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Comment Re:Mature technology (Score 1) 118

Are you really suggesting the government shouldn't be subsidizing new things that make the world a better place when they do not provide immediate profit motive?

Grants and assistance/seed money for scientific research grant foundations, military research projects, space exploration, other pure research/science projects, sure.

Artificially distorting/masking the cost efficiency of one existing service/product versus a 'favored' new service/product through taxes and regulation that cannot otherwise compete only wastes the people's money with artificially-inflated prices (and in the case of energy prices is extremely regressive...it hurts the poorest and most vulnerable in society the fastest and the worst) and actually slows the advancement of the 'favored' service/product by mitigating the financial/economic pressure to improve.

Increases in electricity and heating fuel prices can be measured in human lives lost. How many lives a year every year is it worth to increase energy prices artificially for political/ideological agendas?

The only ones that come out ahead in the end with these schemes are the politicians and their private sector 'connected' cronies. Society and everyone in it pays the costs in lives lost, unnecessary suffering, and the slowing of human progress.

Strat

Comment Re:They didn't tolerate intolerance (Score 1) 567

> Yes, but democracy doesn't mean that you have a right not to be criticized, shunned, fired, boycotted, and abused in any other lawful manner for your speech.

Actually, your own state laws define such a right, at least for being fired. Surprised to see you champion abuse in there, though. I mean, you do realize that some woman is being abused just for being this guy's GF, right? I find it interesting that's not in conflict with your values, given that you've yet to condemn that in any way. Anyhow, I hope you remember all that some day when the shoe is on the other foot. FWIW, campaigns to abuse anyone who doesn't share your beliefs rarely end well.

I don't like any lies, though, Trump's or Hillary's (or anyone else's). I'm not deluded enough to believe either of them.

Comment Re:Johnson and anti-incumbent (Score 1) 381

So in other words you are too uninformed about the issues to name your preferred prospective Supreme Court nominees. This all starts to make more sense, now. You won't address any of these issues directly because you actually have no idea what's going on. See? Asked to name even one prospective jurist, you have to resort to more childish deflection in an attempt to avoid confirming your ignorance. So, now you've had a while to at least look up some names. Let's try again: who do you think should sit on the Supreme Court? How about just one name.

Comment Re:Already compensated (Score 1) 172

I remember the antitrust trial of the 90s well. Yes, the judge said they should be broken up. The Bush took office and the whole matter was dropped. Nothing happened to them. Nothing's ever happened to them in the US.

The only place they've had any trouble is over in Europe. That means they can do whatever they want to American customers, they just have to watch themselves in the EU market. It's not at all unusual for companies to have different products for different markets and treat customers in different markets differently.

Comment Re:Do away with them (Score 1) 81

But how would you even do that with dynamic languages, where the type can just change at runtime?

Obviously you can't, which is one of the arguments against programming in dynamically-typed (unityped) languages. This is why TypeScript exists: a statically-typed JavaScript derivative which compiles down to plain JS after proving that the types are satisfied (i.e. performing static code analysis), much as any other statically-typed languages compiles down to unityped machine code.

Furthermore, TypeScript is handling null just like Java.

No, it isn't. Both TypeScript and Java will complain about uninitialized variables, but Java will not produce an compile-time error if you set the variable to null (directly or indirectly) and then try to use it as a reference. TypeScript will, unless you explicitly check that the value is not null before using it. (Checking for null changes the type from nullable to non-null within the scope of the condition.)

declare function arbitrary(): string | null;
let x: string;
let y: string | null;
x = arbitrary(); // Error, type 'string | null' is not assignable to type 'string'.
y = arbitrary(); // Fine
x.length; // Fine, x is non-nullable.
y.length; // Error, object is possibly 'null'.
if (y != null) {
y.length; // Fine, y is non-null in this scope.
}

Comment Re:Story's Not Over (Score 2) 183

If I understand this correctly, Akamai threw Krebs out because Akamai could not handle the DDS. This means I'm never sending any business to Akamai because they can't handle it properly. But it doesn't mean Krebs is off the air for long.

For example, I bet Cloudflare would take him on. They've differentiated themselves on the ability to handle DDS.

There's also Google's Project Shield, which is free for journalists.

Comment Re:Do we have to let the winner out of the arena? (Score 1) 49

Why does it boggle the mind? Most of the Android revenue is licensing. Google doesn't have a lot of cost when it comes to licensing.

I think most of Android's revenue is from the Play store, not licensing. In fact, I don't think Google charges anything for the Google apps, and it really couldn't charge anything for Android, since it's open source.

Comment Re:Johnson and anti-incumbent (Score 1) 381

No, you're too much of a coward to even address the issue, as usual.

Here, let's break it down into the baby-sized bites you can't pretend you're unable to address:

Who would you like to see seated on the Supreme Court? Be specific. If you pretend you can't, we'll see you're just a craven BSer as usual. If you REALLY can't, then we'll see you shouldn't be voting regardless. So: name names.

Comment Re:Johnson and anti-incumbent (Score 1) 381

One or the other, but it won't be because of my vote.

So your vote has no effect on the election, then? You're choosing to use your vote in a way that deliberately reduces its impact on SCOTUS nominees?

So which do you prefer: liberal or conservative SCOTUS judges? There are real, substantive differences between them. If you DO have a preference, why are you choosing to use your vote in a way that you claim will not express that preference? Or, do you live in a state where you know that by withholding your vote from a candidate that actually can win, you know that you're already supporting the viable candidate that will sit the judges you want? Address this issue in less of a cop-out, non-answer way than you already have.

Comment Re:Good thinking (Score 1, Offtopic) 137

Before rescuing the planet from carbon emissions the Swedes might want to rescue their country first:

SWEDEN IN CHAOS: Number of âno-go zonesâ(TM) INCREASED as police lose control over violence

Sweden turns on migrants amid rise in violence and sex attacks

Sweden on the BRINK: Malmà in flames as vengeful thugs set cars alight

Those who are working towards effectively abolishing national sovereignty and erecting a structure for central global governance know that great changes only occur at times of great turmoil, war, famine, financial/currency system collapses, and anarchy/chaos.

There are some disturbing societal/cultural/political parallels to pre-WW2 Germany occurring in the US. The EU is on fire. Nationalism and populism is on the rise in many powerful nations around the world. The global financial markets are in dangerous territory. Russia and China are flexing their military muscles.

It's not going to take a whole lot at this point to send the world off into a global catastrophic collapse and conflict. What might well emerge scares the crap out of me for the whole of humanity.

Strat

Comment Re:Johnson and anti-incumbent (Score 1) 381

See? Completely unable to acknowledge reality, or completely unwilling to admit it.

So: how will your choice in candidates influence the next Supreme Court nominees that are named? Be specific, if you have any sort of ability to talk about reality. If you can't answer the question, it's just another sign that your entire ongoing deflection on this topic is just you being an intellectual coward. So: which nominees will have a more likely chance of being seated, because of your vote?

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