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Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 1) 251

Absolutely untrue. A nonprofit has no owners, therefore it has no shareholders.

You may have had shares in a for-profit company that did some charitable work, or you might have been part of a nonprofit organization that had members, but you were not a shareholder of a nonprofit, there is no such thing.

Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 1) 251

Tell me what those people do that somebody making $80k can't do.

There is never a justifiable amount of work that any human can do to justify a $500k+ salary. It's just not possible. I don't care if it's the director of a nonprofit or the CEO of a Fortune 500, there is no possible justification for any one human to be given that much money in a year.

And the United Way isn't even a charity. They don't do anything for anybody. All they do is move money around and take a huge cut.

Comment Re:Due process matters more than Snowden (Score 1) 341

United States Constitution, Article II, Section 2 reads in part:
The President ... shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

A pardon IS due process.

The right response for Snowden is a pardon. Any other response would be to make him a political prisoner.

Ideally the pardon should be accompanied by the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and perhaps the Nobel Committee should also see fit to award him the peace prize.

Comment Re:Whistle-blower defense (Score 1) 341

He absolutely does get to dictate what charges he will face. He has the option of not returning to a country that will persecute him unless that country offers him the only acceptable solution - a guarantee that there will be no charges.

And he absolutely should be held accountable for his actions. That accountability should be in the form of a pardon and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. No other accountability is appropriate.

He is a hero to the United States and to the world.

Comment Re:Trial in Absentia (Score 1) 341

There is absolutely no requirement in the Constitution that a person have been convicted of any crime before receiving a pardon, and there is certainly precedent for pardons being given without charges ever having been filed.

The pardon is a part of the process of law, not a circumvention of it. It's not used nearly often enough.

Edward Snowden is being accused of a political crime. A pardon is the appropriate legal solution.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 212

We don't necessarily have to tax carbon emissions. We can tax coal, oil, and gas production instead. We can end the depletion deduction. We can make fossil fuel production companies ineligible for any subsidies or deductions. We can ban fracking.

There are plenty of things we can do to make it much more expensive to use fossil fuel than to use renewables without subsidizing nuclear or taxing carbon emissions directly.

Comment Why Oracle? (Score 2) 113

So, maybe somebody here can answer this...

Why would you use Oracle for anything? Is there really something that Oracle does that an open-source database can't do? I mean, they're clearly a horrific company to do business with, it would seem that if there's any other solution that would work it would be an obvious choice not to use Oracle.

I'm not a database guy, it's a real question.

Comment Re:Fools (Score 2) 192

"Fancy cruise control" as you call it is already a product, is already in shipping cars, and you can buy it today. It's not five years away. Some currently available mass production cars already have the ability to maintain their lane, change lanes when directed, and maintain speed and distance in traffic. It's not just research and development, it's for sale.

What's going to be here in five years is a product that will take you from point A to point B without you doing anything but telling it where you want to be. Those points will likely not initially be any point in the country, but they will likely be any point within a city that's accessible by city street. Successful research and development leads to products, and by every reasonable measure, the current research and development is very successful, since they're already putting those research and development cars on the public streets.

And since you mention freeways, driving on the freeway is actually the easy part. City streets are a much harder problem, but they're a problem that's also nearly solved.

Please explain why you think I don't know what I'm talking about. Do you think the technology demonstrations have all been faked? Do you have some sort of insider knowledge about it not working that contradicts all the information that's been published about how well these systems work now?

You're declaring it "hype" when anybody paying attention can see it's happening. So please, if you've got something useful to add, do so.

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