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Comment: Re:Oh, don't get all panicky and stuff (Score 1) 135

by wallsg (#49763917) Attached to: NSA-Reform Bill Fails In US Senate

You are probably right. President Obama has changed/extended statutory deadlines several times by executive fiat. If he can ignore laws he doesn't like and invent new ones from whole cloth that he can't get passed otherwise, and be applauded for it by people who prefer "results" over Constitutional limitations on powers, then why does he even need this extension anyway? He can just declare that the program will continue because he's "administratively" extended the deadline. He can even declare (with some grounding in fact), because of the Constitution's separation of powers, that the judicial branch can't order the executive branch to do or stop doing something just like he can't order them or the legislation branch to do or stop doing something so they can't make him stop the program.

Comment: Re:North Pole (Score 1) 494

by wallsg (#49744793) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

Plus any place one mile north of a set of circles pi/n miles north of the South Pole, where n is a positive integer.

Walk one mile south to a line, walk west around the circle n times, walk one mile north back to your starting point.

Actually it's r = n/2pi. As soon as I clicked submit I realized the error.

Comment: Re: Markets, not people (Score 1) 615

by wallsg (#49712981) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

There is a HUGE but subtle difference between what you're describing and Socialism.

Your friend bought into a sawmill. He also happens to work there. I don't think that you would label as "socialist" the degenerative case of a sole proprietorship where one person is the worker and owns the means of production, or if he brought in three partners who also all work there.

In Credit Unions/Co-ops and your sawmill example the workers (and members) are the people who own the means of production. In Socialism, The People own the means of production. See the difference? In socialism, ALL of The People are the supposedly the owners of everything (which means, of course, that nobody really owns anything). EVERYONE would own the sawmill that only those workers BOUGHT and own. EVERYONE (not just the members) would own the Credit Union. EVERYONE (not just the members) would own the Co-op.

Co-ops and worker-owned business are 100% compatible with capitalism. In capitalism a business exists to make a profit. That profit is usually but not necessarily measured in dollars. In terms of Credit Unions profit also includes the lowered costs of services to its members compared to a bank. In terms of your sawmill they probably also included the substantial non-tangible benefit of not being laid off in a down turn, which likely would hurt "traditional" profits in those times.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 2) 52

by wallsg (#49571947) Attached to: TeslaCrypt Isn't All That Cryptic

Consider it a parallel to those gawdawful stupid "You're about to get sued" phone scams. Everybody knows they're scams, yet enough ignorant/scared people take the bait to still make it worthwhile.

It's actually beneficial to the scammers that the scams are so transparent. Those who will eventually figure it out and stop before paying any money drop out right away, leaving only the truly gullible for the scammers to devote real effort to.

Comment: Re:I do not understand (Score 1) 538

I think it's fine for the government to mandate seat belts be installed in vehicles that have to meet government standards in order to sold. I don't think that it's so fine for the government to mandate that you "do what's good for you" and wear the seat belt or else.

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