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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

RoccamOccam Re:November? (148 comments)

You can be sure that it wasn't Democrat-sponsored and opposed by (at least a few) Republicans. Otherwise that would be in the summary.

From the article: "The House, in a voice vote Tuesday, passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, over the objections of some Democrats."

about a month and a half ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

RoccamOccam Talk about your misogyny (590 comments)

I'm looking forward to seeing the new character use her powers to create a miniature hurricane to clean the bathtub. [I kid, I kid]

about a month and a half ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

RoccamOccam Re:Ken Starr is a bad example. (150 comments)

If the commentator needs to personalize it, I would think that Janet Reno, would have been a far better example.

about 1 month ago
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Damian Conway On Perl 6 and the Philosophy of Programming

RoccamOccam Re: (132 comments)

or even Python 2.6 and Python 2.7, they're different langauges.

Hyperbole, much? I don't think that I've had to change any of my thousands and thousands of lines of code to accommodate the move from 2.6 to 2.7 (if I did, it was so minor that I can't remember doing it). Adding features does not make them different languages.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

RoccamOccam Re: Supreme Court did *not* say corps are people . (1330 comments)

You may want to try to derail my thread, but my simple argument that the GP's assertion was completely false still stands. Nothing that you have written refutes that, at all.

about 2 months ago
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Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

RoccamOccam Re:Great (133 comments)

The democrats of the day were the conservatives.

Really? Robert Byrd had been an "Exalted Cyclops" in the Ku Klux Klan, yet still he was a Democrat Senator until his death in 2010. Byrd was a liberal and a great favorite of the Democrats.

Apparently, in 1944, Byrd wrote a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo refusing to join the military because he might have to serve alongside “race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wild.”

about 2 months ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

RoccamOccam Re:Myths are socially hilarious (198 comments)

Ant therein lies the issue. There are Christians out there who would gladly kill me for my lack of belief - and they have verse and scripture to justify that. It's not possible to dent that it has occurred, and still does occasionally (usually gays at this time) But 2 Chronicals 15 tells us of the penalties for nonbelievers.

Not to argue any of your other points, but there are atheists (and atheist societies) that would gladly kill Christians for there belief, and we have their actions and regulations to prove it.

I do know that U.S. Christians, as a group, are among the most charitable and selfless people in the world. [deflectors up]

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

RoccamOccam Re:Supreme Court did *not* say corps are people .. (1330 comments)

Hobby Lobby's owners find it religiously objectionable to provide health care to its female employees that includes birth control.

Completely untrue. Hobby Lobby provides 16 different types of contraception to its employees.

Here's their statement:
"The Green family has no moral objection to the use of 16 of 20 preventive contraceptives required in the mandate, and Hobby Lobby will continue its longstanding practice of covering these preventive contraceptives for its employees. However, the Green family cannot provide or pay for four potentially life-threatening drugs and devices. These drugs include Plan B and Ella, the so-called morning-after pill and the week-after pill. Covering these drugs and devices would violate their deeply held religious belief that life begins at the moment of conception, when an egg is fertilized.

How outrageous!

about 2 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

RoccamOccam Re:Some questions (465 comments)

Exactly. Now you see why she is a *former* CBS investigative reporter.

about 2 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

RoccamOccam Some questions (465 comments)

Sorry to repeat myself, but this was a late post to the first incarnation of this story.

Sharyl Attkisson (investigative reporter formerly with CBS) has posted some questions that should be asked:

