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Comment Re: minwage $11.40-$9.90 (Score 1) 506

If you dislike society so much - leave it.
That's your option. You don't like a society with a social contract, you think you can take from what WE paid for and not help pay for it yourself ? Then leave.

I hear Mogadishu is EXACTLY what you are hoping for. Pinochet did it in Chile too but that's gone unfortunately for you.

What ? You don't WANT to live under brutal warlords or dictators ? Well news for you - ANCAP doesnt work - ANCAP always ends up being run by brutal warlords. And libertarian societies cannot even come to EXIST without a dictator to create them. That noted socialist Margaret Thatcher told F.A. Hayek she CANNOT replicate Chile's policies beyond the small bit she did - because it's not POSSIBLE in a democracy where the leaders have to actually answer to the citizens for their policies - where the leaders have to negotiate and collaborate with opposition leaders in the parliament.

So your dream cannot exist in anything resembling a free society. In a democracy - it can't be done. You can get the libertarian economics if you have a dictator but then you lose ALL the other freedoms. Or you can try the ANCAP way and, as it ALWAYS HAS, end up getting killed in the crossfire as the brutal warlords fight for control (coincidentally - those warlords don't give a fuck about your personal liberties either).

Basically - yours is a pipe dream. The only way you can have what you want is in a society of one. Maybe "one family" - any bigger than that and the entire thing falls the fuck appart. Just as it always has, every single time it's been tried.

The only anarchist state that ever managed to exist as a successful, industrialised economy - was a socialist one: Andalusia. The anarchism worked because there was no economic inequality from which warlords can arise.

Comment Re: minwage $11.40-$9.90 (Score 1) 506

If that is, indeed, how you see things - you need to have your eyes checked.

In the real world - society comes with a social contract. You want all the benefits of NOT living alone on some mountaintop - up to and including everything produced by private business which cannot exist outside society - then you have to pay your share for the upkeep of that society and it's shared infrastructure.
If you refuse to pay your share, you don't get to TAKE your share either.

Comment Re:Article sounds like B.S. (Score 0) 127

No, you're an idiot and the guy is wrong.

I don't need to improperly code a program and be all pretentious on github to use the strings utility.

Here's literally everything that came out of the Windows 10 explorer.exe file:

<?xpacket begin="
" id="W5M0MpCehiHzreSzNTczkc9d"?>
<x:xmpmeta xmlns:x="adobe:ns:meta/" x:xmptk="Adobe XMP Core 5.6-c014 79.156797, 2014/08/20-09:53:02 ">
  <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="">
      <rdf:Description rdf:about=""
        <xmp:CreatorTool>Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 (Windows)</xmp:CreatorTool>
              <rdf:li rdf:parseType="Resource">
                  <stEvt:softwareAgent>Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 (Windows)</stEvt:softwareAgent>

If that's a full 20% of all bytes in explorer.exe, then Microsoft should sure as hell be congratulated for writing one of the tightest pieces of code known to mankind.

Comment Article sounds like B.S. (Score 2, Interesting) 127

So Adobe photoshop puts metadata in PNG images that can cause "bloat".


Riddle me this batman: Why the hell should the Explorer.exe binary compiled from C code have 20% of its bytes be from an Adobe photoshop metadata tool? Ditto for a DLL that's not a PNG asset?

I think this guy ran a program that misinterpreted some bytes in a binary since it's not really designed to be a general-purpose parser and then jumped to a really really dumb conclusion.

Comment Re:Yes but (Score 1) 664

Technically there is a sort of unwritten rule that people who have an honorary doctorate but no actual PHD should not use the title doctor. It's not actually illegal or anything - but it tends to raise eyebrowse and cause scandals as it's seen as somewhat deceptive.

I'm not sure I agree that it should - an honorary doctorate could be argued to be a GREATER achievement than a PHD since to get one you must have made some pretty significant contributions to the field - getting one in a field you don't hold a PHD in is generally the preserve of an extremely rare and talented few. One could debate if an honorary doctorate in literature for a lifetime of great writing shows a greater or lesser genius than an honorary doctorate in physics for theorising a new particle that was later discovered by researchers, but nobody would claim either is not a pretty significant achievement (though this is one of the rare cases where the amateur poet is likely to be a LOT richer than the amatuer physics researcher - there is an entire career path out there for non-formally trained writers, not so much for untrained physics fans).

Comment Re:Correcting myself (Score 1) 664

I wonder how far that decision goes. Could somebody cite it as precedent who is charged with impersonating an officer ? How about impersonating a federal agent ?

Hell imagine if they have to deal with somebody claiming a first amendment right to pretend he's a supreme court judge ! That would be one hilarious case. Neil Gorsuch would eat his own robe trying to untie the Gordian knot in his brain.

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 1) 664

As far as I know there are very few, if any, state laws to that effect- because they aren't needed. There is already a federal law that reserves the title to people licensed by the AMA. Several states have expansions on that law however, for example requiring licensing for things like acupuncturists and such (it doesn't make them not charlatans but at least it means your charlatan has actually trained in the con-artistry he sells).

It's one of those sad ironies. In Japan - some practitioners of accupuncture did (in the 1990s) subject themselves to the scientific method, had their 'treatment' tested in double-blind studies - and ended up with it only being confirmed as working for a very narrow subset of what it was used for (and in a very different way to how tradition claimed) - it is in fact a valid, medical way to treat pain (but treating the cause of pain is generally a better idea). Oddly - scientific acupuncture never really took off commercially, perhaps because those who care about science know it does nothing that a tablet doesn't also do and the tablet doesn't require poking holes in your body, and of course less scientifically minded people would rather go to the acupuncturist who promises to cure his diabetes as well.

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 4, Interesting) 664

It came from a very pragmatic, and not terrible, goal - to ensure peer review of massive infrastructure project designs - and peer approval of their designers. It's major outcome has been that very, very few suspension bridges have ever collapsed. These are not things the free market can reasonably function at - how would consumers know whether the materials in the supporting cables are really strong enough to keep it up past 5 years ?
Now it's quite possible the regulations are overbroad if just saying "I'm an engineer" in a context where you are clearly referring to "has the relevant qualifications" and are not trying to sell a design to anybody is covered under it - it could be that there is room for a constitutional challenge which may lead to a narrowing of what such regulations can actually say.
It's unlikely though. "I'm an engineer" is a statement of fact, the supreme court has consistently held that - where a strong government or public interest exists, the state has the right to restrict false statements of fact under narrow conditions. I am pretty sure that "we don't want shopping malls to fall on our heads" count as a strong government and public interest.

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