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Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 1486 1486

Well, if you want be pedantic, one of the critical variables would be the faith of the believer. Since the faith of the priests is likely to be greater than the faith of a presumably agnostic/atheistic /. poster - you may not be able to replicate the results yourself.

Which raises an interesting question. How would one empirically measure faith? And even if you could measure it, could it be measured in a way that has greater validity/accuracy than other measurements of internal human attributes (eg IQ)?

Comment: Re:Or maybe they just aren't selling as well (Score 1) 118 118

For those with the skills and inclination, I highly recommend installing homebrew on your Wii. Grab a classic controller and some emulators and you're set. :) I've been using my Wii to play through the last 3 decades worth of great games I either missed or wasn't old enough to play when they were new.

Comment: Re:republicans (Score 1) 884 884

I've seen this argued both ways for decades now, but I've never actually seen any evidence either way. So, please understand I'm not challenging your assertion here - I'm genuinely curious: do you have a citation to back up that claim? *Do* most jobs come from the corporations owned by the top X% of the wealthy?

And as a corollary to the original question, if so, have the number of jobs traditionally been reduced (or increased) according to fluctuations in taxes on the wealthy?

Comment: Re:Good for US economy (Score 1) 617 617

I used to work in a call center (not in India, but the principle is the same) and we had a few clients who requested that people with foreign-sounding names use more traditional American names while on the phone. We may have been different in that our agents had to use the *same* name on all their calls (and management had to know what the name was) so that it was trackable, but still.
My point is that American names are not necessarily part of a vast tele-service conspiracy - just short-sighted policies handed down by PHBs.

Comment: Re:Economic Collapse due to Class War (Score 1) 386 386

It would take over 200,000 people working 24/7 from birth till their 90th birthday at $25/hr to replace that $4T figure.

Well, good thing we have more than 200,000 people in the states then.
Currently, we have over 300 million people in the USA. Assuming at least 1/3 of them are employed it's a more manageable $40K each. Still not chump change, but it can certainly be paid off in less time than cradle-to-grave. Using your $25/hr number it'd take less than a year if they donated their entire salaries.
Assuming that our employees are instead paying a flat 20% tax, we'd need to wait for them to gross $200K before they'd have paid enough tax to cover this debt. For someone making $25/hr, that will take a little over 4 years working 40 hour weeks.

Admittedly, this plan would require (approx) a 20% increase in taxes for 4 years to pay off this debt *and* maintain our current tax-funded government plans. But while unpalatable, it's far more realistic.

Comment: Re:timothy... (Score 1) 532 532

I am intrigued by this. Assuming that you are following your own advice, what are the performance impacts of encrypting swap and browser history/cookies/etc? I know how to set up symlinks, but setting up an encrypted partition is a new one on me, especially one which is re-keyed on boot. Any recommendations how to get started?

Comment: Re:Not going to lie (Score 1) 203 203

LOL I feel the same way - in the opposite direction.
I was thrilled with my Android phone because I was able to use most of my java libraries without modification. C++ is an awesome language with tons of amazing libraries, but sometimes I just want to write code without worrying about unreleased memory. :)

Comment: Re:My question about IV... (Score 1) 189 189

I'm not sure. I just read SuperFreakonomics and IV is featured (quite positively, I might add) in the book.

According to the authors, IV exists to provide a mass market for IP by acting as a clearinghouse. They purchase patents (from anyone, but that does include small-time engineers/inventors without the capital to develop their creation) and solicit other companies to license them. They also do a fair bit of inventing themselves (including some awesome environmental engineering devices intended to stop global warming and reduce the effects of hurricanes!) so it's not clear to me that they exist *only* to troll.

That being said, it *is* clear that their primary source of income is the licenses from their patents and it's *not* clear what percentage of their profitable patents are things invented in house or externally.

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