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Comment Organized crime is bad for you (Score 5, Insightful) 456

Cocaine damages the heart. Cocaine use finally caught up to Carrie Fisher. In an era where people are calling for legalization of drugs, you might want to consider that people had motives for banning drugs in the first place.

High velocity lead is bad for you too. Legalizing drugs takes organized crime out of the equation, and reduces the incentives to run around murdering people for large amounts of cash, drugs, and turf. People will always do dangerous drugs, why not just legalize them so that people who don't want anything to do with drugs can walk down the street without getting shot?

Banning drugs is just providing price supports for organized crime. If you are pro-drug laws, you are pro-Organized crime, it is as simple as that.

Submission + - Carrie Fisher passes away (people.com) 1

wiggles writes: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,”

Comment Mein Tumpler? (Score 4, Insightful) 600

And, it took all of about 37 seconds before someone compared a businessman and reality TV star to a vicious, military-style dictator who started a world war that caused the death of more than one hundred million people and methodically murdered millions of people in concentration camps.

Old Adolf didn't start as a Dictator. He started as a ex-corporal and failed artist who found that he got a lot of attention screaming about how Jews were filthy and communists were evil in front of beer hall crowds. He wasn't particularly smart, but he was very charismatic. The similarities between Trump and Adolf's character and politics is striking and rather alarming to people who study world history. The people who just want to demonize Trump will of course throw around the comparison as it suits them.

No, Donald hasn't committed genocide. Comparing him to Hitler in that sense is completely ridiculous. I think the concern that people have about him is that he comes off as a populist bully, someone who is completely willing to throw followers of Islam and Mexicans under the bus in order to gain populist support. In that sense of the comparison, he is very much like Hitler.

Godwin's 'Law', notes that it is OK to discuss Nazis in the context of a topic that pertains to Nazis. So provided that we are not just trying to demonize him, it seems fair. There is a real concern that Trump is going to do some very evil things with power, and starting a national Islam database seems very similar to Germany's first steps with Jewish people. IBM was the company who sold Germany the machines to make punch cards and trace genealogy of Jewish people, so this should be a very touchy topic for IBM.

I don't care if you are pro or anti Trump. Don't get your opinions about him from pundits or talk show hosts. Just watch for yourself what he does very closely and think about history. It is usually a rerun...

Comment What did this meeting try to solve, exactly? (Score 1) 551

Looking at the pictures, no one looked delighted to be there.

Would you be? As a leader of a tech company, your business is to be smart, hire smart, and look smart. Trump has made himself look like the dumbest person in the country over the last year, and you have to deal with a fucktard that makes Forrest Gump look downright brilliant. You cannot ignore him, as he might try to help you with what he thinks Tech needs and make your life worse. (Example H1-b visas: tech companies want easy visas for as many tech workers as possible vs. Trump riding a wave of populist racism and trying to lock down immigration.)

He is literally to stupid to be left alone. These guys have to engage with him or risk the consequences, of course they are unhappy. The meeting had no point other than to let Trump try to look like he was 'doing' something to help the economy. None of the guys in the room needed government help to make more money or create jobs.

Comment Laid off with extreme predjdice? (Score 1) 858

But come a few weeks, he will have that full power...and I'd guess pretty much anyone, even the whole department as an entity could be done away with pretty quickly?

Who in their right mind would want to disband the DoE? They have access to nukes, YOU can be the one to tell them they are all fired.....

Comment pump n dump scam (Score 4, Interesting) 436

They are hemorrhaging billions annually, so eventually they will implode and the problem will solve itself. If they actually manage to achieve their goal of a monopoly on the transportation market, they will just get nuked with the Sherman anti-trust act.

I think they know this, they are just a big pump n dump scam for early investors.

Comment pulling taxes (Score 1) 471

1) You clearly don't understand how the economy works, but most people with your point of view don't.

I commend you on your insight into 'my point of view', by the way, what is 'my point of view'? I advocated for no particular POV or change, I just pointed out a few possible pitfalls of the suggested strategy. You sound like the one coming to the discussion with an axe to grind....

By pulling taxes from anywhere you are leaching away from this investment and making us all poorer in the long run.

