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Comment: Re:Economics (Score 3, Informative) 148

by Shakrai (#49340141) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

You can push for the design output, but only at the expense of maintenance, and there's a glowing lump in the Ukraine that demonstrates what happens then.

Chernobyl had nothing whatsoever to do with maintenance. It happened as the direct consequence of an ill conceived experiment, which deliberately bypassed safety protocols, with the added bonus that the experiment was moved at the last minute from the day-shift to the less experienced night-shift crew.

Comment: Re: Big deal ... not! (Score 1) 110

by Deagol (#49338453) Attached to: Public Records Request Returns 4.6M License Plate Scans From Oakland PD

Dude, just chill. Everyone knows WTF the reference is to, regardless of the scientific accuracy. It's referenced in literature, movies, TV. Just get over yourself.

If I had used "proverbial frogs" in my post, would that have not knotted your undies so badly?

Shaka, when the walls fell.

Comment: Re: Big deal ... not! (Score 1) 110

by Deagol (#49336231) Attached to: Public Records Request Returns 4.6M License Plate Scans From Oakland PD

There is no Spy vs Spy character hiding behind trash cans at your subway station watching your every move. This stuff is automated Big Data with a dash of expert system and AI wizardry sprinkled on top

We can agree to disagree about whether this stuff is a valid concern for the average individual. But when things like laws, public policy, and commercial interests (insurance rates, hiring practices, etc.) are heavily influenced by what the Eye of Sauron sees, everyone should be concerned about what is collected.

Comment: Re:Oh good.... (Score 1) 166

by Deagol (#49335413) Attached to: The X-Files To Return

Reboots are old hat. Now we're *reviving* 1- to 2-decade old series.

First, we hear Twin Peaks will get a new season in 2016. Then that recent Friends movie. Now X-Files. With any luck, we'll get new seasons of Millennium, Dark Angel, and Space: Above and Beyond.

It could work, right?

Comment: Re: Big deal ... not! (Score 1) 110

by Deagol (#49335285) Attached to: Public Records Request Returns 4.6M License Plate Scans From Oakland PD

> It also won't tell you where someone's been who takes public transit, rides a bicycle, rollerblades, or walks. That's a good chunk of the population that is totally off the radar to this.

You're correct. "They" will just track your phone's WiFi MAC address around town, and your face with cameras.

You seem to be ignoring the incremental nature of us frogs and the increasingly hot water we're sitting in.

The more data sets available for correlation, the more accurate and complete a picture "they" can get.

You seem to be fine with this seemingly inevitable future we're racing towards. Some of us are concerned, if not outright worried.

Comment: Re:the US 'probably' wont use a nuke first.... (Score 1) 339

Also, this author probably doesn't have a security clearance, so pretty much all the sources of info he is going to have access to is going to be by definition declassified.

By definition, classified information released into the world and publicly available is still classified. It still has legal protections, including being a felony for distributing it.

In practice in 2015 this policy is ineffective, but it is still the law. Back when a leak meant photocopying secrets and giving them to the Soviets it made more sense. Now that we have the Internet, Wikileaks, Snowden, Manning, et al. it does not make a lot of sense but it does not have to as long as we are talking legal definitions.

Comment: Re:People (Score 1) 216

by Shakrai (#49285667) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism

I was actually referring to all immigrants to Europe, not Muslims in particular, though they certainly seem to get the double whammy of "you're not from around here, are you?" combined with hostility towards their religion.

Europe is traditionally a place that people leave so it's not surprising that they haven't figured out how to assimilate immigrants.

Comment: Re:meanwhile (Score 1) 342

by Shakrai (#49284229) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

You're quoting the Ma Bell divestiture as an example of helpful regulation?! Ma Bell:

1. Took her universal service obligations seriously.
2. Invested money into keeping her plant modern and current.
3. Was friendly to labor.
4. Threw gobs of money at Bell Labs for the sake of science, with no expectation of immediate payout or profit.

The contrast with modern day ILECs is telling. I'm less than one thousand feet from our central office and can't get DSL faster than 3mbit/s because Verizon wants out of the wireline business and is bleeding it to death. And who can blame them? They've forced to compete against unregulated cable companies while still meeting all of the legacy ILEC obligations, ranging from service commitments to labor contracts.

If Ma Bell was still around I would have had fiber many years ago. For all her flaws she put money back into the business and planned for the future.

Comment: Re:meanwhile (Score 2) 342

by Shakrai (#49284147) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

My personal opinion is that business should pay absolutely no tax whatsoever. All tax should happen when people extract money from a business. Taxing business is just taxing investors, pay and conditions of employees, or shareholders.

You left 'customers' out of the list. Many taxes are simply passed onto customers as a cost of doing business. Of course, you're exactly right, and I've said this for a long time. A corporation can only transfer money to individuals in the form of salary (taxed) or dividends (also taxed); taxing corporate income is a form of double taxation and at the end of the day is little more than a hidden backdoor tax on individuals.

Comment: Re:Free market will sort it out (Score 4, Insightful) 254

by Shakrai (#49284065) Attached to: Evolution Market's Admins Are Gone, Along With $12M In Bitcoin

You missed his point. His point was that something will always be prohibited and they'll just move into selling that instead. It doesn't have to be drugs. Explosives and other forms of weaponry come to mind as items that are either outright banned or at least highly regulated in most of the World. Are you going to legalize and deregulate them too? Laissez faire for C-4? It would make the Fourth of July a lot more enjoyable but other than that I'm not certain it's a good idea.

"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"