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Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 497

That's a fairness problem though, not a problem with maximizing resource utility. True, if you had been born with a million dollars, you might turn out to be better at resource allocation than some people who now actually were born with a million dollars. But if you were really good at investing, you could start out with a small amount and turn it into a fortune.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 497

Effective? Capitalism gives resources to those who do well with their resources. If you make a good investment, if you allocate your resources well, then you will make money and have more resources. If you poorly manage resources, your poor investments lose money and eventually you won't be around to allocate resources anymore.

Giving money to poor people is equitable, but it's certainly not effective at resource allocation. Poor people don't make capital expenditures, they consume which is an inefficient long term strategy.

Comment Have you talked to a high school geography student (Score 1) 40

The internet, as designed, will treat this like damage to be routed around

Australia is an island continent with a very small number of cables transferring data to Asia, across the Pacific and one across the Indian Ocean.
Given that, go talk to a network engineer and ask them how trivial it would be to block things going via half a dozen gateways owned by something like three companies, two of which have substantial ownership by governments. The people on satellite links will be exceptions but there are not a lot of those. Even state to state links go through tight bottlenecks.

The only reason things are not blocked properly is because nobody has put in enough effort (eg. pirate bay is blocked but some proxies are not), mainly because the people that know how to do it (apart from the DSD who want to block all encrypted traffic) do not want to block everything properly (and in the process piss off everyone using a VPN etc). It would be many times easier to implement than "the great firewall of China".

A similar situation will apply to a rural area near you where everyone is at the mercy of the policies of whoever owns the single way in or out.

Comment Commercial grade not consumer grade (Score 3, Informative) 200

Is there perhaps a larger moral to be learned from this? Is there something about farm equipment -- or FARMERS -- that's different?

Not really IMHO.
They are at the same level as people who buy industrial plant and expect it to last for decades as well.
They are buying commercial grade equipment and expect commercial grade parts availability instead of the cheap short lifetime stuff the retail consumer is expected to put up with. I once visited a foundry for an agricultural pump manufacturer. They had the patterns for up to 70 year old equipment and cast those parts every now and again to maintain their policy of "lifetime" support. While that's an extreme example that is what is sometimes expected of equipment that is used in production instead of the throwaway consumer items we are expected to put up with.

Comment Re:definitions? (Score 1) 200

Another relative ended up with it but it was not rare by all accounts so is probably scanned and online already. I actually got to apply some stuff about the epicyclic gears and brake bands at University where the mechanical engineering department had a gearbox from a model-t to use in second year practical classes.

I think the book was this one (published 1920, going now for ten Bristish pounds):

Comment Re:For "Best American-Style Light Lager" (Score 0) 851

Don't be a sore loser

Yes I know - "it was only one goat" - being an utter amoral prick once just because you want to should be forgiven right? While a joke about beer with careful disclaimer at the bottom so as not to offend the incredibly thin skinned - burn him!
WTF is wrong with you?

Comment Re:definitions? (Score 4, Insightful) 200

What's happened for a very long time is third party manuals. My Grandmother's copy of "Book of The Ford" was a guide to repairing the Model T and was not written by the Ford Motor Company. That was in the early 1920s and was nowhere near the first edition. Ford had their own manuals but they were not that only ones, and apart from the DCMA there has been little to stop third party manuals since.
So IMHO there's nothing wrong with them saying "purchase and install Comprehensive Assembly #012934" so long as third parties are allowed to publish alternative manuals and supply alternative parts.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 851

All you did was make a separate argument

No, that was your cheap knife line.

Your fake outrage about me telling you to "take art classes"

So when you make a personal attack the people you attempt to bully are supposed to remain silent? Also it was so incredibly fucking ridiculous - take art classes to learn about the world or something? Of course you are going to get ridiculed by that Mr Kiddies version ten page Moby Dick. Unfortunately it is very easy to know far too much about you and far too much about "what makes you tick" from what you have written. You are a naive blank slate that the NRA and other manipulative pricks have written whatever they wanted on.

Finally, fuck off and die

So you've given up on the smug vegan thing of telling me I should never have killed things? Are all the losers that have been conned by Oliver North's NRA as utterly pathetic and thin skinned as you are?

A gun is a tool for killing. It is not a flag. It is not a penis substitute. Why the fuck do you losers treat it as if it is both?

Comment For "Best American-Style Light Lager" (Score 1, Insightful) 851

Miller Lite won a beer medal anywhere - even in the USA?
For that to be possible it has to be as rigged as the Eurovision Song Contest.

Oh wait a minute, the link says the category of "Best American-Style Light Lager" but you cut that out of the middle of your quote.

WTF is it with the goldpost shifting and the misrepresentation by omission - OVER A JOKE. Your misquote makes it appear that it won the medal for the best beer in the world many times but here is what Wikipedia really has if your link is followed:

Miller Lite won the World Beer Cup's gold medal for Best American-Style Light Lager in 1996, 1998, 2012, 2013, and 2016.

Do you pull this dishonest little stunt often? Why? WTF is wrong with you? This issue is so incredibly trivial but you lowered yourself that far.

Comment RTFA. They DID try it on people. (Score 1) 150

RTFA. Then follow the link to the paper. They DID try it on humans. Worked reasonably well (though the sample was small so it was more "does this maybe work on people, too? Is it worth a big study to check?" rather than "do all the results reproduce in people just like mice or are they quantitatively different in THIS way?").

Interestingly, they used a proprietary commercial boxed Fasting Mimicing Diet - L-Nutra's ProLon (Developed by a team including a USC Davis professor specializing in gerontology and life-extension) - on the human experimental subjects.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 851

The fact that you can't refute my arguments is telling

Sorry kid - I refuted everything apart from your inexpensive knife distraction so you've got that utterly wrong. It may work at your high school debating club but it's a big world out there and your obvious bullshit relies on a tiny bubble full of the naive.

I voted for Hillary

So? Is that supposed to be another distraction?

You write like a politician with an agenda rather than a regular Joe with a real argument

So something demonstrating thought instead of directionless whining after a six-pack or two? What's with the "dumb is good" fetish?

How about acting like a human being instead of an Eliza bot with a random insult file.
How about actually reading the original of the book you've taken your name from? It may help you grow up. Is that enough for you to get an idea of how much your "take some art classes" made me laugh? You may note my post earlier was critical of your disgusting action and not you personally, but if you are going to write shit like "you should take some art classes" the gloves are off.

You disgust me writing such shit as you did in response to a murder. How fucking immature.

Comment Re:Not really a success for the AI (Score 2) 71

imho, the only test for the quality of an AI is "what it can do", not how.

If I hire two men to dig ditches, and I give one a shovel and the other a backhoe, it is silly to say that the second is ten times as intelligent as the first. Intelligence is the ability to formulate an effective course of action, not the ability to execute it. Of course, the physical ability to execute is important, but it is not "intelligence".

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