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Comment Re: Legality? (Score 5, Insightful) 305

It's simple misdirection - people are asking, "is Yahoo being a dick?" and Yahoo is answering, "it's perfectly legal." Which has nothing to do with the question but many people will fall for it because they [somehow, still, inexplicably, despite all evidence to the contrary] still equate legality with ethics.

n.b. It may be the users who are being the dicks, wanting something for nothing (#include malvertising.h), but that's not the question here.

Comment Re:Novel Idea (Score 1) 359

We would then be a favorable place to have business

The regulations are atrocious too. A sane tax rate is only part of the picture.

It's OK, though - all the multinationals will soon be overseas companies and all the small businesses incorporated here will be hamstrung trying to compete uphill against their size, their tax advantage, and their regulatory advantage, and the fat cats and the DC politicians they own will all be perfectly content.

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. - H. L. Mencken

Comment Re: I would have loved to hear the conversation (Score 1) 117

"the first duty of the State is the continuity of the State."

These are the people running the campaign againt crypto (the reasons you cite are self-evident here). There's a bloody department with that task, yet ignorant apologists for power still live in denial. Oh, well - they won't be prepared for the troubles either; a sadly but soberingly self-limiting problem.

Comment Re: And people on slashdot give a shit, why? (Score 2) 162

It doesn't matter if you give a shit - it only matters if you view ads and post comments. You've done your part for the day to encourage such stories.

But topically, there's a subset of IT where you're supposed to "understand" that you shouldn't ever expect to be a good father, spend meaningful time with your kids - "because you're in IT". That's not importance, it's abuse. Many nerds who don't know how to stand up for themselves could use a role model like TheZuck to point to. In my limited experience, the people who most detest him are those who waste their time on his site (projection).

Comment Re: Yeah, that's the problem (Score 2) 135

Of course, we are the ones with the resources to develop it, not them.

Were that it so - "we" strongly disincentivize new drug development by throwing $1B roadblocks in the way of new ones. Sure, it's to help the profits of the few big pharma corps that can fund it, but the real losers are real - people who track these things have the current FDA cost at net-balance 20 million avoidable deaths (and people say the Aztecs were barbaric). As always, attempts to impose control create chaos.

They certainly don't have the time or training to do any better.

That's not likely to change fast enough. Putting the funding into automated microassays and realtime manufacturing technologies might be the better option. We used to think that distance was a barrier but aerobots might be taking down those walls - a lab pickup or drug delivery can be a hundred miles out now, or pretty soon.

Comment Re:rights should not depend on a Corporation chari (Score 2) 56

While I understand their desire to do this, we need a legal system that does it automatically.

Until people can choose among competing legal systems, for the best value, the monopoly systems will be for sale to the highest bidder (cf. history). Don't waste your time trying to fix the current monopoly system.

The DMCA is the best copyright system Disney could buy (rest in pieces, Fritz Hollings). Maybe Google can buy a little bit back. And yes, this sucks.

Comment Re:GM producers are shooting themselves in the foo (Score 1) 513

how do they expect to win hearts and minds?

Get the government to threaten their competition so they don't face marketplace competition?

Fortunately *some* states have been nullifying the FDA on this one. Unfortunately they're fighting prohibited speech with compulsory speech. #fail

This is what happens when you make philosophically-inconsistent carve outs like "rights stop existing when money is involved". Those who fail to understand that attempts to impose control always create chaos may now enjoy their maybe-it's-frankenfish.

Comment Re:But do we still need fusion? (Score 1) 193

I'd love to see fusion reactors eventually, but no, we really don't need them now.

What we have is a huge nuclear waste problem from the light-water fission reactors. That is a primitive design that only uses 3% of the fuel and the waste is going to be hot for 300,000 years. Leaving that to posterity is wildly irresponsible.

Fortunately, we have a solution. Anybody with a high school diploma should know that the only thing that can be done with nuclear waste is to transmute it down to less radioactive elements. Fortunately we have the technology to do that: the fast breeder reactors. We can take 300,000 year waste and make it into waste that's going to be a problem for less than a few hundred years - we can build casks that can last that long (and English will still be understood at that time).

We have a moral imperative to do this, and the side effect of cleaning up the mess we've inherited is enough power for all conceivable power needs for humans for over a century. Plenty of time to get fusion reactors perfected (yes, they should still be worked on!).

We already have the technology but politicians killed it so that global warming could remain a political football (in the US). Fortunately Russia has continued to progress and they're helping China get online over the next decade. The successor to the current US system will eventually buy these reactors from China because we'll need them and the politicians cannot destroy everything for their own powerbase forever. It's a shame that the People complacently allow such potential to be squandered, but it's not for a lack of technical ability to solve these problems.

It is disappointing to see the fusion people constantly claim that they would have been done by now had their funding not been cut, and then be *so* wrong about their T&M budgets for the current big research project. Maybe the current generation in positions of authority don't have what it takes (and that can be OK since we have time).

Comment Re: It shows how powerful misinformation is (Score 2) 222

Actually, you could extend that to "Most "first-world" humans treat some animals really badly" at least by proxy.

Not to mention the mass slaughter of millions of animals every year by trucks hauling California vegetables cross-country.

Obligate-localvore vegans I give an ethical pass to, though.

Hotels are tired of getting ripped off. I checked into a hotel and they had towels from my house. -- Mark Guido