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Comment: Re:Arrrgh.. (Score 1) 288

by troll -1 (#47895241) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

Don't hurt anyone, don't lie or steal from anyone and don't crap where we all live. ...

Most laws are within the confines you set. So what's your point?

But the law that gives the state the authority to restrict carpooling doesn't appear to be within those confines. Consenting adults should have the right to interact and do business with each other as they want without having to get permission first. .

Comment: Carpooling should be as free as speech (Score 3, Insightful) 288

by troll -1 (#47895211) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal
Governments today restrict trade just like the church used to restrict speech. We think we are free because we can say what we want but we are not free. We cannot trade with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Freedom to trade is as much a threat to the authority of the modern Hobbesian state as speech was to the church when Galileo was alive. That's why you need permission to operate a carpool. In the future, when the world is more enlightened, freedom to trade will be as much a basic right as speech is today. No higher authority should be able to make it illegal for consenting adults to interact with one another.

Comment: Classic conflict of interest (Score 5, Interesting) 223

by troll -1 (#47885943) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data
The judges in these kind of cases are appointed by the executive, the same branch of government they are supposed to keep in check. This is a problem because the executive has a tendency to appoint only judges with views similar to itself. So it's not surprising these judges often rule in favor of the executive.

Comment: Re:news for nerds? (Score 3, Insightful) 215

by troll -1 (#47846507) Attached to: New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

The US supports democracies that value liberty and freedom as best we can.

I respectfully disagree. The US naturally supports its own interests wherever it can. United States support of authoritarian regimes. No matter how bad Sharia law might be the Islamic State guys are tired of foreign interference. They've had enough of everything that's happened after Sykes-Picot and they want the right to self determination. It's no wonder they have so much internal support.

Comment: Free speech but not trade (Score 0) 312

by troll -1 (#47808807) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany
I find it interesting how everyone emphasizes freedom of speech yet freedom to trade is heavily restricted but is not considered a basic human right. People should be free to trade with whoever they want, when they want, without the need to get permission from some higher authority. Why are we still living under the ecclesiastical guardianship of a hobbesian leviathanical kafkaesque dystopia? Whatever happened to the Enlightenment?

Comment: Great time for an experient, America (Score 1) 341

This is perhaps a fertile and opportune time for an engineering solution. We should open up a chunk of the airways to the public and let everyone hack at it until something is found that works for everyone. People always talk about interference but I'm not aware of any limitations in physics on information density other than quantum bits. Other than the normal FCC power restrictions anyone should be able to use the airways. The current system doesn't innovate when it comes to interference because it doesn't have to. There's no incentive. There's no reason why every wireless device can't talk to every other wireless device in a mesh network other than FCC restrictions. Currently your iPhone or Android can talk to a tower but it can't talk to others around it on the same frequencies. Why not? The current system is inefficient. Is it not? Here is a list of ingredients for an experiment.
  1. 1. Some bandwidth. Get this at the next FCC auction. Crowdfund it.
  2. 2. A way to modify out phones s they can talk to each other.
  3. 3. Some mesh protocols so people can form networks.

If the tragedy of the commons applies only to finite resources then the above network should be a lot more efficient than the current one. Remember now, Verizon, et al. It's just an experiment. You guys are engineers too, right?

Comment: What does this mean for the data center? (Score 1) 316

by troll -1 (#47762253) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive
Why hasn't the price of data centers come way down with new storage technology? For example, why not keep a few terabytes of offline storage in your desk drawer instead of paying $$$ for tapes? If tapes are more reliable then what level of duplication is needed for disks to be as reliable? This combined with the multiplier effects of no_AC_necessary solid-state ... why not big data center in small closet? If the data center is inefficient, why is it still around? Latin me that, my trinity scholard.

Comment: Free speech but not trade (Score 2) 92

by troll -1 (#47757045) Attached to: Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers
You think you are free because you can say what you want but you are not free. You cannot trade with anyone, anywhere, anytime. For some reason freedom to trade was never considered a basic human right. From a functionalist perspective trade is to the modern state what speech was to the church. Both affect revenue.

Comment: Can we opt out? (Score 1) 233

by troll -1 (#47756893) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch
How free are we if the state can take control of our electronic devices and we have no option to opt out? What does freedom mean if the state can tell manufactures what features phones must have? Can I build my own phone that doesn't have this feature? Can I sell it to you? Will they put me in jail if I do? Will they put _you_ in jail for being in possession of a non-government phone? When things like this happen in countries like China everyone jumps on the bandwagon and says how great America because we are free but when it happens in America for some reason it gets justified.

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