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Comment Re:You can load them even faster... (Score 1) 51

content creators

If you want me to care about "content creators", you're going to have to call them something other than "content creators". I find that appellation irritating in the extreme. It says absolutely nothing about what they've done to deserve my money.

I mean, I work very hard on adding value to Slashdot with my shitty comments, so I am also a "content creator". So pay me my money, motherfucker. GIVE ME MY GODDAMN MONEY.

https://youtu.be/0N4b2dmLZII

Comment Re:The Verge is 100% wrong (Score 1) 14

Not only is this a viable play-book for Moto, it's exactly what they should do in order to not become part of the "value" market on the clearance shelf.

History has shown us that statistically nobody buys expensive accessories for electronic devices, not least because they are never compatible for long. So no, it's a stupid waste of time. Also, Moto is already part of the value market. They make cheap-ass Motos as tracfones.

Comment Re:Paradox (Score 1) 183

You're wrong and not insightful at all. Please look up the definition of "bigotry".

bigotry: intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.

I am a bigot against 80% of muslims, because they hold views and perform actions that are harmful to other humans. Ditto for some major branches of christianity. In fact, organized religion can go to hell.

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 258

Because girls aren't interested in a bum who collects social benefits and doesn't work. This incentive will never change.

It really depends on what you mean by "work". I've had a relationship go down the drain, largely because of work that took too much of my time and energy. At some point I decided I'm not going to let work ruin my life again. I now pursue my own thing in art and science -- with a journal article and a conference talk coming up, I guess I'm doing something right. The girls don't seem to mind all the fun and interesting projects I'm doing instead of a soul-crushing day job.

Personal stuff aside, a discussion such as this should get its definitions right. Most people are doing all kinds of interesting and useful things all the time, but outside of a defined "work" -- think open source software, for example. Or raising children. It's more or less arbitrary which part of this great human thing goes under the "work" umbrella, which I define by getting paid for it. Traditional economic theories only seem to care about things that involve money, ignoring the big picture altogether. This is exemplified in the following bit of the article.

  1. Shorten working hours, bringing supply down to meet demand, and improving the quality of life by providing more leisure time.
  2. Invent—or import—new things for people to buy that will improve their quality of life.

To me, having to choose between these seems rather silly. My general idea of life is to get more leisure time, in order to do/invent fun things for me and others to enjoy. "Work" with its schedules and bureaucracies just isn't very compatible with my creative wants. Besides, I'd expect real communists to ditch this idea of money/buying/selling for good.

Comment Re:Yeah, he can win (Score 1) 14

Speak for yourself.

I went to caucus and voted for Bernie. My precinct ultimately broke exactly 50:50 between Bernie and Hillary with no votes for O'Malley or anyone else. I went to the next level as a delegate where we apportioned delegates for state according to how our state split (which went to Bernie as well). There was nothing else I could do for my local or state voting.

Comment Re:This confirms my previous speculation (Score 1) 427

Personally, I agree. But I know too many people who are willing to take the risk of Trump just to stick a finger to Clinton and DNC. I think it's foolish, but nevertheless, if there are enough of them, it may just add up.

Of course, the other side has a similar problem. Which is why I think that it's basically a contest of who can motivate more to show up to vote against the other guy. And given the potential consequences, I'd rather not take chances, even when small quantities of votes are at stake. Brexit should be a lesson to us all.

Comment Re: as someone who is suffering from this... (Score 1) 226

Libertarianism is not just any limited government. It's government limited to those functions that are necessary to maximize individual liberties (or individual negative rights, to be more specific).

Libertarians also believe that all people, not just those that happened to be born in a "right" country, have said rights.

Now, go ahead and explain how government-sponsored economic protectionism (which borders are, at least in the context of this discussion) maximizes individual rights and liberties.

Comment Re: I blame Republicans (Score 1) 87

Is that the current excuse, not enough money to fire the bad ones? Pray tell, how does that hold water when a) the TSA has never readily fired any of their employees, including borderline rapists

Fifty percent seems about right for law enforcement across the board.

Do you know what happens to police officers that shoot unarmed, innocent citizens? Or ones that get complaints from the public (which is how most TSA agents get cited)?They're put on a desk for a few days and then back to normal. Shoot someone in the back? The Blue Brotherhood protects you. Stomp some skell (or someone who looks like they might be a skell? The first round is on the house.

I don't see why we should expect TSA to stand out.

Comment Re:Oh boy (Score 1) 316

Trump is an incompetent, pompous ass and a political newcomer, hated by both Democrats and Republicans. He is lucky if Congress doesn't cut the White House kitchen budget just out of spite. What Trump wants is pretty much irrelevant since he isn't going to get it.

And yet Trump won the primary and got the Republican nomination. When the Rancor goes down, maybe it's time to stop underestimating the weird kid with a lightsaber?

Comment Re:Conspiracy is Conspiratorial (Score 1) 414

They can make patent-able and marketable products from natural pot and still make a killing.

Like I said, I don't think that they can. I think that there is too much prior art.

Again, I don't think you're being creative enough here. Sure, they can't just ground it up into a pill and expect to patent it; that's a given. But once they do something more than that - say isolate a particular compound, or use a novel carrier with it, or a different delivery system, or compound it with an OTC medication - then they have something they almost certainly can patent.

demonstrate hundreds to thousands of years of prior art.

Again, that comes down to what they patent. They wouldn't be dumb enough to try to patent the plant (or at least a common variety of it) directly; that would fail quickly. Such a thing would be like Toyota attempting to patent the wheel. However when they do something clever with pot extracts, then it changes significantly and it is more like Toyota patenting the circuitry for the solar roof in a Prius.

Actually, it's not clear that the tobacco industry will even be the ones to get there before big pharma. There's a lot of big investors lurking around to see how this comes out.

So then who are the investors going to invest in? The investors want to put their money in businesses with solid potential, not just scattered head shops. No businesses strike me as better positioned to make money off legalized pot than tobacco and pharm, as they have the most similar products to it currently.

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