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Keeping Your Data Private From the NSA (And Everyone Else)

dhermann Re:Why the hell are people accepting this? (622 comments)

I'm not an expert, but I'm pretty sure it's because less than 3,547 of those traffic accidents were intentional, and less than 3,547 of those handgun deaths were not self-inflicted (sorry, double negative). Answer without the snide tone: combating terrorism, both foreign and domestic, is a goal worthy of our time and talents.

about a year ago
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Florida Activates System For Citizens To Call Each Other Terrorists

dhermann Re:Dear Sen, McCarthy (501 comments)

People who don't clean up after their dogs are terrorists.

about a year ago
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Apple Deluged By Police Demands To Decrypt iPhones

dhermann Re:Is Apple being compensated? (239 comments)

but I generally don't worry about an attacker with sorts of resources; they would probably just beat my PIN out of me...

Oh man, you should never read Doctorow's Little Brother. Well, you should, because it's great, but it will freak you the F out.

about a year ago
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IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

dhermann Re:Very un-PC (719 comments)

Your terse tone is as overzealous as it is melodramatic. The IRS was investigating their tax-exempt status. No groups had that status revoked. There was no calculation to hinder the election process, because, even at worst, you are talking about having to pay taxes. This thing does not undermine free and fair elections: you are thinking of congressional redistricting and voter identification laws. Your position that this is indicative of some shadowy fascist empire makes you sound like a fanatical lunatic, and your comments are abysmally without use. Grow up.

about a year ago
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US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

dhermann Re:...wont make me shop at "traditional" (678 comments)

I can see why you would be surprised. Here is a checklist of how to see if you are discriminating against a class of people:

  1. 1. You have witnessed behavior you deem inappropriate in the past and are attempting to predict when such behavior will happen again by classifying the actors into a group, also called a stereotype.

about a year ago
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US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

dhermann Re:I support online tax (678 comments)

Dear God, did I just type "shirts"? /iamshamed

about a year ago
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US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

dhermann Re:I support online tax (678 comments)

Online retailers offer products to customers in states, regardless of where their warehouses are located. I think OP notes the discrepancy and inherent unfairness of competing against another retailer that not only naturally has lower overhead but actively shirts 3-9% of the actual price of the item. To put it another way: other than the fact that charging the appropriate sales tax is complicated, why don't online retailers charge local sales taxes?

about a year ago
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US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

dhermann Re:...wont make me shop at "traditional" (678 comments)

Tell me more about this "rabble" to which you refer. Can we easily identify them to make ejection procedures? Do I need to print out a Whole Foods shopping list to show to security personnel? Will there be a credit check at the door to ensure that a potential customer can afford to shop at Crate & Barrel? Or perhaps you would prefer to filter by skin tone?

about a year ago
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How much I care about GMO food labeling:

dhermann Re:If they're safe, what's the problem? (461 comments)

The article to which you link clearly states that there is no reliable method to avoid genetically modified organisms, but we agree that the impetus should fall on companies to educate consumers on the safety of their foods, not rely on the omission of information to homogenize their products with others.

about a year and a half ago
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Code.org Documentary Serving Multiple Agendas?

dhermann Re:In English (226 comments)

Why would "some find it strange" that Chilcott and Gates, who worked together on Waiting for Superman, would work together again on another documentary, that highlights a more specific variation on the same theme? I don't get it.

about a year and a half ago
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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

dhermann Re:MTV Star Wars! (735 comments)

Luke, Leia and Han are supercool heroes from a galaxy far, far away. And boy are they full of angst.

And you can barely see them through the lens flare?

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers For $1

dhermann This Sounds Terrific (325 comments)

Dear Facebook,

I love this idea. I don't mind you selling the ability to contact me at all; don't listen to these other internet clowns. Now, I can't guarantee I'll read each and every message, but I will look at their subject lines. A glance, that's all I can promise. Is this okay? Great. Great. I am loving this. Will you deposit the $1 into my bank account every time I get a message, or once a month like eBay does?

I cannot think of a way that this couldn't work out well for me.

