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DHS Can Seize Your Electronics Within 100 Mi.of US Border, Says DHS

dbet Re:Fuck you DHS (597 comments)

They won't unless you light it under their feet.

about a year and a half ago
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Site Copies Content and Uses the DMCA to Take Down the Original Articles

dbet Re:If this can happen ... (241 comments)

You do have a right to freedom of press and that extends to both video and to the internet.

about a year and a half ago
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Why It's So Hard To Predict How Caffeine Will Affect Your Body

dbet Re:Different rates? isn't this also true of alcoho (212 comments)

Hmm. I have a Yuengling lager in my hand, made and consumed in the U.S., and there is no stated alcohol percent anywhere on it. Maybe it's on the case? Don't know.

about a year and a half ago
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Why It's So Hard To Predict How Caffeine Will Affect Your Body

dbet Re:Drag them Feet, Feds (212 comments)

That amount would be (effectively) zero.

about a year and a half ago
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Racism In Online Ad Targeting

dbet Re:Racism gotten to the point (474 comments)

Uh, no. Race exists in all species, it is a subdivision of that species, just like species is a subdivision of a genus. In dogs we call them breeds. Where the boundaries lie between races is somewhat arbitrary. Between these groups, physical and biological differences are the rule, not the exception. If it helps you to call them "ethnicities", go right ahead, because those differences are smaller but still exist.

This doesn't mean an individual is defined by his or her race, only that they tend toward different means than those of other races. Nor does it excuse discrimination under the law, or treating members of some races poorly simply because they're a member of that race.

This is scientific, biological reality. Even if all the races died except for one, in 50,000 years there would be multiple races again, provided different populations were allowed to separate entirely for a while.

about a year and a half ago
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Does US Owe the World an Education At Its Expense?

dbet Re:Couldn't we just charge them tuition? (689 comments)

Yeah, my understanding is that other nations send them here on their dime, specifically so they will come home with that education.

about a year and a half ago
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Does US Owe the World an Education At Its Expense?

dbet Re:Couldn't we just charge them tuition? (689 comments)

BS. If you're from India or China, *everything* is attractive in the U.S., especially if you're a girl.

about a year and a half ago
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Free Wi-Fi: the Movement To Give Away Your Internet For the Good of Humanity

dbet Re:If you leave your doors unlocked (505 comments)

You don't have wifi insurance so not sure how this applies.

about a year and a half ago
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Free Wi-Fi: the Movement To Give Away Your Internet For the Good of Humanity

dbet Re:Bad idea. (505 comments)

If that's the case, why isn't every Starbucks shut down for facilitating CP downloads? I think it's a fear that's blown far out of proportion. The most likely negative of sharing wifi is the person maxing out your bandwidth with Netflix downloads.

about a year and a half ago
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How Proxied Torrents Could End ISP Subpoenas

dbet Re:Wrong (307 comments)

Not necessarily. Keep in mind they never go after "doanloaders", only uploaders. It's just that with torrents, they've made the argument that everyone in the swarm is an uploader.

Also, if 2 people share a file, there are several nodes between them that also share that file, but no one is ever sued except the end user. With a place like Torrent tracker sites, they've made the argument that they of course know they're trading illegal files, that they have received take-down requests and ignored them. Even places like Youtube are expected to ban things on request.

Now enter proxy torrenting. Who do they send a take-down request to? Even if they can pin an upload to a specific address, they need to show that you knew you were trading "The Avengers" which you almost certainly didn't.

It's a legal mountain.

about a year and a half ago
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Missouri Republican Wants Violent Video Game Tax

dbet Re:The exception proves the exception (506 comments)

Yes, the U.S. has lots of gun deaths.

This is an acceptable price of having the freedom to own guns.

Just like there is lots of domestic violence. This is the price of the freedom of cohabitation.

There's no problem with violence in America. It's going down. Steadily. For years.

You can drop it even more if you end the drug war.

We like guns. And we hate child murder. Anyone would. But we just don't think we ought to do ANYTHING POSSIBLE to prevent it.

You can't even prevent violence in prisons where ALL your rights are suspended.

Reasonable steps to limit violence are a good thing, but we're already taking them, and THEY WORK.

So chill.

about a year and a half ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

dbet Re:US Metric System (1387 comments)

The U.S. is on the metric system, it's just not mandatory, meaning things like contracts and road signs can be metric, and some are, but it's not required.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Lands Drunk Driving Teen In Jail

dbet Re:Nice friends (443 comments)

"Facebook friends" might just be people you met once, or not even that.

about a year and a half ago
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Ban On Loud TV Commercials Takes Effect Today

dbet BILLIE MAYS (383 comments)

Rolling in his grave, I imagine.

about a year and a half ago
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FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn

dbet Re:I'm still trying to wrap my brain around... (346 comments)

I'm trying to wrap my brain around how a principal could be so stupid. It's a public computer that gets passed around. I wouldn't look at *regular* porn on that thing. Nor would I visit a banking web site (yes it's HTTPS, but boot keyloggers exist).

about a year and a half ago
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Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA

dbet Re:Interesting (513 comments)

That's because NYC would keep your DNA on file forever, and use it to bust you for things that aren't even crimes, like protesting.

about 2 years ago
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Geomapping Racism With Twitter

dbet Re:How about black-to-white racism? (409 comments)

It sounds like you decided that since it's not realistic for the whole of black men to have power over the whole of white men, that you've extrapolated that into believing that it's not possible for a black man to have power over a white man.

White man walks through black neighborhood, gets attacked by black men because he's white. If you don't count that as racism than you should probably stop trying to use words at all.

about 2 years ago
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Blizzard Sued Over Battle.net Authentication

dbet Re:Surprised? (217 comments)

People don't get their accounts stolen through brute force password hacks, so who cares about case sensitivity.

about 2 years ago
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EFF Sues to Block New Internet Sex-Offender Law

dbet Re:EFF has it right. (305 comments)

Nowadays a lot of people are classified as sex offenders that shouldn't be

Yes, ALL OF THEM.

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Teenager Arrested For Photographing Mall Takedown

dbet Re:lawsuit time? (770 comments)

So what's the difference? If cops in Canada or the U.S. can do whatever they want with no consequences, what's the difference between that and your "actual" police states?

about 2 years ago

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