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Comment: CITATION FUCKING NEEDED (Score 1) 844

by 198348726583297634 (#36949426) Attached to: Debt Deal Reached

You and a bunch of other ignant fools said "there is actually a disincentive to go out and look for work" here and all over the internet.

And to that, I say: CITATION NEEDED. Citation needed from some sort of authoritative source, not "the man in the pub" or "a radio talkshow host". You self-interested pieces of shit, show us the numbers that say people don't want to work, or that they're living high on the hog on unemployment, on their $400 a month. Show us the data. And not some Heritage Foundation fiction, show us something that isn't coming from a right-wing sewage tank.

We're waiting. We're waiting for all these mythical welfare queens--after decades of existing only in the lies and fictions of the hard right--to turn into reality at last. Only you look around and what do we have? People who want to work hard but the economy's been fucked so they're fucked too. Well, wait long enough and we're all fucked. The line between any two of us is much thinner than you realize, or maybe you're just scared to admit it.

And while we're waiting, let's talk about this "taxation is theft" crock of shit. Taxation is part of your obligation as SOMEONE LIVING IN SOCIETY. Taxation is a part of the social contract, the ethics of which go back much farther than that thoroughly-debunked pseudo-philosopher Rand you're cribbing this nonsense from.

You don't want taxes? Fine, let's take away all the societal support structures that make your money worth anything. Now you can hoard all the useless piles of metal you want, and your faith in its "intrinsic value" will sustain you until you starve to death.

Comment: Yeah, neither do I. (Score 1) 791

by 198348726583297634 (#36943728) Attached to: How and Why Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries

I don't want to live in a world where other people's actions shape the decisions I make throughout the day, either.

Curiously enough, that's exactly why I'd love to see this sort of frivolous, deeply harmful shit stopped. These people are reckless, and the actions they take day after day make my life harder in a million tiny, indirect ways, along with your and virtually everyone else's life too.

(Note: you may not agree or see it that way, but the world doesn't need your consent or acknowledgement to be profoundly broken and in desperate need of structural repair. So if you're getting ready to type some sort of "no I'm cool everything's cool" reply, just spare us.)

It's just another one of those world-we-want vs world-we-have situations. I want a world where a bunch of shits in a room thousands of miles from me aren't chipping away the economy a billion tiny transactions a day.

In fact, I'd go so far as to say, that's the price you pay for living in society. You give up some freedom (can't wreck shit for millions), and in exchange you get police, fire, sanitation, the whole ball of wax.

Do I think I should be able to tell them not to do that, so long as we're all sharing this same society?

You'll get one guess as to the right answer here.

Comment: No, it's not about slavery. (Score 2) 791

by 198348726583297634 (#36940752) Attached to: How and Why Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries

It's about the world we want to live in, which stands in ever-starker contrast to the world we do live in.

Do you want to live in a world where the best and brightest throw their efforts away with such mundane, trivial shit?

Again, not where-are-we-now, but where-do-we-want-to-be.

Do you want to live in a world where, thanks to some tricks of law and circumstance, a handful of people have such domination over billions?

Again, not where-are-we-now, but where-do-we-want-to-be.

You don't have to be a slaver (wtf??) to say, the world we live in is wrong, because a lot of people are suffering for what seem like really lousy reasons.

You do, however, have to be a decent human being.

Comment: No. (Score 1) 93

by 198348726583297634 (#36337312) Attached to: Court Demands American Airlines List Its Flights On Orbitz

There is no such thing as a "free market" because all markets are, by definition, based on sets of rules . That idea of the "market" is already "not free" by its nature. It implies a set of rules.

In other words, there's no such thing as a "natural market" that we can strive for. There is no such thing as an "ideal market" that we can point to as free from human invention. ALL MARKETS ARE A HUMAN INVENTION. Things like "buyer beware" - someone came up with that. Things like "the government should only enforce contracts" - someone came up with that. Things like "don't lie about the ingredients in your prepared food" - someone came up with that.

