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  • Aug 11th, 2017 @ 2:02pm


    Course, China wouldn't appreciate us nuking their neighbor, but they would get over it.

    Just like America would get over it if Mexico nuked Ottawa and fallout poisoned Albany.

    Yeah, dude, I don't think so.

    China has two dogs in this fight.

    1. They don't want the NKPR rejoining the south. They want a buffer between South Korea and themselves.

    2. They don't want a refugee problem from the unrest should they attempt to oust KJU. They do not like Kim, never have, not any of them. But they wouldn't like the results they'd have if they took over NKPR, and they aren't too sure the US would not object if they tried that. (Although, with President Trump, I'm sure he'd miss the implications of that and wouldn't care.)

    In any case, it's not a certainty they have miniaturized their warheads to the point of being able to fly them on a missile. I would fear a nuke by UPS or FedEx more at this point.

  • Aug 8th, 2017 @ 1:11pm

    Like someone else noted earlier....

    "People still use AOL", I'll ask "People still have cable TV?"

    I think the last show I watched on cable TV was a Discovery show - I mis-remember which now. I haven't watched television since 2005 or so, when I got fed up with 99.9999% of the providers and Hollywood. These days, I read, study, or (rarely) watch hobby DVDs that are mostly self published or You Tube videos of the same.

    I'm in a club with others that purchases series DVDs of old programs and binge watch those, then pass them on.

    Seriously - a 40 minute episode with 20 minutes of ads? "Nobody got time for that!"

  • Aug 8th, 2017 @ 12:57pm

    Re: Not quite...

    Partly. It was illegally operating a mail SERVER

    For the purposes of FOIA, there's no difference from using AOL than in running a private mail server.

  • Aug 4th, 2017 @ 3:38pm

    Re: Fulsome support

    but make sure it also applies to the manufacture and sale of firearms.

    I'm surprised the howls of outraged gun supporters hasn't drowned out the conversation. In other fora they are quick to point out how much I wouldn't like it if they started regulating my 1st amendment rights. Next time I see that, I'll post "Well, when an offset press is used in the next mass shooing incident, we can look at that."

    If I have to show ID to drive, cash a check and vote, I see no good reason I don't have to show ID to purchase the 250 rounds of ammo I use every month for target practice.

  • Aug 3rd, 2017 @ 4:35am


    I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to think this might not be just one or two "bad apples."

    I work with LEO quite a lot in my job. In my previous job I worked with LE issues at least twice a day.

    My opinion is that 75% of LEO are willing to cheat to obtain "evidence".

    Are they evil? They don't consider themselves so. I believe that it is evil to plant evidence, to lie, and to cheat. Motive to me does not matter.

    Here's the thing: Justice is important to me, and is second only to mercy and understanding. Justice untempered by mercy is not justice, it's simply revenge.

    Yes, there are situations were mercy and understanding should be withheld. But the point of the rule of law is not to blindly apply the law, but to make a livable society. So there are times where we are better off setting aside the letter, and going with the spirit of the law.

    People fuck up. It's important to understand if that mistake is excusable, or if it should be punished.

    Lies by LEO should never be excused or covered up.

  • Aug 1st, 2017 @ 7:19pm

    Re: Re:

    Just speak in phrases from the Constitution.

    Or the Declaration of Independence; the right wing folks will object to it as "propaganda" as they did when NPR tweeted it out.

    Makes me very disheartened in some of my fellow "Americans".

  • Aug 1st, 2017 @ 5:01pm


    So if I have it on "good faith" that my target is a murderer I have every right to shoot him in the head prior to anything actually happening?

    Damn it! Quit posting what I was gonna say! :)

  • Jul 31st, 2017 @ 7:20pm

    Re: My, the response is a great exhibition of why I'm right! You'll just user your power to stifle any opinion to contrary!

    a power to remove or block comments is not a right to do so

    You seem to be confused. TechDirt isn't the government. The 1st amendment protects the people against government action.

    What TechDirt is is private property. They have as much right to show you the exit as I would if you came into my living room and left a "deposit".

    The solution to your comments being removed is to stop making comments that do not have a defensible point to make in an insulting way. Once you do that, even if folks disagree with your point of view, you'll stop having your comments removed.

    It really is a very simple thing to understand. Even my 5 year old great niece seems to grasp the concept.

  • Jul 31st, 2017 @ 2:21pm

    Lets turn this around

    Randall said the violation shouldn't matter because it was brief: just a 12-hour ban.

    So, If I told Randall "Just the tip, and only for a minute", would it still be rape if she says no? I mean, it's just for a minute...

    Violations, even if only for a short time, are violations.

  • Jul 28th, 2017 @ 8:16pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    It should be used as directed - which is determining whether to bother to send those leaves you found in the garbage to a REAL crime lab for accurate testing.

    Or you could flip a coin, which will be wrong 50% the time instead of these tests being wrong 70% of the time.

    Plus you can reuse the coin.

  • Jul 27th, 2017 @ 5:43pm


    queue Judy Garland singing "Somewhere, over the rainbow..."

  • Jul 26th, 2017 @ 1:32am

    It's about the meme

    These days, it's all about the meme.

