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Comment: Re: Simple answer... (Score 2, Informative) 482

by Dunbal (#48633145) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Hahahahahaha you think tax money goes to pay for water and highways. No. Tax money goes to pay for stuff like this, this and this.

Haven't you noticed that America's infrastructure is crumbling? Now why is that?

Giving more tax income for the government is no better than giving a crackhead more money. It has been a long time since the US government has made effective use of its money. Besides - all tax revenue is barely enough to cover the INTEREST on the deficit (even at these low low rates) - let alone the deficit. A few hundred million here or there will make zero difference to the ocean of pork.

Comment: Re:Hmmmm ... legality? (Score 0) 138

by Dunbal (#48602929) Attached to: Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny
Software should obviously only be allowed to screw the consumer, not the middle-man seller! Seriously I have to ask myself what value these re-sellers provide when they even rely on software to price "their product" for them. I agree they should be held to their contracts in an effort to encourage most of them to make a real living.

Comment: Re:Can you say... (Score 1) 266

by Dunbal (#48593445) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine
It doesn't make sense to me. The patent has expired. There is nothing stopping a 3rd party from now manufacturing the drug - which is what should happen. If the original manufacturer wants to focus completely on their new patent protected drug that's their business. But if you screw with the market this way, anyone trying to make the generic will be forced into competition with this manufacturer who already has a fair slice of market share.

Comment: Re:Right (Score 1) 67

by Dunbal (#48569231) Attached to: BitTorrent Launches Project Maelstrom, the First Torrent-Based Browser
There's always a choke point. With Bitcoin - how do you buy them for US dollars? How do you sell them? Go after the "exchanges". With distributed networks I can sniff them and see who's on - and if I have enough resources (like say the NSA) I can figure out which packets are going where. If I know an origin (you, my suspect) and a destination (what I think you're accessing), I can make the same link. Why? Because you can make it.

Comment: Right (Score 0) 67

by Dunbal (#48568601) Attached to: BitTorrent Launches Project Maelstrom, the First Torrent-Based Browser

one that does not rely on centralized servers.

They all say that. Bittorrent. Bitcoin. Etc. And yet somehow, there is always a key - some centralized process somewhere that is the Achilles' heel. Why? Because if I am going to start using that service when I boot up or when I log in for the first time - my computer needs to know where to find the info to check in and start looking for the network. Just like DRM will never, ever work, "decentralized" systems will never, ever work. If I can find it, the enemy/feds/hackers can find it and take it out. So instead of decentralized you could say highly obfuscated. But there will be a common thread. There has to be.

Comment: Re:One good turn... (Score 1) 235

by Dunbal (#48567601) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him
Eh no. Even if Dr. Watson were a complete asshole, he's still the one co-credited with unravelling DNA and therefore his PERSONAL views aside, the whole world including yourself owe him a debt you will never repay because you have reaped the benefits from medical and pharmaceutical advances to ecological and industrial ones. Recognizing someone's contribution does not endorse their shortfalls. Otherwise the US is up shit's creek, what with all the torture, drone strikes, coups, etc...

Comment: The problem with short term thinking (Score 2) 280

by Dunbal (#48560583) Attached to: Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Those utilities are not envisioning the fact that all that power savings that is "eating into their profits" today is energy they can sell to tomorrow's customers. Why? Because populations grow over time, and they grow quite quickly. Instead of bitching about the paper loss they think they are seeing, they should be celebrating the fact that they don't have to build more power-plants and infrastructure for 10-20 years and will be able to serve a much larger base with the same infrastructure. So that 2% increase to the electric bill they apply for in 2024 will mean much, much more actual revenue for them - for exactly the same fixed cost.

But no. Greed. Let's bilk people today because they dare try to do something to save money and stretch current resources by diminishing consumption.

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