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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Lord Kano This was the intent. (421 comments)

People need to understand that when law enforcement invokes the images of drug traffickers, money launderers and international criminals to demonstrate a "need" for new powers, those people aren't really the targets.

Regular, every day, citizens are who they want to go after.

Remember how they sold the USAPATRIOT act as an anti-terrorism measure? Remember how they sold CALEA as a tool to enforce the laws?

Law enforcement powers are intended to be abused, that's why they're always so broad and with no oversight.

LK

3 days ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

Lord Kano So they should fork. (126 comments)

Call the Ubuntu specific version PwnCloud...

Thank you, I'll be here all week.

LK

4 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Lord Kano Re:good (331 comments)

Obviously getting stabbed or strangled is just as bad as getting shot, but before somebody can stab or strangle you, they need to get up close first, and you can only get close to one person at the time.

Most of the people out there shooting people aren't exactly what you'd call marksmen. They're still getting pretty close most of the time.

And if that person happens to be bigger and stronger, there's no guarantee that it will even work. With a gun, against an unarmed opponent, it's a lot easier and quicker, even if the opponent is bigger and stronger.

That's precisely why guns are important. A 90 pound woman is not going to be able to fight off a 250 pound man with her bare hands. She'll be able to do it with a pistol.

LK

about a week ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Lord Kano Re:good (331 comments)

I read the same idea elsewhere earlier today, Ebola is not wildly contagious like the flu, using it as a biological weapon is about as practical as plastic guns.

They don't need to spread the disease, they only need to spread the fear. In other words...terror.

LK

about a week ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Lord Kano Re:good (331 comments)

Or even more specifically, having an item that was too easy to turn into a gun without a license.

LK

about a week ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Lord Kano Re:good (331 comments)

Even if it comes to pass that metal 3D printers become cheap enough for people to start whipping up high quality guns at home, people will still be willing to pay for new and innovative products.

I suspect that you do not have much personal contact with the American gun culture. I am deeply immersed in it. I see guys selling their Third generation Glocks to buy Fourth generation versions of the same model.

Despite the fact that the 1911 is old and proven technology that nearly any manufacture can copy, people are will willing to pay more money for a Kimber because they make a really high end product.

If you're going to argue that eventually 3D printing will be able to produce pieces that are identical to those that can be made by high end manufacturers, how can any law be enforced against them? Once they're out of the printer, there's no way to tell where it came from.

LK

about a week ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Lord Kano Re:gun laws (331 comments)

You cannot possibly understand the US murder rate without looking at race and guns.

How do you explain the fact that Japanese-Americans have a lower homicide rate than Japanese in Japan?

LK

about a week ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Lord Kano Re: May I suggest (331 comments)

Not a bad idea. Mosin Nagants are still cheap, plentiful and there's still a bunch of ammo available.

LK

about two weeks ago
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Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

Lord Kano Fuck Kickstarter (75 comments)

I'm never giving money to anything that is funded via that method.

LK

about two weeks ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

Lord Kano It's cool but of limited utility. (130 comments)

In 2011, I couldn't reach my sister for over an hour after an earthquake. It would have been awesome if I could have just checked her page.

LK

about two weeks ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Lord Kano Re:Why..... (259 comments)

No. They're not lying. They are telling the truth. They structure their business models to make sure that the money is earned in the least taxable manner.

It's common sense. A for-profit corporation exists to maximize shareholder value within the confines of the law. To do anything less is a breach of fiduciary responsibilities.

LK

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Lord Kano Re:HAZMAT Theater Coming To The Airport Nearest Yo (478 comments)

social conservatism isn't going to survive the next 3 decades.

Prognosticators have been predicting the end of social conservatism for 50 years.

You will not live to see our end.

LK.

about three weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Lord Kano Re:HAZMAT Theater Coming To The Airport Nearest Yo (478 comments)

There's a simple way of dealing with that. Don't be a racist nut job. Have actual valid reasons for your positions and keep the outrage to a reasonable level.

