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Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 1) 346

So 200+ ships at billions of dollars each? Yeah, that's gonna happen.

The US spent more than that dropping bombs on the Middle East, not benefit was achieved by the effort, and almost nobody wanted it.

Imagine if all the people on Earth actually wanted something and we could effectively solve the coordination problem (coming soon to a blockchain near you)

Comment Re:Only when it costs them money. (Score 1) 97

There are a few options but all of them require high-jacking IoT devices.

If I were feeling more energetic I'd pull out some comments from here I left a decade ago talking about a guild of Internet engineers and a trust system where certified operators could send cryptographically-signed messages upstream to shut off attacking ports (or requests to do so - that's a local detail).

Yes, we're decentralized, and that's good, but we also need to cooperate.

When homeowners get their Internet shut off because their IoT is attacking and they have to call a local tech to diagnose the problem and pull out the offending light bulb before it's turned back on, suddenly everybody will demand secure light bulbs (except us 'luddites' who are still using dumb dishwashers because we know that complexity breaks).

Comment Re:More to the point (Score 1) 64

That is my point though, the users don't really leave. You have to offer them some token credit monitoring or something for a few months and 80% probably would not even change their password if you did not make them. They certainly are not moving their e-mail and web searches elsewhere.

So the value of Yahoo! isn't actually impaired by the breach at all. Basically the attitude should be "breach smeach"

Comment Re:What selfish bastards (Score 4, Insightful) 170

Just increase immigration to compensate and better outcomes for all.

Maybe, or it could me a worse outcome for all. I won't talk about race, race has been more or less scientifically proven to be a not a real thing. While there may be some clustering toward the lower and upper bounds of the normal range for various characteristics in some populations its not big enough to be relevant.

Culture on the other hand is. Europe has had a huge problem with 'multiculturalism' you can't allow just any immigrants to show up and form ghettos. Its curcial to recognize and value ones one culture and probably ones national identity. I am all for legal immigration but the people who come here (speaking as an American) so do so because they want to be Americans, not ${former nationality}-Americans, no ${former continent}-Americans, or ${ethnic-population}-Americans but just plain simple Americans. I am all for freedom of religion and am okay with whatever they want to do inside their homes, or at their meeting place on ${Weekday} or if they don't want to ${food item} etc. In general though they need to join the rest of secular society, see the same movies, talk about the same sports, eat most of the same foods, date people no from their orign group, etc. Its simply wrong to place equal value on other cultures. Western civilization is superior its brought like to a dark world that other cultures frankly have not made lasting contributions to in terms of thought and ideas since before the fall of Rome.

'We' as individuals are not better than 'them' but 'we' as a culture certainly are. If 'they' want to immigrate grate as long as their desire is to be like us. If its to come here or to Western Europe just to live in Little-${whatver} but collect a bigger public assistance check than is available back home, no we should not want them and we should not let them come. Recently cultural appropriation has been branded a bad thing. Its not its great thing, imitation is the highest form of flattery! Cultural appropriation is in fact the correct and proper way to value other cultures. You recognize what is best about them and perhaps better than our traditional way and adopt it! That is the melting pot model, we take the best ideas from everywhere and made them our own! Everyone should be welcome who wants to add and integrate. Unfortunately this idea that we have to allow them to instead replace, in the name of respect has taken hold.

Comment Re:More to the point (Score 2) 64

fraud was it? You are required to disclose know problems with most assets prior to sale, at least to the degree you are not misrepresenting the nature of thing.

If I sold you a car and did not mention that when I had the head off the other weekend I noticed the block was cracked that would be fraud. On the other hand if I fail to mention its due of an oil change nobody is going to come after me for violating a lemon law let alone fraud.

This is where the wicket gets sticky with Yahoo! Is a data breach a serious impairment? I mean with the exception of Avid Life Media most companies end up not being really harmed from a PII related breach. Look at all the retailers that have bounced back just fine, look at the social media platforms, etc. Its a short term problem most of the time. Any of the security professionals will tell you its not if but when you are breached anyway. So if "it happens to everyone" and you are not an especially sensitive use case should have to disclose a breach at all? I would argue: No!

Comment Re:Commercial "education" generally fails (Score -1) 327

Hmm, I taught people who I hire to work for me, that is over 30 people that I needed to teach. I also taught some kids. But that's irrelevant, the only relevant part is that today we have more resources to provide extremely cheap education to people because of the technology that we built and yet due to government intervention with all the money flowing into the system the prices are extremely high and will only increase over time *because* of the money.

The more money that is betting for a service the more expensive the service will be and it has nothing to do with how cheaply and universally the service can be provided without all that unnecessary money.

Comment Re:Commercial "education" generally fails (Score -1) 327

Nonsense. Your entire comment is nonsense. Education is just a service and fine best for profit. The problem with the USA system I'd government in student loans - issuing then or backing them, thud removing risk from lending. Government removing risk from interest bearing loans creates a perverse effect of banks dropping lending standards, the same thing that happened with every other bubble created by government money and involvement. Housing, stock, bond bubbles are no different from this student loan bubble. It will burst but before it does the colleges will raise tuition (and they have and they are) all the time much above what a free market would bear.

The reason for the most expensive 'education' today as compared to any time before now is the ocean of money pushed into it through the student loans, by the banks who are guaranteed a return by the taxpayer or the Fed printing (doesn't matter).

There shouldn't be any government money in education, today education can be provided cheaper than ever before in history of the world, do the prices do not reflect the reality. The reason of course is that all the price signals are removed from the system by government manipulation of the money and interest, by the Governemnt violent control.

The actual free market is not allowed UB education and it should be allowed. Government should be removed from it and actually from everything.

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