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Comment: Re:News For Nerds? (Score 2) 401

by dcbrianw (#48297071) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion
US military R&D spending has brought you the technology that is the Internet. It has also introduced the world to numerous capabilities that companies have productized into things you use every day. The smartphone persists as a perfect example: DRAM, touch screens, GPS, microprocessors, and liquid crystal displays name only several of many. Beyond R&D, some really sick and twisted evil exists in the world, and I sleep better at night knowing a kickass US military can confront it. Those things may not mean anything to you, but they mean a lot to many of us. This election will not decide who serves as president, so the Electoral College versus popular vote issue does not surface here. Each district and roughly 2/3 of the states will each send a representative to Congress.

+ - Ssatellite images show summer ice cap is thicker->

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dcbrianw (1154925) writes "At the close of 2014's Summer, the Arctic ice cap's growth has surged by 63% by some measurements and 43% by others. This marks 1.71 million square kilometers of growth since 2006. US National Snow and Ice Data Center and the University of Illinois's Cryosphere project have each captured and analyzed satellite imagery to produce this data."
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Comment: Net Neutrality (Score 1) 158

by dcbrianw (#47759499) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship
I can't help but point out two observations I've made reading today's Slashdot headlines: (1) There is a post accusing the Kochs of being astroturf for spending money to oppose Net Neutrality (2) This map shows the US as one of the few "free" uses of Internet around the world. Maybe giving due attention to those who express reservations about heavier regulation on the Net is better than slandering them. That's just a thought I'd like to post here on the free and open Internet.

Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 1) 531

Nobody is going to challenge the premise that special interests influence how things work in Washington, and of course the rest of the nation down stream of that, typically with a yellow tint for the rest of us if you catch my drift. So called Net Neutrality will be up for grabs to the special interest because it is quite subjective what, "neutral," means when left to a lawyer or regulator, and they can bend that term to fit any agenda Our government has been caught in one of the worst lies to its citizens in history with, "If you like you health plan, you can keep you health plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor," and, "The VA is an outstanding model for health insurance." There is no reason to have faith that if you like your Internet, you can keep your Internet with Net Neutrality. In the current state of affairs, most consumers have multiple options: cable companies, FIOS, DSL. And they all have to compete for business. However dissatisfied you are with your current options, you as a consumer will have less power of what Internet delivers to you when politicians begin appointing those who shall mandate what's best for the rest of us. Your pick for who should occupy the White House and make such appointments will not always be whom you want.

Slandering the Kochs as astroturf has no real merit. Grass roots of any form has money behind it, whether it is they, Michael Bloomberg, George Soros, Hollywood, or Tom Steyer.

Reason calls for opposing Net Neutrality.

Comment: Thoughts on The Outcome (Score 1) 619

by dcbrianw (#47514811) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
I'm going to qualify what I'm saying by stating that this is a guess. Without further interviewing or reviewing the profiles of the population of the study, I don't think anyone could seriously speak more strongly. Capitalism is founded on the rules applying equally to all. If Alice creates a widget that outperform's Bob's, she's going to earn more money. Both were free to produce whatever they wanted according to the same rule of law, but one performed better than the other. It's natural that willing participants in such a system observe that for the system to work, law must be followed to create the closest state reasonably possible to an operational environment equal to all who participate. The mentality of socialism places an emphasis in closing the gab between the inequalities of outcome. Here, Alice may produce a widget that outperforms Bob's, but others will frown upon a wide income gap between the two, regardless of how much better Alice's widget is. There are negative impacts perceived in such a wide income gap. In these circumstances, one who subscribes to the ideas that underpin socialism would tolerate working outside the protocol of the rules of producing widgets for the sake of preventing Alice from outperforming Bob to some extent. And if one happens to be Bob, breaking the rules of the game of economics is actually contributing to the greater rule of keeping the income gap from becoming what such a person considers too wide. It may strike Bob in his view of what's fair to break the rules. As for some final thoughts, I don't think anyone can reasonably conclude that people who advocate capitalism are people who respect rules and those who advocate socialist ideas are not. Rather I think that the operational environment entices people to behave in certain ways. Put a raving capitalist in a socialist system, and he may not behave according to the rules. Additionally, in a system, such as socialism where execution of the rules and control of resources resided more so in a centralized authority, the most pertinent rule is learning to gain favorability with that centralized authority. All other rules are subordinate to that. Just for the sake of full disclosure in case you've read this far and are still wondering, I mostly prefer a capitalist economic model over a socialist one. Cheers, and happy Slashdotting.

Comment: Re:well, duh (Score 1) 433

by dcbrianw (#40385771) Attached to: Bloomberg, WSJ: Student Aid Increases Tuition
Absolutely.

To counter (2), we could consider price capping taxpayer funded scholarship aid per scholarship awarded. Plenty of high caliber institutions exist as alternatives to the exceedingly high priced schools. GWU, for example, actually prides themselves as the most expensive school in the nation. If such a cap exists, schools may refocussing their funds on affordable, quality education rather than giant rock-climbing walls. (I have nothing against rock-climbing walls. It's just an example of something that higher education doesn't need to fund.)

Riches: A gift from Heaven signifying, "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased." -- John D. Rockefeller, (slander by Ambrose Bierce)

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