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Comment: Spending cuts one way or another (Score 5, Interesting) 150 150

This 'no' vote self-imposes the spending cut that Greece hates to see but the 'yes' vote also imposes the spending cut. There is no way to avoid a spending cut for Greece.

Austerity is a strange word, it sounds sterile, it has strange connotations. The correct term is spending cuts.

You cut spending if you cannot afford what you are spending on and when you cannot borrow to spend either and in case of chronic offenders the sooner the creditors realize what they are dealing with the healthier for everybody. It's healthier for the spender, who has to come to terms of the impossible situation he is in and it is healthier for the creditor, who will avoid losing even more money. It is healthier for the overall economy not to have welfare State system in the first place, to have people consume based on what they produce and not based on what can be taken from somebody else without any form of repayment.

Real money does not come into being by magic, it is not printed into existence, it is not magically created on a computer. Real money is the result of productive activity, where the word 'productive' really means that something is being produced that others are voluntarily willing to trade for in a way that is sustainable for both, the producer and the consumer.

The world has been playing with fire for the last 100 years with everybody being on fiat, it's been playing with a gigantic fire since the USD became uncontrollably inflationary due to it not being backed by any production (USA has been running half a Trillion USD trade deficit for over a decade now) nor by any money reserves (USD is not backed by gold, Nixon defaulted on the dollar back in 1971, and that's how these problems of inflationary policies and welfare state accelerated).

USA has its own version of what is Greece experiencing right now, that's what 'debt ceiling' is. Many believe that USA can simply print bonds and sell them and get out of jail free, however this only works as long as somebody buys those bonds and the bond market is the biggest bubble of all. USA will have its own currency crisis and bonds are currency promised into the future, so that will also collapse.

As Germany now refuses to just pour money into this bottomless pit called Greece, people will refuse to just pour money into the bottomless pit called USA and that will be even more interesting to observe.

Everybody who tells you 'austerity does not work' are full of it. Austerity means you are not spending money you didn't earn and especially where it concerns consumption rather than investment, and ALL things that people want government to spend on are consumption and not investment, so the important distinction is this: government must be austere, only government austerity can reallocate the scarce resources to people, who will rebuild the economy.

In the long run Greece is better off because of this spending cut, it will learn to live within its means and maybe to produce more and it will have a healthy economy. But like any alcoholic or drug addict apparently it will have to hit the rock bottom before it will reform.

Comment: Re: The founding documents present a path... (Score 1) 161 161

Wait, are you suggesting the Confederate flag be repurposed as a symbol for freedom-loving people? I mean that in the true sense of the word, which implies opposing these secret spy programs, not the security theater perversion.

Yeah, somehow I don't think that will fly.

Comment: TLSv1.0 too... (Score 1) 53 53

Doing some some PCI compliance certification stuff and a scan shows that the site is not compliant, the reason being that TLSv1 is supported. Turning TLSv1 off kills off support for a number of older browsers, all types of browsers.....


    server {
        ssl on;
        #ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;
        ssl_protocols TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2; .....

Now I am trying to figure out what to do about this problem, how to detect the clients that do not support TLSv1 and to redirect them to a simple html page instead of the clients pretty much receiving 'connection reset by server' error.

No dice so far, but I thought this was only supposed to happen a year from now (June 2016, not 2015), oh well.

Comment: Re:Fucking Lawyers (Score 2) 181 181

My position on copyrights and patents was always the same: abolish all patents and copyrights and prevent government from providing monopolies with these laws.

Basically this is nearly the ultimate absurd result that we are seeing here and it probably can even get worse. You want to build a road somewhere? Well, you are violating a copyright on other people building horizontal surfaces to allow circular wheels (and legs I suppose) to run on them. You want to build a house? Are you going to have a roof? Foundation? Walls? Windows? Doors? Fucking copyright violator. Absurd, isn't it? Or is it really absurd to expect that ruling like that can actually be passed given the fact that it is a government entity that can pass that ruling and given that governments are already given authority to rule on these issues?

