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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

X.25 Re:Terrible summary of an interesting paper (696 comments)

The original paper is an interesting approach to studying power balances.

The summary is puerile flamebait.

The actual conclusion of the paper is simply that the power in government is not concentrated in massive grassroots organizations or in direct electoral representation, but rather it is concentrated in the small-but-vocal interest groups and economically influential individuals. In other words, causes, no matter how big, don't really get power until they can pay enough to be taken seriously. That might mean lobbying, marketing, or awareness campaigns, but it still takes money to look like your cause has merit.

So, what you are saying is, summary is wrong because it calls shit a shit and not feces.

I get it.


ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

X.25 Re:USAID (173 comments)

USAID is suppose to be an aide organization. The moment they have to start laundering money they have gone off the reservation and entered CIA territory.

If you think USAID has ever been an "aid" organization, I have a bridge you might be interested in.

about two weeks ago

NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

X.25 Re:Yes...but no (291 comments)

As a Dane im proud that the Secretary General of NATO and the Danish foreign minister is in front with sanctions against Russia. Putin is effectively destroying what has created lasting peace in Europe from the last 69 years. Putin will keep pushing, until we stand firm. Then he will pick as with someone else...even the gay community, anything that will take eyes of the fact that he rules the country like a dictator. But, the US Russian space cooperation was first initiated as a sign of good will. It will always stand as one of the greatest examples of respect, despite differences. I want to keep the space cooperation out of any foreign relations.

As a Serb that watched part of his country being taken away (while being bombed), let me tell you this:

Fuck you and your moral high-ground

I am so incredibly tired of heading/reading all the hypocrisy for the past 20 years. It appears people, in general, are really stupid and blind.

about two weeks ago

Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

X.25 Re:That's it (243 comments)

Yet again its forced outrage against basically something which is common sense - if the file has been taken down before, its going to be again, and the less man power Dropbox expends while handling DCMA requests the better for them as a company.

As we have seen before, noone would ever file an invalid DMCA takedown request.

Are you a fucking idiot, or you work at DropBox?

about two weeks ago

Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

X.25 Re:Have we said the same thing? (878 comments)

The difference is that Limbaugh doesn't speak for a state-controlled news agency, and thus Limbaugh's opinions are only that of a single man with a microphone and do not represent the government of an entire country.

Wait - you believe that something being said on state owned TV station is in the name of government and entire country?

What is wrong with you people?

You probably never lived in a country with 'state owned TV' if you can make statements this retarded. Sigh.

about a month ago

Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

X.25 Re:Allow Russians to vote with their feet (878 comments)

For as long as Putin and his cronies are in power, the U.S. and the rest of the western world should offer any law-abiding Russian citizen who wants to leave an automatic green card, work permit, etc. We cannot realistically or morally change Russia from the outside. The most powerful weapon against fanaticism would be allowing regular law-abiding Russians to vote with their feet. We could always use some more scientists and engineers anyway...

What is worrying is that you might be serious about things you say. Is that what you really believe?

about a month ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

X.25 Re:How are those kind of things patentable? (406 comments)

Most of this thing is just common sense technological progress. If Apple didn't come up with it, someone else inevitably would have. There wasn't any spark of genius required.

They didn't come up with it.

They just managed to patent it.

about a month ago

Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

X.25 Re:Unregulated currency (704 comments)

rocks ... doesn't it.

This is what you wanted right?

Seriously, if you come here to talk about how this isn't a fundamental bitcoin problem, you deserve to have your noise smacked with newspaper like a dog.

The only 'benefit' bitcoin has is that its unregulated and not as well watched by the government ... which means its easy for people to just steal your money and lie about it ... I'm sorry, its easy for someone to setup an exchange and let someone else steal the coins from the 'hot wallet', whatever the fuck that is.

Before you open your mouth to defend bitcoin ....


I am wondering if you have even the slightest idea about how stupid you are.

Probably not :(

about a month and a half ago

WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

X.25 Re:The only thing I care about. (479 comments)

I got the feeling that Czechoslovakia didn't feel all that liberated. Nor Hungary, Romania, Poland or Yugoslavia. Swapping one mad bastard for another isn't liberation.

How can you even debate a topic, when you get one major thing wrong at the start?

Do you even realize what is horribly wrong/inaccurate in your silly statement?

about a month and a half ago

The Tech Industry Is Getting Ridiculous

X.25 "Programming error'? (102 comments)

Wait, some people believe "goto fail" was a "programming error"?


about a month and a half ago

MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

X.25 Re:Ha ha (465 comments)

I recently checked Reddit's /r/bitcoin, to see how the True Believers were taking the latest developments. To hear them say it, Bitcoin has already recovered off its lows, which mean everything is fine and all this bad news is just FUD spread by haters. Bitcoin believers truly live in their own universe.

MtGox != Bitcoin

I hope it will come to you eventually.

about a month and a half ago

Largest-Yet EVE Online Battle Destroys $200,000 Worth of Starships

X.25 Re:Hi. Eve player here. (463 comments)

Secondly, the guy responsible, a 29 year old banker who was literally asleep when it all went down, insists that the virtual money was in the account and it was set to autopay. People close to this suggest the word for this is "bullshit", but it has been "petitioned" -- a claim by a player that the server screwed up. This isn't without precident, as the game is currently limping about with it standings system broken. Standings is basically Eve's IFF system. Right now, nobody in the game can tell friend from foe. Needless to say, it's a massive issue. So it's possible they farked up, but unlikely.

Standings issue is the screwup that occured after deployment of new update, yesterday,

A day after the 'autopay' thing you are talking about.

Stop talking nonsense and trying to rationalize, please. I understand that losing hurts, but don't be a silly liar.

about 3 months ago

US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

X.25 Can they put him to trial first? (408 comments)

It would be nice to actually have a trial before doing anything.

about 2 months ago

Valve's Steam Machines Are More About Safeguarding PCs Than Killing Consoles

X.25 Re:Explain (296 comments)

Can we just fess up and admit that SteamOS is an effort predicated on a personal beef Gabe Newell has with Microsoft and especially the fact that Windows 8 included it's own store and that store was not Steam. The story is well documented and the whole industry is going to blow a lot of money on development just to satisfy one man's ego.

Yea, because Gabe is a jedi master who makes other people do things he wants.

Please, stop the nonsense. I can bet my left nut that Gabe and people working on Steam machines know a thing or two more than you about PC hardware and/or gaming, and are not just mind-controlled by Gabe.

Reasons and everything else have also been well documented, and are certainly not based on a hunch that someone has about Gabe's ego.

about 3 months ago

Hearing Shows How 'Military-Style' Raid On Calif. Power Station Spooks U.S.

X.25 Re: A couple things about TFA (396 comments)

All islamic terrorists - therefore pretty much all of the violent ones - hate us for not being Muslim, full stop.

How is that a "pretty valid reason"?

Any other reason they claim to hate us for doesn't ever stop the hate when we address it.

I am really not sure whether you are serious or jus trolling.

I hope you're trolling, for your sanity sake.

about 4 months ago

Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA

X.25 Re:Old News (177 comments)

Yeah, I don't see why there's so much shock. "US ally assists US spy agency in spying." Wow. My flabber is truly gasted.

What they are doing is not spying.

I surely hope you understand that. If you do not, then no amount of talk will explain you the difference.

You have to understand it for yourself.

about 4 months ago

The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

X.25 This is beyond ridiculous (453 comments)

Desktop/PC is not dead. It's just that people, until now, didn't have any other option than to purchase a PC, in order to do tasks they are interested in.

Now that they can get a tablet/phone to do this, they don't need PC. They never did. They just didn't have a choice.

about 4 months ago

Nokia Shareholders Approve Sale To Microsoft

X.25 Re:You really have to admire Microsoft... (182 comments)

Yes, because it would have been a much better proposition to start churning out more disposable Android phones in an already over saturated market. At least wp8 gives them some market differential.

It sure does. Market share shows it.

Nokia sold out its soul to get few shitty percent share on US market.

If that's what they wanted...

about 5 months ago

British Intelligence Responds To Slashdot About Man-in-Middle Attack

X.25 Sure thing (256 comments)

Of course, they haven't broken any/all the laws, because some secret people in secret room said so.

Laws only apply to "other people", obviously.

about 5 months ago

The NSA Is Looking For a Few Good Geeks

X.25 Re:world ramifications... (388 comments)

For all Its faults, the NSA is more of a flawed character than an evil one. It does have a particular job to do, the job it's supposed to do is a worthwhile one, and for the most part "our"* criticism of it has to do with its methods, not its mandate. We do, actually, want to know what foreign governments are up to, especially in terms of what those governments might be planning that severely affects America's interests. We do, actually, want our government to know what terrorists are up to, as part of a combined good faith effort to counter-act them.

Blah, blah, blah.

Tell me - what kind of society expects "population" to obey the rule of law, as long as "population" does not work in government agency?

What exactly makes NSA cyber criminals immune to laws that are being applied to the rest of the population?

The fact that they "work for government"?

Everyone is equal before the law... unless they work for the government agency?

Would you like me to explain you where that leads? Well, it doesn't really lead anymore, you've already go there.

about 5 months ago


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