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Comment: Re:no dimocrats (Score 2, Interesting) 551

by wheeda (#48298427) Attached to: In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Excellent post. I disagree with this one conclusion,

"It follows from this that because all forms of "government", and all specific examples of those forms up through the present, operate by coercing the populace, and therefore all known forms of government are unethical and should be stopped."

A form of government that merely enforces NAP could be 100% libertarian in nature. I think most libertarians of any mixture are suspicious of the possibilities of a government that would enforce NAP and not grow. The commerce clause if out of control. The same human behavior that caused the commerce clause to grow would likely cause the enforcement of NAP to grow also.

Great post.

Comment: Re:News For Nerds? (Score 1) 401

by wheeda (#48297811) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

Getting a vast majority of the vote doesn't prove them to be competent. It just proves there hasn't been a better option for a long while.

I'm a FNMA investor. The government's treatment of private shareholders is atrocious. This is coming out of both parties, but for separate, and opposite direction political reasons.

Comment: Re:News For Nerds? (Score 1) 401

by wheeda (#48297787) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

I wish the libertarian party could be taken seriously. That is what I would like to vote for.

Consider this:
At the two extremes, you have can a government that tells you exactly what you can do, but also takes care of you, or you can have a government that lets you do whatever you want and lets you reap the rewards and consequences of your actions. Republicans and Democrats are both fascist in what they tell people they can and can't do. The Democrats have additional socialism mixed in. We need the libertarians to step up so we can have our liberty back.

Comment: voting captcha (Score 1) 401

by wheeda (#48297739) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

How about a voting captcha?

Captcha ideas:
1. I am who I say I am.
2. I am a registered voter.
3. I have not, and will not vote twice.
4. I understand what I'm voting on.

This may not be very thorough, but it would at least get some of the complete moron votes removed. Ideally there would be enough captcha questions that you couldn't give a complete moron a list of what to vote for and be able to provide the answer to the captcha also.

Comment: Forget E vs W Germany. (Score 1) 619

by wheeda (#47506087) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Check out the difference between Republican and Democrat convictions for fraud or similar problems by politicians. This controls for many more variables than a comparison between E and W Germany, but gets you a similar outcome in terms of a correlation between believing in socialism and being willing to cheat to get what you think is right.

Correlation isn't causation, but it is at least a better study.

Comment: Re: Yep, how the music industry was killed... (Score 1) 192

by wheeda (#47496337) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

So I really want to be a male prostitute. The problem is that most males want to be having sex most of the time. This means that there isn't much market for the services I want to provide. Not only can I not give my product away, I have to pay people to take it.

The technology we've created has democratized the creation of art, writing and music, in this case. People who want to can. It may be sad that your favorite writer isn't getting rich, but it is great that any idiot who want to try can publish an album or book, even if it never ends up being profitable.

We are heading in the right direction.

Comment: Re: I guess they won't need any more foreign Visas (Score 1) 383

by wheeda (#47481263) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

I love this idea. The problem is programming/CS is too much of a mess to be able to engineer anything to a PE level. I suppose one could argue that NASA can do it. A PE quality programmer could do it on an extremely simple processor and tool chain, but having PE quality software isn't where the market is at.

Comment: Re: UPS (Score 1) 241

by wheeda (#44277463) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Enterprise Level Network Devices For Home Use?

Sometime back someone stole the formula for the electolytic and sold s bunch of it. Sadly the didn't get the formula right. The world is still suffering the consequences. Replacing the barrel caps is usually the right answer. You could open a service store and only know how to solder and order caps and probably do OK.

Real Programmers think better when playing Adventure or Rogue.