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  • Aug 30th, 2016 @ 12:35pm

    That's how most scary dystopian tech starts.

    Google Now's ability to guess at my interests in news (or products) or where I'm trying to go is based on a system monitoring my data and habits. The problem is when entities (whether commercial or government or even personal) abusing the consolidated data for their own gain, to the detrement of those monitored.

    I wrote a blog piece about tracking devices (which appeared in Star Trek TOS a couple of times) and how they might be made appealing if they monitored health concerns and could detect problems early. Also if they informed the wearer when they were about to break law.

  • Aug 30th, 2016 @ 12:26pm


    Any statement that T-Mobile makes is advertising.

  • Aug 30th, 2016 @ 12:24pm

    Shooting the messenger will continue to be SOP...

    ...so long as covering personal asses and keeping up appearances are more important to survival than making things work.

  • Aug 30th, 2016 @ 12:14pm

    Comments have to be disabled on the feed.

    Forcing the public to go to Reddit and Twitter to continue discourse. Again, not so much a suppressing policy.

    You can't stop the signal, Mal.

  • Aug 30th, 2016 @ 12:10pm

    "All copies of the footage will need to be removed from the internet"

    If the court really did say that, they essentially doubled the longevity of the footage on the internet by making it verboten.

    I'd like to think that was the New Zealand Court's intention.

    It certainly cannot be enforced, though they can at least force Google to take it down.

  • Aug 30th, 2016 @ 6:31am

    You keep using that word...

    Considering it was evident the shooting was not the beginning of a rampage, I don't see how the circumstances were exigent, unless all murders are also exigent by definition.

    Or does the higher status of the victim escalate the urgency of the case?

    Do we call in the FBI's magic tech div when a suspected street gangster is shot dead?

  • Aug 30th, 2016 @ 12:49am

    core LEGAL businesses

    I believe you're presuming guilt there of crimes that have not been established.

    In fact, if I recall correctly the shotgun blast of charges were things like conspiracy, the sort of thing the DoJ uses to nail people who they want to nail without having a legitimate crime.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 9:48pm

    operating companies in various countries and living in another one altogether...

    You mean like the way Apple and Microsoft do it to evade US taxes?

    It's a wonder that no-one's going after them, then.

    Oh right. Prosecutory discretion.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 9:12pm

    in other news...

    Popcorn wholesale prices soar.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 1:25pm

    "rank and file should get to play by the same rules that she does"

    I agree she doesn't believe that, but I'd like to see her admit that's the case more, even if accidentally.

    Or maybe even force her to understand why equal law for all was a good idea in the first place.

    When Robespierre was executed in the Place de la Révolution, he was turned face up so that he could watch the blade come down.

    I think nothing short of such an experience would sway Clinton to recognize equal law.

    But I think not even that would convince Trump that anyone was his equal, or should be treated with equal regard to him.

    I hate this election.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 1:16pm

    The trick is convincing enough people to vote for the SAME third party.

    Even Roosevelt and Perot weren't able to get near what it takes to be anything but a spoiler.

    I dislike both candidates, but I fear Trump more, hence I'm voting for Clinton to vote against Trump. But convince me that Johnson can get enough votes to be a vote against both of them, and I'll play along.

    Of course that involves convincing a plurality of the rest of the US. You've got yourself a challenge.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 12:51pm

    What God allowed to happen

    I'm going to refrain from getting into the specific theology, but here in the states we have tens of thousands of Christian denominations, each of which by right believes what they want to believe of scripture, not how you interpret it. You can call them wrong all you want, and that doesn't give you any more authority than they do.

    And a lot of them like to believe that Christianity endorses their lives, the suppression of women's rights, attacking gays, sometimes violently, and purging the heretic, the mutant and the unclean.

    You can call them corrupt and twisted and wrong all you want, but there's way more of them than you, and they think you are corrupt and twisted and wrong.

    And yes, Christians right here in the states used the bible to justify slavery and Christians right here in the states used the bible to justify war and Christians right here in the states used the bible to justify attacking the meeker of our own. Christians right here in the states still continue to use the bible to justify trying to license who gets to have sex with whom.

    So don't even begin to try to extol the superiority of Christianity over other faiths.

    Maybe the Unitarians. They're not so bad.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 12:44pm

    Re: Re: Crap. My cut and paste failed.

