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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

kwbauer Re:It's bullshit, but it's the same bullshit as us (192 comments)

Oh yes, let's continue finding ways to make your personal effects not yours instead of finding ways that just because they are on a computer and the founding fathers couldn't envision it then it is completely different and fair game. The original intent of the founding fathers was that when people stored their documents and such in places where people normally store documents and such that the police need a warrant to gain access. Why is this such a difficult thing to understand? Why is everybody so willing to find ways to lose rights instead of fighting to keep them?

2 days ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

kwbauer Re:It's bullshit, but it's the same bullshit as us (192 comments)

Okay, let's pretend for a moment that your overall theme of "we no longer need individual, private citizens to own guns to ensure a free society" and explore how we can achieve that in the US without ignoring our rights as codified in the US Constitution. First, we propose an amendment that removes the 2nd amendment from the document. This would be the same way that the 21st amendment did away with the 18th. Then, we realize that the 10th amendment mentions that many there are far too many rights to enumerate in a document and that if the constitution does not grant the federal government explicit permission to restrict a right, then the federal government does not have the ability, legally speaking, to restrict that right. Armed with this knowledge, we don't just include wording in our proposed amendment to repeal the 2nd amendment but we also add language granting the federal government the permission to restrict the right to keep and bear arms (own, carry and use).

This way, we are operating within the framework laid out by the constitution for altering the constitution and causing it to be a "living document". Simply restricting rights as we go because we think society has changed enough to warrant doing so is what causes the government to think it can read emails but not snail mail or read what you store in google docs but not what you store in your rented storage unit.

It really is that simple, yet here we are, arguing that no we can ignore the constitution here but not over there when we need do neither because the constitution tells us how to actually alter it in an orderly fashion. But thanks for being a prime example of what I was talking about and possibly helping msuave figure this out as well.

2 days ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

kwbauer Re: It's bullshit, but it's the same bullshit as u (192 comments)

No, that is exactly the point I was trying to make. Just because communication is delivered differently today does not mean that we should lose our rights. Email should always have been viewed the same as post mail. I think it wasn't because a large segment of society wanted to do away with guns that were newer than the muzzleloaders available circa 1800 so the mantra that if it didn't exist in 1800 then it is covered by the Constitution was born. We either expect the spirit/intent of the founding fathers to be followed or we reinterpret the words daily to fit whatever fad we find interesting; we can't do it both ways. Now guess which side of the political spectrum hates the phrase "original intent"?

2 days ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

kwbauer Re:transfer the ID information to the police (207 comments)

Wisconsin does. I found that out when i got pulled over for having an expired license (license not tags). i managed to forget to renew it and the plate scanner flagged that the registered owners license was expired.

5 days ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

kwbauer Re:LOL (192 comments)

He did. We are all hoping for a change to occur.

about a week ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

kwbauer Re:It's bullshit, but it's the same bullshit as us (192 comments)

That is patently false. Warrants have always been used to access storage units and safe deposit boxes. Have there been exceptions? Certainly as there are always exceptions but those exceptions also generally get thrown out.

The real problem is that too many people have been way too happy to promote the thinking that if it didn't exist the late 1700's, then it wasn't covered in the Bill of Rights. The first example of this is guns and liberals are still making this claim on a daily basis.

Personal effects should no be limited to where they are stored or what they are stored on.

about a week ago
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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

kwbauer Re:Marketshare (205 comments)

Shhh. Don't start pointing out facts, they are frowned upon in these parts.

about a week ago
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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

kwbauer What is the complaint? (205 comments)

The guys that argue that everything should be free are now complaining that they aren't getting paid? That is how I interpret this. And it is hilarious.

about a week ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

kwbauer Re:Have the Germans threaten to invade (681 comments)

Compared to what Europeans had already given up or compared to what North Koreans never had?

about a week ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

kwbauer Re: Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

Yes, I do actually have an idea. Many people complain that they must buy from the grid at retail but can only sell back at wholesale and a variety of other complaints that they believe prove that they are getting screwed over by the evil, greedy utilities. I'll agree that most probably don't produce more than they use but the general meme I was arguing against is that those who do produce an excess are selling to the grid. I would argue that even if net usage is pulling from the grid that anytime a residential system is over-producing (pushing to the grid) they should be considered and treated no differently than any other generator at whatever scale and their production cost is not offset by their purchasing cost as whatever electricity they use is not used for the purpose of producing electricity to sell to the grid. They should be allowed to deduct the installation and maintenance costs just like large generators.

Why do I bring up OSHA? Those that complain they are getting ripped off by not getting retail prices for selling to the grid need to have many things pointed out to them. Selling to the grid should mean that you are a producer (a generating plant). Commercial generating plants are subject to all kinds of OSHA inspections. They are also subject to income taxes on the profits of what they sell to the grid. Why should small producers be any less regulated? Isn't regulation a good thing as it "levels the playing field" and "keeps everyone honest" and "keeps the big guys from squeezing out the little guy" and all that?

about two weeks ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

kwbauer Re:The real conspiracy... (161 comments)

"bury them all in the same spot" we call that "pre-cycling" as they are just holding on to them until recycling actually does become economically viable.

about two weeks ago
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DOJ Launches New Cybercrime Unit, Claims Privacy Top Priority

kwbauer Re:So let me see if I get this right. (61 comments)

And "affordable care" costs more. And they also want to increase my freedom by applying more restrictions. The word is "Orwellian."

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

kwbauer Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

Yes because economies of scale is just another lie just like the relationship between demand/availability and price.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

kwbauer Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

Well, the OP probably lives in NYC or Vegas or somewhere similar that has mob run trash hauling. How else to explain such exorbitant rates?

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

kwbauer Re: Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

Why should your utility pay you for power generation any more than they pay the big plant that is actually a reliable source? Do you think your local utility pays any generator more than wholesale? Do you not understand that the point of being a retailer is that you buy your product at wholesale and sell it at retail. Your grocer does this, your tailor (or department store, etc.) does this, your gas stations do this. It is the normal way of operating a business, why do you expect to be treated any differently.

Now how often the OSHA inspectors stop by to inspect your power generation plant? How many lawyers did you have to hire to write and file the environmental impact statements and get your power generation plant authorized before you even started building it? Are you paying income taxes on the revenue you receive - those wholesale payments you receive or are you still amortizing the costs of the equipment?

What, none of that is happening? Then you should not be competing with the other power generators at all.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

kwbauer Re: Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

And almost everyone can afford it, as in 99.99% If all the tree-hugger whackjobs got their wish that number would go down to 90% or less.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

kwbauer Re: Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

Do they fight to make it illegal or to make it illegal if safequards aren't in place to keep the solar from entering the grid when teh grid is supposed to be dead (like for repairs and such).

about two weeks ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

kwbauer Re:A tech gloss over racial profiling? (218 comments)

Yes, but I was pointing out the absurdity of looking only at number of arrests by race as a determinant of racism.

about two weeks ago

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