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Comment Re:Honest Question (Score 1) 2115

10X of the poverty line might be gravy, but higher taxes at that level might also be a disinsentive to produce more wealth - and more jobs.

Why 10X the poverty line, why don't we just tax everything above the poverty line since that is the place that you can survive?

Taxes on income punish a person for producing (earning) no matter the level. Have you ever seen the articles that show a family of 4 earning roughly $20K actually has more disposable income than a family earning $50K? It takes a considerable amount of money (percentage wise) to go from welfare to taxpayer - so much so, that it isn't always worth the effort.

The Almighty Buck

Boy Finds £2.5M Gold Locket With Metal Detector 169

Instead of bottle caps and ridicule from his peers, 3-year-old James Hyatt found a locket worth millions with his metal detector. James and his dad found the gold locket last May in Essex. Since then the 500-year-old treasure has been appraised at around £2.5million. From the article: "James’s father Jason, 34, said: ‘My son is one of the luckiest people ever. If we go to the doctors he’ll put his hand down the side of the sofa and pull out a tenner.’"

Comment Re:And what about the players.. (Score 0, Offtopic) 185

"The difference being that software, games, music, TV shows, and movies can continue working as long as you have the media"

"So, when I buy a ticket to see a musical concert, that gives me the ability to see that same concert again whenever I please? Amazing. I thought that once the concert was over, that was it."

Jackass, have you always been a douche?

Comment Re:What a joke of a survey. (Score 1) 490

I travel between Phoenix, San Jose, Salt Lake City, St. George, and Las Vegas, and I've never had an issue with ATT and my iPhone 3gs.

You and most people I know don't have problems with using their iphone, but I hate when someone calls me on their iphone - either to my landline or cell. The voice quality is terrible from the iphone.

Comment Re:What about Google? (Score 1) 487

Well, I think you can, actually. Capitalism is often described as 'greed is good'. Socialism at least ATTEMPTS to set up a system that actively resists the greed impulse. It may not succeed, and greed will exist no matter what system you set up, but that doesn't make every system equal in terms of how much greed is encouraged.

It's not how much greed is encouraged that makes socialism good or bad, it is how greed is tolerated that makes it bad. The ruling class only tolerates their own greed.

Comment Re:I'm ignorant (Score 3, Interesting) 206

Local radio and opportunities for niche programming are disappearing.

Dr. Demento was syndicated, not local. He is definately niche.

It is a shame that it is harder to find a place for something different in this world.

Too bad there is not some system that can allow people to connect and search for content using computers.

I live in a small town. Clear Channel is one more way to erode something unique. The corporate whores at the FCC have decide to server their corporate masters, and this is just one more sympton.

I also live in a small town and if it weren't for the clear channel stations, I'd receive no radio stations (we have weak local stations with lots of static).

Comment Re:The main danger is (Score 1) 357

I've mentioned it a few times before, but one of the major reasons I refuse to believe the sincerity of measures like this scanning technology is that one can purchase large glass bottles in any airport departure lounge. A glass bottle is a far more effective weapon than many of the other items that they'll confiscate from hand luggage, yet I've never even seen the issue mentioned.

A pen and pencil are also very effective weapons.

Comment Re:Lawyer? (Score 1) 554

Unfortunately, Cable TV is not a market where the "market fairy" can fix anything because the government gave Comcast a monopoly. If there were competing cable companies, Comcast may have to clean up its act. Maybe the satellite tv market will fix the problem allowed by the government? Comcast has 25 million television subscribers in 39 of the fifty U.S. states,[24] although the company is losing customers by the thousands. In the fourth quarter of 2009, Comcast lost 199,000 cable TV customers and in the fourth quarter of 2008, the company lost 233,000 cable TV customers.[25] As of December 31, 2009 Comcast has 23.559 million video customers.

Comment Re:This would have worked... (Score 1) 368

How about running a SECURE system at home? simply having the PC with logins and auto lock-out would have stopped this idiot sociopath in his tracks.

The house was locked; You can't really get much more secure than that. The lock-out procedure on the house failed, again, can't fault the owner.

Comment Re:Government can be effective (Score 0, Offtopic) 826

People love saying government is stupid and can never do anything right, but that's not true with everything. Currency is one example: there is enough political will and a real-world need to prevent counterfeiting (fraud). Government puts a good deal of effort into preventing counterfeiting, and the penalty is quite harsh and is well-enforced. While not 100% fraud-proof, they have done a pretty good job. I have not had a problem with being given counterfeit money recently, and I don't know of anyone who has.

The problem with counterfeiting money is that it causes people to lose confidence in the "value" of the money. They don't trust the money and it loses more value. Unfortunately, our government is now monetizing debt (just printing money) and people are now losing confidence in the dollar. As more people lose confidence in the dollar, the "value" is decreased. Our money is will soon get to the point that it doesn't make sense to counterfeit anymore. Perhaps many counterfeiters are already at that point and that is why you haven't been given counterfeit money...or maybe the counterfeit money is really good and you don't notice.

Comment Re:I'm also not sure how it's a big deal (Score 1) 203

So if China was to try that as a precursor at an attack, it wouldn't do any good. We'd either already know about the attack, having seen the ships on the way, or it would be way too early, since the ships would take a long time to get here, and it would be back up by the time they got here.

Suppose China disabled the USA's electrical grid via physical attack. There would chaos - transportation shuts down, cities run out of food, medicine, etc. China then sends large scale military force over as a "peace keeping mission" to help rebuild infrastructure. Peace keeping force turns into occupation.

You don't have to pre-position troops to attack and the attack can be hidden.

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman