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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

Kohath Re:She's.. (233 comments)

You really think she's clinically insane?

Explanations more likely than insanity:
- she is non-technical and may be mistaken
- she's lying to sell books
- she's telling the truth
- she said something different and was misquoted or edited in some misleading way, possibly by accident

4 days ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Kohath Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

Also, roads are paid for by fuel taxes. Air travel infrastructure is paid for by ticket taxes. Local streets and local services are paid for by local and state taxes -- usually sales taxes. Only a very tiny percentage of Federal income taxes go for infrastructure.

4 days ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Kohath Re: Time for a revolution (424 comments)

There are a few high-regulation governments that work OK -- in small European countries with relatively homogeneous populations, industrious cultures, and a very long tradition of "professional" government. That's about it though. It only works when everything is perfect. Add or take away anything and it fails -- you get governments that botch their main mission while abusing the public.

5 days ago
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The Man With the Golden Blood

Kohath Re:Tell me why I should care. (75 comments)

It's a story about people. It's not about you. You shouldn't "care". But it's an interesting, well-written story anyway.

5 days ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Kohath Re:One of President Paul's first priorities... (424 comments)

Cynicism is not insightful, even when is it arguably correct.

You can join "the big two", BTW. It's easy. Unless you are a constantly disruptive crank, they are happy for your participation at meetings. They can be reformed -- or at least strongly influenced -- from the inside.

5 days ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Kohath Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

Also in Thailand and Nigeria. All USA's fault somehow. Or maybe Israel's. It depends on which groupthink is currently active.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

Kohath Re:whatchadoin? (201 comments)

Obviously he's building an army of robot football hooligans.

about a week ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Kohath They are elusive (489 comments)

Police are searching for them under an old Ethernet bridge.

about two weeks ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Kohath Re:Big fucking deal. (422 comments)

Exercise delays that. Plus it makes you feel better every day until then.

about two weeks ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Kohath Re:Sugar, HFCS, Caffeine, or Carbonic Acid? (422 comments)

My prime suspect: Random correlation.
My second guess: the study was faulty in some way and can't be reproduced.
My third guess: people who regularly drink sugary sodas are less healthy in general, so measurements of poor health correlate to sugary soda consumption.

about two weeks ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

Kohath Re:Nursing. (342 comments)

Everyone who works and earns a paycheck deserves to be treated well.

about a month ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

Kohath Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

The government shouldn't use force based on the pretense it will somehow make things fair. The answer to injustice caused by happenstance isn't another unnecessary, purposefully-committed injustice. Save government force for use against murderers and rapists rather than calling out the stormtroopers when your Netflix is fuzzy.

It doesn't work anyway. Regulatory capture is common. The regulators end up working hand-in-hand with the people they're supposed to be regulating, big companies and lawyers benefit while the public suffers. Look no further than Uber vs. the taxi companies and their government friends.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Kohath Re:Uhhh (907 comments)

Did that help?

No. Too late.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Kohath Re:Uhhh (907 comments)

Why not? Some people have bad credit because of a divorce or some other one-time event. Why shouldn't they be able to get a car loan? What if they need a presentable car for work -- because they're a real estate agent or a delivery driver?

Despite the whining in the article, these devices give both the car buyer and the lender exactly what each of them wants. The car buyer wants to buy a car that she would otherwise not be able to buy. The lender wants to make a loan that would otherwise be too risky. Add the device, and both problems are solved.

Why did the people in the news story expect their cars to continue working when they weren't making their loan payments? Isn't there somewhere on the continuum of repeatedly making bad choices where we take a short break from endless sympathy and just tell people to grow up and do what an adult might do?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

Kohath Re:Instead of advice, I have a question. (275 comments)

What if a "sucker" has a more enjoyable life than a cynic? What if this is true even if his passion for his work is exploited for "profit"?

about a month and a half ago

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Teenage League of Legends player jailed for months for Facebook joke

Kohath Kohath writes  |  about a year ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Eighteen-year-old Justin Carter of Austin, Texas was arguing with a friend on Facebook about League of Legends back in February. After being called "insane", he responded with "Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts". Below that, he wrote "lol" and "jk". He was arrested March 27, 2013 and has been in jail since that time. A hearing to review his case is scheduled for July 1, 2013. His parents have launched a change.org petition to convince the authorities to release their son."
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DEA locks student in cell with no food, water, toilet for 5 days

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Daniel Chong, a 24-year-old UC San Diego senior from the Los Angeles, CA suburb of Cerritos, was detained in an April 21st search warrant raid on a residence. After questioning, he was told he would be released. He was then placed in a 5-by-10-foot (1.5-by-3-meters) cell without food or water or toilet facilities until 4:42 PM April 25th when he was found hallucinating and near death. He was transported to the hospital by paramedics and has recovered. The DEA said this was accidental and promised to conduct a thorough review."
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Say "Water Prevents Dehydration" in the EU, Go to

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Bottled water producers applied to the EU for the right to claim that “regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration”. The health claim was reviewed by a panel of 21 scientists on behalf of the European Food Standards Authority. The application was denied, and now producers of bottled water are forbidden by law from making the claim. They will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the EU edict."
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Researchers "lost" historical global clima

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "The Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia have produced an analysis of global temperature trends indicating climate warming during the 20th century. Recently, Steve McIntyre from Climate Audit, known for helping discredit the Mann "hockey stick", requested the source data from CRU to validate the CRU's findings. His request was refused on the premise that Mr. McIntyre is not an academic. A subsequent request by Roger Pielke, Jr., professor of environmental studies at UC-Boulder, was refused for a more fundamental reason: the original data is lost. While "climate change" skeptics have jumped on this revelation, professor Pielke is not among their ranks. He laments: "... it is now also impossible to create a new temperature index from scratch. CRU is basically saying, "trust us." So much for settling questions and resolving debates with empirical information (i.e., science)"."
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Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "In today's Washington Post, Spencer H. Kim, father of the late senior CNet editor James Kim suggests that privacy laws were one factor in the inability to rescue Mr. Kim before he died of hypothermia in the Oregon wilderness. Spencer Kim writes:
Four days passed before we even knew James and his family were missing. But because my family was unable to confirm credit card and phone-use information until days after their absence was discovered, the start of the search was needlessly delayed. Precious time and a precious life were lost.
Like all laws, privacy laws have unintended consequences. Spencer Kim suggests these laws be amended to limit those consequences, even though it means less privacy."
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Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "The Democratic leadership in the Senate today sent a letter to Disney President and CEO Robert Iger implicitly threatening ABC's broadcast license if they go ahead with the planned airing of the "Path to 9/11" miniseries. ABC has spent $40 million developing the miniseries, which is set to air Sunday and Monday for the 5th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. The accuracy and truthfulness of this miniseries has been disputed by former Clinton administration officials. But is this kind of censorship really the right answer? And will we ever get to see "The Path to 9/11" miniseries so we can judge the content for ourselves?"

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