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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

NeutronCowboy Re:Hope the muslims win then. (329 comments)

There are a few of them that grew up exactly like that. They show little difference with the rest of the politicians. Why? Because if they got to their position, anyone can, and those who don't become part of the 1% are clearly just lazy moochers.

Being poor in the US is either a temporary embarrassment or proof of being a bad person. It's quite amazing how alive Calvinism is in the US.

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

NeutronCowboy Re:Capable, sure (329 comments)

Great! That means that Al-Qaeda is not about Islam and instead is just about some base for some people, right? The fact that they constantly talk about Islam, Mohammed, and infidels is just a coincidence.

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

NeutronCowboy Re:Yep, the government _is_ the terrorist ! (329 comments)

It's called an election. Not my fault that you can't convince enough people to vote for people who'll rewrite the Constitution.

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

NeutronCowboy Re:Scientists are human beings too (227 comments)

No. If you want Truth, Philosophy is down the hall. Science is about collecting data, creating models of the world around us, and testing the models for usefulness and accuracy.

about two weeks ago
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Gmail Reportedly Has Been Blocked In China

NeutronCowboy Re:Cutting off your nose to spite your face ... (145 comments)

How is GMail necessary to the growth of the middle class? There's 1.3 billion people who can pick from any other email provider. Compared to creating an OS from scratch, creating and running an email service is trivial.

about a month ago
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Gmail Reportedly Has Been Blocked In China

NeutronCowboy Re:What... (145 comments)

The bigger concern is that you may not be able to reach any users of the very popular (and state-supported) Chinese services. If you can't do business with people in China through Gmail (and corporate GMail is a significant portion of GMail), you will switch to a provider who does. Or Google figures out a workaround.

In other words, it's a real concern, but not one I would lose a tremendous amount of sleep over. I'd much rather worry about Chinese hackers absconding with my data than about the Great Firewall blocking my GMail.

about a month ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

NeutronCowboy Re:the problem with stealth technology (279 comments)

Wrong. You said it yourself: radar technology is so sensitive that they have to dial it down, otherwise they're swamped by false positives. If a giant bomb-dropping machine traveling at Mach 2 can pretend to be a sparrow flying over some forest, it's already a win. So it's a huge positive when fighting someone even with that kind of technology. When fighting someone whose AA system is a guy holding an AK-47, it is 100% useless. Until we get to active camouflage.

about a month ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

NeutronCowboy Re:Hope they win this case. (484 comments)

Is that why the US almost leads the developed world in gun ownership, and blows it away in incarceration rates and gun deaths?

about a month ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

NeutronCowboy Re:Land of the free (580 comments)

And it is still far, far more common than in any other western countries that do have strong gun control laws.

about a month ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

NeutronCowboy Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (611 comments)

Interesting. Just as a heads-up, HOAs are not all the same, and they're certainly not mandated by the state. They're mandated by developers, who love them due to the fact that they give them the ability to control the look of the development while they're still selling lots, all the while providing them with a lowered financial risk. In that sense, they're definitely not a normal free-association community: you want to buy that house, you join the HOA. Kinda like a union for rich people. Furthermore, they frequently end up being controlled by the people with the most free time: house wives whose kids have left the nest. And that leads to some ugly, ugly rules and enforcements.

about a month ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

NeutronCowboy Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (611 comments)

What I always find fascinating is that the biggest libertarians invariably live in areas with very strong and expensive HOAs - if not outright gated communities.

Here's the thing: you don't live in your own universe. Where your activities impact and intersect with others, you need to come to agreements on how to behave with those others. Zoning laws are just one way to codify those agreements.

about a month ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

NeutronCowboy Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1051 comments)

Our reasoning is that the vacine is highly likely to actually cause a case of Chicken Pox, while it does not provide an actual immunity worth the term.

What? ahref=http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/vaccination.htmlrel=url2html-1107http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/...> 98% immunity is pretty fucking good. From the same link: "However, the risk of getting shingles from vaccine-strain VZV after chickenpox vaccination is much lower than getting shingles after natural infection with wild-type VZV. " As far as I can tell, you're wrong on pretty much all counts.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

NeutronCowboy Re:No (1051 comments)

The government, with a fund funded by vaccine makers.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

NeutronCowboy Re:No (1051 comments)

If what you do with your body starts to affect my body, you better believe that I'll request a say in what you do with your body.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

NeutronCowboy Re:Knowledge is the solution (1051 comments)

A democratic government isn't something separate from the population. The population gives legitimacy to the government through regular election. If you don't like the government, take it up with the population that elected it.

