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Anonymous Newspaper Commenters Subpoenaed In Tax Case

shrubya Stupid question (394 comments)

Sheesh. Why a whole article? This is not a difficult question.

Anonymous comments are a great choice for speech that is legal, but might expose a public speaker to social consequences: reviews, dark humor, political criticism, whistleblowing, etc.

Anonymous comments should not be a shield for speech that is an illegal attack on others: libel, threats, intimidation, etc. If you want to say that kind of stuff, be prepared to own up to it.

more than 5 years ago

AT&T Dropping Usenet Netnews; Low-Cost Alternatives?

shrubya Re:The web (345 comments)

Yep. NNTP discussion groups have been rather thoroughly replaced by web-based discussion sites, like Slashdot. And if you really need Usenet there's Google Groups. (yeah, there's a couple newsgroups Google doesn't cover. I'd give you a URL but I'd rather not risk slashdotting them.)

And as for NNTP binary groups, Bittorrent and Redtube have them covered.

more than 5 years ago

Security Flaw Hits VAserv; Head of LxLabs Found Hanged

shrubya Re:Well (413 comments)

They only hire illegals around here. Better learn Spanish and temporarily "lose" your proof of citizenship. The preceding is a cold statement of fact, nothing more.

You're lucky I don't have mod points right now. Personally I despise McDonalds for both their food and their corporate behavior, but the REAL cold hard fact is that they prefer to hire people who will show up on time and work hard. It is extremely hard to find USians, either inner city or suburban, who are willing to do that for minimum wage.

more than 5 years ago

Bill Would Declare Your Blog a Weapon

shrubya Re:Not too worried (780 comments)

Megan suffered from clinical depression, and she had told the other party. Pretending to befriend a depressed person and then brutally turning on them is no different from giving a soft drink mixed with a few drops of peanut oil to an allergic person.

more than 5 years ago

Asperger Syndrome Tied To Low Cortisol Levels

shrubya neurological, not behavioral (156 comments)

If I'm reading them correctly, the studies being quoted (BTW, here's one of them if you have ScienceDirect) are NOT saying that Asperger's can be cured or prevented by altering a child's exposure to stress. They're saying Asperger's brains have a different neurochemical reaction to sudden changes than ordinary brains do.

1: This may (or may not) point toward changing how Asperger's kids are trained to deal with stress.
2: More interesting to me, this may point to targeted pharmaceuticals able to provide long-term remission.
3: This may just be a side effect of Asperger's, and the actual cause is somewhere else entirely.

more than 5 years ago

ACLU Wins, No Sexting Charges For NJ Teens

shrubya Re:Let's clarify something... (406 comments)

The point that he's making (and you're agreeing with) is that if the right to bear "arms" is conditional (e.g. no mortars or machine guns), then deciding exactly which ones to allow is not necessarily a Constitutional crisis. Drawing the line anywhere north of flintlock muskets could plausibly be said to meet the framer's intent.

more than 4 years ago

Texas Vote May Challenge Teaching of Evolution

shrubya MOD PARENT UP (1306 comments)

It's absolutely a low blow of weak minded groupthink to label that post a troll. I disagree with Arthur, but he has a perfectly legitimate point of view.

more than 5 years ago

Texas Vote May Challenge Teaching of Evolution

shrubya Re:Cue the following: (1306 comments)

* only applicable for sufficiently small values [of] truth(**)

(**) where "sufficiently small" means "90+% of all human activities that benefit from knowledge of physics".

Yeah sure, you can complain that GPS satellites wouldn't work without accounting for relativistic effects. But when I throw my Garmin at your head, it will travel in a parabolic path (minus air resistance) with sub-millimeter accuracy. Then I will write "annoying pedant" on your face in magic marker while you're knocked out.

more than 5 years ago

Study Finds the Pious Fight Death Hardest

shrubya Prolonged & Painful vs Short & Serene (921 comments)

A few notes to remember about this study:

  1. None of the patients "got better". The only difference was that being stuffed full of plastic tubes sometimes postponed death by a number of days.
  2. On average, the highly religious were much less likely to have end-of-life planning (advance directives, durable power of attorney, etc)
  3. On average, the families of people on intensive life support were more traumatized by the death than the others. That's a "no duh".
  4. All that machinery and medical labor is REALLY expensive.

Personally, I would much rather go for hospice care. Aside from being more comfortable for the patient, it also gives them a chance to say goodbye to everyone properly, rather than just gurgling at your horrified visitors from inside a torture chamber.

more than 5 years ago

Portugal's Vortalgate — No Microsoft, No Bidding

shrubya As a representative of Vortal.pt ... (312 comments)

... I must object to these allegations in the strongest terms. Our QA department went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure compatibility, by testing our software not only on HP and Dell computers, but also Lenovo, Sony, and Acer. Whatever objections these critics have are clearly spurious.

more than 5 years ago

Gamer Claims Identifying As a Lesbian Led To Xbox Live Ban

shrubya homophobia very often *IS* a phobia (1182 comments)

Whatever else you wish to say about opponents of homosexuality, they don't have a phobia

You are ignoring the dozens of publicly confirmed cases where anti-gay politicians, preachers and activists have been caught trying to hide their homosexual trysts. Deathly afraid of their own inner urges, they try to mortify everyone like themselves. And those are just the ones that we hear about because they're famous enough to make the news. At a conservative estimate, there are tens of thousands of self-repressed genuine homophobes in the USA.

more than 5 years ago

What the Papers Don't Say About Vaccines

shrubya Re:Too many coincidences (737 comments)

If there is no connection why do we see so many stories similar to mine?

Because the age that vaccines are given is the same age that the symptoms of autism (et al) start to manifest. It's as simple as that.

People have tried vaccines without mercury. People have tried giving vaccines at different times. People have tried forgoing vaccines. And guess what? The same percentage of each group of kids developed all the same awful conditions that are blamed on vaccines.

more than 6 years ago

Misdemeanor Plea Ends Norwich Pornography Case

shrubya Re:New Meaning (260 comments)

Obviously I'm new here compared to a 2-digit ID, but come on and RTFA.

She was a SUBSTITUTE teacher. There is no possible way that a substitute could download, install, and run an anti-malware app in the handful of minutes notice she had before classes began. Even if she were allowed to install apps onto school PCs, which is unlikely.

more than 6 years ago

Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

shrubya Re:Racism? an obvious reminder (3709 comments)

Gays have the exact same marriage rights as everyone else. They can still marry someone of the opposite sex.

50 years ago, most US states had laws against interracial marriage. Your exact argument was made then: no one is being discriminated against, because everyone has the same right to marry someone ... of their own ethnicity.

50 years from now, opposition to gay marriage will look just as bigoted as our forebears' views look today. You know this is true.

more than 6 years ago


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