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Comment Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (Score 5, Insightful) 1193

Speaking of stupid memes (reference to your other post) what on Earth do you believe the relevancy of the percentage of total tax revenue to be?

6th grade math: if the tax rate on rich people goes down and the percentage of total income tax revenue from them goes up, what does that imply about the relative worth of all groups? The rich are getting richer. A LOT richer. Despite all this economic downturn I've heard so much about.

1st grade logic corollary: given that money is an imaginary metric with a constantly changing but constantly FINITE global quantity, the lower and middle classes are paying for it.

Raising the tax rate on the rich would not be starting a class war. It would be the bottom 90% finally getting around to fighting the class war that the rich started long ago. I know, I know, I'm a heretic, Reagan was the best president ever, and deregulation makes everything all better.

Comment Re:The Law (Score 1) 401

Let me see if I'm following you here. You're effectively saying we should ask if one rich guy can give a lot of money to other rich guys and thereby purchase a word out from under the rest of us by virtue of the other rich guys shoving the word in our faces for the benefit of the first rich guy.

Okay, no stupid questions. I guess we could go with that being a fair question to ask. I'll answer it: No. No no. N-n-n-n-no. Didn't even have to pay me $300/hr for that.

Comment Re:Science or Engineering, huh? (Score 1) 434

Not much in science is really mac-based, or Linux based for that matter, thought I probably will get modded down for mentioning reality :P

First, I agree with the rest of your post, fundamentally, as far as high school is concerned anyway. However, I believe you would be more likely to get modded down for painting with such a broad brush as "science." You could not possibly know the ins and outs of the research methodologies of every field, or even more than "several."

Signed,
A Linux admin for a research group that would prefer to use anything else... if they could.

Comment Re:FLOSS software? (Score 1) 356

***I obviously cannot speak for any vegetarians other than myself. And I refuse to speak for vegans. :) Also, before I get trolled into oblivion, I answer your question pertaining to "rightness" only for myself, and with no direct judgment or self-righteousness towards yourself or anyone else.

Besides, all plants are living things too. Why is it more right to eat them

Physiologically, the lack of a central nervous system. Philosophically, they appear to lack self awareness, and thus cannot be deprived of any 'self.' Pragmatically, they lack the ability to suffer: no CNS, no pain receptors.

And pizza. [...] and take a sip of my beer

Next time you're at a pizzeria, you might want to recheck the topping list. Also, thankfully, I/we can also drink the vast majority of beers worth drinking without compromise.

Comment Re:Answer: (Score 1) 684

This is my second post about this device in as many days... I suppose it was inevitable with the iPad announcement, but at risk of getting called a shill, google the Notion Ink Adam. It's a tablet with the Pixel Qi display. Supposedly, [hopefully,] it'll come out a couple months after the iPad and it looks pretty much perfect. In any case, it's the reason I don't have any kind of ereader yet.

Comment Re:Amazing Google (Score 1) 90

I do not disagree with you in general. However, if I might attempt to provide some insight into why targeted ads are at least marginally better... at least as I see it:

First, I also almost always research most purchases greater than, say, $15. I will actually use google ads as one small part of that research. (Also, pertaining specifically to location based advertisements, as an example, I'd love to make a hobby out of random restaurant visits to holes-in-the-wall I wouldn't have heard of otherwise. Granted, I would only care when I was hungry and wanted to go random, so more of a yellow pages thing, as you mentioned, but still... I'm reaching.)

Second, I think there's something psychological about this. Kind of like free shipping making people buy things when $0.01 shipping won't. I, for example, am 28, male, a vegetarian, far from affluent, happy with my car insurance and don't have any flavor of the month pharmaceutical needs (and if I did, I'd do something crazy like listen to a doctor). When you don't think about retirement, menstruate, eat meat, invest, want a poorly rated bad faith insurance company, or run around concerned about diseases almost nobody has, you can go entire TV shows with not. one. advertisement. even close to relevant. Even hour long shows. Does it really matter? No, but for some reason it annoys the crap out of me.

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