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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Tailhook Re:When 9 votes are required to send it ... (1088 comments)

The fact he killed someone should have generated a public trial.

A trial of what charge? First Degree Angering Minorities? We don't accuse people and put them in jeopardy "just because."

didn't meet the public's demands

First, who the fuck are you speaking for the "public?" As a member of the "public" all of my demands have been met. Other segments of the "public" can't be satisfied; they won't be satisfied until every white cop in MO has been flayed to death.

Sorry, we're not doing that either. So you go on being disappointed, and we'll go on ignoring you. Go burn some part of your neighborhood down if you don't like it.

3 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Tailhook Re:When 9 votes are required to send it ... (1088 comments)

You know, I wish your little fantasy actually came to pass. Persecuting innocent and honest people would fail badly and put the stink where it belongs; on DOJ race baiters. Among others.

The reality is the feds know this and aren't even entertaining the idea. You're just too delusional to understand that.

3 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Tailhook Re:that's because (373 comments)

we just mindlessly build technology

In building the Internet we appear to have created the most effective conceivable means of disseminating "Blame America..." memes.

To do better you'd have to put it in the water.

5 days ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

Tailhook Bigots (316 comments)

Shouldn't there also be `Racist' and `Sexist' "public reporting buttons" as well?

Did I actually just type that?

Holy shit.

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

Tailhook Re:Solar? (223 comments)

That's the closest thing to honesty I've heard on this matter. That scientist has no future at all in government work.

In fact, I don't believe that actually happened. Got a link?

about two weeks ago
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FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Tailhook Re:The providers (127 comments)

Why should the providers shoulder this burden?

Because their customers are paying them to shoulder this burden. Directly. With real money. These paying consumers expect their bytes to be relayed at the rate and volume they pay to send or receive. Whatever other business arrangements a providers customers may have with any other party is none of the providers @$%&*+! business.

Simple. Straightforward. And entirely incompatible with our government's monopoly protected cable and phone companies that have decided they'd like a big juicy piece for themselves.

about two weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Tailhook Re:The more things changes... (401 comments)

I hope

Don't look to hope. Despite liberal rhetoric claiming shutdowns hurt the Right, Republicans are doing well this cycle; the 2013 shutdown has done them no harm. Listening to the MSM one might think we had sent all Republicans to gulags after two shutdowns in '95-'96, but in fact they held majorities in both houses for another 10 years.

As Federal debt mounts you should anticipate more frequent and severe disruptions and develop alternatives for yourself. The odds of more shutdowns in 2015-16 are high.

about a month ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Tailhook Re:Flamefest (401 comments)

I bet the popcorn is popped and the drinks are being poured at Slashdot headquarters right now.

I think the headquarters amounts to 2-3 cubicles in a Dice property somewhere, and those are empty.

about a month ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

Tailhook Re:Climate porn (495 comments)

People must like feeling afraid.

When humans lack sufficient drama they make more. Alleviated of hunger, war, plague, etc. we create and indulge new "problems" to fill the void.

about a month ago
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Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

Tailhook Re:Wow $100 Million (143 comments)

More tax money will merely inflate teacher and administrative pay and pensions further. On the other hand, whatever costs these donations offset will end up in the same teacher/admin/union pockets, so it's a wash.

The schools will continue to cry poverty, the `students' will continue to attend their glorified daycare and you will go on farming your groupthink mod points.

Enjoy.

about a month ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Tailhook Re:Having a Surgeon General would help (384 comments)

Reid has 55 (D) votes and it only needs 51 to confirm, so put the blame where it belongs.

Why is there no surgeon general?

Short answer: Obama's nominee is a political disaster; a highly partisan anti-gun obamacare cheerleader that the Dems know better than to expose to the confirmation process in an election year.

about a month ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Tailhook White people problems (342 comments)

Seriously.

Trust fund rebel white people problems, in particular.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Tailhook Re: a quick search (334 comments)

AK-47, that swedish FNC variant, RK-62

Replace .303 British with an intermediate cartridge? For bear and moose?

Dude. Shut up. Stop typing stuff. Just stop.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Tailhook Re: a quick search (334 comments)

Yeah that seems...odd.

Nothing `odd' about it. Canadian Rangers aren't involved in an arms race. Bears and whatnot haven't evolved much since 1914, and they haven't been issued bear shaped body armor or fully automatic laser claws.

Thus, a reliable bolt action rifle remains sufficient. Traipsing around Arctic tundra with a heavy, high maintenance semi auto just to fend off the wildlife would be silly.

Bolt action rifles are still standard issue in the US military, ubiquitous in LE arsenals and remain wildly popular with civilians for whom new bolt action designs continue to appear. Once you exceed 5.56 NATO and 7.62×39mm calibers bolt action is by far the most common rifle action type for non-military applications.

about a month ago
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Early Childhood Neglect Associated With Altered Brain Structure, ADHD

Tailhook Re:Makes sense (87 comments)

Reagan

Here we are, discussing a story about the developmental damage measured in the brains of the victims of Ceausescu's communist hellhole, and this fucking freak starts bitching about Reagan, the one president in my lifetime that made a point of illuminating the plight of people subjected to that nightmare.

