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Comment: Re:Idea (Score 0) 206

by Opportunist (#48472737) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

So far the US bombed every remotely important country wanting to sell oil for Euros back into the stone age. Last time Ahmedingbats pondered aloud that he plans to have the Iran do so caused him to be pushed into the Axle of Evil.

The moment the Dollar is pushed off its pedestal of being the world economy currency its exchange rate goes into free fall. And the US know that very well.

Comment: Re:Idea (Score 4, Interesting) 206

by Opportunist (#48472725) Attached to: Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

Actually the opposite is the case. Our economy has exactly the opposite, but nonetheless equally destructive, problem communism had: They had a shortage of supply. We have a shortage of demand.

Our economy produces enough. Proof? Go anywhere and behold how desperately everyone wants to sell. Be it goods or services, You'll be hard pressed to NOT find someone offering whatever you may want to you. What's lacking is the demand. And without it, there is no market either.

If you think people need any kind of incentive to be ravenous asshole capitalists, think again. Those that could invest already want to. Quite badly, too. There just isn't anything to invest in, because there is no viable business possible without consumers that would want to buy what you'd offer. And the main reason for this is simply that there are not enough people who have enough money to become consumers. And jobs are sadly not created when someone wills a business into existence. Well, you can do that, but it's not really viable to produce without a chance to sell what you produce. You'll be bankrupt in no time.

A job is created when the market situation of demand forces the supply side into hiring additional personnel to fill that demand. Nobody in their sane mind creates a job for the sake of creating a job, paying another person and putting more goods he can't sell on the stockpile. If this is the situation (and that is the situation currently), the sane option is NOT to hire someone and NOT to produce more of what you can't already sell.

Comment: Re:First rule of computer security!!! (Score 1) 112

by Opportunist (#48469577) Attached to: Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

In general they are not. Or rather, they were not designed as such.

CANbus is a prime example of a bus system that was designed with pretty much anything but security in mind. The whole deal is like 30 years old, and as one can imagine the core ideas in its conception were simplicity and resilience against noise. Both not quite lending themselves well to the idea of ensuring security on a bus.

Also there was really not a huge need to consider security an issue. Mostly because you needed physical access to the vehicle to even get close to accessing the bus. And by then, you HAD already broken in, so what's the gain?

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 429

by Opportunist (#48468079) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

I just think people should be judged by their merits, not that of their predecessors. Of course, having rich parents will still make your life in college easier if you can afford a quiet room and dedicate your time to studying instead of having to do with some run-down apartment right between the subway and a bowling alley where you work half day shifts to make ends meet, but at least tuition should be so affordable that anyone who has the brains can study.

Comment: And most likely even the misdemeanor is garbage (Score 2, Interesting) 206

by Opportunist (#48467907) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

But would YOU want to have a judge who can't operate his cellphone without an accident judge you on the base of laws written by people who don't have much more of a clue concerning the matter in a case where exactly these things play a key role? Supported by 12 douches whose primary concern is to get out of the whole mess as quickly as possible, no matter how.

You sure as hell take the deal, knowing that you have NO chance in hell to a fair trial.

Entropy isn't what it used to be.