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Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 1) 148

by kilfarsnar (#47917753) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

I blame the dealerships too. The last time I went shopping for a car, I told the salesman I was looking to replace my Chevy Malibu, and wanted something small to midize that was good in the snow. Despite the bevy of options on the lot, he walked me over to a Challenger SRT ... a rear-wheel drive boat that most likely isn't even particularly good in the rain.

Oh come on. It's only got 475 pound feet of torque. It'll be great in the snow! ;-)

Comment: Re: NSA scorecard on on truth? (Score 1) 196

by kilfarsnar (#47910097) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

The problem with a conspiracy theorist is that all available evidence will be viewed in whatever way is possible to support their beliefs, and any evidence that contradicts it will be dismissed as fabricated or lies. The result is that it is not possible to have a real discussion or debate with them since the purpose of such interactions can never occur given that their beliefs can never be changed. I am not sure what the true story is in regards to what Snowden did or did not complain about, but Ready, Fire, and maybe then think about Aim, is the wrong way to debate it, and makes the presenter look foolish.

Good points. Personally, it does not matter to me whether or not Mr. Snowden tried to raise concerns internally before going to the press. That's because I do not expect that he would have gotten much traction internally, and likely would have made himself suspicious to his superiors in the process. He certainly could not have had the impact he has had by going through the chain of command. He has done more of a public service than he could have by reporting internally.

Comment: Re: NSA scorecard on on truth? (Score 1) 196

by kilfarsnar (#47910045) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

agreed.. and p.s. the government IS (and has been) bankrupt.. it just isn't yet entirely insolvent.

The US government can print it's own currency. Therefore it cannot go bankrupt. It can choose not to pay it's obligations (which would be foolish), but it cannot run out of money.

Comment: Re: So-to-speak legal (Score 2) 417

by kilfarsnar (#47909485) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

"Then TOR will be wrapped by a VPN service, and Comcast will be fscked."

Let's not forget that rights holders are already calling for VPN users to be assumed to be criminals. So it's far from impossible that what they're doing for TOR now, they may do for VPNs later. Sure they would have to have some sort of system to allow "approved" VPN connections, so that people who need them for work wouldn't be screwed, but I wouldn't rule it out.

Anything's possible, especially when corporate profits are at stake. But preventing people from using VPN's seems like it would be tough in practice; not from a technological standpoint, but from a practical one. So many businesses use VPN for so much, blocking it would be a real issue. The BBC can say they want every VPN user to be considered a copyright infringer, but VPN has so may legitimate (and at this point, necessary) uses that making that argument in any serious way would be difficult.

Comment: Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 347

by kilfarsnar (#47892573) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

... There is no debt crisis. It's not even that no one is ever going to pay it. It's that the US can print its own money. It is not like state governments or a household. It has the capacity for infinite dollars. It will always be able to pay its debts.

So yes, we have plenty of money for science. We have plenty of money for everything. It is only political decisions that affect funding.

Great. Let's print $10000000000000000000 of money and save the world.

Yeah, ya can't just do that. Though that is a frequent response to the idea that we have unlimited money. The reason you can't is that you'll get massive inflation. The money supply can't increase faster than GDP or you'll get inflation. Sometimes inflation is desirable, BTW.

Funny story though: Since 2008 the Fed has tripled the money supply. Tripled! There are now three times as many dollars in existence than there were 7 years ago. The inflation hasn't materialized as much as some would think, for various reasons. I don't know entirely why myself. But the Fed's action is an example of how we have as much money as we want. It's really a matter of distribution. That's why I say these are political decisions, not financial ones. After the crash in 2008, the government could have given people money to pay off part of the loans on their underwater homes, thereby avoiding the devaluation of the CDO securities. But instead they bought a lot of the securities based on those loans, which cratered in value, at their peak prices. They bailed out the banks while leaving borrowers to be foreclosed on. Political decisions.

Comment: Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 347

by kilfarsnar (#47880219) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

The debt is just a number that various groups start throwing at each other when they don't get their way. It means almost nothing in the real world, as no one is ever going to pay it. We have plenty of money to fund science. We just don't want to, apparently.

This is true, and bears repeating. There is no debt crisis. It's not even that no one is ever going to pay it. It's that the US can print its own money. It is not like state governments or a household. It has the capacity for infinite dollars. It will always be able to pay its debts.

So yes, we have plenty of money for science. We have plenty of money for everything. It is only political decisions that affect funding.

Comment: Re:It should be (Score 2) 363

by kilfarsnar (#47871955) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

You'd have more of a point if the US wasn't so often concerned with the domestic policies of other nations.

Do we get concerned about domestic policies in other nations that are harboring American-murdering terrorists (and to a lesser extent those that murder our allies)? You bet your ass. Do we give a shit about Poland? Not so much.

LOL. Look at the drug laws in many other countries, and then find out how they got that way.

Comment: Re:sensationalism, ahoy (Score 1) 237

by kilfarsnar (#47817843) Attached to: Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

You know, cellular networks use radio, folks. When you're transmitting electromagnetic radiation using the fabric of spacetime as your communications medium, it becomes rather quite difficult to prevent interception. Learn to use encryption and quit your whining.

If you had bothered to RTFA, you'd know that these systems turn off encryption, unbeknownst to the user.

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