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Comment: Re:Consider being a subset of SC (Score 1) 113

by the eric conspiracy (#47769005) Attached to: Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

That's complete horseshit (along with this article). It's like saying math is a subset of CS because nearly all maths will be calculated by CS.

Stats is orthogonal to CS. You don't need one to do the other.

Having both though can give you a skill set that's quite useful.

Comment: Re:Monopolistic thuggish behavior (Score 4, Interesting) 333

For me it goes like this:

Electric company - thug
Water company - thug
Gas company - ok
Cable company - thug
Wireless company - thug
Phone company - thug (stopped using 8 years ago because they wouldn't repair their lines)
Trash company - ok

So there are 7 private companies I deal with for important services. FIVE of them are monopolistic thugs that do things like sending bills without reading the meters and fail to keep their infrastructure in reasonable repair (try having to boil water for two weeks because the water company didn't repair their treatment facility after a storm damaged it years ago and see what your opinion on this is).

These state sanctioned monopolies are the children of Satan. Or maybe Eris. They get into the regulators knickers and generally then do anything they please.

Comcast is now bidding to own the interwebs. Tell whoever you can that this would be a disaster for America.

Comment: Re:Some versions of it are marxist. (Score 2) 523

The problem with your analysis is that the laissez-faire folks would see points all of your stipulations as Marxist.

1. In unfettered capitalism monopolies are fine. While you don't want regulated markets. construction of monopolies through price manipulation etc. is fine. This is how we ended up with stuff like Standard Oil. Look what happened with the breakup of AT&T - gradually the companies formed by the split re-merged. Only regulation has prevented formation of a monopoly.

2, 3 and 4 are obviously restriction on free commerce and therefore Marxist.

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