-Dan

about 2 years ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

dhermann Re: Jack Thompson is already on the case (1719 comments)

Wrong. Utility changes a massive amount based on if you are a civilian or a soldier. What planet do you live on?

Your arguments are baseless and weak. You also can't seem to decide if you want to attack my position by asserting that high-capacity magazines serve a legitimate purpose outside of a warzone (they don't) or if other dangerous objects should be similarly restricted (fallacious and absurd). Frankly, I'm surprised you can remember a username and password to log in. Your point of view is worthless, and the only people who despise you more than I are the hunters and sport shooters who believe reasonable, feasible, and enforceable regulations should be in place for purchasing guns should be in place, because the inherent idiocy of your perspective actually hurts their cause.

about 2 years ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

dhermann Re: Jack Thompson is already on the case (1719 comments)

He used a car to drive there. You'll be turning your's in shortly, right, Mr. Disingenuous?

No, as a car has never been used to intentionally kill twenty children.

And of course, you'd never use fertilizer, or consume food it was grown with, since that was used to kill 168 people in Oklahoma City.

I'd never buy five thousand pounds of it, and I hope the FBI would arrest anyone who does.

And, you don't use electricity, right, since much of it comes from fissionable material, which was used to kill 200,000 people?

This is your argument? Really? You're comparing firearms to electricity? Do you have any idea how puerile that makes you sound?

Will you be writing your congressmen, asking that the military be banned from using high capacity magazines, since they have no legitimate purpose?

I can't say I've ever been in a combat zone, but from what I understand, our military forces need high-capacity magazines because they do serve a legitimate purpose you effete, nonsensical toddler.

about 2 years ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

dhermann Re: Jack Thompson is already on the case (1719 comments)

"What, pray tell, is the legitimate use of high capacity magazines? " Sport and fun. What's the use of a snowboard? Other than sport and fun, they serve no legitimate purpose.

A snowboard was never used to kill twenty children. Hope you're having loads of fun with something that was.

about 2 years ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

dhermann Re:Like propping up the failed manhood... (2987 comments)

Do you know he difference between automatic and semi automatic? Do you know that the media misreports on this all the time? Do you know that everything the guy did is already illegal? Do you know that guns are far less dangerous than many other things - if we really cared about the deaths, not the tool, we'd be looking for ways to make ladders, cars, bathtubs, and baseball bats (the #1 tool of violent crime) all safer. Do you know that different cultures have different behaviors around firearms?

Several responses, but I'll choose this one to comment on. While we don't have the full reports (last reliable source indicates that he was armed with four weapons), I remain confident that Ryan Lanza was armed with more guns than is required for basic hunting and home defense. I am happy to live in a society with controlled sales to qualified individuals who agree to keep their firearms safely locked at their firing ranges, hunting reserves, or in their homes.

Your ladder, car, bathtub, and baseball bat analogies might have a modicum of relevance if a car were ever used to intentionally kill eighteen children, otherwise you sound like a flip, puerile idiot. Especially today.

about 2 years ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

dhermann Re:Tragic (2987 comments)

Later disproved.

about 2 years ago

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Violent Video Games Ban Overturned

dhermann dhermann writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dhermann writes "Scalia strikes again, writing for the majority that "(the law) is seriously overinclusive because it abridges the First Amendment rights of young people whose parents (and aunts and uncles) think violent video games are a harmless pastime.""
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iPhone 4 Not Recommended by Consumer Reports

dhermann dhermann writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dhermann (648219) writes "The Consumer Reports tech lab concluded that the signal strength dropped considerably when a hand touched the left side of the phone, where the antenna rests. This seems to be in direct conflict with Apple's earlier statement that the lower bars some users were seeing were caused by a faulty algorithm used to calculate how many bars were displayed."
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ICANN Allows Non-Latin DNS Entries

dhermann dhermann writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dhermann (648219) writes "NYT reporting that ICANN voted to allow DNS entries in non-latin characters this morning in Seoul. Great, now even less chance I can identify NSFW links before they are blocked by my work's big brother app and my boss is notified... again."
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