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  • Aug 20th, 2015 @ 10:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Noble ideas, but doomed to failure

    Nice list, thanks. Now if everyone that could would pick up one or two and contribute then we can get closer to proving out Mason Wheeler's predeterminations.

  • Aug 19th, 2015 @ 3:46pm

    Re: Noble ideas, but doomed to failure

    Given that the amount of people that can hear and talk to each right now is unprecedented throughout all of history combined then I'd have to say that the idea is not only noble but necessary.

    Can anyone provide a somewhat comprehensive list of decentralization projects?

  • Aug 19th, 2015 @ 3:44pm

    Re: Response to: Dreddsnik on Aug 19th, 2015 @ 2:44pm

    I regret that I have only one idiot to click.

  • Jul 17th, 2015 @ 1:26pm

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    Isn't the idea of this approach essentially the same as enabling, say, everyone's home routers to host content (including everything/anything you want, i.e. email, your favorite music, latest vids)? You know, before our lines were completely hijacked by the men in the middle (with limits, split pipes, blocks, rules, etc. etc.) and that essentially pushed these larger "platforms" into existence and relevance?

    The protocol angle could definitely assist in tempering this permission ASS-HATTERY taken up by, who else, the mafiaa of culture theft and reset the field back to whence it came.

    I like it, I want more. However, the idea of a reddit or twitter or whatever api seems... a little shortsighted, I think, especially if "freedom of voice" is really what's desired and/or needed.

    The Internet is not for middle-men, this much I know, and that needs to stop at almost any cost.

  • Jul 15th, 2015 @ 6:01pm

    (untitled comment)

    Holy fuck. This looks brutal.

    Yeah, I think our police are a little too free for anyone's good and, at this point, there's a lot of training out there for these guys that is *highly* suspect. Taxpayers pay the bill for officers that kill. That seems flawed on many, many levels.

  • Jul 14th, 2015 @ 4:49pm

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    web site: "We didn't find any XXXX but here are some other options you might be interested in."

    IMHO - if the above is all it takes to steer clear of any "initial interest confusion" and not, as someone mentioned above, as a bunch of almost but not quite relevant "clickbait" results, which they are, at least in part, then where's the actual issue?

    I only see it this way because on several occasions I've been served initial query results that were initially presented as successful matches - which they were most certainly not. Yes, I can see that these things are not the things that I'm looking for but, sometimes, there is actually the gem you're looking for buried within the crap you weren't looking for but that sort of depends upon the sites you're frequenting. A clear indicator that what you're looking for does not exist is not too much to ask and, also IMHO, Amazon knows exactly when there is not a direct match for your query..

    I'd call it a fucking courtesy, actually (and I'm very fond of courtesy fucks) and it's one of the reasons I try to avoid Amazon when I know exactly what I'm looking for, that and they absolutely crush (emphasis *crush*) my browser experience.

  • Jun 30th, 2015 @ 5:20pm

    holy crap

    I'll search that shit for free. WTF is going on with our armed forces? Yes, the police is an armed force for the greater good, I guess.

    About time we start filling some of those jails with actual criminals actually doing harm to the actual greater good, ain't it? Fuck.

  • Jun 30th, 2015 @ 4:53pm

    Re: Yeah?

    Oh and don't even get me going on our Congressional whore house cruising for corps and Party patty parties. Thank you very much, America.

  • Jun 30th, 2015 @ 4:45pm


    That's because the FISA court is il-fucking-legitimate and apparently any mother-fucker with a badge can do anything they want. Hell, they don't event need badges. Tell me I'm wrong.

  • Jun 28th, 2015 @ 8:30pm

    Re: Bruce Scheiner

    What is not legal is the NSA spying on Americans.


  • Jun 3rd, 2015 @ 4:30pm


    they're likely doing it on purpose feeling they're somehow getting one over. like a child or a bully might. it's a means of belittling their, uh, targets.

  • Jun 3rd, 2015 @ 4:18pm


    When the risk of embarrassment to the prosecution threatens national security.

  • Jun 2nd, 2015 @ 9:01pm

    Re: asdf

    Perhaps because the whistle blower said so? But if you'll pay attention you might see that leaders, in general, aren't quite taking this tube thing altogether seriously. The efforts to preserve the global power structures are only going to get more interesting. And when you need to take a break from watching leaders rip apart their own insides you can watch a MAFIAA cartoon sideshow.

