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Comment Re:Usual media FUD (Score 1) 517

Imagine that you have four people each trading exactly the same amount with each other. Now imagine drawing a line around one of the people and calling him a country, with no change in what he trades. You'll find that the one person exports 100% of his GDP while everyone else exports 25% of their GDP.

All you've done is made an argument about any tariffs anywhere, for any purpose. It' naturally falls out from the way small and large countries work; it has nothing to do specifically with the UK and Europe.

Comment Re:dark patterns huh? (Score 5, Insightful) 128

Sounds like you ascribed a lack of value to it based on the delivery medium and thus didn't even click the link. Congratulations, you just applied a dark pattern to yourself as described in TFS,

This is nonsense.

1) It isn't a dark pattern unless someone is trying to trick him into not viewing the article.

2) The delivery medium actually makes the article lower in value. Taking 30 minutes to watch something that can be read in 2 minutes is a waste of time, and having to waste your time to get it reduces its value.

Comment Re:Legislation Can't Fix Incompetence (Score 1) 660

The guy was nuts. He had a documented history of being nuts. His friends thought he was nuts. His family thought he was nuts. And yet, he could still get plenty of ammo and guns.

If the government can take away someone's rights by declaring him nuts, without due process and a hearing at which he can present evidence in his defense, that means nobody will have any rights at all. This will be a bigger problem. Yes, even a bigger problem than shootings.

Comment Re:Well, that sounded extremely patronizing. (Score 1) 317

Maybe you should check with someone who doesn't have malaria, but otherwise would.

Maybe you should check in with someone who dies because he can't afford medication, because Bill Gates conditioned his aid on IP protections for drugs.

It's not as if there are people dying on only one side of the comparison here. The negative aspects of Gates' donations result in people dying who are every bit as real as the people with malaria.

Comment Re:FIRST!!!! (Score 2) 230

Source code has to be vetted first before it's released by a big company. And vetting costs money. What if the source code contains third party code that they are not permitted to release to others? What if it contains comments that are libellous?

And what if they sell the source code and then the recipient doesn't know how to compile it? The recipient won't buy "source code with no guarantee you can compile it" but if there *is* a guarantee that they compile it, that means that the company has committed itself to supporting something they want to stop supporting.

Comment Selling out (Score 1) 224

Whether something sells out depends partly on how many you made in the first place. In other words, the fact that this "sold out" is not useful information, and is an advertising trick. It's just that in this case the advertising trick is selling politics as well as dolls.

Comment This is absurd (Score 1) 760

But the average rate of drug use among those recipients has been far below the national average -- around 1% overall, compared with 9.4% in the general population -- meaning there's been little cost savings from the drug testing program.

Anyone who takes drugs and is remotely sane will either not apply for a program which has drug testing, or will stop taking drugs so they can apply for the program. So it's not surprising that recipients of the program don't use drugs--all the drug users either didn't apply or stopped using. Nobody's going to take drugs, apply, and get caught. The fact that it's even as high as 1% only happens because some people are stupid.

Being below the national average is what you would expect if the drug testing program works.

Comment Re:landlords aren't legally allowed to consider (Score 1) 371

And my tenants sign a 'crime-free addendum' the local police recommend, legally permitting me to evict them with 3 days' notice if the police respond to criminal complaints, or anyone is arrested on the premises, or the police inform me that known convicts are found on the premises during an investigation.

This is terrible. It leads to victims of domestic violence being evicted because of their partner committing a crime against them.

Comment Re:The enemy of my enemy is my friend (Score 5, Insightful) 307

So if he decides he doesn't like you, he can sue the crap out of you on multiple fronts, without his own name getting dragged into it? You're fine with trying to fight off all those lawsuits, where you'll go bankrupt even if you win?

This lawsuit wasn't mainly trouble for Gawker because they would go bankrupt even if they won. It was trouble for Gawker because Gawker committed the unethical behavior described in the lawsuit and had to pay for it. There's a big difference between suing innocent people to make them pay for defense, and suing guilty people to make them pay for their crimes.

Comment Re:So, Amazon was counting on only a few customers (Score 1) 164

Also, gas stations don't charge you more if you're a repeat customer or if you are wearing expensive clothing that shows you're a richer person than the customer who comes in in two minutes. Amazon does the electronic equivalent. Amazon takes advantage of computers to wring every cent out of customers by violating our expectations of how stores normally sell things; what's so bad about violating their expectations in response? Especially if we're just violating their expectations by actually claiming the price that they say we're entitled to claim.

Comment Re:The cure (Score 1) 302

You are confusing a private corporation and the government. Governments are immune to pressure from not buying. The government that imposes the TSA isn't going to care whether the airlines lose money, so has no reason to stop--and they're certainly not going to let anyone open a competing airline that skips the TSA, as would happen if you were boycotting a company over something that companies had control of.

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