When people toss around words like "free market" these days, you have to pay very close attention to who's saying it, because some people use it to mean "just enough regulation to help my big business donors" while others use it to mean "just enough regulation to support my every-man-for-himself fantasy".

Nowhere in anyone's discussion is an acknowledgment that there's not really any such thing as a "free market", that it's all a matter of picking useful rules. But that's what it is - picking useful rules that serve the people involved.

Comment: There is no single thing called "libertarianism". (Score 1) 638

by 198348726583297634 (#35922914) Attached to: Mac Users More Liberal Than Windows Users
This should be required reading for anyone interested in getting into internet debates with libertarians:

http://world.std.com/~mhuben/libindex.html - Critiques of libertarianism.

(It should also be required reading for anyone who actually buys into that incoherent nonsense.)

Comment: Re:How to build a just society. (Score 1) 433

by 198348726583297634 (#31133070) Attached to: Obama's Space Plan — a Conservative Argument
First off, a lot of failure is people's fault. The left has to own up to this, and it is true, moral failures have a lot to do with it. Too much drinking, drugging, gambling, womanizing, entertaining oneself, the whole liberal idea that if it feels good do it, is just totally wrong. [Citation needed] (emphasis mine)

Comment: How apropos. (Score 1) 467

by 198348726583297634 (#29885935) Attached to: Reliability of PC Flash SSDs?
I had a Patriot 64gb SSD in a small, low-traffic Ubuntu server (several services were running but no specific tuning options were set) that died this weekend. Sunday afternoon, several Apache processes pegged the CPU at 100% between them (load average climbed steadily up to 40ish, and I was unable to start or kill anything else). Thinking that one of my users had written some bad PHP, I rebooted the machine. It wouldn't restart (Grub loading...please wait...). Booting into System Rescue CD, the partitions on the SSD were detected, but none could be mounted due to bad sectors all throughout. dd_rescue was able to retrieve the important data (that which hadn't been backed up..), but the time/money spent bringing the server back online seemed a totally unnecessary hassle. SSDs were supposed to be reliable (no moving parts, right??), but I'm definitely going to wait for a few years before buying another. The drive was less than a year old.
GUI

+ - Xfce 4.4.0 Released

Submitted by linux pickle
linux pickle (974544) writes "The long awaited 4.4 version of the Xfce desktop environment has been released by the Xfce Team. In this version, Xfce has undergone a major revamp and has been improved in many areas. XFFM, Xfce's original file manager has been removed in favor of Thunar, a modern but lightweight replacement. The window manager now has built-in support for transparency and has undergone some major themability improvements and the panel plugin system has been reworked, making it much more stable overall. A visual tour is available here and the release is available for download here."
Sony

+ - College student accused of stealing PS3s killed

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An anonymous reader writes "FoxNews.com has an article about another shooting related to the PS3. It seems that a teenager accused of stealing two PS3s was shot and killed by police officers after they supposedly mistook the controller in his hand for a gun.

From the article:
"Peyton Strickland, 18, was killed Friday at a house he shared with three roommates, New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey said.

"If this boy would've come to the door, opened the door, we probably wouldn't be talking," the sheriff said Sunday.

Roommate Mike Rhoton said Strickland was unarmed, but may have been holding a video game controller when he went to the door as it was bashed in by officers."
"
Google

+ - The Vanishing Click-Fraud Case

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Billosaur
Billosaur writes "BusinessWeek has an interesting article on what they term The Mystery of the Vanishing Click-Fraud Case. Apparently, back in 2004, a man by the name of Michael Anthony Bradley arrived at Google's HQ for a meeting with Google engineers, to show them software he had designed to generate false clicks on Google ads. According to the indictment brought against him by the U.S. District Court in San Jose, "Bradley claimed his program could force Google to pay millions of dollars on false clicks and threatened to release it to others unless Google paid him approximately $150,000." Flash forward to Nov 22nd, 2006, and the charges against Bradley are dropped. Why? According to the article, it may have had to do with Google being unwilling to cooperate with prosecutors, which would have meant exposing how they go about dealing with click fraud."

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