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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Mr. Slippery Re:FDR said it eighty years ago (399 comments)

[FDR said it eighty years ago ] "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"

Well, that and federal troops coming to lock you in concentration camps and steal your home. But only if you're of Japanese ancestry, so, no worries my fellow white folks!

1 hour ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Mr. Slippery Re:Habeas corpus (399 comments)

Do you know how many courts have ruled it self-defense to react to the police with lethal force if they try to arrest you wrongfully? In America we have dozens of these cases at state and federal levels

Can you cite one from the 20th century? I've only seen 19th century cases on this. Thanks.

1 hour ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Mr. Slippery Re:Reports are still too sketchy (399 comments)

What it does reveal is the attitude of the local reporters who appear to be somewhat supportive or at the very least neutral to the police action.

Maryland's Eastern Shore is an island (well, a peninsula) of old-fashioned ignorance.

If the author of a Tea Party manifesto were treated this way, local reporters would be up in arms. But here the author is a black man.

8 hours ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Mr. Slippery Re:Free speech but not trade (224 comments)

I find it interesting how everyone emphasizes freedom of speech yet freedom to trade is heavily restricted but is not considered a basic human right.

Because it's not. Trade exists only where property exists. Property exists only where a state exists -- "ownership" is exactly and only the ability to call on state force to maintain your control of something. Trace any claim of "property" back and you find a state-issued piece of paper, a land or resource deed.

Used properly, property and trade are ways that we help protect basic human rights. They are not rights in themselves. Our neglect of that principle is at the root of many of the world's problems today.

8 hours ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Mr. Slippery *not* a low fat diet (411 comments)

"The low-fat group included more grains, cereals and starches in their diet. They reduced their total fat intake to less than 30 percent of their daily calories, which is in line with the federal governmentâ(TM)s dietary guidelines."

This is not a low-fat diet. The 30% recommendation was an incredibly tepid compromise: the standard American diet is around 35% fat. So this its along the lines of telling peoople "Oh, you smoke 35 cigarettes a week? Try to keep it to 30."

For comparison, the Ornish plan is around 10% calories from fat.

So this study compared a high-fat, high-sugar diet (no restrictions on an America's sugar intake == high sugar) with a higher-fat, no-sugar diet. The usual crap research that people tout as showing low-carb diets useful.

13 hours ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Mr. Slippery Re:customer-centric (406 comments)

...if the Chinese government wants records for an American citizen's account at Bank of America, then America will have no reason to protest since BofA has offices in China, and the principle of extra-territorial subpoenas has been established. If Microsoft loses this case, it will be a terrible precedent, and a victory for oppressive governments all around the world.

So don't do business with banks that have offices in other countries. Move your business to your local credit union. Demonstrating that big banks can be legally required to divulge your data to governments in any country where they operate sounds like a way to break banks' power a bit, and thus a win for humanity.

yesterday
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Mr. Slippery Re:customer-centric (406 comments)

There is a reason there is *intellectual* property law.

No. There is not. There is copyright law, there is patent law, there is trademark law. None of these relate to "property". Calling them "intellectual property" is inaccurate, an attempt to obfuscate.

yesterday
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Mr. Slippery Re:Baby steps (283 comments)

It's rather disingenuous to criticize them for not getting all the way to 100% in one fell swoop.

No it's not, not when they themselves are talking about getting to 100% in one swell foop, about building cars with no steering or brake controls.

3 days ago
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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

Mr. Slippery Re:Comfortable, were we? (112 comments)

Bwahaha you slackjawed imbecile, you realise you've just described the actual outcomes of everything marxist?

Bwa-ha-ha you slack-jawed imbecile, you realize there are more possible ways to structure an economy than capitalist so-called "free markets", and Marxism-degraded-into-Stalinism-or-Maoism, right?

On maybe, like most Americans brought up on a century of Red Scares, you don't.

4 days ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Mr. Slippery Re:Gender imbalance is self selected (573 comments)

The argument is that a concerted push to end sexism *just for women* is itself sexist.

Yes, it is. But for any given instance of sexism against women, some making a push to end it will be motivated only to end sexism against women, and some will be motivated to end all sexism. Thus one cannot determine merely from participation in, or advocacy for, a specific attempt to end an instance of misogynist sexism, whether one is merely misandrist or is truly in favor of equality.

4 days ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Mr. Slippery Re:Gender imbalance is self selected (573 comments)

How many women fly fish? Not many. Guess how much sexism there is keeping women from fly fishing? Zero.

You post about how it's important to provide evidence for a hypothesis, then spit out a hypothesis about sexism with zero evidence for it. That's so remarkably thick-headed I have to think that maybe you're engaged in some sort of meta-troll? If not, then let me point out that a minute with the search engine of your choice can help prevent you saying stupid things:

Angling and Sexism

SEXISM in FISHING ADVERTISING, SHOWS & MAGAZINES

Wanton Sexism in Fly Fishing (What is Going On?)

Bait Shop Sexism

4 days ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Mr. Slippery Re:why the focus on gender balance? (573 comments)

Why not let women do what they want instead of trying to force them in to places that aren't necessarily their thing?

I see no "force" here. I see no objectification here. You are using hotbutton keywords that have no relevance.

If a certain group of people don't feel invited to your thing, it's entirely appropriate to re-write your invitation. If your infrastructure isn't supportive of a certain demographic, it's entirely appropriate to remediate that.

OTOH, if (at TFA suggests) you've got a demographic that's socialized to avoid conflict, and you've got a project that inherently involves conflict between different POV, you've got a problem.

4 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Mr. Slippery Re:My opinion on the matter. (811 comments)

According to the market...

