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Comment Re:The Free World is in demographic decline (Score 1) 301

For me at least:

1) They're expensive as all fuck. I had to take out a ton of student loans and now have a lot of debt. I'm comfortable, but even on my and my wife's salary, having a kid would make us considerably less comfortable.

2) I don't want the responsibility. I like being able to go to a concert or sporting event on a snap decision instead of having to worry about who might watch my kid or having to take them with me.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 2) 412

I live in a swing state (Ohio) and my vote is worthless too. The only way it truly matters is if my vote gives a candidate a plurality of the vote in my state AND my state's electoral votes are required for that candidate to win.

If I go out and vote for Hillary Clinton, the only thing that changes is that Hillary Clinton has one extra vote that she wouldn't have had if I did not vote for her.

Comment Re:Dogma Alert! (Score 1) 268

The Open Source folks are generally about it being a better development model. On a long enough timeline Open Source software will outperform proprietary software. It will become the best tool for the job.

Free Software advocates are more like what you describe. RMS has said on many occasions his goal is not technical superiority, but freedom (as he defines it). He screams bloody murder that proprietary software is morally and ethically wrong, but he's not really concerned if that retards its adoption. He's not interested in using or recommending proprietary software even if it "helps the cause" at the end of the day.

Comment Re:Yeah, so... (Score 5, Insightful) 655

Sure, but the main builder of roads is the government. And if we're going to build more roads, we'll need more spending on roads, which means more taxes. People do not like taxes.

I find that people would rather spend hundreds of dollars per year in wasted gas/time in traffic than see their taxes go up by half that amount.

Comment Re:For certain values of "basic needs" (Score 1) 1116

Also, if the government gives me $30,000/year but I have to work at some boring, back breaking job 40 hours/week to make $32,000/year then why the hell shouldn't I just sit home and play video games?

Because if you work the back-breaking job you'll have $62,000/yr rather than the $30,000.

$30,000 is higher than most think it should be. I think it should be just about enough to keep you alive. But if the government gave me $10k/yr, I'm not quitting my job, that's for sure. I want to sit at home and play video games as much as the next guy, but I want to be able to do more than that, too.

Comment They know not what they do (Score 5, Insightful) 246

The new French bill briefly praises encryption’s role in protecting user data but immediately pivots to criticizing the effects of strong encryption on state security forces.

While water is great at quenching thirst, it also can kill a person if drawn into their lungs. Therefore, we demand that bottled water manufacturers make their water such that it can no longer drown someone.

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