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Comment: Re:This, if true, will utterly destroy (Score 1) 279

by rnturn (#49464621) Attached to: Researchers Developing An Algorithm That Can Detect Internet Trolls

``How often do you see a photographer holding their dedicated-to-photography camera vertically?''

All the time if they're at, say, a sporting even and they know anything at all about composition. I've been doing sports photography since the '70s and have taken many tens of thousands of photos and the vast majority of my work is in the vertical format -- I specialize in track and field and other running events but I do hit the occasional high school foot/basket/baseball game. Yes... you can crop on the computer but, IMNSHO, it's a waste of pixels.

Comment: Re:Disturbing this is even being openly discussed (Score 3, Interesting) 212

``Romans knew to let there be games, to keep the masses busy from free thinking.''

Yep. We have our reality TV, March Madness, the Super Bowl, the World Series (heck, professional sports in general), lotteries, celebrity worship, and so on and so on. There are already plenty of distractions to keep the American public from concentrating on, or even learning about, how their freedom has been taken away from them.

Comment: Re:The internet is not a broadcast medium. (Score 2) 489

by rnturn (#49440451) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

There are people/companies that are trying as hard as they can to turn it into something similar to broadcast media or, even worse, cable. It's something they understand. IMHO, it's similar to the way the Web changed once magazine designers started dictating what constituted good web page design -- squinty/headache-inducing text that can't be enlarged, horrible color schemes (including my newest least favorite: gray text on white background.). It wasn't ways pretty for the web user but it's something the designers understood.

The red flag for me about this article is that it's on Reason's web site. That alone is enough for me to back up a dump truck with a giant grain of salt.

Comment: Re:Lower taxes (Score 4, Insightful) 312

by rnturn (#49430023) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

``You can call it "to the bottom" if you think you somehow benefit from high taxes.''

I, personally, rather enjoy having things like running water, roads that can actually be driven on, bridges that don't fall down, food that's been inspected, and some other things that government provides. How are those things provided if we set up corporate-friendly tax regimes that wind up starving government? The private sector? Puhleez...

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 5, Interesting) 442

``Instead they write a job description which is impossible, or geared to bringing in a specific foreign worker.''

It'd be interesting to see the actual duties being performed by the H1-B worker who is hired to fill those jobs. I suspect that some of these hires aren't actually doing everything that was listed in the job description that disqualified American workers.

Comment: Follow the money... (Score 1) 421

by rnturn (#49409531) Attached to: Powdered Alcohol Banned In Six States

Hmm... the vast majority of the pro-powdered-alcohol comments in the article come from the inventor himself -- who stands to make a lot of money if this is legal everywhere. And the sole, somewhat-pro, comment by an M.D. was pretty lukewarm about the stuff. IMHO, it's a solution looking for a problem. Celebrations in the woods? Pretty lame argument in favor.

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel