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Comment Re:Just makes them look even more guilty (Score 1) 319

Sorry, which political party aren't full of corporatists again?

Neither. The problem is the voting system in the US, which pretty much guarantees a two party system. Both the major parties have completely sold out to the corporations, and there isn't anything we can do because the system is rigged to prefer two parties, and only two parties. Both parties are authoritarian corporatists and it will never change because the people who would need to act to change it are the very people who would lose power by changing it. It's the same reason term limits or campaign finance reform never get passed.

Comment Re:Probably just some fuckery (Score 1) 210

What's more reasonable, that some MS drone fucked up, or that the NSA compromised their update servers to illegally wiretap every system on the planet, Batman style, just sort of hoping no one would notice? Where's Morgan Freeman when you need him?

Why would the NSA need to compromise the update servers? They just send a National Security Letter to Microsoft and their backdoor gets put into the OS when it ships, they don't need to slip it into an update.

Comment Re:Just makes them look even more guilty (Score 4, Insightful) 319

So charge them with fraud if they can't be charged under the clean air act. They deliberately misrepresented their product to customers to make greater profits, seems like a textbook case of fraud to me. Of course, since they are a large corporation they will probably skate with a small fine. You get the government you voted for, I hope all the people who vote for the corporatists each election are happy with the outcome.

Comment Re:What if discrimination is genetic? (Score 1) 444

Inherited money won't last. Eventually Paris Hilton (or her offspring) will spend herself broke.

According to this article, 97% of the fortune ($2.5B) that Paris stood to inherit (along with other heirs) will be given to charity. Paris will have to split a paltry $65M, with her personal share likely to be around $5M. Not peanuts, but certainly not the huge amount that it could have been. For someone who lives her lifestyle, it would be no problem just to blow through $5M. Of course, she can leverage all her family connections to get her "products" placed in stores and she was able to parley her membership in the family (and her vapidity) into b-list celebrity status, which can also generate revenue.

Comment Re:Slashdot's own karma system (Score 1) 165

Slashdot moderation system used to measure us as a total of karma over all posts to measure the contribution to Slashdot.

Slashdot had to stop using those because of karma whores.

Even meaningless numbers are a strong motivators to cheat a system. You have to be very careful about what you do. Improving those metrics will triumph over quality and ethics.

They still have the total score, they just don't display it. It is still used to determine your starting post score as well as factoring in how frequently you get mod points (and how many you get).

Comment We didn't misunderstand (Score 3, Insightful) 35

Oh, it's not "yeah, this proposal a horrible thing, we shouldn't have thought that this was a good idea", it's "You misunderstood what we are trying to do, we will do it again with more obfuscated language this time". No, we fucking didn't misunderstand. Your stupid proposal makes a nationwide backdoor into anything encrypted. If this were to actually happen, it would certainly be abused - India's government is notoriously corrupt. The Indian people need to tell their government in no uncertain terms that this is unacceptable.

Comment Re:No one ever thought it was an actual bomb (Score 1) 662

The police were called, and they are compelled and required to investigate once called.

The police have no duty to the public at all. They don't even need to show up if they don't want to. They aren't compelled to do anything.

They don't just show up and say, "Eh, whatever," and leave.

Of course they do, they do it all the time and that's exactly what they should have done in this case. They should have looked at the clock, asked the kid "Were you trying to make people think you had a bomb? Did you have any plans to leave this somewhere or did you intend to keep it in your possession at all times?" If the kid answered correctly the police should have said "There was no crime committed here, have a nice day!". Instead, they arrested and handcuffed a child.

Comment Re:My view of this (Score 1) 662

a big red digital display with a bunch of loose wires in a brief-case looking box is awful like a Hollywood-style representation of a bomb

Adults should be smart enough to know that the Hollywood depiction of something often doesn't resemble real-life. What's next, people getting arrested for having dangerous weapons because they were carrying flashlights and the police thought they were lightsabers? People (particularly people who are supposed to be educating the next generation) need to learn to apply critical thinking skills.

Comment Re:Genius or not (Score 1) 662

Keep saying Irving, TX is a "small town". The more you say it, the truer it becomes. Except for those of us familiar with DFW. Which recently surpassed metro Houston as the fourth largest glob of people in the US. Yeah. Small town. Chock full of slack-jawed yokels.

It's not a small town, but it IS full of slack-jawed yokels.

Comment Re:Don't we (the US) already have that... (Score 1) 1291

most polymaths are patently insane; in fact, I think every polymath anyone's ever taken note of in history was insane. DaVinci cut his own ear off.

Nitpick, isn't that Van Gogh that cut off his ear?

"Last Sunday night at half past eleven a painter named Vincent Vangogh, appeared at the maison de tolérance No 1, asked for a girl called Rachel, and handed her ... his ear with these words: 'Keep this object like a treasure.'"

Comment Re:Free money (Score 1) 1291

Which the central banks buy. From your own link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

If a central bank purchases a government security, such as a bond or treasury bill, it increases the money supply, in effect creating money.

Yes, if a central bank purchases a government security. Your comment was stating that ALL government debt was in the form of loans from the central bank, and that just isn't how it is. The Fed currently owns about $2.4T of the more that $18T debt. Yes, it is a significant amount of money but they certainly aren't the only holder of US debt and aren't even close to the largest creditor.

Comment Re:How is this paid for? (Score 1) 1291

That is greater than the $580B or so spent on the DoD in 2014

This page shows national security spending in 2014 was more like $968B. Yes, defense discretionary spending was around $580B but they also need to pay for the VA and military pensions as well as other national security expenditures. Neither figure includes the trillions we spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Still not the trillions we would need to fund a basic income, but certainly getting closer. Obviously, we can't totally eliminate national security spending and we would still have to honor our commitments to our veterans but there is a lot of money that can be removed from the defense budget while still spending more than any other country in the world.

Comment Re:How is this paid for? (Score 1) 1291

The key to success is to tax the top 1% of income/asset possessors. 90% to the top bracket may sound outrageous, but that was the rate back in the previous century when income tax was first implemented.

Actually, the first income tax in the US was implemented in 1861 (right after the Civil War). It was a 3% tax on incomes over $800 (around $17k in today's dollars). The 90% tax rate you are thinking of was WWII/post-WWII. The top rate was 94% on income over $200k (~$2.8M in today's dollars).

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