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My favorite brand of snake oil is ...

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Goat testicle implants
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Magnet therapy
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Actual snake oil
  1150 votes / 19%
Something else you just don't understand.
  1544 votes / 26%
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My favorite brand of snake oil is ...

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03, 2013 @06:02PM (#45030451)

    Single DES is easily cracked these days.

    Many amateur service providers foolishly use a pregenerated key that comes with the service software. Apache HTTPD calls this key "snakeoil-rsa.key"

  • by Nimey (114278) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @08:10PM (#45031531) Homepage Journal

    Enough said.

  • Religion (Score:5, Interesting)

    by uvajed_ekil (914487) on Thursday October 03, 2013 @10:55PM (#45032435)
    Including, but certainly not limited to, Modern American Pseudo-Christianity. Why not subscribe to the First Church of Convenience - you can show up and participate if you like, or don't, and you may pick and choose whichever bits of cannon and dogma suite you while blatantly ignoring the rest, and that is widely accepted. Just claim you're a Catholic, for example, but you can skip services, never donate money, eat meat on Friday even during lent, use birth control, accept gay marriage, get divorced, and pretty much make no sacrifice whatsoever, and that is all pretty acceptable.
  • Re:Fiat currency (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Jesrad (716567) on Friday October 04, 2013 @03:33AM (#45033387) Journal

    At the bottom line, "redistributing wealth" does not. All the incentives and subsidies on one side and additional taxes and contributions on the other just offset prices and wages the other way, by the same amount. And that is why all the government's money represents tangible wealth that was taken from everyone and not just those you think paid more taxes than others. Everyone pays, directly or indirectly, either by charging more and paying less wages to compensate the tax burden, or by getting less real wealth for the same buck and/or for the same amount of work.

    Funny sad thing is, the more distortion is imposed on the price/wage structure, the wider the gap between the uber-rich and the very-poor. Adding more "redistribution" makes it wider as prices ramp up one way, wages ramp down the other way, while the same amount of total real wealth is still spread the same across everyone. Again, at the bottom line the tangible wealth equality has all to do with homogeneity of the population and nothing to do with the means of redistribution that the state institutes. You can check this discorrelation using Giny coefficients, though it takes a lot of work and much data is still missing.

    And still at the bottom line yet, in the end, the difference all this shuffling back and forth of money on one side and of real wealth on the other, is that in the "more shuffling" world the entire population has to pay for the people doing the shuffling - people who get fed and housed and clothed etc. It's an added wealth drain, and makes everyone poorer - although the redistribution masters do benefit at their level, because no one can refuse to pay them thus they alone can exempt themselves from the counter-offset in wealth / wages.

  • Terrorism (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Errol backfiring (1280012) on Friday October 04, 2013 @05:45AM (#45033795) Journal
    The best one-size-fits-all term there is!
  • Re:Fiat currency (Score:4, Interesting)

    by smooth wombat (796938) on Friday October 04, 2013 @08:35AM (#45034461) Homepage Journal

    So tell me, how much money have you given to your neighbors when they have medical issues? Have you gone out and bought them food and clothes? Have you paid for their rent, mortgage or car payments?

    If you answered no to all of the above, SHUT THE FUCK UP HYPOCRITE!

    Your life is not my responsibility. It's yours. If you believe your life is my responsibility then I get to dictate your life.

    What you want is responsibility without authority. You want everyone else to be responsible for you and your neighbors without them having any say in how you do things. You just want them to hand over money without having to do anything.

    And that is ever more clear when last night, a Republican Rep was on MSNBC and said they had offered a complete package, full funding of everything including Obamneycare, with the only provision being people not be penalized for signing up.

    Nope, no deal. Everyone must, under threat of punishment, be forced to hand over money to private companies. That's the Democratic position.

    Oddly, this is the same position the Crown took back in the 17th Century when they forced the Colonies to ship raw goods to England (cotton, wood, etc) then forced the Colonies to buy back the finished products. They, the Colonies, were essentially forbidden to buy from anyone else and if they tried to circumvent this process, they were penalized.

    Guess what happened after people got fed up with a government telling them what they must and must not buy?

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