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NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

minion Re:Docked Phones? (938 comments)

Amazingly, due in large part to efforts of the NHTSA, 2010 had the lowest number of fatalities on the road in 60 years .

The lowest in 60 years?! Was 2010 the year BEFORE we invented cell phones? Oh crap, 2010 had the most cell phones on the road in the last 60 years than any other year EXCEPT 2011!

more than 2 years ago
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DDoS Attack On Wikileaks Increasing

minion Re:If you didn't do anything wrong, (919 comments)

That may be, but just because the genie is out of the bottle, doesn't mean you can ignore that fact. You may wish nuclear weapons were never invented, but they have been, and we can't un-invent them, so now we have to prepare for their potential usage.

more than 3 years ago
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Girl Seeks Help On Facebook During Assault

minion Re:Come on, buddy (417 comments)

A drill or a socket wrench cannot kill you if you drop it

Nor does a modern gun. A very rarely does an old gun. Its not like Barney on The Andy Griffin Show - they don't just go off when they get dropped or smacked.

or if you get angry with your pregnant stepmother and decide to kill her while she sleeps.

A knife, a baseball bat, a crowbar all accomplish the same thing when she's asleep. The tool used has no bearing on intent. The gun, however, is an easy scapegoat for a more serious problem in society that would lead a young child to kill their parental figures.

Guns are designed to destroy life.

Correction - guns are designed to move a projectile. Their use can be either to destroy life, or protect life. The choice rests with the individual.

They make it too easy to turn short term emotion into permanent tragedy.

So does a hammer, a baseball bat, or a knife. Again, I think this is a societal problem. The tool used isn't the problem - the problem is the person wielding said tool.

and there's no reason not to regulate it just like we regulate explosives or dangerous chemicals.

The problem with regulation, is that only law abiding citizens obey. Marijuana, cocaine, and many other drugs are all regulated. Doesn't stop their spread.

So knowing that, why would you suggest we regulate a tool that is the most effective device known to man to protect life? I would not want to defend myself with merely a kitchen knife if my assailant was wielding a gun. Regardless of the fact that its illegal in every state to commit a crime while carrying a gun. Obviously my attacker didn't read that law, otherwise he would have not carried a gun while he was attacking me in my kitchen.

about 4 years ago
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Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent

minion Re:Saddened (821 comments)

Think of the Children!

They're all fucking potty mouths. You apparently have never heard 5th graders talk to each other when they think there's no adults around. And if you're so offended by $#*!, you can use the V-chip in your TV, or call your cable company and ask them to block the offending channel from you lineup. Then you can be sure your little Timmy won;t ever hear a swear word, except at school, in public, in movies, from his friends, from his teachers and most likely from yourself.

Are you proud of the fact that all of our children are potty mouths? Perhaps your attitude is to blame for the societal decline in manners. Take the swear words, and other non-decent forms of expression and put them on cable. Paid-for subscription channels fall under different decency regulations than do OVER THE AIR broadcasts... And what is at issue here is over the air broadcasts.

Heaven forbid your children ever gain access to weapons - they probably have no respect for human life either, with such an awesome role model such as yourself in their lives.

more than 4 years ago
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Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent

minion Re:Saddened (821 comments)

What the fuck does having children have to do with logical discourse on censorship?

Its not a logical discourse on censorship. Fact of the matter is, its a prime time, over the air network, and it is regulated to try to keep SOME decency on our airwaves.

You want to let your children grow up with horrible attitudes and bad language, put them in front of cable. That's why those restrictions are relaxed on cable TV - you've made the choice to bring that into your home and are paying a monthly subscription for it. Over the air broadcasts should not be an avenue for inappropriate material. Hence why decency laws MATTER for over the air.

more than 4 years ago
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Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent

minion Saddened (821 comments)

I'm kinda saddened by the comments I've read in regards to this story. Its obvious that the Slashdot crowd for the most part does not have children.

more than 4 years ago
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Lower Merion School District Update

minion Re:Lightbulb? (367 comments)

One of the key administrators involved has been answering all questions about the program by invoking the Fifth Amendment.

