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3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

K10W Re:One interesting side-effect: 3D fakery is harde (141 comments)

Photoshopping a single image can be done easily in ways that make the edits virtually undetectable, even for the casual home user. But an amateur attempting to edit two nearly-identical images (e.g., to modify body shapes, or skin tone, or to get rid of unwanted parts of the scene) would almost certainly leave behind inconsistencies that simple image analysis could detect.

...Today, that is.

There will probably be a niche for home-use 3D Photoshop extensions that perform activities like airbrushing, texture duplication, etc. on two images simultaneously in a manner that always results in a clean combination of the two by effectively performing the edits in 3-space. Heck, such technology may already be in use in movie studios that are cranking out 3D movies with live actors that must be composited with generated scenes.

don't see why this can't be done, working on adding control points in some panoramic software auto adds the points in overlapping images in the right place with little need to tweak despite differences due to parallax error when I've shot with no panohead or attempt to rotate around the nodal point. Having similar functionality in photoshop would work well with many common retouching workflows like freqency sep, dodge and burn, local sharpening and so on. May get awkward with layer masking stuff due to image differences but for most things your average home user needs it'd be fine.

about two weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

K10W Re:Win/Lose (463 comments)

You don't sound trollish, just naive. The basis of social engineering is "cast the net wide". This is about individuals, not businesses. 95 out of 100 may avoid the hit, but that says more about luck than savy.

if you read my previous comment earlier in this thread you'll see I said that and agree with you on that whole hearted. People are the weakness here which is why I said you need a good admin, stop the none tech staff from being able to break things that much. I've seen it first hand work rather well in 3 large organisations. One the ngo I mention, the other a UK gov service, and the last a little different but same principle was friend who designed the NHS central server system. The most they can do is make a mess in their home folder, they can't do damage to important parts on their own machines never mind wreck a whole network.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

K10W Re:Win/Lose (463 comments)

Our company also got hacked. Management sent everyone home, restored from backups. Then we spent a bunch of time figuring out what files were modified in the last 36 hours, and redoing that work over. Note that the hackers target only certain file types, eg. .doc, and .pdf, but not .xls, so were talking mostly about documentation. Unfortunately, our PC's are now limping along because the virus scanner is running all the time now, and so chews up resources.

Our company is Windows-centric for everything except code development (which is Linux using a VM under Windows), and this is a clear example of why Linux is more secure than Windows. Not necessarily inherently, but because Windows desktops are the "mainstream". And hackers target the mainstream!

To wit, I switched to Windows for a year, but subsequently, every search I did to fix Windows problems required putting "Windows" in the search box. This inevitably led to ever more heinously cunning hacker/virus/spyware results which had to be waded through. Try as you might to avoid them, eventually one of them ends up getting you. It ends up being about as much fun as a potato-sack race through a mine-field.

Don't mean this to sound trollish but sounds like you need a better sys admin. Plenty of businesses manage, I have a friend who manages networks for multinational ngo which is mainly windows based on the operator end without problems. Nearly all the users are none IT literate aside from basic how to use spreadsheets/email etc obviously but if admin does their job properly then everything just works fine and smooth for users and it remains secure without unnecessary expense or exotic solutions.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

K10W Re:What's the new hole? (463 comments)

Best advice is GET THE HELL OFF WINDOWS!! I have a thriving little business upgrading people who are still on XP over to either XUbuntu or Mint. I've gotten calls after an upgrade with the user saying "I got this weird error when I open this email", and it turned out that the user had an email with the Cryptolocker vector, and the odd error was the malware *trying* (and failing) to encrypt files on an ext4 filesystem... At this point in time, THAT aint happening....

The fault lies with uneducated users NOT the OS choice. The assumption that migrating users to none windows OS will solve this is wrong. Linux isn't immune from these problems like some think, I've run a slackware box since '97ish and never had a problem but don't kid myself about it being immune to malware. I've run a windows box along side and never had problems on that with malware either. It's my actions and understanding which keeps me problem free not the OS.

Also Ubuntu and derivatives are even more of a target due to being very popular and having large part of their user base being none power users with minimal tech skills. Sec through obscurity wont work for long on such large distros either. Old windows OSes like XP may be low hanging fruit but plenty still target the rest of the tree. Won't take long for authors to catch up and tap those niches since they become more profitable as they grow in size, I've already noticed this with mac users starting to experience this more. People need to be educated and understand consequences if they don't become so. There is no quick substitute to learning, safezoning people without supervision never works.

