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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

rockout Re:Oh yes, we were (101 comments)

It doesn't, but he wasn't "criticizing Democrats" in a vacuum - he framed it in a way that it was clear he was saying "Democrats are more authoritarian than Republicans." Which is bullshit, because they're both terrible at the moment.

Even worse, the same guy most likely posted this AC comment in a feeble attempt to make it seem like he's got support for his read-between-the-lines partisan dog-whistle message. Coward, indeed.

yesterday
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

rockout Re:Oh yes, we were (101 comments)

oh right, here's the classic backtrack - you slam "liberal Democrats" as "authoritarian", implying that the opposite of "liberal Democrats" wouldn't be so authoritarian, and then once someone calls you out, "oh I never said that, did I? that's all in YOUR head, you need to calm down!" After all, if you were caught taking a stand for the side you prefer, you've now backed yourself into a corner, and that's so inconvenient when you're trying to prove that you're right.

Don't be an infant. Everyone knows exactly what you meant, and if you really didn't mean that, try harder to not post as if you did.

yesterday
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

rockout Re:Oh yes, we were (101 comments)

Oh right. Because the "conservative Republicans" are so against a police state. Spare us your partisan bullshit, please. Both parties are all for as much surveillance as possible, and by laying it at the door of the team you personally hate, you do everyone a disservice and distract from the real issue. For the love of god, please stop it.

yesterday
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

rockout Re:Short answer - No. (156 comments)

$30K is a long long way from $4k. To say "If they didn't have that, they wouldn't be making any money" about $4k per car is ridiculous. Thank you for pointing out that the AC was full of shit.

about two weeks ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

rockout Re:Short answer - No. (156 comments)

Citation needed.

about two weeks ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

rockout Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

That was a long way to go for a U2 reference tie-in.

about two weeks ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

rockout Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

Apparently no one is allowed to spend a shit load of money helping people without having do-nothing assholes hate on them for it, usually by accusing them of self-promotion and ego boosting. At least be a little bit original.

about two weeks ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

rockout Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

Oh, you were joking about points one and two as well? or is it that you were just blathering an uninformed opinion, and when another user pointed out you were wrong, you're now claiming the whole post was a joke?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

rockout Re:Nice (105 comments)

I'm emotionally invested in calling out passive-aggressive assholes when I spot them.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

rockout Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

You should've checked a scrabble dictionary, online or hard copy. Jeep is a legal word in scrabble.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

rockout Re:Nice (105 comments)

Oh bullshit. You implied exactly what he said, and then, like the coward you are, backtracked and said "oh wait I didn't imply anything that's all in YOUR head!" Spare us your trolling in the future, please.

about three weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

rockout Re:Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

Whatever passes for censorship in this case is pretty much irrelevant anyway. The pack of photos that started this was almost instantly on piratebay, and after almost four days it's still there with about 27,000 seeders. That won't go away on its own for a while and you don't see piratebay taking it down. The initial leak just happened to be from 4chan; the next such leak could come from almost anywhere.

about a month ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

rockout Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (542 comments)

Your alarmist progression is worthy of a Fox News headline; it's so full of holes and logical fallacies that it's difficult to know where to start, but how about your crazy, uninformed jump from #2 to #3?

There's about 4 million Muslims in Thailand, out of a population of around 70 million. If you're trying to refer to the current insurgency in southern Thailand, the evidence suggest that's more rooted in ethnic (Malay vs. Thai) differences than it is in Islam vs. Buddhism, though of course that plays a part - problem is, that particular conflict has been present for hundreds of years. And before you point your finger and say "Aha! that proves my point, Muslims have always been trying to conquer!" take a look at what "Christian" nations were doing hundreds of years ago and were continuing to do until right after World War II. Some would say we're still trying to do it now, what with invading Iraq and all.

To suggest that this one religion is somehow worse than all the others when it comes to breeding maniacs that want to impose their will on others is ridiculous.

about a month ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

rockout Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (542 comments)

A critical difference is that the geek doesn't (usually) attempt to make other people live their lives according to the same sacred texts.

about a month ago
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LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

rockout Re:I know, anecdotes != data, but here's mine ... (108 comments)

To this day I avoid all "Union Shops" because of those two jobs ...

If you've applied this brand of logic to all the decisions in your life, I'm not surprised that you're a bitter person.

about 2 months ago
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LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

rockout Re:If only we had a union (108 comments)

I belong to a union. I'm a full-time freelancer, in a technical field (not IT), but I belong to a union that I pay union dues to.

From your comments, it sounds to me like you either don't work for a union, or at one time you worked for an extremely shitty corrupt one. I assure you that while I pay union dues, I also make a lot more money on union jobs than on non-union ones (which I am far less likely to take on, because of the pay difference). I also now get my health care through a union plan, which is far cheaper than getting it on my own was.

My union dues pay for themselves each year within the first 4 days of work I do, in form of increased day rates that I get paid - and those rates are higher entirely due to my fellow techs and I organizing in 2008. Literally overnight, I suddenly had an about-30% increase in pay, and all I had to do was sign a card saying I wanted to be represented by the union, and I agreed to pay 2% of each check to the union. Pretty good deal by any measure.

Please don't paint all unions with your "commie unions and corrupt union bosses!!!" brush. It doesn't work that way in the majority of unions. But conservatives have done a great job convincing many Americans that that's actually the case. Which is unfortunate, as wealth continues to get more concentrated at the top. The thing is, my clients pay the higher union rates because they're still making money on each job. They just don't make as much of it, but that doesn't mean they just threw up their hands and said "oh well, we're only making 16 cents on the dollar now instead of 18, time to shut the whole thing down!" They have the money. They just want to keep more and more of it, no matter how much they make. Unions serve as a valuable counterweight to that greed.

about 2 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

rockout Re:666 (753 comments)

It's interesting to me that to come up with people that move around large amounts of cash, your one example is organized crime, and that's supposed to make me against a cashless society.

about 2 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

rockout Re:666 (753 comments)

You missed my point entirely. I was responding to your argument that "if you find yourself on the wrong side of the powers that be for some reason they can simply deny you access to your wealth at their whim. " No one holds millions of dollars in 10's and 20's. Any significant movement of wealth is already electronically tracked; in fact, any significant movement of cash, usually over $10000, is tracked as well if you use a bank. Have you been completing a lot of transactions with $9,999 worth of cash? I haven't.

about 2 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

rockout Re:666 (753 comments)

How is this different from now? How many people have great amounts of wealth stored entirely in cash? The situation you describe where "the powers that be (can) deny you access to your wealth at their whim" already exists, and we seem to be okay with it.

I'm not saying you should be entirely okay with it, or that it's the best possible system, just pointing out that going cashless isn't going to change the status of what you regard as freedom to do as you please with large amounts of wealth.

about 3 months ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

rockout Re:Guam is in the Maldives now? (176 comments)

Yeah, that particular article doesn't mention the Maldives. Dozens of others do identify the Maldives as the site of the arrest, most of them quoting the Russian government calling his arrest in the Maldives a kidnapping.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/us-ac...

about 3 months ago

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