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Comment: Re:Sanders amazes me (Score 1) 344

by shutdown -p now (#49607521) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

You want to play this game? Fine. I'm well within the 1% of US by income, and while the majority of my income isn't from capital gains, they are a sizable contribution due to stock bonuses and such. I'm quite okay with making personal income tax more progressive, and raising capital gains tax to match personal income, even though that would mean more money taken out of my pocket every year. Why? Well, perhaps because I don't want another Baltimore in my neighborhood?

Comment: Re:Bernie Sanders (any real shot at winning?) (Score 1) 344

by shutdown -p now (#49607405) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

This implies that communists would be against worker cooperatives, which isn't true in general. Marxist-Leninists are, but there are other kinds of communists, including anarcho-communists and Luxembourgists who like cooperatives just fine.

The real difference is in the ultimate goal. Communists are a subset of socialists who believe that it is possible to create a classless society, thereby resolving the class conflict once and for all, and removing the need for any form of state and societal oppression (and hence the state itself - communism is supposedly a classless and stateless socioeconomic system). They typically believe that this is only possible by undergoing through a transitional socialist period, but how that period looks varies depending on the brand of communist, and pretty much any socialist form of organization is claimed as the best by some group somewhere.

Socialists who aren't communists don't generally believe in that future perfect society, and for them socialism is a way to achieve socioeconomic justice and fairness (as they see it) here and now more so than just a means to advance to the point where said justice and fairness is inherent and self-sustaining.

Comment: Re:Let's see, stranger things have happened (Score 1) 344

by shutdown -p now (#49607369) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

I'm a liberal here in US on an H1B visa, and I'd support Sanders if I could (obviously I cannot vote, and I cannot legally contribute to his campaign). I disagree with his position on the visas, but it's one thing out of many, and there is way more important fish to fry short term.

Comment: Re:He's also an interesting candidate for this (Score 1) 344

by shutdown -p now (#49607353) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

A big part of it is support for electoral reform. I may disagree with a candidate on 99% of his platform, but if his 1% includes making it easier for me to get the candidate that I actually like into office in the future, that's the 1% I'll care about most. And this usually comes from the fringes of both left and right, from people like Pauls or Sanders.

Comment: Re:What about the farmers who grew their food? (Score 1) 128

by sjames (#49607153) Attached to: Bill Gates Owes His Career To Steven Spielberg's Dad; You May, Too

There actually is a point to that. Very wealthy people like to perpetuate the myth that they did everything with their own two hands from nothing but dirt, but there is no truth to it. Behind each and every one stand a rather large number of people who did a lot more for a lot less reward.

Comment: Re:More like to his own parents (Score 1) 128

by sjames (#49607013) Attached to: Bill Gates Owes His Career To Steven Spielberg's Dad; You May, Too

Interestingly, even his history with Altair BASIC is a but checkered. Since he developed it using an emulator running on his school's mainframe, technically they owned the code, not him. I think that's a raw deal, but they would have been perfectly justified in billing him for the expensive computer time he burned up without authorization, at least. Even still, he had accepted a fair number of pre-orders and was over a year late delivering when someone pilfered a tape roll from him, fixed the remaining bugs in short order and began distributing fixed copies. That's what inspired Gates' somewhat infamous open letter about copying (never mind that the guy that pilfered it did so because he had paid and gotten nothing in return).

To me, that more or less set the tone for MS a few years later.

Comment: Re:AT&T Autopay - Ha! (Score 1) 223

So, there was no billing error here. The guy actually had his modem making long-distance calls for inordinate amounts of time. Doesn't seem like an AT&T error. Though it definitely sucks for the old man/woman!

No billing error? The entire billing system sucks balls at the largest possible frame.

There should be a legislative directive that all such usage-based billing plans provide an option for the end user to set hard spending caps, which are automatically enforced by the service provider.

Show me a corporation that doesn't—at least attempt—to enact hard spending caps enforced by automatic systems wherever and whenever possible. Heads roll in the gutters when a corporation loses $100 million because some trading desk manages to go rogue with respect to set trading limits. (By the Finnish system of traffic fines, a $100 million loss for AT&T is about on par with some old geezer tabbed for $25,000.)

End users are, of course, purposefully disadvantaged to have to police their own usage by manual vigilance, because everyone knows this is a lucrative fail mode for AT&T's revenue piracy service.

That this whole thing sucks balls right down to the bag root is the least possible diagnosis.

Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 1) 160

by Jane Q. Public (#49606881) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip
I have been using Firefox on the desktop since it was Netscape. About the only time I fire up Chrome is to check CSS compatibility in a web page. I dislike Chrome very much. Last time I recall checking, the Chrome executable was about 10x (!!!) the size of my Firefox, and slow, slow, slow in comparison.

One of the first things I did when I got an Android phone was disable Chrome and install Firefox.

Comment: Re:Not exactly a hack (Score 1) 62

by Jane Q. Public (#49606843) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

How long will it be before all our medical histories become public knowledge?

Well, I think there are two important things to note here: first, IANAL but sharing this data between pharmacies without any patient input would appear to be a blatant violation of HIPAA regulations. Second, my state's prescription database is very definitely NOT supposed to be connected to any Federal database. That would be a violation of State law.

Comment: Re:bad statistics (Score 1) 160

by Kjella (#49606387) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

Maybe because Net Applications is the only counter that tries to correct for known skewed sampling. Net Applications uses CIA internet usage data (how much of the population in each country has access to the Internet) to estimate absolute numbers for each country based on the measures distribution and the "Internet" population number. Net Applications is perfectly honest and upfront about this.

And yet if I look at StatCounter's map function, showing the leading browser in each country Chrome leads in most of the world. IE only leads in Japan, South Korea, Swaziland (pop. 1.1mio), Greenland (pop. 55000) and Antarctica (5000 visitors). Firefox has a few strongholds like Germany, Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Iran and a bunch of countries in Africa, but the only place IE is ahead of Chrome in second place is Iran (pop. 78mio). With Chrome winning on walkover in Europe, South America, North America, Africa and Oceania and taking massive wins in China, India and Russia I don't see how any possible weighting of StatCounter's numbers would put IE on top.

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