    No, my lines are not sublimely clever. They are just facts of reality.

    Yeah, I'm still waiting on those facts.

    I do not hate the refugees, but hey... what a sublimely clever way to call me out on it right? I mean why would I ever block them unless I hated them right?

    More, I was pointing out that you're saying the same things before that were generally said in hatred. When the second guy calls the ring precious, it's coincidece. When the third guy uses the very same word, it might be something about that damned ring.

    You may not intend your position to be one of hatred, and really, I believe that. But it smacks of the same train of thought that's been used before to make some of the darkest decisions in recorded history.

    I get your fear of scarcity and strange untrustworthy people. But they need help. And our problems of scarcity don't come from them or trying to help them. And the barbarians on this side of the fence are just as untrustworthy as the barbarians on that side, perhaps more so.

    Lets make it clear you are the very black that you accuse the kettle of, you just make the accusation from a pseudo high place to make it appear as though you are morally superior.

    Oh do go on! Please elaborate and be specific, though.

    Incidentally, I know I'm not above prejudice. We are all bigots. But that is why we need to create policy that effects everyone equally. You cannot ban policies of Islam without banning the same policies when they are Christian. And you still have to ban them again when they appear in a non-religious context.

    Everyone should treat everyone with respect. Most of what you say is not wrong... until you use it to justify blind importation of a culture that has been bread since birth to hate everyone not them!

    That describes so many cultures, including the colonials that settled here and massacred the natives and pushed the survivors ultimately to tiny reservations where we begrudge them every right and amenity. As I said, we westerners have proven at least as barbaric.

    You make it sound like you believe alien cultures are a virus against which we have no resistance. Indeed, we've been exposed to countless cultures, and are quite immune. We've been influenced by them all in that we choose the bits of culture that we want. Often better for it, at least if you like jazz and blues and rock-&-roll. Your average American isn't going to hear some lines of the Koran, go through a horrible transformation and turn into a berserking terrorist for it.

    In fact, the reverse is more likely true once they get a taste for Xboxes, rap music, TV sports and greasy McDonalds food.

    Let me assure you, you might hate America and the Conservatives or Liberals enough to import an oppositional culture, but that culture is purely non-compatible with the ideas of Liberty. In fact, most cultures are not compatible with Liberty.

    I hate no country, but some administrations certainly piss me off. But the United States has adapted, like Rome, a culture of pluralism. Granted, we haven't done it very well, and we seem eager to forget that each of us once were strangers in a strange land. But pluralism is certainly what we intended. We owe the next wave of immigrants at least the hospitality given us when we were the immigrants.

    The notion was that if you want to keep others from partaking coffee and booze (for example), you do so only in the confines of your private backyard. We've tried making temperance into law -- a movement that was strongly religion-based -- and it only made things worse. (In many ways similar to the way the current War on Drugs only makes things worse.)

    And the Democrats and GOP are oppositional cultures. They hate each other more than they like their own platforms, and would rather kill a law they agree with if it was written by the other guys. It's one of the problems with our legislature that has them deadlocked almost all the time.

    Hell, America is no longer compatible with Liberty. We are shitting our freedoms and liberty out faster than a sour cream burrito with extra guacamole and ghost pepper hot sauce.

    With that, I agree with you, but it's a different issue than immigrants and refugees, and one our Constitutional Framers warned us about in remarkably accurate terms. That our law enforcement and our affluent are their own castes above us peons doesn't change that there are others in worse straits than us, who we can afford to assist.

    Though depending on how the election goes and the aftermath, some of us may well be looking to escape our borders before we are found.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 7:20am

    Maybe "deserve" is not a good term for this.

    We don't live in a just universe until we find a way to make it just (at least within the confines of society). And no nation, no people have been able to do that yet.

    Saying that anyone, or that any group (all of which are falsely sorted) gets the government they deserve is going to be unfair.

    I certainly didn't get the government I was taught I was getting when it was explained to me in primary school. Was I, as a child, supposed to disbelieve my instructors? Did I not deserve to be informed of what the system actually is? Why was I only taught the ideal of what it should have been, but coached in terms as if that's what it was? (And we still teach our children the same ideology, only more so.)

