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Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?

Phillibuster likely vs guaranteed (219 comments)

So public disclosure of the terms is "likely to lead this to go immediately into the public debate on an ill-informed basis", and yet aren't secret terms and meetings guaranteed to result in ill-informed debate? If the agreement were truly in the public interest, then it sounds like Groser is saying is that the public is too stupid to be persuaded to support the agreement via educational campaigns. The reality is that these agreements are trying to achieve aims that are in the interests of corporations and other mega-donors, not further the interest of the people, and that's what they don't want known.

about 3 months ago

Daylight Saving Time ...

Phillibuster DST (310 comments)

I'd be fine if we got rid of DST but kept everyone 'sprung forward' an hour. I'm a night owl so any daylight earlier than 8:00 am is wasted on me.

about a year ago

You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

Phillibuster Re:All I Have To Say Is (437 comments)

Since I own the car, I own everything in the car

Unfortunately, what you don't own is Congress.

1 year,7 days

Free Speech For Computers?

Phillibuster Let's wait (228 comments)

Let's wait for this discussion until a computer has something interesting to say.

more than 2 years ago

Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

Phillibuster Re:If you enjoy your job, then why not? (948 comments)

if I won the powerball tomorrow, I doubt I'd even go back in to collect the few personal things I keep at my desk.

Maybe you need to look into getting a different job.

I was thinking about this type of response, commonly given when someone says they don't love their job, when I was reading another article where 'college grads with degree in X can't find work'. There the common advice was "maybe you should have gotten a degree in something more practical."

about 3 years ago

Setting the various household clocks ...

Phillibuster Missing Option: (344 comments)

"Why bother? They'll be correct again in a few months."

more than 3 years ago

Law Enforcement Still Wants Mandatory ISP Log Retention

Phillibuster Like copyright (226 comments)

once they have 18 months they'll say it's not long enough and they need 36 months. Rinse and repeat until logs are retained for the lifetime of the customer plus 70 years.

more than 3 years ago

BSOD Issues On Deepwater Horizon

Phillibuster Re:Egregious (383 comments)

BP, to its credit, has accepted responsibility even though its almost certainly not to blame.

Just like the companies whose foreign factories run sweatshops and use child labor aren't to blame? If it's BP's well, they have a responsibility to ensure the other companies they hire operate in a responsible fashion, even it it entails having a full time BP employee stay on the rig to inspect and monitor what's going on.

more than 4 years ago

French Company Offers Kidnapping Vacations

Phillibuster The perfect gift (43 comments)

Buy one for all your friends!

more than 4 years ago

UK Gov't Launches 'Your Freedom' Website To Seek Laws Worth Repealing

Phillibuster Re:Too late for "innocent until proven guilty" (332 comments)

Since when is gun registration violating innocent until proven guilty?
Is it the same way as driver and vehicle licensing violates it?
That is... not at all?

Driving is a privilege that can be revoked, registration to allow the authorities to verify that you're still worthy of the privilege makes sense. Gun ownership is a right. The only benefit of registration is so that police can identify suspects if a particular type of weapon is used in a crime. There's your presumption of guilt.

more than 4 years ago

Telcos Waking Up To the Value of Your Location

Phillibuster Re:Why stop at location? (178 comments)

why turn off the microphone just because you aren't making a call? Just continuously record everything in the vicinity

They'd never do that, because then they'd have to upgrade their networks... ;)

more than 4 years ago

Proposed Law Would Require ID To Buy Prepaid Phones

Phillibuster Re:Throw me a bone. (615 comments)

Ok. This new "law" would simply create a new black market for thieves. Increasing their profit streams. Now instead of a walmart tracphone. you buy a "clean" prepaid phone from vito that is registered to a 14 year old cheerleader in the hamptons. Honestly, are out lawmakers simply a bunch of retarded old idiots? Did they not think of this?

Whether it's a smart thing to do or not has nothing to do with it. They just want a 10 second soundbyte to look 'tough on crime' during the next election, or for opponents to say incumbents are 'soft on crime' if the incumbent is intelligent enough to vote against it.

more than 4 years ago

A delicious steak should be ...

Phillibuster Re:irrational (763 comments)

We look at beastiality taboos as protecting animals... some of whom we will wind up killing and eating. This doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

It makes perfect sense to me - I want to be sure that someone guy's hot dog hasn't been in my hot dog.

more than 4 years ago

James Cameron On How Avatar Technology Could Keep Actors Young

Phillibuster Re:"ethical line" schmethical line (404 comments)

I'm pretty certain that this technology will be used to REPLACE extras by the 000's within 10 years, and prima donna actors within 25 years.

And then the tabloid industry will file lawsuits to try and stop the loss of celebrities for their weekly rags, and the MPAA will be complaining about using lawsuits to support a dying business model.

about 5 years ago

Farmville, Social Gaming, and Addiction

Phillibuster Re:Remember the privacy policy? (251 comments)

I think it's more accurate to say 1 in 5 accounts have Farmville. I know people who have created several dummy accounts to help their 'friend' quoata. This also benefits Facebook by inflating their user count - how many of the 350 'users' are distinct people?

more than 5 years ago

Judge Rules Against RealDVD

Phillibuster Re:Purchase AnyDVD HD before it's illegal (407 comments)

Slysoft update's the ripping program at least once every two weeks, so you know many bugs are being worked out with ripping DVDs and BD disks

I'd be careful with the updates. With the history of so many 'upgrades' reducing functionality, I wouldn't be surprised if one day the update is going to disable the ability to copy DVDs.

more than 5 years ago

"Smash Your Hard Drive" To Fight Identity Theft

Phillibuster Re:I find a Magnet Works (527 comments)

but the fact that no one cares about your identity OR your porn collection

If that's true, why is there malware out there to steal it?

about 6 years ago

Repairing Genetic Mutations With Lasers?

Phillibuster Repairing vs. reversing (65 comments)

I think 'reversing' would be a better word than 'repairing'. Not every mutation is harmful (though I'm sure a vast majority aren't beneficial).

more than 6 years ago


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