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Leaked Documents Show EU Council Presidency Wants To Impair Net Neutrality

king neckbeard Re:So, VOIP 911 calls shouldn't get priority? (71 comments)

"Why do I get the feeling that'll work just about as well as, "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs." Probably because you aren't approaching this issue from an even remotely serious technical perspective.

Let's say that emergency VOIP is a big enough concern to warrant an exception. Why not first establish a general rule that only allows for emergency VOIP calls to be prioritized, and that any other prioritization results in the CEO of the ISP being punched in the throat?

2 days ago
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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

king neckbeard Re:Easier means of boosting IQ (61 comments)

I don't think that there are any reputable IQ tests that make use of vocabulary, so I'm not sure how accurate your assessment is. I'm not aware of any training (prior to this, anyway), that was able to produce more than a few points difference for well rested test takers that don't have severe test anxiety.

2 days ago
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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

king neckbeard Re:IQ is not a simple measure (61 comments)

My first guess would be that because you have different sections of the brain being used together, you are essentially.getting higher throughput. If that's the case, then recent studies on psilocybin might suggest that if we were to learn to use them properly, we might be able to become much more intelligent creatures.

3 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

king neckbeard Re:So basically (428 comments)

Nobody but the ruling class wants an authoritarian state, but getting it piecemeal is a pretty easy sell. You get something scary, like terrorists, immigrants, drugs, child porn, etc., for a foot in the door and expand from there. Temporary measures become permanent and expanded.

3 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

king neckbeard Re:So basically (428 comments)

Oh yeah. It was arguably a good bit more overt back in that point in time. There was a lot of politics in important patents, the railroad system involved a number of military campaigns, our roads were heavily subsidized at the behest of oil companies (to the detriment of the railroad system), never mind protectionism. The state was in some cases just short of just being mercenaries.

3 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

king neckbeard Re:So basically (428 comments)

I think the usage of 'statist' here is a nice way of saying authoritarian, which tastes about the same regardless of the flavor.

3 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

king neckbeard Re:So basically (428 comments)

30+ is also much more likely to have kids, and thus much susceptible to fearmongering, the go to solutionfor getting crappy and unconstitutional laws passed.

3 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

king neckbeard Re:So basically (428 comments)

No, I'm saying that Congress and a number of our megacorps have created a symbiotic relationship to ensure the continued survival of both, and that they are so dependent upon that system that they cannot exist without each other. A lot of competition is kept at bay by a ridiculously complicated legal framework, and corporations grow fat and soft in this environment. The companies that make you think "I could do this better myself" stay in business because they legislate away all competition. Without the state protecting them, they will fall under their own overwhelming incompetence.

3 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

king neckbeard Re:So basically (428 comments)

Corporations might have less resources to dedicate to lobbying in light of actually having to compete again, especially since the current monopolistic environment in many industries has made competence no longer a useful trait to possess.

4 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

king neckbeard Re:stupid bullshit (428 comments)

Actually, most terrorists are probably that stupid, but so are most agents for TLAs (which is how morons like the underwear bomber managed to not get caught before they tried to attack). Gross incompetence is the lion's share of what keeps us safe from terrorists.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

king neckbeard Think for a second (178 comments)

Regarding your question, I'm not aware of any such exploits offhand, but that doesn't mean that they don't exist. That said, I'm not sure why you think getting a flash drive from China would mean it's any more risky. They are all manufactured in China anyway, and US companies are not the least bit trustworthy.

about a week ago
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Researchers Demonstrate Electrically Activated Micro-Muscles

king neckbeard Re:What the fuck summary? (19 comments)

This is coming from a university with a big football team. That would explain quite a bit.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

king neckbeard Re:Hollywood overlords (356 comments)

At the very baseline, the comparison is invalid because their physical natures put them into different economic categories. The cell phone and laptop are private goods (rival, exclusive), while a music recording is a public good (non-rival, non-exclusive) transformed by legal means into a club good (non-rival, exclusive).

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

king neckbeard Re:Its prison (356 comments)

Getting a speeding ticket doesn't land you in jail. I'd like to think I'm an open-minded person. Why not try an analogy or example that is a little more realistic?

Because your expectations of the prison system are already problematic. That's why I used something deliberately absurd hoping you would get the point instead of bickering about the fine details and then genuinely suggesting a barbaric practice..

Let's see how many people protest that statement.

I certainly would, as would basically any person moderately versed in modern psychology.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

king neckbeard Re:Hollywood overlords (356 comments)

If you want cool bands to flourish, kill clear channel.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

king neckbeard Re:Hollywood overlords (356 comments)

Sunde's phone and laptop are both rival goods, while music and movies are non-rival goods. Therefore, comparing them is stupid.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

king neckbeard Re:Its prison (356 comments)

They should be hoping that they can continue on with their lives as productive members of societyafter learning from their mistakes.

You need to take hope away among other things so that you can rebuild (reform) them with the hopes and desires society has determined is acceptable.

Holy shit, why not save us all a step and just lobotomize anybody who gets a speeding ticket? You're delving into supervillain territory there.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

king neckbeard Re:Its prison (356 comments)

Prisoners shouldn't have hope? I'm sure that will have no effect on the degree of repeat offenders.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"

king neckbeard So... (275 comments)

It looks like stupidity may be contagious after all.

about two weeks ago

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