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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Libertarian_Geek Re:Really? (125 comments)

Ditto. That bitch is still around. Maybe the FTC is losing hard-drives too.

about a week ago

The debate over climate change is..

Libertarian_Geek Re:n/t (278 comments)

The science is undebatable. Politicians and idiots are the only ones debating, but I guess that is redundant.

Please tell me that your being intentionally ironic with: "the science is undebatable".

Here are some more:
The math is incalculable.
The geometry is unmeasurable.
The philosophy is unfathomable.

The point at which any scientific study, especially one concerning complex systems with so many variables, is deemed "undebatable" by the masses is the point that politics have beat that area of study into submission and is a sad day indeed.

This is the point where replies (in subtext) compare me to holocost deniers by jumping to a conclusion and claiming that I'm a "climate change denier" for pointing out that science is not science without debate.

about a week ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

Libertarian_Geek Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (435 comments)

How about stop trying to place restrictions on things just because they could be abused. We're supposed to be 'the land of the free,' for fuck's sake. This is just embarrassing.

Some of us have been saying this type of thing for a large portion of our lives.

about a week ago

Shrinking Waves May Save Antarctic Sea Ice

Libertarian_Geek Name-calling isn't science (298 comments)

Call the other side "deniers" to associate them with holocaust deniers. Surely, that will trigger some useful dialog without triggering a defensive posture.

about 2 months ago

Why Snowden Did Right

Libertarian_Geek Re:The Roman Empire? (348 comments)

Snowden would be a hero in my mind if he'd stopped at just revealing the illegal spying the NSA was doing on US citizens, but he went farther than that. He revealed a lot of the things the NSA does to spy on foreign powers. That is their job and I expect them to do it, and I do not expect a citizen of the US to reveal our sources and methods of intelligence gathering. I don't think he's an evil person but I do think he went too far.

4 Items in play.
The leak
The value (to protecting the US and the state of our constitutional/democratic republic) of the leak.
The cost (to protecting the US and the state of our constitutional/democratic republic) of the leak.
The effort and time to redact or to personally edit the material to improve the value or at least reduce the cost.

The value seems to be so much greater than the cost, I'm not sure if the effort that you suggest is warranted.

about 2 months ago

Why Snowden Did Right

Libertarian_Geek Re:Almost... (348 comments)

If you're saying that we have neither capitalism nor democracy, then I agree.

Now what are we going to do about it?

about 2 months ago

Why Snowden Did Right

Libertarian_Geek Almost... (348 comments)

From TFA:"Nowadays, 'Our military listeners have invaded the centre of an evolving net, where conscriptable digital superbrains gather intelligence on the human race for purposes of bagatelle and capitalism."

It's not capitalism if the government has its hooks in every aspect of trade and communications.

about 2 months ago

Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

Libertarian_Geek Re:How is she relevant (255 comments)

I have an idea... let's just make her Ambassador to Lybia and station her in Benghazi for a few years. If she does OK there, we'll see what difference it makes and if it improves her public image.

about 2 months ago

White House Pressures Legislators Into Gutting USA FREEDOM Act

Libertarian_Geek The Surveillance Singularity (284 comments)

I predict the "Surveillance Singularity" is near.

That will happen when the party in office reaches the capability to completely manipulate opponents, the media and citizens through intel gained via NSA surveillance tools like PRISM. At that point, the last party shift will occur at the presidency, then congress and the supreme court will align to whichever party holds that office.

Sad times are ahead if we cannot change this road before us.

about 2 months ago

Para Bellum Labs Will Attempt To Make the RNC a Political-Analytics Player

Libertarian_Geek Re:Parabellum (212 comments)

Hmmm. What message are they giving here? Parabellum, n Definition: a type of semiautomatic pistol or machine-gun; also called Luger, also written parabellum Etymology: Latin 'for war'

Wow... where to start...
Semi-auto machine gun. Semi-auto is one shot per trigger pull. Machine guns are capable of full-auto fire. Semi-autos are not.

No, Parabellum isn't a pistol of any sort. There's a pistol cartridge (9x19, 9mm Luger) that's also known as 9mm Parabellum. It's extremely common around the world.
Yes, parabellum is Latin. But the word pre-dated its use in ammunition. Obviously.
"bellum" is latin for war.
Antebellum (as in after the war) and Parabellum (as in "with" or "in a war").

