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Comment: Re:Corporations are not people (Score 1) 139


Has there ever been a single documented case in the whole of history where the shareholders have ever successfully (or even unsuccessfully, for that matter) sued a company because the company wasn't doing enougl illegal stuff to bolster profits?

Interesting question. My guess would be no, for who would pursue expensive litigation on a premise so outrageous. On the other hand, I'll bet that more than one corporate officer has been quietly dismissed for exactly that reason.

Comment: Re:Regulate last mile (Score 1) 223

by Jawnn (#46685103) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.


Utilities are fine for phone and electricity because they are mature technologies that don't change much year-to-year.

Really? And what of cable television? What revolutionary new technology has come out since the industry started that forced the retirement of the expensive bits of their infrastructure? The answer, of course, is "none". Many, if not most, of their customers are receiving service over a piece of coax that might be 30+ years old. Sure, the backhauls have been upgraded in a lot of places, just like water mains and electrical distribution lines are from time to time. IP networking is no different. Google knows this and saw the value in an expensive investment in infrastructure. The phone and TV cable monopolies do not. They don't have to. They're monopolies.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 2) 1037

by Jawnn (#46677287) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Two words: free will.

How blithely you ignore GP's observation that the xtian god is omniscient. He knew that his law would be broken. So there was absolutely no free will in that exercise. You rather miss the point of that particular piece of scripture. The message is clear, and is repeated throughout the Abrahamic scripture, "You are free to do what you will, but god will punish you if you go against his will." Reading between the lines a bit... "Either god does not care enough about you to remove temptation from you path, or he delights in punishing you when you cross him. Follow this (or that) set of rules and be spared. Don't follow and burn." The "right thing" is never the driver. Punishment is.

Comment: Re:Scientists warned of global warming for decades (Score 1) 230

by Jawnn (#46611631) Attached to: Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades
Surely, you are being sarcastic and I've just been whooshed. Surely you aren't arguing that personal responsibility has anything at all to do with the tragedy here, because that would just be too fucking stupid. You know, to suggest that the residents would somehow "just know" that an entire mountainside might come down and flatten their houses and kill them.

Comment: Re:Walmart employees, rejoice! (Score 5, Insightful) 455

by Jawnn (#46604717) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Bitch about Walmart employees all you want...

Fine. I will, because I don't give a shit about superficial things like the CEO's office or the car he drives. Walmart is a parasite on virtually every community in which they operate. Not only are their wages too low for their employees to actually live on, they actively promote the subscription to government services (welfare) by those employees. Privatize the profits and socialize the expenses, and then get some gullible apologist to talk about how "humbler" Walmart's leadership is.

Comment: Re:Jackasses (Score 1) 323

by Jawnn (#46547741) Attached to: More On the Disposable Tech Worker

Sure. Why not just take us all out back, put us against the wall, and shoot us? Real responsible attitude, corporate America. What a bunch of fucking jerks. Go ahead, loot and pillage the U.S., what the hell do you care anyway?

Your ire, while wholly appropriate, is misplaced. Corporations exist to make money for their shareholders. That is their highest priority. That is not evil or immoral. It just is what it is. You should be mad as hell at the elected officials who are carrying their (corporate America) water. They do have a moral obligation to look out for the people who elected them, and failures on that count are commonplace.

Comment: Re:Obvious but not interesting. (Score 3, Informative) 103

by Jawnn (#46537399) Attached to: NSA General Counsel Insists US Companies Assisted In Data Collection

It would have been nice if someone would have shown some spine here. However, the fact that no one had the balls to stand up to the NSA really doesn't get them off the hook for anything.

I beg to differ... QWest did exactly that. Who's QWest, you say? Now, you're getting it.

Comment: Form a committee... (Score 1) 143

by Jawnn (#46518069) Attached to: Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA
The most widespread violations of citizen's rights in the history of this nation, practices that have badly damaged the international reputation of the nation in both public and private sectors, appointed officials who have sworn to protect and defend The Constitution patently guilty of criminal behaviro being allowed to tell Congress to, essentially, go fuck itself, and the advice is "form a committtee". Seriously?

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 529

by Jawnn (#46492583) Attached to: Religion Is Good For Your Brain

Most religion is blind belief. Still it can serve a purpose. If the community says that killing is wrong, then whether it is understood or not, there is a benefit.

Yes, but your implied assertion is that one needs religion in order to understand that killing is wrong. That, of course is nonsense. Some of the most moral people I know are atheists. The most immoral? So-called Christians. And I damn them and their religion because it allows them to wrap their psyches in a cloak of "forgiveness and salvation" despite their sins and their rank hypocrisy. That "purpose" I would rather not see served.

Comment: Re:I fully support this (Score 1) 154

by Jawnn (#46480639) Attached to: A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

Frankly, I'm more scared of moderators than our government...

You should be more afraid of your government. You should definitely be more afraid of your government than "teh terrorists". Your fear of "teh terrorists" has convinced you to allow your government to do far more harm to our country.

Comment: Re:Reality check (Score 1) 413

I can personally guarantee* (*worth nothing, not redeemable for anything) that sound studios will not start producing multiple mixes just for the audiophiles.

They already have started, in fact. It's very common for the vinyl edition of an album to be less of a loudness wars catastrophe than the CD or MP3 digital downloads because vinyl customers tend to overlap with audiophiles. Two albums I can name off the top of my head where this was done are R.E.M.'s Accelerate and Rush's Clockwork Angels. After buying the CDs and hearing how they were brickwalled, I was happy to have supported the artist by buying at least something, but then I went to a torrent site, downloaded a vinyl rip and now play that exclusively on my home stereo.

And this sad state of affairs is what's driving Mr. Young to come up with a commercially supported medium to deliver that quality to users who would pay to have it. I would. I'm tired of ripping vinyl.

Comment: Re:It IS FLAC (Score 1) 413

Except that in every objective test the iOS devices show a near 0 THD, nearly flat recency response and a nearly perfect dynamic range. While perhaps "technically better" is the case with the Pono, the simple, physical, physiological and demonstrable fact that 100% of humans can not hear the differences

[citation needed]
I'll save you some time. It isn't there. My hearing is not the best but on gear that is capable of reproducing those differences even I can hear them. No, your iThing and Beats headphones do not fall into that category.

Someone is unenthusiastic about your work.