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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

korbulon Re:Robber barons (283 comments)

Free market my ass:

Exactly.

Just to be clear: I meant that in a declarative sense, not an imperative one!

about a month ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

korbulon Robber barons (283 comments)

Is basically what these people are - or want to be. Reading the wikipedia article on the subject ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R... ), it's hard to distinguish the behavior of the current conservative groups in question and the unscrupulous landowners who lived along the Rhine:

"They hindered commerce by imposing unauthorized tolls and tariffs and at times by sometimes ransoming or hijacking the goods outright..."

Free market my ass: the real goal of all these crony capitalist "conservatives" is rent-seeking (man, that's another good article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...)

about a month ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

korbulon Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

Or as Ron Swanson put it:

“Never Half-ass Two Things. Whole-ass One Thing.”

about a month ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

korbulon Look what happened with Snowden (224 comments)

They got caught with their dicks in the cookie jar, and still (still!) they blame the kid who called them out for it.

Don't fool yourself with ideologies and policy statements and fancy speeches. It's all Bullshit. Democrats = Republicans = Cunts. Power likes to suck itself off and *hates* it when someone gets in the way. Somehow we all know this, but sometimes we need to see it to really believe it. Did many of those who voted for Obama really think the government under his administration would not only be caught spying on US citizens, but that he himself would actively defend it, and that he would use his underlings to spend more effort on the Snowden witchhunt and character assassination than looking into the NSA overreach wrongdoing? It's disgusting behavior, but not wholly unexpected for any reasonably diligent student of political history.

The only people worse than those trying to acquire power are those trying to retain it.

about a month ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

korbulon Doesn't matter (183 comments)

Terrorists were only a convenient excuse, and it's not about facts, it's about what most people are willing to believe. The surveillance machine was just happy to be humming along unchecked for a decade with the blessing of the Patriot Act until Snowden threw a wrench into the works. They're just annoyed that they can't keep playing with their toys quite like before. Oh I'm sure they're still playing, but now it's with a bit more reservation, throwing resentful looks over their shoulders at the occasional oversight committee: not the carefree spying of yore. Ah yes those were the days.

about a month and a half ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

korbulon Probably just stalling (103 comments)

while they try to sneak through another Secret Law like the Patriot Act which will assume that everyone is a CYBER WAR CRIMINAL.

Hacked some credit cards? Cyber war criminal.

Spoofed a website? Cyber war criminal.

Changed your grades? CYBER WAR CRIMINAL.

Wrote some open-source code? CYBER. WAR. CRIMINAL.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

korbulon Popularity (226 comments)

Why do you think a show like BBT has been such a huge hit with a wide audience given its geeky characters and plot devices?

about 2 months ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

korbulon Advancing science (226 comments)

By exposing a mass audience to scientific principles and archetypes, do you think a show like Big Bang Theory somehow advances the cause of science, or is it basically irrelevant?

about 2 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

korbulon I'll be honest (253 comments)

I don't even read this guy's posts anymore. I come here for the (mostly deserved) snide comments.

Again, someone remind me why this guy keeps popping on ./

about 2 months ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

korbulon Goddamn this shit is fucking important (199 comments)

The ruling will provide a key insight into the judicial landscape on mass surveillance. So far both the legislative and executive branches have been in a race to suck each other off with massive expansions of surveillance programs: in spite of all the "gridlock" in Washington, their seems to be little argument regarding this particular issue. And the judicial branch has for the most part remained sidelines, refusing to weigh in. But if ever the phrase "silence implies consent" rang true, it's here.

Based on this ruling we should be able to surmise if this whole system of checks and balances kinda sorta works, or is basically a farce. My guess is that they'll come up with some bullshit about such programs being vital for national security and that it's not a constitutional issue, and the farce will be complete.

about 2 months ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

korbulon THIS (248 comments)

is one of the many reasons why I think there really is no discernible difference between Republicans and Democrats. Two sides of the same d2. I kinda fooled myself into thinking the Dems would be different after 8 years of W. But we just see more of the same. Same abuse of powers, same sense of entitlement and executive privilege, same (or expanded) levels of invasive surveillance, same police-state mentality.

The federal government has become an insatiable monstrosity of bureaucratic machinery that would have defied even the imagination of Kafka, demanding accountability and transparency from all (achieving such ends at gunpoint or through a wiretap), while offering none itself.

The great insight of the founding fathers was recognizing a need for checks and balances, and creating a theoretical system to prevent excesses of the executive (or the other branches). The problem with this nice idea is that in the real world powerful people tend to curry favor among themselves, where Supreme Court justices go on duck hunting trips with the Vice President and suchlike: the branches of government are just three sides of the same d3.

about 2 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

korbulon Re:Obvious Reason (579 comments)

I mean, face it, men are just more willing to be the trolls and make life miserable for each other.

WAT?! You ever see what happens when you get a group of women together?

Sheesh. Asking a slashdotter for his insights about women is like asking a Mormon about his favorite microbrews.

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

korbulon Re:You have to understand (359 comments)

People there are uneducated, prone to superstition and there's a lot of ignorance...

On a related note, I guess it makes sense that the Walking Dead takes place in the Deep South.

about 2 months ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

korbulon Yes trolls are a terrible blight on humanity (457 comments)

Because we wouldn't anyone meddling with the tweets of our latest small-c celebrity (don't upset the beliebers!), or mocking human interest stories about heroic talking dogs, or critiquing instagram posts of various culinary abominations or leaving snide comments on your facebook page. Because that's the "way media is disseminated these days", and this is what generally passes for social communication and interaction, apparently.

about 3 months ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

korbulon Re:Murica (502 comments)

They have you so well trained you don't even stop to *think* about all the real-world consequences of what you're saying. Oh sure, U.S. prosecutors should have carte blanche international access because, you know a *crime* possibly has been committed (somewhere. Oh, and "think of the children!" while we're at it).

Investigators in a criminal case want to see some emails stored on Microsoft's servers in Washington. Microsoft has resisted, on the grounds that Chinese law enforcement doesn't have jurisdiction there, but a Beijing judge ruled against them...

Not so nice when the shoe is on the other foot, is it?

about 2 months ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

korbulon Murica (502 comments)

I never fail to find the bravado and hubris underlying American exceptionalism... exceptional.

Land of the free... as long as you're not in one of our many many prisons ( http://nomadcapitalist.com/201... ), which has a higher per capita incarceration rate than Cuba, which is second on the list. Oh, and speaking of Cuba, there's always http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G....

Home of the brave... because you'd be pretty brave too if your military budget was larger than the nearest eight other countries combined ( http://pgpf.org/Chart-Archive/... )

Where all men are created equal... except, of course, when they're not ( http://www.pbs.org/newshour/ru... ) and a man can make something from himself even if he starts out life with nothing (but probably not): http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/0... )

And where the rule of law is universal and sacrosanct... except in those cases where it's not convenient ( https://www.globalpolicy.org/u... ) and ( https://www.eff.org/nsa-spying... )

Oh well, enjoy your "freedoms".

about 2 months ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

korbulon 36 million euro (158 comments)

or 48 million dolla.

about 3 months ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

korbulon SHHHH! IGNORE. YOU'RE NOT HELPING (214 comments)

We need crimes like internet piracy to help foment the growth of the global police state! These are real criminals who needed to be hunted down and punished to the full extent of the law (and then some) at the behest of our media moguls who help fill the political troughs. US gets to go first, but one day China and Russia would sure love a turn.

about 4 months ago
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Indie Game Developers Talk About Why They Struck Out On Their Own

korbulon Ads (49 comments)

I can no longer disable ads on Slashdot. Is that right? Must have missed the memo.

Just looked it up. What a load of horeshit. Guess I'll cancel my subscription. Oh that's right, I don't have one.

Move along. Move along.

about 4 months ago

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K9 Cop Filmed Shoving Police Dog into Suspect's Car Cleared of Wrongdoing

korbulon korbulon writes  |  about a year ago

korbulon (2792438) writes "Back in November, a North Carolina K-9 officer was recorded by a dashboard camera shoving a trained police dog into the car of DWI suspect after he had already surrendered (as the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HF4jnBSUsA) clearly shows, the suspect raised his hands immediately after pulling over). In spite of repeated viewings of the footage, a grand jury has just cleared the officer of any wrongdoing (http://www.wncn.com/story/24174059/video-shows-wpd-officer-thrusting-police-dog-on-drivers-lap-cleared-of-wrongdoing), citing that "case law has established 'a properly trained police dog is not a deadly weapon.'" Ironically, in spite of suffering extensive facial injuries from the dog attack, the suspect will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon."
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The Perfect Geekend

korbulon korbulon writes  |  about a year ago

korbulon (2792438) writes "I was having a heated debate the other day with my colleagues about what they consider to be their ideal weekend. Responses ranged from massive gaming sessions, TV show marathons, and hiking trips in the mountains to sleeping on the sofa. This got me to wondering: when the weekend rolls around what does the Slashdot community like to do on its downtime?"
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Congressman Wants to Repeal Patriot Act

korbulon korbulon writes  |  about a year ago

korbulon (2792438) writes "New Jersey congressman Rush Holt has submitted legislation to repeal both the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act in an attempt to curtail the expansion of government infringment of citizens' rights and privacy. In a press announcement Holt stated: "My bill would restore the probable cause-based warrant requirement for any surveillance against an American citizen being proposed on the basis of an alleged threat to the nation." In an interesting twist, Holt is currently running for a U.S. Senate seat, giving NJ voters have a chance to indirectly voice their opinion regarding NSA surveillance and eavesdropping ."
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