The connections that you so poorly tried to establish are as bad as the guys that are trying to say that because the Nazi's used 9mm Parabellum in WWII, that this is a link between the GOP and Nazis. Either way, it's just bad politics when people try to make up any type of a connection imaginable to discredit the other team.
Before you try and guess, no, I'm not a fan of the GOP. I'm also not a fan of people adding mud to the murky waters of political debate.
Now, can't we drop the silly little kids games and the forget the my-team vs your-team while real issues get discussed?

about 5 months ago

US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

Libertarian_Geek Re:Whitehouse petition (535 comments)

...Because the president has never decided to ignore legally passed congressional legislation before?

about 6 months ago

US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

Libertarian_Geek 3 Important attributes of law... easy to confuse (535 comments)

3 Important attributes of a law that lawmakers want you to confuse:

Its facade (what they want you to think it does).
Its goal (what they wanted it to do).
Its consequences (what it actually does).

Evaluate for all 3, determine their deltas and vote accordingly.

about 6 months ago

Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

Libertarian_Geek Re: Get Ready (383 comments)

To be fair, I think the guy should be removed from office. The problem as I see it is that Congress demands that every appointee be removed if they make any mistake, no matter how minor or (as in this case) serious. Meanwhile, some appointees can never get approved under any circumstances.

Given that environment, I can see why Obama won't fire the guy. There's a chance Obama would not get a replacement confirmed by the end of his term.

The whole process, and most everyone involved in it, sucks all around.

God forbid that the parties compromise to find a non-partisan appointee.

about 6 months ago

Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

Libertarian_Geek Re:Get Ready (383 comments)

Dunno about CP but Paul Broun is my congress critter and he's currently giving away an AK-15 to promote gun rights. I entered the drawing. Not that I particularly want it, but I'd rather I have it where I know I can stick it in a gun safe than have someone else in my neighborhood have it.

Typical Authoritarian who self-labels as "Liberal".

"I can have it, but you can't be trusted with it" mentality is evident in your post.
Reference to an "AK-15": shows a lack of understanding the facts by inadvertently combining the AR-15 and AK-47 names into one.
Sounds like the California politician who says things like "30 Clip Magazines"

about 6 months ago

Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

Libertarian_Geek Re:"News for nerds??" (934 comments)

Not to mention even the term "gun control" is biased and is based on the false premise that prohibiting possession prevents crime.

No one promotes "pen control" measures to prevent accounting fraud.
No one promotes "spoon control" measures to combat obesity.
No one promotes "penis control" measures to prevent rape.

It's the same with the term "gun violence"

We don't have "pen fraud", "spoon calories", or "penis rape".

I agree, it's a technology issue and has strong parallels to other issues like rights to privacy, encryption, 3D printers, intellectual property and science. For those who don't see these parallels, then maybe you're not fully digesting the content that you're taking in from Slashdot.

about 7 months ago

Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

Libertarian_Geek Re:hold it (934 comments)

Hold the phone here: The constitution says that we have the right to own and possess guns, yet makes no mention of the right to sell them. I'm actually 100% positive what Chicago did here was not illegal

That's akin to saying that the constitution allows for free speech, but not for the pre-requisite air.

about 7 months ago

Battlefield 4 Banned In China

Libertarian_Geek Almost fooled me... (380 comments)

The voracious supporters of democracy and freedom in the West are more radical and virulent than 20th century International Communists when it comes to spreading their ideology. China has every right to to be concerned, especially when bringing "democracy" and "freedom" to the rest of the world means bombing campaigns, land invasions, and subservience to Western central banks.

Wow, for a brief moment there, I thought that you weren't condoning censorship. Good use of the halo-effect/devil-effect in making the East's censorship look justified by calling out the West's evils. Uncensored corruption is of course bad, but censorship doesn't suddenly make the censors' intentions or methods a good thing. Let me simplify: Censorship = still bad.

about 7 months ago

Tech Leaders Push Back Against Obama's Efforts To Divert Discussion From NSA

Libertarian_Geek Re:He's the President. (312 comments)

He did not hijack your meeting. It was always his. Get over yourself.

It's not his government. It never was his. It belongs to the citizens. The man that you're defending has gone against the constitution and the will of the people. Get over yourself. Bush and Obama have made a mockery of the constitution. Both parties are trampling our rights and everyone seems to overlook their own party's evils while they're ready to attack the other with pitchforks and torches.

about 7 months ago



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