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Comment Re:Basic income (Score 0) 674

Trees are a renewable resource.

Regardless, it was my *work* they were stealing. My effort. They could have gone to the forest and cut down their own trees, but instead?

They took the ones I chopped down.

But, let's throw that aside. Because there are lots and lots of bits of work that people do, that do not involve taking collective resources. Yet, the tax still exists.

But, you knew that, didn't you?

Comment Re:Basic income (Score 0, Troll) 674

Murder and taxation are quite different things.

One is a proactive act against another, which commits great harm... in fact, pretty much the biggest harm, for the end of existence is somewhat final.

The other me minding my own business, and then people threaten me and take money from my bank account at the threat of violence.

By this metric, the Government is acting in a violent manner. Precisely the same as a murderer is.

Where as, morally, I'm the innocent party.

More importantly, take a look at it from a smaller example.

You live in an isolated, small town. There are 20 of you. You live alone, bother no one, and other than approaching and trading for things, you certainly cause them no harm.

There is currently no tax.

One day, 7 of the people get together in an open area. They start to discuss the common good, how this and that is needed, and the list goes on. Eventually they decide that it is best to go to everyone's home, and demand goods that can be used to build some benches for the park.

When the gang of 7 show up at your house, you stand aghast as they explain that you need to give them some wood you have in the back. Wood you chopped, dried, and wanted to use for firewood that winter. And when you fight them?

They kick you into submission, and then throw you into a locked hut as punishment for dare defying them. For kicks and giggles, they take the rest of your wood as an additional penalty.


Just because there are a lot of people involved in the collective practice, does not make it right!

And most importantly, I can again at least stomach it to feed starving people.

But to build a park bench? Buy art? Take money and give it to everyone, even if they don't need it? Give money to warlords, overthrow foreign governments and put puppets in place of them? Build, create, and do all sorts of non-essential things?

As for your points about moving, or whatever else. No, guess what, this is my country. I get to tell everyone what an ass they are because they support inane taxation levels.

At least this freedom has not left yet.

Comment Re:Basic income (Score 1, Insightful) 674

More like:

10 Government takes money from me at the point of a gun
20 Others get it
30 Goto 10

The ultimate end threat of all taxation is... force. Even in countries (like Canada, where I live) that just take your stuff if you don't pay, they still do so with force.

Or, imagine what happens if you try to stop these strangers from taking YOUR things! You end up with assault and obstruction charges!

I don't understand the concept that if I have a loaf of bread, that I worked all day for, I should have thugs with guns come and steal 1/2 of it for the guy that didn't work.

Of course, the argument is larger than that. The collective good. The list goes on. But, when there's absolutely no restrictions on who gets to take my money, and people say 'fuck it' and just give my money free to everyone else, it seems bizarre.

Steal my money, and interview / assess cases and then give it to actual starving people? Well, I can at least stand that. Steal my money and just walk into the middle of the room, throw it into the air, and say Wheeee!


Comment Re:Depends (Score 2) 315

Yes, that too!

On top of our own body's digestion rate, and specific tweaks unique to that genetic mix, there is also all of the intentional bacteria, fungi, you name it. And, these things help us digest food, and all of *them* are from varying strains, some from parents, some from eating dirt when a kid, some from local produce when you eat it...

So, that's going to be fun to work out. ;)

For example, what if you just happen to have a strain of bacteria or fungi or what not, that requires more vitamin C, or some vital amino acid. You're still fine, but you need more of certain types of foods, so that your body manages to absorb enough of what they're taking an excess of.

So many permutations.

Comment Re:Depends (Score 1) 315

No, quite a few do NOT understand that.

Ask a health expert, such as a doctor, what your blood pressure should be. The amount of iron in your blood. How much protein and fat you need a day. How much of specific vitamins. Whether you need to eat meat or not.

The list goes on.

Hell, I've seen doctors claim people are under weight, or over weight, based on a simple chart!

No -- many doctors think that the body is precisely like a specific car model. White women need this, black men that, etc.

Once we get our genomes all sequenced, and once we start to understand it in more detail over the next hundred years or so, we'll be able to tailor medical treatments to individuals.

Comment Re:Depends (Score 4, Insightful) 315

Not only that, but there is a genetic diversity to take into account. That, and what is being expressed currently.

