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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

assertation More Pens, Less Swords (1574 comments)

The United States would be in a lot better shape if people protected privacy, protected the freedom to assemble/protest, and fought campaign funding abuse ( Citizens United, etc ) the way the NRA fights for guns. It would be a lot more secure in freedoms as well as its physical safety.

3 days ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

assertation I will not use them anymore (447 comments)

I used them once or twice for non-private files. Glad I know this now. I don't plan to use dropbox anymore.

about a week ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

assertation Re:A Lose - Lose situation (193 comments)

Good point, I usually watch Colbert on Hulu

about a week ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

assertation A Lose - Lose situation (193 comments)

A lose-lose situation.

Colbert's fans get deprive of The Colbert Report.

Colbert loses viewers from going on at a later time and having his humor constrained by the stricter rules of broadcast television.

It seems like Letterman's ( or Leno's ) job is a place where comedians losing steam go to wait to die.

about a week ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

assertation Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Eh? Shutting down pedophiles would be a good thing just like shutting down an anti-gay bigot

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

assertation Intelligence & Bigotry (1746 comments)

I know that intelligence can coexist with bigotry, dogma, and hate, but I still find myself asking how such an intelligent, competant person could be wrapped up in being a bigot.

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

assertation Like Saturday Night Live (544 comments)

60 Minutes shined brightly in the 1970s and hasn't even been a shadow of what it once was since.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

assertation Decoy Phones? (218 comments)

There is already social media software that can tell you where a phone is located.

Why don't the police just buy a batch of phones, install similar aps so the phones can be located, let the phones be "stolen" and bust up the organizers where the phones are collected?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

assertation Re:Victory for the Thought Police? (1746 comments)

I think a lot of people think about discrimination against gays differnetly.

What if this guy contributed money to a group working against blacks or Jews?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

assertation Re:Moral of the story... (1746 comments)

Why should CEOs be any different than us with HR people Googling on our names, asking for Facebook passwords, and telling us what can/can not go on our personal web sites ( work related or not )?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

assertation Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Would you feel the same if Eich gave money to a group working to keep black people from marrying, Jews from becoming presidents, or women from becoming CEOs?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

assertation Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

His freedom of speech wasn't taken away. He can still say what he wants and contributes to the causes he wants. It is a matter of other people exercising their freedom to do the same and choose a browser for any reason they prefer.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

assertation Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

All of the people in the United States who own guns and guns way beyond hunting rifles and home protection haven't stopped the Supreme Court from passing a law the other day to allow billionaires to pool their money in political campaigns.

Guns.......and phones without kill switches will not protect your freedom.

Only being an informed and involved citizen will.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

assertation Done in other countries with good results? (218 comments)

I seem to remember reading a while back on Slashdot that countries other than the United States already have this and with good results.

Am I mistaken?

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

assertation Jeremiah (67 comments)

I recently rewatched "Jeremiah" streaming online, and finally got to see the second season.

The tone of the story changed from season 1 to season 2. I enjoyed season 1 more, but I liked them both.

"Jeremiah" was a pretty decent show.

about two weeks ago
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Hacking Charisma

assertation A Light Saber In Another Person's Hands? (242 comments)

Many of the top critical comments are similar to criticism I've heard about the classic "How To Win Friends And Influence People".

A light saber is the same tool in Darth Vader's hands or Luke Skywalker's hands.

It is all about intent and the state of mind you use it in.

Yes, a lying piece of shit narcissitic sociopath could use technique X to get what he wants, regarless of the consequences to everyone else.

Someone with a good heart can use technqiue X to remind himself to review a situation, find something positive, using to get something positive, something win-win done and make people feel better, out of a sincere desire for them, in the process.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

assertation Too many people, not enough jobs? (870 comments)

Automation is threatening lots of low skilled jobs.

Every industry has some "fluff" in my opinion, things that are needed, but that happen to make money. Example, Inuit fighting tax code simplification so people will want to buy their software.

Is the elephant in the room that there are too many people to give quality jobs too, or any job? That productivity is so high that it isn't necessary to have everyone working to give everyone what they need?

Is the current paradign out of date?

If very few people have jobs, then there are less people to buy things, keep other people employed and give profits to owners.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

assertation Will not automation happen regardless? (870 comments)

A few years ago when the supermarkets in my area began replacing cashiers with self checkout machines, there was no minimum wage debate going on.

Will not automation happen regardless?

Even if the cost of an employee is about the same as a machine wouldn't employers rather not have employees as machines are more under their control?

about three weeks ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

assertation Re:Info? (551 comments)

Also, while it is likely that Crimeans would have voted to secede even without Russian coercian,

Then why roll out their military? Same ends, they just look worse in the international community.

about a month ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

assertation Info? (551 comments)

I haven't been keeping up with the close, at least closely.

