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Comment Government lawyers... (Score 2) 174

They work for the government, not the people, even when they pretend that they're "judges". The FISA court is not a court of law, it is an unconstitutional rubber-stamp that only exists to allow criminals to pretend to themselves that they're not violating their oath.

A "secret cout" is very clearly prohibited by the bill of rights.

-jcr

Comment Re:Drudge and other U.S. bloggers are next (Score 4, Insightful) 349

The second amendment granted the PEOPLE the right

No it didn't, and the idea that the constitution created our rights is a very dangerous misconception. Our rights are intrinsic to our human nature, and what the constitution does is delegate certain powers to the government.

-jcr

Comment Re:No, the little people don't have all the money (Score 1) 387

I actually read those other articles. There's no "Reliable source problem here".

The "healing" story looks to be perfectly valid research on a previously undiscovered mechanism that takes place in sterile fetal tissue. The tissue around the wound contracts, effectively contracting the size of the wound. Then other healing mechanisms kick in to fully close the wound. This isn't going to provide scar-free plastic surgery, at least not in the foreseeable future.

The Cosmology story, I'll start out by saying that when a headline says scientist says "x MAY y", I take that as a blatant tag that we're talking about a speculative new idea. I don't see a problem with a story on speculative science ideas when reported as speculative. It looks like some scientists wrote up an interesting new idea to explain the apparent acceleration of the expansion of the universe, and which appears to fit well with certain other observations. However as the article notes, there's a serious problem/hole in the theory. It was an interesting read, if you're into that sort of thing, but the hole in the theory is almost certainly going to turn out to be fatal.

Anyway, their claim is that, based on Zipf's law, there must be some "long tail" of unknown small financial institutions which have vast but uncounted assets. No way.

"No way" is right. That's not what it says at all.
They said that the collection of all companies follows Zipf's law, and they get the "shadow banking value" from the abnormally deflated HEAD of the curve, NOT the long tail.

They're not saying there's some "unknown small financial institutions which have vast but uncounted assets", they're saying the biggest corporations are underreporting. And it's a known fact that they are underreporting. They merely came up with a way to calculate the size of the known underreporting.

"It is in the nature of markets to move money from the many to the few."

That point is mentioned in the story, and it it is in fact a crucial part of how they obtained their result. The biggest corporations, the ones most closely engaged in working the money market itself, are vastly underreporting just how much they have worked the market to move ~100 Trillion dollars from the many to the few.

Examining the graph it looks like this figure is attributable, almost entirely, to the 16 largest corporations in the world. And if they are right about the size of these unreported assets, the underreported value is greater than the entire global GDP.

And another point jumps to my mind. Large corporations have been gaming the system to avoid taxes. Capturing even just ONE PERCENT of this figure would completely solve the entire US budget deficit. I realize that these are not exclusively US companies, but certainly much of this value is U.S. based. Capturing about 2.5% of this figure, spread across the relevant countries, would pretty much solve everyone's deficits.

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Comment Re:betteridge's law of headline (Score 2) 466

the first one of them that get a performance electric car, that isn't fugly as all the current "green" cars....sporty looking (like the Tesla Roadster was) for the price range of a low end Vette...gets all my money.

Seriously? The Tesla S has almost the same profile as a Lamborghini Gallardo. Slightly less absurd front scoop, a bit less "sharp" in a few places, but otherwise, very similar.

I do have to agree about the price, though - If GM can do it at under $30k, awesome. $65k and up, not so cool.

Comment Define "used" (Score 1) 410

I've written (and use) programs to automatically poll sensor data from modems at a few dozen remote sites, on a more-or-less continual basis.

I haven't, however, used a dialup connection to the internet in over a decade.

So which do I answer?

Comment Re: I don't like Ad companies (Score 5, Insightful) 225

Except patent trolls aren't actually committing crimes, and therefore aren't criminal.

The worst criminals have always had the law on their side - From the landed nobles of Old Europe, to the "robber barons" of the late 19th / early 20th centuries, to patent trolls and the RIAA, MPAA, and BSA today.

Doesn't make it right. They all belong(ed) up against the wall.

Comment Re:Didn't they just susped all PvP in the game? (Score 1) 122

they've basically suspended all PvP in the game.

A multiplayer FPS... Without PvP? Wow. Just... Wow.

I mean, I admittedly hate involuntary PvP in most online games. But I can't really imagine how they plan to attract people to an FPS without PvP as a core game mechanic - "Come play a UT clone against AI opponents, oh and don't forget your freemium upgrades if you want to have any chance at lasting 30 seconds"?

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