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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

sribe Re:WTF?? (789 comments)

I've seen comments like this a couple of times now and I have an easy way to demonstrate that bullying was (and is) illegal. I believe Aus and US law are not too far apart on this - either the bully hits the bullied, or does not. If he does, he can be found guilty of battery. If not, he can be found guilty of assault, (if the bullied person feels his safety is at risk that's technically enough).

But that's a bit circular because it depends on your (perfectly reasonable) definition of "bullying" as involving a threat to safety. There are many forms of childhood cruelty which do not involve any threat of violence, yet are still referred to by many as bullying.

2 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

sribe Re:WTF?? (789 comments)

It's not completely clear from that article whether physical contact is instead of, or in addition to, a threat of violence. But either way a great deal of bullying would easily qualify.

That was my thought, but lacking real details of the recorded encounter, I didn't quite go there. FYI, physical contact is separate from the threat of violence. In general physical contact elevates it to battery, thus the cliched "assault and battery" that's on every perp's rap sheet in every crime drama ;-)

2 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

sribe Re:WTF?? (789 comments)

Yes, the kid got charged because he violated Pennsylvania's wiretapping and recording laws.

As far as I know, all two-party states have an exemption for recording illegal activity. Now, technically, you could argue over whether the bullying reached the level of illegal activity. But that's a question for lawyers and judges, and that stupid fucking prick of a cop should have preserved the evidence, not forced its destruction.

2 days ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

sribe yeah right (134 comments)

Like he really has any control over what they do anymore...

5 days ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

sribe Re:SAR (217 comments)

If you have ever met the local SAR types I am willing to bet that they were instrumental in shutting him down. The last thing in the world they would want is their "Seniority" to be challenged by some upstart with easy to use technology. If you want to see the living defintion of a blowhard then go meet your local SAR.

Interesting. That's not at all the case where I live, so my perspective is completely opposite yours. Probably good for both of us to be reminded that the attitude of local SAR is going to be extremely variable across regions...

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sribe Re:Recycling Personalities (446 comments)

No, actually the Iraq war was very economical in monetary terms. The entire cost of the war FOR ALL THE YEARS is less than the "stimulus" that Democrats stole under Obama in the 1st year of Obama administration.

Bullshit. The actual invasion and ousting of Saddam were economical. The ongoing >10-year slog to clean up after the botched initial occupation has been enormously expensive. And remember, "the stimulus in the 1st year of the Obama administration" was actually the stimulus that Bush got Congress to pass. Fucktard.

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sribe Re:Recycling Personalities (446 comments)

No, it hasn't. Even the smallest of Obama's deficits is larger than the largest Bush deficit.

That statement is partisan bullshit, pure and simple. The 2009 budget was Bush's budget, passed by Congress before Obama was elected. Obama assumed office in early 2009 and began work on implementing his policies, so the 2010 budget was the first one over which he had any control at all. (This is the way it works for all incoming presidents--they don't get to influence the budget before they are elected. Duh.)

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sribe Re:Recycling Personalities (446 comments)

I blame shifted nothing...

Sure you did. You blatantly blamed Obama for the part of the debt increase which was directly caused by Bush's last budget.

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sribe Re:Recycling Personalities (446 comments)

I'm pretty certain that Rumsfeld had nothing to do with Saddam's loyalists deciding to continue to fight on in a guerilla war, or for the internecine warfare to occur based on long simmering grievances, or for al Qaida to wage a campaign of terrorism to try to establish control.

Rumsfeld overruled Powell (and the rest of the chiefs of staff) regarding the plan for the post-invasion occupation. He allowed for far few troops to control the country and far less effort toward rebuilding than they wanted. He made the decision to not only oust Saddam, but oust all Baathists from government, leaving almost no one in office. He made the decision to dismantle the police force without a clear plan to replace it. He is the goddamn arrogant fool who thought that he could just sweep aside the entire governing infrastructure in Iraq, sit back, and wait for a democratic republic to magically spring forth from the ashes.

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sribe Re:Recycling Personalities (446 comments)

And you will assign zero blame to Saddam.

WTF? Are you fucking blind? Read what I said more carefully this time: "...the amount wasted on the war due to incompetence in carrying out the occupation...".

I wasn't even arguing against having gone to war with Iraq. Just pointing out the fact that Rumsfeld's incompetence caused the cost of the whole Iraq mess to be at least twice what it should have been. (Not to mention US casualties probably being 10x what they should have been.)