I get exceptionally perturbed when people state "You need $x" of ANYTHING. Whether the amount of fat or protein, the amount of sleep, the amount of O2 in the air, you name it... every single human being is a random collection of variables that requires a different care cycle.

Some people NEED more sleep, others NEED less sleep. Hell, it's not even that concise either. There are people who have brains that need more downtime, with bodies that need less down time, and vice versa! All manner of metabolic activity happens when sleeping.

Any time you hear a broad based statement like "You need $x of $y of the healthy!", just keep one thing in mind. We aren't cars, coming off of a production line. It's like someone went to a junkyard, found pieces from 100 different cars, and put you together.

If you can roll down the road, and keep moving on your own? You're alive and kicking and viable.

But, don't tell me I need a certain amount of oil or a specific type of brake fluid ... or, this or that replacement parts every few years.

You *can* tell me that getting hit by a truck is bad, or that my gas engine won't run without oxygen, and that my metal body doesn't like salt.

But just like a human, frankencar -- when exposed to salt, will rust in a random way, since his parts are from a random hodgepodge of parts.

Bah! $x hours of sleep indeed! Even siblings don't all need the same amount of sleep!

Comment Re:Scarcity CANNOT be eliminated (Score 1) 563


Amusing thought came from your story. I watch a lot of movies. A LOT of movies. Especially in the winter, when it's -40C outside.

And, I rarely watch TV series, so if you watch 1/2 a movie a night, or a whole movie instead of TV, that's 300-400 movies a year. You run out of 'good' movies after a few decades of that. Then out of mediocre movies. Then out of amusing B movies. You delve into the historical, back through the decades once you've run out of the contemporary.

Amusingly, actors get younger. ;) As you go back through the 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s, through to the 30s. Some of those actors get *better*, were at their peak in their youth. Others clearly have vastly improved, and become worse as you progress back through time.

(Some of the apparent youthful quality of their works could be challenging material they were given in the 60s/70s.)

Anyhow, my immediate thought with respect to Earth being a media generation factory was the always amusing "Yeah, right, they're going to be waiting for a while -- it's all crap!". But, then I had a counter-thought through my own situation. And, of my running out of movies to watch. And then of my shift into foreign language and non-North American movies.

And, compared to the volume the US pumps out, the rest of the world doesn't even register. And, of course, Hollywood doesn't do quality, it does quantity.. but, the volume does allow some gems to squeak through. Many per year. And, there is most definitely a ratio with foreign movies, although it does seem to be more slated towards quality versus quantity -- but there is still a hell of a lot of crap.

That said -- I find that if I am to look at the UK, at France, at Germany, China, etc.. I might find one good movie a year from each Two, sometimes. Compared to 20 or 30 in the US, and when one compares volume, that's not bad.

So.. back to the start... yeah, the Earth produces a LOT of crappy media. Yet, if you did take the best movies, the best songs, the best books, etc... you'd have something viable to sell.

Just like your buddy with his mansion of horrors. ;)

Comment Re:Scarcity CANNOT be eliminated (Score 1) 563

An amusing thought. Whether or not I agree with the premise that scarcity can be made scarce, I was considering the whole 'human made object of art' concept.

And, what I'd do is just take extra from an alternate universe. Even better, I'd travel to an alternate, but *then* travel back in time, creating more parallels. And, then I'd use some sort of catastrophe that left the creator trouble free, and also free to do nothing but create.

I'd then spawn of endless parallels via time travel, creating limitless output of this author's work. For, in a universe where the author is living on a planet with no space travel, and few humans left, it would be easy to buy up his Great Works. Or, just wait until he dies, and take them from his home.

Or, of course, "accidentally" create extra copies via a transporter, put them in a holideck, and let them spend the rest of their lives thinking that they're at home, but instead are working with real materials, creating output for me.

One thing about scarcity, if it does exist, people are going to try to take advantage and gain from that.

Why don't they have any cool plots in Star Trek any more? :(

Comment Re:No (Score 3, Interesting) 563

It's too bad the replicators had to become a writer's tool.

In some episodes, they can pretty much replicated everything and anything. In others, and you can't... because they need to cause conflict/issues/etc to be resolved.

However, if they can transmute elements, or create elements by converting energy to specific atoms, then they should be resolved, yes? And, they CAN do that, because the transporter sends anything and everything everywhere. They can convert the most complex weapon, medical scanner, medicine, electronic device, anything and everything, but apparently the replicators can't do so?

