... (80 comments)

...little people, for that's all you lot are. A bunch of beggars. We will decide what's best for you and we will tell our underlings who pretend to regulate us what that is. You will kindly shut up and enjoy your bread and circuses.

Your Telecom Corporate Overlords

about three weeks ago

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Jawnn Re:Distinct DNA (1330 comments)

So, by your reasoning, ever single cell with distinct DNA is a "life", deserving of all the rights and privileges of a living, breathing human being. Sorry, not buying it. Try again. You may yet find a way to render your metaphysical beliefs into something approaching reason. Until that time, kindly keep your beliefs the fuck out of my liberties.

about three weeks ago

Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

Jawnn Re:Good? (273 comments)

That only shows how bad and harmful such regulations are, and the best way to get done with them is to put it in competition the regulated service with something non regulated and let people vote with their wallets about what they prefer.

A more ignorant reply I can not remember seeing here on /. Unless, oh, I see. You don't give a shit about "the little people" for whose protection the regulations were enacted in the first place.

about three weeks ago

Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Jawnn Nothing new here. (567 comments)

Just yet another small group relying on provincialist reasoning to deny the existence of something that vast majority of the world's experts agree, after carefully collating data collected on a truly global scale, does exist. Same ignorant denialist shit. Different day. If you substitute "Energy Industry Shill on Fox News" for "Swedish Farmers" would this even be news?

about three weeks ago

Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

Jawnn Re:Doesn't give warm fuzzies (162 comments)

We'd be interested to see the data supporting your 99.9% number, but we know that you're just talking out of your ass so we'll just call bullshit right now.
Now let's talk about your misguided (not to mention grammatically awkward) notion that "Your doctor is no better of a person than anyone at the insurance company." What a remarkably naive notion that is. While there, is to be sure, a wide range of expertise (and character) among physicians, comparing those two populations is almost pointless. What is an important point is the fact that insurance companies, whose single over-riding motivation is profit for their shareholders, have been dictating to doctors how to care for their patients for the better part of three decades, and it shows. Compared to every other western nation, the value we get for our health care dollars is poor, at best. Get that part right, at least.

about a month ago



EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

Jawnn Jawnn writes  |  1 year,8 days

Jawnn (445279) writes "The Washington Post reports that the EFF has filed suit in Federal Court in San Francisco, on behalf of multiple groups. Those groups include, "...Rights activists, church leaders and drug and gun rights advocates..." Apparently, not everyone out there is believing the "If you have nothing to hide..." excuses being offered up from various government quarters."


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