That said, this isn't even a case of tyranny of the majority. This is a case of the population codifying rules that are designed to prevent a few asshats from irreversibly harming many individuals and taxing society at large.

To put it in terms you understand: people got together and decided of their own accord that unvaccinated people present a massive and unwarranted risk to them, and they're setting up rules how the people who don't want to get vaccinated can interact with them. Furthermore, your personal freedoms end when they negatively impact my well-being.

about a month and a half ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

NeutronCowboy Re:Another "taking" by the California government.. (178 comments)

Wow, new laws are being passed that impact people in new ways! Stop the presses, there's tyranny afoot!

Let me ask you this: why should everyone else subsidize building owners by footing the clean-up for their collapsed building?

about a month and a half ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

NeutronCowboy Re:the mysterious "us" (178 comments)

Buildings don't decide anything, building owners do. The problem is that without building codes, building owners are incentivized to not make buildings earthquake safe: no one short of a civil engineer doing a tear-down analysis can figure out on their own if a building is earthquake-safe, which means that no one does, and everyone rolls the dice. Since earthquakes are rare, it's quite possible that the original builder will never be exposed to the results of shoddy building practices. However, it is guaranteed that someone will be. So we have a situation where the risk analysis is very difficult if not mandated ahead of time, the event is rare for a particular individual but guaranteed for a population, and the cost up-front for an individual is fairly large. The rational calculation for each individual builder is to not make it earthquake safe, and just claim it is ok. This shifts cost from individual builders onto the population at large.

Building codes are essentially the general population saying to individual builders "we made our risk-benefit analysis, and we're not going to subsidize you."

about a month and a half ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

NeutronCowboy Re:the mysterious "us" (178 comments)

Shocking: building owners are supposed to pay others to maintain their buildings. What's the current world coming to? Wealthy owners should be able to have their work done for free, so that they can keep more of their hard-earned money.

The reason that the discussion isn't framed more to be about the safety of citizens is because it's assumed that people understand to have buildings not collapse in an earthquake is a generally good thing for everyone. Do you really have to have a discussion about how not having buildings collapse onto people inside them is a good thing or a bad thing? We even have some pretty good numbers of the costs associated with earthquakes, as they happen frequently enough in plenty of developed and undeveloped areas.

about a month and a half ago

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FTC looking into charging Google with Antitrust suit

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "From the yahoo story:
"The majority of top decision-makers at the Federal Trade Commission believe that an antitrust case should be brought against Google Inc, meaning the search giant could soon be headed into tough negotiations, three people familiar with the matter said.

Four of the FTC commissioners have become convinced after more than a year of investigation that Google illegally used its dominance of the search market to hurt its rivals, while one commissioner is skeptical, the sources said.""

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Blizzard might have to refund purchases of D3 in Korea

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "From Gamasutra: "The Korean government is investigating allegations that Diablo III developer Blizzard Entertainment is violating the country's commercial laws by refusing to offer refunds on its latest game."
It will be interesting to see how Blizzard will approach this, and whether this will force a chance in the rest of the world as well. If you can get refunds for a D3 license, can you resell it? This might stop the current trend of making games unsellable and unrefundable."

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Verizon blocking Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "Verizon Wireless is blocking Google from including Google Wallet in its flagship smartphone, the Nexus Galaxy S. This is likely tied to Verizon's own efforts in the area, called Isis.

Verizon Wireless, which is controlled by New York-based Verizon Communications along with Britain's Vodafone Group, said in a statement sent to Bloomberg News that it barred Google Wallet "for the best security and user experience."

The open question is whether Google is just prevented from including Google Wallet in the phone sold by Verizon stores, or whether it will simply not work on the Verizon network."
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Couple raises virtual child.. and starves real one

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "According to CNN.com, a South Korean couple was arrested for allowing their baby to starve to death while they were out at an internet cafe. One of their activities there: raising a virtual child in the online game "Prius Online." While a South Korean professor calls it a case of Internet Addiction, it's probably more a case of bad coping mechanisms: they were jobless and had apparently little to look forward to."
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Creationists take advantage of GW skepticism

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "According to a NY Times article, Creationists in a few states like Louisiana and Kentucky are taking advantage of an increase in skepticism towards the science of Global Climate Change to promote their own brand of skepticism towards the science of Evolution. It's partly a legal strategy to counter the argument that they're focusing on evolution vs creationism, and therefore breaking down the separation of church and state. But it's also a PR strategy that ties itself to the increasing distrust in the US towards climate science. It looks like "teaching the controversy" is going to become more common in the near future."
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