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Comment Re:I have to come down on the non-gun side here... (Score 1) 1134

... the people attacked are developmentally disabled, which means that they are members of a class who would not be permitted firearms in the first place, independently of whether or not the general population were more likely to be carrying guns.

So in this specific instance, relaxed gun laws would have had zero effect.

How about relaxing the gun laws to allow the developmentally disabled to carry firearms? Problem solved.

Comment What a joke. (Score 0) 52

Every time I see a story like this, I have to laugh. Submitted for your approval, a little reading:

Commerce on the Internet has come to rely almost exclusively on financial institutions serving as trusted third parties to process electronic payments. While the system works well enough for most transactions, it still suffers from the inherent weaknesses of the trust based model.

What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust, allowing any two willing parties to transact directly with each other without the need for a trusted third party.

This little "bitcoin" debit card with a fooking Visa logo on it just goes to show that bitcoin has become the dragon it was meant to slay.

Comment Re:Proof that you don't want govt spending your mo (Score 1) 239

Their political advocacy for starters.

Sad. You fail at basic economics. "Public Good" is defined as a material that satisfies human wants where consumption of it by one individual does not actually or potentially reduce the amount available to be consumed by another individual. (Wikipedia)

For example, they have funded quite a number of NGOs. Now, it sounds like you might disagree with them on the value of those public goods, but so would a number of people disagree with those ancient wealthy Athenians on the value of their respective public goods too.

Ugh. If you really want to continue to display your ignorance about what constitutes a public good, keep posting.

Comment Re:Blaming KKKorporations (Score 1) 239

I fail to see, why you'd single-out the corporations.

That would be because I didn't single out corporations, Dutchmaan (GGP) did. Since you sought fit to respond to Dutchmaan, I thought I might challenge your response.

So, answer the question: are you challenging the assertion that corporations are in complete control and gorging themselves at the public trough? Because that was the gist of the post to which you responded.

There is no difference between a citizen voting for a candidate to get free cell-phone and a corporation helping a candidate win in exchange for government's cheap loans and other help.

As a practical matter, there is a great difference between your two scenarios. I would elaborate, but the fact that you equate the two tells me not to waste my time debating you.

But, anyway, here's a couple of clues (assuming you wish to educate yourself): 1) Obama would've gotten the vast majority of the black/poor (your cell video) vote without giving away cell phones. 2) The cost of Obamaphones doesn't even qualify as a gnat's eyelash when compared the the largesse handed out to the corporations that own the US government.

Are you going to challenge the assertion, that the IRS' very purpose is to confiscate the taxpayers' monies?

Why would I? I'm not trying to change the subject and I'm not going to argue over definitions. You say "confiscate", I say "collect". Whatever term is your preference, government needs funds to operate. If you're going to have government, it has to have a mechanism to fund itself. Got a better idea than the IRS for "confiscating your monies"? Let's hear it! (anarchy doesn't count)

Comment Publicly upset (Score 1) 696

Diversity remains an issue in tech firms across the nation, with executives and project managers publicly upset over a lack of women in engineering and programming roles.

Yeah...uh, some executives may have expressed dismay over the lack of women in E & P roles, but if a "project manager" expressed anything on the matter publicly, s/he would be looking for new employment lickety split. Expressing an opinion in the public square just isn't a part of the job description of a "project manager" (at least in the corporate world).

In any event, I'm not seeing anyone *upset* about this issue. Call me when there's a protest or picket or sumpthin.

Comment Re:Can't make this shit up (Score 1) 239

10,000 flights, huh? If they averaged one flight per day it would only take 27 years to reach that number.

Furthermore those people would probably want to eat somewhere while in town and maybe even visit a shop or two which would further boost the local economy.

That's a great theory, but the spaceport is a one hour drive from the town of Truth or Consequences. And "those people" are the extremely wealthy who have flown into the spaceport on their private jets. "Those people" aren't going to be driving for an hour to reach a town that has literally nothing to offer them.

Virtually ALL the (theoretical) revenue generated by the spaceport would never touch the local economy.

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