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Comment: Re:Look at ninety percent of the effort towards go (Score 1) 459

by sorak (#41125387) Attached to: Republican Platform To Include Internet Freedom Plank

This sounds suspiciously like an attempt to get rid of net neutrality laws. "Remove government regulation" indeed!

Exactly. Remove network neutrality, prevent any government snooping (yay!), and regulate what "the cloud" does with your data.

But, considering that this is from the party that revoked due process during Bush II, and is saying nothing about Obama's continuation of it, despite their hatred of everything he does, I am still dubious of any anti-authoritarian stance they may take. Let them end warrant-less wiretapping, demand that everyone imprisoned by the US government be given a fair trial, and end torture. Then you can tell me you care about our civil liberties.

Comment: Re:Remember This In November (Score 1) 696

by sorak (#40747943) Attached to: Economists: US Poverty On Track To Hit Highest Level Since 1960s

The poster I responded to was blaming the bad economy on the Republicans blocking Obama's attempts to fix the economy and I asked why he did not take steps to fix it when the Dems had control of both Houses of Congress. Your defense of him is that he did and they failed, but we should hold the Republicans responsible because they did not go along with doing more of what didn't work in the first place?

Actually the stimulus package helped, but it was not enough to fix everything in two years.

Comment: Re:Remember This In November (Score 1) 696

by sorak (#40739789) Attached to: Economists: US Poverty On Track To Hit Highest Level Since 1960s

Obama didn't wait two years. In 2008, Bush passed tarp. In 2009, Obama passed his own stimulus package consisting of tax cuts and infrastructure programs. By then, the GOP was crapping their pants in fear of the newly discovered national debt. So, should he have passed another stimulus in 2010? If he had, it would have been nothing more than a massive tax cut, which would have exacerbated the debt ceiling debate.

Comment: Re:Parody (Score 2) 402

by sorak (#40738653) Attached to: Jack Daniels Shows How To Write a Cease and Desist Letter

Perhaps this could be called parody. Lots of times people take a famous logo and tweak it for a joke or comment. eg the Coke logo that says "Cocaine".
Generally that's called fair use.

Exactly. Jack Daniels is being nice to this guy because they don't have a leg to stand on. They can either threaten to sue and hope that the legal costs intimidate the publisher into submission, or try to work with the other guy.

Comment: Re:And as ever... (Score 2) 1706

While we can go to great lengths to guard against some types of security threat, we are reminded once again that the greatest risk is often from somebody who decides to take something lethal to a crowded place and do his worst with it.

But that isn't the greatest risk. You're still more likely to be killed by a lifetime of movie theater popcorn, or by a car wreck on the way home. (I am staying out of the gun-control argument. This is notable because it is flashy. Had it been common, we would have either stopped going to movies, found a way to make it uncommon, or learned to accept it by now)


Comment: Re:Different types of voting systems (Score 1) 302

by sorak (#40571387) Attached to: US Election Year, Still No Voting Reform

So why don't you vote for yourself every election? By your logic, the only question you should be asking yourself is "is there anybody I'd rather see in office". There is a difference between voting systems. Our current system was not designed to work well with third party candidates. Others are.

Comment: can we trust the current batch? (Score 1) 302

by sorak (#40569155) Attached to: US Election Year, Still No Voting Reform

I have to say that with all the emphasis on "voter suppression" or "voter fraud prevention" this election, and the partisan BS that comes with the past few years, I don't know if I trust the current batch to change the system. We would need every provision and every aspect of the system to be monitored by at least one non-partisan non-profit third party with no political agenda.

  I think we would have an easier time finding a flock of benevolent mind-readers to remotely sense the majority of public opinion while riding through town on a pack of domesticated unicorns.

Comment: Consistency (Score 3, Insightful) 1134

by sorak (#40516449) Attached to: Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

(As an example), I am still cursing mozilla and other new web browsers for the way they are keeping their UIs in a constant state of flux. Things like moving the home icon, making the status bar something that only appears if you hover over a link for 2 seconds, and just making everything look different from what it was 2 years ago. That sucks when you have to provide tech support for idiots who don't know if they're using netscape navigator or Internet Explorer 9.

And in Linux, I have found that there are plenty of GUI tools that I never bothered to learn, specifically because the Redhat version is different from the Debian version, and possibly the newer Redhat version is different from the older Redhat version.

So, yes, keep the G-d damned command-line in every version of every operating system, because I want to spend my study time learning new things, not just learning how to do the same old things in different versions of Windows/Linux.

And, no, I'm not going to make the argument for CLI reliability (that it never mangles your settings in such a way that you have to try again), or flexibility (that it's the only decent way to do scripting). Others have done a much better job than I could, in that area.

Comment: Re:C'mon (Score 3, Insightful) 288

by sorak (#40492903) Attached to: Exxon CEO: Warming Happening, But Fears Overblown

would it be cheaper to simply compensate the affected people

It doesn't matter. Nobody has any intention of doing that. When a company pollutes an area, often its' biggest supporters are the people living in that area. They're just happy to have jobs. And if this ever get to disastrous levels, what are the odds that reparations will be paid to those who lost everything? What are the odds that this will be paid for by taxes/fines on the people who benefited most from causing the problem?

and secondly would it crimp the economy so badly that no future development (e.g. electric cars, new power generation sources like solar etc.) could occur because all resources would be spent in prevention* and maintenance.

Or would it make such development worthwhile? Alternate energies and new technologies have an uphill climb because they are having to fight against a well-established system with infrastructure and political clout on their side. If we had a reasonable system in place to require people to reduce emissions, then people would adopt newer technologies, the businesses that supply those technologies would grow, and they would have more money to research cheaper, more efficient production.

Also not discussed by "advocates" is the fact that the CO2 we generate is at this point probably insignificant due to the developing world, and their increased output.

That is a problem. It's hard for us to tell some third world country "now that we got ours, the rules are changing"

An optimist believes we live in the best world possible; a pessimist fears this is true.