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Comment Re: where does all this money come from? (Score 1) 125

Just because people pay you for your services doesn't mean you create more than you consume. Perhaps you have some sort of serious illness, which means your health insurance provider may be paying you more than you are paying them. Perhaps you have enough write offs to heavily reduce your actual taxable income, meaning others are actually paying more tax than you.

But do you really pay enough money in taxes that it covers the building of the road past your house, pay for the wages and equipment of the firefighters who may have to put out your fire? There's an entire infrastructure out there that is paid for by the economic output of an entire society, and the idea that somehow anyone, even a billionaire, can claim responsibility for a significant fraction of it is absurd.

Comment Re: Ontario, largest subnational debtor on the pla (Score 1) 125

It's called taxes. We can debate which taxes would be best, but presumably if someone is making something, whether it be with human beings, robots or some combination, they also have sales, which means there are any number of financial transactions which can be taxed. Pick your poison; corporate taxes, capital gains taxes, excise taxes, etc. etc. etc. In the end, money is just a means of counting value.

Comment Re:It has its uses (Score 1) 335

Functional languages are a bit more difficult to think about, but that may be a combination of my inexperience and the implementations I've seen. OTOH, some problems do not deal with with lack of state. I'd really like to use Erlang, e.g., but I need mutable state. You can do it in Erlang, but you've got to fight the system to do it.

Note: I don't need externally visible mutable state. That's clearly dangerous in a concurrent system. I need internally mutable state. In Erlang that means either storing things in a hash table, a database, or a block of uninterpreted bytes. All ways that are clumsy to handle (and, I presume, slow). That Erlang allows this indicates that it is seen as something that is concurrently safe. But the difficulty in doing this shows that the designers of Erlang didn't see this as anything important for their use cases.

Now it's a good question whether or not you consider immutability a part of the definition of functional programming. Lisp allows mutable state, so does Scheme. So does Erlang. But they all discourage it and make it difficult to use. It's my contention that the definition should restrict itself to shared mutable state, but I'm not sure that this is the consensus.

Comment Re:What happens if this goes wrong? (Score 3, Interesting) 90

The living skin of the barrier reef has been destroyed many times, proof of this is in coral cores. The reef as we know it today, was a coastal formation several kilometres inland, not all that long ago in geologic terms. Basically environmental conditions at the reef are going outside of current coral polyp survival range, when conditions return so the coral polyp larvae that lands on the reef will thrive. Worrying about saving coral polyp housing is kind of stupid when we are going to be losing coastal human cities and the pollution from the run off from drowning cities will kill off a lot more than just coral. Fuck the reef, save our cities. You know what, by taking the right steps to prevent the rising sea levels, we can save both but lets focus on really serious shit we will be losing.

Comment Re:Rookie (Score 1) 160

I'll bet the paranoia about the code is because that's where the real shenanigans are going on. Likely KCGs algorithms are better at tracking insider trading than the SECs hence the desperate need for secrecy, not to report the insider trading but to join in. There are real patterns based around insider trading and the claims of worthwhile patterns in regular trading are just a pipe dream.

Comment Re: Time to switch (Score 1) 212

Nothing last forever. Windos died on the phone, one the server, on the web, on TVs, on tablets and is dying on budget notebooks. The desktop market is shrinking and M$ cant sell new products because they are loathed as a company. The world runs on people not on M$. All M$ software could disappear and the world would restructure around Linus with a month.

Office run on what ever software they started with for as long as they can, because change costs money, problem is M$ continually forces change to generate more profits and that is costing too much. Reality is, all bullshit aside, trying to force renting access to a companies own data, extorting payment and compliance, trying to steal company proprietary data, will kill M$ and growing refusal of windows 10 is proving that. Incumbents hang in for quite some time but when they start to lose, they collapse, it called a 'house of cards'. Tiny Limp the beast of Redmond already lost the bulk of it's power and is down to extorting customers via data lock in, the last refuge of a ex-monopolist.

Comment Re:What a weird add (Score 1) 99

SteamOS is very likely to change that. Not a huge space in that market and it will likely get much tighter as manufacturers jump into that market. It is likely even game publishers and gaming studios will jump into the Steam OS market https://arstechnica.com/gaming..., as it grows. In the back of managements mind will be escaping M$ licensing fees and controls and creating a easier to access gaming market. Valve would likely do far better if the opened up SteamOS to broader investment and sharing of control. To further develop the SteamOS valve needs to start distributing popular FOSS titles (small returns but great advertising and drawing more people to their platform).

