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Comment Re:Um, so? (Score 1) 178

I think the point is that major corporations are using US bonds as a tax shelter, and if they had paid taxes instead of investing in US debt, the US debt might not be at it's present level of 100% of GDP.

Well, if the US Federal Govt. didn't keep spending so fscking much.....more than it takes in, we'd not have the debt in the first place.

If they learned to live more within their means, they'd be much better off.

The Feds get PLENTY of tax revenue coming in each year already.

Comment Re:So the next botnet will be Audi cars (Score 1) 77

My biggest concern is...

How do you turn this car-to-anything-external comunication the fuck OFF?!?!?

Geez, I mean, I don't want this crap on my car, to aid in tracking etc.

Hell, its difficult enough to disable OnStar or any other myriad of car to base communications as it is....this sounds like even more potentially intrusive software/hardware reporting to authorities on the road.

Hell...I guess I am going to just stick to in the future...70's muscle cars, and other older 'fun' cars to ride in, without all this crap.

Hell, I'd pay EXTRA on a new car to get it without all this external to car communication.

Comment Re:What about infertility? (Score 1) 251

A lot of negative genes that would have resulted in a person not reaching reproductive age are being propagated whereas they might have died out if we were less advanced.

I guess that explains the dramatic rise in the number of plain old fucking stupid people I've started encountering as my life goes on.

Seriously, there really seems to be MANY more of them around these days.

Comment Re:What is pushed aside? (Score 1) 75

Having 35 websites for gaming info is not going to make a more inclusive or civil society either.

Society has been inclusive and civil enough most all of my life...decades.

Ok..well, the civility has broken down greatly over the past 20 years or so....but I think that may be due TO the enhanced communication and social media, etc.....

That and parents not raising their kids to respect others over the past 30 years....I think that was the largest stake in the heart of public civility.

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 1) 216

It almost doesn't matter how an act is discovered, what the people in the group must be willing to let their act be subjected-to is what will define where the label is willing to market them and how much effort they're willing to spend.

*SIGH*

I guess there will never be another Zeppelin or Stones....that wrote and produced their own records, played their own instruments, etc.

Comment Re:What carriers want is not to be carriers (Score 5, Interesting) 158

There was a point in time when you could only use the startrek.com website if you were on a specific ISP. I don't remember which ISP it was; this was *EONS* ago, probably in the 90s. I vaguely remember getting angry about it and writing a ranty post on Usenet, though I can't find it now in Google Groups.

This is the kind of crap we might see again if Net Neutrality is tossed to the wind.

Whoah! I just remembered. It was the Star Trek Continuum site, and it only worked on MSN. Here's a link:

http://www.trektoday.com/colum...

The idea of this crap happening again really bothers me.

Comment Re:A perfect Christmas gift... (Score 4, Interesting) 188

I really miss speakers that are made with real wood enclosures they sounded so much fuller, crisper, and bigger. Then again I have a tube stack with a 4x12 oak slant back offset classic and greenback Celestions that sounds like it's a crisp 300 watts (it's only 200) compared to the new stuff anyway.

Me too.

I have a pair of Klipschorns 50th anniversary speakers ....horn loaded, VERY efficient, and they are made to run with tube amps. I have a couple of older Decware SET amps (I have the long old, SE84C). .....sounds really nice. I'd like to some day get an old McIntosh amp, but even old 60's versions are pretty $$$$.

I'm very tempted to dig out my old turn table...I'm SO disappointed with so many of the new "remixes" they have been putting out of my artists which are classic rocksters.....they have succumbed to the compression wars and there is no fucking dynamic range anymore.

From what I understand, with the physical limitations of the vinyl format, they really can't over compress. Even though my hearing isn't what it used to be, I can still hear that my music often doesn't sound as good as it did when I was a kid. With new stuff, I quickly get ear fatigue, but with something well recorded on my system, even at pretty high volumes, I don't get ear fatigue and can listen endlessly.

I have a few gems on digital...Jethro Tull's Aqualung put out a year or so ago for a remastered anniversary edition is amazingly well done. It has plenty of dynamic range, and they've brought forth instruments that I'd never really heard before..it is great.

But like my Stones re-issues...ugh...they've killed what used to be fun recordings.

I'm hoping my vinyl experiment might give me back the sound I want to hear....and not be processed to sound like shit like so many engineers seem to aspire to create (or destroy).

Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 0) 278

Here's my homework, teacher: Article 1, section 8: Congress may lay and collect taxes for the "common defense" or "general welfare" of the United States.

This does not equate to a power to spend tax money on (or regulate) anything "for the 'common defense' or 'general welfare'". If Congress's enumerated powers included getting involved in education, this clause would grant them the power to raise money toward that end. It does not grant that power by itself. If it did, the remainder of the section (and the entire concept of enumerated powers) would be rendered meaningless, which was obviously not the authors' or signers' intent.

Don't worry, this is a very common mistake. Your reading comprehension will improve with practice. In the meantime, perhaps you would care to read what Thomas Jefferson and James Madison had to say on the subject.

Comment Re:Not Fed (Score 1) 278

Financially, Congress has the power to tax, borrow, pay debt and provide for the common defense and the general welfare.

You skipped some critical words and punctuation:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; ...

Notice the comma after "Excises"—these are two separate lists, not a single broad power. The power described here is simply "To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises". That's it: to collect money, not to spend it. The purpose of that power is described by the next phrase, "to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States". That is merely clarifying language, tacked on to explain why the money is being collected and not intended to grant any additional powers. In other words, the nature of this power is merely to fund the enumerated powers given by the remainder of the section. If this sentence alone were intended to authorize absolutely anything which might be argued to "provide for the common Defense and general Welfare" then the remainder of the section would be superfluous. That (false) interpretation does away with the entire concept of enumerated powers. The authors and signers obviously did not intend for the enumeration of powers granted to Congress to be superfluous, or Section 8 would have ended immediately after the words "general Welfare".

Don't just take my word for it, though. Consider instead the writings of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison on the subject.

Comment Re:It was a joke to begin with (Score 1) 278

When the time comes to start specializing in something (i.e. choosing a major in college), they will have a good idea of what subjects they enjoy and have an aptitude for. That's where they'll pick up the math and analytical skills and other foundational stuff.

Math and analytical skills are foundational skills for far more than just computer programming, and ought to be taught long before the student enters college. It is undeniably true that not every student needs to be trained as a large-system software developer, but everyone should learn at least the most basic fundamentals of computer design, both practical and theoretical, and more importantly the problem-solving skills such as abstract thinking, divide-and-conquer, proofs, etc. which are necessary to understand how complex systems function, including—but not limited to—software. Introductory computer coding is one context in which these skills can be taught, so long as it is recognized as a means to an end and not the end itself.

Comment Re:Bad Headline (Score 1) 588

Well, I've been listening for videos of Trump advocating for such a plan all day long, only to find out that there are loads of videos labelled "Trumps wants to track all muslims" but none of them actually have him say anything of the sort. So if you have a video or two for me, the kind that I didn't watch already to discover it is not what it is labelled to be, I'll take it.

Also, not ruling out something does not mean having plans to do it. For example, I'm not ruling out leaving my wife in the future. Yet, I have absolutely no plan to do it.

Also, banning all non US-citizen Muslims to enter the country is not the same thing as building a registry for all muslims, not even close actually.

So you see. You've given no evidence. Even the stuff you claim to have seen / heard would not be proof even if it was true. Proving something did not happen is impossible of course, so the burden of proof is on you. But we already know who is rationalizing stuff away now, do we?

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