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Comment What about the others (Score 2) 84

I get calls daily from shitbags promising "0 percent interest rates" and would love to hunt them down and administer a fatal ass-kicking.

First they want to know what kind of card, then the expiration date, and then they want the whole card number to "verify" my credit history.

Usually I fuck with them and waste their time, but what I'd really like to do is mount one or more of their heads on a spike outside my home.

Comment Re:They took the worst part of Python (Score 2) 108

I prefer {} instead of tabs/spaces to define my code blocks. It's the only part of Python I don't like.

Same here. I confess I like the "syntactical sugar" of curly braces. I think it improves readability by an order of magnitude. The whole deal with using whitespace as code block delimiters seems retarded to me.

Comment Gullibility (Score 2) 56

Gullibility: it has no lower limits. People that invested in this should immediately consult a doctor to see what kind of head injury they have.

And the hucksters that were supposed to build this thing made me laugh:

She also said that NSID shifted attention to other projects and basically forgot that it had promised to build a canine mind-reader.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight....they just "forgot" about that mind-reading machine they were building. Sure, that's totally believable.

Like one time I was building a nuclear-powered orbital weapons platform, I went to make a sandwich and got sidetracked, and years later I was like, "Heyyyyyyyyy, what ever happened to that orbital weapons platform I was building?"

Comment Re:Don't realize who the robber barons are, do you (Score 1) 119

This is a really good argument against the arbitrary power of government.

You know what would be a good argument? Your actually answering my questions instead of deflecting. It's almost like you have no substantive answers to the questions I posed...

1) Who really owns the land your home is on, and where did those ownership rights come from?
2) Who or what gave you the right or authority to buy it, and how can you prove it's yours?
3) Who enforces your claim of ownership if there's a dispute?
4) What if I don't agree to recognize that authority for what I believe to be good reason(s)? Can I dispute it by force?
5) What if there's a greater, better-armed force that disagrees with you and supports me? What then?
6) Who has the ultimate authority to decide and what specifically gives them the right to do so?
7) In #6, why does this entity's authority outweigh yours (or mine)?
8) Who or what would take the place of the police departments that keeps everyone stronger than you from stealing your stuff, and from where would they derive their legitimacy?

You can't answer these questions. No libertarian can answer these questions. (In fact, most libertarians can't even agree on a specific definition of what "libertarian" means.)

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Why is it that government officials seem to have authority that outweighs ours?

Because most people realize that for society to function there needs to be some sort of entity with the absolute authority to rule on things. No, government isn't perfect by a long shot, but it's far, far better than the "might-makes-right" feudal systems that libertarianism would inevitably produce.

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Are you sure you're not a libertarian?

Yeah, I'm quite sure.

Look, I've been exposed to the fuzzy reasoning and pie-in-the-sky claims of the libertarian mindset for decades and it's never made any sense.

"Enlightened self-interest" my ass. Show me anyplace on Earth where that would work given basic human nature.

Comment Re:3D TV is dead? (Score 1) 378

So...exactly like curved screens then?

That would be my guess. I don't see a huge demand for them and most of the video sites and magazines aren't raving about how awesome they are...it's more of a "meh" kind of thing as far as I can tell. I look at them in the stores and I can't really see what the draw is.

There's no real downside to them I suppose (aside from cost) and if there's enough demand for them to support the production, who am I to say 'no'?

Comment Re:Don't realize who the robber barons are, do you (Score 1) 119

They come from god, (or if you don't believe in that sort of thing) our humanity.

That's great if you believe in magical invisible super-beings whose existence can't even be proven, but what I was asking about was actual property like real estate. Who really owns the land your home is on, and where did those ownership rights come from? Who or what gave you the right or authority to buy it, and how can you prove it's yours? Who enforces your claim of ownership if there's a dispute?

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... would go to a neutral third party that was respected amongst the community as being fair (these where the 'judges') societal norms (not laws enforced by a government)

And what if I don't agree to recognize that authority for what I believe to be good reason(s)? What then? Can I dispute it by force? What if there's a greater, better-armed force that disagrees and supports me?

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i have no problems with jury trials (so long as the jury is truly your peers from the local community) and judges elected or nominated by locally elected officials.

And what if these people are all bought off or on the take, or just don't like you and want to screw you over? What then? Who has the ultimate authority to decide and what specifically gives them the right to do so? Why does their authority outweigh yours?

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You didn't really answer this question, so I'll ask it again: Who or what would take the place of the police departments that keep everyone stronger than you from stealing your stuff, and from where would they derive their legitimacy?

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This problem exists even today with governments. There was nothing to stop the stronger American government from invading iraq and taking their stuff.

I'm not talking about international conflicts, I'm asking what's going to stop me and my hired group of Blackwater mercenaries from coming over to your place, killing you and your family, and taking all your stuff? Who would oppose me and where would they get the authority to do so? What if I'm the strongest entity around and I don't recognize them as having any legitimacy? Who's gonna stand up to me? Who's going prevent me from taking over the town by force?

Comment Re:Sorry (Score 1) 378

Plus people had to push a button when starting to play the content which is a non starter for some people.

Push a button? Holy crap, as if my day isn't complicated and difficult enough already!!

Comment Re:3D TV is dead? (Score 0) 378

So... in other words... 3D was a solution to a problem that no one seemed to have had.

That's it in a nutshell....no one really wanted it in the first place. It was a 'solution' in search of a problem.

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