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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

OrugTor Re:There can be no defense of this. (184 comments)

The motivation for the policy is clear enough: lawyers represent criminals and come into contact with the criminal underclass, journalists follow criminals and on occasion may gain personal access to criminals not available to others. Yes, there can be no defence of this, but the reason is that lawyers and journalists must be granted better protection, not worse, from law/intelligence agencies if they are to be effective in roles that society currently deems to be valuable. Their vulnerability in this regard should be cause for careful handling, not capricious targeting.

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

OrugTor Re:Missing Option (551 comments)

If the option were there you couldn't vote it because it's none of our business how you vote.

about three weeks ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

OrugTor Re:Ooh..."unease" (1007 comments)

The difference is that people at a fantasy convention recognize and understand fantasy.

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

OrugTor Re:Completely appropriate venue (1007 comments)

"cogent counter-arguments" are useless against people whose mental illness centers on the rejection of reason.

about a month ago
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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

OrugTor Re:Am I the only one .. (71 comments)

Yes.

about a month ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

OrugTor Re:OK (268 comments)

4x4? Pfft. The Hauptmann 201-XT Weldmeister fires a specialty 5.21 round that can stop an SUV by melting the engine block. The weapon is banned in 122 countries.

about 2 months ago
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On Independence for Scotland:

OrugTor Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (192 comments)

"Scottish people", "destiny", "independence". Quaint notions that assume that inhabitants of an artificial polity with diverse ethnic and cultural origins are in fact a separate species ffrom the rest of us. The balkanization of otherwise stable polities is hardly the route to the unification of humanity. At best, it is jingoistic tribalism. At worst, it is self-destructive jingoistic tribalism.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

OrugTor Re: I never thought I'd say this... (353 comments)

Thank you for such a beautifully articulate piece. I happen to agree with the sentiments, but regardless of that, your literacy makes me think there is hope for slashdot.

about 2 months ago
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Mushroom-Like Deep Sea Organism May Be New Branch of Life

OrugTor taxonomy (64 comments)

This is a reminder that the current taxonomy should be retired and replaced with a DNA-driven scheme. This will happen when the US goes metric and FEMA sends blankets to Hades.

about 3 months ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

OrugTor Yea deserts (246 comments)

I genuinely love deserts you insensitive clod. But thanks anyway for voting deserts.

about 3 months ago
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The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

OrugTor lol (124 comments)

f!

about 5 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

OrugTor Re:danger will robinson (688 comments)

Well put. The whole point of Common Core is to generate understanding. The poster above is typical of the reaction we have seen in Arizona. Parents, like the general population, are not too bright and tend to be reactionary about things they think they know. Common Core has been renamed to facilitate acceptance but is encountering steep resistance from parents and politicians. Getting kids to think critically about everything is anathema to the would-be theocracies of the Southwest. tl;dr AZ parents are scared little people, AZ pols are Luddite religiotards. Common Core doomed.

about 6 months ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

OrugTor Maybe in the distant future (364 comments)

Can't happen in our town. The traffic department has made such a balls-up of the traffic lights that nothing is synchronized. You will not even find two adjacent lights synchronized to the speed limit. Besides, when you see the light half-a-mile ahead turn red you know how fast to go to hit the green. Do people adjust? No,. they just keep going at 5 to 10 mph above the limit, hit the red and sit there.

about 8 months ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

OrugTor Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (667 comments)

The court was wrong. The constitution and the Founders are quite clear about it - the government does not sponsor religion. It does not sponsor a specific religion, true enough. But neither does it sponsor ALL religions, nor any religion. And no, atheists are not happy with it. The ideal, as intended by the Founders, is that a government body does not perform a religious ritual of any kind at its meeting. Allowing a different religious ritual each meeting doesn't cut it. It's interesting how some state pols and courts imagine that making a prayer non-denominational somehow makes it non-religious. A prayer is a prayer is religious. How is that so hard to understand?

about 8 months ago
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25% of Charter Schools Owe Their Soul To the Walmart Store

OrugTor You nailed it (233 comments)

You've done a great job covering the major criticisms of charter schools. The Arizona charter school system exemplifies all of the problems, and more. The 'more' is the faith element. Many charter schools are religious and while the Catholics and Mormons (big in this state) are supportive of science teaching there are others teaching faith instead of facts. I accept that parents must be allowed to make education choices for their offspring, however execrable, but it should never be on the public dime. Another aspect that may be the tip of an iceberg is the corruption engendered by the absence of accountability. Some charter schools here get their supplies from a corporation run by the school's owners' cronies such that they pay over the top prices. Again, the taxpayer is footing part of the bill. To me, the most disturbing element is the lack of accountability. Once accountability is removed mostly bad things happen, true in any context but worse in any profit center masquerading as a public benefit.

about 9 months ago
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Major Internet Censorship Bill Passes In Turkey

OrugTor offtopic (104 comments)

I am so sick of you fucktards destroying slashdot with your absurd witchhunt. Every fucking comment section has been vandalized by Betatards. Do you really think Dice gives a rat's arse about a bunch of hysterical whiners screaming as loud as thay can in every comment section? Do you really think that if you spew enough mindless vitriol then Dice will meekly give up and cave in? I hope they shove Beta up your fat arses so you'll abandon the site and we get our comment sections back.

about 10 months ago
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Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

OrugTor I salute you (204 comments)

My Vaio is 10+ years old and never a problem. Granted, it's an outlier especially wrt the hard drive but still...

about 10 months ago
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Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

OrugTor Trial (441 comments)

The headline says it all. Why on earth would a whistleblower be placed on trial?

about 10 months ago
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British Spies To Be Allowed To Break Speed Limit

OrugTor Re:Sirens? (278 comments)

Incorrect. It varies by state. New Jersey has a "keep right except to pass" law, Arizona does not.

about 10 months ago

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