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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Shortguy881 Re:Not necessarily (348 comments)

Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean the sky isn't falling. Take off your rosy colored glasses and see the country for the police state it has become.

2 hours ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Shortguy881 Re:"Accidentally" (402 comments)

Video records that go away after x days and are not reviewed unless a complaint is filed. Problem solved.

4 days ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

Shortguy881 Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (248 comments)

Whether or not you agree with the initial finding of United States v. Reynolds, do you not remember this incident where blatant clerical error added someone to the no-fly list and it was denied up and down. When asked repeatedly why Rahinah Ibrahim was on a no fly list, the resounding answer was "its classified" when in actuality it was do to human error.

http://tech.slashdot.org/story...

4 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Shortguy881 Re:Send in the drones! (831 comments)

There is a very definitive split of Ukrainians that like Russia and those that don't, hence the civil war that is occurring.

4 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Shortguy881 Re:The US slides back to the caves (523 comments)

Yes and if you read further you would have got my point:

The seven-continent model is usually taught in China, India, parts of Western Europe and most English-speaking countries, including Australia and England
The six-continent combined-Eurasia model is preferred by the geographic community[citation needed], Russia, Eastern Europe, and Japan.
The six-continent combined-America model is used in Spanish-speaking countries and in some parts of Europe including Greece (equivalent 5 inhabited continents model – i.e. excluding Antarctica – still also found in texts)

So, we can conclude that China, India, Parts of Western Europe, the USA, Australia, England, Canada, South America and Everything south of the US in North America don't use a Eurasia model. Russia, Eastern Europe, and Japan do.

My math is a bit fuzzy but that first list seems longer to me. Hence, most people do not include Russia as part of Europe.

5 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Shortguy881 Re:People like you... (620 comments)

Ok point by point:

1) There are two possibilities here. Have no review of the film and delete records after X days unless there is an incident, in which case they are pulled and saved for court. This would cause the more stupid laws to be revisited and overturned as unenforceable.

2) Again, no permanent records

3) All other federal employees do not have the right to use lethal force. That should be the deciding factor. If they can kill someone on the job, they should have a camera.

4) "It is better that ten guilty men go free than that one innocent man be convicted." - William Blackstone

5) The point is to make them behave differently. They are civil servants and are accountable to the people. Without something like this in place, and this has been shown over and over again, they are accountable to practically no one. I, also, imagine the opposite would be true of employee retention. Only officers looking to subvert the law would leave the force.

5 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Shortguy881 Re:The US slides back to the caves (523 comments)

Depends on where you are from. Most places teach Europe and Asia as separate continents (Russia being part of Asia), however, teachings in Russia and East Europe lean toward the Eurasia model, combining all of Europe and Asia. So one would assume, most people think Russia is part of Asia.

5 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Shortguy881 Re:What's so American (525 comments)

Capitalism and Communism are philosophical, economic ideas. To think either one is fucking anyone over is absurd.

People fuck over other people, in any system. The main difference therein is capitalism is a free and open economy and communism is one controlled entirely by the state.

about a week ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Shortguy881 Re:Ecch (508 comments)

As a non-programmer, your points hold no weight here.

about a week ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Shortguy881 Re:Applaude (152 comments)

Your first point on science is idiotic. One of those things is overwhelming support of a scientific theory, which in turn may be proven wrong, and the other is overwhelming support for the science of genetic engineering as a whole. But don't let that stand in the way of your soap box.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Shortguy881 Re: Bricking or Tracking? (299 comments)

Actually that is an error. Because most people don't know what something means, doesn't make their assumed definition of a word correct. Its still wrong.

More over, for words where plebeians muddy the definition, context becomes extremely important. So even if you hold to the idea that anarchism, through common usage, has a more common meaning, your context of a philosophical debate holds you to the strict philosophical definition.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Shortguy881 Re:Tough guy geeks... (382 comments)

Yeah this article is a troll.

However, troll comments are a good thing. They offer different points of view, fight political correctness, and are even amusing at times. They are way better than the "I have no mod points, but if I did I'd mod you up" comments that add nothing to a discussion.

about two weeks ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

Shortguy881 Re:in other words (194 comments)

"I'm entitled to it because it exists" is not a valid answer and shows you put zero thought into your stance. Not only is that not even remotely sustainable, but that type of philosophical argument is why our society is in the shitter. Internet exists, so Im entitled to that as well. Cell phones exists so I'm entitled to one of those too. There are people who think that way.

Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are our basic rights, inalienable rights. This goes well beyond just the US Constitution and into the "Age of Enlightenment" and is the work of several well known philosophers. These rights are things that no man can take away from you or deny you from having. This does not constitute tangible things and to think so is pure ignorance. These are things like speaking ones mind, writing and reading what you want, living your life your way without infringing on others free will. This, of course, is all based on egoism or social contract theory.

Even if we look at this from a utilitarianism point of view, in so much as society as a whole is better if it shares healthcare among all its citizens, you run into larger problems. This is only better for a society were everyone is contributing to society. If someone isn't contributing, they should then be removed. Why waist resources on the non-producers? This is arguably much worse than social contract theory.

And before you burst in with its better for utilitarianism if we keep everyone alive, that's an unarguable point that bypasses reality. Healthcare is a limited resource and must be distributed as such. That being the case, a utilitarian society would need to pick someone to not receive treatment, so that others can.

As for the rest of your dribble on insurance, that had nothing to do with my initial question.

about two weeks ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

Shortguy881 Re:in other words (194 comments)

How about instead of asking us to justify why healthcare isn't a basic human right, why don't you explain your reasoning behind it being a basic human right?

I'd really like to hear a justification for thinking you are entitled to healthcare. I've heard ample people throw out that claim, but none of them have ever made a compelling argument as to why it is a basic human right.

about three weeks ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

Shortguy881 Re:It's tinfoil time! (232 comments)

Unfortunately, that's no solution. Outright rebellion will only hasten the demise of our liberties. What would the NSA love more than a conflict at home to tighten their grip on every citizen? The phrase "home grown terrorism" will start to become prolific and the ignorant masses will gladly hand over more freedoms to stop this new threat.

As of now, we only have political options.

about three weeks ago
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Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Shortguy881 Re:Obvious (151 comments)

Lol, they meant chip size getting smaller not the human interface.

about three weeks ago
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UCSD To Test Safety of Spinal Stem Cell Injection

Shortguy881 Re: Worst that could happen? (43 comments)

You are comparing outright fraud with medical research. Just FYI, they are not the same thing.

about three weeks ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

Shortguy881 Re:It's tinfoil time! (232 comments)

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

about three weeks ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

Shortguy881 Re:It's tinfoil time! (232 comments)

Hmm let me try:

People are listening to all our internet traffic - Cisco router back doors
All our online searches and emails are filtered for "illegal content" - Google turns over suspicious emails to government officials
Our cell phones record all our conversations - all cell companies have huge data stores of every phone call made for at least the last decade
Toll cameras track our movements by license plate - Shown to be true via the state of new york
Our cell phones are used to track our location - Federal government has put out several notices to local law enforcement to deny such claims
Facebook turns over all personal data to law enforcement - These reports are just scarily detailed
Our cars monitor our movements - onstar
The government is building a huge database of potential troublemakers, "terrorists," and including all their friends and relatives on that same list by association - NSA
Facial recognition is monitoring our every movement through controlled areas - see this article

I must be f*ing nuts

about three weeks ago

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