  • Please provide a timeline of the crash and documentation covering when it was first discovered and by whom; when, how and by whom it was learned that materials were lost; the official documentation reporting the crash and federal data loss; documentation reflecting all attempts to recover the materials; and the remediation records documenting the fix. This material should include the names of all officials and technicians involved, as well as all internal communications about the matter.
  • Please provide all documents and emails that refer to the crash from the time that it happened through the IRS’ disclosure to Congress Friday that it had occurred.
  • Please provide the documents that show the computer crash and lost data were appropriately reported to the required entities including any contractor servicing the IRS. If the incident was not reported, please explain why.
  • Please provide a list summarizing what other data was irretrievably lost in the computer crash. If the loss involved any personal data, was the loss disclosed to those impacted? If not, why?
  • Please provide documentation reflecting any security analyses done to assess the impact of the crash and lost materials. If such analyses were not performed, why not?
  • Please provide documentation showing the steps taken to recover the material, and the names of all technicians who attempted the recovery.
  • Please explain why redundancies required for federal systems were either not used or were not effective in restoring the lost materials, and provide documentation showing how this shortfall has been remediated.
  • Please provide any documents reflecting an investigation into how the crash resulted in the irretrievable loss of federal data and what factors were found to be responsible for the existence of this situation.
  • I would also ask for those who discovered and reported the crash to testify under oath, as well as any officials who reported the materials as having been irretrievably lost.

about 2 months ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

RoccamOccam Questions to ask (372 comments)

Sharyl Attkisson (investigative reporter formerly with CBS) has posted some questions that should be asked:

  • Please provide a timeline of the crash and documentation covering when it was first discovered and by whom; when, how and by whom it was learned that materials were lost; the official documentation reporting the crash and federal data loss; documentation reflecting all attempts to recover the materials; and the remediation records documenting the fix. This material should include the names of all officials and technicians involved, as well as all internal communications about the matter.
  • Please provide all documents and emails that refer to the crash from the time that it happened through the IRS’ disclosure to Congress Friday that it had occurred.
  • Please provide the documents that show the computer crash and lost data were appropriately reported to the required entities including any contractor servicing the IRS. If the incident was not reported, please explain why.
  • Please provide a list summarizing what other data was irretrievably lost in the computer crash. If the loss involved any personal data, was the loss disclosed to those impacted? If not, why?
  • Please provide documentation reflecting any security analyses done to assess the impact of the crash and lost materials. If such analyses were not performed, why not?
  • Please provide documentation showing the steps taken to recover the material, and the names of all technicians who attempted the recovery.
  • Please explain why redundancies required for federal systems were either not used or were not effective in restoring the lost materials, and provide documentation showing how this shortfall has been remediated.
  • Please provide any documents reflecting an investigation into how the crash resulted in the irretrievable loss of federal data and what factors were found to be responsible for the existence of this situation.
  • I would also ask for those who discovered and reported the crash to testify under oath, as well as any officials who reported the materials as having been irretrievably lost.

about 2 months ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

RoccamOccam Re:Only emails outside of IRS lost ... (372 comments)

From the article: "Camp's office said the missing emails are mainly ones to and from people outside the IRS, "such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices.""

Oh, so that shouldn't be a problem, then. Just request the emails from the White House, etc. I'm sure they won't have any problems digging up their copies. They couldn't also have lost those particular emails, now, could they?

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

RoccamOccam Re:Wow (224 comments)

Interesting to see if that is backed up by actual statistics. I doubt that it is. Pew Research just recently released poll results that argue that Liberals (voters) are less interested in fair compromise. Given their unwavering media support, I'd guess that the sentiment would be shared by their legislators.

When they look at a political system in which little seems to get done, most Americans in the center of the electorate think that Obama and Republican leaders should simply meet each other halfway in addressing the issues facing the nation. Compromise in the Eye of the Beholder More on Political Compromise and Divisive Policy Debates

Consistent liberals and conservatives define ideal political compromise as one in which their side gets more of what it wants

Yet an equitable deal is in the eye of the beholder, as both liberals and conservatives define the optimal political outcome as one in which their side gets more of what it wants. A majority of consistent conservatives (57%) say the ideal agreement between President Obama and congressional Republicans is one in which GOP leaders hold out for more of their goals. Consistent liberals take the opposite view: Their preferred terms (favored by 62%) end up closer to Obama’s position than the GOP’s.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

RoccamOccam Re:Wow (224 comments)

Do not forget that ObamaCare was rammed through without a single Republican vote in the House or Senate.

It's the unfortunate case that Republicans don't generally support Democratic bills.