No, the real solution is not even about money exchanging hands (though I wouldn't be surprised in case of Oracle), it is about the power that governments have over our heads, and this power is as insane as it is absurd.

No company or person should be given government protected monopoly on anything, including any invention, copyright, whatever. That's not how evolution works, that's not how cultures worked and still keep working. That type of power is destructive, not constructive in any way. Let the people and companies decide how to provide their services and products in a world that does not automatically protect them from any type of competition. At the very least this cannot be a power granted to government, deal with these issues on contract basis and using trade secrets if you must.

Anyway, I can only leave 1 or 2 comments here now given that 24 hours passed since my account's 'karma' was obliterated again by moderators who want to make sure I cannot reply to comments made to me, so don't expect many comments here either.

Comment: Re:Fucking Lawyers (Score 1) 181 181

You mean in the same way that a manufacturer of a spoon "illegally copied" information about a human mouth?

In the same way that a road construction crew "illegally copied" information about wheels being round?

In the same way that a manufacturer of a catheter "illegally copied" information about urethra?

This is API, API is information about CONNECTING pieces together, it is a contract information, definition of connectivity, not implementation details.

This is not a problem that is just related to Java somehow either, this concerns everything, every language, nearly every field and industry.

Comment: Re:"Are" or "could be"? (Score 0) 104 104

1. Who says 'my business' is causing a disturbance? Do you generally know which hotel somebody stays in if they are running around drunk on the street?

2. I don't believe for a moment that there is an actual problem of that type, most people sleep at night and I am almost completely sure this entire fucking article is a gigantic exaggeration like pretty much everything else that pops into the media.

3. Hotels being in so called 'commercial districts' does not change the hotel customers being drunk 1 block away from the hotel, beside which hotels are mostly located near private housing anyway, not in factory or warehouse zones.

4. By my standards there is no question at all, I am completely against all government involvement into any business and money, so no, by my standards this is a cut and dry case of government oppression. You are the one full of shit, hotels are located near other houses and buildings all the time and their clients can get drunk and noisy anywhere at all, be it a city or a beach or transit or whatever.

Comment: Re:"Are" or "could be"? (Score 0) 104 104

A bunch of nonsense. Somebody got drunk and noisy, so what? People living in those houses never drink? Never get noisy? People don't leave hotels and don't get noisy and drunk? Are hotels covering tourist behaviour outside of hotel premises? You are full of shit, just like this entire case.

Comment: Re:Require licenses for commercial driving or not? (Score 1) 177 177

I don't need Somalia for any so called examples, my own country of birth has a deep history of freedom fighters, anarchists of various kinds who managed for years to stave off much larger forces from East and West. Of course lately another fight started and we will see how this goes. I am an anarcho capitalist, objectivist, and your childish leaning towards limited government is of no interest to me. How I deal with the reality around me is not for most people either.

Comment: Re:"Are" or "could be"? (Score 2) 104 104

First: it is false to assume people don't have insurance just because they did not pay for a government license.
Second it is false to assume that a flat owner is unaware of the risks.
Third not buying insurance does not in any way imply inability to pay for damages should that be necessary.

It is you, who lives in a black and white world, where absence of a government seal means some kind of a problem and presence of a government seal means some type of a guarantee of quality or whatever.

Individuals must be free to make individual decisions and live with any consequences.

Comment: Re: "Are" or "could be"? (Score 0) 104 104

Rethink your assumptions. Anybody not buying insurance is taking a risk but it is a known risk with their own savings, just like anybody choosing airbnb to a hotel. People are taking a risk to minimize their expenses and the establishment fights it via government oppression.

Comment: Re:Require licenses for commercial driving or not? (Score 1) 177 177

You are an ignorant little ass, you have no clue even about your own government system. The USA Constitution talks about the consent of the governed and there is no consent. Beside that, as QN anarcho capitalist, objectivist I reject any notion of limited government power over an individual in the first place.

"Because he's a character who's looking for his own identity, [He-Man is] an interesting role for an actor." -- Dolph Lundgren, "actor"