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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Rigel47 Don't be terrified... (516 comments)

And get a blackberry Q10.. it can run all Android apps, has great battery life, unparalleled security, and you can be smug around your apple fanboi hipster friends who no longer know what a bbery is.

yesterday
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Rigel47 Re:Customer service? (877 comments)

Rules (and blind adherence) multiply in the absence of common sense.

3 days ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

Rigel47 BlackBerry... (100 comments)

and yet /. folk cheer on the demise of BlackBerry.. the one phone that has a near flawless security record.

and yes, full disclosure, I own a z10. I also find it to be the best smart phone I've ever owned with battery life that my android friends can only dream about.

3 days ago
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The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

Rigel47 If they didn't have oil.. (125 comments)

and weren't willing to play ball our way we'd decry them as a murderous regime.

4 days ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Rigel47 Re:Hardly surprising.. (291 comments)

Social Security? No, but that doesn't take away from my children anyways except that the money is being stolen now so that my children will end up paying my benefits... but I have no chance to affect the theft.

Huh? No politician out there would dream of touching social security or medicare with a ten foot pole. Heck, we don't even have the most basic means testing. The senior voting bloc is too powerful. And yet.. everyone knows that these entitlements will not.. CAN not exist in their current form for the next generation. So, in short, the seniors are voting themselves some pork taken off the plates of the working generation.

If you need another example look at unions. They bribe / strong-arm / do whatever it takes to get preposterous sweetheart deals made with politicians that are based on pie-in-the-sky investment strategies. Just look at CALPERS and others.

When someone tries to point out that these agreements will bankrupt the municipality they fight tooth and nail to keep their loot even when it means cutting back on schools and everything else that benefits the upcoming generation.

about two weeks ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Rigel47 The White House isn't stupid.. (272 comments)

They know that above all the oil must flow. Without the oil that came from the fracking boom oil would probably be at $150/barrel or higher. Without flowing oil the economy suffers (many past recessions were precipitated by high oil prices), the common man starts to get irritated at higher food prices, less disposable income.. for those that had disposable income to start with. The house of cards starts to sway even more.

Cheap oil is the real bread and circus that keeps the masses subdued. Some dead whales and dolphins isn't even a consideration.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Rigel47 Hardly surprising.. (291 comments)

People will vote themselves entitlements at the expense of future generations. It's the fatal flaw of democracy.

I'm not sure it matters much anyways. Barring a total miracle like Rossi's unicorn reactor it seems we've already passed the point of no return. If you haven't had kids -- don't. As painful as that sounds.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Rigel47 Damaging blow for US tech companies (749 comments)

No self-respecting foreign firm with any sort of confidential info is going to do any business with any US cloud or services provider. Throw in the FISA secret rubber stamp machine and who knows what other data siphoning is in place and you may as well just mail copies of everything to any three-letter agency and, most likely, their MIC bedfellows.

America's standing slips by the day. Thank you MIC and the myopic zealots that are part of das Home Security apparatus.

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Rigel47 Re:We need (278 comments)

Instead, what we ended up with was someone who was very well wise to how to work out all the loopholes.

What? Obama worked out all the loopholes to enable spying? Please! That's suggesting he actually gave enough of a rat's ass about the Constitution to worry about side-stepping it. No need, just have a quasi-legal court apparatus working in secret that approves everything that gets near it.

Then, when the annoying asses^H^H^H^H^H public makes a fuss about this egregious violation of our nation's founding document you do what a duplicitous, double-speaking, consummate politician does.. say something like "Look - I know there are concerns about finding the right balance between our civil liberties and our security and frankly I share them. I am appointing a special secret committee of NSA folks to review all this and report their findings to me. Now fuck off^H^H^H^H I want to assure you that your concerns are heard loud and clear. God bless America."

about three weeks ago
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Fixing Faulty Genes On the Cheap

Rigel47 Re:How long before... (105 comments)

You have a good command of biology. My fundamental objection is with this statement:

Loss of vitamin C manufacture could well have to do with the development of some other pathway that was more important at the time, and may well continue to be more important today.

What if there was a co-occurring mutation that was, at that time, more advantageous than the loss of vitamin C production? What if the loss of vitamin C production happened to a population living in an area with abundant ascorbic acid in their food? Maybe they killed off their less-lucky neighbours? The notion that something is because it's got to be optimal is false. There's a lot of flexibility to life even within a species.

