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Comment Re:Ya, right (Score 1) 277

but in practice I think the process would be so corrupt that it would not work well.

The irony is that some neighborhoods in the US have gone to private contractors to escape their own corrupt governments. Their tax dollars vanish into burgeoning public worker retirement systems and the bloated salaries of 220k/year bureaucrats and their streets go unpatrolled, so they hire private cops to cover their neighborhoods. This is happening across the US, typically in `enclave' neighborhoods; areas that aren't desperately poor, but are governed by failed municipalities and counties that have allowed their public budgets to be bled dry.

Comment Re:It's all a game to her (Score 1) 676

People in those positions really do think they are above the law.

Why shouldn't they believe that? The Clintons, in particular, have used their popularity to brush aside one scandal after another for decades. It isn't over for Hillary et. al this time, either. They'll select a fall guy from among their entourage and throw him under the bus, the media will dutifully drop the matter, Hillary will continue to say "rich pay their fair share" into all the cameras and we'll elect her.

Comment Re:Uber can't change the chaperoe/mahram law. (Score 0) 168

I am no islamic scholar, so not very sure of this

Well if you were an Islamic scholar you'd just bend your answer to suit you audience, downplaying your attivist misogyny in this case. But then again maybe not. Which ranks higher on the list of unacceptable things? Sexism or criticizing Islam? I can't remember.

Comment Re:Damn (Score 2) 528

download all the ads and NOT display them

All that does is un-shit the page appearance. You're still exposed to vulnerabilities due to a larger attack surface while communicating with ad servers, you still incur the bandwidth use, memory use and extra latency, and your tracking profile is much higher.

It's not just about hating on marketing; it's also about resources, speed, security and profile.

Comment Damn (Score 3, Interesting) 528

Not happy about this. Now that "normals" have slouched onto the blocker band wagon the ad pushers will develop more aggressive techniques plus deny content to blocker users (more than they do already.) Blockers only worked because they weren't popular; there are a LOT more ad-mongers than there are blocker makers.

Comment Re: Nonsense (Score 4, Insightful) 466

he just outsourced them to others

How is that different than what we're doing to ourselves as a matter of policy? Every time we tighten the screws on some industrial chemical or fossil fuel we simply chase another industry to Asia or damn up another Canadian river. He's just following this pattern on an individual level.

Comment Re:Greeks surrender: no restructuring (Score 2, Informative) 485

What was the Greek government thinking? that the EU will just give more money without asking for more responsible measures.

Why not? They've done exactly that twice already. Three times, if you count Euro adoption in Greece, which actually was the first Greek bailout. Yes, the agreements came with some "austerity," but the Greeks back-pedaled, slow-walked and lied about much of that, the predicted economic recovery in Greece never materialized and the rest of Europe looked the other way while all this went on.

If this deal goes down the same things will happen and we'll be right back here in three odd years with Greece another umpteen billion in debt, the money run out and herds of negotiators holding press conferences. Eventually this circus will happen in the midst of a recession in Germany and the appetite for throwing more money into Greece will be gone.

Greece isn't going to become a productive, disciplined society of tax-paying citizens and honest public officials in the next 1000-ish days. Not even if the books were wiped clean tomorrow.

Debt sucks. It's terrible and it's why some (too few) people think peace-time deficits are next to criminal. Tax-cut-and-spend RINOs and borrow-and-spend dhimmicrats are putting us in the same position as Greece.

Comment Re:ESA science (Score 2) 92

were using NASA's NuSTAR satellite observatory

I know. I also noticed that the story omitted mentioning this. That's not a problem, but I realized that if I attributed NuSTAR to ESA and criticized NASA it would be rewarded with mod points, because this is the preconceived, if blatantly ignorant view of too many people with mod points.

I'm a troll and I'm good at it. So sue me.

Comment ESA science (Score 0, Troll) 92

It's really great that the ESA is doing such great space science today. While NASA is off draining its resources on space cowboys and bloated contractor budgets the ESA is pioneering novel astronomy and leading the way, with no manned program at all.

If only the US would do programs like SMEX-11 (Small Explorer satellite program) like the ESA does instead of their "heavy" lift stuff we would know so much more about the universe.

Comment Re:Outside help (Score 4, Insightful) 431

The Greek financial disaster came from refusal to live within their means and not run chronic deficits for decades on end. This is the end result of modern "borrow and spend" liberalism taken so far as to ruin the finances of Greece and exhaust the patience of the rest of Europe. The people bailing are the "children" spoken of when conservatives are heard to say we must not saddle our children with debt.

The thing that is not said is that the reason we must not do this is not merely because it is morally reprehensible, which it is, but that the children simply won't pay it. Unless you are ready to erect gulags to enslave people you can't make them live their lives to fund your unlimited socialist dreams.

[A computer is] like an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and no mercy. -- Joseph Campbell