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Comment He's wrong about Free Markets (Score 1) 209

I think having devices in the hands of citizens that are actually useful during an emergency and aren't sold with that functionality switched off is exactly the kind of reason to have regulation of the sale of such devices.
If we leave it up to free market, then when it comes time to check the radio for emergency evacuation information, those who picked up the "Cheap" hardware are going to experience Free Market Darwinism.
Just to recap:
  • Mandating cellular devices allow "lawful" intercept and Orwellian style surveillance of citizens: BAD
  • Mandating cellular devices be shipped with their FM tuners switched on, thus allowing citizens to become informed of lifesaving details during an emergency, thus saving hundreds of thousands of lives, or even millions: GOOD

Comment I did that on my MBP and it sucks. (Score 1) 495

No really. I killed my headphone jack like 3 years ago. Static discharge while hooked up to a stereo. Jack now sounds like total garbage, can't use it at all.

I get by tho. I Had to run out and purchase some bluetooth headphones, and I still use the internal speakers, or hook it up via HDMI.

So basically what I'm saying is it will have the exact effect Apple Corporate wants. Using their near monopoly on the market for spiffy mac portables which have suddenly become trendy, not like the previous 25 years of my fanboi-dom, to force purchases and extract more profits from already stretched thin consumers at the cost of functionality is an unforgivable sin. They've been doing it in their software, and now they do it in their hardware. I'm done with you Apple. I'm putting linux on this mac, I already use linux on my desktop, and I'm never buying another of your products. I hope all readers do the same.

Comment Re:It would go broke in a day (Score 1) 609

Science can quickly and easily prove that "economics" such as they are today, are a failure by design, and the idea of monetizing everything in the world is flawed from the beginning. Such a system would be the first casualty of a scientific governance. Immediately and assuredly, destroyed. And we should not look back with anything but disdain.

Comment Yes (Score 1) 609

If you would instead want to rule with an iron fist or blind ignorance or artificial scarcity or racist psychopathic militarized police or subversive secret agents or broken social constructs, depressing environments, and copious supplies of impure mind altering substances prohibited and delivered by black ops and black markets, then yes, allowing the population to be well informed, implement plans that have merit, and using scientific proofs to rule themselves without your "guidance" and "protection" is a horrible, terrible idea.

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