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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

kilfarsnar Re: Ask the credit card for a refund (302 comments)

You seem to live under the illusion that it's possible to live your life unaffected by the choices of others.

I don't know about the AC, but I'm under the illusion that people don't have the right to do something that will potentially cause harm to those around them. Since the 1964 Surgeon Generalâ(TM)s Report, 2.5 million adults who were nonsmokers died because they breathed secondhand smoke.

You are not forced to breathe anything. If a smoker is near you, you are free to move away.

Ah, so it's my responsibility to react to someone else's harmful action. If I start swinging my fists for personal enjoyment while standing next to you, you aren't forced to be punched. You are free to move away. Sucks for you if you lose your place in line, have mobility issues that make it difficult to move away, etc.

If you think something someone else is doing is harmful to you, and you have the ability, I think moving away is a valid choice. Your health is your responsibility. But at the same time, we are all interconnected. Our decisions and actions affect other people all the time; sometimes for good and sometimes for ill. If a chemical company is dumping in your back yard, you should get them to stop. But if someone is smoking next to you in line, it's really not hurting you.

2 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

kilfarsnar Re: Ask the credit card for a refund (302 comments)

Wow, it's 2014, the cold war ended decades ago, the 'red scare' was half a century ago and yet some slashdotter can't take a light joke about communism without modding it as flamebait!

Witness the power of propaganda.

3 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

kilfarsnar Re: Ask the credit card for a refund (302 comments)

restricting smoking is reasonable. your smoke can give me cancer, which means your actions potentially are affecting me negatively (very).

i really dont care if you smoke. go ahead, light em up.

just dont do it near me where im forced to breathe your carcinogens without choice or in a way that impeeds my ability to make that choice or carry on with my life.

You seem to live under the illusion that it's possible to live your life unaffected by the choices of others. You likely inhale, ingest or imbibe carcinogens every day. Yet you are concerned about standing next to a smoker and inhaling a minute amount of smoke, which will have no measurable affect on your health. You are not forced to breathe anything. If a smoker is near you, you are free to move away.

3 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

kilfarsnar Re:Insensitive clod (302 comments)

I'm a left wing smoker (both kinds)

You smoke cigars *and* cigarettes?

Country and Western!

3 days ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

kilfarsnar Re:Nope (91 comments)

Not just no, but fuck no.

Having internal company correspondence, communication between groups and corporate offices will have valuable company information in Facebook's hands. We've had people walked out, fired, for using Evernote in meetings.

Remember what Zuckerman said.

"They trust me — dumb fucks," says Zuckerberg in one of the instant messages, first published by former Valleywag Nicholas Carlson at Silicon Alley Insider, and now confirmed by Zuckerberg himself in Jose Antonio Vargas's New Yorker piece. Zuckerberg now tells Vargas, "I think I've grown and learned a lot" since those instant messages.

[John]

I thought the same thing when I read TFS. My company deals with secret stuff and wouldn't want their data flowing through Facebook's servers. We block cloud storage as it is.

5 days ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

kilfarsnar Re:4th Amendment ... (201 comments)

I wonder how long before they no longer feel the need to give us the illusion of freedom?

They'll keep it up as long as they can. Maintaining control through propaganda is preferable to maintaining it by force. It's cheaper and more stable. Most people still buy what they hear on the news. Even though people are starting to chafe under the surveillance, most still think it's about terrorism (as opposed to maintaining the status quo). If the powers that be do have to resort to jackboots in the streets, the media will make sure to characterize it in the right way. Again, most people will buy it.

Like they say in the movie, most people are not ready to be unplugged from the matrix. It would take something supremely radical for them to start distrusting the news and make a real break from the world view that they have. Most will never do it. We all know how people will generally continue to believe what they have always believed, even in the face of contrary evidence. At this point the illusion is so pervasive people will maintain it themselves, without help, because they firmly believe the illusion is real.

about a week ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

kilfarsnar Re:Whack a mole; it's govt. policy! (86 comments)

Yeah, well the government never let intellectual consistency get in the way of doing what they want to do.

about two weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

kilfarsnar Re:Hey, no worries! (86 comments)

At some point - probably soon - they'll shut down the last one of these and then there won't be any more. That's how the war on drugs was won!

