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Comment Re:Eric Holder (Score 1) 616

"Compare either or both of them to say, the Libertarian party and you'll see what actual differences are."

Yes, the first two look sane. Libertarians are the flip side of Marxists. Nice dorm-room wankfests, but utter train wrecks in the real world.

The point was, that's a political party with actual differences from the ruling factions. They don't disagree on how to implement the same philosophy like the Democrats and Republicans. They disagree about the fundamental philosophy itself.

Also, be aware that there is a serious effort to misinform people about what libertarianism is. The effort is to equate all libertarian thought with anarcho-capitalism. This is intentional. As I said in a post below, when political types cannot logically argue against something, they do their best to portray its supporters as evil and heartless. To give an example, only those who can afford their own armed guards would have police protection under anarcho-capitalism.

I am, for the most part, a libertarian. I want a government that collects taxes. I want that government to regulate industries and stock markets, with the goal of eliminating force and fraud. I want there to be tax-funded firefighters and police. I want there to be something like an FDA, but its sole purpose would be to make sure that no fraud takes place (if you buy a container claiming to have X drug, it actually does contain pharmaceutically pure X drug). I otherwise believe all drugs should be legal with only crimes (such as DUI) being punished. I want all activities confined to consenting adults to be legal, but I want it to be a crime the second anyone who is not an adult or does not consent is affected by the activity. I want almost all of a citizens' experience of government to come from state and local levels, with only issues like national defense and interstate roads handled by the feds.

This "utter train wreck" is, as a poster below pointed out, extremely close to classical liberalism. This same "utter train wreck" is what the USA had during its early history. If that's a train wreck, please derail me.

Comment Re:Eric Holder (Score 1) 616

Considering that modern libertarianism is the closest thing we have to the classic liberalism movement that founded the United States, I don't see where it's an utter train wreck in real world. There are some wings of the party, like anarcho-capitalism, that are clearly as unworkable as Marxism, but most libertarians recognize that a strong (but not large) government is necessary for a civil society.

It's fashionable to portray all libertarians as anarcho-capitalists. Make no mistake, this is not an accident. When those with pulpits cannot rationally argue against a philosophy, they try their level best to demonize it and make its supporters look as evil as possible. It's a standard and ancient tactic.

Comment Re:The Onion said it best (Score 1) 526

"...and then someone made one with five blades, and it's better enough that people will buy it."

No, it isn't better at all. But people still buy it.

I don't know how you justify putting "better" in there, but in my experience they work LESS well than the old 2-blade razors. The 3-blade models should have been a fad, but the marketing folks have managed to put it over on everybody.

It's just a way to make them more expensive, and maximize profits. If, in my opinion, I thought they were "better", I would buy them. But there are still plenty of older-style 2-blade razors to be found.

"Women's" razors were already marketed-up until they were a joke... going to 5 blades made the joke not even funny anymore.

Comment Re:NSA doesn't like the system it created??? (Score 1) 529

"I have news for you. They get given leaks at a somewhat frequent rate. But to use your own term.. They are NOT HANDLED. Just because there is not a damn media shit storm about the data, does not mean that our adversaries did not get ahold of the information."

This is 100% irrelevant to the point I made: that they "handle" Top Secret information all the time, yet the stuff Manning had was not even Top Secret.

If their operations are not "hardened" enough to handle Top Secret information, then how is it that they DO deal with it, all the time?

But considering that by your own admission they DO deal with it all the time, why do you say they were not qualified to handle stuff that was NOT Top Secret?

My point has almost nothing to do with what you are saying. My main point was this: if the press deals with top secret information all the time (and very definitely get away with it), why are THEY not facing charges and prison time, along with the Washington insiders who leak to them?

Comment Re:Too late (Score 1) 32

"But surely a website named after a verb that means "to taunt, tease, ridicule, etc., with reference to anything embarrassing" will be a wise investment where these other two social media sites have failed..."

Yes, exactly. Stock options and VC money mean little to employees unless the company has value to people.

At least Facebook, while fundamentally evil, has a vision and can write software. Twitter has been short on both of these.

Twitter bought out what many people consider to be the best Twitter client ever, TweetDeck, and then butchered it. Their newest version does not work anywhere near as well as the version from 3 years ago, from before the acquisition. I could post whole pages of basic interface mistakes and other errors they made with it.

They bought up the blogging site, Posterous, which had some pretty nice features. Then they tried to turn it into some kind of "social" medium. (A blogging service? Made social? What?) It soon stopped working as well as it had before they bought it, and eventually they killed it outright. Just shut it off.

Having said all that: I don't think it's a fundamental problem with the idea of social media. I think it's an issue of social media being repeatedly -- and rather blatantly in some cases -- done wrong.

Comment Re:Hello? Security? (Score 2) 75

"NFC has the same problem. You just can't see it with your own eyes."

NFC has a far bigger problem, because (A) its security was broken before it was even widely available, and (B) researchers showed they could snarf NFC credentials from smartphones from several feet away, using very cheap equipment (on the order of a few hundred $). And that's when the NFC wasn't even actively in use... just turned on.

Add to that the fact that if you had a large enough antenna array, you could put it behind a wall TENS of feet away, and catch all the NFC transactions going through the checkout lanes in an entire store. Who would be the wiser?

People tend to forget that weak RF signals are not security. Not against relatively sophisticated equipment, anyway. Remember the researcher who read peoples' passport credentials from their pockets, via their RFID chips, from 30 feet away in his car? (That was in San Francisco a few years ago.) The same guy helped break NFC.

With LFC, you could put it up against a guard (like a rubber eye cup) and there would be no way to see the signals at a distance. You can't do that effectively with NFC.

The only useful purpose for NFC right now, in my opinion, is for transferring contacts from one phone to another. But you could do that with the IR on a Palm Pilot 10 years ago. I have NFC, and have never even turned it on.

Comment Re:I don't know, has he? (Score 2) 365

True. Even if they do lose the lock on the non-Apple desktop and laptop market, they may still be able to do an IBM and reinvent themselves.

We'll finally know that Microsoft is at the tipping point when the Walmart, Futureshop, Best Buy, Staples, etc all devote floor space to non-Mac and non-Windows laptops and desktops (e.g. Linux, Chromebook, etc) and its common for businesses that currently buy both Macs and Windows start buying these non-Mac and non-Windows laptops and desktops.

We're still a long way from that scenario. But unlike 5 years ago, this scenario seems likely within the next 5 years. Google in particular has done a fantastic job of breaking the Microsoft-Mac hegemony. Whether it will turn into a Microsoft-Mac-Google hegemony or there will be space for other competitors is another story.

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