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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

MaskedSlacker Re:I wish "you" would drop dead (124 comments)

Bar hoppers? What's wrong with those of us who like to drink at many watering holes?

yesterday
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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

MaskedSlacker Re:Good. (124 comments)

To be fair, the parent is probably some furriner who watched all of the Great John Wayne's movies. He should be praised for this and the ignorance he has acquired should be rewarded. It's the American way.

yesterday
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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

MaskedSlacker Re:If it lets you find guns and drugs easily... (124 comments)

How do those culpable enough to consummate such a transaction afford it after giving all that money to the Nigerian Prince?

If ever there was a moment to say, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it does," this was it.

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

MaskedSlacker Re:Rewarding the bullies... (790 comments)

Necessity would not work. A necessity defense pretty much always requires prevention of immediate harm. Documenting a conspiracy to commit harm does not pass muster.

3 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

MaskedSlacker Re:Rewarding the bullies... (790 comments)

It seems that a reasonable change to the law would be to allow surreptitious recording when there is probable cause to believe that a crime is going to be committed.

While the surveillance state will love this (No need for a warrant, we just need probable cause to BELIEVE), it is a terrible idea. These laws exist for a reason. Weakening the criteria is not the solution. Something along the lines of making it a civil offense might work, but the cut-off should not be changed.

3 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

MaskedSlacker Re:Rewarding the bullies... (790 comments)

Out of curiosity, how many government watch lists do you think you're on now?

3 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

MaskedSlacker Re:Columbine was revenge against rapists (790 comments)

You are the worst expository write I have ever seen, and I teach writing to high school kids with 3rd grade reading levels.

How about instead of making meaningless references to 60 minutes stories none of us have watched, you just tell us what the hell you are talking about.

What is in the report? What "1 bleeding to death sign"? What did the report released by the cops explain? You've answered nothing in your post.

3 days ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

MaskedSlacker Re:reversed "with the stroke of a pen" (312 comments)

Given how wrong you are, your sig is quite apropos.

Several of these programs date to after 2008. The rest Obama would have definitely been briefed on. Congress may not have known, but if you think he didn't you are pulling the wool over your own eyes. Just because you were in the dark doesn't mean he was. Notice how he has never claimed to not have known about what the NSA was doing? He knew because he authorized it. All of it.

These are his programs. Believing anything else is willful self-deception. It might help your cognitive dissonance, but it is ruining the country.

about two weeks ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

MaskedSlacker Re:Is it not obvious? They have dirt on him! (312 comments)

No, you're just easily duped. Obama is, like Bush, a statist who supports the government's "right" to imprison, torture, and kill whoever they want for whatever reason they decide.

about two weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

MaskedSlacker Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (440 comments)

You jest, but, incidentally, in New Mexico a large portion of the poor who would have otherwise received the peanut butter would likely be Native Americans.

about three weeks ago
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Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

MaskedSlacker Re:Just the tip of the iceberg (148 comments)

No, that was not the idea of the invisible hand. It's a nice straw man but it has nothing to do with what Adam Smith wrote.

The invisible hand is just a facile metaphor for how prices are set by supply and demand. Nothing more. It has nothing to do with regulated vs. unregulated markets. Moreover, nowhere in The Wealth of Nations does Smith ever say that the invisible hand will make everything work out for the best.

about three weeks ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

MaskedSlacker Re:interesting... (417 comments)

Just read Winthrop's own history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was pretty clear about it. The Puritans wanted religious freedom for the Puritans and none for anyone else.

about a month ago
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College Board To Rethink the SAT, Partner With Khan Academy

MaskedSlacker Re:Liberal arts professors' worst nightmare (134 comments)

I didn't. I did however assume a correlation between SAT scores and ADMISSIONS rates. I made no assumption about which of those admitted graduated. It's not relevant to my point.

If 50%-70% of HS students take the test (I'm guessing here, but it seems reasonable) and the top 50-70% of those are admitted and somewhere around 50-70% of those graduate my argument that a score from the 80th percentile of SAT takers will be around the middle or lower of scores of college graduates holds.

about a month and a half ago
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College Board To Rethink the SAT, Partner With Khan Academy

MaskedSlacker Re:Liberal arts professors' worst nightmare (134 comments)

Around 25% of Americans complete college. If you score at the 80th percentile on a test that over half of graduating seniors are taking that puts you roughly in the middle quintile of future college graduates.

So yes, mediocre.

A more relevant reply than questioning the definition of mediocre would be to point out that its stupid to care about being mediocre on a test that is only ever used once in your life. On that we would agree. It would be similarly stupid to care about being mediocre at finger-painting or underwater basket weaving. However the fact that its stupid to care about it doesn't change the fact that you'd still be mediocre.

tldr; Middle of the pack of college grads is mediocre but it doesn't really matter for anything so who gives a fuck?

about a month and a half ago
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College Board To Rethink the SAT, Partner With Khan Academy

MaskedSlacker Re:Liberal arts professors' worst nightmare (134 comments)

Depends on when you took it. In the days of the 1600 max score that'd be mediocre even with no sleep. In the days of the 2400 max score it's pitiful even with no sleep.

about a month and a half ago
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Bennett Haselton: Google+ To Gmail Controversy Missing the Point

MaskedSlacker Re:Bennett Haselton? (244 comments)

Those of us who use it for things connected to our real lives?

about 3 months ago
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Court Rules Against Online Anonymity

MaskedSlacker Re:Appropriate Supreme Court Quote (314 comments)

And as soon as I hit submit I remember that the army was segregated. Disregard me. I should not post before sunrise.

about 3 months ago
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Court Rules Against Online Anonymity

MaskedSlacker Re:Appropriate Supreme Court Quote (314 comments)

Checks and balances are federal, and there was no federal segregation. Moreover, the federal constitution was still in the process of being extended to apply to the states in the early 20th. It originally did not apply to the states at all.

TLDR: It wasn't unconstitutional at all until the USSC agreed that the new amendments made it unconstitutional.

about 3 months ago
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First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas

MaskedSlacker Re:Why bother (212 comments)

Dead trees last centuries, epads don't survive the first hard drop.

Hilariously false. Dead trees last, at most, decades, and that's only if they're not used much. Under frequent use they last a few years max. My e-reader on the other hand, under almost daily use in sometimes rather adverse conditions (I've lugged it up mountains in Thailand, down the Mekong, across open ocean in an outrigger canoe, etc), has lasted four years in perfect functioning order. Dead trees would never have survived the abuse I've put my kindle through. The battery doesn't last as long as it used to (I used to be able to read seven to eight novels on a single charge, now I get about one or two novels), but it's long enough to still not matter much.

That some people don't know how to handle electronics is not the electronics fault.

about 3 months ago

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