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Comment: Re:First blacks, (Score 1) 917

by eof (#46341843) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation
I can grudgingly accept the right to bigotry on an individual level (but, as with all free speech, there is no freedom from the consequences of it). However, this isn't about individuals, it's about businesses, and that changes everything. Businesses are not people. They are artificial constructs brought into being by government. They do not, and should not, enjoy the same freedoms as individuals, and that most certainly includes discrimination. If a government does not want the businesses it creates to exercise bigotry, it is well within its rights to mandate that, and can do so without impinging one iota upon the rights of individuals.

Comment: Re:Retina Displays? (Score 1) 377

by eof (#41735035) Attached to: Samsung Terminates LCD Contract With Apple
They can't trademark maths, but the entire point of coining a term like 'Retina' is to create easily-identifiable vocabulary that (ostensibly) conveys meaning in lieu of maths for nontechnical folks. The reason the term is useless outside of marketing for Apple is that Apple will not allow anyone else to use it.

Comment: Re:I said it before and I'll say it again... (Score 2) 230

by eof (#36112182) Attached to: No Pirate Bay for Comcast Customers
There are a number of studies that indicate that a middle class squeeze has occurred in the US. isn't a bad place to start for some aggregate results. I don't agree with some of the conclusions they draw, but their data seem to be in order.

Comment: Re:Ah, the Republican Party ... (Score 1) 884

by eof (#35686432) Attached to: Congressman Wants YouTube Video Covered Up

I agree. The problem is that the barrier to entry has been placed impossibly high, in the form of the amount of money needed to campaign for national office in a way that will reach enough voters. One is all but obligated to get backing (with all of the strings attached) to run.

Which is why the most valuable reforms must begin with campaign regulation. Contributions and capping expenses are a good place to start. Replacing simple plurality voting with an alternative system (like adjusted district voting) would also be huge.

The trick, of course, is getting any of it to be legislated by the people it will regulate who are already controlled by the people whose power it would diminish.

Comment: Re:Huh... (Score 1) 450

by eof (#34506524) Attached to: Facebook's Zuckerberg To Give Away Half His Cash

That is how it should work in theory.

Unfortunately in practice these days, the money tends to exchange hands between investors a fair few times before it finally gets to something that will actually use it to generate work. By that time, the investment must generate an obnoxiously high return in order to satisfy all of the middlemen, which can limit who qualifies for that investment.

Which is all part of the problem with finance these days. There is a huge, bloated infrastructure of money men that are moving money around, keeping a cut, and allowing precious little of it to actually go to work, at which point the returns have to be unreasonably high. Recipe for disaster, as we've been experiencing firsthand.

Comment: Re:Genius Title (Score 1) 285

by eof (#34503666) Attached to: X Particle Might Explain Dark Matter & Antimatter

I admit I chuckled a bit at "may even be testable".

I realize that particle physics must often invert the scientific premise of observe-then-theorize due to the cost of creating observable conditions, but it's kind of humorous when testability, the cornerstone of science, has to be remarked on in this fashion.

Comment: Re:Double Standard? (Score 1) 574

by eof (#34377072) Attached to: Apple Bans Android Magazine App From App Store

Not really a valid comparison. The apple app store is not just a storefront for apple-created products, it's a market for third party products as well. This potentially includes apps that access information about companies and products that compete with Apple.

Any right Apple has to run their app store the way they see fit must be tempered with consideration to competition law. Whether this act violates antitrust is subject to opinion (I don't feel that it is), but I do think it shows an intent by Apple to compete on grounds other than pure merit, and that's unfortunate.

What if Google retaliated by biasing apple-oriented search results to negative press, reviews, etc.? Or simply stopped building indices on Apple's sites? I think we'd all agree that's a bad thing, yet this is what Apple is dabbling with. I think Apple needs to be very careful.


Darth Vader Robs Long Island Bank 190

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-find-our-lack-of-funds-disturbing dept.
Apparently the destruction of the second Death Star has stretched the Galactic Empire's coffers so thin that Lord Vader himself is robbing banks. From the article: "Impotent Rebel Alliance security forces tell Newsday (paywall) that Vader marched into a Chase bank in Setauket around 11:30 a.m. today. Brandishing a completely unnecessary handgun — as he had the power to choke the oxygen out every teller's throat — the fallen Jedi demanded cash."

Comment: Fight, Texans, Fight. (Score 1) 1238

by eof (#32234448) Attached to: Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

This report from the ACLU of Texas pretty much sums it up. The TSBOE has always been able to abuse its power to push an agenda, but we've never seen it done this flagrantly before. This must not come to pass. We need legislation to halt these amendments immediately and reassess the Board's purview. Specifically, more checks and balances are needed to avoid the realization of personal agendas by a select few, and to allow more input into the process by the educators of our state.

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis