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Comment: Re:Perception is a tool ... (Score 1) 328

by 7-Vodka (#48395567) Attached to: Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test
You could say the ends justify the means.

However in this case you're not even bothering to judge their ends.

You have no problem with fear, intimidation, lies and fraud. Really. Coming from the people in the gang with the guns, who can lock you up or execute you.

Specifically in case you didn't know, government officials are corrupt and are quite frequently the bad guys. They hold a monopoly on the initiation of force and that's what they always use to back up their threats. Just do a search for asset forfeiture sometime, or swat raids, free speech zones, constitution free zones, no-fly list, patriot act, NDAA, federal reserve etc.

By the way, the ends don't justify the means.

Comment: And then the positive thinkers go on to win. (Score 1) 158

by 7-Vodka (#48231837) Attached to: The Problem With Positive Thinking

The negative thinkers can turn into over-achievers. Thinking that if they're really productive, they will get promoted.

Unfortunately for them, once they realize this is not the case, they get angry, frustrated, cynical.

Meanwhile the positive thinkers become high performers, who achieve less individually and in any given week and realize that working as a group and motivating people is more important than individual contributions. They stay in the game longer and turn into good leaders. They get promoted while the negative thinkers leave in search of the recognition they've earned but don't seem to get anywhere.

Comment: Re:Most Linux users just want Unix ... (Score 3, Interesting) 303

by 7-Vodka (#48099995) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

FreeBSD is not Linux though.

Which isn't really much of a problem. Many, if not most, Linux users just want Unix functionality and don't care about the Linux brand itself, don't care about the GPL and its politics, etc. Hence the popularity of Mac OS X for many *nix users. It just so happens that for commodity PC hardware Linux is one of the more convenient *nix offerings.

Speak for yourself. I don't buy your claims to be able to speak for others.

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.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov