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Comment Re:Capitalism? (Score 1) 247

I'm not seeing what in True Capitalism prevents the enslaving.

A just government dedicated to the rights of the people (individually). As of right now, the US Constitution has indentured every working person (enslaved) in a violation of the 14th Amendment. Socialism by definition requires the taking of a mans effort, and giving it to another, under threat. The 16th Amendment is, a horrible case of government enslaving its people. A man ought to have complete and total control over the wages he makes, and not having any such protection, we are all slaves to government.

A government that can take whatever it wants from you (via taxes) can take everything you have. There is no limit.

Comment Re:Capitalism? (Score 1) 247

The purpose of government is to ensure the liberties of its citizenry, not play mommy and daddy protecting people from themselves.

Constitution says so, but they are (patents and copyright) rights as in the same as "freedom of speech" is a right, but are the only rights that are limited (time in this case) Interestingly, because it is a right (granted, not natural) it also requires securing. Which is, IMHO, the duty and purpose of government.

securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

There is no right of "contract" anywhere in the Constitution. Which is one of the reasons why I am opposed to government (at any level) defining marriage in any way shape or form (marriage being a contract). Keep in mind, I am a Libertarian, so my views are based on liberty. My views on Contracts (and incorporation) are that these are grants of the state (governments at any level) , and therefore are created and exist with the blessing of the state, which means the state can also dissolve them. Imagine a Corporation accused, tried and convicted of some crime, and the state having the power to dissolve it, sell off the assets and give the victims their due, how that would change the "moral" nature of the corporation itself. I call it the "corporate death sentence". Yes, corporations are legal entities, but only because the state allows it to be that way.

I am not anarchist. I have a very well defined purpose of government ...

... establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Such a government would lead to a very prosperous nation and people. Anything less is a road to tyranny.

Comment Re:Buzzword du jour (Score 1) 106

The power and sophistication of say pattern matching can span a wide continuous range. For the high-end techniques, most are okay with calling them "AI". The medium and low end will invite more debate.

That marketers throw around "AI" a bit much, I agree. Whether its a misuse for this particular gizmo depends on how its done and how well its done.

Comment Re:Support your claim (Score 1) 247

Why shouldn't a city be able to look at those tradeoffs and make a decision?

It is called "private property" — what I do inside my apartment/house is (or ought to be) just as private and out of government's hands as what I do with my body.

Noise and other "Law & Order" issues may be valid considerations — people breaking criminal laws or violating privacy of others should be punished. But that ought not preclude folks from doing what they wish with their property any more, than, for example, fears of pedophilia can allow banning consensual sex between adults.

Before you ask, distinction between people using rented real estate for AirBNB and those profiting from their own is without difference to the topic. Whether or not such subletting is permitted by the lease agreement is between landlords and tenants and is not any of government's concern.

Comment Electric VTOL aircraft? (Score 1) 100

Does this plan involve inventing Mr. Fusion reactors?

What known power source exists capable of running an electric VTOL aircraft? The only thing I can think of is gas turbine driving a generator, at which point it's not really electric and efficiency wise you might as well just use that as shaft power. Certainly no current battery technology is capable of the power density required to drive a VTOL aircraft.

Comment Re:dallah! (Score 1) 227

Because I know people ripped off from similar scams, now I start asking questions. To be polite, I ask up front, "Do you mind if I ask some questions to confirm your story?"

Most scammers will blow you off with a quick insult and then walk away at that point. They are usually not prepared for that.

If they agree, then I'll try to offer alternatives to handing over cash.

"What's the name of the medication your child needs? Is it prescribed or over the counter?"

If they say over-the-counter, I'll offer to buy it for them myself and bring it to them. That way I don't have to give them cash. If they are scammers, at this point they are finally likely to bail out.

Submission + - Unencrypted Key Allows Drone Hijacking

An anonymous reader writes: A researcher has discovered a new technique for hijacking drones by attacking a popular radio wireless control protocol known as DSMx. The transmission protocol covers millions of hobbyist devices including radio-controlled toy cars, airplanes, helicopters and boats. While jammers are already available to intercept radio signals and disrupt flight paths, security expert Jonathan Andersson at Trend Micro DVLabs, has now found an exploitable vulnerability which allows a hijacker to completely control the drone itself. Andersson explained how the unencrypted binding key used to connect the remote transmitter with the DSMx receiver can be extracted from the protocol through brute-force attacks. He also found that a timing weakness allows for hijacker commands to be sent before legitimate ones, causing the compromised drone to reject the real operator’s instructions. Using a tiny device called Icarus, built using off-the-shelf electronics and software-defined radio (SDR), Andersson showed how an interceptor can take over control of the radio-controlled devices, locking out the original owner in seconds.

Comment Re:Business as usual (Score 1) 247

Observe as attack lap dogs regurgitate distraction memes about safety or regulation.

Most of those meme fail once you actually test them. The "Safety" regulations aren't just the obvious (Fire alarms), but go all the way down to "bedbugs". The problem is, that no amount of regulation actually solves any problem and the regulations aren't actually enforced when there is a failure. Yes, Hilton has fire detectors in every room because of regulation, but my view is that they would have them (eventually) anyways. It is kind of like "free wifi" is, it is a "selling point". Eventually everyone has "Free Internet" anyways, because those that do not have it will eventually lose business.

Hilton will take extra steps to get rid of "bedbugs" in because they rely upon their reputation. An AirBNB member probably cannot provide that level of service. Eventually, the marketplace will sort it out, it always does.

Comment Re:Capitalism? (Score 1) 247

Actually, under True Capitalism, the rich cannot enslave anyone, especially in a republic of laws that prohibit it. So instead of Capitalism and Republic, we are going down the tubes to Socialism and Democracy based on convenience and emotion.

They(Liberal socialists) never realize that markets want to be free, and the only way to keep them from being free is totalitarianism (rules, regulations, taxes and government guns)

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