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Federal Courts To Begin First Digital Video Pilot

justinlee37 How much is enough? (80 comments)

Fuck you pal, we currently give you $680 billion a year, which is approximately 30% of the federal budget. It is the largest defense budget in the entire world.

For comparison, we only spend 0.5% of the federal budget on foreign aid.

We give you plenty of money to do whatever the fuck you want, and that is the problem. The money is wasted on stupid wars, tons of oil and ammunition, and a standing army of over 2 million soldiers.

If we saved some of that money that you love to waste, we could do a lot of good stuff with it. I'm not in favor of videotaping everything the military does for security reasons, but fuck you for saying you don't get enough money. You get more money than any other organization in the entire fucking world.

more than 3 years ago

Physical Pain and Emotional Pain Use Same Brain Networks

justinlee37 Re:In other news... (154 comments)

As a psychology major, I am amused, but I also see the merit of this experiment.

more than 3 years ago

Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

justinlee37 Re:Not anti-intellectualism (949 comments)

Lower and middle-class people can typically get grants to go to school by filing a FAFSA, or scholarships based on either their low income or their high merit.

I've just finished college, and I had grants and scholarships, so if I was a little more frugal I could have made it through without my very modest student loan debt.

The ability to apply for a wider range of jobs was well worth the investment, and my family was certainly middle-class.

more than 3 years ago

Fetus Don't Fail Me Now: How Scientists Raise Children

justinlee37 Re:How Scientists Raze Parents. (233 comments)

I don't think you need to use a "wooden spoon" to raise children.

My Dad had a fairly novel solution to the "temper tantrum in the store" problem. He simply ignored my tantrum and walked away. Once I realized that I was by myself I got scared and ran to the next aisle to find him. Of course, I immediately started my tantrum again, but he just walked away again. Once I learned that throwing the tantrum wouldn't get me what I wanted, I stopped throwing them -- no "wooden spoon" required.

The research shows that corporal punishment is not a good way to raise children. It causes them to become impulsive and violent, and in the end, they won't internalize the values that you wish to teach them, and then they'll run wild as soon as you're not around.

more than 3 years ago

Video Game Playing Increases Food Intake In Teens

justinlee37 MOD UP (99 comments)

I would seriously mod this shit up if I had some fucking mod points Hats off to you sir Inb4 -1 Troll I'm not trollin, you's trollin ... MODS

more than 3 years ago

US Congress Tries To Cut Body Scanner Funding

justinlee37 Re:Hrm... (241 comments)

Race does not have to be a factor in behavioral profiling. I don't follow your argument, and it sounds like nobody else does either.

more than 3 years ago

'Jetman' Rossy Flies Above the Grand Canyon

justinlee37 Re:Don't bother with the video (90 comments)

Just out of curiosity, have you ever been groped by the TSA?

Because my girlfriend got groped and it really wasn't as big of a deal as everyone is making it out to be. People are just overreacting and letting their imaginations run wild.

more than 3 years ago

Do Geeks Make Better Adults?

justinlee37 Re:sounds like a geek stroking geek ego (335 comments)

Yeah, what do you do? Carry bricks around? Wash dishes? Clean shit-stained toilets in the men's restroom?

Please, enlighten us.

more than 3 years ago

Is Your Electricity Meter Spying On You?

justinlee37 What? (405 comments)

Smart metering should reduce power costs and consumption, not increase it. With the current system, most of the electricity we produce is simply wasted. If the public utility has more information about usage patterns, it should be able to conserve more energy.

more than 3 years ago

Anonymous Denies Sony Claims of Disruption, Credit Info Theft

justinlee37 Re:No they havent (275 comments)

Anonymous was never really about spreading a message anyway. It's just for amusement. The chief past-time of the group is pulling elaborate pranks and sharing jokes and stories.

I found it particularly annoying when people started referring to Anonymous as a group that was formed to combat Scientology. Making fun of Scientologists is amusing, but pretending that Anonymous has some sort of credo or mission or organization of any kind whatsoever is just annoying and wrong.

more than 3 years ago

Berners-Lee: Web Access Is a 'Human Right'

justinlee37 Re:Right (480 comments)

Just because something is sometimes too scarce to provide for everyone, doesn't mean that they don't have a right to a share of it when it is plentiful.

more than 3 years ago

Berners-Lee: Web Access Is a 'Human Right'

justinlee37 No (480 comments)

I don't think it trivializes human rights at all.

Say for instance you have a third world country led by a petty dictator who declares it illegal to discuss politics with foreigners (e.g. Libya). If such a government set up a state television network and a state internet to spread lies and propaganda, while banning it's citizens from accessing the world wide web and talking to foreigners, then yes, I would say that a human right had been violated

Basically, if you aren't economically able to provide access to the internet for your citizens, you aren't committing a great injustice or war crime or whatever. But if you could provide it, and you choose to ban it instead, then that would sound like something wrong to me.

more than 3 years ago

UN Intervention Begins In Libya

justinlee37 Re:Expensive game (688 comments)

Bullshit. The Libyans can't throw out Qaddafi and his supporters without help. They have air and land superiority ... fighter jets, tanks, and a well-organized and disciplined infantry. I have also heard reports that Qaddafi's forces have attacked the rebels with chemical gas, although this may not be true.

The rebels are mostly civilians and their best weapons are RPGs. Their leader is an IT worker with no military experience. They were losing ground, too, with the Libyan military approaching the rebellion's stronghold. If captured, they would likely be slaughtered.

As someone who opposed both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, I think these cruise missiles were well-spent.

more than 3 years ago

UN Intervention Begins In Libya

justinlee37 Re:And... (688 comments)

Why does everybody talk shit about the French? Their military history is ancient, they were the British empire's primary enemy, and without them America would probably have been crushed during the revolution.

more than 3 years ago

UN Intervention Begins In Libya

justinlee37 Re:Missiles for oil? (688 comments)

What in the world made you think that gtall disagrees with assisting the rebels? Nothing in his post indicated that.

If anything I think he was trying to suggest that the U.S. decision to intervene wasn't motivated by a desire for oil.

more than 3 years ago

Time Warner Cable Cuts iPad Live TV Access 50%

justinlee37 Ugh (225 comments)

If you bothered to RTFA you'd see that the reduction in channels is temporary.

more than 3 years ago

Microscope Captures 3D Movies of Living Cells

justinlee37 I have an idea ... (28 comments)

Stop creating explanations for the existence of life and the universe without evidence and then trying to make the available evidence fit into your explanation. That is a sure-fire way to end up with a faulty scientific process and a biased opinion to boot.

Sincerely, an agnostic.

more than 3 years ago

$39.5 Million Hi-Tech Library Opens In Illinois

justinlee37 Mod Up Parent (98 comments)

One of the great things about universities - if you want a random scientific article you can often go online and download it, as opposed to coughing up $30

So true.

more than 3 years ago

How Cyborg Tech Could Link the Minds of the World

justinlee37 Re:Cut to the chase! (219 comments)

Virtual reality casual sex with no chances of catching an STD.

Of course, you might get ANOTHER kind of virus ...

"Attention! Your cerebral cortex is infected with a virus! Upgrade to the premium version of Brainsecure immediately for the low price of 1,999 credits!"

more than 3 years ago

The Death of BCC

justinlee37 What (366 comments)

What is this I don't even

more than 3 years ago


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