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How Chris Christie Could Use the NSA Playbook

_KiTA_ Re:beacon of freedom (266 comments)

1. Fast and Furious was made up. The entire thing was based on one right wing ATF source, who was discovered to be lying. It has been debunked so often that even the actual GOP doesn't mention it, only ultra-far right idiots in the Tea Party talk about it nowadays.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/20/irs-scandal-democratic-acorn_n_3785717.html

That link is to a completely unrelated story about the IRS. I was hoping you had some proof, because that was the first time I've heard that Fast and Furious was all bullshit. So I searched the same website for more info and didn't find anything to support your claim. What I did find was an article from july 2013 talking about two more deaths in mexico linked to those guns - not something I'd expect to see from "huffpo" if the scandal had been debunked.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/06/fast-and-furious-gun_n_3554854.html

Sorry, too many links. Have some more appropriate links, and thank you for catching that:
http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/27/fast-and-furious-truth/
http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/not-so-fast-on-fast-and-furious/

about 3 months ago
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How Chris Christie Could Use the NSA Playbook

_KiTA_ Re:beacon of freedom (266 comments)

It is really telling that the ATF gave over 2500 guns to Mexican drug cartels, and no one from the ATF, DOJ, or Obama Administration is sitting in jail.
It is really telling that the IRS targeted political opponents during an election year, and no one from the IRS, DOT, or Obama Administration is sitting in jail.
It is really telling that Obama campaign donors at Solyndra got $500,000,000 of tax payer money, promptly went bankrupt, and no one from the DOE is sitting in jail.
It is really telling that the Fed prints $75,000,000,000 a month, totaling over $4,000,000,000,000 in the last 5 years, and no one from the fed is sitting in jail.
It is really telling that the president himself breaks the PPACA on a daily basis by announcing parts he will be temporarily or permanently not enforcing, and he's not sitting in jail.

Wow, that's a fun list. I count 3... 4? outright lies, 4 completely made up scandals, 1 thing taken completely out of context, several words that don't mean what you think they mean, and a complete lack of understanding as to how civics works.

It's always fun to debunk these kinds of lists, because I always learn something new, usually something that makes me proud of what our country is doing.

The only sad thing is that it takes me hours and the people posting them will either blindly ad hominem them ("YOU LINKED DAILYKOS THAT MEANS YOU ACTIVATED MY TRAP CARD~!~!"), call me a "liberal commy fagg 'MERICA hater", or ignore me and go right back to posting about how Obama was raised by Karl Marx on the Socialist Moonbase on the dark side of Mars or something. Or go back to quoting from the sites those guys run. Same difference, really.

Anyway, lets go!

1. Fast and Furious was made up. The entire thing was based on one right wing ATF source, who was discovered to be lying. It has been debunked so often that even the actual GOP doesn't mention it, only ultra-far right idiots in the Tea Party talk about it nowadays.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/20/irs-scandal-democratic-acorn_n_3785717.html

2. Ditto for the IRS scandal, which was also made up. Darrel Issa asked the investigator to ignore the fact that the IRS was looking at all groups claiming to be charities, as they are REQUIRED TO DO BY LAW, and merely provide him talking points on Republican ones. The real scandal? The IRS failed to notice 10 out of 11 of the Koch brothers fake charities were fake charities. You'll note that Issa doesn't even bother talking about this one anymore, he's too busy trying to use Benghazi to kneecap President Hilary Clinton before her 2016 victory.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/06/26/1219172/-Here-s-how-Darrell-Issa-manufactured-the-IRS-scandal

3. Solyndra's loan was one of Bush's projects, not Obama's, and there's a HUGE difference between George Kaiser (a billionaire who raised a whopping 50-100k for Obama) and the Kaiser Family Foundation (a charity he started). There's a whole boatload more of made up crap about Solyndra, it's a very transparent manufactured scandal to try and drive us away from Solar and Wind technologies -- because oil will never run out or anything. I'll just leave this link as an exercise to the reader:
http://ourfuture.org/20120926/the-phony-solyndra-solar-scandal

4. Literally not true. The "Fed prints $75,000,000,000" is such a common meme that there are so many Tea Party sites shatting it out that it's hard to discover it's source. Took a while, but I found it - The fed is buying back a bunch of T-Bonds and Mortgage Bonds at the rate of 75 billion a month as part of the stimulus package, but that's not "printing money." The Feds have a FAQ entry up on it here, for those who don't roll their eyes at the idea of believing what "the man" tells you.
http://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/money_12853.htm

