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.
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.
Go follow @WilliamHogeland on Twitter. He'll put paid to your religion.
Why shouldn't they get more than they paid in? Why is only Wall Street allowed to be paid for not doing anything?
after the market cultists running either party ship all that cash off to Wall Street.
Well, actually, it already has been, but the mulligan on repaying it has yet to be given.
1) to control access to data the user cares about
2) to externalize the costs of controlling access to data the company cares about onto the user
123456, password, etc. are perfectly valid and rational user responses to the latter situation.
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.
and a silly suggestion.
How many bits of entropy are you actually producing? If you don't know, go to the back of the class.
"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....
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.
makes a fine covert channel to get data to or from a compromised router, and NSA has shown interest in mass-pwning routers.
Well, good. Religion has no place outside of religion, and certainly not in math.
They have lots and lots of things for every occasion. And remembers, keys do not only encrypt, but authenticate. How does it feel having a copy of one's car keys left with the NSA, especially post-Hastings?