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Phase-Changing Material Created For Robots

Vitriol+Angst Re:um... (35 comments)

Of course it's useful, let me introduce you to my "Phase changing candle!"

In it's liquid/gas state, it burns. When it cools, it becomes a nonvolatile decoration.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

Vitriol+Angst Re:The FCC needs to classify ISP's as common carri (69 comments)

"too easy to ignore" -- well I'm sure there is also a lot of "ballot stuffing" from astroturf groups and opinion shapers -- but I figure that the FCC wants to quietly pass a ruling and then cash in when they work as million dollar "consultants" for the industry they just gave a big fat kiss.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

Vitriol+Angst Re:Don't forget to comment (69 comments)

There are likely another 650,000 who WOULD send FCC a comment but they've learned long time ago that the Corporatocracy doesn't care about public comments.

This is just a pretense of the dog and pony show, and the only metric they care about is; "How far can we push before the Pitchforks and Torches" metric.

about three weeks ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

Vitriol+Angst Re:Not worth it (138 comments)

Do you twitch uncontrollably when someone mentions JitB?

You know you can click the "This commercial applies to me" button in order to use aversion therapy to remove any desire to buy a specific product, don't you? It's not commercials -- it's a FEATURE. If you want to lose weight, just choose the fast food category. If you want to stop sending money to starving people, choose one of the charities. The Army Recruiting aversion therapy may yet end war mongering in this country...

about three weeks ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

Vitriol+Angst Re:Not worth it (138 comments)

Because naming 3 would be difficult without saying; "South Park is XClusive!"

about three weeks ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

Vitriol+Angst Re:Not worth it (138 comments)

Some people like cereal that tastes like bran, because they NEED to taste the punishment it requires to be healthy and nut just eat a salad or a pine cone.

If I can't see a Progressive commercial 20 times in one Hulu show, I don't feel like I've earned the movie. I might as well turn off the computer and take a walk.

about three weeks ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

Vitriol+Angst Re:Not worth it (138 comments)

What's the big deal? I mean, there are people who LIKE having a search bar to make Windows 8 Tiles functional and Hulu Plus is for people who would like to pay for Netflix but they miss commercials.

There are also people who like toll booths. Stop being a Toll Booth, Win 8, Hulu Plus hater!

Oh, and I want Xbox One to bring back the restrictions on selling old games and being always online, because I'm a patriot!

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

Vitriol+Angst Re:A larger legal question arises here (749 comments)

Country borders "don't mean anything" except to us peons. Money, information, ownership -- everything important that relates to wealth and power is transparent to borders.

We may not like the pervasive spying or invasion of privacy, but let's not pretend that borders are anything but an impediment to human beings of a certain income level.

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

Vitriol+Angst Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

On the other hand, we have corporations playing the same "tricks" with finance. They show little profits in countries with taxes and shockingly, pay extra for some service or other and reap loads of profits in Dublin Ireland or some other tax haven.

If someone has an email in the USA and it ends up on an offshore server, I think it's no different than a dollar that ends up in an offshore account; it's province is in the USA regardless of digital shenanigans.

Now the DEBATABLE point is if the USA government security state should have the right to any and all data - and I'd say such a position does NOT serve the greater good.

But let's separate this nonsense of moving a digit offshore from what actually affects our lives. Our robber barons are living offshore and hiding their ill gotten gains -- and that means nothing to the people that they effect.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Vitriol+Angst Re:Yeah, right. (361 comments)

While there may be a lot of minorities over represented in the Penal system -- you get on the wrong end of the law and you are suddenly one of the minorities. If you go the route of contesting your guilt, you face higher penalties fines and punishment than if you just cop a plea. Being innocent is painful and expensive. How many people just say; "You are right, I'm a bad boy" because it was bankrupting them? Only people with means can afford to be innocent. It's easy to believe the system is fair as long as you never get on the wrong end of it. The accusation becomes the reputation which rationalizes the punishment.

I can't imagine if the Feds wanted to make an example with me, and their credibility were on the line. "Tipping the scales" because they want to make an arrest easy and 'get the bad guy' -- I can imagine that happens more often than not. There's a lot of financial and career pressure on enforcement -- and I'm sure to get cyber criminals and whistleblowers, regardless of merit, is even greater.

As someone said; it's probably got little to do with investigation, and more coercing people to give up associates who MIGHT be guilty, and then leaning on them until they get somewhere. Like the drug war, that friendly recreational drug dealer that supplied your party gets squeezed and their life ruined to get SOMEONE. I suspect intimidation and thuggery is more useful than detective work.

So, suffice to say, if your parents aren't totally politically connected and rich -- you aren't the precious white boy if you are a nerd in the cross hairs of the Fed or NSA. You are at least going to be collateral damage because Uncle Sam isn't spending a few billion on this agency not to have results. Again, just like the inquisition finding a witch -- it doesn't matter if you've actually consorted with Satan.

about a month ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Vitriol+Angst Re:Yeah, right. (361 comments)

I'd like to mod this comment up even though that might make me seem like a terrorist.

