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Comment Re:Stop thinking so small (Score 1) 191

There is no price too high for knowledge.

Every human action (and inaction) is a choice between options. Quite often from an incalculably large pool of options and trees.

Choosing to pay for a big science project now is choosing not to do a gazillion combinations of other large and small searches for knowledge. Are you really so confident you know the best course of action?

Obviously, there are additional problems:

  1. You are forcibly depriving individuals of their private property for your pet project. This is immoral.
  2. There are other goals than knowledge. Worthy goals, which other people may have a higher preference for.
  3. There's also obviously a time-preference calculation. Do you want to spend your resources on 10 units of knowledge achieved immediately, or do you spend your resources on the promise of 100 units of knowledge 8 years from now? The obvious answer is the second choice if you ignore time preference. However we have time preference for a reason, what if the knowledge in option two never materializes?
  4. If the wrong decision is made, do you stay the course or change directions?

Quickly these decision trees exceed the abilities of any central planner. Funny enough, this is why socialism and communism always fail in the long run. It's almost impossible to central plan very complex systems efficiently and it is entirely impossible to central plan everyone's means for everyone's personal preferences and goals.

Comment Re:Does anyone remember... (Score 1) 248

Nice cocoon of ignorance you have there. You have an ad-hominem style bias against one source, so you ignore it plus the 6 other sources linked without fact checking a single one.

Yes infowars makes money from hysteria. Guess what so does the mainstream media. IW are also the first ones to break major stories sometimes that are released as 'news' by the mass media a decade later.

Comment Re:How about building subways? (Score 1) 163


  1. Since when do you think Germany had a budget surplus? I ask this because a trade surplus isn't really a surplus of any kind. You want to reach into the pockets of other people for your pet project?
  2. It's nice to know that you think you can just divine out of your head some mythical set of desired public ends and think you also know off the top of your head how to use everyone's means without their permission to best achieve those ends. Hubris much?
  3. The cheek of someone who knows nothing of economics criticizing a whole branch of technical workers for not knowing economics. You're like a Dunning kruger walking advertisement.

Comment Philosophy and Ethics (Score 1) 359

Let me preface this by saying that I am an avid Free Software and GNU Linux supporter and user and am very appreciative and grateful for RMS's contributions, directly to my benefit.

Q: It seems to me as an outside observer, that you have struck on this golden idea of Free Software and the 'rights' of the user and started a potent movement. How have your ideas changed over time? I say this because I've seen some interviews and when they stray outside of a narrow band directly related to Free Software, they become slightly less insightful. For example in the patent space, it seems you've come up with arbitrary proposals and while they are an improvement, they are incompatible with my views in favor of voluntarism (which makes all government immoral).

Also I've never heard an explanation of the 'rights' in so much as what are they? Are they 'God given rights'? Are they 'natural rights' by some law of information science? Are they negotiated by us as individuals? Most importantly, are they moral? What is morality?

Maybe you see where I'm going with this. The success of the Free Software Phenomenon (FSP) could be according to many (eg. Linus Torvalds) just a matter of practicality. He sticks with GPL2 because it is more practical. He doesn't like GPL3 because it's not what he 'wants' from a software license.

I'm starting to think that the preponderance of the evidence shows that the FSP is deeper than just convenience. Can you do the work philosophically to break it down to first principles and relate it to what is good, moral, ethical?

I might be asking too much, some people spend considerable time in philosophical learning to be able to give great answers to simple questions such as what is good and what is virtue. Not to mention that it may be impossible to provide good answers without someone like Richard Dawkins in the room to help with the scientific portion of the discussion.

To me this is all one topic of exploration (question).

Finally, just know that you have my profound thanks for helping to change the world for the better.

Comment Re:Intel's linux support is impeccable (Score 3, Interesting) 61

Not sure why AMD and nVidia keep dragging their foot. It makes no businesses sense

I have an older AMD card and the current AMD 'radeon' opensource driver in the kernel impeccably supports it.

In fact it's been about 5 years since I've had to ever even think about drivers for my video card. It just works, with great 3d performance, with every distro out of the box because it's supported by every default kernel and mesa libs. Even usb-flash distros.

Heck I've even run many steam games just to try them out. Had to install i386 packages for steam, but the AMD kernel driver, never had to worry about it.

If AMD can make the next driver arch as good and as open as the 'radeon' driver, I'll be buying AMD again soon.

By the way Nvidia, I wouldn't touch your junk with a 10ft pole. Come back when it's become mostly Free Software and is shipped default in every kernel and distro and I never have to worry about it.

Comment Infrastructure? (Score 1) 688

Infrastructure, maybe. But not the type you're thinking of.

The habits of drivers of electric cars have been studied extensively and here are some of the findings:

  1. Most of them don't drive very far per day
  2. NONE of them used public or private charging stations because..
  3. They all prefer to charge at home in their garages.

Yes the infrastructure is missing, but it's not charging stations. It's homes with garages. City dwellers aren't going to buy electric cars. The suburbs are and they'll charge at home thank you very much. Pull in for the night, plug it in, leave the next morning with a full charge. No need to go sit on the side of the road at some gas station for 30min to 8hrs, sharing charge points, waiting for other electric car owners for their 30min to 8hr charge.

Look the studies up, some were done by mini, others by other car companies. I've seen charging stations in my state that were installed 5-10 years ago at great cost (several million $) that have never been used and are now completely incompatible with charging standards. The last thing we need is for retards to go spending other people's money to build more of those.

Comment Re:Competent Authorities (Score 4, Insightful) 146

What does Assange's personnality, and your opinion of it, matter ? That's Ad Hominem put to the extreme. What about his work ?

It's the man, not his work, who is seeking asylum.

But it is his work that is important, regardless of this. Nay, not even his work, the work of the dozens to hundreds of brave souls who fight the slavers and face death constantly so that you may live under the freedom they provide. Something that bears mentioning regardless of the topic.

the work is more important than who's doing it

Actually, even as far as the work itself is concerned, since Assange selects what information he presents, there is a degree of judgment and choice involved. If Assange is prone to making choices based on personal interests rather than objective truth, then even the value of his work is questionable. That is why considerations about the person ("ad hominem") are relevant not just to his asylum request, but also to his work.

Hahaha. You jest right? You complain that one man may be cherry picking what secret documents he reveals, when he has revealed thousands or more... While the other side lies, cheats, steals, fabricates, leaks and murders to deploy their overwhelming propaganda.

We live in a world where the entire mainstream media are controlled by the intelligence services, even as paid assets at the very top. Where stories are censored in multi-continent wide blackouts. Where they are crafted to fit the interests of the rulers of the world. Where a whitehouse and pentagon leak secret material on a weekly basis when it's of interest to them. Where they don't even have to leak secret info if they don't want to because just BullShitting to the media will get your words repeated as truth, with no fact-checking.

Among all of this, you object to one man working against them? I think you woke up and tried to put one pant leg on a flea and the other on an elephant.

Comment Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 940

I find it hard to believe we have a 'free market' when the government controls money, probably 50% of all transactions.

Worse, how many mortgages to they 'own' now through fanny and freddy? (they? us? me? who owns this nasty shit and is on the hook for it?)

Worse still, the fed controls interest rates.

We're so far removed from a free market it ain't even funny. Why was there a 2008 crash? Why do we keep seeing bubbles? Why haven't we recovered yet? Why was 1999 a bubble? What's the next bubble? Who's buying bonds? Why aren't unfunded liabilities listed as government debt? How much do unborn children owe? How long till the dollar collapses?

There are some voluntary interactions, but it ain't no free market.

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre