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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

saihung Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

You're supposed to butcher a dead animal. The 2nd Amendment as it is currently understood is dead. It serves no purpose except to satisfy gun nuts. You're living in a developed country with a standing army, police forces, and all of the evidence makes plain that owning a gun is more of a threat to the gun owner and his family than it is to any criminals or gubmint agents. People who are obsessed with gun ownership are unhinged and we should stop taking them seriously. Get something else to prove to the world how big your reproductive organs are, something that isn't used to kill.

This amendment needs to go away, and the huge numbers of guns among the populace need to be destroyed. There's no reason for Americans to be armed to the teeth. Australia did it, so can we.

about 7 months ago
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The NSA Is Looking For a Few Good Geeks

saihung Re:world ramifications... (388 comments)

You mean other countries get angry when we spy on their leaders? And then blame the person disclosing the spying instead of, you know, apologizing? Really?

1 year,20 days
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Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Carry Out Climate Change-Denying Study

saihung Re:Governor Appointed (640 comments)

Why would they be salivating at doing something that wouldn't produce valid results? They are being ordered to do junk science to promote a political agenda. No scientist worth his salt would be interested in something like that.

"I direct you to conduct a scientific study of where babies come from, with specific references to storks and the "baby store." But no mention of sex, please, because that's icky."

about a year ago
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First Bay Trail Windows 8.1 Convertible To Start At $349

saihung Re:Seems Pricey (151 comments)

Really? I use x86 DAW/Djing software and I've been looking for a tablet robust enough to run them on. If this will run my performance software reliably then I'm in for one, and it saves me several pounds on my travel rig. If you have a better way to run low-latency audio software then I'm curious to hear about it.

about a year ago
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400 Million Chinese Cannot Speak Mandarin

saihung Re:Cantonese is superior to mandarin (562 comments)

And yet somehow people manage to have perfectly normal conversations in it. If you're going to argue that a language isn't "useful" then your dealing with pretty insurmountable evidence to the contrary when, you know, people use it.

Plus, the reason that Chinese local languages haven't developed is because they're being actively suppressed by the central government in Beijing. It's not a damned coincidence.

about a year ago
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Death of the Car Salesman? BMW Makes AI App To Sell Electric Cars

saihung Re:No way (168 comments)

Right, in which case that kind of direct competition can be (and is!) bargained into the franchise contract. So there is STILL no reason to make direct ownership of auto sales outlets illegal, except to prevent people from trying out new ways of doing business.

about a year ago
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NZ Police Got PRISM Data Before Raid On Dotcom

saihung Re: Was that really necessary? (208 comments)

No one forced him to use an international communication system.

So two governments cooperate to spy on each others' citizens with no judicial oversight and you are ok with it because ... wait. Why are you OK with it? Because the communication was international? So you believe that no international communications should enjoy privacy protections? Why?

about a year ago
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Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

saihung Re:Already or in the process of being repaired (183 comments)

What has bitcoin done besides assert its own value on the premise that it will somehow be the future of worldwide finance?

Uh, succeed?

about a year ago
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Cab Hailing Service Uber Collected Just $9M of Fares During 15 Months In Boston

saihung Re:Unacceptable (112 comments)

A company comes out of nowhere to take 3% of a major market and that's "not much." Gotta love it.

about a year ago
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Gore Site Operator Arrested For Posting Video of Murder

saihung Re:Submitter doesn't know his own rights (289 comments)

Not to mention that he doesn't understand the concept of "hate crimes," which are not about speech but motivation.

about a year ago
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Whistleblowing IT Director Fired By FL State Attorney

saihung Re: Do good ... (569 comments)

Serious. There are so many people in this little thread taking what Hitler said about his own party and its goals as though those things mean anything at all. Guys, Hitler was a liar. The Nazis were liars. They said anything they thought would buy them more votes so they could win enough elections to seize power completely. Believing Hitler's own propaganda about Nazism makes no more damned sense than believing China's nonsensical rhetoric about global liberation of ethnic minorities.

about a year ago
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Whistleblowing IT Director Fired By FL State Attorney

saihung Re: Do good ... (569 comments)

Nazism and Facism, for example are types of Socialisms (despite the unwillingness of some in accepting it mostly due to ignorance).