Arrr, taxes are theft! Ayn Was right, the looters are upon us! Taxes are Socialism and slavery! Lol, I keep waiting for you anti-tax types to go set up in failed third world state that has no government. I'm sure that you will become billionaires in short order with your 100% fiscal efficiency.

Comment The needs of the country have changed? (Score 1) 1430

I learned that the point of the electoral college was to insure that a candidate would have to win support from a wide variety of voters, and not just a numerical large group in large cities. If there were no electoral system, candidates would campaign almost exclusively in New York, Chicago, LA, and a hand full of other large cities where large numbers of people live.

Instead we have a system where a bunch of small states have an undue influence, and as such, candidates spend all their time campaigning there. I live in a big city on the west coast, I have never even seen a presidential candidate in person.

No matter the system that you set up, there is going to be an optimal way to campaign and court interest groups, that will leave someone out in the cold. Straight popular votes benefit urban voters. Electoral systems gerrymander popular votes in favor of distributed geographical groups.

Now, consider that the the country was rural and agrarian two hundred years ago, so it might have made a lot of sense to force the politicians out of big cities and distribute influence more geographically. Now that clearly isn't the case. Perhaps going to a straight popular vote makes sense in light of the fact that more people live in cities.

And for fuck sake, knock of the partisan bitching. This is a topic that should not be about Hillary vs. Donald, but rather an honest evaluation about the system we use to choose our leaders. Election reform should transcend party, we all benefit from a system that promotes the best leaders to power.

Comment Interesting idea, but flawed (Score 5, Insightful) 471

First of, Kudos to parent post for making a well thought out argument for policy that doesn't involve mindlessly demonizing the left or right in some simplistic idiotic fashion.

Your proposal seems very sound, encourage business and lower the barrier to create and compete. Tax the people who profit, not the company. However, I see two problems with your argument.

1) Corporations don't really pass on taxes to the consumers. Most taxes are on profits, not units sold, so unless you are thinking that sales tax is lion's share of tax that is paid out (it isn't), this isn't really an accurate view. A better way to describe taxes for corporations is being paid out of profits that could be returned to investors as profit or used for recapitalization. This would probably just result in the really wealth owners of corporations becoming even more wealth unless you also really cranked up the personal income tax for the wealthy and removed tax dodges. Businesses get to write off business expenses and deduct them from profits already, so removing taxes on profits isn't going to suddenly cause companies to radically change their expenditure on labor or infrastructure.

2) Corporations are used as personal piggy-banks by the very wealthy. By removing any taxes on corporate profits, you allow me as a majority interest holder in a large or wealthy corporation to keep my profits in the corp and then use the profits to acquire more companies and aggregate holdings completely tax free. And only divesting as I needed cash. It would be like being able to put your entire income into a tax free ROTH account, and only deducting money (and therefor paying taxes) when you bought groceries, but accruing wealth and interest in the interim.

If you want to do something like this, you would need to put some rules in place to keep corporations either reinvesting or divesting profits to shareholders and employees.

Submission + - SPAM: This search engine remembers literally everything that's been on your computer

schwit1 writes: Our brains often forget where we saw something among the countless tabs and documents on our computers each day.

To make it easier to find things, Seattle-based Atlas Informatics launched Atlas Recall, which lets you search for anything you've ever looked at on your computer.

Atlas Informatics founder and CEO Jordan Ritter calls the software "a photographic memory for your digital life." In a demonstration to CNNMoney, that proved to be a fairly accurate assessment.

Once installed, Atlas Recall displays personalized search results from the app, desktop search, or Google ,search. This includes web pages, emails, Slack chats, Netflix films, Spotify songs, or anything else that's appeared in front of your eyes on your screen.

How does it work? Once installed on your hard drive and browser, Atlas Recall runs in the background and begins collecting your activity. The company captures all the content you've looked at and stores it on its servers.

Governments and lawyers the world over are salivating.

Link to Original Source

Comment Please cite your source? (Score 1) 325

Why would the marines need anything that isn't a ground attack aircraft or a transport? Giving the marines Apaches or a-10s make sense. Giving them transport helicopters to move troops or supplies also makes sense. But why would they need fighters? When are they working in a theater of combat that the Air force or navy isn't maintaining air superiority for them?

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