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Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 1) 330

That lack of global jurisdiction is used by both the rich and the multinational corps to skirt laws and taxation that are unfavorable to them in their home country.

- which is an extremely important right of people, the right not to be enslaved and kept in any particular country against their own will, the right to freedom of association, of private property, liberty and life.

The problem is people do not have these rights. The poor cannot just come to the U.S. and stay as long as they please.

A few people have this ability. For those with wealth, most countries have special investor visas that allow the wealthy to come and go as they please. J. Random Citizen do not have a say whether they have such a right, nor a say that this right will be respected globally.

Until we have global representation, the people will not have any such rights.

Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 1) 330

That's quite the double-edged sword you've got there. That lack of global jurisdiction is used by both the rich and the multinational corps to skirt laws and taxation that are unfavorable to them in their home country. These are the same groups that use treaties to enact local laws that would otherwise be rejected by the populace because treaties skirt the popular vote. Lack of global jurisdiction and global representation is fundamentally reshaping all free countries today.

France doesn't have a right to "dictate the behavior of the entire internet", but certainly we all have some right in influencing how we are governed at that scale.

Comment Why Is the Caps Lock Key Still So Prominent On Key (Score 4, Funny) 688

SO THE OLD GEEZERS WHO ONLY GREW UP WITH TELETYPE MACHINES CAN COMMUNICATE WITH ONE ANOTHER.

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Submission + - German scientists confirm NASA results of propellantless 'impossible' EM drive->

MarkWhittington writes: Hacked Magazine reported that a group of German scientists believe that they have confirmed that the EM Drive, the propulsion device that uses microwaves rather than rocket fuel, provides thrust. The experimental results are being presented at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics' Propulsion and Energy Forum in Orlando by Martin Tajmar, a professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology. Tajmar has an interest in exotic propulsion methods, including one concept using “negative matter.”
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Comment Re:This Just In (Score 1) 136

The main problem that I have experienced with Gmail's spam filter is that it is overly aggressive. I was on a Yahoo! group mailing list. It got hit by a spammer. I flagged the email as spam. Then a bunch of yahoos responded to the spam or to the people responding to the spam. All of those people's posts to that group started getting flagged as spam. I started noticing holes in conversations.

Now, I kind of appreciate what Google is doing here. If you keep that behavior in place, you disincentivize the action of replying to spam on a public group. This is social engineering with a positive long-term impact. But it might help for people to know that this is the consequence they face for responding to spam.

Comment EOL or Maintenance Agreement (Score 1) 165

Requiring car manufacturers to "own" all of the possible software defects for the life of a car means that manufacturers will have to put a limited life on some of these systems. Otherwise each car they make will have a potentially infinite cost. "You want anti-lock brakes after 5 years? Here's the maintenance fee... and you can expect that to rise by 10% per year."

Comment Re:Never underestimate (Score 1) 173

Ah, I remember fondly the old days of MUD code in C, written to support 15 flavors of UNIX, MacOS, and 3 flavors of DOS. The #ifdef's on the socket code could go on for miles.

Yes, and today we have POSIX and we code for that. And we use Boost ASIO to hide the Windows/POSIX differences from the application developer.

Comment Re:At the cost of the tax payer (Score 3, Insightful) 226

No. This is crony capitalism. Free trade is great for everyone, with government's role being to make sure it stays "free". Nobody outside of the two major political parties will tell you that crony capitalism is good for anybody except the cronies.

You mix "free trade" and "capitalism" in your sentences as if they were interchangeable and equivalent. They are not. The U.S. had capitalism without free international trade for a long time -- and still does. Free trade only helps the traders. It just means that the taxes that were levied on duties now have to be collected elsewhere. It's a nice phrase for "shifting the tax burden" -- nothing else. Free trade does not magically lower the cost of government.

Comment Re:At the cost of the tax payer (Score 4, Insightful) 226

No. This is crony capitalism. Free trade is great for everyone, with government's role being to make sure it stays "free". Nobody outside of the two major political parties will tell you that crony capitalism is good for anybody except the cronies.

This is capitalism in practice. Show me an example of capitalism that exists without cronyism in the real world -- outside of the economists' idealized computer models. "Pure capitalism" is the economists' version of the "perfectly spherical cow".

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