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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

daemonhunter California Top-Two Primary (551 comments)

But what if my vote is that both candidates are power-hungry, narcissistic, and self-serving, and I find neither of them fit for office? Where's my 'NONE OF THE ABOVE' option? Preferably it's an option that, if it wins, invalidates the other two candidates for political office for a set number of years. "You have been weighted and measured by your populace, and you have been found wanting. Go sit in the corner and think about what you've done." Then we start a new campaign, and the new candidates look REALLY HARD at why their predecessors got the no-vote.

Sure, we'd have periods of time with no governor, or missing a senator or two. But let's be honest: they shut the government down on a whim anyway, right? And life has carried on in their absence. So what can it hurt?

The fact is we have very little say in WHO ends up in our elections. The parties manage those choices for us these days. I'm not a fan of their candidates, because in a state like Texas I don't have much "choice" in my choices. That starts to stretch the bonds of democracy.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

daemonhunter That sounds nice... (170 comments)

That sounds good. Except for one tiny thing:

I DON'T BELIEVE YOU.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

daemonhunter Re:How Did These People Wage The Cold War??? (430 comments)

These people are so fucking sutpid, it is astonishing to think that they developed nuclear weapons; waged the Cold War; and to this day, launch people into space! Their entirely dysfunctional leadership does not seem capable of any rational thought. Perhaps those early accomplishments were just manifestations of autonomous reflexes?

Are we still talking about Russia? America isn't exactly running the smoothest, most intelligent government at the moment either...

about three weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

daemonhunter How big a fuss is it, really? (415 comments)

I take my watch off at the end of the day. I put it on in the morning. How big a difference is it to set it "on a charger on my nightstand", instead of just "on my nightstand?"

Much ado about nothing.

about three weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

daemonhunter Re:Response will be telling (392 comments)

Are they actively anti-consumer, or simply pro-self, and we get caught in the wake?

Greed that accidentally destroys your country I can understand. Willfully destroying your country I can't. Occam's razor and all that.

about three weeks ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

daemonhunter Re:We had a distributed social network (269 comments)

Agreed.

As I read this article, I was reminded of the push back in the 90's to get off the corporate networks (Compuserve, AOL, etc.) where data and people were walled off from opposing networks, and dive into the World Wide Web. At some point the pendulum swung back towards the value brought by corporate networks, the biggest of which seems to be ease of construction compared to traditional web design.I first noticed the shift with community sites like angelfire/geocities and then moving towards social networks, where you just add content.

Now the pendulum is swinging back again because the cost/value equation in favor of corporate networks makes less sense (specifically, we didn't realize the consequences of selling ourselves and our data for 'free' services until it was too late.).

about a month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

daemonhunter Re:WTF? (622 comments)

True, but from your original post:

"You don't blame the person if they left the house unlocked."

I'm telling you the cops won't, but the insurance company will. There's a big difference between the legal consequences of our actions and the social consequences of our actions.

Yes, someone 'hacked' their accounts. Yes, there should be consequences for that sort of thing. At the same time, celebrities shouldn't be shocked that nude photos of themselves are a [disturbingly] valuable commodity on the internet. The fact is, these should have been better protected, (either by the celeb or their management) and that has some social consequences apart from the legal standing. And frankly, this shouldn't be shocking news to celebrities. It's not news to any of us out here in the real world.

about a month ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

daemonhunter Re:WTF? (622 comments)

The police will most certainly blame the person who broke in to your house.

The insurance company will most certainly blame you for leaving your house unlocked.

This isn't an either/or situation. It's both/and, as has been pointed out numerous times over the last few weeks.

Why are we still talking about this? (Oh God. I'm part of the problem....)

about a month ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

daemonhunter Re:Increased public vigilance?? (478 comments)

Tell that to Kirk. He liked blue women just fine.

about a month and a half ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

daemonhunter Re:Well duh. (293 comments)

Well, based on nationality, actually. American isn't a race.

about a month and a half ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

daemonhunter Re:re (399 comments)

Agreed, because "distancing from 8" IS "marketing."

about 2 months ago
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

daemonhunter Oblig. Madison quote: (170 comments)

" If men were angels, no government would be necessary." - James Madison, Federalist Papers #51

about 3 months ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

daemonhunter Re:What do I think? (225 comments)

The thing these programs [try] to bring isn't so much help with learning as much as EQUAL ACCESS to learning. It attempts to level the playing field between the kids at home with no pc for research and the more well-off kids with greater tech access.

That said, it doesn't provide in home internet access, satellite or 3g coverage, so many times it seems like a wasted effort, but it allows students greater flexibility than previous generations. They aren't tied down to a classroom, or getting shuffled out of the lab so a new class can come in. They can do their work anywhere there's free wifi. Further, it adds a value to your district in less tangible ways: showing kids you trust them with not-inexpensive hardware does interesting things to their psyche.

about 4 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

daemonhunter Re:Russia has no choice (503 comments)

The state over whose territory this occurred bears responsibility for this awful tragedy.

I think you misread that quote.

What Putin is saying is "We did it. Also we own the Ukraine."

about 4 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

daemonhunter Re:Reconcile these two sentences please. (502 comments)

When gaming, moving the audio processing from motherboard to a discrete audio card doesn't relieve enough stress on the CPU to give additional in-game framerate, smoothness, etc., but it does increase the quality of the audio itself.

about 4 months ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

daemonhunter Re:Superman (249 comments)

where he can just snap his fingers for Christ's sake!

That's a different God. Don't mix genres. :)

about 4 months ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

daemonhunter Re: "Immigration Reform". (341 comments)

How is leaving Mexico because the cartel makes daily life unsafe any different than leaving Syria because radical Islamists make daily life unsafe?

When refugees show up at the Jordanian border, we all weep for their loss. When they show up at OUR border, we truck them back to the hell they came from and blame them for causing us trouble.

You tell me what's off base about having some compassion and asking intelligent questions about WHY they left.

about 5 months ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

daemonhunter Re:"Immigration Reform". (341 comments)

And if we were honest with ourselves, a not-small number of these "illegal immigrants" should probably be labelled as refugees in search of asylum.

But that doesn't fit the narrative we're spinning.

about 5 months ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

daemonhunter Re:Wow (371 comments)

Yes. Please make sure to add this to your trust or living will now, so that when you are killed by your government, the FOIA paperwork is already completed for your loved ones. It's the sensible thing to do.

about 4 months ago

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