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Comment Re:Blaming KKKorporations (Score 1) 226

I didn't single out corporations

Yes, you did — you are in full agreement with Dutchmaan as evidenced by your own talk of "complete control" and "gorging".

So, answer the question: are you challenging the assertion that corporations are in complete control and gorging themselves at the public trough?

This piece of rustic but still colorful rhetoric is too vague too agree or disagree with. Debating this is pointless — it will come down to trying to nail jellybeans like what constitutes "completeness" of control.

1) Obama would've gotten the vast majority of the black/poor (your cell video) vote without giving away cell phones

Not at all obvious. And, of course, it was not just the cell-phones — many people expected something: "free" healthcare, "free" college education, etcaetera. Those people "gorge themselves", as you put it, at the public trough and/or want to. That Obama got elected — despite being a junior senator (from a State famous for its corruption) without any notable accomplishment to his name — suggests rather strongly, it was that expectation of "spreading the wealth around" he promised, that helped him.

2) The cost of Obamaphones doesn't even qualify as a gnat's eyelash when compared the the largesse handed out to the corporations

Complete and utter bullshit. The single largest and dominating "hand out" given by the US government to KKKorporations (the proper spelling in the rants like yours, BTW) is for the military — planes, tanks, ships et al. It is big, but it is dwarfed by the costs of "War on Poverty", which costed the "public trough" more (inflation-adjusted), than all of the USA's real wars combined. Indeed, the much maligned Military-Industrial Complex, that Illiberals constantly complain about, constitutes "only" 13% of federal spending today less than education (14%) and healthcare (22%) (on which no tax monies should be spent at all). Now, which of these is a "gnat's eyelash"?

With both of your "clues" crumbled, I would not be surprised, if you claimed a sudden "lack of time" for debating me further. But let me answer your other questions, in case you decide to become a better human being by educating yourself quietly...

Why would I?

I don't know, why you would, but you did — by putting "confiscating the monies" into quotes.

Whatever term is your preference, government needs funds to operate.

Federal Income Tax did not exist in the US until 1913 — earlier attempts to introduce it were deemed unconstitutional by the courts. (My point here is not to question its constitutionality, but to show, how it is unnecessary.) Yes, I prefer the term "confiscate", because it is more to the point. "Collect" may apply to donations as well as willing purchases, whereas "confiscate" unmistakably refers to involuntary payments.

Yes, government needs to collect taxes, but their levels in today's Western world are outrageously high and a burden on our growth.

Let's hear it! (anarchy doesn't count)

Anarchy my behind — not forcing people to "help the poor" is not anarchy. What taxes would I approve of? Consider the following hypothetical scenario: a town facing an assault by barbarians... They need to organize fighting units, train, arm and feed them, and build fortifications — so they can confiscate money and food, disassemble wrought-iron fences to make pikes, melt church bells into cannon, conscript non-fighters into construction, and the like. In other words, taxation is justified, when the alternative is destruction and death of those taxed and most others.

But it does not have to be all about defense even — the US funded its participation in WW1 (where none of the belligerents have threatened us any more than Saddam Hussein did 90 years later) with Federal Income tax receipts of less than $100 million (less than 0.3% of the country's then-GDP) — how do you justify today's personal income tax of $1.7 trillion (8% of GDP)? You can't — not without the people (rather than corporations) voting themselves monies confiscated from others — and gorging on it.

Comment Re:BTRFS is getting there (Score 2) 202

I don't why so many in the Linux community are so hooked on ZFS.

Because it is good. In particular, it offers the only sensible way to make good use of the ephemeral storage offered by Amazon's Web Services (AWS) in a general case — the fast (SSD) storage can be used as read-cache for a ZFS stable of mount-points.

Why not just put your energy there?

Why do put any energy into reinventing the wheel? And struggle with triangular "wheels" in the process?

Comment Re:Blaming KKKorporations (Score 1) 226

Or are you challenging the assertion that corporations are in complete control and gorging themselves at the public trough?

I fail to see, why you'd single-out the corporations. There is no difference between a citizen voting for a candidate to get free cell-phone and a corporation helping a candidate win in exchange for government's cheap loans and other help.

government employees "confiscating the monies"

Are you going to challenge the assertion, that the IRS' very purpose is to confiscate the taxpayers' monies?

Comment Re:Blaming KKKorporations (Score 1) 226

Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society... it's not money "confiscated,"

The two aren't necessarily contradicting. You may wish to call such involuntary payments something else and comfort yourself with the thoughts of "buying civilization", but as long as you are forced to part with the money — on pain of going to prison and/or losing your possessions — the term "confiscation" most certainly applies.

a bunch of fucking idiots who like to term it that way

You fucking asshole, who you calling "idiot"?! Nice having a civilized discussion with you, crotch-stink.

Please, don't hate.

Submission witnessing a sign of global cooling from a lunar eclipse->

turkeydance writes: LUNAR ECLIPSE DETECTS GLOBAL COOLING (BUT ONLY A LITTLE): On Sept. 27th, millions of people around the world watched the Moon pass through the shadow of our planet. Most agreed that the lunar eclipse was darker than usual. Little did they know, they were witnessing a sign of global cooling. But only a little.
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Comment Blaming KKKorporations (Score 0) 226

Unless you're a corporate "person" in which case it most certainly IS a magic purse.

Cute. "KKKorporations sit there in their... in their KKKorporation buildings, and... and, and see, they're all KKKorporation-y... and they make money."

Nice try switching the conversation to "corporations", but the truth is, most Americans now receive government benefits of some kind. You and your kind may think, this is marvellous, but the situation does not benefit the country — the primary beneficiaries are the vast body of government employees paid for confiscating the monies (the IRS) and handing some of it out...

Comment Re:Well, bye (Score 1) 100

I'm sure the devs had precisely dick to do with it.

Money, people. Follow the money.

Prior CEO was ejected for failing to monetize the platform.

New CEO brought on board with explicit directions to monetize the platform, or else.

Free data tap turned off. Only watering holes left are poorer quality, with promises of premium watering holes for premium prices later.

Mission Accomplished. Cash cow now being fully milked. And the millions of cows will go for it.

It was never about the geeks, and if geeks could do cool things with it before, that's just too bad unless there's some fat simoleons in it for Twitter. "Money or GTFO."

Submission Sprint continues to struggle->

tripleevenfall writes: On the heels of Sprint's announcement that it will not participate in a major auction of low-band spectrum, a memo to managers states that the company now aims to reduce its number of employees and cut between $2 billion and $2.5 billion in costs over the next six months. The cost-cutting will also include a hiring freeze.

T-Mobile recently overtook Sprint as the United State's third largest mobile carrier.

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Comment Why does the government have this kind of power? (Score 1) 132

taxi industry used every political maneuver in its arsenal to keep Uber and Lyft off the strip

The only way to keep a competitor out of "your" turf is — or ought to be — by providing superior service at lower price. Being able to use "political maneuvers" instead or even addition to that is a sign of bona fide corruption.

It does not matter, whether the politicians involved took bribes or were sincere — the government simply should not have the power to be a player. The war, that Uber, Lyft et al wage against taxis is simply the more visible of the fights, which private businesses wage every day. We can bemoan the undue influence of lobbyists all day long, but the underlying problem is that, given the number of licensing requirements and regulations, the corporations can not afford not to have a lobbyist on payroll. Instead of, or, at best, in addition to, pleasing us, the consumers, all businesses of appreciable size must be pleasing the government as well.

That's not free market capitalism, and it sucks...

Comment Re:Still too much uncertainty of the size of expos (Score 1) 161

Ah, "dedicated accounts." That's just exactly like physical isolated network and storage architectures, right? So that if a cracker has, let's pretend*, a whole two years to poke around, they can't get through the impenetrable internal partitions between accounts.


Air gap or GTFO.

*And by "pretend", I mean "since they actually had two years undetected"...

Comment Still too much uncertainty of the size of exposure (Score 4, Insightful) 161

"15 million". Huge number. It usually takes the power of the US Federal Government to screw up this big.

But one thing is not clear from TFA, let alone from the slightly misleading TFS.

This is an Experian hack, not a T-Mobile hack. What makes any "expert" think the exposure is limited to someone who interacted with T-Mobile? Experian is one of the awful ubiquitous unavoidable facts of life, much like the Government (see above). If you have participated in any non-cash financial transaction, they probably have a file on you.

What are the particulars of this breach that make it strictly an "Experian interacting with T-Mobile" risk? Experian is huge, and if you're counting on some kind of strict internal data partitioning within the company to restrict the attack area to "T-Mobile applicants" you're too naive to sit with the grown-ups.

Seriously. Why the fuck isn't this a maximal-sized no-holds-barred every-file-Experian-holds breach?

Comment Re:Dear Amazon (Score 2) 223

the correct course of action would be to make the available everywhere, not to remove products

The announced product-removal is means to the end of making the service available everywhere.

There is nothing magical or exceedingly hard about Amazon Prime Video. My 2008 Sony can play it. If Google and Apple aren't offering it, it is because they don't want to, not because they can not.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 4, Insightful) 1148

Israel has very low rates of gun violence too, but many people are packing. And soldiers always carry their rifles — even when going to beach for R&R — with two magazines each. It is not uncommon to see a girl in a bikini guarding a gun-pyramid, while her girlfriends are swimming, for example...

Whatever the reasons for lower gun-violence in Japan or Israel or what have you, the ban on weapons is certainly not the only reason. Whether it is even a contributing factor is not at all obvious.

Nothing recedes like success. -- Walter Winchell