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Edward Snowden is ...

hbean Re:The Real Bill Maher: (601 comments)

Ever notice how someone with an agenda you agree with is brilliant and insightful, but someone with one you disagree with, my god, they're brain washing everyone! Oh noes!

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

hbean Re:Snowden (601 comments)

You're more or less arguing my point. Just like I said, there was very little debate, even fewer laws (mainly the patriot act, which was passed with huge support). The federal government's power grab was basically carte blanche - do what is needed to make us safe, and by reelecting Bush (although to my own recollection Kerry didn't really offer much opposition to it or really bring it up for debate) the public threw more support behind it, and yes, a lot of the reason for that was because no one really knew what was going on. In short, its a mess, but its a mess we, the people, let happen, and now its very firmly entrenched and its going to take a lot for it to be removed.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

hbean Re:Snowden (601 comments)

If it's not the will of the people, then why do so many people still cling to the idea of "I don't have anything to hide, so I don't care of the government watches!"? That attitude and the creation of the monitoring that we now enjoy are practically chicken-and-egg.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

hbean Re:Snowden (601 comments)

As is often the case, you're generalizing as bad about Americans as you think they're generalizing about you.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

hbean Re:Snowden (601 comments)

I don't normally swear on the 'net, but FUCK OFF AND DIE.

Somehow I doubt that.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

hbean Re:Snowden (601 comments)

The changes were not agreed to by the people, or by the states, they just happened because time passed.

I'm gonna get blasted for this, but its my view. I'd like to state beforehand that I do not agree with what I believe happened, this is just how I see it. We, the people (that's an important distinction, meaning the body politic), essentially asked for all this after 9/11. We didn't tell our government to surveil us, we didn't directly request the erosion of our rights and privacy, we simply said "we're scared, protect us from the evil people who want to crash all the things into our buildings", and the government did (whether or not they've been successful is a debate for another day). Now that we're starting to realize (through the actions of Snowden et al) exactly how this protection was put in place, and we're puffing out our collective chests and declaring how wrong it is, and it is, but that doesn't change the fact that we demanded it happen. That being said, yes, what Snowden did was morally correct, but that doesn't change the fact that if Uncle Sam manages to get their mitts on him he wont see the outside of a prison again until he is a very old man, if at all.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

hbean Re:Snowden (601 comments)

There's a reason the Constitution is referred to as a living document.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

hbean Re:Snowden (601 comments)

You said it yourself: this is a democracy with the rule of law. What he did was against the law. You can debate the status of whether or not it was civil disobedience, whether or not it was morally right, or whether or not he was a hero, but you cannot debate whether or not it was against the law. The Boston Tea Party was very much against British law.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

hbean Re:Snowden (601 comments)

You act like this is a theory that I've crafted myself for the purposes of getting modded down on slashdot. It's not.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

hbean Re:Snowden (601 comments)

I said there was a chance, not that I thought that was what he did. There's absolutely a chance (even if it is a small one, which I believe it is) he did this until he comes out and says it isn't true, which, unless I missed it, he hasn't done. Treating the guy like Saint Snowden of Privacy does service to no one.

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

hbean Snowden (601 comments)

He certainly thinks hes a hero, I'm not sure if I agree. I think Bill Maher said it best (this isnt a direct quote): Just like the founding fathers couldn't have foreseen a world with automatic weapons/assault rifles when they wrote the second amendment, they couldn't have foreseen a world with religious fanatics with potential access to access to nuclear weapons that can destroy a whole city in the blink of an eye when they wrote the fourth amendment. Both gun control and privacy are tough topics, and there needs be some sort of balance between rights and protection, and currently we've maybe gone a bit more towards protection when it comes to our privacy. Is Snowden a hero? Maybe. Was he trying to impress his ex-gf. I would say there was a chance. Was what he did wrong? Yes, whether or not you agree he was a hero, he was wrong.

about a year ago
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John McCain Working On Legislation For 'a La Carte' TV Channel Packages

hbean Nelson Rating (614 comments)

I gotta admit, I just took a Nelson rating diary survey, and all its done is made me realize how much I'd like to cancel my increasingly expensive cable service. I watched maybe 8 hours of broadcast TV during the week I kept the diary.

about a year ago
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"SMSZombie" Malware Infects 500,000 Android Users In China

hbean huh? (116 comments)

How is that a lengthy process beyond the skill of most android users? My father could do that easily and he barely knows how to dial his android.

more than 2 years ago
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The Ugly, Profitable Details About Xbox Live Advertising

hbean Re:So, basically ... (204 comments)

Lots of people pay for cable, and there's a ton of ads on it. Just saying.

more than 2 years ago
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Clothier Slammed For Using 'Perfect' Virtual Model

hbean Im all for... (471 comments)

...promoting healthy body image and all, but no one expects General Motors to advertize their latest car in south central LA, why should clothing companies be required to advertize their products on ugly fat people?

more than 2 years ago
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SMK Toughens Up Those Tiny Micro-USB Connections

hbean Re:Sad (137 comments)

I often do, yes, when they available, but they often aren't. And when did we vote to have our consumer products replaced with cheap crap? I'm honestly asking, not trolling.

about 3 years ago
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SMK Toughens Up Those Tiny Micro-USB Connections

hbean Sad (137 comments)

Anyone else think its gotten a bit sad that a company building something to last/stand up to use has become a news story?

about 3 years ago
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New Drug Could Cure Nearly Any Viral Infection

hbean In Before Zombie Plague (414 comments)

Just sayin...it thinks all your braincells are viruses and turns you into a ZOMBIE.

more than 3 years ago
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Aerospace Engineer Named Lego Czar

hbean Re:Pathetic (132 comments)

37,500 is pretty decent to have fun and play with legos for a few years, rather than work at some soul crushing corporate job.

more than 3 years ago
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Coronal Mass Ejection Hits Earth

hbean The last time there was a... (154 comments)

...mass ejection of corona like this, it was spring break in Cancun.

more than 4 years ago

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Allowed to listen to music while coding?

hbean hbean writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hbean writes "Hi everyone out there in the /. world. A while ago (almost 6 years now) my company stopped allowing us to listen to music while we programmed, saying it was a distraction and kept us from being productive. Recently we've been undertaking efforts trying to get them to allow us to again. We've found a few studies on the topic of programming and the benefits of listening to music on concentration and ability to stay on task. We presented this to our supervisor and now he's asking for more evidence that other large companies allow their programmers to listen to music while working. We're looking for any help we can get, and maybe some documentation to back it up. Thanks!"

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