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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

king neckbeard Re:A little B and E maybe? (58 comments)

Unless, of course, they have additional functions outside of those that have been publicly disclosed.

2 hours ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

king neckbeard Re:You can debate without taking a side (103 comments)

Unless what you are interested in is something other than the sides of the debate, in which case, you may be neutral to the sides of the debate (which is what we are talking about here). It's lots of fun to enter a debate where you don't care about the issue, but you have the debate chops to push others around, possibly doing that to the arguments made by both sides. You also may want to play devil's advocate because you care about not having the debate insulated by hivemind (in which case you are arguing against your own actual position) or have a pet peeve or two about usage of certain logical fallacies. I will agree that having an interest in debate is not by itself a reason to dismiss a debater, but to claim that you can't feel neutral towards the issue of debate is unimaginative on your part.

4 hours ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

king neckbeard Re:Some details about the 3D printer (125 comments)

I was taking more of an evolutionary imperative perspective. We seek immortality, and achieve it somewhat through having offspring.

4 hours ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

king neckbeard Re:You can debate without taking a side (103 comments)

You don't have to be disinterested to be neutral. If your goal was simply to point out logical flaws in arguments made by either side, that wouldn't mean that you favored either side.

6 hours ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

king neckbeard Re:"Stakeholders" (103 comments)

Monopoly agreements have been illegal for decades. It's just that infrastructure like this is just naturally monopolistic. The problem here is not government involvement, at least not current government involvement.

9 hours ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

king neckbeard Re:Net neutrality: good and bad points (103 comments)

On the one hand, it seems to be fair to force users - be they companies or individuals - to pay based on usage. Based on how many packets they put on the network. Currently they do not do that. What they do is to pay for their connection. If you want a very high speed connection, you pay for that.

Except for the part where it doesn't make sense because total usage (e.g. 300 GB in a month) has virtually nothing to do with the actual costs. The costs are tied to the peak bandwidth usage (e.g. 50 mbps), which is what consumers pay. There may be some added costs associated with total usage, but they are insignificant enough that it would cost more to calculate them than the costs they would have.

9 hours ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

king neckbeard Re:"Stakeholders" (103 comments)

That would be a much better argument if the ISPs weren't bending over backwards to bend us over for the NSA.

You may think it's a good idea in this regard... but what about when the feds decide they want to enforce other laws via their new powers? Decency laws? Cyber bullying? That doesn't sound so great to me...

That's what we have the first amendment for. The best way to address your concern is to fix the bad precedents set and make it universally clear that Federal Communications Commission v. Pacifica Foundation and Miller v. California are wrong.

9 hours ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

king neckbeard Re:Some details about the 3D printer (125 comments)

If you are advocating for the universe, that's a valid argument. I think most of us are more concerned about humans than the universe though.

12 hours ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

king neckbeard Re:Some details about the 3D printer (125 comments)

Yes, within this planet, which is utterly unlike the deadly hostile vacuum in space. Thanks for helping my argumen

Crossing the ocean was a dangerous and hostile ordeal as well when we were first colonizing the New World.

Yes, let's "assume" that... Eye roll...

Are you saying that it is actually impossible? I would suggest brushing up on Newton's First Law if you think so, and explaining how Voyager 1 is doing what it's doing.

Absolutely, completely delusional. Thanks for your time, but I stopped right there.

And I will likely stop reading the rest of your posts, as you appear incapable of doing anything other than non-specific whining and calling interest in space exploration a religion.

yesterday
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

king neckbeard Re:Some details about the 3D printer (125 comments)

Colonization is in no way unusual for humans or life in general. But let's forget that and assume that traveling outside of our solar system is impossible. 3D printing in space would potentially be useful for space mining operations, both in regards to reliability and efficiency, and space mining appears to be the most viable way of acquiring some rare substances. Even if that isn't viable, the research done for all of the above probably has some reasonable utility on Earth. So, even if it's all just religious delusions, they are at least productive religious delusions.

yesterday
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

king neckbeard Re:With a name like "use-less-d" (434 comments)

To me, it seems more like Google's BoringSSL. It's an unflattering name intended to brutally strike a philosophy of small, simple code. Use of self-deprecating humor doesn't imply that they aren't serious about the code itself.

yesterday
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Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

king neckbeard Why not store the DNA itself? (111 comments)

Your body produces tons of it, and it can be stored and sequenced considerably longer than human lifespans, especially if care is taken to preserve it.

2 days ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

king neckbeard Re:Hmm... (471 comments)

1 in 4 is way too low for any country. I would say you are hard pressed to find any group of people with anything lower than 80%.

3 days ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

king neckbeard Re:NEWS FLASH! (471 comments)

That is assuming that everybody who would support seceding voted. However, it appears that the demographics that supported seceding (younger people) were ones that have lower voter turnout and are less likely or able to vote.

3 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

king neckbeard Re:Idiots ... (172 comments)

And by cheating the system, you mean paying a reasonable licensing fee instead of insane Australian licensing fees. Excuse me for not crying a river of tears that Australians are circumventing ridiculous practices that lead to insane prices.

about a week ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

king neckbeard Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

Not sure about why, but some countries, including Japan and Australia, get extremely price gouged in regards to CDs (although they often have bonus tracks to dissuade imports), and I wouldn't be surprised if there was a similar situation for film and TV. Giving them something close to American prices would cut into their profits.

about a week ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

king neckbeard Re:Not surprised (73 comments)

If that's the case, then perhaps you should stop them from breaking that trend and not let crap like this slide.

about a week ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

king neckbeard Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (286 comments)

Loopholes in due process are inevitably abused, typically with techniques similar to foot in the door, and child porn and terrorism are two of the most common ways to get in (and it's nigh impossible to get them out). Due process exists for a very good reason.

about a week ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

king neckbeard Re:You make the other side's point ... (121 comments)

Which is a fallacy argument. The only way that argument could be valid is if Mercenary and Soldiers had everything in common, which they don't.

They do, in regards to the specific point I am refuting here, which I have proven false.

You claim that "The **act** of volunteering to risk life and limb for others over an extended period of time is worthy of respect" I point out that mercenaries on extended missions risk life and limb for others over an extended period of time. I also hold that mercenaries are not worthy of respect, and therefore soldiers are not inherently worthy of respect (which is itself an absolutely ridiculous claim). I make no claim for a relationship between mercenaries and soldiers here outside of that particular point.

about a week ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

king neckbeard Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (286 comments)

The posts here aren't anti-government, they are pro-due process. Because we are pro-due process and the investigator violated due process, we do not allow this evidence to be used against him in court. It doesn't matter if we had a letter confessing that this guy murdered half the west coast, it wouldn't be admissible evidence if acquired illegally and he could walk free. That's the basis of the US legal system, and if you don't like, please leave. We've already got too many idiots that don't respect due process as it is.

about a week ago

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