...which is a completely irrelevant way to measure quality of tech. The success or failure of a company has more to do with its ability to manipulate markets than with the quality of its products. MS got its market dominance by making a deal with IBM, not by creating a great product. Apple got its market dominance by cultivating an image, not by creating a great product.

about a week ago
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Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

Mr. Slippery Re:Jeff, the trip you've been waiting for is ON SA (83 comments)

I really don't understand why people hate targeted ads so much. Sure they might miss the mark.

I care about the covert surveillance which enables targeted ads.

I care about powerful corporate and political interests attempting to manipulate my decisions. That's nothing less than mind control, black magic.

The ads themselves? Adblock Plus removes them from my sight anyway.

about two weeks ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

Mr. Slippery Re:NOT CONFIDENTIAL!! YAY!! (231 comments)

You do realize that settlements are basically private contracts right?

There is no such thing as a "private contract". A contract, by nature, is an agreement that the state will enforce. State actions are not private. If two people make an agreement and will never disclose that agreement to anyone else under any circumstances, then a court will never see it, and it is in no meaningful way a contract.

Of course that only goes double when one of the parties is a government agency. Nothing a government agency does is private.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Mr. Slippery Re: Sigh (745 comments)

But I shouldn't be forced to hire them or make them my friends.

No one is forcing you to make anyone your friend.

Commerce, on the other hand, by its nature involves the state. (At least beyond the trivial. Your lemonade stand generally flies under the radar here.)

If you want the state to issue a charter for your corporation or register your partnership, if you want to call the cops to use force against people your want removed from your place of business, if you want the government to enforce your business contracts, if you want to engage in interstate commerce and use the economic infrastructure that the state has created, you don't get to complain that the state is interfering with your "private choices" when it requires that your business not be racist, sexist, etc.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Mr. Slippery Re:Long overdue (745 comments)

1. Censorship only applies to governments.

No. It doesn't. "censor...To review in order to remove objectionable content from correspondence or public media, either by legal criteria or with discretionary powers".

Please stop spreading the mis-definition that claims that private interests with control over information flow cannot engage in censorship.

A website or a store deciding that they do to carry a product is not.

If they decide "we won't carry this because our customers won't buy this", it's not censorship. If they decide "we won't carry this because we object to it", it is censorship.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Mr. Slippery Re:Sigh (745 comments)

I sure as fuck chose my lifestyle, thanks. Three bad engagements to women, and I made up my mind to date men after that.

Sounds like you're a bisexual person who made a choice to date only men. Ok, fine. Congratulations, even. But most of us could no more choose which gender to date, and to be sexually attracted to, than we could choose which sort of music we like.

about two weeks ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

Mr. Slippery Re:Accuse me a being materialistic whore but... (136 comments)

I would go nuts if a "buy it now" button popped up while reading fiction, but this is a newspaper article.

When newspaper articles are written so as to be conducive to advertizing, they are fiction of the worst sort.

about two weeks ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Mr. Slippery stop Javascript abuse! (294 comments)

Is it possible to write code for the browser without using jQuery?

Yes, dammit, it is. 90% of Javascript use is Javascript abuse, and 90% of legitimate Javascript use doesn't need a fscking bloated framework. Stop it already, anyone with a clue is running some sort of script blocker and your page just isn't important enough to make them choose to open holes in it for you.

Now get off my lawn.

about three weeks ago

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CentOS back on track

Mr. Slippery Mr. Slippery writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mr. Slippery writes "Following up on the previous story about CentOS: according to the CentOS web site, "The CentOS Development team had a routine meeting today with Lance Davis in attendance. During the meeting a majority of issues were resolved immediately and a working agreement was reached with deadlines for remaining unresolved issues. There should be no impact to any CentOS users going forward. The CentOS project is now in control of the CentOS.org and CentOS.info domains and owns all trademarks, materials, and artwork in the CentOS distributions.""
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How we used to vote

Mr. Slippery Mr. Slippery writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mr. Slippery writes "Think hanging chads, illegal purges of the voter rolls, and insecure voting machines were bad? The New Yorker gives a look at how we used to vote back in the good old days: "A man carrying a musket rushed at him. Another threw a brick, knocking him off his feet. George Kyle picked himself up and ran. He never did cast his vote. Nor did his brother, who died of his wounds. The Democratic candidate for Congress, William Harrison, lost to the American Party's Henry Winter Davis. Three months later, when the House of Representatives convened hearings into the election, whose result Harrison contested, Davis's victory was upheld on the ground that any 'man of ordinary courage' could have made his way to the polls." Now I feel like a wuss for complaining about the lack of a voter-verified paper trail."
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Gandalf is the new Number Two

Mr. Slippery Mr. Slippery writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mr. Slippery writes "According to Variety , "AMC and ITV will remake Patrick McGoohan's cult TV show `The Prisoner' as a six-part mini with Ian McKellen as Number Two and Jim Caviezel as Number Six." There's been talk about remake of The Prisoner for a long time, we'll see if this gets further than past efforts; certainly Sir McKellen's attachment to the project is a reason to hope it won't completely blow chunks."
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WSU LUG Nerds to auction themselves to women

Mr. Slippery Mr. Slippery writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mr. Slippery writes "Associated Press reports that Washington State University's LUG is planning to hold a "nerd auction". According to LUG president Ben Ford,"You can buy a nerd and he'll fix your computer, help you with stats homework, or if you're really adventurous, take you to dinner!" To promote the LUG (and comp sci in general) to women, the plan is that a handful of LUG members will get makeovers from a sorority. "The girls get to have their way with them and we'll document each makeover. We'll make a snazzy video and show it over dinner. After the dinner, we'll auction off the now studly nerds.""
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