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Comment Kind of a biased group? (Score 0) 559

"Virtually all electric car advocates agree that when toting up the environmental pros and cons of electric cars, it's only fair to include powerplant emissions."

It's like they say... Only Nixon could go to China. Regardless of the merits of their arguments, these guys ain't Nixon. Wake me when the electric car skeptics agree.

Comment Walk Away (Score 4, Insightful) 276

There's only one solution to a completely corrupt system. Walk away from it. Broshius made the correct decision by leaving the game behind him.

You cannot change a corrupted institution from within. I'll repeat that. You cannot change a corrupted institution from within. There are too many people inside who have spent their lives justifying and profiting from their misdeeds, who are not about to turn over a new leaf or air their dirty laundry because you've made an appeal to their conscience. They killed theirs long ago.

The best thing to do is leave the rotten ship to sink all by itself. Every honest person who stands by a rotten game, or bankrupted bank, or broken political party is just propping up an at best amoral system, and usually an immoral and even illegal one. There is no obligation to stay loyal or remain in solidarity with a disloyal and dishonest organisation.

Broshius has done more for baseball as a law student that he ever could have as a player or a fan.

Comment Re:Sorry kid (Score 1) 400

I'm interested in what happens when we assume the best of the cloud for a moment. You have a bunch of resources... and the majority of them are on the other side of a home network connection. What's your strategy here? Set up the game to run like a multiplayer client of the resources that are in the cloud? What constraints does that introduce on the user experience?

Comment Games are not played in the living room (Score 5, Interesting) 395

If Microsoft want to make a home media device for use in people's main living rooms, that's fine. It's actually quite a good idea. But such a device cannot be principally viewed as a games console.

I don't know about the rest of you, but aside from the occasional multiplayer split screen session, I play console games on a dedicated screen, either in a bedroom or computer room. I cannot play a game in a main living room, on a screen which in in demand by others for watching TV, films, or even browsing the internet. It's nice that this device can do so much, but flipping "channels" to whatever everyone else wants to watch is not conducive to the 4-6 hour gaming sessions I would like to have.

Maybe they're going for the complete casual gaming market here, people who will flick over to Angry Birds or whatever. But even the most passé of run-of-the-mill gamers is going to spend an hour or so playing shooters online, and are not going to be inclined to flip over to daytime TV, or browse the web in the middle of their frag session. I just cannot see this working en masse.

Some may call it anti-social, but to me playing video games is closer to reading a book than watching TV; it's principally an individual experience, and the living room is not the place to have it unless you are specifically playing co-op. I don't think Microsoft are serious about the Xbox One as a gaming console. It appears to be principally oriented around completely orthogonal capabilities.

Comment Re:It's only been 40 years since Nixon (Score 1) 248

If reporters come to understand that the administration came after them on a fishing expedition, which is what this was, they will not be happy.

Reporters are, on the whole, pretty unintelligent and shallow people who write the stories they are told, in the way they are told, by their editors, and who without such direct instruction quickly lapse back into gossip, lattes, and twitter feeds. I doubt most journalists have even heard of this story.

Comment Re:*Sigh* (Score 4, Insightful) 248

If Holder knew about Breuer's decision not to prosecute any bankers -- he did -- then he should fired for that alone. Unfortunately, Holder is in his position precisely because he did know this, and because he will uphold the law in as dysfunctional a manner as the administration desires.

Sometimes I think the only reason they are getting away with this is because Obama is the President and liberals and progressives are unwilling to challenge him, and conservatives are secretly cheering the whole thing on. But secretly, deep down, I understand that this is all just fallout from September 11th 2001, and that the United States of America will never be able to go back to the way it was.

Which is a big problem for the rest of us.

Comment Re:Black mail (Score 5, Interesting) 258

It really is blackmail. This is a threat with menances in order to get someone to comply with the sender, and it is not a reasonable way of enforcing the request. If they simply send out the letters, while questionable in other ways it is not blackmail. These threats however are genuine straight up blackmail. I'm not sure whether this is criminal or civil offence in the US, but in the UK you'd be in a lot of trouble for this.

Comment Re:The richest pay most tax (Score 1) 190

So in both absolute terms and per-capita terms, the richest 10% pay the most tax.

Since you seem to have all the figures, what's their effective tax rate then?

The top earners are also the most mobile and "international" members of society, so the unfortunate conclusion is that countries have to retain those top earners, and one way they do that is to give them a fabvourable tax position. While they pay lip-service to stopping evasion, most countries would prefer to have the richest paying some tax rather than losing them and getting no tax at all.

Why bother. These people are giant hoovers-up of wealth. Their mentality, greed, and influence on politics destroys societies. Most societies would reap the benefits of these people leaving in droves.

Comment Re:Who pays? (Score 3, Interesting) 196

No wrong. Listen: We know that banks like money to begin with. They don't generally say "Oh, we're making enough money" and rest on their laurels avoiding some profitable change in policy until they're shocked by an external event. If it were possible for them to profitably raise fees or credit-card interests, they'd have done it already.

This is a direct hit to the bank's shareholders, or to their insurance.

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