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Comment: Taxes == Slavery? (Score 1) 832

by TiggertheMad (#48186915) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right
The wealthy are already heavily taxed,

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAAAA.......Now get back on the troll bus, you tea party suck-up. The top 1% are paying perhaps 33% in taxes if they are stupid, and 10% if they are tax dodgers like Mitt Romney. Moreover, 33% of say, a million dollars a year still leaves enough to buy a whole fleet of Ferraris each year. If you are part of the dissolving middle class and making 40k, you are left with 32 thousand after the 20% taxes you pay, which isn't much to get by on. Thirty percent isn't heavily taxed by any yardstick.

and much of that tax money goes to the poor to remove the poor's incentive to work.

Drinking the much cool-aid, Tea bagger? I am just waiting for the requisite racist comment about lazy immigrant minorities are coming here to steal all our free benefits.

This is a typically leftist and obviously wrong viewpoint,

Lets play a game, which logical fallacies did you just commit? I am deliberately replying using an incendiary tone, because actual logic and reason doesn't seem to get through to 'your kind'.

production is made by human effort, and to the extent that you take a man's production or the money that results from his production, you are treating him as a slave.

Ah yes, the tired old taxes == slavery bullshit that is parroted by every self centered asshole who feels that their life would be so much better if they could just keep every one of their precious hard earned dollars, because they owe nothing to the society as a whole. Wake up and smell the bullshit, humans aren't very good at being solitary creatures, and we work really well together. As we build a society, the group as a whole benefits from building shared resources and infrastructure, and taxes is how it is accomplished. Tea baggers are a model of self reliant individualism, who only need a few thousand years of the collective work of society to prop up their selfish fantasies.

I really wish there was a small corner of the country we could put you idiots in so you could have your little tax free state and see what a horrible economic disaster that would turn out to be. Your brand of stupid deserves to see how 'free' you are in really are in a non-regulated, non-taxed Utopian pipe dream.

Comment: Cold fusion - a hot mess (Score 1) 345

by TiggertheMad (#48173627) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real
You are pointing out the lack of repeatable instructions, which is a good objection to cold fusion. I always had problems with the basic physics of could fusion that nobody has been able to explain away.

Pressure is equivalent to temperature, one begets the other. Since all cases of observable fusion requires high pressure, explain to me how you are going to get the pressure without the temperature? Are you going to crazy glue the atoms together?

Comment: Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (Score 5, Insightful) 832

by TiggertheMad (#48161671) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right
I find the it curious that the extravagantly wealthy are so resistant to even modest social reform to improve the life of the poor. Where I a billionaire, I would take a page from history and consider that when there a lot of people with nothing to lose, I become a target. I would push for social reform for the simple reason that I am selfish, and I want to be surrounded by a large population that is well educated and wealthy.

In the end economic systems are just ways of distributing resources, and any system allows a small minority to aggregate everything is by definition a failure to distribute.

Comment: China, home to government sponsored thieves? (Score 4, Insightful) 105

by TiggertheMad (#48161393) Attached to: FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign
This is news that nerds might be interested in. If you have no use for it, clearly you aren't a nerd. Go elsewhere for your news. I am tired of people bitching about stories that don't pertain to them. If you don't find them useful, then don't read them.

This is important news. If China is stepping up it's state sponsored spying and digital theft, I want to know about it. It might be useful background info to know so that when the president decides to park a cruse missile on a building in China, you know some of the history that lead to this decision.

Comment: Greenpeace, the assholes of conservation. (Score 0) 252

by TiggertheMad (#48116261) Attached to: Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure
This campaign seems to me to pointless and idiotic. I saw the propaganda video that Greenpeace produced, with is heavy handed at best, and I am at a total loss over what they hoped to achieve. Ok, so they bullied a toy company into dropping a partnership with an oil company, but to what end? Now Lego models will never have oil company logos in the sticker sheets?

Greenpeace, you have truly won a landmark victory here....

Comment: The cure is worse than the ill? (Score 1) 178

by TiggertheMad (#48094119) Attached to: Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices
Well said. You also want to know if your vaccine causes a recipient to contract rapid onset brain cancer, or some other side effect that might be just as bad as the thing that you are trying to prevent/cure in the first place before you administer it to everyone. The Hippocratic oath contains a line about 'Do no harm'.

Comment: Of course a tool like Holden would say that.... (Score 1) 575

by TiggertheMad (#48042849) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects" But not on other peoples property, like, say, servers not on your property.

but while it isn't your server it is someone's server, and the same rule applies to their effects. An interesting law that might be passed is that "any party that is holding property or data on behalf of another, must require that a Warrant be served before yielding control of said property or data", forcing cable providers to stop piping every damn packet under the sun directly to the NSA.

Make the punishment death of the highest ranking company member to get them to really fear it.

Comment: Age of Preceding Supernova: Older than dirt (haha) (Score 1) 173

by TiggertheMad (#47998281) Attached to: Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun
It is interesting that you mention this point about the half-life of Uranium ore. The inverse claim that you could make would be that there longer it takes intelligent life to evolve after the formation of a planet, the more difficult it will be for them to create nuclear weapons, as enrichment will become more and more costly/ time consuming as each successive billion years pass.

Consequently, the the mean longevity of a civilization on an 'old' world would be ever so slightly increased in Drake's equation, as nuclear weapons would be less likely to end it. If you are targeting SETI searches, aim for the older planets in the universe?

Galactic actuarial tables for nuclear fallout insurance drops your rates after you turn ten billion...

Comment: Hot stuff (Score 1) 211

by TiggertheMad (#47872929) Attached to: Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life
... the window (from our single data point) seems rather tight.

Except that our sun isn't the most common type of star in the universe. IANAA (Astronomer), but I recall hearing (possibly from the New Cosmos series) that dwarf stars are far more common than G type stars. Since they put out a constant volume of energy for a very, very long time, this would give life plenty of time to evolve into intelligent lifeforms. The more massive a star, the shorter a window of time for life to evolve near it, so it would make sense for us to focus our efforts looking at smaller stars.

FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies.