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Comment: Re:Fire(wall) and forget (Score 1) 252

This. A firewall is a good substitute for imperfect control over listening ports. People tend to run them whether they're really needed or not, like putting armor plates over a vehicle which may or may not already be bulletproof. So a firewall may not actually improve anything, if all services with the capability of opening listening ports are configured absolutely correctly (which is only possible if they're all capable of this - which, I admit, would be unusual).

Comment: Re:The American Dream (Score 1) 472

by GameboyRMH (#47565239) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Disgusting. This attitude will be one of the most baffling aspects of our culture to people in the future. We call our resource-starved overworked population "entitlted" every time we suggest that they deserve something (even if it's something they had in the past but can no longer afford, like their own living space as employed adults) but we never apply that to those reaping all the rewards, living obscenely pampered lifestyles for doing the same, or less, or NO work.

The global economic collapse can't come soon enough for me.

Comment: Re:This will only buy a little time (Score 1, Interesting) 778

by GameboyRMH (#47493859) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Who said I was advocating totalitarian communism or democratic socialism (which is just as doomed because it still runs on a contemporary capitalist economy) or perfect equality (which is impossible)?

Giving about as much of the planet's resources as possible (including the work of its population) to a few hundred people is completely unsustainable however.

People could still work if they want to for some extra money. It just wouldn't be mandatory for living beyond mere survival. And if there isn't much demand for human labor, what's the problem?

Comment: Re: This will only buy a little time (Score 1) 778

by GameboyRMH (#47493583) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

That probably would work, if not for automation now replacing far more jobs than it creates. To paraphrase a guy I don't like to quote, these jobs aren't coming back.

Besides, at this point I think we can do better than hacking more fixes onto this tarted-up barter system. Why not be more ambitious?

Comment: "Energy" exploration (Score 1) 272

I don't like the "energy" euphemism, they're not searching for some tidy glowing yellow stuff like something from an RTS game. Let's call it what it is. OIL. Wildlife-gooping, coast-ruining, fossil-carbon-filled, toxic oil that needs to have more energy dumped into it to be refined into something we can use.

One small step for man, one giant stumble for mankind.