If you want to truly win the war on drugs, then you need to go after the biggest drug dealers on the planet.

In case you were wondering, that would be the ones we allow to legally peddle their fucking addictions.

Don't forget the CIA and the banks that launder the money for them!

about two weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

kilfarsnar Re:Good luck... (86 comments)

This is like trying to stop people from breathing... The illicit markets will NEVER die.

Man wants what he cannot have... This will NEVER change.

Its our Nature. Fighting our own nature... Is costing us more than we care to admit.

More like Man wants what his government has decided he should not have. But you're right, it is costing us a lot.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Federal Workers, Contractors Behind Half of Government Cyber Breaches

kilfarsnar About right (61 comments)

The statistic I have always heard is that 60% of intrusions are internal. So 50% of breaches coming from employees sounds about right. It's a lot easier to steal stuff if you have a key. And as we have learned again over the past 6 years or so, the best way to rob a bank is to own one.

about two weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

kilfarsnar Re:Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

We'll "get it right" when we knock off the electronic BS and use what has been tested to work, marked paper ballots. It.Just.Works.

This is really all that needs to be said. Electronic voting machines cannot be trusted to be free of errors and not open to mischief. The companies that make them won't reveal the code. And what has been revealed has been troubling (sloppy coding, insecure data transmission methods, lack of overall security, etc.)

Stephen Spoonamore has had some good things to say on the subject. One of the things he says is, "Paper ballots, please"

about two weeks ago
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Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

kilfarsnar Re:News For Nerds Please (265 comments)

What on earth would make you say something like that? Everyone who isn't blinded by ideology knows that Ferguson is a mountain made out of a mole hill for political reasons and ratings. Shit like what happened there happens all over the place with at least three incidents i know of happening after it and no one is excited about them. Ferguson just happens to be in the right place to muster the troops so to say.

It has nothing to do with anyone's citizenship and everything to do with motivating the right people to the polls. We've already seen the flyers claiming some are will be turned into ferguson if certain people are elected.

It has to do with the systemic violence directed toward black people, young black men more specifically. Like you said, it happens all the time. It's wrong, and it's past time that the nation dealt with it. Yes, the incident in Ferguson was just one example, but it has become a flash point for the larger issue.

about three weeks ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

kilfarsnar Re:Was pretty obvious (284 comments)

Nope, and they don't care. They don't care that their cheap shitty chocolate comes from slaves. They don't care than Nike uses child labor. They don't care about the abusive practices involved in processing shrimp. They don't care about overfishing. They don't care about the pink goo in their food. They don't care about air pollution.

Face it, people are fucking stupid, and NO they don't care. If they did, actually, they'd probably be in favor of it, as long as it didn't happen to them.

Americans (people, really) care about what they're told to care about. Everyone is terrified of Ebola and ISIL and know something must be done; and it's not because of their good judgement and risk analysis.

about three weeks ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

kilfarsnar Re:Was pretty obvious (284 comments)

Is anyone even remotely surprised by this?

Maybe all the commenters here who have maintained that H-1B workers are paid the same as domestic workers and don't contribute to wage suppression in the IT industry.

about three weeks ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

kilfarsnar Re:Physical requirements are not all that tough (308 comments)

When I enlisted in 1990 you only had to be able to complete something like 13 pushups to be assigned to a basic training unit. Those that couldn't were put into a "remedial physical training" unit...

This is kind of what I was thinking. Can't you just get some of these overweight recruits into training and whip them into shape? After all, you control their exercise and diet. Maybe they need to bring Bob Harper on as a consultant.

