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Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 217

CEO's primary job is increasing share value. So why aren't they all just paid minimum wage, plus a bonus proportional to how much they increase shareholder value buy? Stock goes down, they eat beans and wieners for dinner.

Maybe it's like that because of this little known thing called the law of supply and demand: the supply of wanna-be CEOs is a function of the benefits offered by the companies in need of CEOs.

Comment Re:Mindboggling (Score 1) 106

Amazing. One would think that a family with that sort of wealth at their disposal might be able to hire all sorts of nannies/governesses/tutors at any hour of the month to keep their kids occupied (and educated) while they slept in - whether on a weekend or on any other day of the week.

Cudos for keeping it real and staying in touch with how the other half ^H^H^H^H 99.9999% lives.

Amazing. One would think that an intelligent, educated reader of Slashdot might be able to understand that this is a highly "massaged" version of the real story, which Melinda Gates' PR department disseminates to the 99%.

Cudos for keeping your innocence and believing everything on the "Kardashians" TV shows.

Comment This is absolutely not about free speech (Score 1) 191

I think Americans' (rightful) pride in the First Amendment has blinded many to the fact that legislators have basically stopped paying attention to the whole area of speech, and so there's a huge amount we'll-know-it-when-we-see-it arbitrary case law around things like free vs. criminal speech, what speech acts are protected from civil liability, etc.

You seem utterly uninformed on the topic you're publicly commenting. Free speech means the GOVERNMENT can't decide on behalf of the citizens what they can or can't say. As Twitter is not part of the government, any reference to free speech is idiotic.

Comment Re:Am I missing something? (Score 4, Insightful) 303

By avoiding government systems Clinton potentially put lives, diplomatic relations, and US secrets at risk.

The emails in question were believed to not contain classified info

That's simply not true (and I'm surprised you could believe Clinton's utterly false claims). As per State department rules, anything related to foreign countries is classified by default, without any need for such marking.

Comment Assange was in no position to bargain (Score 1) 161

If it had anything at all to do with rape, the Swedish government would have taken Assange up on his offer to return to the country if they promised

Assange had no legal right to bargain with the Swedish authorities; the Swedish legal system precludes the prosecutors from striking the kind of deals Assange proposed. Assange obviously knew that - his whole act was for dramatic effect, not for any tangible benefit.

Long story short, Assange duped you.

Comment Re:That way lies barbarism (Score 1) 301

things like rounding up and killing minorities which is the sort of thing we fought a war against people such as Goebbels to stop

Let's not get carried away by self-righteous rhetoric. No country fought war on Germany because of Germany's inhuman treatment on its minorities.

The fight against Germany had been caused either by being directly attacked by Germany (the case of Poland, USSR), being declared war by Germany (the case of the USA), or being mandated by existing alliances to go to war against Germany (the case of France or UK).

Comment Re:What's the problem... (Score 1) 92

I think you're really a special kind of stupid.

First of all, a company doing business in a country must respect and obey the laws of said country. That goes without even saying, moron. Apple has registered subsidiaries in China, nevermind their huge manufacturing sourcing business in mainland.

As for "gradually been bringing its manufacturing back home" this means you are too stupid to cross the street. No consumer IT / electronics company in the US, Apple included, can bring manufacturing back to the US. The ecosystem for the electronics is simply not available in the US anymore. Apple made some noise about that http://www.forbes.com/sites/eamonnfingleton/2013/11/03/reports-of-americas-manufacturing-renaissance-are-just-a-cruel-hoax/ but it's *NOISE*, nothing more.

Comment Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 5, Insightful) 1633

At the time there were limited arms (you took about 2 minutes to reload) vs able to empty a couple clips in that same amount of time, now.

At the time the press was literally a mechanical device that took between 1 to 3 hours to print the first sheet of paper (I'm counting from before having the letters put in place).

Based on your cretinous logic, freedom of the press today should be limited to the technological limits 200 years ago.

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