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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

korbulon THIS (192 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.

7 hours ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

korbulon Re:Obvious Reason (466 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.

11 hours 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 a month ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

korbulon 36 million euro (158 comments)

or 48 million dolla.

about a month 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 a month and a half 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 2 months ago
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Public Interest In Great White Shark Devours Research Site's Servers

korbulon Re:Poetry (57 comments)

Most of the cetacean population has already been evacuated. Only a matter of time now.

about 2 months ago
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Public Interest In Great White Shark Devours Research Site's Servers

korbulon Poetry (57 comments)

It's becuase i wuz thinking that it's so WISE you used the word "DEVOUR" in the title because MUCH LIKE A SHARK MIGHT DEVOUR A HUMAN, so too might the bandwidth of a web server be DEVOURED by excess usage by humans.

I too am shark.

about 2 months ago
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France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

korbulon Re:Luftfwaffe Light (138 comments)

Probably the Germans doing reconnaissance on the French squad.

Because if it was the Belgians it would have been a Luftwaffle.

about 2 months ago
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France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

korbulon Luftfwaffe Light (138 comments)

Probably the Germans doing reconnaissance on the French squad.

about 2 months ago
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Man Behind Hacks of Bush Family and Other Celebs Indicted In the US

korbulon Re:Ain't that a bitch? (65 comments)

double standards, pot and kettle, hoof and mouth, rule of law, ET CETERA ET CETERA.

about 3 months ago
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Man Behind Hacks of Bush Family and Other Celebs Indicted In the US

korbulon Ain't that a bitch? (65 comments)

Having complete strangers being able to pry into all your personal data and intercept your private communications.

Why there oughta be a law, mister. There really should.

about 3 months ago
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Snowden Rallies Privacy Advocates In New York City

korbulon Re:The most salient question (72 comments)

I was channelling my inner Linda Richman, but if this is what floats your boat...

about 3 months ago
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Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

korbulon For perspective (267 comments)

Qatar is investing enough money to host the football world cup - a tournament that lasts one month - to fund NASA for ten years.

http://keepingscore.blogs.time...>/

What a world.

about 3 months ago
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Snowden Rallies Privacy Advocates In New York City

korbulon The most salient question (72 comments)

Snowden is a hero or a traitor? Discuss.

[Meanwhile pay no attention to the men in black dungarees quietly moving the governmental surveillance apparatus to an undisclosed location.]

about 3 months ago

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

korbulon korbulon writes  |  about 9 months 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  |  1 year,14 days

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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