No doubt he was instructed by his lawyer to do so. At least this means that the 'Oh Shit' lightbulb has finally gone off in someones head, someone finally is realizing that this could very easily end up with jail time and a spot on the sex offenders registry.

Actually, I hope they all end up on the sex offenders registry, and get the book thrown at them... Not because they are sex offenders per say (I doubt their intention was to see naked kids), but they should have thought through the potential issues with photographing the viewer of the laptop screen. I hope the judgment is harsh for two reasons:

1) Its a gross violation of privacy, the 4th Amendment, and basically human decency.
2) Things that get you on the sex offenders list needs to be changed - its too easy to have sex with your 17 year old gf when you're 18 and end up as a sex offender. Those laws need to be re-evaluated.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

minion Re:Video (1671 comments)

"I was waiting for someone speak out against all this liberal drivel..."

What a way to begin...

And you've shown where you stand on the political spectrum.

Where? Centrally and with open eyes and mind?

Do you believe Obama to be a centrist too? Leftists condemn their own troops for doing a job we asked them to do. And don't for one minute blame Bush for that war - your congress had to vote to go to war. Thank God we didn't have the amount of media coverage during the Revolutionary War that we have today, otherwise you'd be on England's side!

"War sucks. Period. The problem we have here, is terrorist scum hiding amongst the population and using them as shields."

No, the problem we have here is a helicopter GUNSHIP, manned by soldiers eager to kill, taking on civilians. At best, they might have been taking on a rag-tag group of ne'er-do-wells. But, really, what does a gunship have to fear from AKs?

Really, are you that dense? That gunship is protecting American lives on ground. Do you want our troops patrolling that part of the city, knowing that there are armed enemy combatants in the area? Or do you want more combat casualties because our people walked somewhere, where we had the ability to act and save those troops?

Not really all that dense, but thanks for asking.

Assuming your argument is true (troops on ground, heli protecting), it would seem the logical thing to do is get confirmation from those troops on the ground. I assume there are better ways to do this on the ground than from a moving platform, especially if you want accurate information. I assume, further, it would include heli crew calling down to WARN the ground troops, who would reconnoiter and report back. Your question proposes a false choice.

Yes, because that is the logical thing to do - send troops into harm's way, instead of eliminating the threat in a time of war and not risking any American lives.

"You still want to blame them for making the wrong call that ultimately is trying to save Iraqi and American lives?"

Yes. Who else do you blame for making the wrong call? Santa Claus? Lenin? No, you blame the eager beavers begging that they be allowed to shoot, and who then have a chuckle in the process. If they were indeed trying to save lives, I think, as the kids would say, they were "Full of fail."

Again, you're missing it. After careful scrutiny of the video after the fact, coupled with on the scene intelligence, it becomes more clear that those that died should have not. From the air, in a combat zone, it most certainly looks like an RPG on that street corner, and you have people congregating in a combat zone with things slung over their shoulders. So, should our soldiers let those guys walk, in a combat zone, carrying possible weapons, and let them ambush one of our troop convoys?

"Once again, war sucks, and mistakes get made. Its easy to judge when you're here on American soil in your damn easy-chair."

As you have shown.

Be glad we took the fight overseas. God forbid terrorists do anything in your city that causes you to get out of that chair.

No chair here, but thanks for remote viewing anyhow.

Oh, and, by the way, dickwit, NO IRAQIS WERE INVOLVED IN 9/11, and no amount of spinning from Fox, newsmax, etc., etc., ad nauseum, will change that. I assume those are your info sources.

Of course, I could be wrong. That is where we differ, I guess.

I only called you a liberal in my post, you had to resort to dickwit huh? Like I said, be happy we live when and where we do, where our chances of being attacked on our own soil are very slim. Where we have the freedoms to express our own view points without government oppression. And where we aren't all slaves to Germany or Japan... Go thank a soldier for that.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

minion Re:Video (1671 comments)

"I was waiting for someone speak out against all this liberal drivel..."

