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Comment Re:Yeah, I thought this problem was solved (Score 1) 78

A useful concept here is "Social Tech Level". We have the tech for safe nuclear plants, but we may lack the social tech. Much as, say, Panama had the tech to maintain the canal for many years before it had the social tech. You need both the technical know-how, and enough resources left over after corruption to actually fund it.

For all our competing systems of government, we don't seem to have made much progress in "social tech level" in the past 100 years. If anything, the basic systems of administration haven't improved in this regard, but the skill in corrupting them has gone way up (whether corporate corruption or good old fashioned Old Boys Network corruption).

Whether Socialist, Communist, or Capitalist, each in it's own way we can't seem to get the job done, so I think it's something quite distinct from economic system. I think there's just a problem of administration, transparency, and reporting results to solve. E.g., I don't care if the road gets built by the mayor's nephew, I care whether it's build on-time and to-spec, and how much it cost - if it merely cost more than it should, that's the least-bad problem. Cost-cutting is a good thing, but it takes a back seat to getting the actual job done.

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 1) 201

Did I cite him as an authority? No. He's simply: correct. You seem obsessed with being very grown up. What stake do you have in how adults enjoy their free time anyhow? Certainly adults who obsess over entertainment as the expense of having a productive career are hurting themselves and society, but once the job is done for the day? To each his own.

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 332

I can tell you what its isn't. It isn't executives getting paid the current exorbitant salaries- nobody is worth that

Other than jealousy and envy, who cares? You're not making less because they're making more, same with pro athletes and movie stars.

The US GDP is about $60k per citizen right now. Total salaries of all US workers will always be close to GDP - that's just how it works (those retired on a government check get paid from those working, so that nets out). We're simply not that far off from perfectly equal distribution, which makes sense: what we produce is what we consume, give or take some net imports. Only by increased efficiency (technology) do we sustainable improve standard of living for all.

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 332

It's funny, every week on Slashdot I see both

* The government is totally corrupted by corporations and no longer represents the people; and
* We need to give the government more power to regulate corporations ... often in the same post! With the current system of elections, the government is useless in regulating except in the most basic and broad ways (way the are directly obvious to voters), and needs to be prevented from doing anything more, as it doesn't (and won't) act in our interests with an additional power.

Also, your "they terk our jerbs" rant makes you look like a fool, just so you know.

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 332

Socialism focuses on giving "the rest of us" more of the benefits of our labor.

You keep missing my entire point: you're already getting 90%+ of the benefits of your labor! There really is just a tiny slice of the pie left going to capital and management*. Socialism in practice works by borrowing money (not only Socialism, of course) to live beyond your means - not economically sustainable. The one exception being countries with huge net exports of natural resources, for them it's a good model (Norway: there's a reason they don't want the Euro).

As for the rest, I'm mostly quoting the Dalai Lama and the core beliefs of a large religion (and a few confused hippies in the US). He's quite a happy guy all things considered, and quite rational with thoroughly reasoned arguments for his beliefs (and perhaps the only theocrat in history to end his own theocracy). The bit about "righteous is better than just is better than fair" is a core Christian belief, but one shared by most adults.

*The big exception being "bailouts", which are the worst sort of government corruption, and threaten to destroy America out right if they become normal. We barely survived the Bushbama bailouts to the investment banks and GM, not sure we'd survive corruption at that scale again soon.

Comment Re: GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 468

Maybe if you had bottled water, you'd drink it instead of coke and other nasty things.
Despite popular belief, tap water, even with a Britta, is nothing like bottled water which is actually nice to drink.


In many cases, bottled water is coming from a municipal water source. It's treated and filtered the same way all municipal water is. About the only thing that happens is that the companies sometimes re-introduce minerals to enhance the flavor.

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 2) 332

You're supposed to outgrow "fair" by age 8 or so, you know. The world's not supposed to be fair, it's supposed to be righteous, or failing that, just. Fair is pretty lame: imagine a court system in which guilt or innocence was judged by a perfectly fair coin flip. Totally impartial, unbiased, fair, and stupid.

CEOs, movie actors, and professional athletes all get paid a lot, and for the same reason, but there are so few of each we're not getting less because of it. Is it just? Hard to say: they have a large audience, and when they do well at their jobs they do make a lot of people happy. The idiots get paid well too, but that's life for you.

But if you keep obsessing on targets of envy or outrage, you'll always be unhappy, as there will always be guys like that. Get over it, if you want to be happy. Better to focus on a system that makes your life better, most people's life better, than to focus on taking away from people. The more you learn to feel joy in the success of others, and the more you do to help others be successful (even those who don't deserve it), the happier you'll be.

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 332

P/E is how you deduce earnings from valuations (which are no more crazy than they were since the invention of the publically traded corporation in the 1600s).

Another metric would be executive compensation to median wage

That has everything to do with envy and jealousy, and little to do with how much people actually get paid. If the CEO get paid 300x what the median worker does, but his company has 100,000 employees? Again, math.

It's funny you mention bubbles. We seem to have a lot of them. That would be capital sucking royally at it's job.

And almost always they're broke afterwards. Bailouts are the exception, not the norm.

Perhaps once the more egregious abuses are hammered out and the question can be discussed rationally and publically

So right, you don't actually care if it's already fair, you just want to parrot talking points like a poorly-written chatbot. Fair enough, you're normal for /. these days.

Comment Re:A more important question is... (Score 1) 201

And just such an adult wrote

Critics who treat "adult" as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

Grow up kid, and put aside your fears.

Comment Re: If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans... (Score 2) 201

Doesn't matter how you feel, that's pretty cut n dry in the eyes of the law

Fucking stupid laws that hurt society should be changed. Punishing stupid fan-hating companies that take advantage of such nonsense is a good start. Just because somethings technically legal, doesn't mean you're not a total dick for doing it.

Comment Re:Summary is flat out WRONG (Score 3, Interesting) 332

Silva does not seem to understand that searches at the border are, by definition, reasonable and therefore exempt from the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement.

What kind of totalitarian fascist drivel are you spouting there, man? Reasonable? Are you insane? The US Constitution as Amended is perfectly clear that you need a specific reason that a specific person might be guilty of something, as reviewed by a judge, before you can search them. There's no "unless we're scared" exception in there. I checked. Twice.

* Border checks are usually an unconstitutional search.
* TSA searches are clearly unconstitutional
* Searches required before entering a courthouse: blatantly unconstitutional

The only argument for any of these obviously unconstitutional searches is "but we're scared!" Tough shit: no such exception.

But there I go again, pretending the UC Constitution is somehow relevant to the 21st century US. Silly me.

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 2) 332

Define "fair share" please. Seriously, pick a percentage. Most business require significant capital, and choosing investments wisely is vital to the economy (see bubbles for why), so capital should get more than 0%, right? So what's the labor/capital ratio for pre-salary profits that seems right to you - what part to labor as pay, what part to capital as net profits? 80% labor? More?

Once you've committed to a number, look up total US corporate earnings as a percentage of total US salaries, and see if we're actually that different from what you think is fair (publically traded companies are about half of the US economy, and the P/E of the S&P500 is a good stand-in for that). Of course, most small business owners also work their asses off, so you might want to give them some credit (that's the non-public-stock half of the economy).

Willing to do the homework, or just want to rant in ignorance?

"I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid" -- the artificial person, from _Aliens_