    No, we get the government we get. We get the mess made by our fathers and ancestors, because they couldn't think of all contingencies, or because they didn't know the full of human nature. Or, as in our recent generations, they imagined the end times were at hand, or just didn't care.

    We only get to try again, and hope that what we can leave our descendants is better than what we were given, ourselves. Or not, and hope the next regime learns something from the failure of this one.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 @ 6:53am

    Maybe Mrs. Clinton's opinions are evolving.

    When Obama's opinions evolved about gays in the military and gay marriage, we regarded it as progress.

    Clinton using (and supporting use of) secure crypto and recognizing Snowden.

    Maybe we should save criticizing her on this one until she actually says what's good for her is too good for the rest of us peons, and delays in pardoning Snowden.

  • Aug 28th, 2016 @ 11:08pm

    Crap. My cut and paste failed.

    at least they can now have abortions to prevent the dilution of their race

    So you watched Conspiracy too? Everyone at Wannsee spoke as if races were a known thing, human beings neatly divided into tidy categories. I thought Stuckart's position (in contrast to Klofer's) was notable. While everyone else at the table regarded the Jewish race much the way negrophobes regard black Americans (simpler, more primal, animalistic, bestial) Dr. Stuckart regarded said:

    Your line, what the party rants on about is how inferior they are, some sub-species, and I keep saying how wrong that is! They are sublimely clever. And they are intelligent as well. My indictments to that race are stronger and heavier because they are real, not uneducated ideology. They are arrogant and self-obsessed and calculating and reject the Christ and I will not have them pollute German blood!

    These days, our study of human genes has taught us better. We are each a genetic blend of countless strains. Human races are as manifold as specimens. But it's conspicuous to me that some people still cling to the notion that we can divide people up into a handful of tidy categories, and blame all our problems on the imaginary menace of one or two of them.

    Regarding Syrians are raping non Syrians, [citation very much needed]. I suspect, more often the reverse is happening. Overpaid US GIs were notorious for taking advantage of German widows prostituting themselves to feed their kids as the allies moved into Germany. Those refugees are poor and desperate, and probably way less armed than the people who's lands they cross into. Easy prey.

    Typically, though, we take any group of people we hate and imagine them taking our jobs and raping our women. That seems to be the go-to way we dehumanize them.

  • Aug 28th, 2016 @ 11:05pm

    "at least they can now have abortions to prevent the dilution of their race"

    at least they can now have abortions to prevent the dilution of their race

    So you watched Conspiracy too?

    Here in the US, we spend more on overpriced military toys (still neglecting concussion armor for our troops on the ground) that we're not even using, so I think yeah, the US could afford to furnish the Syrians with benefits while they get themselves established. If we prioritized that above, say being ready to bomb the fuck out of Iran.

    But we want to be ready, don't we.

    Yes, we do like to plead scarcity too. We can't afford it. It's the way we to justify exiling...or evacuating the alien. I take you picked up that bit too?

    If you're saying it's a matter of austerity, you're barking up a tree in the wrong grove. The cost of facilitating refugees is tiny compared to some of the crazier subsidies in our budget.

  • Aug 28th, 2016 @ 10:20pm

    ...Those that divide refugees into two kinds, and those that don't.

    They all bring their culture with them. And they may even keep some of it, has has happened with every other wave of immigrants that came to the US. Ours is not Native American culture. It's not British culture. It's a polyglot of every culture that has come to the states.

    And yes, the people here are always afraid of the new culture, that it won't fit in. And for a while there are conflicts, eventually we figure out how to let everyone fit in.

  • Aug 28th, 2016 @ 6:04pm

    "I wonder if this is why fascism always works."

    Our framers seem to be aware that war against aliens and baby-step encroaches were hallmarks of the disintegration of rights. But democratic rule and nations of laws are fairly new to us in contrast to feudal states run by aristocrats.

    We may have to do this a few times before we get the hang of it.

  • Aug 28th, 2016 @ 5:45pm

    As I was saying

    That notion continues in the US as per the commander in chief but we require a police force in such a large nation that he has to depend on the infrastructure beneath him working to enforce his policy. Much how the King of England can decree what he wants, but it's up to the dukes to relay it to the earls down to the barons and knights, and if it's a controversial policy, it may not trickle down efficiently.

    Hence we can have the kind of corruption in the Department of Justice that we do.

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