What a way to begin...

And you've shown where you stand on the political spectrum.

"War sucks. Period. The problem we have here, is terrorist scum hiding amongst the population and using them as shields."

No, the problem we have here is a helicopter GUNSHIP, manned by soldiers eager to kill, taking on civilians. At best, they might have been taking on a rag-tag group of ne'er-do-wells. But, really, what does a gunship have to fear from AKs?

Really, are you that dense? That gunship is protecting American lives on ground. Do you want our troops patrolling that part of the city, knowing that there are armed enemy combatants in the area? Or do you want more combat casualties because our people walked somewhere, where we had the ability to act and save those troops?

"You still want to blame them for making the wrong call that ultimately is trying to save Iraqi and American lives?"

Yes. Who else do you blame for making the wrong call? Santa Claus? Lenin? No, you blame the eager beavers begging that they be allowed to shoot, and who then have a chuckle in the process. If they were indeed trying to save lives, I think, as the kids would say, they were "Full of fail."

Again, you're missing it. After careful scrutiny of the video after the fact, coupled with on the scene intelligence, it becomes more clear that those that died should have not. From the air, in a combat zone, it most certainly looks like an RPG on that street corner, and you have people congregating in a combat zone with things slung over their shoulders. So, should our soldiers let those guys walk, in a combat zone, carrying possible weapons, and let them ambush one of our troop convoys?

"Once again, war sucks, and mistakes get made. Its easy to judge when you're here on American soil in your damn easy-chair."

As you have shown.

Be glad we took the fight overseas. God forbid terrorists do anything in your city that causes you to get out of that chair.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

minion Re:Outrage of the week (1671 comments)

I can't even really blame the troops that much because it's basically a trap for poor people who can't find a job to do the bidding of our imperialist leaders.

John Kerry influence you a little there with that comment? Its a pity people really believe this shit. How many soldiers do you know personally? I've known quite a few in their civilian lives, and I wouldn't peg any of them as poor, stupid bastards.

Apparently the idea of serving anyone except yourself is lost on you, with that type of attitude. The military personnel I've known joined because they wanted to serve their country.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

minion Re:Video (1671 comments)

Firing on a civilian vehicle trying to rescue the wounded is not.

Problem here - the enemy has no vehicles that are marked "scumbag terrorists". You have no idea of that vehicle's origin or purpose in a war such as this.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

minion Re:Video (1671 comments)

I was waiting for someone speak out against all this liberal drivel... (And the rest of my comment isn't directed at Firethorn)

War sucks. Period. The problem we have here, is terrorist scum hiding amongst the population and using them as shields.

When you're clearing an area, large gatherings of people tend to draw attention. Was it a gun that he was carrying? The AFTER ACTION report would say no, it was a camera. From a gunship, its a thing slung over his shoulder, in a hostile region that is crawling with insurgents. What about the guy they mistook for someone with an RPG? Did anyone bother to note that he was crouched behind a wall at a street corner, with something that was big? Knowing AFTERWARDS that it was a camera, yeah, it was probably a long telephoto lens... From the air, that thing damn sure looked like a RPG, and it was in a perfect spot for an ambush.

I am proud of the soldiers we have in our armed forces. Would you be willing to do what they do, for the pay they receive, the time away from your family, and the thanks they get from our newspapers and the public? Sounds like a suck job now doesn't it? You still want to blame them for making the wrong call that ultimately is trying to save Iraqi and American lives? I'm not even sure I really blame the military for trying to cover this up - reading the reactions of MOST of the slashdot crowd, it was best for them to cover this up and hope it never got out, because everyone is yelling about how savage and murderous our soldiers are. Once again, war sucks, and mistakes get made. Its easy to judge when you're here on American soil in your damn easy-chair.

more than 4 years ago
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Health Care Reform

minion Re:A false choice, of course... (2044 comments)

Keep in mind that while there are millions of people who can't get healthcare at all, due to cost, the CEO of United Healthcare recently received a 1 billion dollar (US) bonus [cnn.com]. That, my friends, is fucked up. This man could personally pay for doctor visits for hundreds of thousands of people.

