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Comment: Re:When you are inside the box ... (Score 1) 269

by bigpat (#48221693) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems
I agree to the extent that America has never lived up to its ideals. With a history of mass slavery, genocide and ethnic cleansing against native Americans, suppression of the press, book burning, oppression of women which are all things that are contrary to the ideals of Liberty and democracy. Where others only see the hypocrisy and the corruption of those ideals, I see a nation which is trying to maintain those ideals of Liberty and become better at their practice. The important thing about America is that its ideals of Liberty and Democracy are worth believing in and fighting for. That we don't always, or even usually, live up to those ideals is disheartening. Whatever your take on the current state of America, we all need to be better at telling the difference between rhetoric and reality, but that doesn't mean we become cynical about our own ideals. It just means when we fall short we try harder.

Comment: Re:Waa! Without 4K video, I can't get an education (Score 1) 289

by bigpat (#48212273) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Having not had enough money to get a new car or repair my old one, I can tell you the "kinetic divide" actually involves sitting by the side of the road waiting for a tow.

But the point is made... people without enough money need more money not just more bandwidth.

Comment: And everyone in one of these professions was hurt (Score 3, Informative) 47

by bigpat (#48207171) Attached to: Microsoft,, Oracle Latest To Be Sued Over No-Poach Deal
The class should be expanded to cover everyone in the profession not just employees of the companies. Many more people were damaged by this illegal conspiracy because these companies were in large part influencing the setting of wages for the industry. By illegally restraining trade they illegally depressed salaries for the entire market.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 1) 463

by bigpat (#48152667) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker
Why aren't nurses required to wear the same protective gear as the people cleaning up Ebola contaminated waste... fresh from the patient projectile vomit seems like a much higher risk than three day old bed sheets yet the requirements don't seem to be in place for full protective gear for nurses... I think if the CDC guidelines aren't updated to include full protective gear such as requiring full hazmat suits when in the isolation room with the patient, then we haven't learned anything.

Comment: No solid proof, only Schneier's allegations of it (Score 2) 44

by sethstorm (#48129505) Attached to: Pro-Democracy Websites In Hong Kong Targeted With and Serving Malware

Schneier's allegations require that you believe a known non-trustworthy person (Edward Snowden)'s own allegation for that to be true.

When all of that can be brought to bear in a US court with Snowden et al in custody, then you can start talking about it as truth when it is proven to be truth.

Comment: That was (and is) a politically-driven departure. (Score 2) 236

by sethstorm (#48103299) Attached to: Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

A lot of that departure was driven by the political climate in the 1980s, which was to exact vengance on those industries and their supporters. The finishing blow came when the opposition encouraged non-assimilating immigrants to flood in. To a limited extent, that's playing out in current-day United States, except through various actions.

What Thatcher (and the financial interests she enabled) couldn't kill, the opposition managed to finish off through importation of non-assimilating individuals from the Third World.

Comment: Re: The $50,000 question... more energy out than i (Score 1) 315

by bigpat (#48101209) Attached to: Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal
The way these things are killed are to under budget them, then blame cost overruns as justification for canceling the project. Then everyone says they gave it a chance and it failed and no other similar projects get funding... There are many many varied interests that don't want this type of technological advancement.

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