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Comment Re:Putin isn't dumb or totally ignorant (Score 2) 296

Sure, the next step will be that any ISP or Internet-connected data provider will be required to assist in providing these "encryption keys". Which is also impossible, but gives the government a lot (more) of control and legal justification for raiding facilities, interrogating people, etc.

Comment Re:Let's just get the makers vs takers out of the (Score 1) 1116

This is the capitalist version of "let them eat cake." Because god help them if the proles feel like they deserve some of the money they're making capitalists.

They do deserve some of it - the amount that falls at the intersection of the supply and demand curves for the kind of labor they provide.

Comment Re:2014 experience with USA public transit (Score 1) 110

I don't know where you're from, but the mass-transit system with which I have the most personal experience - the NYC subway - *does* stink of urine sometimes, and sometimes *does* have crazy shouting people in it. On the other hand, it is one of the oldest and most extensive metro systems in the world, and is relatively cheap for what you get - $2.75 for a ride from the Queens/Nassau border all the way into Manhattan and up into the Bronx if you want, is a pretty good deal IMO. I've ridden the Underground a few times, and it was cleaner and more modern, but also quite a bit more expensive.

Comment Re:One says it can, One says it can't (Score 1) 170

Whether or not it can dogfight against other manned fighters is irrelevant, since that scenario is unlikely. A more important questions is if it can dogfight against drones with half the turning radius, when outnumbered 5 to 1.

I'm not sure how relevant that is, since those drones will probably also be in the US arsenal, rather than in the enemy's, at least for the foreseeable future.

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