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Comment: Re:Don't get it (Score 1) 342

by foniksonik (#46462661) Attached to: New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

Here's a thought. Your taxes can go to subsidizing farmers. Mine can go to feeding the hungry.

There you go. Conservative and Liberal values (how subsidizing corporate conglomerates is conservative I truly don't know). Taxes applied to what we consider to be important e.g. representative taxation.

My taxes are going to keep people healthy, decrease healthcare costs cheaply, improve the results of education (children perform better when nourished) and generally improve quality of life for all. Think of food and nutrition as the tide that raises all ships.

Your taxes are going to improve the profitability of food producers so they can continue to consolidate that industry in a series of acquisitions and mergers.

Feel better?

Comment: Re:..or without a background check? (Score 1) 310

by foniksonik (#46415657) Attached to: Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

Yeah but your life would suck hard if those guns were used to kill anyone important. Regardless of your rights you would become a person of interest and potentially slapped with an abetting charge. You have no record of the sale so no proof that you did not supply the weapons specifically to have your alleged accomplice commit the crime. Just imagine the Feds showing up to let you know that your firearms were involved in the killing of a US Senator and the suspected you of belonging to a pro-gun militant group, etc etc.

Enjoy those thoughts.

Comment: Re:Temporal Control Circuits (Score 1) 127

by foniksonik (#46237383) Attached to: National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy

Salt was more valuable than gold. Many other spices as well. Currency was only useful in cities in ancient times. Cities are working economies - a post economic world would have no use of currency. Barter would be the norm. Possibly with some trade (scheduled exchanges of goods between communities).

The only scenario this is even remotely plausible is one where at least 999 of every 1,000 people died catastrophically and in an equal distribution around the globe (leaving about 7 million people worldwide and scattered into small groups).

Comment: Re:Target needs to be sued (Score 1) 213

by foniksonik (#45926031) Attached to: Target Admits Data Breach May Have Up To 110 Million Victims

And which Target do you go to where there's only one checkout line? I'll be sure to avoid that one.

Btw 6 min / 6 lanes = 1 min (keeping it easy for the math challenged).

The Targets I go to have at least 20 lanes plus several POS in electronics. That still seems like I'm under estimating.

Comment: Re:Are they completely blind? (Score 2) 183

by foniksonik (#45141721) Attached to: Ed Felten: Why Email Services Should Be Court-Order Resistant

adjective: catholic;adjective: Catholic
(esp. of a person's tastes) including a wide variety of things; all-embracing.
synonyms: universal, diverse, diversified, wide, broad, broad-based, eclectic, liberal, latitudinarian; More
antonyms: narrow

That word doesn't mean what you think it means.

Comment: Re:world before Snowden and after, - B.S. & A. (Score 0) 247

by foniksonik (#45113965) Attached to: Could Snowden Have Been Stopped In 2009?

Jesus existence is pretty much a fact - everything else about him, not so much. The comparison with Snowden in terms of what we actually know may be apt. It's unlikely that we will ever know all of the facts about Snowden and many details that are filled in later will be questionable.

Comment: Re:Anyone noticed (Score 2) 348

by foniksonik (#45098515) Attached to: The W3C Sells Out Users Without Seeming To Get Anything In Return

FairPlay is what the parent was thinking of. It's the DRM that limits you to 5 device authorizations but with unlimited lossy "burns" and 10 playlists with unlimited "burns".

It actually wasn't that burdensome - some might say "fair" but the reality was/is that people are happy with lossy lower quality mp3s so the unlimited part was a loophole that voided the DRM in practice. Apple abandoned it ASAP and opted to simply make buying tracks easier than pirating them. Worked pretty well.

Comment: Re:Odd for the country of Intel, Apple and Google (Score 1) 745

by foniksonik (#45078967) Attached to: US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

The US has ~316 Million people. 5% have a net worth of 1M or more. ~20% are below the poverty line w no assets and less than 28k annual income, 1.2% live on less than $2 per day. 20% are working poor (no assets), 40% are working/middle class and 15% are upper middle class.

So you have 20% (rich and upper middle class) that have a quality education or personal drive aka self educated. Let's add in 10% to account for the top of the middle class, educated but lacking in opportunity or ambition or just not there yet.

30% of 300 Million, so 100 Million people with a 16 Million buffer. Let's take out the children and elderly, so we're left with 60% of that number (under 20 is ~28% and over 85 is ~12%) or 60 Million.

Unemployment is at 7.5% so we're at 45 Million.

I can't find a good source of jobs by industry at the moment (should be on bureau of labor site somewhere), so I'll just throw out 10% as a rough percentage of people who might be involved in something technical or scientific where they could be innovative in some way.

4.5 Million. Let's cut that in half to 2.25 Million for no good reason and then let's take 2% of that = 45k. That's 45 thousand people who could be starting up the next Apple, Google, etc. It really only takes a few people at the top to provide leadership.

What's my point? I don't know, but whatever it was I showed my work.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.