It is a big fucking deal because there are long running threads of economic thought which oppose capitalism yet support free markets, and to conflate the two (and equivalently to conflate socialism with a command economy) creates a false dichotomy between capitalist free markets and statist socialism, ignoring and erasing the possibilities of non-capitalist free markets and non-statist socialism.
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Adam Smith wrote about free markets. Capitalism is something above and beyond a free market, first written about by Marx, who argued it was an inevitable consequence of free market and used that to criticize free markets.
When you conflate free markets with capitalism you're buying into a little bit of Marxist ideology.
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I completely hate the new layout.
it looks like ass on my Mac and too many buttons don't have backgrounds until I mouseover them.
There are also loads of text layout issues.
Slashdot, do not follow in this idiotic bandwagon of "flat" or minimal UI design. It sucks ass. Ass does not want to be sucked.
before he rises again.
Well put. I work for a company that provides a secure "Proof of Knowledge" support for web logins. (Proofs of knowledge include text passwords, picture passwords, Captcha, etc. - things that require personal knowledge or cognitive self-tests.) The security model for this SAAS is highly motivated by user privacy and security concerns. The actual proof - the password, or whatever - is encrypted into a hash in the browser, and stored as a doubly-encrypted hash in the server. The SAAS never knows the user's identity, only an encrypted code that identifies the user to the requesting website. So connecting the user, the website's user ID, and the proof requires hacking or compromise of all three pieces of the puzzle.
It is even possible (though we haven't rolled out this capability to production yet) for the actual challenge to be encoded by the user in such a way that it's impossible for anyone but the user to even know what the test to be performed is. I won't say how this is done, as the patent is pending.
Do you have reading comprehension problems? I'm replying to someone bitching about the reactive moderation being not good enough by pointing out what the only alternative would be (and implicitly, how absurd that would be).
How can you save a soul that doesn't exist?
That's the point of Christianity, saving souls. Why bother if there is no soul to save?
Financial disclosure is standard procedure in scientific publishing. Problem is, of course, that few AGW denialists ever publish anything in scientific journals.
You've got it backwards. Obamacare doesn't benefit an overwhelming majority. It screws over the overwhelming majority. Why do you think it isn't fully implemented yet? Why do you think executive order time and time again has been illegally issued to delay whole parts of it? Why do you think the private business mandate was pushed past another election?
Improve on the system? How? Unless something happens with the latest Supreme court case about the IRS ignoring the law, the whole system is rushing to a single payer inevitability.
Back to the original point. This entire FCC seizure of the internet is being done in secret and there is precedence of how Obama's administration does things in secret.
Sorry if I don't have time to reply to you on your schedule. I have many people relying on me.
"As for your fiance, you should thank me. My insurance went up 90% while my deductibles went up over 200%. What? You thought your fiance's insurance was in a vacuum?"
Provide evidence to back up your claim. Provide the name of the policy you had before. Cost and what it covered. And the provide the name of the new policy you have. Cost and what it covers.
Dude you are high if you think I'm posting my insurance info for your reading pleasure. My insurance payment last year was a little over $200. My insurance payment this year is a little under $400.
Just like how weaving using a loom is a "lazy" way of weaving a rug.