    From this angle Russia seems to be led by a bunch of thieves and murderous villain types, at the moment. Israel? Sheesh, if God wrote down that's their land well I guess that gives them the right to, you know, kick shit over and plant a ranch. Great Britain? The "ban encryption" great britain? Snooper's paradise great britain? Fuck those guys.

    They're all pissing in the pot that, by right of our own existence, belongs to all of us, and then some. Just ask one of the seven guys that practically own the planet, they'll tell you, power is intoxicating, even for idiots that figure out how to charm crowds and countries.

  • May 28th, 2015 @ 7:45pm

    Re: sharia

    Don't look now but that darling society of yours seems to be destroying itself from the inside out.

  • May 20th, 2015 @ 11:35am

    Re: Re:

    I think that the electorate chose to use a system, the legal system, to deal with these overwhelmingly(imho) unconstitutional intrusions. If that system is failing us then, reasonably, that failure falls squarely on the lawyers. It is when complete failure is realized that the electorate must face the question of whether or not they are willing to "back them up" - when the legal system fails (the real one and not this hokey-shit made up secret one) then "we", those that believe our liberties are dear, have no choice other than to fight or succumb to a New World Order, on that has been freed from the shackles designed by the Founders.

  • Apr 3rd, 2015 @ 9:15am


    erhm, how about we count the number of active federal terrorism sting operations that were taking place at the time of the Boston event and then sit and continue to wonder how previously flagged individuals did not merit active observations and investigations?

    Oh, and an investigation is not really a sting, is it? where the latter is a much more comfortable and controllable situation for those involved.. i.e. a setup, thus making your seemingly fear based comment somewhat irrelevant and fuddy in my eyes.

    *I* would rather see the feds slip anonymous tips to these "vulnerable" folks tipping them off to the fact that they're being "watched" thereby helping to filter the fuckers from the idiots - but I like daydreaming too. I always think we're too hell-bent on catching a perp than protecting people, potential perp or not, fabricated or not, but I'm aware the entire structure is formed around "the crime" so it is what it is. Besides, a life free from risk sounds a lot like death so fuck any natsec that successfully drives a stake through the middle of why we have a nation in the first place.

    And Feinstein..? just. wow. - time's well past up for that resident rep I'd have to say

  • Apr 2nd, 2015 @ 3:57pm

    Re: Or maybe...

    Indeed. I'm going to investigate and see what's up because, to me, this sounds very attractive.

    I wholeheartedly disagree with the premise that "they don't know what the internet is" because, well, internet. It doesn't take a genius to pop a tab and research along side what has piqued your interest.

    I try to maintain a "verify thrice" approach to most things especially anything internet and just because one site doesn't attempt to lead me through my world on their leash for the rest of the hour or day doesn't make their position one of denial, it makes it refreshing, sort of like headphones when my mom is talking at me.

  • Mar 31st, 2015 @ 4:30pm

    (untitled comment)

    The internet, like the earth, is built with everything required to support everyone. Funny that, also like the earth, there are groups of people hell-bent on containing, controlling or otherwise destroying the very thing that supports all of us without prejudice.

    China's had a good run. I can appreciate the efforts.

    The Internet is free speech for the planet, one way or another. We're all going to have to step it up a notch to protect these things.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 @ 2:56pm

    (untitled comment)

    Weird. If it's an armed and dangerous three letter agency it's the citizen that needs to be concerned and if it's an unarmed agency then it's a corporation that heavily lobbies (read: sponsors) *our* government representatives so they can be a little less concerned. How fucked is that? And now this agency can tell *us* not only what news is relevant but who's allowed to report on it when they "permit" relevancy? Check.

    Not too mention every XYZ bunch runs on our taxes and most of their existence is spent in justifying their existence - via any means necessary. What's the condition of the state e of education in this country again? Right.

    Fuck you, ICE, answer the request. It's high time you over-armed and over-equipped fascists start abiding by the law of the land. Look it up.

  • Mar 18th, 2015 @ 5:43pm

    Re: What does the public need to know?

    The public needs to know whether or not these systems, among others, are being used legally and pass constitutional muster. Mass surveillance (a.k.a. "bulk collections") is a pretty bold concept to press (nay, insist) legality.

    Or perhaps you would like to submit that we are kept man that can be tapped and tracked at will by a government that has twisted your best interests to serve its own?

    Our new Technological Tools of Tyranny are not under the proper lock and key. Trust no one.

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