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

kilfarsnar Re:Automation and jobs (720 comments)

I think they're human beings. I think that money is power, and that political suffrage (the vote) is no longer enough. We must also have universal economic suffrage as well. Every individual needs to have an assurance that their annual income won't fall below the poverty line, because poor people aren't human beings in the USA.

If they don't want to work, but live on ten grand a year while sharing an apartment with a few other people who want to live on basic, that's their problem. Ideally it would help parents, especially single parents. It would help students. It would help artists. It would help open source hackers and other people who do useful work that isn't adequately valued by our system.

And it would give us an excuse to get rid of our existing welfare system. We can tell people who aren't working, "You got your basic income. If you need more money, get a fuckin' job."

I quite agree. As someone who gave up his artistic dreams for a steady paycheck, this vision speaks to me personally.

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

kilfarsnar Re:Automation and jobs (720 comments)

But practically, I don't see how we afford it. The middle class pays the taxes (and the middle and lower classes actually work the jobs that produce new wealth). Mitt and pals dodge all that shit with their offshore tax havens. We're already paying for the poor (not that welfare and medicaid are worth shit), we're supporting the old with social security and medicare. How much more are we supposed to produce to take care of everybody else?

All you really need is to understand how money works at the federal level. The US government cannot go broke. It can print all the money it needs. So there really isn't any question of how to pay for it. I know our politicians and news media talk about taxes and the federal budget like they have some kind of relationship. But the reality is that the US government does not have to tax or borrow to spend. If we need more money, we simply create it.

If anyone actually reads this post, they will probably take some umbrage with that notion. But that's the reality in a country that prints it's own currency. That only danger is printing money too fast (which is the purpose of reserve requirements in our current system) which will induce inflation. As long as the money supply doesn't outpace GDP, you will not get inflation. Heck, the Fed has tripled the money supply since 2008. Tripled! So you can see there is some elasticity present.

Saying the Federal government does not have enough money is a red herring. It can, and does, print all the money it needs. Having the funds for a project is a political decision, not a monetary one.

about a month ago
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"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

kilfarsnar Re:useful on a highway (215 comments)

It's not as useful as you think. The American device's #1 function is to tell you that you're currently being hit by a radar gun. Surprise, too late. Same with laser-based guns. In some cases some models detect radio frequencies but a lot of radios now have listen-only mode and the detector goes off like crazy anyway.

The proper way to use a radar detector is to detect radar hitting a car in front of you. As long as you have traffic in front of you, you can get a warning. It works quite well, as my detector has saved me from a number of tickets.

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

kilfarsnar Re:Automation and jobs (720 comments)

The sane thing to do would be to institute a minimum basic income.

What, just give people money for doing nothing? Who do you think they are, bankers?

I like the idea of a basic income. It would be an interesting experiment both economically and socially. I would love to see how it would be received in a country that loves its myth of the self-made man, pulled up by his own bootstraps. People in America work for what they have, so if they have more they must have worked harder or smarter for it. How would that square up with people getting money just for existing? It might change our perception of money and wealth and how it is supposedly tied to work or ability.

about a month ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

kilfarsnar Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (720 comments)

I mean, maybe I'm just harking back to a past that exists only in my mind, but I seem to recall a time when the journal actually covered business in its pages, rather than regurgitating neoclassical economics talking points all-day every day, attempting to construe every single negative thing as a result of failing to religiously adhere to its principles.

Am I misremembering, and imagining the shift from kinda disagreeably right-leaning to fanatical?

It's the editorial page. The editorials have always been right-wing wacko objectivist crap. Maybe not as bad as now, but not that far off. The rest of the paper still reports on business.

about a month ago

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Web-based Visible Body Tool

kilfarsnar kilfarsnar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kilfarsnar (561956) writes "There is a new web-based online tool for exploring the human body. It is at www.visiblebody.com. You can rotate and isolate various body systems and just generally explore the body! It's free to use, and I thought the Slashdot community might enjoy it."
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