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Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

genner Re:Not a solution (127 comments)

Uh, it's a spy agency. Spying on the rest of the world is their mission.

Spying on American citizens however........

about two weeks ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

genner Re:Just put fine print sticker on the dash,,,,, (269 comments)

No it is not :) If monitoring is illegal by law, like in Germany, you can not simply wave your right by consenting in that way ... especially not without a written contract (in the cases where contracts can modify written law).

Yeah but in the US you can.

By reading this post you waive all rights to disagree with me.

about 2 months ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

genner Re:Book Bans (410 comments)

I support traditional marriages....

Does anyone not support traditional marriages, or is that a code phrase for "I don't support gay marriages." I don't see many protesting against marriage between a man and a woman.

Spend enough time on the internet and you will.

about 2 months ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

genner Re:The Giver (410 comments)

I find it fascinating that "The Giver" rates #11 (1990-1999) and #23 (2000-2009) on the ALAs 'Most Frequently Challenged' lists (for (very mildly) discussing sexual arousal in adolescents) and yet, when it gets made into a movie, it gets championed by some as advancing conservative values. (I've read the book but not seen the movie, so I can't comment on how reasonable this view is.)

I'm thinking they wouldn't like my take on the story.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

I interpret it as an allegory for the Garden of Eden story. The Community (with its absence of pain and want) can only maintain itself by evil means (e.g. infanticide and involuntary euthanasia) but to have citizens performing evil acts would also destroy its 'idealness'. The way they reconcile these contradictory requirements is by denying their citizens knowledge of good and evil. Jonas attempts to give them this knowledge, which, if he succeeded, would effectively expel The Community from their Eden, hence he is playing the role of the serpent.

There's two reasons no one complains about the movie. 1.) It wasn't remotely sexual. That part of the book was summed up in about two lines of G rated dialog. 2.) Only one person bothered to see it and is burdened with the memories of it.

about 2 months ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

genner Re:Provided (326 comments)

Maybe not the worlds population.......but since the article seems mostly interested in Africa's growth.....

about 2 months ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

genner Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

Which is what, a euphemism for "slavery" ? Isn't that the GOAL of Capitalism??

Doing anything for free is by definition not capitalism.

about 2 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

genner Re:Sue police department, this is routine procedur (463 comments)

The problem is more then just a bad department policy. It's the very concept that police should be immune to certain laws in the first place that needs to change.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

genner This is good news...... (126 comments)

For the three remaining apps.....

about 3 months ago
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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

genner Re: what's wrong with cherry picking? (110 comments)

Ahahahahahahahahahaha. Um DSL (digital subscriber line) uses twisted copper. You are lucky of you pull 20M. You should only be able to get a max of 13. Thats why you can't get Netflix. Centurylink is pissed because it can't make money on an dying 1980s technology. No one should be on DSL anymore.

VDSL or bonded DSL can easily handle 20M.

about 3 months ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

genner Why is Canada greyed out? (158 comments)

Why no info on Canada? What are they hiding from us!

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice

genner Re:Wind and sunlight? (46 comments)

These organisms survive by converting methane into energy, enabling them to survive where there is no wind or sunlight,

The missed the part that makes this case unique. The organism could live with no wind, no sunlight and no cheetos!

Sure you could use store brand cheese puffs.........if you call that living.

about 3 months ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

genner Re:Sigh (748 comments)

Guess I have to go to 4chan now to read gay hating misanthropic posts.

No, Fark isn't affording any protection to men so your still good as long as you leave the lesbians alone.

about 3 months ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

genner Re:COBOL was better than JavaScript. (294 comments)

Without javascript, vbscript and activeX would have gone unchallenged and the world would be a darker place.

about 3 months ago
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Justin.tv Shuts Down Amid Reports Google Is Acquiring Twitch

genner Noooooooooo! (56 comments)

Nooooooooo! First they stop private channels now this.

about 4 months ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

genner Re:Golly, the "USA Freedom Ac" - it must be good! (176 comments)

If I had written the bill, I would have named it "USA #1 Freedom Bald Eagle Star Spangled Flag Waving Democracy Rah Rah Rah Act"

Vote yes on FBESSFWDRRRA!

about 4 months ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

genner Re:5thed is irrelevant. (183 comments)

So you're saying GURPS is the best game for a Dragonball Z campaign? Six seasons later, the flaming dragon-fist punch finally lands...

Also works for Final Fantasy campaigns.......I summon Knights of the Round!............at least there's less grunting.

about 4 months ago

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