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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

just_a_monkey So I was all "Social contract, move to Somalia"... (359 comments)

They have elections every four years. If the people find this untolerable, that's the time to choose some-one whose platform is to deregulate.

(I know. That would be a memorable day in the annals of porcine aviation.)

yesterday
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

just_a_monkey Re:Snowden never had integrity (391 comments)

At the very least they could have told Ukraine, who seems to have been totally taken by surprise.

Also, if we're talking "treason", allowing Russia (or any we're-not-even-hiding-it-totalitarian state) to move their positions forward without opposition is something like treason towards humanity. Why are there not carrier groups in the Black Sea and the Baltic right now, "on maneuver". Or are we just going to allow Russia to annex the Baltic states as well? What about Finland, Poland or Sweden? France? When is it time to put the foot down?

2 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

just_a_monkey Re:Snowden never had integrity (391 comments)

Do you think there is a useful difference in specificity there? Details matter. The claim that the terrorists "just knew already" is bullshit and a whitewash. Terrorist groups have changed their communication methods since Snowden's leaks and intelligence has been lost because of it.

Does the NSA not have the technology to steam-open their letters, or what? (Also, I call bullshit. The actual (non-business secrets, non-webcam) intelligence the NSA has captured is about zero. Notice how surprised everyone was (is) by the Crimea-Ukraine-thingie? And if they didn't see something like that coming...)

3 days ago
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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

just_a_monkey Re:I know (89 comments)

What is this, the 00's? 3D-printing is how things are made now, grandpa.

5 days ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

just_a_monkey To what power is. (322 comments)

Hoho! I can see it before me. The tech guys entering the meeting, thinking they're so clever. And one of the managers saying that. And a short pause and then the techies going "Eh, what? But... But... That's not right. That's not even wrong. Your words does not... mean... anything..."

And on that day, the tech guys were enlightened.

about a week ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

just_a_monkey Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (387 comments)

He probably can't wait to pay for another bailout. I mean, if some car companies were too big to fail, what is the company that runs all the computers in the world...?

about two weeks ago
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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

just_a_monkey Re:hahaha (207 comments)

What's not really democratic about that?

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

just_a_monkey Re:Communism is the only way forward (870 comments)

Predatory pricing, buying competitors simply to shut them down, murder

One of these things are not like the others.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Tech Support To Development?

just_a_monkey Re:I've been there (133 comments)

It's like the old saying about how hard it is the verify that the applicant actually is any good: "no-one was ever fired for hiring someone with a degree".

about a month ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

just_a_monkey Re:New UI (256 comments)

Such discoverability.

about a month ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

just_a_monkey Re:New UI (256 comments)

you could tell what everything would do just by looking at it.

Or at least you could tell which UI elements were clickable and which were just informational or decorative. Those were the days.

about a month ago
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

just_a_monkey You can cut down on food or something instead (401 comments)

Just this week we have the example of Obama saying that people should cancel their phone service to pay for his healthcare scheme, but that's just a glaring example of a pervasive problem.

So not what he meant. If you like your phone service, you can keep your phone service.

about a month ago
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Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

just_a_monkey Re:Out of step with reality (149 comments)

Except by the government, I assume?

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

just_a_monkey Re:Three easy steps (342 comments)

So then - when everyone does that - the car companies will have to be bailed out again?

about a month ago
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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

just_a_monkey Re:I've heard that government moves slowly... (299 comments)

...the city that's often portrayed as the world's biggest terrorism target.

Bagdad or Jerusalem?

about a month ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

just_a_monkey Re:Shill (545 comments)

In the end, there will of course be legislation, so that others will have to change their behaviour. That's what it's all about.

about a month ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

just_a_monkey Re:Shill (545 comments)

How do you sell something "unilaterally"? Is that the same as giving things away?

about a month ago

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