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Comment Re:Whew! (Score 3, Insightful) 516

Income inequality is an indirect, at best, and irrelevant at worst, measurement.

One cares about the average health, wealth, and longevity of a population.

A thousand people pack into a conference hall: Bill Gates plus 999 homeless people. "Average wealth" says that the average person there is a multi-millionaire. Is that an appropriate measurement to use?

A week later msoft's stock has a major uptick, and "average wealth" says the average person there gained 15% . Still a right measurement?

Comment Re:It's the new old thing (Score 1) 286

Because it's about the trustworthyness of the election system- these calls aren't about changing this month's election results, they're about reliable future elections.

Put another way, if someone told your org about a potentially serious glitch in their public-facing firewall, would you wait for a major intrusion before checking it out?

Comment Hung up on "can't" pardon Snowden (Score 1) 534

Several posters have been caught up on Obama saying he "can't" pardon Snowden, but they're misinterpreting his meaning. He's meaning "won't", like in 2001:A Space Odyssey when HAL said "I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that" really meant HAL was just refusing to open the pod doors.

You might disagree with this decision (I know I do), but don't pretend Obama's confusing legal authority with a weighty presidential decision.

Comment Re:Get ready... (Score 1) 410

Apple did not write Irish tax laws.

When a company spends tens of millions on lobbyists, and when the lobbyists sometimes get to write part of the laws-to-be concerning their industry, and when the lobbyists can negotiate the kind of sweetheart deal for terms that only a billion-dollar-multinational could ever get, it's kind of disingenuous to simply dismiss it all as "they did not write the law". You know?

Comment Re:Most "automation" isn't, just like this. (Score 1) 326

America spends 18% of GDP on healthcare. Other developed countries spend 6-9%, yet mostly have better health outcomes. So if we become as efficient as them, 1/2 to 2/3rds of healthcare workers will be redundant. What interest do they have in destroying their own jobs?

Those last two sentences don't automatically follow from the first two: maybe America spends so much because prescriptions are so expensive, or maybe the cost of insurance/lawsuits is unusually high, or maybe plain old fraud has a major impact, etc.

It'd be interesting to know how many doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals there are per capita, in America and in the countries compared against.

Comment Re:Engaged, got input, a few minor fixes, no fuck (Score 1) 193

(Hillary) spent 8 years as a senator and is now likely to become president. Why, what did she do in her 8 years in the senate? She sponsored a total of three bills in her eight years:

S. 3145: Name a road "Timothy J. Russert highway".

S. 3613: Name a post office the "Major George Quamo Post Office Building."

S. 1241: Designate a union building as a National Historic Site.

That's it, in eight years as a senator.

WTF are you talking about? According to :

"While a member of the U.S. Senate, Clinton sponsored 713 pieces of legislation, including 363 bills, 296 amendments, 33 Senate Resolutions, and 21 concurrent resolutions.[11] Fourteen of her Senate resolutions were passed, expressing the Senate's views on policy or commemorative questions.[11] One of her concurrent resolutionsâ"supporting National Purple Heart Recognition Dayâ"passed both houses. Of the 363 bills, three[12] became law: (list of the 3 bills you named)"


"Clinton also co-sponsored 2,675 pieces of legislation, including 1,528 bills, of which 70 became law."

Whether her bill-sponsorship or bill-becomes-law rates are high or low for an 8-year junior senator I don't know, but the numbers are pretty freaking far from "She sponsored a total of three bills in her eight years".

Comment Solve this the right way (Score 2) 501

They need to bring this to court, so a judge can solve this the right way-

"Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, this court is considering fining MSoft $100Billion. But I'll totally give you an out- my laptop is running an app that sets the actual fine. If you can figure out how to get the app to NOT fine you, then we'll go with that. Otherwise you're assumed to have agreed with this dollar amount, and waived your rights to appeal. You have five minutes, and... GO!"

Comment Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 1) 566

And the suffoccee will gasp ferociously while tearing at their throat during before unconsciousness ensues. It is a horror show.

Ironically, this doesn't happen but if it did then the "tough on crime" croud would probably embrace nitrogen asphyxiation. I couldn't say how many times I've heard them say that "we should torture/brutalize/sodomize/etc criminals", as if inflicting as much pain as possible before executing them will somehow right the wrongs they did.

Comment Re:A world where we will never be forgiven. (Score 2) 340

Around 7:30 you can see the officer telling the protestors individually that if they do not move, they will be sprayed and then saying "Do you understand?" Yeah, how horrible of him, giving them every chance to avoid being sprayed.

By that logic, he could've told them "Run away now or you'll be shot in the head", and after that point he'd have been totally justified to shoot sit-in protesters in the head.

You know, just because an officer warns someone that he's about to do something shitty, doesn't make it ok to do the shitty thing.

Comment Re:And where is Snowden hanging out these days? (Score 2) 177

He's living consequence-free in Putin's Russia

I'm stopping you there, because that's already a contradiction. Snowden doesn't want to stay in Russia, and they only let him stay because his presence gives the U.S. a black eye. But his passport was pulled so the only country he can legally go to is back to the U.S, and once there the courts would just rubber-stamp his whistle-blower (I mean "treason") charges.

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