expect to see a lot more of these "See, privacy invasion is good for you" articles. Their purpose is to "prove" that all this spying and data collection helps catch some very naughty people in icky foreign countries. some of them with really bad accents or even terrible mustaches (aka "proof of evil").
and the MBA mind thinks of GPL software like so: "we got it for free, so we should be able to mark it up and sell it for a squillion dollars...and lock it up so we've got a monopoly".
that's why they love the BSD license, and why there's so much corporate propaganda promoting BSD.
(there's nothing wrong with the BSD license. it's just easily exploitable - by design - by MBA arsehole types)
The BSD license is perfect for MBA types who think that externalising expenses (like software developer salaries) is a great thing...the goal is to, as ever, privatise the profit, while socialising expenses.
In civilised countries (including most European countries, the UK, Australia, and even places like Cuba), the government always picks up the bill for hospital and other medical care anyway. Hospice or palliative care is no different.
Because that's what governments are for. looking after the welfare of the people is the *only* thing that justifies their existence, the only thing that makes government tolerable or acceptable to the people.
if your government won't do that, then what the fuck do you put up with it for? you happily accept it paying trillions in corporate welfare but not billions for health care for citizens? you people are just fucked in the head.
You, too can be an owner of capital, of course. Right now, you can own one share of Amazon for just $375.91,
and at the US minimum wage of $7.25/hour, you'd only have to work 51.84 hours in order to own that one share (not including brokerage fees, or any survival requirements like food, shelter, transport to/from work, paying bills etc. also ignoring the fact that you likely couldn't buy a single share of amazon or anything else).
see, *anyone* can benefit from capitalism!!!! yay! the system works!!!
you too can own an insignificantly tiny chunk of a mega-corporation and start identifying with the capitalist owner classes. don't forget to vote for pollies promising to lower taxes and eliminate regulation (as if there's any other choice on offer, haha) while slashing social programs that might help you survive.
woops! last quarter's profits were less than expected, so your $375 share is now worth only $350. And Amazon's management have decided to earn their multi-million dollar bonuses by artificially boosting the next quarter's figures by sacking you and thousands of other peons. But look on the bright side, you have a a whole share of amazon all to yourself, that's now worth only slightly less than you paid for it, and it'll probably recover to $370 or even more soon. hooray!
or maybe their protests and hand-wringing and emphatically blogged thoughts are just business as usual - corporations routinely pay spin doctors to advise them on what to do and how to manipulate opinion whenever they get caught doing stuff they're not supposed to.
to their way of thinking reality is nothing, perception is everything.
too bad the site doesn't work properly - for example, click on an article, you'll get the article page and a dozen or so comments plus a "load more comments" button. clicking that button returns you to the index page.
the current slashdot site works just fine with noscript. beta.slashdot does not. fuck that shit, slashdot's stories and comments just aren't worth the risk of letting them and their corportate parents and their advertisers and whoever else run arbitrary code on my computer.
saying that government is inherently inefficient is as monstrously nonsensical as saying that all women are illogical and think only of shoes and shopping.
i.e. it's a stupid lie that only prejudiced fuckwits believe.
you fool! don't let facts get in the way of your enjoyment of a good crypto-racist joke.
that's an incredibly lame pseudo-linguistic argument. did they teach you that one in sunday school when you were 5?
to be anti-christ, you first have to believe in him. atheists don't.
atheists don't believe in Christ or your god any more than they (or you) believe in Odin or Zeus or Vishnu or any of the millions of other gods and goddesses that humans have created.
atheists just beleive in one (or a few, depending on your take on the christian trinity) less god than you.
Trans fats are NOT a poison. [...] You are being ridiculous its not a poison because most of us have been eating it for decades and we are not dead.
yes, it is a poison. something doesn't have to kill you immediately (or at all) for it to be a poison. ingesting or absorbing lead doesn't kill you, it just makes you and your children slightly retarded. mercury kills you only very slowly and sends you mad for years first. they're both poisons.
What about processed sugar should we band that because some physicians think it should be label a poison?
perhaps. we certainly shouldn't allow selling it to children in such vast quantities.
My post was about how some people have reasons to want and choose inferior goods. I don't think its your place or anyone elses to actively deny them that choice.
and some people still want lead in their petrol. some things aren't or shouldn't be subject to the whims of easily manipulated consumer demand.
your faith in the market solving this problem - or any other problem - is both misplaced and idiotic. lemon markets solve no problems, they just create them.