Coming from a person of color, far too often accusations of racism are used to silence legitimate dissent and debate.

Having valid reason and articulable concerns will not be enough to protect anyone from charges of racism.

We shouldn't be allowing anyone to enter this country if they have been to a country with an outbreak of any hemorrhagic disease in the past 90 days. For now, that means certain west African nations. The people in Zambia are every bit as black as the ones in Liberia and THEY aren't letting Liberians in.

Obama himself isn't a lefty, he's a moderate right politician. It's just the racism that blinds so many right wing nutjobs to what Obama is actually doing.

Depends on your politics. If you're an anti-war lefty, there's not much difference between Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush or Reagan.
If you're a small government righty, again, Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Reagan aren't much different.

Me, I'm a fiscal moderate and a social conservative. There are lightyears between Obama and Bush, from my perspective.

LK

about three weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Lord Kano Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

That's the kind of nonsense that happens when you let Windows devs write Linux apps.

LK

about a month ago
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Kano Ships 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits

Lord Kano Hmmmm... (53 comments)

To buy or not to buy.

That is the question...

LK

about a month ago
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OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 Released

Lord Kano I was all about Mandrake/Mandriva for years but... (30 comments)

I'm long gone. I went to Ubuntu back in 2009, primarily because there was an easy way to install TDE and Mandriva didn't have an option.

On some level, I'm happy for them but I don't think they'll be able to reclaim many of the users they lost to Mageia and Ubuntu.

LK

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Lord Kano Trinity (184 comments)

I still prefer KDE 3.5.

It has less of a PlaySkool feel to it than what came later.

I'll give the new stuff a try eventually but I have no compelling reason to change yet.

LK

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Lord Kano Voluntary vs compulsary. (324 comments)

Netflix should seriously consider abandoning Canada. Or even, just take a week off and refund all of their customers 1/4 of their monthly payment.

People will call their elected representatives if they lose access to something they want.

LK

about a month ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Lord Kano Kudos California (275 comments)

Because of my political leanings, I tend to assume the worst about our friends in California but this is fantastic. Hopefully it catches on elsewhere.

LK

about a month and a half ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Lord Kano Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

The victim is never at fault.
That being said, there's an important question to ask.

Why is is that the other women present that night were not attacked?

Is it because they traveled in pairs? Is it because they never left their drinks unattended?

It's often something like the person or one of their friends realizes that the world crashing down on them, so they get the fuck out of there ASAP and wake up the next morning having no idea how they got home.

Yeah, about that. That's a symptom of acute alcohol intoxication too. As far as I know, I have never been date raped but in my younger days, there were many nights that I don't remember how I got home.

LK

about 2 months ago

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Lord Kano Lord Kano writes  |  more than 8 years ago

This journal entry is for metamoderators.

I hold some political beliefs that are unpopular. For several years, there has been a campaign to destroy my karma because of them. Approximately once per week, someone gets mod points and goes back and mods down my posts. I'm not saying that every one of my posts is brilliantly insightful or informative. I am not above occasionally being flippant or stooping to the level of a troll, but many of my on-topic posts are moderated as off topic and many serious discussions are moderated as trolls.

If you see such an example, please metamoderate it as unfair.

Thank you.

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George W Bush!

Lord Kano Lord Kano writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I couldn't be happier about the presidential election. GWB is the winner. With one supreme court justice in poor health and several others who are well past the average life expectance for Americans, it couldn't be more important to have him in the White House and a Republican majority in congress.

We can get a clear majority on the supreme court. We can get Roe V. Wade reversed and let the states decide for themselves on the issue of abortion.

It's going to be at least 4 more years before anyone tries to ban any guns.

We can breathe a breath of fresh air because the issues that are important to us are on the table.

The thing I like best about President Bush is that he's our Bill Clinton. No matter how much the other side hates him, it only makes them look worse. I was a dedicated Clinton hater. I even bought a bottle of wine that I'm saving until the day he dies. Now I can be as smug as the democrats were on Nov 3 1996.

Talk about a mandate to lead.

LK

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