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Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 1) 820 820

The same could be said of pretty much every advancement. Guys with clubs are cowards because the barehanded guys don't have a chance. Guys with swords are cowards because the guys with clubs don't stand a chance. Guys with arrows are cowards because the guys with swords across the field don't stand a chance. So on and so forth.

You have to admit that drones are on an entirely different scale of inequality than your examples though. Unlike your examples, the person receiving a drone attack had absolutely zero chance to inflict any physical harm on the person executing the attack. That is not the case for pretty much any other scenario, even something as far fetched as tanks vs clubs.

Comment: Re:Fucking Lawyers (Score 1) 181 181

Remember that open source licenses (as well as creative commons) are actually made possible by copyright laws. If there were no copyright laws, the GPL, for instance, would be completely unenforceable because anyone would be able to do whatever they wanted to do with their copy.

What this decision affects is the new idea that APIs are copyrightable, which could have many yet unknown effects throughout the software industry, open and closed source.

Comment: Re:Stupid reasoning. (Score 1) 1094 1094

Are the moderators out of their minds today? Some awfully silly comments are getting modded up in this story.

The reason that you don't make minimum wage $100 an hour is because the objective is not to close businesses, but instead to just give employees a chance to survive on a basic level out from their full-time wages. Government (as an expression of larger society) does well to ensure that business owners don't get rich by making their employees poor and by making them have to go on government assistance. $15 an hour is a good and reasonable minimum wage for an area with such a high cost of living.

Comment: Re:My god you people need to think about economics (Score 1) 1094 1094

The Waltons wealth did not come from their employees payroll. The Waltons wealth is in shares of the company. The company is worth a lot of money and because the Waltons own a lot of the company that makes them very wealthy.

Um, what? Of course the money that they don't pay their employees is a large part of their wealth. Every dollar that they don't pay their employees is a dollar that goes into their pockets, in the form of profit/loss and stock valuation. Oh, it's also a dollar that comes out of taxpayers' pockets too, in the form of food stamps, medicaid, welfare, etc. In other words, taxpayers are partially subsidizing the Waltons' (and many other business owners and stockholders) wealth.

Comment: Re:D vs R doesnt matter (Score 1) 99 99

Not really. Sometimes you have to give people a chance to come around to the good ideas if they're not popular or notable at first.

Think about it this way: if Al Franken had been on the Republican side and had spoken up in the same way, he would have been shouted under the table by his own party members and would have become a pariah, perhaps even losing the very next primary election to a more party-line candidate or a tea party challenger.

Comment: Remember this when people say D vs R doesnt matter (Score 3, Insightful) 99 99

As much as I feel disappointed and disgusted by things that Obama and other Democrats have done over the last several years, I still don't buy the whole line that some people here on Slashdot trot out all the time: that Democrats and Republicans are the same thing.

You know that this deal would have sailed through and there's no way the FCC would have pushed for Title 2 regulation, if a Republican were in the White House right now.

So remember, as dumb and crappy as some parties' actions have been lately, who you vote for still matters, even if only in limited ways. Yes, some large scale issues are pretty much a wash between the two, but there are still some issues that you can have an influence in with your vote. Pick the party and candidates who you feel are more likely to be on the same side of the issues you care about, regardless of what the naysayers say.

Also, a shout out to Al Franken for being one of, if not the only top politicians to have questioned and criticized this merger from the beginning.

Comment: Amazon should do the right thing (Score 1) 126 126

They should only allow reviews from people who actually purchased that product. Their reviews are already a mess, with tons of one star reviews for products that are really meant for the seller.

They already have a mechanism for this too:

They just need to purge all the other reviews. There's so many scams and agendas both for positive and negative reviews, that nowadays I only trust verified purchase reviews anyway.

Comment: Re:There's a middle path (Score 1) 394 394

I agree with you about time, and would add that it's too precious to spend much of it on Facebook. However, it's nice to at least be aware of the events that are taking place and have the ability to make the choice to go or not.

I also agree with most of what you say - I'm even of the same generation of letters being cheaper than calls, no email, etc. I was just presenting the facts as I perceive them currently. I'm sure that each person will react and respond to those facts differently. Some people may not want to miss out on anything, while others may actively want to miss out on most things.

Regarding email, perhaps I didn't express my idea very clearly. The root of what I was trying to express is that, like it or not, email and the various types of facebook communication all have a different perceived value and importance to recipients. I would think that most people feel that an email is more deserving or demanding for a reply than a mass facebook invitation or post (I could be way off on this, though). And if one sends out a mass facebook message, but only sends an email to a couple of friends that are not on facebook, that puts even more pressure on the email recipients to reply than the facebook friends, just because of the difference in numbers making the email friends not be able to hide among the crowd. Because of this, a facebook user may choose not to contact the email only friends, to not place pressure on them to respond. I hope this makes my perspective a bit more clear.

Comment: Re:There's a middle path (Score 1) 394 394

True, you're probably not going to miss your best friend's birthday party invitation because of not having facebook. What I found seems to happen though is that you may miss something more low-key from someone who you're not necessarily super close friends with.

Think of it from the other side. You want to invite everyone in your friends list (or perhaps a group of 30 friends you've created) to do something, say, go to a local amusement park. It's an added inconvenience to track down the handful of people who don't have facebook. It may be worth the effort, or it may not. You may just forget to invite those people if you're not prompted by the list. Sending an email or calling seems a lot more formal, and may send the wrong message about the importance of this invitation.

Does that make more sense? Now, some people may just not care to get those types of invitations, and prefer to just get the important ones from important people. I would say it's still possible to get missed in the shuffle...

Comment: There's a middle path (Score 2, Insightful) 394 394

A facebook account is useful for a few things, like event invitations, birthday reminders, and getting in touch with some people who seem to use it as their principal means of communication.

You can have a facebook account, and just keep tight control over what is on it, or even not post anything at all, or delete what you post after a while. This is basically what I do. I rarely post and sometimes go through and delete old posts. I also don't post any photos of myself on my profile, and don't allow tagged photos to be posted either.

You can control most of this. You could basically treat your Facebook account like your LinkedIn account and keep it clean for a general audience. Get closely familiar with all the privacy controls as well.

In other words, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Comment: Re: So What (Score 1) 324 324

Without taxes, there is no law enforcement. Without law enforcement, there is no security. No one is tough enough to guarantee their own security without organizing with like minded and skilled people. Once they have organized, they decide that they don't be keeping themselves secure, they are protecting others as well, and... start collecting taxes.

Here's a humorous clip related to what you are saying (not a Rickroll - it's a comedy sketch):

Comment: Re:Then ID would be required (Score 1) 1089 1089

It's usually incumbent on the person making the claim to provide citations to the evidence that supports the claims, especially if the claim is not something that is broadly and commonly known.

But just for kicks I made the following search on google:

2014 elections more votes than registered voters

I didn't find any links on the first page of results that appeared to report this widespread voter fraud.

So the citation is still needed.

Comment: Re:My LED bulb didn't last! (Score 1) 328 328

FYI, I was just at Home Depot last weekend and noticed that they were selling Cree LED "fluorescent tubes", i.e. the 4 foot ones, I believe. I was surprised to see those because I had never heard of them. So you may be able to go 100% LED after all.

I know engineers. They love to change things. - Dr. McCoy