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Comment Re:How is that sustainable? (Score 1) 453

That lowers the efficiency of the whole system, meaning less gets done altogether. Quoting TV Tropes: "In truth, some countries have a relative productive advantage in some areas, while other countries have different relative productive advantages. Trade allows countries to specialize in whatever production they have an advantage in, thus producing more in total, and then trade with each other. This makes both countries better off. For example, perhaps Country A can produce 4 cans of butter, or 2 cans of butter and 1 carton of eggs, or 2 cartons of eggs. Country B can produce 4 cartons of eggs, or 2 cartons of eggs and 1 can of butter, or 2 cans of butter. With trade, they can produce at their advantages of 4 cans of butter in A and 4 cartons of eggs in B and then trade so they each have 2 cartons and 2 cans. Making them both better off than if they produced everything in their own country."

Comment Re:How is that sustainable? (Score 1) 453

As I recall, the price of the goods dropping will make it easier for poor people to get the goods, therefore increasing relative wealth, and will create more jobs in the end.

Starting trade wars with other nations by requiring that jobs stay in the US, while probably satisfying populist sentiment, is probably a bad idea.

Comment Re:Govt Security, Accounting, Jobs with boots Here (Score 1) 783

This all sounds like a troll but it's more bitterness seeing complete idiots making 6 and 7 figure salaries while the "intelligent" folks are working as slaves. How did it come to this?

Yeah, I'm gonna take a leap here and not blame it on capitalism, or on the fact that all executives are immoral. The issue is that you're laboring under the deluded belief that intelligence, and a very narrowly defined type, is what gets you ahead in business. It isn't. Being charismatic, a generalist rather than a specialist, and generally likable is what gets you ahead. You can have an IQ of 200 and still work as a janitor if you're a complete asshole.

In my experience, while you do get the occasional raging sociopath amongst the "complete idiots," for the most part they are people who are good at getting people to like them.
And humans have always preferred charisma to intelligence, with good reason.

Comment Anti-Capitalist? (Score 1) 944

Something that I've noticed recently is a trend towards virulently anti-capitalist comments in Slashdot. And I'm not talking just the generic "rich people suck" comments that have permeated mankind since the beginning of time. It really hit me hard when I saw a post declaring that tariffs were awesome and every country should close their economies off from each other rated +5 insightful. I assume that a combination of the recession and outsourcing of IT and CS jobs, previously secure from foreign competition, has alot to do with it.

Comment Re:We are a bunch (Score 5, Insightful) 898

Most people become terrified upon entering situations where both death and helplessness are present, like being fired at by an individual with a gun when you have none. This is nothing to be ashamed of, this is just being human. You might be a superman capable of charging across the room and kung-fuing the gun out of a madman's hand, and I'm glad for you that you are, but don't heap disdain on those that have frozen in such situations.

Comment Re:The Singularity is not near (Score 1) 294

I'm confused, wouldn't more hostile and aggressive governments result in a more vicious Singularity-race? I don't get what you're saying here.

Right, so you're saying that the market for augmentations will inevitably be gripped by an innovation-crushing monopoly? Bear in mind that Moore's Law has held steady, and this is what is usually used to chart the Singularity.

You can't use "my opponents are egotistic" as an argument. That is an ad-hominem. You're not supposed to use those. Ever.

I'm not that bright compared to many people on here, I know that. But that is no reason for disrespect. You may disagree with my arguments, but attacking me personally is not appropriate. I've tried to extend a respectful attitude, and I expect the same in return.

Comment Re:The Singularity is not near (Score 1) 294

Disclaimer - I am not a Kurzweil-ite, but I am interested in some of their claims.

1. Humans won't have a damn choice. Our political and economic systems are based on competition, and the competing entities will do anything for an advantage. Think a government will turn down augmented super-soldiers, or a corporation will willingly allow its competitors to get faster computers? Like the arms race, we're caught in a loop that it's tough to break out of.

2. Bases on Venus never made economic sense. Neither did flying cars. Making your computers more flexible and powerful does. Money walks, everything else talks. Look at what capitalism needs and what it's investing in to see where technological progress will occur, IMO.

3. This just seems like a standard ad-hominem.


RIAA Now Filing Suits Against Consumers Who Rip CDs 403

mrneutron2003 writes "With this past week's announcement by Warner to release its entire catalog to Amazon in MP3 format with no Digital Rights Management, you would think that the organization that represents them, The RIAA, would begin changing its tune. Instead, they are pressing on in their campaign against consumers by suing individuals who merely rip CDs they've purchased legally. 'The industry's lawyer in the case, Ira Schwartz, argues in a brief filed earlier this month that the MP3 files Howell made on his computer from legally bought CDs are "unauthorized copies" of copyrighted recordings.'"

Submission + - How and Why Knots Spontaneously Form ( writes: "According to this article in Science News Online, scientists believe they have found the underlying reasons why knots are so common in the universe. This research helps us understand how knotty arrangements in various molecules lead to biological patterns, as in certain proteins. The article also provides a look at the field of topology, and how it relates to knots."
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Submission + - Pirates on the Open Airwaves (

UtahPirate writes: "Yes, it's new news about an old tradition that predates that new-fangled contraption of interlocking tubes we like to call the Internet.

Brooke Jarvis finds and reports on a group of people who are doing media piracy the old-fashioned way: with a radio station. Though misinformed about FCC regulations (regarding low-power broadcasting and the legalities thereof), these people actually do consider themselves to be pirates, and are supporting a Get Out the Vote campaign."

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