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Comment: Re:It's time to start a trade war. (Score 2) 105

by ScrewMaster (#48161711) Attached to: FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign
voiced by 'muricans online it is very hard to tell.

Just a quick note: insulting people with differing opinions (no matter how right you may think you are) doesn't actually help you make your case, although it may increase your innate sense of superiority. In addition, those "'muricans" who might otherwise agree with you may just write you off as another bigoted foreign asshole who lumps everyone in a given country together.

Comment: Re:And many, many more (Score 1) 942

by Linzer (#48035969) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

For projects where international collaboration is required, sure, agree a standard up-front, and it might as well be SI. Likewise for scientific and engineering applications, everyone is a professional and can agree to use SI. But for day to day life?

Isn't that the point? Isn't it impractical to have different set of units for day-to-day life and for everything scientific, technical, or international? It certainly feels like over time our daily life is getting more technical, and more international.

Comment: Re: Sue them for all they're worth (Score 1) 495

by ScrewMaster (#47369997) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains
Actually, I read that the proceedings were _ex-parte_ ... No-IP wasn't even informed that there were any proceedings. Consequently they had zero chance to defend against this forfeiture. And that's exactly how Microsoft wanted it. There's more going on here than malware. My guess is that Microsoft's big media buddies want to use Microsoft as a front for domain seizures under cover of "protecting the public", without having to get their hands dirty or take any PR hits.

Comment: Re:Infinite growth. (Score 1) 305

by Linzer (#47358217) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Economists still believe in infinite growth in a finite world.

I don't think they do. It's just that many of them (the ones we hear about most, too) don't concern themselves enough with the long term that finite natural resources become a serious issue.

This is unfortunate, and it's all the more unfortunate that such "long term" issues are now not so long-term anymore, to say nothing of those that are hitting us right now.

"Sustainability" has been a key word in several areas of macroeconomics for decades. Unfortunately not in all areas of economics. Also, it was long taken in a narrow, technical meaning.

Comment: Re:Editors Won't Won't Edit (Score 4, Funny) 114

by Linzer (#47228047) Attached to: Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Work With Most Devices

And who or what is IHS?

Oh, that one's easy: it's Jesus. It's been a shorthand for his name since the 14th century.

See for example this:

The letters IHS were the first three letters of the Greek name of Jesus IHSOYS, which stood for Yahweh. They could also be the abbreviation of ‘Iesus Hominum Salvator’, Jesus the Saviour of Mankind. The use of these letters as symbols of Christ may have originated with Saint Bernardino of Siena (1380-1444) who made a plaque in Volterra with these letters inscribed, surrounded by rays of light.

So for clarity, they should have written:

Of the 20 million consumer devices estimated to have shipped in 2013 with wireless charging capabilities, nearly all were built with the Qi specification, according to Jesus, the Saviour of Mankind.


Comment: Re:Protecting the Weak from the Strong (Score 2) 224

by Linzer (#47224995) Attached to: Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

Indeed, in the grand scheme, you are suggesting that we take guns out of the hands of the individual, and put them solely in the hands of the State; that sounds like a transfer of power from the Weak to the Strong...

Try to use your firearm against the power of the US government or its agents, and then come tell us how that went.

That power was transfered in its entirety long ago. Here I'm merely paraphrasing Bruce's argument above, btw.

Comment: Re:I like how they conflate "minimum" and "living" (Score 1) 1040

by Linzer (#47160529) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

GP says:
"eventually, they'll set the minimum and maximum wages to the same levels"
Obama said:
"I do think at a certain point you've made enough money."

and you say (of GP):
"His argument would only be fallacious if it weren't exactly what is being proposed by the left today"

Do you stand by that comment? Can you see the nuance between the two statements quoted above?

Do you think saying "some people have earnings that are unreasonably low / high" (respectively 7$ an hour, a bazillion an hour), is exactly the same as saying "everybody should earn the same?". Because that's what you just wrote.

Comment: Re:you've got male (Score 1) 315

by Linzer (#47015751) Attached to: You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

You know, with this little jab you probably hit the nail on the head (that must hurt, btw). One thing is the intrinsic properties of a given trade, and how they play with sex-dependent preferences, and another is the group culture that builds up within a trade. That very much depends on history, and... the gender ratio of that field, to begin with.

Swap read error. You lose your mind.