I'm sure that you meant to say that "It's the unfortunate case that Republicans don't generally support Democratic bills and vice versa." But, either way, that doesn't change any of our preceding arguments, so I'll leave it here.

Witness the recent student loan bill....

This could be the subject of another debate, but not interested, at the moment.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

RoccamOccam Re:Wow (224 comments)

Actually, we would have had a much less expensive plan, but we couldn't get it by the conservatives. It's called single-payer....

You couldn't get it by the conservatives? Which conservatives voted for the current crapfest? Do not forget that ObamaCare was rammed through without a single Republican vote in the House or Senate. Think about that. A complete transformation and takeover of the U.S. Healthcare system and the Democrats rammed it through without a shred of bipartisan support.

I'm sorry that you didn't understand my presentation. Or that you understood it and can't accept it. I've thought about it for a very long time and I'm pretty sure of it.

How about that I understand it, but don't believe it (and the facts and logic back me up).

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

RoccamOccam Re:I'm embarrassed for you (224 comments)

That's because you want that to be true. You probably don't even notice instances where people bring up the same point when idiots say that democrats are so superior.

You could very well be right. However, ever since I first noticed this behavior, I have actively looked for counter-examples. But, as you say, I could be blind to that.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

RoccamOccam Re:I'm embarrassed for you (224 comments)

Both parties are just puppets. The puppeteers may be different different for each one, but that doesn't change what The One Party really is.

After reading Slashdot for many years, I've noticed that whenever the Democrat/Republican argument is cast in favor of the Republicans in a post with unassailable logic, the invariable response is "well, both parties are the same."

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

RoccamOccam Re:Wow (224 comments)

So? You don't think that the Republican Party leaders wouldn't want more self-employed voters? Even ignoring the tendency of the self-employed to vote Republican, your whole line of reasoning is just ... odd. "Oh, no!" say the Republican Party Corporate Masters, "Where will we get our laborers from if [a small fraction of] our employees leave to work for themselves? There are so few people without jobs -- whatever will we do?"

Listen, I'm glad that you've been able to find insurance coverage, but that same result (for you and the others that ObamaCare was supposed to help) could have been achieved with much less legislation and far less government intervention and far more success. But, I'm sure that you know that. You just wanted to take a cheap shot at the Republican Party; but you just didn't really think it through.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

RoccamOccam Re:Wow (224 comments)

That's funny. I found that to incredibly non-insightful. Republicans love the self-employed. Republicans are 50 percent more likely to be self-employed than are Democrats [source: The Hill].

about 2 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

RoccamOccam Re:Amnesty (932 comments)

So you see what happens when the people in control of the land don't control their borders.

about 3 months ago

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VA Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Global Warming FOIA Case

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 4 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Unpublished data and records collected by university scientists is exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled, rejecting a request for former U-Va. professor Michael Mann's (of Hockey Stick fame) unpublished data.

Lawyers for U-Va. turned over about 1,000 documents , but withheld another 12,000 papers and e-mails, saying that work 'of a propriety nature' was exempt under the state’s FOIA law.

About the ruling, David Schnare, attorney for the plaintiff, said '[the Court] accepted U-Va.’s unsubstantiated fears that release of the e-mails would significantly chill intellectual debate and on that basis allowed U-Va. to continue to operate under a veil of secrecy that the citizens may not penetrate.'"
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Rand Paul files suit against Obama over NSA's collection of metadata

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 6 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) is filing a class action lawsuit against President Obama and other members of his administration over the National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata, a practice he believes violates the Fourth Amendment. In a YouTube video released Tuesday, Paul compared the government surveillance to the warrantless searches practiced by the British military prior to American independence."
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Congressman Defends Right to Privacy with New Legislation

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 7 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Should the government be able to read your emails without a warrant? Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ) tackled that question today at the Heritage Foundation’s first annual Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, DC.

'Privacy and transparency are the core of a republic. Today, that is reversed [...] “Mass spying did not protect us from the Boston bombing, the Times Square bombing, etc.'

