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Comment: Re:It's not so much the lobbyists (Score 1) 255

by Jawnn (#48906893) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition
You're only half right...

We all have a right to lobby Congress.

The trouble is, most of us do not have the money to hire professionals who have direct access to Congress people because they are ex-Congressmen or know people.

Correct, mostly. There's lobbying and then there are campaign contributions. Between those to funnels, a well-heeled corporat... ermm..., "citizen" can buy almost anything they want in the halls of Congress. And the telecom lobby is one bad-ass organization.

You need money or some sort of grassroots movement that also gets votes.

See, that's where the Teaparty is an example of an effeective grassroots movement. They riled up a bunch of angry white old people and THEY VOTE.

"They" being the Koch Brothers, and other interests, who executed a truly masterful campaign to manipulate a bunch of ignorant, scared, old white people into doing their bidding. Jeezuz, they even provided the buses at the "rallies". That's really more like astroturf than grassroots, but you have to hand it to them. It worked beautifully.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 2) 660

by Jawnn (#48884175) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?
If you work for me, you work for me at my pleasure. If it is my pleasure that you not potentially cost me millions of dollars by infecting the children of my customers with dangerous diseases, I will require vaccinations as a condition of employment. If it is my pleasure that you not potentially cost me millions of dollars by driving my truck into minivan loaded with kids because you nodded off at an inappropriate time, I will require that you occasionally prove that are free from drugs that might cause such things.
If it is your pleasure not to work in such an environment, you may choose to work elsewhere. You are not compelled to do anything against your will.

Comment: Re:Can anyone think of (Score 1, Informative) 204

by Jawnn (#48865485) Attached to: Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

a bigger fuckup than Obamacare?

You keep using that word. I do not think that it means what you think it means. Unless, of course, you consider the failure to implement a more efficient single-payer system to be a "fuckup". On that, we'd agree, but for the vast majority of Americans, The Affordable Care Act is a net win as is.

Comment: Re:Paradox (Score 0) 200

"we're connecting community colleges with local employers to train workers to fill high-paying jobs like coding

... while industry imports even more H1Bs to drive wages down, and offshores more and more of their development work offshore and parks the additional profits in tax havens? How is that going to work>

High paying jobs for Americans is just P.C. code for "socialism". In a free market, I should be allowed to "import" my labor from anywhere. That way, my products, be they software, hardware, or even cotton or tobacco can make more profit for me.

Comment: Disrupt this, please. (Score 1) 238

by Jawnn (#48859423) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption
This cool. Very cool. A solution that cuts out a largely unnecessary part of the process (agents) and it's expense is long overdue.
Still, there's an industry that I'd like to see "disrupted" even more - undertaking. Any business whose primary product is "...the last thing you'll ever be able to do for your late loved one..." deserves, more than any other, to be disrupted.

Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 1) 360

by Jawnn (#48835733) Attached to: NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

you mean like CNN, right? Because CNN is certainly not biased in any way... nope.

Yawn... Broadcast news is entertainment first, and journalism as a distant second. A a product it is crafted to attract eyeballs (or ears, in the case of radio) of a certain demographic so that they can more easily target ad buyers. Anyone who does not get this is an idiot. Anyone who takes any one of these sources as the source of his world view is a complete idiot. Guess which network has the highest number of complete idiots in their demographic?

Comment: Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (Score 1) 893

by Jawnn (#48823027) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Well let's get things straight here. When we do that to Christianity, it is an important exercise of free speech. When we do that to Muslims, suddenly religion should be off limits for mockery or criticism without realising it's almost the most deserving thing of both!

Oh, please. Look, I know that's what a lot of people (those who get their world view from Fox News) believe, but it is simply not the case. So unless you have a citation (hint: their some isolated cases), kindly STFU with the echo chamber bullshit.

Comment: Heresy Alert (Score 5, Interesting) 264

by Jawnn (#48805011) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?
I'm going to get jumped for saying this, but stick with Windows for fat client development. Unless you are looking at developing web apps, you are going to be almost completely disappointed at the selection of tools available to you on Linux when compared to those for Windows. I'm not saying that there aren't tools for doing this on Linux, but dear gawd, why would you want to when the VS tools are so much easier to work with. And by "work with" I mean get work done. Use MySQL on Linux as your db server, by all means, but do your client development with what you already know.

Comment: Re:Dear Nazis (Score 1) 177

by Jawnn (#48804773) Attached to: The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff
Insightful? Really? For a post that truly did miss Bruce's point? That point was, BTW, that if you don't have a good reason for keeping something, don't. Make that a policy and enforce it. Anything, not just evidence of corporate sleaze, can become a liability. Only a fool would keep potentially dangerous garbage when she didn't have to.

Comment: Re:The 3 Laws of Robotics (Score 3, Insightful) 258

by Jawnn (#48796381) Attached to: AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

In fact, the 3 laws were a convenient plot device to show how those 3 laws would break down.

I don't believe Asimov himself ever treated them as anything other than a plot device to explore the topic.

He didn't seriously see them as the way to keep us safe from robotics.

Plot device, perhaps, but if you've read the entire "robot" series of novels, you'll see that it was used to provide a unique "angle" from which to tackle some classical problems of ethics. As a practical matter, I rather doubt that such a set of such laws, even if they were logically sound, could be reliably built into a machine such that no contrivance, hardware or software, could be used to circumvent them.

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. -- Confucius