That my friend is capitalism. And you know what fixes that? Stop buying insurance from United Healthcare. Why on Earth do you think forcing everyone into socialized medicine is the cure for this problem?

Personal health is a prerequisite for a healthy economy. If that guy could leave his job for a better one, without worrying that it would end his wife's leukemia treatments, or end his child's asthma medication, isn't that a good thing? That's more choice. That is real liberty there, not some abstract "we-are-free-to-fuck-you" kind of liberty. We live in a powerful country, but don't rest on your laurels. If we want to compete with the Chinese and the Indians, who are smart and very, very motivated, we need healthcare as a basic right.

Bull shit. China has no form of welfare for citizens. Yet they are the fastest growing economy. The average Chinese citizen saves 40% of their earnings, because they are responsible for themselves, if they get sick, lose their job, etc. That is how it should be. When did we get this idea in our heads that our government OWES us a paycheck, owes us a job, owes us healthcare, owes us anything other than what the constitution says.. Perhaps we should look at that, because we know congress sure isn't:

Section 8 - Powers of Congress

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

-----------------end of Section 8-------------

So, unless I'm missing something here, the majority of things our government has done has been in direct violation of the constitution. And we're much worse off for it now.

more than 4 years ago
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Health Care Reform

minion Re:A false choice, of course... (2044 comments)

Forcing everyone to buy something is not American. Its some weird sort of Socialism. What American needs to decide: Do we want to be Americans and make our own choices, or do we want to be Socialists, and let someone else make decisions for us?

more than 4 years ago
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Federal Deadline Hobbling eHealth IT Rollout

minion Re:Fast, Good, Cheap, pick 2... (99 comments)

Stop chanting the "privatization is good" mantra--some of those who grew up in the Reagan era (such as myself) and were diehard conservatives (such as myself) understand that sometimes, private industry is NOT the answer.

Then obviously you are NOT a diehard conservative. In fact, you're like most Republicans that get elected these days - you tell everyone you're a diehard conservative, but your vote betrays your words.

more than 4 years ago
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NZ School Goes Open Source Amid Microsoft Mandate

minion Re:50-fold savings? (305 comments)

And BTW, as long as you're standing on my lawn, may I remind you that my own high school's expenditure on servers was exactly zero? How's that for savings?

Wow, 4486, I thought my user-ID was old! . My HS had one server - a disgusting Netware server with Tolkin Ring to IBM PS/2s. We had DOS and we liked it. I tell ya, kids these days are spoiled rotten.

more than 4 years ago
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Full Body Scanners Violate Child Porn Laws

minion About time (751 comments)

The Protection of Children Act 1978, includes provisions in which it is illegal to create an indecent image or a 'pseudo-image' of a child... which a full body scanner does."

I'm glad that one of these stupid "think of the children" laws is finally biting them. We've made too many regulations with the "think of the children" argument.

One of my personal pet peeves, is the booster seat, required in the US, for riders under the age of 8. I think there is dirty politics at play, but aside from that, it would have been much less burdensome on the population to simply require that new cars have adjustable seat belts, and grandfather in existing cars. Instead, they require the purchase of these seats for every rider. No longer can the coach of a child's sports team take the team to get ice cream after a game, without having a booster seat for every kid.

Its a very freedom limiting regulation.

more than 4 years ago
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Ginkgo Doesn't Improve Memory Or Cognitive Skills

minion Re:Ginko has a different effect on me (403 comments)

I have noticed that when I take it, I am more "motivated". I get up out of my chair and do stuff, rather than surf, say, slashdot.

So, today you skipped your dose?

more than 4 years ago
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The Trial of Terry Childs Begins

minion Re:All admins (502 comments)

Except when they still ass rape you for killing their system. Yes, this happens.

I remember reading "in UNIX, you can kill a parent and its children...", but I think I missed the part about ass rape..... Time for a new career, I think.

more than 4 years ago

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