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Comment Re:Background (Score 1) 313

So we are supposed to accept the word of an (at best) incompetent company, with management that is tied to Clinton, while the Sanders campaign is expected to prove an unprovable thing. The Sanders campaign has had its records accessed in a similar manor during previous firewall lapses. Do you seriously expect that the corrupt leadership of the DNC will apply the same punishment for those transgressions?

I wonder if the access logs for this site would prove that you are a partisan shill for the Clinton campaign.

I think the answer is yes.

Fortunately for you we have a tradition of respecting anonymity around here.

Comment Re:Corporate death penalty (Score 5, Interesting) 130

I would advocate replacing the current practice of corporations being legally required to act in the best interests of shareholders only with a new hierarchy or rules, much like Asimov's laws if you will:

First, a corporation must act reasonably in the best interest of the general public.
Second, a corporation must act reasonably in the best interest of their employees where it doesn't conflict with the first rule.
Third, a corporation must act reasonably in the best interest of their shareholders where that doesn't conflict with the first or second rule.

A corporation jacks up the price of a generic drug by 7,000,000%? Sued by the general public.

A corporation informs employees that they will have to train their H1B replacements? Sued by their employees.

A corporation pays its CEO an unreasonably large salary with no evidence that that results in better executive performance? Sued by their shareholders. (This should be happening now...)

I like it better than a corporate death penalty, because many corporations do have value and importance to the general public that would be at risk of being destroyed because of a single bad acting CEO. With this scheme, the courts would have a framework for redressing these issues.

In the case of patent trolls, some patents are more obviously bullshit then others. The more obviously bullshit the patent, the more strong a case members of the general public would have to individually sue the trolls for obstructing their use of the technology. What if everybody who uses HTTPS could sue these clowns?

Comment Re:I'm going to enjoy this more than I should (Score 2) 482

You are making a very common mistake of free enterprisors here... you are ignoring (or denying) the externalities. Government intervention is necessary to deal with this problem. Some of the interventions, such as bumper design requirements to minimize harm in collisions effect both gasoline and electric cars, while others, such as emissions and fuel economy requirements only effect gasoline cars.

While there is certainly much to criticize about government subsidies for $100,000 luxury cars, they start to make more sense when the technology works its way down to the lower end. I would favor phasing out the subsidy based on the vehicle price, it should be $0 for anything over $50,000.

By the way, how much do you think gasoline would cost if all the subsidies for petroleum went to $0?

Comment Re:Misleading title (Score 3, Insightful) 279

It takes a capacity for being deliberately obtuse to fail to acknowledge that Malthusianism has been discredited for decades. Indeed, population growth is already going negative in many countries. All you need is to have good education and easy access to birth control.

Comment Re:Draconian family planning? (Score 0) 279


It is well documented that all you need to do to push the reproduction rate below replacement is to have comprehensive sex education and easy access to birth control.

We will probably have to move to ever more generous paid family leave policies just to keep the population stable.

So fuck off with the discredited Malthusianism.

Comment Re:Who wants to wake up in a Hell Simulation? (Score 1) 269

That reminds me of a Babylon 5 episode, "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars".

A far future (from the show's perspective) government creates holographic simulacra of the the characters from the show in order to make propaganda videos of them committing atrocities, only the Garabaldi simulacrum is a little too clever and causes some problems for them.

Comment Re:As a chemist, I have something to say. (Score 3, Interesting) 135

You are correct that heavy metals are everywhere. However, we can't trust corporations to self police, so we have government set limits. It is reasonable for the limits to be more strict with respect to a product that is marketed as a replacement for all of your meals, such as Soylent. Contrast this with tuna fish and mercury content, which is considered to be at acceptable levels when eaten occasionally.

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