Comment Re:Patriot (Score 1) 193

Reads to me like the buffoons are looking for someone who will spook easy by the publishing of a clearly PR=B$ story. Why the story because they don't have a clue and they are trying to force changes in patterns of behaviour. In the world of professional paranoia those least to trust are your own comrades in invasions of privacy, keeping secret what the public should no, in damaging democracy to feed the ego and greed of a minority, is betrayal of their own society to the detriment of all. The real traitors are the ones on public display giving speeches to protect their power and to seize more.

First that empty pompous speech like we have to listen to our employees, where those idiots forget who they are working for and are all whiny about being a pack of fuck ups. Now empty news stories, yes, they are on the hunt for spies, crooks, and traitors (except they ones they know about and control to enhance their own power and ego), yes because prior to this the fuckwits were on holiday for decades hunting no one. Saudis flying jets, Israelis celebrating buildings being destroyed, terrorists with US arms and munitions, incompetent government officials incapable of maintaining secrets, mass charity fraud behind the auspices of government, corporations corruptly controlling government agencies, wars for profit, supporting enemies and betraying allies, blind as fuck (incompetence as an excuse if failing and the corruption has become pretty public) to all that but Wikileaks is the problem because they expose that.

I think they are kind of stuck, raiding a whole bunch of employees houses and harassing their families, whilst it might produce results would further cripple morale, generate thousands of resignations and further damage their recruiting capabilities. They have become fearful and incompetent in their corruption, nepotism running rife, really crap political appointees all over the place, those idiot fuckers are using tactics straight out of hollywood movies thinking they will work, instead of just making them look like incompetent morons. Next up will be grabbing agents and contractors at random and interrogating them, enhanced interrogation, third world style, to match the third world style fools running the US.

Comment Re:You always remember the first time... (Score 1, Troll) 29

Schools have to teach a range of students, some genetically are more capable of achieving understanding and others are more bound by belief. The believers tend to be the majority and the under standers the minority and that is genetically tied to belief, a belief in reproduction, really quite primitive. You teach believers by rote, it is the way they learn because it is the way they think. Logically there should be separate classes, those with emphasis for understanders and those with a emphasis for more belief based individuals. It is likely one group gains epiphanies from achieving understanding whilst the other group gains epiphanies from certainties in an empty beliefs (pity the believers their certainties are often empty traps).

Comment Re:This article would have been nice two days ago (Score 2) 108

Worried about what they are seeing you do, then let them see a whole bunch of stuff you do not do, why try to steam the flow of your privacy when you can deluge them with a flood http://www.cs.nyu.edu/trackmen... and https://adnauseam.io/. I am also thinking email games might be interesting to floor every possible channel with useless information, even all the spy vs spy stuff. Say an email game where one side plots to assassinate the president of Ameriganislav and the other plays as agents, trading emails with plots and encryption for the other side break, when side plotting the assasination and the other side trying to foil the plot a game to punish the professionally paranoid illegally spying on everyone with a flood of suggestive data to poison spy data bases, the game run from a web site.

So as many way as possible to generate false data at many, many mutliples of real data generated. A personal profile made totally meaningness and as a bonus the more you generate the more they must spend to store it. Double their data storage bill, triple it, how about increasing storage requirements hundreds of times over. Think of all the time, you are not on there internet but your computer could be, generating volumes of false empty data, hundreds of thousands of web visits you never went to, hundred of thousands of searches you never did, emails you never sent, your computer and software flooding marketers with empty data they have to pay to store.

Comment Re:An Insider's View (Score 1) 92

First of all, never call your product a "competitive product". You know what this means? Essentially what you're saying is "the others are just as shitty, so why try harder?" Another thing is that the message is not what you say but what your audience hears. It's nice that you feel like your customer has a seat at your table, but this does not arrive at your customers. They do not feel that way. And if you care about how your customers think about you, this is what matters.

One thing is certain: Goodwill goes a long way, and it takes a long, long time to rebuild from ruins. And let's be honest here, Comcast's goodwill is in the gutter. You have a long uphill battle in front of you if you really care.

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