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Comment: Re:power honeypot (Score 1) 125

That was Madison's view, expressed in one of his speeches. Where is that view represented in the modern US Constitution? The US ended up protecting property rights by other means than restricting voting to land owners.

The comparison with England makes little sense, because England simply gave wealthy land owners power through non-democratic means until the 20th century. More classes could vote, but it didn't make any difference.

You seem to think that a society or a "democracy" should allow the majority to take away property from a wealthier minority. Sorry, that's not a democracy, that's mob rule; it's not even a question of justice, it just does not work.

Comment: Re:which cost Arthur Anderson $9B in market value (Score 1) 172

by Actually, I do RTFA (#46806615) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

Sure, the company got hosed.

Meanwhile, the partner who spearheaded the push got sufficient bonuses (from AA) to compensate him for the lack of any future career. He was on their executive board by the end of it pulling in a fat, fat bonus every year based exclusively on his Enron relationship.

If I can make N million dollars from a single bad act, maybe we need to have a better punishment than "never allowed to work again.

Comment: Re:Never! (Score 1) 270

by swillden (#46804605) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

Which is bad, but what is worse is Development feels like a "young persons game". Rarely do I see anyone over 45 (not far off) coming for an interview

Meh. I'm 45, and see no reason to believe I won't be writing code for another 20 years. I work with several guys in their 50s and 60s.

I think most of the apparent dearth of graybeards is just the growth of the industry. If there are an order of magnitude more software jobs than when I started 20 years ago, and if software development is a career that people don't shift into at a later, but start young -- which does appear to be the case -- then we should expect 90% of positions to be filled by people younger than me. If you also factor in a fair amount of attrition from people choosing to shift into other careers, whether into other fields entirely or into sales or management, then you should expect that the number is 5%, or even less.

Comment: Re:medical industry = rent seeking (Score 1) 223

by stenvar (#46803359) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

What kind of idiot fails to understand that all those nasty government regulations came about because people were getting fleeced left right and centre by quacks, confidence men, grifters, Republicans and other thieves.?

Quite right, that's why they came about. And now, instead of just a small number of stupid people getting fleeced because they believed some snake oil salesman, the entire nation gets fleeced, and it gets fleeced by many of the same companies. And the irony is: the regulations don't even work. That's what Democrats do: they make getting fleeced by corporations mandatory.

Comment: Re:power honeypot (Score 1) 125


George Washington, one of the richest Americans, was no more than a wealthy squire in British terms." Phillips says that it wasn't until the 1790' s - a generation after the War of Independence - that the first American accumulated a fortune that would be worth one million of today's dollars. The Founders and Framers were, at best, what today would be called the upper-middle-class in terms of lifestyle, assets, and disposable income.

Kevin Philips, Wealth and Democracy

Comment: Re:power honeypot (Score 1) 125

Since you failed to grasp why Americans resist federal power so much, I gave you an analogy: originally, it was intended like the relationship between the EU member states and the EU, mostly a free trade zone with independent local control.

In response, you write:

There is a fundamental difference between how the UK relates to the EU and how US states relate to the US government: The UK issues it's own currency.

And what do you know, even if that mattered, for about a century, individual states did issue their own currency. Of course, it doesn't even matter, since the fact that the UK doesn't have the Euro isn't the result of great autonomy, it's a specific exemption.

Now you write :

while not understanding the significance of a constitution being written "by land owners for land owners" while the common modern interpretation is that it is "by the people for the people".

I clearly understand that there are stupid, uneducated people see a contradiction there. I don't see a contradiction. Constitutions are written by all sorts of groups; you have to evaluate them on their merits. So, what unfair bias or problem or rent seeking do you see in the US Constitution for land owners? I see none. If you accuse the Founders of nefarious purposes, be clear what you accuse them of and show evidence of their misdeeds.

Furthermore, the majority of Americans are land owners (we call them "home owners these days), and although the US Constitution doesn't favor land owners, federal, state, and local laws enacted by modern "we the people" most certainly do, because home owners are a powerful voting bloc and actually in the majority. Even in the UK, by the way.

Comment: Re:Ahh Yes the trend continues.. (Score 1) 214

by stenvar (#46797577) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

Manufacturing may be, but what about manufacturing EMPLOYMENT? When you use robots and automation, there aren't so many employees.

I believe manufacturing employment has also not shrunk, but it's harder to find statistics on that and it depends on what you mean by "manufacturing employment". If you mean jobs for people with high school education, those have shrunk, simply because more and more people are actually getting college degrees.

And it may look large because US manufacturing is focused on large-ticket items, like aircraft and rockets and tanks. It's still the case that 99% of the routine goods that you buy (whether clothes or household items or toys or electronics) are made in China.

It doesn't just "look large", that makes it objectively large. And, yes, the US focuses on high margin, high value items because those support the high salaries that US workers demand.

Mostly, these jobs move to China or Europe because Americans don't want to do them anymore.

See what Rowe has to say about this:

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 383

by Actually, I do RTFA (#46796067) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

beer is roughly $1000/ton (based on a 150lb keg costing about $75). You're looking at maybe a 5% rise in cost.

Except you're looking at the weight ratios wrong. Producing 1 ton of beer produces less than 1 ton of spent grain (beer is mostly water). So the ratio would be probably be closer to.... I don't know 1:5. Which would only be a 1% rise in cost.

Comment: Re:Real Names? (Score 1) 93

by Actually, I do RTFA (#46795395) Attached to: How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

I would agree, but "Rusty Shackleford" is the alias of "Dale Gribble" from "King of the Hill." So, being used as the "non-name name" on a show that millions of people watched for over a decade may lead to a lot of other people also using it.

Similar to how "Doe" is a pretty rare real last name, but very common in aliases.

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