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Comment: What's not to love about Intel? (Score 1) 63

by mi (#48461347) Attached to: A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

because Intel workers lose something like $35,000 worth of tools every year.

That sounds a lot cheaper than even a single one full-time engineer busy developing and maintaining this cool product. There must be some other motive...

Open source? You bet!

Yeah, because all of Intel's other software has been open source.

What's not to love about the company — and its careful PR campaign preparing the market for the demise of AMD? What a lovable corporation — I think, I have a thrill up my leg again.

Comment: Re:Death to Communists (Score 1) 935

by mi (#48461211) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

I agree that for the time being, large-scale centralized communism is doomed to failure

Whether it will some day be "successful" or not, I would not accept an idea, that Collective ought to trump the Individual.

Because that's the inevitable endpoint of capitalism, even without regulatory capture: wealth catalyzes the accumulation of wealth.

Gibberish and nonsense. Bill Gates was from a lower end middle-class family. Soros was a poor immigrant. Joe Biden's grandfather was an uber-rich magnate, but Joe owes more than he owns.

institutionalized theft - in the wild you own only what you can keep

Are you saying, that whatever does not occur in the wild is automatically "theft"? I think, we are done here...

wealth redistribution happens as a matter of course as the strong and sneaky reappropriate it from the transiently wealthy.

That the weak can have rights was — for centuries — considered a major advancement of humanity. I guess, your school of thought would — given a chance — do away with such advancements, the way others would — given a chance — abolish flush toilets and air-conditioning. To not give your kind such a chance is worth a lot — including some public hangings.

no, I don't imagine theocrats have the slightest interest in a viable democracy

But Communists do, right? Hillarious...

Comment: Past time for AV recording of police actions (Score 1) 935

by fyngyrz (#48461199) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

There is a grand jury who disagrees with the version of events that you have imagined.

The grand jury is just as likely to be corrupt, and/or incompetent, and/or prejudiced, as the rest of the people involved with, and directed by, the systemically flawed justice system we have today. In addition, even assuming 100% competence on their part, the data that reached them can be (and often is) washed to provide a particular desired outcome.

The only takeaway I get from all this noise is that we'd be somewhat better off if police officers wore tamper-resistant AV recording gear when on duty (and in any jurisdiction that assigns them 24/7 authority, on duty or not, they should be wearing those cameras 24/7 as well. Personally, I think 24/7 authority is also a Very Bad Idea.)

There is no question that some individual police officers, and some groups of police, are corrupt. Given the seriousness of the authority and responsibility assigned to them, and their ability to ruin lives and families in a heartbeat, letting them run loose without any independent oversight seems like a very serious mistake to me, particularly now that monitoring their activities is well within the bounds of technical feasibility.

A bad cop is a horrible thing. It's also long past time for the blue wall of silence to creep its slimy ass into the black hole of history to join with some of humanity's other bottom-feeder behaviors.

Comment: Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 1) 184

by mi (#48461089) Attached to: Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

can illegals still get food stamps with no proof of residency?

Yes — in many cases they can. For example, a child born in the US is automatically a citizen, unlike some European countries. Not only does that entitle his parents to stay here, if they happen to be poor, they'll be helped by the taxpayers.

illegal immigrants will work for less than legal immigrants as they are more desperate

The United States does not have a labor shortage. Bringing in cheap foreign labor means, the less desperate poor Americans will have fewer jobs — requiring more taxes to support them. So the immigration tends to increase "safety net" expenditures, even when the immigrants themselves aren't the immediate recipients.

parties like the republicans that represent the richest

Not true. Though exceptions abound, Republicans tend to represent the middle-class to upper middle class bourgeois. Democrats represent the uber-reach and the proletariat.

Comment: Oh, please (Score 1) 297

by fyngyrz (#48460983) Attached to: The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Many good men are [racist]

No, they aren't. If you're racist, it's more than a "sin", it's an abject failure of humanity. Just the kind of thing that gets people hurt badly, often in large numbers. Your sin here is failing to recognize evil when it's right in your face.

Others are liars, or thieves, or adulterers.

There's no worthy point in this. None of these actions can serve to exonerate racism, or racists. The only cure for racism is to abandon it as a failed mode of thought. Every thinking being is an individual. When someone loses (or never gains) sight of that and lumps them into classes, regardless of what you call the process, it's a very, very bad thing.

All men have their sins.