Is the problem that though the majority of Crimerians voted to merge with Russia, some people believe that vote was coerced with the threat of violence ( Russian troops on the border )?

about a month ago

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Why Don't Organizations Block Social Media Sites Like Facebook ?

assertation assertation writes  |  about 8 months ago

assertation (1255714) writes "Many organizations complain about lost productivity due to employees spending a lot of time on social media sites like Facebook. Many of these organizations have URL filtering. So, why don't they just block Facebook, Tumblr, etc? Is it that the boss also likes using those sites? What do you think?"
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Taxpayers Helped Apple, but Apple Won't Help Them

assertation assertation writes  |  about a year ago

assertation (1255714) writes "The Harvard Business Review Blog: Apple & Google made their fortunes with taxpayer funded innovations, but neither company is giving back to the American taxpayer. Google's CEO has publicly bragged about his company's herculean tax dodging and Apple keeps its manufacturing jobs overseas."
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OSU students develop alternative to Facebook with more privacy

assertation assertation writes  |  about a year ago

assertation (1255714) writes "It is not vaporware. It is up, running and growing in membership by 10% a week for the last month. Co-founders, Dustin Studer and Suprasanna Mishra were inspired by the desire to share good times with friends on the web, but were weary of reading that 69 percent of employers said they have rejected job applicants because of what they have found on Facebook. Privacy is #1 at CapStory.com, giving the users control over their information, even to the point giving the users the ability to set special permission on pictures. CapStory.com runs on servers that have the same level of security as bank websites do."
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Romney Family Buying Voting Machines

assertation assertation writes  |  about a year and a half ago

assertation (1255714) writes "Tagg Romney, the son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has purchased electronic voting machines that will be used in the 2012 elections in Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington and Colorado. Both The Nation and New York Times confirm the connection between the Romney family, Solamere and the Bain Capital investment in the voting machine company, Hart Intercivic, whose board of directors serve H.I.G. Capital."
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Romney stands by pledge to shut down FEMA

assertation assertation writes  |  about a year and a half ago

assertation (1255714) writes "We reported earlier this evening on a video from the Republican primary debates in which Mitt Romney responds “absolutely” when asked whether FEMA funding should either no longer be guaranteed and/or the agency disbanded and left to individual states to handle FEMA’s responsibilities.

Tonight, the Huffington Post asked the Romney campaign to comment on what appears to be the suggestion that FEMA be shut down, and the Romney campaign refused to deny the underlying allegation"

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Stanford Study Flawed: Organic Produce May Be More Nutritious After All

assertation assertation writes  |  about a year and a half ago

assertation (1255714) writes "A few weeks ago an article was posted to Slashdot referring to a Stanford Study stating that organic produce, contrary to popular belief is not more nutritious. According to Mark Bitman of The New York times the Standford study was flawed. A spelling error skewed the results as well as the study ignoring several types of nutrients."
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Why is India so bad for women?

assertation assertation writes  |  about a year and a half ago

assertation (1255714) writes ""A poll of 370 specialists around the world voted India as the worst place to be a woman out of all the G20 countries. Saudi Arabia was number 2. In India, women and girls continue to be sold as chattel, married off as young as 10, burned alive as a result of dowry-related disputes and young girls exploited as domestic slave labour"
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Beyond 7 Billion

assertation assertation writes  |  about a year and a half ago

assertation (1255714) writes ""After remaining stable for most of human history, the world's population has exploded over the last two centuries. The boom is not over: The biggest generation in history is just entering its childbearing years. The coming wave will reshape the planet, and the impact will be greatest in the poorest, most unstable countries.""
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Chinese Kid Sells His Kidney for an iPad and iPhone, Now Needs A Transplant

assertation assertation writes  |  about 2 years ago

assertation (1255714) writes ""Though you might say you'd give your left arm for an iPad, you only mean it figuratively. But one Chinese teen actually sold his kidney to make enough money to buy the Apple tablet and an iPhone. Today, Wang suffers from renal deficiency, meaning his kidneys can no longer filter out toxins from his blood. Doctors say he's going to need a transplant of his own""
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Chinese Kid Sells His Kidney for an iPad and iPhone, Suffers Renal Failure

assertation assertation writes  |  about 2 years ago

assertation (1255714) writes "Though you might say you'd give your left arm for an iPad, you only mean it figuratively. But one Chinese teen actually sold his kidney to make enough money to buy the Apple tablet and an iPhone. Today, Wang suffers from renal deficiency, meaning his kidneys can no longer filter out toxins from his blood. Doctors say he's going to need a transplant of his own"
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Amazon Employees Forced To Work In Brutal Heat

assertation assertation writes  |  about 2 years ago

assertation (1255714) writes "Twenty current and former employees at an Amazon warehouse in Pennsylvania say they were forced to work in brutal heat at a breakneck pace while hired paramedics waited outside in case anyone became dangerously dehydrated."
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