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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

flintmecha Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

Their ideology that the world is perfectly fair how it is, and if you want to change anything, then you hate capitalism and America.

about 3 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

flintmecha Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

Recognizing that the wording in the Constitution is often vague and open to interpretation, and suggesting that historical context is useful when examining the content, is not "revisionism". One of the oldest political debates since the birth of the US and the ratification of the Constitution, along side size/role of government, was whether in how literally to obey the words in the Constitution.

about 8 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

flintmecha Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

There's something sort of romantic about the idea of the citizenry being able to arm themselves to defend against sudden government tyranny, but I have to wonder if a modern "militia" could really stand up against things like tanks and missile strikes. This isn't the 18th century anymore, so I'm not sure that the spirit behind the 2nd ammendment is all that relevant these days. That said, I'm not really opposed to people being free to defend their home/property/family or to engage in sport like hunting, but let's call a spade a spade and stop acting like we're defending ourselves from the red coats.

about 8 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

flintmecha Re:McCarthy the Playmate? (588 comments)

It doesn't matter if she used to be a Playboy model, or if she used to build skyscrapers, or if she used to be a circus performer: the only thing that's relevant is that she's not and never has been a medical professional. She's just as wrong as any other anti-vaxxer, the fact that she posed naked for a magazine doesn't make her more wrong and doesn't specifically have any bearing on what she knows or doesn't know.

about 8 months ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

flintmecha Re:LOL, yup ... (124 comments)

I'm sure it's a majority, but 99.9% is extremely, naively, high.

about 9 months ago
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E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

flintmecha Re:Great (320 comments)

Actually, I said a majority (I used the word "largely") of the males involved in e-sports (a very tiny niche minority of all men) behave that way. Not sure how pointing out an observable statistic of a subset means I hate an entire set of people, or how such strawmen can be considered "insightful".

about 10 months ago
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E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

flintmecha Re:Great (320 comments)

Or maybe it's because that 90% majority of males is largely toxic, vulgar, immature, misogynist, and unwelcoming, and say shit like "OMFG A WOMAN IS HERE!" and tell women what they should do or say or feel about the men who act that way.

about 10 months ago
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Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

flintmecha Re:It was a myth (986 comments)

Historically speaking, America is a teenager compared to Europe. The overconfidence and smugness is typical. If the US lasts a few hundred more years, it'll likely be more humble and mellow about things. Right now, it still feels like it has something to prove and that it's invincible.

about a year ago
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Could Bitcoin Go Legit?

flintmecha Re:Bitcoin is already legit (300 comments)

The simplest answer to all of your questions is "Privacy, if you care about that."

Bitcoin and its ilk are usually referred to as "cryptocurrencies". The idea is to have a system where exchange of goods and services cannot be tracked back to individuals. Right now supposedly the government can monitor everything you buy, or at the very least request records of what you buy from your bank. And, again supposedly, Bitcoin is meant to be anonymous. It's appealing to people who are really into that sort of thing.

about a year and a half ago
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Explosions at the Boston Marathon

flintmecha Re:Isn't it sad? (1105 comments)

Just because they're ineffective against tanks and drones doesn't mean they're incapable of killing groups of innocent, unarmed people with little effort.

But nice work on the false dichotomy. It was almost believable.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

flintmecha Seems perfectly reasonable (1591 comments)

Sensible changes to how one legally acquires a gun and increased penalties for violence. Nobody's TERKIN YER GERNS. See how easy that is?

about 2 years ago
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Bin Laden's Death Being Used To Spread Malware

flintmecha This is why... (94 comments)

...we can't have nice things.

more than 3 years ago
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Atomic Weight Not So Constant

flintmecha Re:Natural constants? (147 comments)

I don't think there are any constants in nature.

Pi would like a word with you.

about 4 years ago
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Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

flintmecha Honestly? (724 comments)

If you care at all about video games in general, why would you pirate this game in light of the amazing treatment CD Projekt is giving gamers? Absolutely no DRM, play-anywhere, and an astounding pre-release bonus package.

I'm normally opposed to devs going all vigilante and hunting down pirates, but I think in this particular situation, I think Wither 2 pirates really deserve some sort of punishment, whether legal or physical.

If you pirate this game, you are a dick, plain and simple.

more than 4 years ago
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Jammie Thomas Hit With $1.5 Million Verdict

flintmecha Re:No, Wait... (764 comments)

Just looking for clarification... is the amount she owes changing, or are all of those actually "different" charges that add up together to over $3.2 million?

more than 4 years ago
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Amid Controversy, EA Pulls Taliban From Medal of Honor Multiplayer

flintmecha Re:Good. (495 comments)

Come off it. All this does is send a message that game publishers can be influenced by a vocal minority of people who have nothing to do with video games.

more than 4 years ago
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DX11 Coming To Linux (But Not XP)

flintmecha Re:Comment: No Computers on TV Show HOUSE (370 comments)

I noticed the Macbook appeared to be running Windows 7 for some reason, unless my eyes were playing tricks on me. It did not look like a Mac desktop.

more than 4 years ago
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Steam Not Coming To Linux

flintmecha Re:Not ready as a gaming platform (520 comments)

>To begin with 99% of commercial games don't even have a Linux version, so there's nothing to sell to Linux gamers.

You could have said the same thing about Macs earlier this year. The rest of your points make sense, but this is a silly comment to make.

more than 4 years ago

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8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study

flintmecha flintmecha writes  |  about 4 years ago

flintmecha (1134937) writes "A group of British schoolchildren may be the youngest scientists ever to have their work published in a peer-reviewed journal. In a new paper in Biology Letters, 25 8- to 10-year-old children from Blackawton Primary School report that buff-tailed bumblebees can learn to recognize nourishing flowers based on colors and patterns. The paper itself is well worth reading. It’s written entirely in the kids’ voices, complete with sound effects (part of the Methods section is subtitled, “‘the puzzle’duh duh duuuhhh”) and figures drawn by hand in colored pencil."
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