Only thing I found works without educating users is when I've set up slack boxes for family/close friends and I don't give them root access, I set proper permissions and their influence doesn't spread past their home folder on another drive/partion etc. All the browsers are kept up to date by me, adblock/ghostery/noscript permissions tweaked by me on a need basis so occassionally I get a "this site wont work" and within minutes I sort it but most popular sites and their cdn's are allowed already (between ghostery and noscript I can whitelist and blacklist the same scripts on different sites hence the two in tandem). It isn't that much work once it has been going for a short time and it never breaks and there are never issues but only because of active protection, there is no automation that is safe to do this.

about three weeks ago
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Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

K10W Re:Yes brown fat will help you (234 comments)

Of course you can eat 3000kal/day, you can also eat 4000 if your metabolism is fully functional it will not store excess fat unless you are stressed

Nonsense. Metabolism is mostly driven by demand (how much you move), and only to a small degree by available calories. Your argument also make no sense from an evolutionary survival perspective. Excess calories should be stored as fat to survive future times where food may be scarce.

that isn't true, it is not that simple. Muscles actually prefer burning fats at rest and storing glucose from (or converted to from) food as glycogen so there is a store for aerobic erxercise but more importantly for the brain since fats can't cross the blood brain barrier. We need the fats to store fat soluble vitamins too. There are many many factors driving metabolism, the basic ones are activity, hormone levels (made more complex in that some like hgh's have insulin effects), food types eaten and fast periods (including hour(s) long not just days/weeks/months), climate, daylight length, genetics etc etc so it gets complicated and no generalisations can be made.

Most people ask nutritionalists and personal trainers who understand very little and some of it they know the right answer but their reasoning is wrong so they form extra conclusions which are crap. What you really need is to be asking biochemists and molecular biologists and the like those questions or medical practitioners strong in those areas.

about a month ago
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Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

K10W Re:Yes brown fat will help you (234 comments)

A completely sedentary person may burn 2000 kcal/day. An hour of exercise can increase that to 2500 kcal. That's significant enough. Of course, it doesn't mean that you can eat 3000 kcal/day. Strenuous of exercise, like weightlifting, can also increase metabolism for up to 48 hours after the actual exercise.

Of course you can eat 3000kal/day, you can also eat 4000 if your metabolism is fully functional it will not store excess fat unless you are stressed. Eating and exercise is not enough to explain the obesity epidemic, it is just the only two things worth talking about to stop it, as the we do not have enough information about the factors that influence the metabolism.

I'd argue we do have enough info on metabolism. It was a hell of a large part of my studies (biochem) in 1 and 2nd year and that was in the 90's and understanding has increased not decreased since then. We know a hell of a lot and understand it extremely well right down to the molecular physics of excatly how it does that not just the fact it does.

The problem is most people I know outside of those education subjects and careers don't know it, including a health care professional who is an expert nutritionalist who I've had to give extra info to a lot as she admits she never heard that but comes back surprised after research at it being well known. People want simple answers and the human body is complex; we want magic bullets, instant solutions, and 1 word answers is my guess at the real problem.

about a month ago
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Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR

K10W Re:Ditch the DSLR (108 comments)

The gp displays the standard ignorance of a novice photographer, who doesn't even know that he knows nothing about photography because his hardware allows him to take pictures he deems "good". There's a reason there are professional photographers out there that get paid well and use "pro" equipment, but until gp tries to take pictures outside the limited scope of a P&S, he won't realize how limited he is. Should he use a pro-sumer or better grade camera, he may be disappointed in his pictures not being "better" than the P&S, that's not a fault of the equipment but more his failure to understand how to use that equipment to get great pictures. And even then, great pictures don't just happen automatically, it is luck or many tries, and sometimes significant post-processing before a great picture is realized. To be fair, sometimes that is also achievable with a P&S.

Truth to this but lighting is the magic ingredient. PS skills especially well done work frequency sep and subtle accurate changes only go so far if it is poorly lit. I don't just mean artificially lit stuff but same goes for available light although admittedly I tend to use monoblocks in portraiture. Not a quality thing more for the control I have over all light sources and "on tap" perfect light any time of day.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

K10W they know thie market (330 comments)

I'm a big fan of eizo monitors and they tend to produce stuff they know there is a niche for. This seems perfect for mfd use for a lot of different applications. I'm mainly familiar with the coloredge cx and cg series but most of their range ticks all the boxes for many people. I tend to design/edit/grade on a 27" screen and use a 20" just for tool panels and common controls I use whilst wanting to see adjustments large screen. I can utilise the screen realestate on the bigger screen for just workspace/pasteboard/footage and so on and declutter but have instant access to controls at the same time this way.

Thing with this kind of setup is the bigger the primary screen the better and the other screen doesn't matter so much and I'd rather have a CX271 or CG277 and 1 or 2 smaller screens than shrink the primary display to fit slightly bigger secondary/tertiary monitors onto my desk. Side monitors in portrait orientation doesn't always work well either so this seems like a good idea and that is just for my personal needs so I'd consider it but there are probably many more uses.

about 2 months ago
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New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

K10W Re:mostly clarity (138 comments)

prescribing benzos with ssri/ssnri is done in Europe but not for those reasons. The suicide risk increase has been found significant but the cause isn't fully understood and most will be cautious prescribing fluoxetine, paroxetine and the like to young adults/teenagers. That theory is far from proven and there are others more fitting and the risk found are lower than expected for that theory of "motivation". Also other classes such as treatment with TCAs and some SSNRI/SSRI don't have the same (if any) risk increase for the same therapeutic action/relief of symptoms.

about 4 months ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

K10W Re:Not just one mobo (102 comments)

I kind of do my own non-profit buisness of building computers for everyone I know or am related to. So I've got a small business account with newegg and do about $25k in computers a year. Asus was my board of choice for years, but about 3yrs ago they just went to shit. I've no idea why but suddenly I had massive failures, massive compatibility issues, etc... When a computer I build actually catches fire, that worries me. Asus was decent about the RMAs... which actually worried me more. A MB manufacturer will rarely take a return with scorch marks on it unless they know there's an issue. When the RMA boards I got back from them started blowing caps as well, I knew something was terribly wrong.

Also on my banned list: Gigabyte - I had several Gigabyte MB and Gigabyte Video cards. They would not work with each other and Gigabyte claimed it was a capability issue and not their problem, despite having put their names on both the card and the board! This was purely a customer service issue, they should have shipped me a different card to make things right.

Zotac - For 2yrs I shipped the same video card back to them over and over again. They just kept replacing it with defective cards. Some came to me dirty, or with blown components. You can't just dig around in the RMA'd parts bin and ship some other broken piece of crap back to me. I'm currently awaiting about the 4th RMA on that card and my warranty will run out. At least they're paying for the shipping.

Anyways, I'm done building computers for people. Components are just too unreliable now. I don't need to be spending half my life in the UPS shipping office.

I've found msi make the list too, lot of others find the same. Seems common across wide range of experiences of rig builders and no guaranteed reliable manufacturers now IMO. I just use handful of UK stores with great support whop replace no questions asked for free and honour the warranties for products; the 3 main places I use cover everything without specifics for 12month but do 3 to 5 year on certain products. I always always use psu's that are reliable and tested by good sources. Takes a week of reading around before purchase and always pay more than a crap one but it is worth it IMO but even with more positive than negative experiences I'd be foolish to trust in something completely. Consumer products just aren't made to be failproof, redundant failsafes and seriously over-engineered are things that do not mix with commercial products with sane pricetags for items with limited life before they become obsolete. Failure will always be part of the chain if you make enough machines for you/others. All you can do is insulate yourself from how likely it is by picking tested combos and good warranty scheme for if it did come to crunch

Even free shipping back as places have various policies from courier to pick up defective one when they deliver your replacement, email prepay post label to print out or post prepay box to ship back in (failure to do so gets you billed to stop scams). My advice to friends/family is only use someone with good returns policy who wont palm the problem off on the oem as none seem to give a toss with all products unless it is major known issue.

FWIW the last 2 rigs I made for me (msi mobo with i3 2120 xfx gtx460 and asus w/ i7 4790k gigabyte gtx770 both with corsair ram (I have less issues with gskill tbh)) are fine. Shockingly the msi mobo one going strong for 4 years nearly despite how many rma's in the first week of life on the mobo alone. I received numerous new boards (due to way it was returned I know it was not the same one shipped back out) and all had issues with DOA/, faulty or refusing to play nice with other components despite listed on msi and component manufacturers sites as tested confirmed compatible when it wasn't. Never had bad luck like that on single part in building rigs since mid 90's for myself/ family/ friends/ their friends etc etc. I'd tried other new components and tested working older parts to make sure it was the board (and its replacments), it was. The asus board just worked right off the bat and was a dream and I've had very few problems with asus but I'd still not hold them as reliable despite my own experience as like I say failure is part of the cycle of everything, just lower chances on the good stuff but still significant. I'd not steer clear of new msi products despite issues either, apart from gpus that is and that is not reliability based but their crumby chip binning and my particular needs.

about 5 months ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

K10W Re:What they don't tell you (588 comments)

There's a difference between denying the diet of our evolutionary ancestors, and having a problem with the way animals are treated in modern farms. I'm surprised by how often I have to point this out.

It is pretty easy these days, to buy meat from local farms which treat the animals in more humane ways, yet still many of the vegan types say that isn't sufficient that NO animals should be sacrificed, even humanely, for human consumption.

wtf has someone elses dietary choices got to do with you? You know what, I come across more over zealous meat eaters than I do vegans and their bs tires me. Vast majority of vegans (I'm not one) I know don't give a shit what others eat and it is personal ethical choice and they are tolerant of others who don't share their view. Hell 2 of them even cook meat for their kids since they are not old enough to make informed decision.

Over zealous meat eaters banging on about what others eat, leave peoples personal choices the them. As for the local farm comment most I know are opposed on ethical point because creature is "killed" for a purpose they think is avoidable, such friends know killing is still part the chain and your view seems simplistic and childish, obviously there is still unavoidable death in insects killed in farming, transport etc and reducing arguments either side to such black & white simplistic one line arguments gets nowhere.

Jeez it's worse than listening to the ram it down your throat atheists bang on about God, I don't believe in divine creator myself but don't attack everyone of faith much as most of those leave my different belief alone, it's called growing the fuck up.

about 5 months ago
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DNA Project 'to Make UK World Genetic Research Leader'

K10W Re:First steps (65 comments)

There's a big difference between mapping the genomes of cancer patients and developing individualized treatments, akin to the difference between being able to read a novel and being the editor. As it is, we can't even understand most of the human genome, but I suppose this is a step in the right direction.

Bearing in mind Cameron is an oaf I wouldn't be surprised if it was being rolled out for either similar behind the scenes purpose not too far off what you state, or another tory get rich[er] quick scheme. After all a lot of the gov investment and involvement in fair bit of projects has been a shill reasons with high vested interest, shares and so on in such things being the driving force and even willingness to damage the stated aim if it means more money.

about 6 months ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

K10W Re:Good point (418 comments)

I have adblock.

Have you tried to use Youtube without adblock? It's broken - the page looks like garbage, and the video is about the size of a postage stamp.

I really don't know what else I am supposed to do other than completely avoid youtube, which is really hard to do :(

I'd go try that out a gain and experiment what is messing your settings up since I didn't realise youtube had ads until this story. I use adblock plus and it works but make sure you have disable unintrusive ads. Fwiw I use some other things which could affect it like noscript and ghostery. Yeah the latter two are very similar but I use in particular way, such as slashdot is whitelisted in noscript but the trackers are blocked by ghostery.

By whitelisting in either ghostery or noscript and setting selective permissions in the other I effectively have simple way of managing different permissions for same tracker/script etc for different sites for instance blocking Google analytics on most sites but enabling where it is favourable on a select few sites. It also means even whitelisted domains have filtering of some things still.

about 6 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

K10W Re:No. (502 comments)

No doubt that gold plated connectors don't oxidize, but does the oxidation cause real issues with sound quality, in any meaningful measurement? How much oxidation would be required before a noticable degradation in signal would occur?

I really don't know at what point it'd be an issue and personally couldn't even guess. Worst I've seen oxide buildup was NiMH powered old portable units for small setups or backups; line in recorders and portable phantom power supplies for mics. That was just the battery contacts on them not the xlr's sockets, I'd guess because batteries had been used under 20min fresh off the charger so still degassing which speeds up the buildup and done over long time on regular basis. They worked but getting rid of weak points is just good practice I guess and when people depending on the result best not taking chances and it is one less thing to worry about when you need to troubleshoot problems.

Metal migration seems more of the issue though as I'd been warned about that in some stuff but never seen it myself. All the 1/4" jacks and xlr's I've seen have been none GP types so the oxides can't be significant problem in average situations or it'd be more common seeing the GP stuff. Most the places it is used will be for marketing reasons like with silver cable with the skin effect myths. Of course there is some truth to it but it doesn't really affect audio and marketing kind of draws wrong conclusions to sell snakeoil essentially.

about 6 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

K10W Re:No. (502 comments)

Why do you lump Klipsch in with Monster Cables? The founder of Klipsch is renown for debunking many crap claims made by many speaker makers similar to the nonsense claims that Monster makes. Perhaps you mean "No highs. No lows. It's Bose"? K-horns, for example, have always been solid speakers.

exactly what I thought. Don't get me started on bose but klipsch have done a lot of good and fair amount of their good stuff is cheap too.

about 7 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

K10W Re:No. (502 comments)

Only if you use the gold plated cables.