Look at any of the statistics, consumption of transfat has been falling for a long time.
in some areas, where people know enough and have enough to make informed choices. it's certainly not happening in deep-friers in fast food restaurant chains....consumers mostly have no idea what their chips or whatever are being fried in.
trans fats are also common in many processed foods - pretty nearly everything on the market, the range and kinds of products are too broad to even begin listing.
and they're in commonly used margarines, and vegetable cooking oils like canola.
they're ubiqitous. avoiding them is almost impossible.
A ban will do nothing but hurt people by raising prices short term, to do something about a problem that is already being solved.
you say that as if it's a bad thing that businesses won't be able to sell cheap poisonous shit masquerading as food. how strange.
But minimal is not none, and the folks near the bottom as you say don't have lots of choices.
so it's OK for businesses to sell poisoned food to the poor because the poor can't afford non-poisoned food?
that's morally not much different from saying the poor should be able to sell their children into indentured service because they can't afford not to....at least the kids will get fed and a nice kennel to rest in during their 6 hours/day rest period.
This is the other side of libertarian thinking
this is the entirety of libertarian thinking: if businesses can get away with something, then it's good. regulations inhibit business ability to get away with shit, so they're bad. therefore eliminate regulations and lower taxes (the latter doesn't need any argument, it's an article of faith that taxes are evil and always too high).
They know the risks the rest of us should step aside and let them make their own choices
most people don't know the risks, partly because they're stupid, partly because they're ignorant, and to a large extent because businesses whinge and bitch and moan and do everything in their power to prevent (and failing that, limit as much as possible) food labelling and other consumer information laws.
even aside from the fact that this is just fucking evil, it's stupid and broken too - it's been known for decades that asymmetric information in the markets leads to a race to the bottom, a lemon market. if consumers can't tell the difference between high quality goods and crap, then there is no point in any manufacturer ever making decent goods - just produce crap at the lowest possible price.
He succeeds over his rivals and predecessors because his humanity made him a better leader.
Should I make some joke here about Jesus and his humanity and self-sacrifice?
it wouldn't be a joke. Ender is, and was obviously intended to be, a Christ figure.
but the kind of Christ that bad-tempered, vengeful old testament "christians" would have preferred him to be, without any of that turning the other cheek nonsense. jesus merged with action-man rambo, the wrath of god in person.
which shouldn't be surprising to anyone. apart from Ender's nature being blindlingly obvious, OSC did it again later. Card's second major series - Alvin Maker - was a thinly-veiled pseudo-fantasy/pseudo-bibliography of Mormon founder Joseph Smith.
It's also a peculiarly christian kind of double-think - a "loving god" that loves you so much he'll send you to burn in hell for eternity for breaking some (mostly arbitrary and silly, but some sensible) rules with the free will that he gave you.
No sane person could think that made any kind of sense, but it's a popular viewpoint with some kinds of christians - particularly those who want to still call themselves christians while ignoring the message (things like turn the other cheek, not casting the first stone) and devoting themselves to the vengeful and sadistic version of god described in the old testament, with a choice selection of arbitrary rules from leviticus (e.g. homosexuality is still bad, but eating shellfish or milk & meat together - cheeseburgers are baal-worship - is no longer an abomination).
I always thought that Enders Game was over-rated crap, anyway from the time i first read it back in the 80s. Never could understand why it was so popular.
It's just a little boy's anti-bully revenge fantasy - "i'm gonna be meaner and smarter than you and them you'll be sorry for beating me up. and i'll justify whatever i do to you - even murder - by classifying you as sub-human coz you were mean to me. so there!"
actually, that's probably exactly why it was so popular.
and the rest of the series was just dreary rubbish.
yep. the presence of a rebate offer is, to me, a huge negative. it's a con-job, and an insult (with the implication that i'm stupid enough to fall for it).
i'm far more likely to buy a product without one because i just couldn't be fucked jumping through stupid hoops for a rebate.
if they really want to discount their product, then just fucking discount the product at the point of sale. or allow the retailer to claim the rebate for themselves and pre-emptively pass it on to the customer when they buy the product.
and, just as importantly, i really don't want to give the fuckers my name, address, or other personal details. applying for a rebate is asking for spam.