Some of the best people I know seem to be on that list these days. Sounds like the Founding Fathers would fit in the same category.

about a month ago
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New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

Vitriol+Angst Re:We have a name for these already... (119 comments)

I'd say all we need to do to find the Metal stars is to look for those that have their fusion output turned up to 11.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Vitriol+Angst Re:28th Amendment (1330 comments)

Creating a business is a privilege society allows for the benefit of people having jobs and such items that that business might provide of utility. The notion that a business MUST exist as the playground and for profits goes against the founding principles.

about 1 month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Vitriol+Angst Re:28th Amendment (1330 comments)

You've already run into trouble if you don't include "Unnatural Children". North West and baby Snooki can never have a reality show with this precedent.

about 1 month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

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

One question;
How does "free speech" translate into "depriving people of medical benefits"?

The first is conceptual and raising a concern, the second is a fucking benefit, and people having babies and getting abortions is offensive to the Godly, women unwed is offensive to the Godly, and being fucking poor is obviously offensive because God must hate them.

Sorry, I was just showing my free speech. If I had acted like these religious a-holes, I'd be saying that your medical policy will not cover Cancer, because I believe that is self inflicted.

And NO this is a situation where a Corporation is treated as a person -- or a "group of people". If you incorporate -- for that benefit, you leave your provincial ideas behind. If you want to force jesus on the medical policies, stay a single proprietorship.

about a month ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

Vitriol+Angst Re:It flies like a drone, it watches like a drone. (268 comments)

I don't feel too bad for enthusiasts as this limitation won't stop them.
It's the same as some semiautomatics or limited cartridge guns -- you can modify them.

If the definition of DRONE is flies by video -- then they aren't sold with video and someone buys a radio camera and attaches that. Suddenly it's a remote viewer.

I suspect more fear of drones from the Government as the capabilities of CITIZENS doing what they do 24/7 becomes apparent. Is the worry about someone ELSE spying besides corporations and government, or that there will be remotely commit crimes?

The bigger fear to come is when the first crooked fat cat gets caught by a drone -- THEN they will be treated like WMDs.

about a month ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

Vitriol+Angst Re:Fox News? (682 comments)

Except that there in no proof that illegal immigrants compete for wages with the poor.

about a month and a half ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

Vitriol+Angst Re:Fox News? (682 comments)

The Tea Party is an organization that thinks rich people shouldn't pay taxes.

The IRS collects taxes.

So looking for tax dodgers masquerading as charities -- no brainer.

I disagree that they are "independent" of the Republican party. It's an organization that pretends to be for a lot of things, in order to achieve Tea Party / and or Libertarian goals. The Tea Party is merely stripped bare of the pretense. The Koch brothers fund the Tea Party and it's closely aligned with ALEC.

The Republican party works for the Tea Party, and so do Blue Dog Democrats -- they all have the same benefactors. Follow the money. ALWAYS follow the money; http://www.theguardian.com/com...

It isn't so much as reducing the EXPENSE of government -- it's always, always about SHIFTING the costs so that it lands on everyone but the .1%.

about a month and a half ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

Vitriol+Angst Re:How deep is the rot in Washington? (682 comments)

From your link:

“I do not believe that partisanship motivated the practices of the people described in the IG report,” Miller said. “I think that what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people who were trying to be efficient in their work.”

This seems to corroborate what the GP is saying - some IRS folks were looking for organizations abusing the tax-exempt policy and felt that looking for keywords would be an efficient way to do that.

You know, like INTELLIGENT people might assume that "Liberty" and "freedom" have been co-opted by crooks, so it might be a good place to start a search. They exactly caught a bunch of charlatans, and since those people are funded by powerful deep pockets, their sponsors complained, and then the media being owned by these same billionaires pretended any of this made sense.

The world is exactly as corrupt as we think it is, and what we saw was the natural result of a Kleptocracy in power. Then they penalized people doing the right thing -- as we can expect from a banana republic.

about a month and a half ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

Vitriol+Angst Re:How deep is the rot in Washington? (682 comments)

They are apologizing for CORRECTLY doing their jobs. There are a lot of politically active astro turf groups hiding out as 501C organizations.

How did dumb ass Tea Baggers take over the moderation system of Slash Dot? WTF is going on that their Kung Fu is better? What needs to be investigated is not only these fucking Tea Bag groups, but why asshole comments by douche bags thinking the IRS should not have shut down these Tea Bag astro turf playgrounds yesterday has any credibility.

Yes, I've been drinking. And I'm having a hard time restraining the truth and how pissed off I am, that these fuckers are even given the time of day. You are idiots, your whole concept of "let billionaires run everything -- whats the worst that can happen?" is fucking myopically ignorant on an epic scale. Railroads -- the Irish potato famine. The only thin that makes the USSR look like a Utopia is the unfettered capitalism of America.

I apologize for my outburst, and hope it doesn't affect my future employment. Somehow idiot Tea Baggers have all the great jobs and government kick backs.

about a month and a half ago

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