No. That is wrong. And while it's cute calling people who disagree with your bad facts "ignorant," that won't save you. Socialism runs the state's economic machinery for the benefit of the populace. This is its primary defining feature. Fascism runs the state for the benefit of the ruling party. This is its defining feature. The two are irreconcileable, which is why Fascists outlawed trade unions.

about a year ago
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Bitcoins Seized In Drug Bust

saihung Re: It was bound to happen (198 comments)

Not exactly. Forfeiture is a separate, civil proceeding against the property itself, and not the owner. In order to prevail, the DA has to prove only that it was more likely than not that the property in question was the proceeds of, or used to advance, criminal conduct. So it is much, much easier to steal property through forfeiture than it is to convict someone of a crime. In some cases the property is taken even if the person is found not guilty in a court. In some even more egregious cases, the property is seized and the owner is never even charged with anything. The real kicker? There's no right to an attorney in forfeiture cases, so you don't get a PD if you can't afford a lawyer.

about a year ago
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Student Project Could Kill Digital Ad Targeting

saihung Re:Targeted ads are better than untargeted ads (177 comments)

If I do a search for a specific preamp somewhere, I see targeted ads for EXACTLY THAT PREAMP everywhere I browse. And even though I already bought it, I keep seeing those ads everywhere. It's annoying. And creepy.

about a year ago
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Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators

saihung Re:For the sake of saving time, (417 comments)

Yeah! Why doesn't he appreciate a government that's illegally spying on OUR ALLIES for no clear reason other than to piss them, and everyone else, off?

about a year ago
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FBI Paid Informant Inside WikiLeaks

saihung Re:Cheap (458 comments)

Yeah, if you're some Iraqi kid that the Americans shot from a helicopter for no particular reason? HA HA SCREW YOU BUDDY. If you're some German used car salesman who got sent to Syria to be tortured for 10 months by the Americans for no particular reason? OH WELL I'M NOT FEELING IT.

Except oh, wait. There were American journalists in that group of people who got shot, too. And oh, wait, when someone discloses the fact that the American government was lying through its teeth, not for "national security" but to hide its own wrongdoing? Then as far as I'm concerned that person has done us all a favor. The government should not be able to hide behind "national security" to protect itself from embarrassment or hide its own law breaking. And it matters when our government carelessly destroys someone's life, because that shit is going to come back to bite us one day. This is why people hate us; we stomp all over everything like an elephant, not even paying attention, and then say loudly, "WHY DOES EVERYONE HATE US?" This is why you callous jackass.

about a year ago
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Federal Judge Says Interns Should Be Paid

saihung Re:Genius judge (540 comments)

The "point" of hiring interns is to provide them with an educational experience. That's why you don't have to pay them - because they show up primarily for their own benefit and provide few, if any, benefits to the host organization. People who show and do valuable work for you are called "employees," and the thing about employees is that they have a legal right to be paid. Once upon a time, businesses understood this and hired seasonal workers (students on summer vacation) for a small salary. Nowadays every imbecile thinks that an "intern" is a source of free labor. Wrong.

If you want free labor and you're a for-profit business? Screw you. We have minimum wage laws for a reason. You are not allowed to make a profit off of someone's labor and not pay them. "Internship" is not a code word for "someone I can't be bothered to pay."

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Personal Audio's James Logan About Patents, Playlists, and Podcasts

saihung Re:What will you do about White House intervention (99 comments)

Yes. This particular troll isn't the problem. The system that allows people to patent ideas, rather than inventions, is the problem. The notion, however, that taking advantage of a broken system to one's own advantage, even if it hurts everyone else, is blameless? That's crazy. Of course this troll is morally accountable for their actions. But to put it in question form:

Why do you believe you deserve any money in licensing fees at all, when you haven't apparently done any of the work required to produce a product?

about a year and a half ago
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XCOR COO Warns That Proposed State Department Rule Could Cripple Space Tourism

saihung Re:No, it is very American (105 comments)

The IRS decides that only groups with leftist names can be considered non-profits.

Except that isn't what happened. None of those groups were actually denied non-profit status. Meanwhile, when the Bush-era IRS did exactly the same thing to "leftist" groups, none of the current batch of tea bag imbeciles cared in the least. Sod 'em, they deserved the extra scrutiny. After all, they're all just astroturfers funded by the Koch brothers anyway.

while attempting to limit in any was possible U.S. citizen ownership and carrying of firearms.

Oh, I see my mistake. You're stupid. Whoops, never mind.

about a year and a half ago

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