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Comment Re:Terrance and Phillip (Score 1) 76

So you're argument is Cruz might be an Obama of the right, roping in a lot of people and then carrying on as a progressive?

No, that he's an Obama of the Right, incompetent, self-absorbed and unable to make a difference on any of the important issues that matter to either of us.

Comment Re:Pay-for-Play article by Microsoft (Score 1, Insightful) 194

And sadly, most nerds have very fragile psyches

Reading the comments to this article confirm this like nothing else I've seen.

Christ, it's a shitty operating system, marginally better than Windows 7, and you're making out like someone's raped your sister and then tweezed your nose hair. For fuck's sake, get some perspective.

I mean, do operating systems even matter any more? The only people who care about this are the sad sacks that do corporate end-user support...Oh wait, that's it isn't it? You have a shitty job and you're pissed at the world. Oh, OK. Carry on. Get it off your chest. You have precious little to live for, so if it makes you feel better to be the anti-MS Martin Luther and hammer your treatise to the church door, then by all means...

Comment Re:Ultimately business pays for everything... (Score 1) 235

... Okay... so this is another "labor = wealth" argument. What if I use robots or my factory is otherwise automated?

Only if you define "labor" in the widest possible sense. Creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship as well as design, and, of course marketing go into the equation as well.

Your robot factory is purely theoretical. There is no 100% automated corporation anywhere on this planet nor will there be in the forseable future. You can automate some of the manual labor, but not the design, development, research and marketing that are equally necessary to generate revenue.

But even if you'd accept the theoretical concept of a fully automated factory, there are still humans in the equation, as the managers and owners of the factory. Wealth generation can use tools, and it doesn't matter if your tool is a hammer or a robot or a whole assembly line.

It boils down to the same thing.

Yes, to the medium of exchange being an abstract concept. It doesn't matter if it's numbers or potatoes, if you use it as a medium of exchange, it is money, and as such it is abstract. It is abstract because the people who sell you something for a sack of potatoes aren't looking for ingredients for dinner, they are looking at the abstract monetary value of the potatoes.

The abstractness is not in it being printed paper or numbers in an electronic account, it is abstract because its value is not linked to the use of the actual physical entity. If it were, a dollar bill would be worth very little because you can't use it as note nor toilet paper and it doesn't burn very well, either. Likewise, if you'd use potatoes as units of exchange, the value of a sack of potatoes would very, very rapidly detach from the actual nutritional value of potatoes.

Comment Re:Ultimately business pays for everything... (Score 3, Insightful) 235

And where does the money people have to pay for things come from?

Here's the thing: Money is an abstract entity. It doesn't grow on trees. However, corporations are abstract entities, too. A corporation does not generate wealth, because if you take away the people, there is nothing there.

People can generate wealth without a corporate entity around them. Corporations make things easier because they provide a framework, legal and organisational, but they are not essential. A dozen people setting up a workshop together will produce wealth, whether or not they incorporate.

But corporations can not generate wealth without people. If there's nobody there doing the work, then the organisational framework is just an empty shell.

Apologies for not satisfying your preconceptions about "marxist bullshit". I personally think that both marxists and capitalists are equal parts full of shit and in the right, it's just the parts which are which that differ.

Comment Re:Terrance and Phillip (Score 1) 76

Is it possible that he was either unaware, or didn't take it seriously?

How does that sound to you? Sound it out and ask yourself.

If you hate the egoist-in-chief, are you really prepared to sign on with another, just because he makes noises that soothe your soul? Ted Cruz is every bit as empty as Obama. They're really two of a kind if you look half a centimeter beneath the surface.

I made a big mistake supporting Obama. Will you make the same one, just so I won't feel as bad?

Comment Re:Or not. (Score 2) 64

Everyone dies, you dumbfuck.

Despite the "life-saving" diet? I'm shocked.

You've got to admit, it's a little bit like having Sonny Bono endorse a set of skis. Or Jim Fixx writing a blurb about how running prevents heart disease. While it may be true, it's probably not the best marketing strategy.

Comment Re:Terrance and Phillip (Score 1) 76

Yes, that was Cruz' statement last September. Except, here is a much more recent article (less than one month ago) from the Dallas News:

http://trailblazersblog.dallas...

Canadian immigration lawyers say they're baffled why it's taking Sen. Ted Cruz so long to renounce his Canadian citizenship. The Republican Texas senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate vowed several months ago to terminate his dual citizenship. He says he's hired lawyers and is preparing the paperwork. But experts in Canada say renouncing citizenship is a simple, quick and straightforward process. There's even an online, four-page PDF form on the Government of Canada website to initiative the process - no lawyers needed.

and...

"He's a Harvard-educated lawyer so what's the problem? It's elementary."

So, Senator Cruz, what's the hold up?

Comment Re:Ultimately business pays for everything... (Score 2) 235

Everything. And at some level, society needs to be built around facilitating and accommodating business. Again... they pay for EVERYTHING.

That is total bullshit.

People pay for everything. Corporations pay nothing whatsoever. I'm not talking about dodging taxes, I'm talking about the simple fact that any tax you leverage on them will simply be added to the price of whatever they're selling, so whatever money a corporation pays in taxes was first taken from its customers.

Comment goodbye (Score 1) 235

It's an absolutely horrible precedent. It is a step back more than 2,000 years. The closest thing in real history was the very first firefighters in ancient Rome - a private enterprise that made its owner one of the richest men in Rome through a simple principle: Whenever there was a fire, he'd show up with his firefighters (slaves, btw.) and offer the owner of the house to buy it on the spot and make him a tenant in his (formerly) own house. The price he offered was ridiculously low. If the owner sold, they'd put out the fire. If not, he'd let it burn to the ground.

So, will this be a personal/private cop? No, that would be too obvious. They'll all make sure it looks all clean, because it's only the first step.

But it does mean that if ever Facebook runs afoul of the law, there'll be one less cop willing to raid them...

Comment Or not. (Score 2) 64

It's pretty interesting that one of the endorsements over at the website for the "forksoverknives" whole foods regime documentary was this:

'"A film that can save your life." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times '

oops...

Comment Something's afoot (Score 1) 135

Yesterday, a story about upskirt photos being legal in Massachusetts and today dark matter killing off the dinosaurs.

Coincidence? I think not.

You know, it's amazing the insights that a few Friday afternoon cocktails can bring.

Add in Li'l Boosie getting released from prison today, and you can't tell me the Illuminati isn't behind all this. Maybe.

Comment Re:good riddance (Score 1) 181

They both do the same exact thing.

Obviously, you've never used one of them. They are "the same thing" in the same sense that a Lada and a Veyron are both cars.

It almost always comes down to how the tool is used, not the tool itself.

Tools matter. They don't replace skill, but if you want to get really great results, you need both skill and the right tools.

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