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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

preaction This is what the Free Market is for (323 comments)

Chocolate prices rise, people have larger incentive to grow cacao. I'm failing to see what the issue here is.

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

preaction Re:Automate! (176 comments)

Ask Joshua

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

preaction Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

I thought war bonds were not a tax, but an investment with an actual return. I probably get more value out of my tax contributions than I put in, but that's largely invisible to me.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

preaction Re:Open records isn't the issue here (461 comments)

They shouldn't be able to do that either. Just because they can doesn't mean we should extend it.

The only reason this is in the news is because it's plainly obvious the end result is not going to be religious tracts, but stalking and harassment.

about three weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

preaction Re:Open records isn't the issue here (461 comments)

The licensing office should be able to, given the licensee's information, say whether that person has a valid license. There is no reason to make all the information public. It is not a license to spam people with job offers, prayers, or harassment.

about three weeks ago
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Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

preaction Re:Minions (173 comments)

My minions cost more time than they save, and they have far more than 3 months of training...

about three weeks ago
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French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

preaction I blame the VirtualBoy for my needing glasses (99 comments)

My eyes are very slightly near-sighted, and have remained exactly this near-sighted since I was 14. I blame 11-year-old me's extensive use of the VirtualBoy (and my barely following through with its programmed 5-minute breaks between 30-minute sessions). It's nice to see confirmation that this kind of thing is bad (though the screens being very close probably contributed as much as the screens being 3d).

about three weeks ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

preaction Re:It's easy (328 comments)

I have five fingers set up in my phone! Them's good eats!

about a month ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

preaction Re:Commonwealth? (451 comments)

That was unexpected

about a month ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

preaction Re:How is this relevent? (451 comments)

How is this even news? An employer wanted tax breaks. They discriminate based on a protected class, so they don't get tax breaks. This is the system working.

about a month ago
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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

preaction Re:When was the last time you compiled a kernel? (162 comments)

I use ports all the time, and I've never compiled my own kernel. From what I recall, everything available in the OpenBSD kernel is always enabled by default. The only reason to compile a new kernel is to remove something from the default kernel.

Removing the LKM means someone can't maliciously load a module that screws everything up. The malicious entity would have to replace your kernel and then force a reboot.

about a month ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

preaction Re:Total Isolation? (139 comments)

I, for one, love article summaries that condescend to me. It just wouldn't be Slashdot without condescension.

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

preaction Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

So if an actor gets photographed by a journalist, or is in a movie, they are fair game to have their privacy violated? Women should stay covered up at all times for fear that their body is seen? They certainly shouldn't ever use a camera or join a social media site.

This wasn't just a one-time "iCloud was hacked" thing. This is a continued and sustained attack against female celebrities. One of them decided to take what he had collected and go for some personal glory. Android isn't a magical island of security when everyone wants what you have.

We couldn't grow up and stop treating the naked body as a shameful thing (which of course is amplified if you're a woman and must be a pristine virgin flower until your wedding night). We couldn't stop treating these violations of privacy as a huge omgwtfbbq deal. No, we have to blame and shame the victim instead.

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

preaction Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

Who said they couldn't handle the risk? They're certainly handling the consequences.

Equating to buying stocks is false equivalence (there appears to be a lot of that in this thread). Nobody is shaming you for buying a bad stock. People aren't deliberately tanking the stock you bought in order to discredit or destroy you. Buying a stock isn't a social stigma (yet). Your gender isn't even involved in buying stocks (would anyone have looked for male pictures? would people have cared this much about them? how is Anthony Weiner doing these days?)

I don't think that we need to immediately go to the standard "We must prevent this tragedy from ever happening again!" brouhaha, and instead work on how we handle things like this. I know, it sucks that we have to grow as people in order to handle HEHEHEHEHEEH BEWBS as adults, but it puts the onus on us to reduce the impact that this level of violation has on the victim.

If we didn't care about the photos being displayed in public, would we be having this conversation?

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

preaction Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

Upvote this AC, please.

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

preaction Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

Eric Schmidt is a hypocrite who said that exactly because his company make money on selling people's information.

http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/0...

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

preaction Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

False equivalence. The pictures were not left in plain view. The attackers were cracking the account in hopes of finding something, anything, and what they happened to find was the thing most valuable to them.

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

preaction Re:Read below to see what Bennett has to say. (622 comments)

If you write your pin number on your ATM card are you not at least partially to blame when a thief finds the card and cleans out your account? Of course the thief is wrong, but wow you were stupid!

False equivalence. They didn't leave their password out. Their accounts were cracked.

about a month and a half ago
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Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Stocks

preaction Re:So add testosterone too (147 comments)

Yeah, I thought we were also dosing farm animals with massive amounts of estrogen to improve milk production.

about a month and a half ago

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