actually they can have their place in studios although I have rarely seen it. Gp terminations makes no difference to signal of course and thickness of some is crap so it wears fast when plugging/unplugging on regular basis. However on the stuff that stays hooked up for long periods it has 2 purposes,first the GP doesn't matter BUT mixing GP and none plated does since mix metals leads to various issues so if the breakout boxes or whatever are GP then so are the terminations. Most studio gear I see doesn't though which leads me to the second, that stuff could do with a squirt of Deoxit every 1 or 2 years. I've seen visible oxide buildup on stuff and it's still worked but good housekeeping dictates you should. Fwiw I don't work in a studio but have done bits with in such environments for friends who do ( 3 of the 4 are elec.engineers so know the score here where as I studied biochem so clearly out of my area although I do bits of audio on hobbyist level at most).

about 7 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

K10W Re:No. (502 comments)

The /. writeup sounds like audiophile wank to me. I would be surprised if this Soundblaster could justify its price in a proper double blind study on real world data (music, games, movies, etc...) vs. the built in audio on your mobo.

That will be because it is audiophile wank. Dedicated cards have their place in some situations I admit the only potential truth in it is used to make totally wrong conclusion. Some boards have bad design with regards to signal path so you may get issues including interference with low impedance headphones (I noticed this on one machine with msi z77a g45) or the integrated doesn't have power to drive higher impedance ones (nor will most cards). Desktop amps exist for that reason or a cheap card like the xonar dgx (with uni drivers not official ones) may fix it as it did for me. The higher end discrete cards are BS along with all the marketing bollocks that go with them and are pretty much the same, any difference in sound comes down to a prefered sound from using different op amps usually.

As for sounding better if it wasn't double blind then placebo makes a hell of a difference and this has been proven many times. What has been found is driving high impedance phones properly can make difference in sound, so equal volume but 100% maxed out on one setup and 50% total volume on the other may actually result in different performance as as SOME devices distort more and have issues operating at highest end such as 95%-100% max output. Also slight volume increases are often percieved as "better" sounding, people will often score THE SAME headphones as higher than what they presume is another pair in blind tests just because they have been slightly turned up.

about 7 months ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

K10W Re:Yay big government! (310 comments)

Government, police, etc will always be corrupt. Always. People are people. The only defense is to give them just barely enough resources to do their job, with no excess or space for overreach. It's all about taxes - taxes are the only practical weapon the common voter has against government overreach, and the Constitution was written with this fundamental truth firmly in mind.

Of course, of all of Congress there are but a handful of congresscritters who actually are for less government spending, and usually the voter's choice is merely between which group of supporters the tax money will go to. That's a cultural problem in the US, and we can't begin to fix it until every call for lower taxes stops being dismissed with "you anarchist and probable racist, why do you want 0 government".

Fixing the problem starts with popular acceptance of the idea that one can say we're sending too much without being some extremist calling for the end of government. Less does not mean none - spread the word!

that wont fix anything, think a little bigger than national boundaries for the proof. Plenty of the worlds police turn to corruption to make a living because they have barely enough resources to do their job. The corruption doesn't stem from resources per se, just the way the corruption manifests changes whether it is on the side taxation/bribes/using resources to acting as a semi pmc or militia for various groups like in some developing countries to common thing in US and Europe of arrests for filling quotas to hit plotical projected figures and thus future funds as well as too much interests in getting fat of privatised prison system, sadly the UK is now going the same way.

about 7 months ago
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MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

K10W Re:Totally clueless (135 comments)

The problem there is they might try start forcing more people in such prisons in order to make money for the government, claim "we are fixing this country" and everyone will cheer.

Do you not have private prisons in the UK? If not, I suppose it's only a matter of time. We have them in the US, and some judges are already rotting in prison for exactly the sort of thing you were imagining. They were sentencing juveniles with petty offenses to long term detention, in exchange for multi-million dollar kickbacks from the private detention facility. When imprisoning people becomes a profitable enterprise, abuse is guaranteed to follow.

Yeah Chris Grayling is indeed pushing DoJ that way, have friends involved in this mess who are leaving careers because of whole fiasco. They are trying to do that to the whole system not just 1 or 2 private prisons and judges here wont get put in such prisons for it since it'll be the system that is bent not just a few backhanders and dodgy practices which the met already specialises in getting away with to fluff arrest records to meet the projected figures the politicians want for that year. Basically everyone but the 1%club get shafted and they wreck our whole justice infrastructure, waste extraordinary sums on converting to a profit system that clearly wont work and can't be changed back once broken. I'm a reasonable guy who respects most but I don't consider tories sentient life nor valuable in any way for a reason

about 7 months ago

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