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Comment: Re:Who watches the watchers (Score 1) 243

by siride (#46802985) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

You do realize that there are more possible solutions than requiring that we put entirely new people in every year, right? You do realize also that putting in new people each year is no guarantee that the puppet-masters will be unable to control the strings of government, right? Mull that over and then get back to me about your silly plan. No change is better than *bad* change. Good change is better than both.

Comment: Re:Who watches the watchers (Score 1) 243

by siride (#46802897) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

As someone else pointed out, in what other field would it make sense to have the entire organization staffed with people who'd never done the job before? In the CS world, consider putting someone with a 4.0 GPA right out of college into a project lead position. Does that make sense? No, it does not. And it says nothing bad about the person's education. The fact of the matter is, running a large state, or even a small one, is no simple task, and the last thing we need is a bunch of naive, poorly-trained amateurs doing it (and certainly not as an irrational response to the very rational concern about the state of our government).

Comment: Re:Who watches the watchers (Score 1) 243

by siride (#46801685) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

So now you have neither capable politicians nor capable bureaucrats and staff, but a bunch of newbies every year. And you claim this will create a working, stable government? Maybe that works in the early Roman Republic when a bunch of farmers can come together a few times a year to decide what to do about the weirdo who keeps stealing food from the marketplace. It won't work now. No large organization can function in such a fashion.

Comment: Re:Government is a tool (Score 1) 243

by siride (#46801673) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Well of course legal oppression only exists because of government. That's true by definition of "legal". That doesn't mean getting rid of government gets rid of the ability for groups of people to systematically oppress other people. If government laws oppress people, they are used as a tool by existing sets of people with power and money. The government doesn't do it in a vacuum, and a government given no power by the true elite has no ability to enforce these things. If there were no government, as indeed there generally hasn't been in most societies for most of human history, then there are other ways by which oppression can take place: religion, vigilantism, crime lords and syndicates, corporations of various types, etc. People *will* organize in groups to solidify power and they *will* use it against others.

Comment: Re:Similar effect on Slashdot (Score 1) 37

by tool462 (#46268123) Attached to: Facebook Analyzes the Impact of Love On Their Business

If you run out the time axis long enough, you'll see it more reflects a bathtub curve than 1/x. I.e., in a long enough relationship, there will inevitably be a dramatic rise in posting frequency. Usually this is an indicator of a pending failure. When you see the onset of this increase, it's best to implement some redundancy. It may accelerate the failure of the first component, but ensures no disruption in service.

Comment: Easy (Score 4, Funny) 514

by tool462 (#45902601) Attached to: Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

Wear a tshirt with a message written in a carefully formatted font so it causes a buffer overflow, giving your tshirt root privileges.
Mine would have the decss code on it, so the drone starts shooting pirated DVDs at everybody. The RIAA will make short work of the problem at that point.

Comment: Re:How can the primary input not be relevant? (Score 1) 552

by siride (#45779963) Attached to: Sun Not a Significant Driver of Climate Change

Most of the heavy-handedness has been on the part of the well-funded denial industry. Pretty much everything you said applies much more to the denier groups than to the pro-AGW groups.

The scientists do complain about the media, both with respect to AGW and other fields. Scientific journalism is notably awful.

The IQ of the group is the lowest IQ of a member of the group divided by the number of people in the group.

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