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Comment: Re:Radical Left allowed to run a country... (Score 1) 127

by mi (#48916821) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Tell me why I shouldn't.

Go ahead. Be sure to cite facts, though. With Wikileaks and Snowden out there, you ought to have plenty to work with. Take your time.

If they're destabilizing the place like in the middle east and south Asia and Africa

Begs the question, does not it?..

Comment: Celebrate government dependency (Score 1) 206

by mi (#48916763) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

when did we become a nation of wimps?

It was all downhill since we decided (contrary to the Founding Father's advice and implorations) to make it the government's responsibility to take care of "the most vulnerable". The list of "vulnerable" has been increasing since and the number of the benevolent and caring government officials needed to take care of them has been increasing along with it. As has been the "caring" class' voting power — while you were kept focused on the "military industrial complex"...

The lost "War on Poverty", for example, has cost $22 trillion — three times more than all of America's military wars combined (inflation-adjusted). If the overhead costs (pay and other expenses of the government officials doing the wealth-redistribution) was at the idealistic 23% of that, we paid them about $5 trillion dollars over the 50 years.

If it is acceptable for 15% to remain on the dole, is it really that much of a stretch, that the 100% need to be told, when to stay home a few days (weeks, months) per year?

Comment: Re:Multiple formats (Score 1) 103

by DrBuzzo (#48916647) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
The drives will be available. It might be expensive, but they will be available.

One of the big concerns people have is that the media will die and they won't be able to read it. They will end up with a format for which no drive exists that can be used to read the data.

That is not as likely as it might seem. This is especially true if it is something that is widely deployed, such as CD or DVD. Even magneto optical is pretty common and has been deployed fairly widely in the medical field. There are MO archives that are very large.

Firms exist that specialize in recovery of data from obsolete media. If you have nine-track data tapes, there are firms that can read and transfer them. If you have quad video tape, there are firms that can transfer it. 8-inch disks, mini tape data storage from a commodore, Sinclair ZX Microdrive etc. Believe it or not, there are companies out there who have the capability of reading it. Even those weird formats that were failures, like the Castlewood Orb or Sony HiFD or the Pocket Zip. yeah, there are data recovery places that maintain the equipment to read them.

It might be expensive, though. Sending out some of those disks to one of the few places that has the equipment could be more than one hundred dollars per cartridge.

Comment: How much are you storing? (Score 1) 103

by DrBuzzo (#48916487) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
I would generally lean toward hard drives. Definitely the cheapest per gigabyte to store data. They are so cheap these days, that you can get multiple ones. One hard drive might fail. Two might. Four are unlikely to. If the data is important, then considering how cheap they are, three or four is not unreasonable.

Personally, I have my regular backups and then I have my truly irreplaceable stuff. the stuff I really want to be sure I have forever is kept on hard drives and on optical media (as yet another backup, against mechanical failure). I keep it in multiple places. One copy at my home. One at my parents home. One at my family's summer home. Redundancy: one location might burn down. All three probably won't.

Also, for optical media, I use these:

Comment: Re:jessh (Score 1) 206

by mi (#48916465) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

At worst, people lose a day's worth of work, some businesses are affected.

The annual economic output of New York metro area alone (leaving Philadelphia aside for a minute) is about $1.4 trillion dollars — or about $4billion per day (weekdays such as today produce more than weekends). If even a mere 10% of that figure was lost today because of our rulers' failures, the cost is $400 million (for New York alone).

Possible severe damage to infrastructure

Little of such damage can be meaningfully prevented by shutting the infrastructure down. But even if it could be — and even the entire $60 million cost of the "Christmas Blizzard of 2010" could've been prevented by shutting the city down, it would've still been a pretty stupid thing to do — even if the storm actually lived up to the hype.

possible death toll

The "Christmas Blizzard of 2010" is imputed with 7 fatalities — or, in dollar terms, $63 million dollar, tops.

The best course of action by far is to shut the city down.

Hundreds vs. tens of millions of dollars lead to the exact opposite conclusion.

But there is more — individuals and businesses, made aware of the risks, can (and are supposed to!) make their own decisions. Governor declaring driving on a public road a crime is something else — they violate our freedom.

and who really expects a cabaret singer to have any knowledge of risk assessment

So, where do you sing?

Comment: Re:Radical Left allowed to run a country... (Score 1) 127

by mi (#48915897) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Venezuela's resources are just too valuable for the pirates to leave to the competition, been that way for what, about 500 years now?

Well, if it has been a problem for 500 years, please quadrupling of the homicide rate in the country since 1998. And the 23-fold increase in kidnappings over the same period... Are you going to blame the CIA for it?

Comment: Re:Radical Left allowed to run a country... (Score 1) 127

by mi (#48915791) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Shit like this [Chile coup, Pinochet -mi]

Chile's Pinochet, upon stepping down (show me one Left-dictator to have done that!), has left his country as the top Latin American economy. And their homicide-rate today is 3.7 per 100K people — compare that to Venezuela's 67!

And how would you propose to disallow the radical left from running a country, when that country is a democracy and the people vote for it?

By not voting for the assholes — and by persecuting them wherever they appear with the same vigor as the other brand of collectivists is being persecuted already.

Comment: Re:Radical Left allowed to run a country... (Score 1) 127

by mi (#48915605) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Venezuela has always been at war, with its neighbors and itself.

And with Eastasia...

Plus you fail to acknowledge the outside provocateurs.

What sort of "provcateurs" can explain the quadrupling of murder rate there since 1998? And the supermarket shelves, which aren't just underwhelming, but outright empty?

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 1) 303

by CanHasDIY (#48914553) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

The right to travel is basically saying the government doesn't have a right to lock you into one position not allowing you to move by any means you have available to you.

Citation needed.

Also, if right to travel doesn't pertain to means of transportation, what if the government said private jets were now the only vehicle you could legally travel in? Wouldn't that prohibit our right to travel freely? Or are you going to pretend a person could walk from LA to NY in any amount of time considered reasonable in the 21st Century?

Comment: Re:No fuck off (Score 1) 387

by Archangel Michael (#48914491) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

But "GUNS!!!!!"

The amount of PANIC in people is ridiculous. I work for a school district, and three schools went on full "LOCKDOWN!!!" because someone called a report of someone walking down the street with a "GUN!!!!". Turns out it was a man with a cane.

So, lets panic! It seems to be all the rage!

+ - Russian oil tycoons behind US "greens"?->

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mi (197448) writes "A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.

With oil prices plunging as a result of a fracking-induced oil glut in the United States, experts say the links between Russian oil interests, secretive foreign political donors, and high-profile American environmentalists suggest Russia may be backing anti-fracking efforts in the United States."

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