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Comment: Re:It's not a kernel problem (Score 1) 727

by 7-Vodka (#47742569) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
You realize there's not one single argument in your response right?

You wrote a paragraph full of opinions...

I didn't say the free market prevents monopolies. I said it prevents monopolies from acting against the interest of everyone else with impunity. Who are you to say that for a certain market you know how many companies should exist in order to best use the available means to reach the desired ends?

It is possible that in certain economic situations, the optimal number of companies serving the market is two, three, five or even one.

Comment: Re:It's not a kernel problem (Score 1, Offtopic) 727

by 7-Vodka (#47717407) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

I won't speak to your other points because I don't have a good answer, however on the point about monopolies...

The free market ensures that monopolies can't be successful with anti-competitive practices for very long. Always.

If you study historical monopolies as some economists of the austrian school have, you will see that unless a monopoly has the backing of the government, they don't last long and they pay dearly for trying to be anti-competitive.

Tom Woods has a good talk on this.

One example is M$ vs Netscape. M$ was the 800lb gorilla, netscape was a mouthy monkey and they were fighting for a banana. Microsoft spent many millions or billions of dollars fighting that battle. They killed Netscape, the company. But what they found was that in it's place, other challengers show up in ways you don't expect. Ultimately they've lost the fight many times over and it's a losing battle for them. The browsers go to those who serve them best, free software.

Comment: Re:That said... (Score 1) 60

by 7-Vodka (#47438939) Attached to: Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

I'm sorry but the evidence just does not bear out your views at all. There is no compelling evidence that warm temperatures are bad for battery chemistry, in fact under laboratory tests the batteries last longer with fast charging and warm temperatures.

Go look at Those guys actually do the experiments.

The myth that nissan leafs have problems with warm temperatures is still not backed up by anything except for whining.

Comment: Re:Yay big government! (Score 1) 310

Almost right.

It's not about taxes, it's about spending.

Because when they spend, they'll come up with the money one way or another, indebt future generations, print money, sell government power.

But then again, take away the power to spend and you have a solution.

Or even better, just take away their power.

Comment: Re:Awesome! (Score 4, Informative) 276

by 7-Vodka (#47312681) Attached to: Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

The last time this came up in a big way, no one here could point to anything suggesting that flight is a necessary part of modern life, to the point that it is a constitutional right.

In fact, most people pointed to cases where travel was NOT a constitutional right.

So what will change is everyone here will now have a case to point to suggesting that the no-fly list is actually unconstitutional. Actually unconstitutional as opposed to obviously unconstitutional.

So the difference on slashdot is that people will have a case to point to, but still won't.

What the fuck?

Have you ever read the constitution?

First of all you have it all backwards my retarded son.

The constitution allows the federal government to be granted certain rights by the people to do some very specific things. The federal government is PROHIBITED from doing anything not specifically listed.

I quoteth:

Tenth Amendment
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Please for the love of the spaghetti monster, where in the constitution is the federal government given the power to restrict people's travel liberties without due process? Oh that's right, it ain't there so they don't have it.

Fifth Amendment
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Oh and the constitution does not have to list every right that belongs to the people. They belong to the people, listed on a piece of paper or not and are not granted by the government. The government is granted it's rights by the people, not the other way around.

Ninth Amendment
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

So to the parent post and those who modded it up: SuuuUUUuuuck IiiiiiiiT.

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