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Comment: Cool just-so story, bro (Score 1) 676

by marxmarv (#46470805) Attached to: 70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

Clearly that's why voting was restricted only to the landed gentry, and why the vote became even more decoupled from policy as the franchise was opened to more people.

Read Federalist #10. Do you have any credible evidence that the "minority" they were interested in protecting was any but the aristocracy, other than fairy tales and propaganda? Policies, not pacifiers.

Comment: Re:And... (Score 1) 676

by marxmarv (#46470799) Attached to: 70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

Unfortunately, the general welfare consists of the political class, because any means by which recourse can be exerted against the rich or powerful have been systematically foreclosed. Why should an elected official represent any but their new friends if they can just move to Washington after screwing their beard-constitutents?

Also, rhetoric is meant to persuade, not inform.

Comment: Where do OpenID endpoints come from, the stork? (Score 1) 162

by marxmarv (#46470743) Attached to: Top E-commerce Sites Fail To Protect Users From Stupid Passwords

Because, of course, it is so much better to sell your users to some social network and let them control how you run your site or business?

Webmasters do live in and manage their own universes, to the extent that they want to. What next, you're going to complain I have a door on my house or on my bathroom? Go away, you're creepy.

Comment: Field of use restrictions are not FOSS (Score 1) 240

by marxmarv (#46470675) Attached to: Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome

"You must pay us upfront before you even start if you even think you might commercialize your software" is the acme of desperate opportunism (aka shark-jumping) and of an inflated sense of self-importance, and probably entirely unenforceable as a matter of copyright.

A BSD-licensed toolkit of usable quality would, indeed, correct Qt's attitude problem.

As to quality, have you ever built and ran gimp-1 prereleases? "Interesting" times....

Comment: Overspecialization turns minds to mush (Score 1) 271

by marxmarv (#45981743) Attached to: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

You're implying that the political act of buying a certificate makes one's bloviations on any particular subject more credible. Which, like all elite outgroup favoritism, is the position of the supplicant and the traitor.

The marginal value of a degree has nothing to do with education. It's the debt and the acculturation to bourgeois Whig values that employers consider desirable.

Mathematics deals exclusively with the relations of concepts to each other without consideration of their relation to experience. -- Albert Einstein