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Comment Re:The article should use "ridiculous" 0 times. (Score 1) 284 284

Um, the search is by keyword also (click on the "Search RCWs" link to see the full UI). And PDFs are refreshed once per year because paper publication of the complete thing is also once per year, it's not like they're deliberately slowing things down.

Comment Re:The article should use "ridiculous" 0 times. (Score 1) 284 284

Here's a better example, then - Revised Code of Washington:

Most recent version is searchable online HTML. It, and all the previous editions, are also available as downloadable PDFs, exactly as they are published on paper. All of these are free.

Comment Re:Where in the US Constitution..... (Score 1) 520 520

Let me rephrase that. It could be used as a justification of such a law, yes. My point is that it doesn't have to be, and we're better off not doing that because that would have undesirable legal side effects down the line.

"General well-being of the people" is a very vague notion that can be used as a justification for too many things, most of which you probably wouldn't like at all. Of specific note is that it doesn't require any outside actor - they could just as well limit your own activities that are potentially harmful to yourself, even statistically speaking (i.e. not harmful to you personally, but universally banning them would prevent enough people from exercising them in a harmful way that it would improve "general well-being"

It's far better to go with some more concrete justifications, such as specific measurable harm that is inflicted by the actor to other parties. It's not exactly hard to do with pollutants, either, because the emissions are measurable, and so are their effects. It's still collective harm, since it's pretty hard to quantify the individual damage you get from e.g. AGW (though still possible in some cases, and I'd love to see the polluters pay compensation and damages specifically to people they hurt whenever we can trace it), but then at least it's about harm, not some nebulous "it could be better that way".

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 1) 520 520

Well, why are we punishing people who earn money through hard work? Why is sweat-of-the-brow taxed higher than rent?

As long as you have one rate set higher than the other, you can make that argument either way. Why not set a single flat rate on all kinds of income? Isn't it only fair?

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 1) 520 520

I'm fine with that, so long as said flat tax also extends to capital gains. We could even just take the present budget, measure the current taxation income, and work out a flat tax rate for personal+corporate+capital, and see what it'd need to be to maintain the same level of it. I'm pretty certain that the end result would end up way better for the 99%. Which is exactly why such a thing would never pass in DC.

Comment Re:Where in the US Constitution..... (Score 3, Interesting) 520 520

It has everything to do with the general well-being of the populace. "Life" is referenced a few times in the constitution.

You might want to be careful with that line of thinking. For example, forcing you to exercise would also measurably lengthen your life; do you want the government to be able to mandate such a thing?

Comment Re:Ironic (Score 1) 275 275

No respect for the American judicial system, you mean? That's quite different from society as a whole. I think if you ask random people whether they believe that the judicial system in question genuinely represents them, you might find that distinction to be quite visible.

Comment Re:Yes they probably could... (Score 2) 275 275

Which is, frankly, ridiculous, because it circumvents the entire notion of constitutionally protected rights. You don't need to get rid of the First Amendment, for example - you just need to enact laws that make most people felons, and then you can selectively strip them of their rights as needed. And this all can be done with a simple legislative majority.

Comment Re:You'll most likely die anyway (Score 1) 85 85

I personally would throw open the entire codebase and monetize your product as a service.

The problem is that it's already a crowded market. And furthermore, Amazon, Google and Microsoft have all discovered it, and now want their slice - and they all already have solid cloud compute platforms to use as a backend; so it's going to get even more crowded in short order.

(Full disclosure: I'm on the MS team that is working on the Azure IPython/Jupyter notebook service that just went live on PyData, which is one piece of that.)

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