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Comment: Re:Double Standard (Score 1) 186

by rkd2110 (#37180934) Attached to: Twitter To Meet With UK Government About Riots

It could've been an insightful comment if you would have left your 'Big Government/Tea Party' agenda out of it.

The New Deal (what you call a failure of Big Gubermnt) was a reaction to the catastrophic failing of decades of 'Small Government'. Lax regulations, complete lack of worker protections and extremely libertarian approach to markets led to the great depression. The New Deal literally saved people from starvation.

What led to the current depression is the almost complete reversal of policies that created the 'American Golden Age' of the 50s through 70s.
Surprisingly when you drastically reduce taxes you incur a massive deficit. Even more surprisingly, when you remove all stop gaps that were put in place to remove market volatility, the markets, fueled by unsustainable greed, fail catastrophically.

All your Tea Party rhetoric neglects to take into consideration what amounts to be a century of contrary empiric evidence and will eventually lead to a full circle. You'll eliminate all government intervention and let the 'Free Market' take care of you, see millions of people in astounding poverty and millions starving on the streets and whoops, suddenly there will be popular cry for socially conscious policy.

Comment: Re:Gambling... (Score 1) 168

by rkd2110 (#36493460) Attached to: Online Poker Legalization Bill Coming Next Week

Your post wouldn't bother me if you hadn't so assuredly made so many factually incorrect statements, while appealing to 'common sense'

But this is only against such a random selection of other poker players and only when they're human. Pitted against a computer, their results suddenly fall well within a bell curve of chance.

This is patently false. To this date there isn't a single poker bot that beats a skilled human player over any statistically significant sample, and not for lack of trying to develop one. Mostly because there isn't an optimal decision tree that isn't directly influenced by the dynamics of a particular game. I'd be more then excited if you'd provide a single example to the contrary.

I'd say it's a little of both, with chance being predominant in the game's actual elements, and skill being predominant in its (human) players.

This right here makes it apparent that you have no understanding of poker. The 'chance' element of poker, which any person with some background in math/statistics would call 'variance', is evenly distributed among the players. What creates a difference in results, i.e profits, over a significant sample, is the 'skill' element. This is to say, that two players of different skill levels and unlimited funds will not have an even result over say 25k of poker hands.

In the end, though, a highly skilled poker player can still lose against somebody who never played before and sat down just for kicks. A well-trained marathon runner, however, is not going to lose against a couch potato short of an external influence.

As I've repeatedly stressed above, poker 'results' are measured over a significant sample size. It is extremely unlikely that a professional would lose to a novice over 350 hands. Not to mention 5k hands.

Comment: Re:We borrow money from China to fund corn... (Score 2) 586

by rkd2110 (#34676410) Attached to: Once-Darling Ethanol Losing Friends In High Places

The thing that bothers me most about your comment is not how wildly inaccurate it is (which is true) but the modding it got which reflects the amount of people that share your ignorance.

First, every single developed country I can think of has some sort of "guaranteed basic income". I can't think of any country in which rampant slouching ensued and society collapsed upon itself. The reason why this didn't happen is in your own comment:

If my housing and food were guaranteed to be paid for, for the rest of my life, I'd never bother doing a damned thing past that. I'd have endless hobbies and diversions and time-wasters, but I'd not get a job. Sure, some will work hard for really no reason, but many will just choose to exist ...And fill the time with drugs, and with sex, and other "vices".

What you seem to fail to understand is that the basic income you are guaranteed by the state is just that - basic. It covers housing, heating and most of your basic groceries. It doesn't cover computer equipment, video games, cell phone, books, drugs, clothes, condoms, beers at the pub, toys, sports equipment or coffee.

If you're telling me that you will be content with just the bare basics you will get from the state, you can achieve something fairly similar all by yourself. Work part-time, two shifts a week, in Walmart. Rent an one room apartment. Drink only bulk bought, store-brand soda and eat boiled potatoes and bread. Here it is, your slouchy heaven.

Comment: Re:Death, huh? (Score 5, Insightful) 1425

by rkd2110 (#34408484) Attached to: Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

The reason the US invaded Afghanistan was for their refusal to extradite Bin Laden

The US invaded Afghanistan because there was money in it, for someone other then the American people that is. I think that the idea that invading a country and occupying it for 9 years just to secure the extradition of a single man is preposterous. I mean seriously, why the fuck do you have Delta/Seals/Rangers/SAD if you need to deploy a whole army to catch a singly person?

Not to mention the fact that the Taliban publicly agreed to extradite Bin Laden if the US supplied some sort of evidence. Later they relinquished that request and offered to extradite Bin Laden to Pakistan, but Pakistan refused to take him due to Musharf feeling that "He can not guarantee his safety". Yep. Pakistan, your "Ally in the War on Terror".

Anyone perpetuating the myth that Afghanistan is the just, necessary war (in contrast to the Iraq war) is either disingenuous or tragically ignorant of the facts.

Comment: Re:What does Wikileaks get from this? (Score 5, Insightful) 606

Doubtful with the amount of corruption present in Russia that they wouldn't have dirt on them. I think they're just on a high horse against the US, UK, and other countries because they'll avoid Po-210 poisoning better that way. Doesn't make Assange sound like the white knight he attempts to portray

This is a straw man and an ill conceived ad hominem attack (i.e - "Assange is a coward because he's afraid of assassination!"). You could just as well say "Amnesty International does nothing to stop famine" or "Oxfam does nothing to stop the genocide in Sudan" and blame them for trying to portray themselves as charitable organizations. You do not criticize a person or an organization for the good work they didn't do. There will always be the next worthwhile cause.

I personally don't mind if he does focus his efforts on the US/UK. They do enough highly questionable things to keep a small organization such as WL busy for decades to come. It is not his job nor prerogative to publish information in a manner which would be equally embarrassing to all countries . He runs a site on the internet, not a UN/governmental organization. If he so wishes he can focus exclusively on uncovering 4chan users identities.

Also, given your own stated opinion on the way that Russia/China/EvilCountryX deal with leaks, it is entirely conceivable that there are far less potential sources who are willing to risk their lives in order to expose such information.

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Jumbo Dual-Screen "Kno" Tablet Debuts At D8 106

Posted by timothy
from the maybe-don't-supersize-me-quite-so-hard dept.
itwbennett writes "The Microsoft Courier may be a dead project, but that doesn't mean you can't still have a dual-touchscreen e-reader. And a super-sized one at that, says blogger Peter Smith. The Kno, which debuted at All Things Digital's D8 conference yesterday has 'two 14.1-inch (1440 x 900) capacitive touch screens. Each screen has its own battery, giving the Kno 8-hours of battery life, but a hefty weight of 5.5 lbs. ... If Kno (the company) has its way, students will be carrying around a Kno (the device) rather than a stack of textbooks. That's the reason for the huge screens; most textbook pages can be shown 'full size' on a 14-inch screen.' Engadget, who got some hands-on time with the device, says 'the entire experience is essentially a WebKit instance.' Price is still up in the air but Ina Fried at CNET says the company is aiming for a price well under $1,000."

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