If you want to gamble with money in an exciting way; I suggest going to Vegas.
The folks in Vegas don't take it well when you try to use your intellect to improve your odds. The market, however, permits it. That is a pretty-big difference. Frankly, I do not find games that come with restrictions about how I can use my brain and electronic extensions to be nearly as exciting.
Why would i care whose "fault" it is?
Perhaps, because you prefer not to indiscriminately hand greedy corporations the power to continue screwing you? Maybe you want to have some say in your own freedom? Okay, those are really my reason--I admit that I don't understand you
In case you didn't get the memo, Ron Paul and Rand Paul sold out to big business years ago.
For those of us who may not have time to read all the memos, could you please provide some supporting details?
The only thing keeping Android from being completely open is the amount of blob code needed to access device-specific hardware.
This is no small barrier. To end users, it is the difference between a phone that works, and one that is broken. Reverse-engineering proprietary blobs is a tremendous bother. Who wants to put in all that effort for a phone that will be obsolete in 3 months? Essentially, if there is even one proprietary blob, the whole thing is effectively proprietary. From a practical perspective, is only marginally more open than Windows ever was.
The 'free market' is a lie
The free market is a noun. What were you told the free market would do? Magically ignore natural barriers to entry and resource limitations and spawn competition that will drive down prices to a fair value? Yeah, that would be a lie. Are you implying that we should give our government power to regulate this industry, and it will never use that power for evil? That would be a lie too. If you want the truth, you gotta stop making ridiculous assumptions.
Until we get the privacy laws straight...
I'm just not seeing that happening anytime soon, so what exactly are you saying? Progress must halt indefinitely? Or do you really think we are on the brink of the general public suddenly becoming outraged at the privacy infractions of the entites that "serve" them?
Can such a system be gamed? Certainly, as can -any- system given enough time and effort, but it i s still better than nothing at all.
To be more specific, it is better than the system we have, which is easier to game. With the current system, everyone must trust the well-established venues. With the web of trust, everyone chooses their own trusted pointes to seed their web. This is very difficult to game unless you know your target's seed points in advance.
No pancake is so thin that it has only one side.
As soon as he's finished it's a never ending grind...
Right. People enjoy what they're good at. He's going for a Ph.D. Those are the kind of people that are good at making an impact. If we were good at "enjoying life", we would have pursued the path of greatest pleasure instead of the path of greatest impact. If he's not happier grinding, he's on the wrong path.
Popular vote is the only method to accurately capture the desire of the entire population.
Nope. No method exists that accurately captures the desire of the entire population. Plurality voting is especially biased by the choices, whether done with electoral colleges, popularity, or any other system of tallying.
It does not matter if you are not retaining that data, you are still copying stuff illegally.
By that logic, the owner of every router through which the data passed is responsible for the activities of the end users. I am not a lawyer, but I suspect intent may actually be relevant sometimes.
If you don't like the fee, tell the credit card company "no, thank you", they're the ones charging it.
Mod parent up. Visa has a near monopoly in taking a cut of all transactions, and you want us to get upset at all the retailers who don't want to submit cheerfully? Think about what you're trying to do for a second. As long as the Visa tax is hidden, no one can ever try to do it for less. Customers will always choose the bigger more-convenient card that works everywhere.