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Comment: Re:News? (Score 1) 100

by khallow (#49550967) Attached to: 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Nepal, Hundreds Dead

What fucked up ethical system do you have that doesn't start by saying human life is inherently valuable?

It is we who choose to make human life valuable or not. And there are easy to conceive global collapse scenarios such as a global famine where human life has negative value - each additional mouth to feed takes food from everyone else and causes more suffering.

My view on this is that the economic mechanisms of trade and private ownership of capital have done far more to make human life valuable than any system of ethics. One can say the same of technology progress, particularly in agriculture, transportation, and labor saving devices.

Comment: Re:they've been trying to "join" for a while (Score 1) 74

by khallow (#49550801) Attached to: German Intelligence Helped NSA Spy On EU Politicians and Companies

Those double agents are not working in the interests of their country, they are working in the interests of the corrupt US corporations that control the US government.

You went way off the rails here. NSA has already done a lot to undermine corrupt and non-corrupt US corporations and nothing has been done about it. They still get their usual captive revenue stream (which let us note, will flow no matter how unhappy the business world gets about it). Just because large corporations are more useful to the US intelligence community than you are doesn't mean that they're in charge. It just means that the large corporation has some opportunity for profit as long as they continue to play ball. The tail, corporations aren't wagging this dog.

Do you really believe that curbing the power of businesses is going to result in the NSA spying less or hinder the other power grabs that the US federal government routinely engages in?

One of the huge things routinely missed in this topic is that business versus government is the huge informal division of power in democracies throughout the world. Making businesses absolutely subservient to government is another step towards tyranny. Sure, I don't think it's a good idea to let businesses rule our societies. But neither do I think it's a good idea to cripple them so much that they can't help us resist tyranny from the government side.

I can't help but think that you are an unwitting shill for a statist ideology which seeks to knock out the obstacles to rule.

Comment: Re:big news! (Score 2) 256

by Tokolosh (#49550795) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

You are wasting your time arguing against government meddling in markets. This /. article alone is full of posters extolling the virtues of regulations, subsidies, rules, taxes and mandates. The Koch brothers are grateful.

The same applies to the healthcare business, where we have reached to point that going to a doctor's office is no different to going to the DMV.

Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 3, Insightful) 206

So what you are saying is that it's up to Hollywood to dictate what is acceptable in society?

How do you learn what is acceptable in a society? By watching people do stuff and get praised or reviled for it. What does Hollywood do? Show people doing stuff and get labeled heroes or villains. They're an efficient propaganda machine, for good or ill.

+ - Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The blockade of the Pirate Bay by UK ISPs is causing trouble for CloudFlare customers. Several websites have been inadvertently blocked by Sky because a Pirate Bay proxy is hosted behind the same IP-addresses. In a response, CloudFlare threatened to disconnect the proxy site from its network.

Like any form of censorship web blockades can sometime lead to overblocking, targeting perfectly legitimate websites by mistake.

This is also happening in the UK where Sky’s blocking technology is inadvertently blocking sites that have nothing to do with piracy.

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