    A food and history poster to YouTube posted about a dish called "Orange Fool" from George Washington's time. Many thought it was a critique of President Trump. It wasn't. Yet that didn't keep the "rip and tear" fanatics from disapproving or approving.

    Yet it had nothing to do with politics today. Indeed, it was a desert dish. Nothing more, nothing less. It almost forced the poster to stop posting at all, he was so heart broken over those that had harsh words to say. He may yet still stop posting. That would be a shame.

    I think the cause of politics has become not "What's best for all of us" to "How can I grind your face in the dirt".

    That is not helpful.

    Life is the art of finding what works for all of us. It's not about "winning" or "losing" - it's about how we live together and work together.

    I don't consider it a "win" for me if you are not included. It's not a "win" for you if I'm left without a reasonable voice.

    Realize that Colbert or Alex Jones are not news reporters. They are entertainers. Don't take my word for it, explore the metadata. They'll tell you they don't report the news.

    The most dangerous thing is to stop thinking. The worst outcomes are from not listening.

    Stop. Think. Listen. Think more.

    Thinking is hard work. It's easy to let someone else set the tone and outcomes. But they don't have your interests to heart. They only want ratings to sell ads.

  • Jul 19th, 2017 @ 3:38pm

    Only in Law Enforcement

    Odd this keeps happening with the people that are supposed to enforce the law. I know that when my employer tells me a policy and I violate it, the least I can expect is time off without pay at best, and termination is more likely.

    Odd that a policeman can't grasp the concept. Perhaps they are too stupid to be allowed to carry a weapon. Those things are dangerious and if they can't understand "People can record you" then I would assume they are too stupid to understand the concept of fire lines, back stops, and "What is behind what you shoot at?".

  • Jul 7th, 2017 @ 6:46pm

    Re: Re:

    You're right, it doesn't. However, the snark in my comment was directed at the people who are pounding away trying to get it in at all. TBL did not, to me, seem in favor of this. His words strike me more as "Oh, well, do what you want. You will anyway." than a full voiced roar of approval.

    In any case, even if DRM is incorporated into HTML standards, it doesn't mean I will use it. If the content I wish to consume isn't around where I can consume it as I would like, I'll do without it.

    Worse in my opinion, are licensed text books. One I was needing for a refresher cost $2,000 for a 1 year license. After that, you couldn't read the book without purchasing another license.

  • Jul 7th, 2017 @ 5:09pm

    (untitled comment)

    What part of "if they want to control what you can access, they benefit more than you" still isn't clear?

    It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it! - U Sinclair

  • Jul 6th, 2017 @ 4:33pm

    Re: Re: Just Curiosity

    *Has anyone tested drug dogs*


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2015/08/04/federal-appeals-court-drug-dog- thats-barely-more-accurate-than-a-coin-flip-is-good-enough/

    http://national.suntimes.com/national-wor ld-news/7/72/2572167/drug-sniffing-police-dogs-inaccurate-reflect-racial-bias/

    http://reason.com/blog /2013/02/27/how-even-a-well-trained-narcotics-detect

  • Jul 6th, 2017 @ 4:30pm

    Of course the dog alerted

    Two reasons the dog alerted:

    1. Because the officer expected it to alert. Either consciously or not, the officer may have acted in a way that the dog knew it would get a treat if it alerted.

    2. I read a story some years back that a lab tested around 10,000 $100 dollar bills and more than 85% tested positive for micro levels of cocaine.

    Having been employed in a job in the past that required I carry cash in order to open for business, I can tell you that I had no end of trouble with LE over it. Despite a letter on government letter head explaining that the cash was required by law, and a contact to reach out to confirm that yes, this was legal, it was frequently seized. I always got it back, sometimes later that day, sometimes later that week. In the mean time, the officers involved got a new one chewed for them when the state called up wanting to know why they didn't bother to verify the facts.

  • Jul 6th, 2017 @ 1:31pm

    The only way

    The only way to win is to not play the game at all.

    I no longer watch any major media, haven't for more than 10 years. I find I have a lot more time for my family, hobbies, and leaning new things.

    Hollywood and television are a huge, uneeded time sink. So I got rid of them.

  • Jun 15th, 2017 @ 11:20am

    Re: If only

    Oh, it's not just a publicly funded and run internet they kill off, they'll happily strangle in the crib any CLEC co-op set up even if it is non-government. Even getting a SBA loan to purchase the equipment is shouted down as a government action, and it's all of them, not just Verizon.

    About the only thing they can't stop easily right now is microwave links. That, they have a lot of trouble with. But there are a lot of drawbacks to microwave links, starting with trees.

  • Jun 12th, 2017 @ 7:07pm


    Do we finally hear the sound of Trump falling?

    Not really. With one third of the public thinking President Trump is going a fine job, with the alt-right press still willing to tell not just out and out lies but lies that don't have any self consistency, with a congress giddy with the possibilities of even more tax cuts for the wealthy friends and passing laws against people for no other reason than they don't like their skin, religion, who they have sex with, or status, nothing will happen to President Trump.

    A better question is not if Mr. Trump is falling, but whether or not our nation is.

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