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sribe Re:Recycling Personalities (446 comments)

At the same time, you should understand that you can't "inherit" a deficit.

1) Every president does so his first year. In OP's claim that the debt doubled during Obama's first 6 years, he was implicitly including Bush's last budget. (Submitted to Congress by Bush 5 months before Obama was elected, 7 months before Obama took office.)

2) It's not possible, barring massive social and economic disruption, to strip the better part of $1 trillion from the deficit in a single year. Massive deficit reduction such as what Obama has accomplished takes time. (BTW, I agree that more needs to be done, and that too much of the reduction comes from the wobbly recovery with too little from spending cuts.)

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sribe Re:Recycling Personalities (446 comments)

sorry you are correct, I did mean debt, which again someone said was unamerican in the past. But yeah, im a fucktard because i mistyped something. You could have ended it after your second sentence and gotten the same point across without sounding like a smug asshole

I wasn't just the typo. It was the blame-shifting onto Obama of Bush's fiscal disaster. So I stick by my second sentence, because it applies to your post as a whole.

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sribe Re:Recycling Personalities (446 comments)

...but when I see the deficit has damn near doubled in 6 years...

The deficit has been reduced by more than half in 6 years. The national debt has increased greatly, because of the huge deficit which Obama inherited from Bush. But seriously, why I am wasting my breath on a fucktard who doesn't know the difference.

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

sribe Re:Recycling Personalities (446 comments)

The bills from the Obama administration will dwarf the minor fraction of debt that was from the Iraq war.

The amount wasted on the war due to incompetence in carrying out the occupation would easily pay for the health care for all uninsured citizens for almost a decade.

about a week ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

sribe Re:That's not the only thing that's gone... (270 comments)

Hyundai managed to convert themselves from being a discount car manufacturer to a more upscale brand, but Hyundai didn't have the problem with their brand reputation that Microsoft has. Microsoft has made cheap crap for so long, I don't see how they manage to convince everyone that they are now an "upscale" high quality manufacturer of products and services.

Yeah, but if you look at the history of car brands in the U.S. that was actually a time-tested well-accepted strategy. In no particular order, Honda, Toyota, Nissan (Datsun), and V.W. had all done the same thing.

about a week ago
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'weev' Conviction Vacated

sribe Re:Interesting (147 comments)

If you break up a rape and beat the crap out of the perpetrator, you are hailed a hero.

That depends entirely on locale. Some prosecutors would go after you for the assault.

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

sribe Re:i pledge to you... (722 comments)

Awesome!! So if the ACA is such a fucking success where is the $2500/year [politifact.com] I am supposed to be saving vs. the actual observed increase of ~$2000/yr I see now?

Right now what we know is that some people are saving, some people are paying more, and we have no idea what the overall balance is.

Oh wait.. I must be a republicrat for even mentioning that and thus not worthy of a response...

No, you have provided a single data point, which is interesting but by itself no indication of the overall trend. That's altogether fine as far as it goes.

My ranty response to lgw was because he is insisting that the numbers are not what they actually are, with no evidence at all to support his assertion, and in spite of ample contradictory evidence--the very definition of a delusion. Now of course the fact that your post changes the subject to an altogether different aspect of the ACA implementation as a rebuttal to that is somewhat trollish--changing the subject to costs does not in any way change my point about the numbers of newly-insured--but it does at least address a valid point. (I also am paying about $2,000/yr more now.)

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

sribe Re:Ability to design and write software... (578 comments)

Watch out for those blanket generalizations, they bite back.

Especially the ones that reek of classist arrogance and condescension ;-)

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

sribe Re:9 million new net enrollment (722 comments)

I'm sorry that I called you a liar and was generally shitty to you in my last reply. I shouldn't have done that. You hit a nerve and I was having a bad day. I hope that you have a nice weekend.

My tone with you was pretty much asking for the kind of reply you gave me, since it was based on someone else's post and completely inappropriate as a response to what you had said.

I was really really tired of the bullshit lies being spread around, and was slamming someone who had baldly misrepresented the numbers. But unfortunately got confused as to what thread I was currently in. So your response, though curt, was accurate when you said I was either confused or a liar. (And the "or a confused liar" was a nice touch, something I'd have been proud to have written myself!)

about a week ago

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