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Comment: Re:Or just do nothing (Score 1) 692

by afc (#37173830) Attached to: Paypal Founder Helping Build Artificial Island Nations
We can turn that on its head right back at ya:

"The central idea of all statists is that the State knows enough about everything to be able to make smart, rational decisions about everything, including proactively dealing with problems, whatevet that means."

It's interesting to notice that, in the more extreme of the type of incident you mention, not one of the states (US, Soviet Union or Japan) was able to "proactively deal with problems." Heck, Japan and the USSR weren't able to deal with the problems, post facto!

Ah, the sweet crackling of a burning straw man...

Comment: Re:WTF is up with IBM? (Score 1) 623

by afc (#26610955) Attached to: Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel, and IBM

The kind of people breaking immigration laws are people who work in hourly jobs/etc. The engineers who're here are not going to stick around with no job - they can go back home and earn more money with their 'US experience'.

Speaking as one who returned home a few years ago, I'd say you're exactly right. Most of my compatriots who stayed are now having to deal with huge mortgages on sinking home prices and an uncertain prospect in the job market.

Comment: Re:well... (Score 1) 623

by afc (#26610865) Attached to: Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel, and IBM
Where do you get the idea that farmers in the third world are being put out of business by farming businesses in the U.S. and Europe? If anything, farmers in North America and Europe are being given vast lifelines (in the form of subsidies and trade barriers) to avoid competition from more efficient producers in the developing world.

Comment: Re:Enjoy unblocked arteries while you can... (Score 1) 308

by afc (#2941171) Attached to: Geek Food: A Cookbook for the Technologically Inclined
Boo wooh.. I wish I could reply, but I'm busy having a heart attack...

Now seriously, I'm not fat, my cholesterol levels are OK, and I don't have a history of heart disease in my family. Why should I deprive myself of the exquisite gustatory pleasure of a good steak or the superior cooking properties of animal fat?

Remember son, not all people are cut from the same mold, no matter what the health nazis say.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"