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Comment: Re:Appropriate punishment (Score 1) 222

In the ruling, the SC made it expressly clear this was not some corporate pseudo-person's right to speech, but rather the rights of the owners, who carry along the right of free speech whatever they do, like anyone.

As AK Marc already pointed out, those owners already have their right of free speech, as individuals. Citizens United has conferred a further right, that other individuals do not have.

This was an attempt by right-wing extremists on the court attempting to extend the power of the ruling elite just a little longer. It will absolutely be overturned, and in the future, Citizens United will be looked at as an artifact of a shameful period in our history, sort of like Brown v Board.

Comment: Re:Appropriate punishment (Score 1) 222

Citizens United is simply Freedom of Assembly + Freedom of Speech = Freedom of Speech for Assemblies of People.

Not quite. A corporation is not an assembly of people. By definition, it is an aggregation of capital. This is why you can have corporations that are entirely owned by another corporation, with the only human involved being the notary in another state who serves as the registered agent (at arm's length).

As you know from your thorough study of the writings of the Founders, especially the Federalist Papers, there was a strong belief that rights and responsibilities go hand in hand. A corporation is designed very specifically to remove personal accountability from shareholders (who are the owners of the corporation).

How can a legal mechanism be used on the one hand to shield individuals from personal responsibility be used at the same time to confer greater rights?

We'll look back on Citizens United approximately the same way we now look back on Brown v Board of Education. As the product of a shameful period in our history.

Comment: Re:Transparency (Score 1) 138

Interesting, but let's look at another measure: the length of classification. The previous chart seems to indicate that the length of time these documents are being classified for is increasing.

Also, the declassification procedures are being fought by the administration at a very high level. Documents that should have become classified are becoming re-classified, which would not show up on your chart of "original classification activity".

Add in the level of whistleblower prosecutions and executive work product that is simple outside of the system via private emails, texts and "crashed hard drives", and you get a picture of a very secretive administration. What do you think?

Comment: archeology (Score 4, Funny) 150

Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

I'm pretty sure they were written in cuneiform on clay tablets, so you might want to learn the language of the Anunnaki

I might be wrong. Maybe they were written in Middle Egyptian on papyrus.

Either way, you could start by asking a very very old nerd. If you can find an old pay phone, wait for someone with long greasy grey hair to pick it up and start whistling into it. Make sure you have some jelly worms on hand, but not the green ones.

Comment: Re:Appropriate punishment (Score 2) 222

But slander and libel are notoriously hard to prove, and both Comcast and AT&T have very good lawyers to vet the message so that there was a very fine line they did not cross.

It's not their lawyers that are protecting them. It's their lobbyists and officers who decide on political donations.

We're in a brave new Citizens United world now. Makes no difference that a very large majority of people disagree with Citizens United and corporate personhood. Until Antonin Scalia and/or Clarence Thomas go to meet their judgement, we're stuck with it.

Comment: Re:Appropriate punishment (Score 5, Funny) 222

They were not stating *facts*, but rather their opinion.

Did you look at the fliers?

There's this quote:

"internet service [is] already offered by two respectable private businesses?"

I'm pretty sure referring to Comcast as a "respectable business" is about as fraudulent as it gets. I'm surprised these fliers didn't burst into flames before the shills could hand them out.

Comment: Re:don't have money to waste (Score 1) 107

by PopeRatzo (#47548799) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

The discussion wasn't about the military budget, it was about the cost of the wars.

Surely, when you want to know how much it costs to drive a car, you want to include gas and maintenance, right? Insurance and parking costs. Even the cost of traffic tickets.

The Council on Foreign Relations, who likes wars, tried to minimize the cost of the war just to the line items in the budget. It's worth having a more realistic estimate.

Comment: Re:Well, hold on. (Score 2) 107

by PopeRatzo (#47546335) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

Here's Heritage's numbers

Why not give us Marvin the Martian's numbers too? For all the time the Heritage Foundation has cooked the books on their reporting, you might as well just give us Glenn Beck's numbers.

"Figures don't lie, but the Heritage Foundation Does"

Comment: Re:don't have money to waste (Score 1) 107

by PopeRatzo (#47546283) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

Military budgets were higher as a result of Iraq and Afghanistan, but you'd have to count the entire military budget as "war costs" to reach even $4T, much less $6T.

Well, it adds up pretty fast when you look at the lost productivity of the men and women who went to fight and the fact that now we're on the hook for a lifetime of medical care for every single one of them, plus other benefits, and a lot of them came back very broken, with pieces missing and will require expensive medical care for the rest of their lives.

When you see the $4-6 trillion figure for the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, you're looking at more than just the cost of bullets and MREs. The notion of True Price Accounting, where you look at the externalities of a product, service or government policy, is actually quite useful. It gives us a good idea of the true costs of things. A former CIA guy named Robert David Steele has written a few books on this topic and they're quite illuminating. He's also the guy who wrote a book called "Open Source Everything" which is a very interesting take on government and information.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 275

So, if Apple intends for your iPhone to only last a year, why do they sell 2 year AppleCare plans, again?

My point was not that the products actually do last more than a year. My point is that sleazy Apple purposely borks their old hardware with updates so you have to buy a new gadget.

The notion that the best we can hope for, paying $900 for an iPhone 5 (64gig) is that it last 12 months is absurd. And you're saying, "Well, what do you expect?"

I guess I can't tell if you're trying to cover for Apple or if you agree with me in hoping that people figure it out.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 275

No one promised you could own something that works for more than a year.

Then why do they sell 2 years worth of AppleCare?

I'm guessing if you were to ask Tim Cook, "Say, you scrawny little Cryptkeeper-looking fuck, will your product work for more than a year?", I bet he'd tell me about all this customers that are still using 60gig iPods and swear to God that Apple isn't doing what everyone here knows they're doing, which is borking anything over a year old. Then, he'd ask if I've ever seen a grown man naked.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 275

I've never seen a hard drive last more than a couple of years

I've got a hard drive sitting here that's pretty old. I converted it to an external drive after replacing it with newer ones in my computer.

I'm not sure exactly how old it is, but I'm pretty sure that instead of storing the data as 0's and 1's it's using cuneiform symbols. I'm telling you, it's old.

Comment: Re:Transparency (Score 1) 138

On what basis do you judge that? On the fact that in the past, you didn't hear about all the things the government kept secret?

I've posted links to data and graphs of the number of documents classified by the US government by year.

When you see the graph, you will never again need to ask that question.

Here, I'll do it again just for you:


Two can Live as Cheaply as One for Half as Long. -- Howard Kandel