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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Sqr(twg) Re:No, they wouldn't (1321 comments)

If you want to see it on a small scale, well ask yourself why the US has been unable to secure Afghanistan or Iraq. They had considerably more forces than your silly "1 aircraft carrier" scenario, it was hardly the whole population fighting, yet after years and years, they have been unable to secure the countries.

Afghanistan and Iraq actually prove my point. A fraction of the US armed forces was able to install a new government in each country in very short time. Since then, the fact that the insurgents have weapons leads to a lot of suffering on both sides, but it does not threaten the power of the US-backed government.

There are quite a few examples of unarmed civilian uprisings that have lead to a change in government, but I can't think of a single armed civilian uprising that has overturned a government with an air force.

10 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Sqr(twg) Re:It's crap (1321 comments)

The whole point is for the citizens to be able to form a militia in order to defend themselves from their own government.

That might have been the case in 1791, when the strenght of an armed force was roughly proportional to the number of men with guns it had.

Today, if you would pit every civilian gun-owner in the US, with all their weapons, against the forces of a single aircraft carrier (one thenth of the aircraft carriers that the US government controls), the civilians would lose. Hellfire missiles beat automatic rifles every time.

If you want the second amendment to imply that the people can defeat the government by force, then you either have to massively reduce of the government-controlled armed forces, or allow civilians to own cruise missiles.

yesterday
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

Sqr(twg) Re:WTF? (277 comments)

The point here is that you cannot test a single password. You must test, say three, at a time. (So you'd have to try all combinations of 18 characters in this case.)

The downside of the method is that after a server reboot you will have to wait for three trusted people to log in before you can authenticate any of them (unless you also have a weaker system to use for the first few logins.)

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Sqr(twg) Re:nope! (496 comments)

With a second camera aimed at your face, the display could be made to work exactly like a mirror, i.e. the view changes when your head moves. The driver-facing camera will be in place anyway to detect if the driver falls asleep.

Though more likely, the display will simply show a wide enough field that you don't need to change the angle.

about two weeks ago
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Study Finds Methane Leaks Negate Benefits of Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles

Sqr(twg) Re:Manipulative headline (102 comments)

That would be true, if oil and gas companies were capable of "taking care". Given that they don't give a shit if thousands of people get sick or die as a result of their drilling, there's not much hope of that.

about 2 months ago
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Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

Sqr(twg) Re:Yikes (241 comments)

It is difficult for me to imagine ways in which this would be a good thing.

Well, according to eterni.me, it could provide a hook for traumatized loved ones to avoid dealing with the grief and get increasingly bottled up in a fantasy world.

about 3 months ago
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Spoiled Onions: Exposing Malicious Tor Exit Relays

Sqr(twg) Re:Confusing Summary (65 comments)

25 out of 1000 relays were detectably suspicious. These are the script kiddies who set up an exit node in order to harvest credentials that can be used for fraud etc. Such nodes are easy to detect by verifying https certificates and/or transmitting false credentials over tor and checking if they are used later.

The really sinister exit nodes are not as easy to detect. Transmit false dissident names and check if the named people are imprisoned and tortured?

about 3 months ago
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The Spamming Refrigerator

Sqr(twg) Re:what they don't say... (90 comments)

Two options:

A) It is automatically updated without the owners consent. (Your fridge starts displaying ads 24/7, after the manufacturer is bought by a media company.)

B) It is only updated if the owner actively chooses to do so. (99 % of users will never do any updates.)

about 3 months ago
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The Spamming Refrigerator

Sqr(twg) Re:what they don't say... (90 comments)

Even if the fridge-makers did test for all known vulnerabilities on the day the fridge was sold, that fridge is likely not ever getting a software update after that, and new exploits are discovered all the time...

about 3 months ago
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France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

Sqr(twg) Re:Kickback time (314 comments)

Paid channels... does the channel pay or does the common carrier pay?

You pay, if you want to watch.

about 3 months ago
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The Strange Story Of the Sculpture On the Moon

Sqr(twg) Re:It's a memorial, not an art exhibition. (132 comments)

It is not the artist (nor the guy who commissions the piece) who gets to decide what a piece of art is about. They may give their opinion, but in the end it is the public who decides, and in this case they clearly saw it as a memorial.

about 3 months ago
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France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

Sqr(twg) Re:Kickback time (314 comments)

Percentage of what people pay to watch ... sure 20% of zero

As I said, this is a tax on paid channels, which, as you could have guessed from the name, are not free.

99 % of those commenting here seem to think that TFA talks about a tax on something that is free (which wouldn't make sense).

Rule 35 of the Internet: When something doesn't make sense. Your first reaction should be to read it again more carefully, not to point out how stupid it is.

about 3 months ago
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The Strange Story Of the Sculpture On the Moon

Sqr(twg) It's a memorial, not an art exhibition. (132 comments)

The sculpture was meant to commemorate the dead astronauts and cosmonauts, not to promote the guy who made it. Van Hoeydonck failed to understand this, and that was his undoing.

about 4 months ago
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France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

Sqr(twg) Re:Kickback time (314 comments)

When I click a link and watch a Youtube video, there is also: no sale taking place.

You obviously didn't read my original post before replying to it. What we are talking about here are the paid channels,

about 4 months ago
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France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

Sqr(twg) Re:Kickback time (314 comments)

I'm wondering whether this is actually legal, under WTO treaties. Can the US put a tax on imported German cars, to subsidize the US car industry? How about the Germans taxing French wines, to subsidize the German wine industry?

They can, and they do. Of course they can't tax cars by country of origin, so they tax according to properties of the car instead. The U.S. levies a tax on the sales price of the car, to punish high-quality imports, while the Germans subsidize high-quality cars and instead tax the gasoline heavily to punish American cars with crappy gas mileage.

The French law doesn't apply to YouTube specifically. It applies to anyone who sells video-on-demand, as TFA clearly states.

about 4 months ago
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France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

Sqr(twg) Re:Kickback time (314 comments)

in that case you are buying something, and Apple has physical stores in your area

You would be buying something from YouTube as well, and Google has a sales office in your area, so this is different from Apple, how?

about 4 months ago
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France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

Sqr(twg) Re:Kickback time (314 comments)

The idea that any country in the world can levy a tax on you
if you're an internet company, would be crippling.

No it's not. If you live in certain countries (or certain U.S. states) then you already pay sales tax on iTunes purchases. It's the same thing.

Of course some people are able to get around these taxes, using gift certificates, proxy servers etc, but most people don't bother.

about 4 months ago
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France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

Sqr(twg) Re:Kickback time (314 comments)

...except when the state does it, it is legal.

I don't see a problem with the YouTube tax. According to TFA, YouTube would be subject to the already existing tax on video-on-demand. This means they would have to pay a percentage of whatever people pay them to watch YouTube (on paid channels), just like their competitors.

The tax on smartphones etc is more problematic. It may lead to smartphones that disable or cripple video streaming just to avoid the tax. If you're wondering why your cellphone or digital camera can only record 30 minutes of video, it is to avoid another tax on "video cameras" that was designed to compensate culture workers.

about 4 months ago
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Memo To Parents and Society: Teen Social Media "Addiction" Is Your Fault

Sqr(twg) Re:What a pile of shit (271 comments)

Dr. Boyd isn't actually arguing that facebook is a problem (although TFS makes it sound that way.) What she is saying is that forcing kids to stay at home instead of going out to play causes problems.

about 4 months ago

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