Salmon is determined to stop the government’s secret snooping by leading the House version of the Electronics Communications Privacy Amendments Act, legislation that specifically targets a 1986 law declaring government had a right to search one’s emails without a warrant. Salmon’s legislation has been able to attract bipartisan support."

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Hunters Use Drones to Track Prey; PETA Uses Drones to Track Hunters

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 8 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "The latest gadget in hunting equipment could make the stalking prey a little less challenging. Drone usage is already infiltrating farming, real estate marketing, sports photography, wildlife research and highway monitoring. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also began selling the "Air Angel" drone to monitor hunters. So while hunters survey animals, PETA will be surveying the hunters."
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Britain's Costliest Mistake?

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 8 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Five years after UK passage of the 2008 Climate Change Act, the chief proponent of the act, Nick Stern, has responded to "A Review of the Stern Review". The "Stern Review" was a massive economic assessment that helped convince Parliament that climate mitigation measures would be worth the cost.

The result was quite possibly the most expensive legislation ever passed by Parliament. However, it appears that Stern’s analysis may have been deeply flawed."

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Security hole found in Obamacare website

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 10 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "The Obamacare website has more than annoying bugs. A cybersecurity expert found a way to access users' accounts.

Until the Department of Health fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset a user's Healthcare.gov password without their knowledge and potentially hijack the account.

The glitch was discovered last week by Ben Simo, a software tester in Arizona. Simo found that gaining access to people's accounts was frighteningly simple."

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Treasury says debt stuck at $16,699,396,000,000.00 - for 70 straight days!

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  1 year,28 days

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "As reported by CNSNews.com, according to the Daily Treasury Statement for July 26, which the U.S. Treasury released this afternoon, the U.S. federal debt has been stuck at exactly $16,699,396,000,000.00 for 70 straight days.

That is approximately $25 million below the legal limit of $16,699,421,095,673.60 that Congress has imposed on the debt."
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Study finds fracking chemicals didn't pollute water

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site.

After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water."
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Confirmed: CBS News Investigative Reporter Computer Compromised

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Shortly after the news broke that the Department of Justice had been secretly monitoring the phones and email accounts of Associated Press and Fox News reporters (and the parents of Fox News Correspondent James Rosen), CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson said her computer seemed like it had been compromised. Turns out, it was.

'A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts. While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.'"

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Pew Study: MSNBC barely shows any news coverage

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year and a half ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "MSNBC's opinionated programming far outweighs its “factual reporting,” according to a new Pew study. While Fox News, too, had more opinionated programming, the network had a much smaller discrepancy between opinion and straight reporting."
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Senate Democrats Sequester Replacement Bill Adds Billions to Deficit

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "White House-backed legislation in the Senate to replace $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts would raise the deficit through the end of the budget year by tens of billions of dollars, officials said late Wednesday as the two parties maneuvered for public support on economic issues.

So, as pointed out on townhall.com, 'their "deficit reduction" plan entails defense cuts, new tax hikes, and adding to the deficit. No wonder these guys have avoided committing a budget to paper for the last four years.'"

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Illegal online registration by Obama campaign in NC

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year and a half ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "North Carolina's Civitas Institute has revealed that the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the Obama campaign conspired to register at least 11,000 people via the internet in violation of state law.

The technology from Allpoint Voter Services uses remote-control pens to transmit “signatures” over the Internet, according to techpresident.com[iii]. After entering voter information in an online form, the citizen “signs” it with a stylus or a finger. The Allpoint technology records the signature and then transmits it to one of two autopens – one in California, the other in Nevada. One of the pens transcribes the signature on to a paper voter registration form. Allpoint then mails the documents to local election boards."

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XDev, XMOS-based Arduino competitor, addresses several issues

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 2 years ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "XDev is an XMOS-based competitor to the Arduino that addresses many of the frustrations of the "shield" style of hardware development.

The developer has an interesting solution that is based upon the powerful and flexible XMOS embedded processor. Although, I'm not associated in any way with the project, I'd like to see it funded, as I find the XMOS technology to be quite interesting."

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