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Sony Hack Reveals MPAA's Big '$80 Million' Settlement With Hotfile Was a Lie

srichard25 Re:"Just" four million? (117 comments)

Sorry, but to qualify for the "Too Big To Fail" corporate welfare program you must have contributed at least 1 million to various political campaigns in the past and show means to contribute at least that amount in the future. Politicians need to eat after all.

about a month ago

Attorney General Won't Force New York Times Reporter To Reveal Source

srichard25 James Risen vs James Rosen (55 comments)

Luckily, he is James Risen from the New York Times and he only tipped off terrorists to how they were being tracked, so the Obama administration sees no need to press him further. If he were James Rosen from Fox News trying to keep watch on our own government, then he would be labeled a criminal co-conspirator and flight risk by Eric Holder so that they could trace his phone calls and emails.

about a month and a half ago

Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

srichard25 Re:Yeesh (584 comments)

The "something" that changed around 2000 is that people started expecting significantly more from software and programming became much exponentially more complex. I know plenty of Cobol programmers that can handle developing very basic green screens, but couldn't handle developing a 3-tier web application. At this point, software development changed from something that many people could do, to something that only very talented individuals could do.

about 2 months ago

Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

srichard25 Casual vs Power User (239 comments)

"The followup question asks how Google believed one email product possibly target both casual (Gmail) and power (Inbox) users"

I must have a different definition of casual and power user.

about 2 months ago

Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

srichard25 Re:Enough believers for a schism? (268 comments)

If you did, it would be a pretty short war. I doubt you will find many Jedis on the side of the "New Testament".

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

srichard25 Mark Zuckerberg says you don't exist (479 comments)

According to Mark Zuckerberg, people like you don't exist. Which is why he absolutely needs the H1Bs to bring in all the offshore resources.

about 4 months ago

Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

srichard25 Re: (176 comments)

Isn't it interesting how Obama is using executive power to do all kinds of things and ignoring laws that he doesn't like (ex: immigration laws, Obamacare mandates, etc), but when something like this falls clearly within his power he does nothing?

about 6 months ago

Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

srichard25 Torture vs Drone Kills (371 comments)

According to the Obama administration, using waterboarding against known foreign terrorists to obtain critical information is wrong, but using a drone to kill Americans without due process is necessary.

I guess we know which side the Obama administration is on.

about 7 months ago

IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

srichard25 Re:Huh? (465 comments)

The IRS, like most big government agencies, are mostly filled with people who support big government agencies. On average, the leaders of these big government agencies are unlikely to be sympathetic to a party that claims to want to shrink the federal government (whether they actually do so is a topic for another thread). If the next president is a Republican, he/she is unlikely to get the IRS leadership to attack liberal groups like they have attacked conservative groups.

about 7 months ago

Web Browsing Isn't Copyright Infringement, Rules EU Court of Justice

srichard25 Re:Copyright ending (79 comments)

A few of those people were middle class when they went into Congress. Somehow they miraculously became millionaires while in Congress. Funny how that works.

about 8 months ago

Former NSA Director: 'We Kill People Based On Metadata'

srichard25 Re:Thanks for nothing. (155 comments)

This post is specifically about the NSA. The NSA is part of the Executive Branch. Obama, as head of the Executive Branch, can shut down the whole NSA very easily. He refuses to do so because of political reasons, not because he lacks the power to do so. He has NOT done everything he can to try to stop this. In fact, he has barely lifted a finger to try to stop this.

about 9 months ago

ACLU and EFF Endorse Weaker USA Freedom Act Passed By Committee

srichard25 Re:The oversight doesn't care (107 comments)

What do you consider congressional oversight? When the NSA Director tells congress an outright lie and faces no repercussions whatsoever, I would say that "congressional oversight" is pretty much a farce.

about 9 months ago

White House Worried About Discrimination Through Analytics

srichard25 NSA? (231 comments)

Let's apply the same standards to the NSA collecting data on all Americans. Since white people are more likely to own cell phones and use the internet, the NSA data collection will be racially biased and should be ended in the name of equality.

about 9 months ago

Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech

srichard25 Re:how come we never hear (302 comments)

You think millions of years of evolution have only affected upper body strength?

"Boys generally demonstrate superiority over female peers in areas of the brain involved in math and geometry. These areas of the brain mature about four years earlier in boys than in girls, according to a recent study that measured brain development in more than 500 children. Researchers concluded that when it comes to math, the brain of a 12-year-old girl resembles that of an 8-year-old boy. "

about 9 months ago

Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

srichard25 Re (312 comments)

I am constantly amazed at how naive the average American voter is. Obama was a guy who could give a good speech, but he had ZERO leadership accomplishments to his name. The most basic research into Obama's background should have given anyone pause that he could actually accomplish any of what he promised. He was a Senator, but couldn't point to a single legislative accomplishment. He was in the state senate, but had a record of just voting present on key bills and had no major bills to his name. He was a community organizer, but once again couldn't point to any significant accomplishments. He claims to be a legal scholar, but locked his school records.

For those of you who voted for Obama and are currently disappointed, I have a suggestion for you: next time do some background research on the person instead of just relying on campaign speeches and 30-second ads.

about 10 months ago

We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia

srichard25 Not in America (267 comments)

"Indeed, the average person on Earth is more free today, in 2014, than he or she would have been in the actual year 1984"

Maybe the average person on Earth is more free today, but the average American is most definitely NOT more free today than they were in 1984. Try to buy a large soda in New York. Try to smoke just about anywhere indoors. Try to board a plane with a pocket knife, or even just a soda. 20 year old adults can serve in the Marines, but can't buy a drink.

about a year ago

TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

srichard25 Like it or not, TSA agents are the face of TSA (289 comments)

And how exactly should we "re-direct" our frustration to the "people at TSA headquarters who are being paid the big bucks to make the rules"? Should we all go down there and invite them to lunch? The TSA agents ARE the face of the TSA. They are the only part of the TSA agency that most people will ever come into contact with. If the TSA agents don't like being the face of an organization with absurd rules, then they should ALL quit. Maybe that would cause some kind of change to those absurd rules.

about a year ago

Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

srichard25 Future Cost (424 comments)

Future cost of cable will be this:
$150 per month for cable TV + internet
$140 per month for internet only

Enjoy your options.

about a year ago

Nokia Turns To Android To Regain Share In Emerging Markets

srichard25 Embrace, Extend, Extinguish (146 comments)

Sounds like the standard Microsoft "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" strategy:

about a year ago

Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

srichard25 Re:Less government? Yeah right... (387 comments)

The people running for office mostly just want to be rich. To be elected to office, they need to appeal mainly to one of two groups of people: those who want less government telling them what to do, or those who want more government to take from others and give to them. Once elected to office, they don't have to actually do either. They simply need to pretend that they are working on less/more government while blaming any issues on the other side for not accomplishing less/more government. This is why Democrats have been promising to end poverty for 40 years yet poverty continues to rise (even when they control the White House and Congress). This is why Republicans have been promising to reduce the size of the federal government for 40 years yet the government continues to grow (even when they control the White House and Congress).

While there may be a small handful of honest politicians who truly believe in doing what is in the best interest of the American people, this is obviously not the majority of the people in Washington.

about a year ago


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