5. Yes, since the law is currently suffering intentional sabotage from the GOP, parts of it are working sub-optimally. So various agencies -- not "the president himself," what, do you think he's running around like Dr. Claw dictating things? -- have elected not to enforce the law until the situation improves. This isn't illegal or even wrong. Or do you really want to be the one that needs to let Bush know he's in deep doo doo for telling the EPA not to enforce any environmental laws and regulations?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/the-massive-republican-ca_b_4311424.html

So there we go. 5 non scandals -- either outright made up bullshit (1, 2, 3) or a complete and possibly intentional misstating of the situation (4, 5).

about 3 months ago
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How Chris Christie Could Use the NSA Playbook

_KiTA_ It wasn't to punish someone who wouldn't endorse (266 comments)

It wasn't to punish someone who wouldn't endorse him. That's just a flashpoint scandal, nothing big. I half suspect it to be one that's being sent out intentionally to exhaust the media's attention before the real scandal starts getting out.

Basically he screwed over some Democratic Judge, and the Dems in his area announced they would be very critical of a Republican Judge that was coming up for reconfirmation in retaliation, so he pulled the same screwjob on that Republican Judge to prevent her from being questioned by the Dems. The next day he pulled the bridgegate crap in the home district of the head Democrat.

Rachel Maddow has done all the work and has an interview with said head Dem.

Or you could turn to Fox News, where somehow it was Obama's fault because Benghazi.

about 3 months ago
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Sherlock Holmes Finally In the Public Domain In the US

_KiTA_ Re:Finally... (207 comments)

They also own their version of Nadia: Secret of the Blue Water and Kimba, the White Lion.

Just a reminder that Disney doesn't just shamelessly steal from American folklore and then try to lock it up forever; they are quite happy to steal from other cultures too.

Keep this in mind in a few years when Disney tries to find a way to loophole their way into retaining ownership of the original Steamboat Willie -- which, if I'm understanding this ruling, Disney can no longer keep perpetually copyrighted through bribing congress.

about 4 months ago
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Snowden Gives Alternative Christmas Message On Channel 4

_KiTA_ Re:Enough (224 comments)

I appreciate what Snowden is saying, but perhaps fewer narcissistic platitudes and more documents on the front pages? Snowden isn't Jesus, the more he toots "It's not about me", the more it becomes about him

It IS all about him. Him and his agent, Greenwald.

Snowden doesn't give two squirts of piss about what he found, merely that it got him the attention he felt he deserved. In addition, there were only so many cases of Greenwald pulling the "The Goverment could (possibly in my deranged mind) wiretap all phonecalls! Now, without any evidence at all, lets talk about this newly established fact that the Government is somehow tapping all phone calls, everywhere."

Follow that up with Greenwald acting like an AOL troll circa 1990 to anyone who calls him out on his bullshit (seriously, watch his twitter feed, it's like watching an 8 year old playing Journalist) and his "newspaper," The Guardian editing articles without retractions when they realize just how full of shit he is, and, well...

In a few years we'll all realize Greenwald and Snowden are mostly full of shit, for the time being, they make interesting sock puppets for the InfoWar style conspiracy nuts amongst us.

about 4 months ago
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LeVar Burton On Google Glass

_KiTA_ Re:Kunta Kinta Speaks His Thougts and the World + (211 comments)

Because he spent 10 seasons of TNG wearing a more advanced (and less stylish) Google Glass.

Dude, this is Slashdot. You're going to get crucified for that imprecision.

7 seasons of TNG + 4 movies.
Generally accepted episode count: 178

Real fans get the precision down to the number of lines of dialogue, percentage of total screentime, or number of minutes (out to two decimal places), you insensitive clod!

about 5 months ago
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UK Police Seize 3D-Printed 'Gun Parts,' Which Are Actually Spare Printer Parts

_KiTA_ Re:Oh god (279 comments)

Lets not forget a major part of this panic is due to old manufacturing companies starting to realize that if we can print something for 5 cents, then why would we pay $5 for it?

While we're not at that point yet, we certainly will be in 5 years. In 10-15 years, we'll be able to print iPods. Once that happens... why buy an iPod, when you can download a crowd-engineered alternative that's better and cheaper?

I expect some form of faux outrage to ramp up and 3D printing to be banned or seriously restricted soon. It's too disruptive for us us mere plebeians to be allowed to have.

about 6 months ago
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BitTorrent "Bundles" Create Cash Registers Inside Artwork

_KiTA_ Re:What stops people from redistribution? (97 comments)

Does Viz release these shows in DRM-free downloadable formats? I'd imagine not. So even that one falls under the convenience category.

Only very rarely is media released in DRM-free downloadable formats. Baen Ebooks, Tor/Forge, and Louis CK's shows are the most popular examples I know of, but it is very rare. I can think of no broadcasted or cable television show that allows it.

I was actually speaking of the comics, not the cartoons. The great unforgivable sin was that Viz wanted something like $0.25 a chapter and had a 2 week delay (which has since been lowered to same day) release lag. The "pro-piracy" arguments were hilarious, and stupid.

Or as I said before -- blubbering, entitled Manchildren. Especially when you consider the company they're defending, NOEZ, has made a fortune ripping off Japanese and US IP for years now.

Anyway, DRM is no excuse. If a company wishes to sell you something with some restrictions, well, that's their right. It might be considered wrong, but oh well. That's where we're at as a culture right now -- casual theft has led to the point where companies have to put at least a token effort into protecting their goods.

It does not mean people have the right to steal it just to spite them.

about 7 months ago
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BitTorrent "Bundles" Create Cash Registers Inside Artwork

_KiTA_ Re:What stops people from redistribution? (97 comments)

The honour system. Bittorrent users would never pirate music from independent artists, they only go after labels' output where the economics don't favour the artist or the consumer.

Stop laughing.

You laugh, but to be fair, when things are readily available digitally, piracy does drop off quite a bit.

Yes, there's always going to be cuntrags that bitch -- the whining blubbering mass of entitled manchildren that cry every time Viz shuts down another Naruto / One Piece / Bleach piracy site being the example that immediately comes to mind -- but for the most part, people pirate not because they don't want to pay, it's because they want convenience.

Relevant Oatmeal link.

about 7 months ago
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BitTorrent "Bundles" Create Cash Registers Inside Artwork

_KiTA_ Re:Let me translate that into English: (97 comments)

They've reinvented demoware.

You're forgetting the magic words that summon Venture Capitalists:

"It's Demoware... IN THE CLOUD"

about 7 months ago
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Why iTunes Radio Could Take Down Pandora

_KiTA_ Re:There is no standard. (166 comments)

A major problem with Pandora is you never hear, in theory, anything you dislike -- but also never hear anything NEW, you MIGHT like, either.

I remember about a year, maybe two, ago there was discussion about Google and Bing and the like "censoring" your search results -- tailoring them to news sources and (this is the big one) ideologies that it thought you were a part of, due to their data mining.

This created a minor bubble, a lesser kind of the bubble you see Fox News (or god forbid, Infowars) followers stuck in. This is a disaster in the making when dealing with news, but it's also pretty darned bad when talking about entertainment.

For example, I use Pandora for stand up comedy. I have a station for each comedian, and the new shuffle thing at least mixes things up. But I never hear comedians other than the X number of stations I have +/- a few more, give or take a rare playing of some odd or new comedian.

Contrast this with playing a comedy radio station, an actual radio station, one where the music is all set by a DJ or a "impartial" randomization routine. Will I hear stuff I dislike? Probably. Will I hear new stuff I wouldn't have heard on Pandora? Absolutely.

I don't know how to fix that particular problem. Maybe Pandora should allow for an option where for an hour a day, or at random, it goes into "Pandora Power Hour" where it loosens up the algorithms and intentionally makes you listen to things you might not have known you liked? Not sure.

about 7 months ago
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Mechwarrior Online Developer Redefines Community Warfare

_KiTA_ "Arcade shooter"? (189 comments)

Hah, how sensationalist. No, they just added a third person camera like all the old Mechwarrior offline games and a bunch of tryhards who seem to know better than the developers -- and these sort ALWAYS think they know better than the developers -- are upset about it.

about 8 months ago
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

_KiTA_ Re:Proud? (1233 comments)

Hey, America,
Are you proud of yourself yet? Proud of what you've become to yourself, your citizens and to the rest of the world? I can't imagine that this is what any of our founding fathers envisioned when they risked everything in order to found this country. And now look what you've made of it.

Ashamed,
A Disappointed Citizen

Yes.

Proud but still concerned,
A citizen that hasn't been nuked or given ebola from iron age religious psychopaths... yet.

about 8 months ago
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Amarok 2.8 "Return To the Origin" Released

_KiTA_ Re:Huh. (99 comments)

once Winamp self destructed

Just curious, how exactly did that happen? I'm using Winamp Lite, which still looks and works just like the 2.x series of Winamp, even though it is the latest version. You have to scroll down a little on the Winamp download page to find it, but there it is. For me this is still the perfect interface, clean and simple.

