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Comment: Re:Ug... (Score 1) 165

by TubeSteak (#46801385) Attached to: Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

2. The canadians can build their own export facilities in Canada entirely bypassing the US. The canadians already take your position as a betrayal of our shared economic arrangement. The deal was that we'd provide certain assets to them and in return we got first bid on resources. You've made liars of us and the canadians are not happy about it.

http://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/markey-presses-transcanada-to-bar-exports-of-keystone-xl-oil-refined-products

Previously, then-Representative Markey challenged TransCanada on this question at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on December 2, 2011. There he asked Alexander Pourbaix, TransCanada's President of Energy and Oil Pipelines, whether he would commit to including a requirement in TransCanada's long-term contracts with Gulf Coast refineries, as a condition of shipping, that all refined fuels produced from oil transported through the Keystone XL pipeline be sold in the United States. In response, Mr. Pourbaix stated "no, I can't do that."

Go ahead, build your own export facilities and ship the stuff to China.
I'd much rather Canada not externalize the environmental cost of that infrastructure onto the USA.

Comment: Re:Irrelevant... (Score 1) 165

by TubeSteak (#46801229) Attached to: Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

As it gets more expensive, there is economic pressure to use less, or to find more efficient ways to use the energy available.

Oil (and consequently, refined petroleum products) has gotten more expensive because of speculation.
There was a hearing a few years back and at least one oil company exec came out and said oil shouldn't cost more than $65/barrel.
Further, he pointed out that no oil companies were interested in exploiting wells that would cost more than $80/barrel.
Because $80 is what the oil industry sees as near the maximum market value for oil in the future.
The entire difference between $65 and the spot price is market speculation.

Kick out the investment money that's puffing up oil/fuel and the prices will absolutely come down.
It's been done in other commodities markets and it can trivially be done in the USA.

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 1) 369

by TubeSteak (#46799481) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Second, it's unlikely to cause problems that can bioaccumulate in livestock; if it goes bad, the livestock get sick, at which point the milk and meat cannot be used without treating them.

So you're saying there's no government interest in preventing livestock from eating "byproducts" that are full of rat crap, bird droppings, and mold?

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 1) 369

by TubeSteak (#46799457) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

It's a drain on the economy any way you dice it, all to solve a problem that doesn't exist..

Food safety is definitely a problem that exists.
The reason we don't have *more* health crisis from contaminated food is because of our half-assed food safety regulations.
We'd certainly have less mass illnesses and recalls if the regulations weren't constantly being chipped away at.

Comment: Re:Makes me feel so old... (Score 2) 30

by TubeSteak (#46798397) Attached to: RIP, NASA Moon Landing Engineer John C. Houbolt

If we don't give Facebook to the Chinese, they'll be building the first lunar colony, the way things are going nowadays...

Everyone knows that Chinese fake lunar colonies are poor imitations of American fake lunar colonies.
They use substandard fake moon rocks. Ours are the good stuff. You know, made in Taiwain.

Comment: Re:Yawn. (Score 2) 84

by TubeSteak (#46794729) Attached to: Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

It's hard to understand why, after all these years, local and state governments STILL haven't figured out why it's pointless to spend one thin dime of tax incentives on projects like this.

That's easy.
Nobody ever does a ROI study.
Not after 1 year, after 3 years, or after 5 years.

The States/Counties take the puffed up corporate predictions at face value and then nobody checks to see that the promised value (but not in any legal binding way) is actually created.

Comment: Re:Saves about $38 million in taxes (Score 4, Insightful) 84

by TubeSteak (#46794459) Attached to: Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

The state will collect far more than $38 million from the people that work there's income taxes alone.

Microsoft will create 84 jobs when fully built out, with 66 of those jobs required to have a wage of $24.32 an hour.

$24 an hour is ~$40,000 after federal taxes and social security.
According to my math, at Iowa's 6.8% tax rate, it'll only take ~208 years to recoup $38 million in personal income taxes.

Those other 18 jobs are undoubtedly for security guards and janitorial staff, at an even lower wage.
So don't count on that to noticeably bump up the average.

TLDR: Microsoft is getting a lot of tax breaks and subsidies in return for bupkiss.

Comment: Re:tldr (Score 1) 234

by TubeSteak (#46788795) Attached to: Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

This is essentially like claiming that fixing the exploding gas tanks in a Pinto is of no use, because the car will still have other issues.

No, it's like claiming that the Pinto is always going to have an exploding gas tank issue, even if you fix the current cause.

Some cars (software) have so much going on that there will always be problems,
unless you use a design process (coding language) that doesn't allow it to happen.
Or do you really think that Microsoft products with millions of lines of code are someday going to be bug free?

Comment: Re:at&t wasn't welcome anyway (Score 1) 91

It's also part of a mentality that's undermining every attempt to have the private sector provide quality infrastructure in the first place, usually at great social and economic cost to the rest of us. The same idiocy, practiced through property taxes, is in part why the entire railroad system in the US collapsed in the 1960s and 1970s.

If you honestly believe this, it makes me suspect everything else you said.
Railroads were "growing," but their growth in tonnage was significantly less than the overall growth in product being moved.
As roads got better, the balance was was accruing to the trucking industry.

The real game changer for rail was the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways.
Private industry sure as shit wasn't going to build a coast-to-coast highway system,
so if you want to talk about "undermining every attempt to have the private sector provide quality infrastructure"
you should look at catfights private industry had over who was going to get taxed (and how much) to pay for the public highway system.

Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 1) 805

by TubeSteak (#46775073) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Tax cuts are tax relief. When you get a refund it is not a hand out from the government, it is YOUR money being returned because you paid too much. The government runs on your money. It takes from you for the 'common good'... and some of that common good is waste (pork).

You might have a valid point, but without any actual numbers, you're just parroting ideology.
It's entirely possible that 60% of spending is pork, but the 40% that goes to the common good is so valuable that it is worth wasting 60 cents on the dollar.
To actually have a point, you need to show that the common good generated from your tax dollars is not worth the extra pork that goes along with it.

TLDR: I don't take it as a given that your ideological preconceptions are correct.

Comment: Re:Factually wrong (Score 1) 157

by TubeSteak (#46774403) Attached to: Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

The others are usually dictated by citizens or external factors in unexpected ways during a fiscal year. War, 9/11. natural disaster, etc...

I guess "natural disaster" is one way to describe the Bush tax cuts.

The controversy over our budget deficits are an entirely manufactured one,
made all the more hypocritical because the biggest critics are also the most responsible for it.

Comment: Re:Even root CA certificates may be at risk. (Score 1) 151

by TubeSteak (#46752503) Attached to: Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

The CA has to be validated by third party auditors, before it can even be trusted.

All those big box stores that got their credit card numbers hacked....
Validated by third party auditors.

IIRC, one of the stores was actively being exploited throughout the audit process and still passed.

Comment: Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (Score 1) 586

by TubeSteak (#46752037) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

"A European schedule"?

I think it's also worth mentioning that a lot of the outbreaks we have in the USA start with someone who recently returned from Europe.

Europe's problems are twofold.
1. A decade of declining MMR vaccinations thanks to the Wakefield craze.
2. Travelers/immigrants from Africa and Asia carrying infections.

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