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Comment: Re:Vive le Galt! (Score 1) 695

by Digital Vomit (#46338093) Attached to: Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

...the current system...[does not guarantee] distribution to the places best or helpful for society.

And it shouldn't, as people disagree on what that means and where those are.

They do? Don't most people want a place to live, food to eat, some entertainment, and some support, at the very least?

In situations where manipulative marketing and divisive politicking hasn't rotted people's brains, people overwhelming agree on at least the basics of where at least some resources should be distributed for the benefit of society.

Comment: Re:Vive le Galt! (Score 1) 695

by Digital Vomit (#46337963) Attached to: Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

This guy had a lot of great ideas, including:

  • Guaranteed basic income linked to national average
  • A cap on annual income
  • A cap on personal wealth
  • A cap on inheritance

Of course, he ended up getting assassinated and his program was purposefully run into the ground after his death.

And that's the real trick. The trouble is not coming up with great ideas that we know will work; the trouble is trying to implement them without getting murdered by the already-rich-and-powerful.

+ - Alternatives to Slashdot post beta? 8

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Like many Slashdotters, I intend to stop visiting Slashdot after the beta changeover. After years of steady decline in the quality of discussions here, the beta will be the last straw. What sites alternative to Slashdot have others found? The best I have found has been, but it has been a while since I've looked for tech discussion sites."

+ - Slashdot BETA Discussion-> 60

Submitted by mugnyte
mugnyte (203225) writes "With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style."
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Comment: Re:This stuff is so stupid (and so is Forbes) (Score 2) 169

I don't get it when people dis "copycat apps", claiming they are "ripping off" the original authors. Copied games are probably the purest form of the free-market in action; they provide alternate sources for the same (or similar) product, and they encourage competition.

Comment: Solution: End Internet Privatization (Score 1) 479

by Digital Vomit (#46013077) Attached to: An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?
I think [internet] communication is such a fundamental need for society that we can't risk having internet access remain in the hands of private interests. Internet access -- from the wires in the ground to the modem in your home -- needs to become a public good. Taxes should pay for everyone to have free internet access at the highest level of quality that society can reasonably afford.

Comment: Re:Not for me (Score 1) 198

by Digital Vomit (#45949889) Attached to: EA Caves: SimCity Offline Mode Coming

It's free in the sense that everyone can vote with their wallet

But that's not "free" as in "free market", as the parent just explained. You can't have a free market and copyright law at the same time. Copyright prevents you from "voting with your wallet" in the free market sense because it reduces the number of competitors to zero.

Comment: Re:All of it - So you can loose all of it (Score 1) 187

by Digital Vomit (#45726169) Attached to: How much of your media do you store locally?

Why should I store any of my media (or other data, for that matter) anyplace else? Storing it in the cloud only works for as long as your cloud provider stays in business, and what I store is my business and nobody else's.

Storing it locally works as long as you don't get robbed...
and your house don't burn down...
and you don't get hit by major disaster (i.e. flood)...
and your storage medium doesn't fail...

I keep mine locally (2 redundant systems) and in cloud

It's not a real cloud, you know. All those things can happen to stuff stored "in the cloud" as well.

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis