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I prefer my peppers ...

blcamp Remember: Whatever Goes In... (285 comments)

...usually comes out, too.

The "spiciness" of chiles normally has to be dealt with... TWICE.

about 6 months ago

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

blcamp Re:Stupid "Activist" Junk Science (545 comments)

You mean like General Motors, which went bankrupt at the hands of a greedy UNION, and greedy GOVERNMENT?

Or Chrysler, which had to be bailed out and bought out by Italy's Fiat, for the same reasons...?

Or Compuware, another so-called "greedy corporation" which is now being parted out thanks to the recession brought about by the failed economic policies of the aforementioned greedy government?

How about the city itself, where the greed of it's former mayor and corrupt, rotten-to-the-core city "leaders" couldn't plunder it's treasury quite fast enough before getting caught with it's hands in the cookie jar...?

Bash corporations and capitalists all you like, but they are the ones that actually create and maintain the few remaining jobs Detroit has.

about 6 months ago

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

blcamp Stupid "Activist" Junk Science (545 comments)

(I've got karma, and I know how to burn it. So here goes some.)

The same idiots that trot out this junk science and "suggest" that we all go vegan, are the same damn fools that would have us all "save the environment" by putting corn into our gas tanks; and turn California's most fertile farming area turn into a desert in order to "save" some freaking minnows that actually need MORE water, not less.

The thing that really needs to be studied is what the hell happens to areas where the so-called "intelligencia" are allowed to run amok with their foolish ideas.

Near where I live, we have just such a place. It's called Detroit.

about 6 months ago

Obamacare Website Fixes Could Take Two Weeks Or Two Months

blcamp I have a better idea. (382 comments)

Shut down the website. Shut down Obamacare. Both are bad and hopelessly broken ideas.

If people took better care of themselves and, as smart consumers able to vote with thier loud voices (and thick wallets) for better food and medical choices to start with, they would be healthier to begin with and not need nanny government to wipe their noses and butts for them.

For the accidents that happen, there is private insurance for that... and it is far more affordable than this socialist trainwreck we've been dragged kicking and screaming thereto. And it's not just cheaper in terms of money. It costs nothing in terms of sacrificing personal freedom as well.

about a year ago

Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices

blcamp A gift for those skipping out on their contract. (378 comments)

All this does is weaken the ability of a carrier to enforce a contract which a paying customer willingly entered into. As a result, the paying customers who honor thier contracts will end up paying extra to cover those who bail out, and stiff the carrier for the exit fees they voluntarily agreed to pay.

This is nothing more but welfare for scofflaws.

1 year,3 days

MS: Windows Phone 8 Wi-Fi Vulnerable, Cannot Be Patched

blcamp FUD? (146 comments)

This is quite the "Oops" on the part of MSFT which, even if this is nothing more than anti-MS FUD, can ill-afford this kind of bad press with a platform which has less than 4% of market share.

about a year ago

Fifth Circuit Upholds Warrantless Cellphone Location Tracking

blcamp Re:LOL Corporations! (149 comments)

This has nothing to do with the concept of "corporate personhood", whether you agree with it or not.

This is a 4th Amendment issue. Searches and seizures of anything are protected for personal effects and papers. Electronic records are arguably that, but this court did not agree. It needs to be settled by SCOTUS.

about a year ago

Fifth Circuit Upholds Warrantless Cellphone Location Tracking

blcamp Fourth Amendment (149 comments)

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

- Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution

What? Emails, text messages and other electronic communications are not "papers", you say? Well, "electronic signatures" are taken as just as legal and binding as if it were an actual signature in ink on a piece of paper.

This needs to be taken to SCOTUS, extra pronto.

about a year ago

My NSA-induced paranoia level:

blcamp They Can See Me Now, And... (290 comments)

They can see which fingers I am waving at them... one on each hand, of course.

about a year ago

W3C Declares DRM In-Scope For HTML

blcamp Time for a new Internet. (290 comments)

Because this will break it beyond repair.

about a year and a half ago

The status of Java on my machine:

blcamp Not Installed (201 comments)

Bought a new rig two weeks ago, haven't installed it; probably won't ever need it.

about a year and a half ago

I double check my spam filters ...

blcamp I like Spam... (144 comments)

It's delicious, especially with either scrambled eggs for breakfast... or as one of the meats served in Chinese hot-pot.

about 2 years ago

Are you better off than you were four years ago?

blcamp From my own choices, yes; because of gov't, NO. (524 comments)

I've been busting my butt, saving as much as I can, paying my bills (and paying down my mortgage), so from that standpoint, I am making myself better off because of self-discipline and good choices.

But the prospects of being "better off" are being destroyed by an out of control government with reckless and limitless spending, a loss of poilitical freedom, and unequal enforcement of laws based on who one is, what one believes in, and where one comes from. It's absolutely maddening.

I'm better off financially, yes. But overall? Hardly.

about 2 years ago

WIPO Broadcasting Treaty Back On the Table

blcamp A suggestion for the UN... (133 comments)

...I wish the UN would exercise it's right to go f*** itself.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

blcamp They've Lost It (712 comments)

Is this a bad laptop, or a bad iPad wannabe? I can't really tell at this point.

I've made a career and a living off Microsoft products, and I'm grateful to the life that company has allowed me to provide for myself. But it's clear now they're in decline. They've lost their edge, their focus... their ability to innovate. This is a defensive play, and it's just not gonna fly.

And I'm not just a consumer and a developer, but an MSFT shareholder. As such, I'd like to see Ballmer get out of Redmond and make way for someone to bring the company back to a leadership position... while there's still time.

more than 2 years ago



Sears Unapologetic on Spyware

blcamp blcamp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

blcamp (211756) writes "Unlike social networking giant Facebook's retreat from using member's personal information and habits for targeted advertising, Sears remains unapologetic for installing spyware on members of its "My SHC Community." In response to media inquiries, Sears released this defiant statement: "It is impossible to become a tracked member of the My SHC Community by simply joining through the website link or general e-mail. Becoming a tracked member of the My SHC Community is by invitation only. Invitations are generated randomly and kept to a minimum by design. My SHC Community goes to great lengths to describe the tracking aspect for those members who receive an invitation. Clear notice appears in the invitation. It also appears on the first signup page, in the privacy policy and user licensing agreement. We provide additional notice of the tracking feature in the form of a welcome email that is sent to everyone after they become a member.""
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RIAA Goes After "Personal Use" Doctrine

blcamp blcamp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

blcamp (211756) writes "John C. Dvorak posts an excellent and concise commentary regarding the RIAA's recent shift of tactics to file blanket litigation against anyone and everyone who rips their own purchased CD's to their own hard drives.

"Their (the RIAA's) argument is that when you rip a CD to your hard drive, you have made an illegal copy. And while it is convenient for you to do this — you can listen to a lot of different songs without swapping CDs, or you can even (gasp!) load songs onto your MP3 player — it is technically an unauthorized copy. They see it as illegal and actionable.""

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