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Comment: Re:Those who would give up.. (Score 1) 374

by sociocapitalist (#49789147) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"

Not that it matters who I quote, or what anyone says. This and things much like it will likely get renewed, or they'll happen in secret.

I don't have any good solutions, but it doesn't have to mean I like the idiots in government or their idiotic decisions.

It matters that you give credit, just the same.

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"
  - Benjamin Franklin.

Comment: Re:Mr. shattered hope (Score 1) 374

by sociocapitalist (#49789141) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

A much "simpler" change (in terms of concept, not ease of execution) would be to go re-learn the concept of Federalism and take a bunch of power away from the Federal government and give it to state and local ones. The less the Federal government has responsibility over, the less harm unaccountable Congresscritters can do.

Because Congresscritters don't come from states?

What is needed is accountability at all levels. Of course as it's the people in power that make the rules..well, it just isn't going to happen is it.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 1) 203

"My experience is that most of the economic problems are due to (caused by) government interference, and not allowing the natural forces to work themselves out. Sometimes the lions eat the gazelles, sometimes the bugs eat the lions."

Balance is required, as your last sentence points out.

If you let socialists get their way all the time, you're screwed (unless you're one of the super poor).

If you let capitalists get their way all the time, you're going to be just as screwed (unless you're one of the super rich).

Comment: Re:This does NOT belong in cars (Score 1) 73

Looks to me like marketoids chasing buzzwords

Car companies should concentrate on making cars and leave the fashionable electronics to the fashionable electronic manufacturers

I wonder how many cars still have built-in analog cellphones? or built-in cassette players?

The ONLY thing that should be built-in is a speaker system, tuned to the acoustics of the car, with an amplifier and aux jack

ALL other "infotainment" devices should be separate

Except...closed garden = more money = fuck the consumer

Comment: Re:Two quick fixes to mass replicate (Score 1) 232

by sociocapitalist (#49780605) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

1. Change the laws that tie public school funding to the number of enrolled students so that schools only take a modest hit if they see a large decrease in the number of students they teach.
2. Abolish compulsory education.

I bet within a decade, you'd even see non-asian minorities' test scores in the inner cities shoot up as 50% of the "students" just walk out and the school waves goodbye.

Sure, plenty of kids and teens would not get educated, but they're probably not get anything now either. You can't make a student that won't learn educated anymore than you can make a morbidly obese person who refuses to eat right healthy. Sometimes society is better off with such people being allowed to make themselves into warnings for others.

It never ceases to amaze, this propensity for moving backwards towards the middle ages.

Comment: Re:It only increases accountability (Score 1) 286

by sociocapitalist (#49780579) Attached to: Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

Dunno - it's pretty hard to account for why the dude was doing 100+ mph on a 50mph curve.

Oh, I could probably imagine a few scenarios. Probably the most likely being that dispatch told him to make up some time.

Ultimately, the engineer is responsible for the safety of the passengers, but if he chose to obey the speed limit when he was told to get there faster, the fact that he saved all those people will be of little consolation when he gets fired and can't get hired on anywhere else because 1) there isn't anyone else and 2) he disobeyed a direct order from dispatch.

Which argues in favor not only of cameras but of recording conversations between the driver and dispatch.

Comment: Re:Surprised those edits weren't reverted (Score 1) 121

I've noticed in the past that most of those white-washing edits, especially when they're done by anonymous IPs, tend to get reverted by registered editors, so that the white-washing isn't that much of an issue.

Unless the reversion takes place after the elections in which case the scumbags have accomplished what they set out to.

Any politically sensitive pages should have editing delays and open review for some time (two weeks?).

Comment: Re:Surprised those edits weren't reverted (Score 1) 121

Well, that may be true if an editor gets involved in a protracted edit war with another editor. For anon IPs, such as the ones doing the edits described in the summary, it's trivial to revert the edit, and if anon IPs continue to remove sourced material, the IP addresses tend to get blocked for a few days, or a week, or a month, depending on the individual circumstances surrounding the edit war. An administrator is going to back a registered editor over an anon IP pretty much every time, so there's no danger of getting banned.

Wouldn't it just be easier to build in a delay of all edits from anonymous IPs?

Comment: scam (Score 1) 678

This has nothing to do with bringing water to California.

"..if the KickStarter campaign doesn't raise enough money then he will donate whatever that has been collected to a politician who promises..."

The probability of kickstarter providing 30 billion seems....low so the secondary plan must actually be the real plan.

Comment: Re:Why do they not realize? (Score 2) 105

Nazi Germany and their zeal for recording pretty much any and every single one of their crimes.

They thought they were Right, and so they were just recording history.

Israel certainly learned from the mistakes of the Nazis.

They don't record their crimes?

Comment: Re:How is this new? (Score 1) 172

Yeah they will, and they do. All that needs to be done is to reshape the bottle, and nobody will be the wiser. This (and watering the product down, it's just like the drug market) is a very common method of making your inflation figures look good.

Nah because if they could've they already would've, to the most possible.

Comment: Re:Risk Management (Score 2) 737

by sociocapitalist (#49345031) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

According to a CBS article, the US has a policy that no one single person can be in the cockpit alone during a flight. If one of the pilots needs to leave the cockpit, a member of the flight crew will step in until the other pilot returns.

Apparently this is not the case in Europe. Perhaps it will be now.

How unfortunate this happened.

According to the Telegraph:
"[Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa,] said that in the US there is a rule that a steward remains in the cockpit when a pilot leaves, but that this is not the case in Europe and that he does not think it is necessary to change the procedures, despite the tragedy. "

Penny pinching CEO sticking to the low cost line no matter what.

Comment: Re:not necessarily ridiculous (Score 1) 228

by sociocapitalist (#49343659) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

Imagine that a nation had a small "clean" nuke that could be delivered with pinpoint precision. At that point it's basically just a more efficient form of high explosive. Why *wouldn't* they use it? (As opposed to tens or hundreds of conventional bombs.)

The issue with nukes is that they're WMDs. If they got to the point where they were no longer WMDs but rather just a very efficient way of blowing up a relatively small area (a single remote military installation, for example) then people are going to use them.

Maybe, maybe not. There could be international law against the use of such weapons and as with any technology, one side not developing such weapons doesn't mean the other side is not going to do so.

The difficult we do today; the impossible takes a little longer.