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Comment: Re:Availability (Score 1) 598

by jdavidb (#49798655) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

Because it's cheaper to have an immortal serf class than it is to have to train up larval serfs for 20 years at a net negative value before they're useful? Young people are generally a resource sink with no return on investment for a couple decades.

Historically speaking, a young person began to earn an income much earlier than age 20. It's only our modern laws and policies that have been pushing this later and later. Even today this continues as more and more young people start their careers laden with high college debt.

Comment: Re:Numbers (Score 1) 827

by IMarvinTPA (#49736409) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Then you are compensating for the guy who only does 90% of his miles in Oregon, but the car is registered outside of the state.

How is this much different from just buying your gas across the state line and never buying Oregon gasoline?

Just go with the Odometer and ignore the sources of the miles. I'd rather be a little over-billed than give up information on where I've been to the state like that.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 216

by jdavidb (#49728043) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online

I have used Cygwin daily at work and at home for ten years and have almost never seen the issues you are talking about. I'm sure they are real and affect people who do things differently than me. I don't typically download third party applications that depend on the Cygwin DLL. I use the complete official Cygwin package repository or (very rarely) compile from source. I use Eclipse, Java, ant, Cygwin, and am about as happy as I can be with my environment (I'd be happier writing Perl, but that's another story). I use Cygwin openssh every day and it works great.

Comment: Re:America's War On Drugs is a Failure (Score 1) 110

by jdavidb (#49725873) Attached to: Silk Road's Leader Paid a Doctor To Help Keep Customers Safe

ROTFLMAO. I think it is both hilarious and sad when people talk about how they "put" someone in office as if the choice was an open one. That ignores the fact that your choices were already dwindled down to almost nothing up front. When you vote for a politician these days you pretty much have a choice of which half of the shit sandwich you want. I don't really call that freedom of choice myself. I can think of 100 people off the top of my head that would make a better president than Obama and Bush, but they were never an option.

Moreover, it's even less of a choice for those who don't believe there should be a President at all. The American government system can only grow bigger, never smaller, so those who believe it has gotten too large are out of luck. To those people even if you have a good candidate (not that that would ever happen) you're just running a good candidate for a bad office.

Comment: Re:23 down, 77 to go (Score 1) 866

by jdavidb (#49682499) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

You know, we're almost getting into "no true Scotsman" here. There are atheists who want religion to die out by persecution (the "make them second class citizens" ideas seem to be very popular here on Slashdot), and there are atheists who are like you are describing, who only want to persuade people. I have no idea what the relative proportions are between the two groups.

By the same token, there are Christians who want to infringe the liberty of atheists, and there are Christians who find that completely abhorrent.

To complicate the issue further there are all kinds of disagreements about what actually constitutes persecution and aggression. The issue of educating children is a prime example - some people feel that that responsibility lies primarily with the parents, and some feel the children are more the property of the state/society. This is on both sides of the argument - many want to use the schools to promote religion, and many want to use the schools to demote religion and counteract religious instruction from the parents.

There are lots of other examples, too. Many Christians are utterly totally blind to the fact that laws against consensual sexual behavior or against alcohol are a complete violation of liberty. I could go on and on.

I wish we'd all agree on the leave each other alone / everyone change their minds by respectful voluntary persuasion position. But that's probably a pipe dream.

Comment: Re:Politics is tyranny (Score 1) 179

by jdavidb (#49651559) Attached to: Is Facebook Keeping You In a Political Bubble?

And the great thing about politics is that politicians, the people you and me vote for (or don't vote for) are ultimately elected by people. And those people have opinions. And those opinions can and do change. And when you share an unpopular opinion it can make you unpopular. Most politicians try not to share their unpopular opinions, at least the ones unpopular to their constituents.

Nobody's opinion should ever be forced on another person, no matter how popular their opinion is.

Comment: Re:Politics is tyranny (Score 1) 179

by jdavidb (#49644311) Attached to: Is Facebook Keeping You In a Political Bubble?

It's not about dominating friends, it's about informing them

Did you vote for 8 years of George W. Bush? Did you have to live under him for 8 years? You were dominated.

Substitute anyone else for George W. if you did vote for him. (I did - my mistake.)

If you vote for a guy, you are appointing a ruler for other human beings. Not just having a respectful conversation where you try to persuade them to willingly follow his leadership.

"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas." - Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"