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Comment Re: Why trust one or two people? (Score 1) 83

Fraudulent votes from dead people, non-citizens, etc - voter fraud - is a red herring. It is quite unlikely to get worse because of electronic voting.

The real issue is election fraud - where a small number of people can directly manipulate the election result data. Something like UPDATE votes SET selection = (SELECT id FROM candidates WHERE party = "Crony Capitalist"); Tho probably a bit more sophisticated - getting 100% of the vote always looks bad.

Comment Re:bad patents (Score 1) 115

1. That a certain immoral public policy might sometimes be expedient in a certain economic configuration does not make it any less immoral. Let me emphasize: The question of whether the government ought or ought not grant monopolies on ideas - monopolies that are so similar to ownership that their own advocates describe them as "intellectual property" - is first and foremost a moral question. The ownership of ideas is offensive to human dignity. It must be abolished now.

2. Dude, you are dreaming if you think those folksy anecdotes even sort of approximate how the real capitalist economy works.

3. Do you really want to label me a freeloader? I have written and published a non-trivial amount of Free Software. I put my money where my mouth is. Feel free to show off your more own more impressive contributions - for surely there are many who have contributed far more than I. Or, shut the fuck up and go do something useful for the world.

Comment chicken little (Score 1) 680

OMG OMG the sky is falling!!!!11!!! OMG OMG the sky is falling!!!!11!!!

Wait, you don't think so? OMG OMG you're a sky falling DENIALIST!!!1!!!!!11!1 Denialist, denialist, DENIALIST, witch, witch, WITCH! Burn the witch, burn the witch, BURN THE WITCH!

You ignorant debtor redneck cishet fuckboy shitlord, you don't even deserve to live, much less have a voice in public policy. Now go fuck off to your trailer park and Walmart job, and be thankful we smart, well-connected, politically correct good people haven't yet sent the drones to liquidate you. 'Cuz everyone knows you deserve it. Now I really must get back to my ivory tower, my hand-poured artisanal coffee, and my super duper duper important job.

Let's see, where was I? Oh yes - OMG OMG the sky is falling!!!1!!!!!11!!1!!! The SKY is FALLING!!!1!!!!1!!

Comment Re:bad patents (Score 3, Insightful) 115

What you describe is but a lesser example of the many problems with capitalism. However it seems implausible that, without immoral ownership of ideas, innovation will just grind to a halt. People were inventing things long before these badlaws were enacted, and will continue to do so in their absence.

Comment Re: The leverage is there if you can see it. (Score 1) 338

There's an obstructively slow legal process for forming a union at that's *recognized by the government*. However nothing prevents these wronged workers from joining together right now in solidarity and stopping work in a de facto strike.

The badlaw might not recognize that as a union. Turd polishing attorneys and their cock gobbling apologists would probably consider it "inappropriate". Call it what you want but the power of a union comes from the strike. If the UCSF workers tried it, they just might succeed.

Comment Re:What it says to UCB CS students... (Score 1) 618

Makes me glad I studied history and philosophy. Way more intellectually interesting that computer science. Sure, I've worked in software for 15 years, because programming is easy if you can think logically, and the pay used to be good. But now that the US tech industry is circling the drain, I guess it's time to get out before there's nothing left at all.

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