It may be true that we've some advantage by not producing this vital anti-oxidant. I just rather doubt it.

about a month ago
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Fixing Faulty Genes On the Cheap

Rigel47 Re:How long before... (105 comments)

The error in your statement is that you believe evolution only accumulates the good and never the bad. Why is there a whole raft of genetic diseases in the human population now? Shouldn't they have been "selected out" a long time ago?

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Rigel47 Cops and firefighters are only ever heros (534 comments)

...in Massachusetts. Seriously, no joke. After the marathon bombings there was an unending outpouring of adulation for the "first respondahs." You'd think they had, at enormous losses, turned back the Taliban from invading Cambridge and raping the childrens. Not, in actuality, shut down the entire city while they raced around with giant hardons in a largely bungled effort to locate a bleeding, unarmed boy hiding in someone's boat in their back yard (whom the homeowner found and frankly should have clubbed to death on the spot). In the process of arresting this unarmed miscreant they unleashed a barrage of fire on the boat very nearly killing the kid in the process.

Meanwhile folks are still running around with their "Boston Strong" shirts on in one of the lamest displays of self-congratulatory faux heroism that I've ever seen .

The cops and firefighters are milking it with giant billboards touting some BS about being "on the home team", trying to get people to donate to some police fund. It's pathetic.

This 501(c)3 nonsense is just further evidence of their warped perspective of what it is "to protect and serve."

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Rigel47 Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

It amazes me that you subscribe to the idea that a local desktop hard drive crash wiped out all email for a high-ranking IRS official... and that the IRS is essentially shrugging at any notion of ineptitude. Clearly you know fuck all about tech.

about a month ago
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How Secret Partners Expand NSA's Surveillance Dragnet

Rigel47 Why, New Zealand, WHY? (63 comments)

I've been to NZ.. it's a wonderful place. Beautiful, raw, remarkable in all of its unique features. It's also pretty fucking empty with more sheep than people. There isn't a threat within 5,000 miles unless Australia turns Taliban. The worst thing they need to look out for is Chinese fishing poachers emptying their seas.

In all seriousness, please, kiwis, tell me why you have a //spy agency//?! Enjoy the wonderful land you live in and leave the stupids to the rest of the world.

about a month ago
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Google To Take On Apple's CarPlay

Rigel47 Um, clue? (126 comments)

> "We'll obviously learn details soon enough, but for now, we are left to wonder whether it'll be Apple or Google that ends up owning the automotive market." Or BlackBerry who currently is the dominant player?

Ford switches to QNX.

about a month and a half ago
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Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

Rigel47 Typical of old folks (284 comments)

You see it time and again.. that dickbag uncle who wants to get in touch now that the final curtain is drawing near.. ruthless, monopolistic Gates now discovering that being #1 doesn't really mean much at the end of the day and often makes for a shitty person. I don't have much sympathy in either case. He had a lifetime to think about what kind of person he wanted to be. Sure, it's nice that he's parting with some of his ill-gotten gains but he probably did more damage to technical innovation than any other person alive.

about a month and a half ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

Rigel47 Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

Seriously.. I always used to think of Kingston as being a solid brand. In one stupid move they are now classified as ripoff scam artist criminal evil scum.

about a month and a half ago
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Man Arrested For Parodying Mayor On Twitter Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

Rigel47 Re:Shut up and take my money (163 comments)

The real question is where the fuck are the indictments? This is *criminal* behavior and yet the taxpayer is going to shoulder "justice." Until cops and elected officials get put in cuffs when they break the law this sort of BS will continue to happen.

about a month and a half ago
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Man Arrested For Parodying Mayor On Twitter Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

Rigel47 Re:Shut up and take my money (163 comments)

Wow.. so adding IL to FL on my "do not visit" list due to their infantile and corrupt police.

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Rigel47 Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

Ah yes, great relativistic argument. That's what union defenders always resort to "but-but-but the mega corps are even worse!" Pathetic. And when cities finally roll over into bankruptcy the police and fire unions fight like wounded bears to keep their bloated, egregious pensions -- even when it means cutting the existing police force.

about a month and a half ago

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