In actual fact the ratio of working women has been steadily increasing since the end of WW2. Reagan's time in office didn't influence that trend one way or the other.

But keep knock'n back that Daily KOS kool-aid. No sense in allowing reality to impede on that fucked up worldview.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Tailhook Re:Meh (201 comments)

Yep. They've pretty much ruined the Google phone formula with this overpriced phablet.

5", 1080p, 2+GB RAM and enough CPU to make the browser work properly. That's all the phone I care to suffer.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Tailhook Re:phablet (201 comments)

No. The phablet term is not going to be allowed to die. It concisely expresses contempt for crazy huge "phones" and those of us that know better than to expect our phones to be portable movie theaters will continue to use it freely.

Deal.

about a month and a half ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

Tailhook Statist bullshit (279 comments)

A year or so from now, after Ebola has run its course in the third world and the only Ebola the US has suffered came from the travelers the Feds refused to impede in any way, will there be a follow up story asking if the local and state governments and corporate health care system should be recognized for their effectiveness?

Didn't think so.

about a month and a half ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Tailhook Savings? (610 comments)

What is the likelihood of actually benefiting from lower costs due to less net expenditure on, for instance, respiratory illnesses? How does that compare to the likelihood of incurring the far higher $/kWh cost of renewable energy sources?

<mclaughlin-voice> The answers are negligibly small and metaphysical certitude </mclaughlin-voice>

Also, renewable energy consultancy concludes renewable energy is cheaper. Yay for double standards; when oil companies publish pro-fossil fuels research it is dismissed out–of–hand as the junk science/propaganda that it is.

about a month and a half ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Tailhook Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

Remember, any limitations on travel to the US is racism. Please stop being racist and trying to get the government to follow your racist policies. Be careful to avoid indulging any of your latent racism by criticizing Mr. President Obama for not implementing racist policies in the form of travel restrictions. Also, until the US has incurred a proportion of Ebola infections similar to that of Liberia et. al it is a racist nation exhibiting its usual racist tendencies.

And be sure to log in and tag this whole story about an Ebola death as 'racism,' as other more racially conscious people already have.

Thank you — the management.

about 1 month ago

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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Pool reports written by White House correspondents are distributed to news organizations via the White House Press Office. Reporters have alleged that the Obama White House exploits its role as distributor to `demand changes in pool reports' and has used this power to `steer coverage in a more favorable direction.' Now a group of 90 print journalists has begun privately distributing their work through Google Groups, independent of the Press Office. Their intent is to `create an independent pool-reporting system for print and online recipients.'"
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Drones reveal widespread tax evasion in Argentina

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 2 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "The Argentine government has used drones to reveal 200 homes and 100 pools in an upper class area about ten miles south of Buenos Aires that had not been detailed on tax returns. Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty. The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been waned they now face large fines."
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STEM worker shortage is IT industry fantasy

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 4 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Ron Hira, professor of public policy at Howard University and Paula Stephan is a professor of economics at Georgia State University; `As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages.' — `there is a remarkable concurrence among a wide range of researchers that there is an ample supply of American workers (native and immigrant, citizen and permanent resident) who are willing and qualified to fill the high-skill jobs in this country. The only real disagreement is whether supply is two or three times larger than the demand.'"
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Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" released

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 6 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Linux Mint 17 "Qiana", a long term support edition of Linux Mint, has been released. Mint 17 is available in both MATE and Cinnamon editions. Mint 17 is derived from Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) and will receive security updates until April, 2019. The Cinnamon edition provides Cinnamon 2.2, with a much improved update manager, driver manager, HiDPI display support and many usability refinements. This release of Mint establishes a baseline on which the next several releases will be based; `Until 2016 the development team won't start working on a new base and will be fully focused on this one; future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 17, making it trivial for people to upgrade.'"
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Independent Foxconn audit results appear

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 2 years ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "The Fair Labor Association gave Apple's largest supplier the equivalent of a full-body scan through 3,000 staff hours investigating three of its factories and surveying more than 35,000 workers," said FLA president Auret van Heerden. Overtime laws violated, short-changing worker compensation, no representation. AppleFoxconn thinks they might be able to stop their overtime criminality by July. 2013. Perhaps they'll also do something about the bi-annual dust explosions."
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'Flagging' rumors

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Some folks are concerned about a request by the White House 'Director of New Media' Macon Phillips to gather information about 'rumors' or other 'disinformation' that "travel just below the surface" and might appear in "casual conversation." It seems that Macon "can't keep track of all" of the rumors and would like the to public to help uncover them by using a newly established email address; flag@whitehouse.gov. Unfortunately the dastardly Special Interests have begun signing up flag@whitehouse.gov to irrelevant mailing lists."

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