No, they don't. Some people are intrinsically good; and some issues are not sins, for many varied reasons, not the least of which is an overly simplistic viewpoint of the person making the judgment. The idea that all are born with/into sin is a superstitious notion with absolutely no root in reality.

Yours is self-righteousness.

Pot, meet kettle.

Comment: Re:Constitution and multiple parties (Score 1) 67

by mi (#48460965) Attached to: DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

Uh, have you read the 12th Amendment?

The Amendment applies to elections of the Executive — President and Vice President. We were talking — it seemed to me — about legislatures — where in the US two parties dominate, but in other countries there is a wonderful tapestry of multi-partyism.

So, if 3 candidates are in the running, one gets 10%, one gets 45% and the other gets 45%, no one wins.

I don't believe, this ever happened. Somebody would usually get at list slightly more votes than the other. Ross Perot — the most recent remotely-viable 3rd-party candidate lost not because Congress didn't like him, but simply because he came a distant 3rd.

I have not voted for a party, ever, in my life

I meant legally. Though many people (not you, Ok) vote on straight party-tickets, legally they all vote for people, not parties. Yes, it may be, that all a voter knows about a particular candidate is his (likely) party-affiliation, but the vote — in the US — is still for the candidate, not his party.

In many other countries it is the opposite — people might know, who the party is likely to appoint upon winning, but they vote for the parties, not individuals. The parties then allocate seats (in the legislature) according to their own whims and preferences.

Comment: Re:Constitution and multiple parties (Score 1) 67

by mi (#48460833) Attached to: DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

Just because there is no codified system, doesn't mean one doesn't exist.

Just because there is no X, doesn't mean X does not exist. Marvelous.

The system exists, because of conditions set up by our election system.

The Y exists, because of Y.

Darling, depending on your age, there may still be hope for you. But I'm not going to cast any more pearls before you — I've done my duty to society.

Comment: Re:Death to Communists (Score 1) 935

by mi (#48460355) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Yes, an economic system in which the workers own the means of production

Whatever it sounds like in theory.

an evil concept that promotes mass-murder

Yes. Wherever attempted in earnest, Communism resulted in exactly that: mass-murder. And to what end? The survivors were left in dire economic misery and without most basic rights.

Compare the North and South Koreas. Eastern and Western Germany (before reunification). Soviet Estonia and Finland. The three examples compare identical countries with identical peoples...

I'll grant you that every large-scale attempt at communism so far has had horrible fascist overtones

That's because Fascism is not so very different. It is slightly better in that the economy runs more efficiently — thanks to the (relatively) free markets. But the whole idea, that the (Glorious) Collective ought to trump the silly and cantankerous Individual — shared by Communism, Socialism (a.k.a. Communism-lite), and Fascism — is what leads to the above mentioned mass-murders and deprivations.

so let's all of us, communists, capitalists, socialists, anarchists, etc. work together

Theocrats curiously omitted, he-heh... You seem to suggest, that all ideas have merit and are equally valid — the "wonderful tapestry of diversity" concept. That is demonstrably not true. Communists in particular belong on lamp-posts — allowing them to "try again" is simply suicidal.

Comment: Re:The "Protesters" (Score 1) 935

by mi (#48457625) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Plenty of marches are yearly events

Marches — yes. But protests? Protests are (supposed to be) spontaneous one-offs, triggered by an acute problem or a flare-up of a chronic one — not something happening every year on schedule...

You're a bit of a shithead yourself

Ah, an ad-hominem... How do I know, you have a Che Guevara T-shirt? This is how.

Please, don't hate.

Comment: Death to Communists (Score 1) 935

by mi (#48457203) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Commie bastards — anybody with a Che Guevara T-shirt or a red flag — deserves to be hung from a lamp post until their feet stop kicking.

Followers of the single most murderous school of thought known to humanity — even Hitler's peculiar branch of Fascism being but a distant second — have their minds infected and their demonstrations and protests help spread and perpetuate the infection.

They should be quarantined and culled — to let the healing begin. Please, don't hate.

Comment: Re:The "Protesters" (Score 1) 935

by mi (#48455307) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

taking part in a large peaceful protest that occurs annually there

What sort of "large protest" occurs annually on schedule? Do they sacrifice a minority teenager once a year over there — to properly inspire the participants?

The previous year, some shitheads had started rioting

Something is telling me, all participants have excrement in their cranial cavities — even if not all of them riot...

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.