The human body alone has trace elements and complex molecules all over the place.

So, iridium can certainly be created from energy in their time.

However, I agree, something is going to be scarce. How about original, non-copied artwork originals... created by a specific human? That sort of thing.

Comment Re:Start over (Score 1) 191

That does not make this thread's OP incorrect in using it. It does mean, though, that you've essentially dropped to character assassination, simply because you don't like him using it in the recently dictionary validated way.

Now that the usage is officially correct, after being added to many dictionaries over the last few years, people need to just get over it. That means, that when someone uses it, changing:

"I *hate* that, it is incorrect usage"


"I *hate* that, it *should* be incorrect usage, so I'll make up some arbitrary insult about that usage, due to my emotional dislike of it in that context."

is quite .... unfair? Stubborn? Self-satisfying? Not sure which, but something akin to those.

Realistically, you (and others in this thread) that dislike this word, in this usage, are suffering from "old man" syndrome.

The world is changing! Everything has gone to weed! Bah!

Embrace change, in a dynamic language.

NOTE: I say this as someone that *hates* incorrect usage. Its versus it's is my big "bah". I keep posting crap like this:

"How to keep its and it's straight! It is the same as hers and his. Why?

Well, my premise is that it used to be "hes", but morphed to 'his' over the years. So:

he => hes => his
her => hers
it => its"

So.. I DO SYMPATHIZE. However, if its and it's were somehow merged in the dictionary, I think I'd have to give it up.

The war is over. The battle is lost. There is no going back, no reversion, for literally all eternity, literally has changed. ;)

The best you can hope for at this point, is that in a few hundred years dictionaries change that second definition to 'archaic'.. like I've seen for some other words.

Comment Re:sdfvzzvxc (Score 1) 212

I might add, the concept that an add on to an alarm system, one that can trigger alarms or silence them, should receive automatic updates without any way to intervene, is bizarre.

Envisacorp couldn't comprehend that some users might want to control that process. To be able to rollback. To not have forced updates. And, as is always the case with such a policy, there were lots of 'this update did this!' complaints in their support forum. Which is another vital reason why one might want to firewall of their IP.

(And, frankly, firewalls should be inclusive not exclusive, so they were just firewalled off by default.. another thing that they found confusing. Great for a security system company, yes?)

Frankly, these guys didn't even get the concept that security should be involved in an alarm system. For example, their web page portal is http, and they also have telnet. Bah.

Comment sdfvzzvxc (Score 1) 212

There are lots of IP/Net modules that you can connect to traditional alarm systems. These often allow IP based control over the alarm system, reporting, etc.

Just be careful what system you buy. I bought an envisacor add on to my alarm system, and it's fairly poor. Worse, they insist on phoning home (not to the alarm center, but to their corporate center), and if you firewall of their IP.. their system reboots every 15 minutes.

(Why would I want an external 3rd party entity I don't even know, receiving unknown data about my alarm system is incomprehensible. Especially considering that this includes when the system is armed and disarmed, when specific zones are triggered (think motion detectors as you walk about the house), and more. Including, for some systems, listening to audio and watching video! Heh!))

Anyhow, there is no way to control/alter that behaviour. Couple that with poor envisacor support, and you won't be happy. So, definitely stick with something usable.

That said, yes.. it can be nice to integrate, but really -- get a real alarm center. You don't want to get an SMS or email saying "ZONE 1 OPEN" (your front door), then have to ssh into something to see what the situation is, then decide if you want to call the police, etc.

Once I got past the lame shortcoming of the envisacor module, I scripted things so that I only get SMS alerts for network events when I'm not at home. My phone is off when I'm at home, so nothing was more annoying than 100 SMS messages when I turned the thing on...

So, sure, lots of things you vcan do. As well as SSH in to your home, and remotely disarm the system if someone visits...

Comment Re:Literally (Score -1, Troll) 307



Erm. Here's something to LITERALLY drive you insane! ;)

With the way literally is being used, quite literally it will soon have a new meaning added to high profile dictionaries.

And then literally will also mean literally, and you'll go mad with frustration. ;)

TAKE THAT SIR! TAKE THAT, and find yourself in a corner, shivering and curled up in a ball of denial.

Hehe. Sorry, it's too early here.

The first version always gets thrown away.