Winamp Lite is an afterthought. Originally you had no choice but to stick with the increasingly "AOL-afied" Winamp releases they put out. They got really quite bad at the low point, I don't know if it ever recovered or not.

Heck I didn't even know about Winamp Lite until just now, heh.

about 8 months ago
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Amarok 2.8 "Return To the Origin" Released

_KiTA_ Re:Huh. (99 comments)

Foobar2000 alternative for Linux would be deadbeef.

Simply incredible. They take a bad name and make it even worse.

It's probably a reference to DEADBEEF, the coding term. To quote Wikipedia:

"0xDEADBEEF ("dead beef") is frequently used to indicate a software crash or deadlock in embedded systems. DEADBEEF was originally used to mark newly allocated areas of memory that had not yet been initialized -- when scanning a memory dump, it is easy to see the DEADBEEF. It is used by IBM RS/6000 systems, Mac OS on 32-bit PowerPC processors and the Commodore Amiga as a magic debug value. On Sun Microsystems' Solaris, it marks freed kernel memory. On OpenVMS running on Alpha processors, DEAD_BEEF can be seen by pressing CTRL-T. The DEC Alpha SRM console has a background process that traps memory errors, identified by PS as "BeefEater waiting on 0xdeadbeef".[16]"

Basically it's one of those words you can write in HEX and has come to mean "This software has crashed in a way that we know is absolutely NOT hardware related."

about 8 months ago
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Amarok 2.8 "Return To the Origin" Released

_KiTA_ Huh. (99 comments)

Am I the only one who stuck with Foobar2000 back in the day, once Winamp self destructed?

I mean I have the rather... shoddy... Google Play Music on my Android Tablet, but on the PC, Foobar2000 does everything I thought I needed. Is there a compelling reason to try Clementine / Amarok?

about 8 months ago
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Twinkies: The Breakfast of Champion Programmers Still Hard To Get

_KiTA_ Re:Pathetic (223 comments)

The old Hostess officially went out of business because its union workers went on strike, with the specific goal to drive Hostess out of business. They did not wish to negotiate. Their goal was to drive the company into bankruptcy.

[citation needed] Indeed, the union wasn't willing to negotiate. The company had previously asked the workers to take a pay cut, supposedly to help the company, yet immediately afterwords the management got bonuses and the company had extra big profits that quarter. Seems like good cause to refuse negotiating pay cuts to me.

Unions in the US have done some less than wonderful things, but they've had to due to what corporations have done. Alas, most people in the US apparently learns about the bad things the unions have done, but never learn of (or forget about) the bad things corporations have done. I just hope the US doesn't get any more screwed up.

Exactly. The management was quite willing to bargain with the union for a pay cut, then gave themselves YET ANOTHER pay increase and bonus. The pay cut was supposedly because the company was dying, the pay increase and bonus was because it sure as hell wasn't management's fault that the company was going bad, and heck, they were so innovative in conning the union members into working for less than they were worth -- again.

That was the breaking point, that caused the Union to strike. And of course, Fox News and the crony capitalist crowd did their aggressive projecting crap to turn it around on the Unions. They do the same thing all the time, particularly in political debates, it's honestly a brilliant (but dishonest) tactic.

about 8 months ago
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Twinkies: The Breakfast of Champion Programmers Still Hard To Get

_KiTA_ Re:Pathetic (223 comments)

I 100% support the right of unions to exist and collectively bargain. What I don't support are unions forcing the unwilling to pay dues. That is against the spirit of free association.

So you support Right to Mooch States, where the Unions fight for benefits that apply to all the workers, but the workers don't have to support the union to get them?

Or did you honestly think that a company would pay union members one wage and non-union another? The entire point of a union is to be collective.

about 8 months ago
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Twinkies: The Breakfast of Champion Programmers Still Hard To Get

_KiTA_ Re:Pathetic (223 comments)

We could do with doctors having some end of live training. I have watched too many elderly relatives treated with expensive and painful procedures that only managed to lengthen their suffering a very short amount of time. Often increasing their suffering for that time. Yeah, lets try chemo on an 85 year old who is more cancer than man! What the hell is wrong with these doctors?

It's the same reason you get an XRay every time you go into the Dentist. You don't need them (visual inspection will tell almost everything you need to know), but they are a very simple and easy procedure that will get the dentist a good amount of money from the Insurance company. In addition, like mechanics and the specialist equipment they have to buy, paying off that XRay machine they are forced to buy will probably take a few thousand XRays, so they have to do it in order to survive.

