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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

liquid_schwartz Re:What an asshole (305 comments)

In truth the LGBT community has more members engaging in this style of conduct than any other group I'm aware of. The most appropriate example is that they sued to get the Prop 8 donor list then started harassing all the people on it. Talk about chilling political speech. Citations are extremely numerous and easily found if you google "harassing people prop 8".

I'm in favor of people letting others have opposing views without punishment, which is the only way to have a free society. Allowing others to have ideas and opinions you don't agree with is no different than protecting speech you don't agree with.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

liquid_schwartz Re:gtfo (724 comments)

Yes, I am for free speech as well, but all speech has consequences.

Sad but true in some cases. The problem with not tolerating speech that you don't agree with is that it keeps a rational discussion from happening. Need an example, try this:

[Person A] We should discuss the problems of massive numbers of undocumented people crossing the borders. Possible downsides include non-vaccinated people, economic costs, crimes committed by said people, etc.

[Person B] You are obviously racist. Why do you hate hispanics, they just want opportunity.

If Person A is white then maybe they'll add comments about white privilege. Not a single point Person A said was considered, just a blanket dismissal as racist. That's the problem with "hate speech" either by government or by the "PC crowd". Not addressing reality carries more severe consequences than offending overly sensitive people who get offended by just about anything and everything.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

liquid_schwartz Re:Let me be the first to say (575 comments)

Eric Holder, who is as Democrat as it can possibly get...

Ouch, that's a harsh slam on Democrats

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

liquid_schwartz Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

While this is not the administration's finest moment...

I would really love to hear what this administrations finest moment was.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

liquid_schwartz Re: Fristy Pawst! (475 comments)

Your crime was being a male. Family courts exist for the very purpose of giving really good deals to women at the expense of men. The old joke about socialism is giving other peoples money away so that you feel better has never been more true than "family courts".

about three weeks ago
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How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

liquid_schwartz Re:Missing in the Summary (107 comments)

How about dead. Dead sounds like a much better option than felon. Felons cost a lot of money, dead people are a sunk cost.

about a month ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

liquid_schwartz Re:You know what this means (182 comments)

Really what you're getting at is that red light doesn't destroy scotopic vision (ie night adapted vision) because the rod cells respond very little to red light. Notice I said respond very little, a bright enough red light will still have an impact. Using somewhat dim red light allows you to see things yet still retain your night vision. Even a brief moment of other light colors (ie white, blue, etc) will result in losing the night adapted vision which can take up to 30 minutes to fully recover.

about a month ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

liquid_schwartz Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

I dislike waste and generally try and conserve but it always seems like a scam when you save yet end up with the same bill. It's the environmental version of no child left behind where not everyone can be above average. If we all save water our bills won't all go down we'll just pay more for less. I've seen this scam multiple times with water mostly though also with electricity. Since water demand has limited elasticity I expect someone to pull an Enron on water supplies soon, especially if we get another corporate administration.

about a month ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

liquid_schwartz Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

I have worked in the solid state lighting industry. You typically hear 50,000 hours but there are a few points that must be met to achieve that:: - The LED must not exceed a certain temperature (usually 135C at the die though that can vary a bit between manufacturers) - The LED must not exceed a rated level of current flow - The 50k hours rating allows for a dimming over time of ~20% though again that varies between different manufacturers The most common failure points for LEDs are heat, over driving the LEDs, poor regulation circuits resulting in over current, and using too cheap of components which fail before the full lifetime is met. A lot of claims are made regarding both brightness and longevity that don't hold up, especially if it's an off brand from China. Those will always claim 50k to 100k hours of operation at 100% (or more) of the LEDs full rated light.

about a month ago
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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

liquid_schwartz Re:What a question? (126 comments)

Unless you are from Tibet or practice Falun Gong, then it's fascism heavy

about a month ago
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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

liquid_schwartz Re: Style (126 comments)

It's working out great for the 0.1%, for the 99.9%, not so much.

about a month ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

liquid_schwartz Re:if only (166 comments)

If you want something "done", you've got to talk to your congressbum.

In this case talk == pay a third party PAC , the party, or some other intermediary to pay your congressum. Talking certainly won't get it done.

about a month and a half ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

liquid_schwartz Re:A little scary (188 comments)

If it was as legal as you imply then why the massive cover up? You don't cover up above board activities.

about a month and a half ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

liquid_schwartz Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Based on the current invasion by Mexico we would do nothing but greet them as "undocumented invaders". Very limited efforts to stop them would be made and nobody is allowed to fight them via militias. Any crimes they do are not allowed to e reported. Any existing citizens who dare decry this invasion are declared racist. Or did I miss your analogy ;-)

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

liquid_schwartz Re:R.I.P. Mozilla (171 comments)

I quit using Firefox / Mozilla when they went from a technology company to one focused on social issues and specifically targeting people who didn't tout the politically correct message. If the party doesn't approve we force you out comrad. Sad...

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

liquid_schwartz Re:Blah (171 comments)

To be fair Mozilla made it clear that they love this market segment more than their founder/former CEO.

about 2 months ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

liquid_schwartz of course we're second in music (233 comments)

Rush is Canadian, it was a given that Canada took first place. The real fight is for who's in second place

about 2 months ago
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How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

liquid_schwartz mission accomplished (97 comments)

California has chased away so much industry I don't see how they can miss.

about 2 months ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

liquid_schwartz always a lack of middle ground (254 comments)

as if nothing exists between absolute equality and absolute inequality. "Only a Sith deals in absolutes." - Obi Wan Kenobi

about 2 months ago

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