A lot of the medical decisions we make in this country are satisfied by this basic economic pressure: The exact point where they can bleed as much money from the Insurance companies (who bleed as much out of you).

This is why we should have went with single payer or Universal health care in the United States, instead of using the Affordable Care Act to prop up a diseased industry. Perhaps in another 10-20 years we'll be at that point in the US, it depends on how fast the current Ultraconservative Party collapses.

about 8 months ago

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Asheron's Call to end active development, Turbine to release server software

_KiTA_ _KiTA_ writes  |  about a month and a half ago

_KiTA_ (241027) writes "Asheron's Call, one of the longest running modern era MMOs at 15 years, will have one final monthly update on March 4th, whereupon the game (alongside Asheron's Call 2) will be placed in Mothball — going free to play for existing accounts, with only bugfix and balance updates to be expected.

However, at the same time, Turbine's going out with a bang — adding a Disgaea-like character reincarnation system, LOTRO style evolving weapons, and a fanservice-filled bonus dungeon for the remaining (and returning) faithful players.

Oh, and they're planning on releasing the game's servers, client, utilities, and art assets for free. Similar to how Ultima Online spawned a host of unofficial and technically illegal 3rd party servers, Turbine is going to officially allow 3rd party servers now that the game is being retired. There are also increasing rumors that Turbine might be working on an Asheron's Call 3 or AC Reboot, as well."

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Google using AdSense to Enforce Censorship

_KiTA_ _KiTA_ writes  |  about 2 years ago

_KiTA_ (241027) writes "Popular Wiki TVTropes recently underwent a purge after a troll complained to Google about content on the wiki. Any works that may possibly discuss risque content, including the recent hit anime Astarotte's Toy and Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita were part of the purge of works that had "pedophile overtones." Most worryingly, the site made a special effort to prevent Google AdSense ads from being displayed on those particular pages, which means that Google is now claiming that even pages that do not have Google Ads directly on them are fair game for blocking your entire domain from advertisement hosting and Google Indexing. Interestingly, this is not the first time Google has forced TVTropes (and others) to purge their website of unpalatable material, it is actually the latest in a in people using Google AdSense to harass websites they do not agree with, with an apparent focus on websites discussing Japanese media."
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iPad Bait and Switch: No more Unlimited Data Plan

_KiTA_ _KiTA_ writes  |  more than 3 years ago

_KiTA_ (241027) writes "AT&T announced today that the iPhone will gain tethering, finally, at an extra $20 a month, but only for people on a new 2gb a month plan. They also quietly announced at the same time the real news — that the $30 Unlimited Data plan on the iPad 3G will be axed in lieu of the same data plan. Yes, this would be the same "revolutionary data plan" that Steve Jobs was so proud of during the iPad unveiling — it lasted exactly 1 month after the 3G model was delayed to May 7th. People feeling vibes of previous Apple iDevice releases are not alone. Existing accounts will be allowed to grandfather in, although Apple has removed the ability to purchase the iPad from the online store at this time, and AT&T has a history of changing their plans without warning. Finally, there is no word on what happens if you ever let your Unlimited plan lapse for a month at this time."
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1 Step Closer to Ray Kurzweil's Future

_KiTA_ _KiTA_ writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KiTA (241027) writes "Gizmondo is reporting that Sirtris, a think-tank that has been researching anti-aging, for $720 million USD. Sirtris's founder, David Sinclair, discovered a molecule called Resveratrol, which seems to seriously help the aging process (and makes fat mice skinny, to boot!). This time-lapse video of a mouse under the effects of Resveratrol simply has to be seen to be believed. Human testing of high-dose Resveratrol is about to begin. What do you think — One step closer to Ray Kurzweil and Aubrey de Grey's future as described in their books, or one step towards a nightmare future of 1000 year old overlords?"
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MS: Yahoo/Google deal Bad, Yahoo/MS deal Good

_KiTA_ _KiTA_ writes  |  about 6 years ago

_KiTA_ (241027) writes "According to Microsoft's head lawyer, the possibility of a deal between Yahoo and Google would "would make the market for Web search less competitive", and that "Microsoft was assessing all of its options." This statement comes shortly after Yahoo rejected Microsoft's current offer to buy them out as being "insufficient", and Microsoft announced they'd just force them to accept it anyway. Seems Microsoft is just a tiny bit scared that Google might keep Yahoo out of their clutches."

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