But most people don't want that. Transaction costs and distributional issues make it inefficient, pointless, and cruel. I'm arguing that basically, universal health-care can be in the same category.
Wouldn't say it's a hoax... This keyboard PC has been on the market for years. This company sells it as the ZPC (for Zero-footprint PC).
Frankly, I wondered why it took so long for someone to decide to rebadge one as a Commodore. It was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw it.
The Virgin guy, this dude Branson, he sounds like a kind of fella who knows how to have fun with the money he made. Airplanes, submarines, space craft! Now that's the kind of stuff I am talking about.
That’s what you call fun?
THAT’s what I call FUN!.
Of course you can still let a airplane drag yourself, and have some bodyguards in a submarine. But it’s all secondary. ^^
I don't particularly care if a company chooses to roll out their own wires, or if certain areas require leasing of existing infrastructure. Simple fact of the matter is that when someone doesn't have to compete, and thus keep their prices under control, there's no stopping them from charging the maximum of what people are willing to pay vs what the market says is a good price.
Now, I may be wrong, but I hardly think that a cable company is necessarily a natural monopoly. Last I checked, some telecoms were rolling out fiber TV/internet service... Which does introduce competitive pressures. In most neighborhoods in my town, there's a choice now among low latency connections. So... I'd say let a municipality decide how they want to enforce competition (if they choose to) and I'll avoid trying to legislate from a forum.
> How do we know that people aren't executed, simply because they are a PITA
> and use the Freedom of Information Act against those in control of the drones?
How do we know that isn't the case for ANYONE targeted by our Armies using ANY technology.
This isn't just about drone airplanes. This same sort of warped logic could apply to ever
other piece of military hardware and method of deployment including those where a grunt
can watch the light drain out of the eyes of the target.
i think linux have a similar behavior when it comes to libs at least, with the end result that people coming over from windows and looks at the ram usage stats thinks linux is more heavy on the ram then it really is. This then comboes with windows habit of keeping some ram free for future use, and they freak out when they see linux make use of all ram all the time...
While the evidence you present is completely factual and justifies both regulations that were put in place as a reactionary measure, its hard to not marvel how much financial might the product producing China has right now over the stagnantly over-consuming US.
If it brought good jobs, and a generally higher quality of life for its people perhaps these risks would be worth it.
I keep thinking about the parallels of this with the older digital media of hand-copied books. Computers are much better than humans at copying data exactly, but much worse at understanding data once a small part of it has been corrupted.
We don't have to trust one neurotic monk anymore, but it's still possible for small corruptions to leak in. I wonder which has better data integrity: paintings inside a dark, windless cave, or a bunch of computers yelling ON and OFF at each other.
WTF are you talking about? There's plenty of countries where the government more-or-less does an OK job of doing exactly what I said. Just because the USA is too fucked up and corrupt doesn't mean it's impossible.
Yes, having a government that maintains balance in the economy, instead of being blatantly corrupt, is pretty much a fantasy for backwards, corrupt third-world countries like Mexico and the USA, but don't assume that every society is as backwards and screwed up as these.
Seconded. I started using Gandi after reading recommendations here. Their slogan is actually "no bullshit."
Anyway, you remain in much better control if you keep your domain name registration separate from your host.
The issue is, as always, EDUCATE THEM.
You can educate them but they won't care. Look at how hard it is for a lot of these type of people to even browse the internet, something that is designed to be really easy to use. Even with education you run the risk of them remembering only misinformation and making them paranoid. Look at the '90s and people thinking ZOMG COOKIES ARE VIRUSES!!!11!111!1! and rather than doing sane things, they just kept up the paranoia. The last thing we need is people scared to go to a generic site because its not secured with HTTPS even though it doesn't need to be.
Paranoia is almost worse than being ignorant, especially in a business. Being ignorant -may- cost the company money, being paranoid -will- cost the company money.
2) i fear this does more harm than good - google is LESS likely to free vp8 under an mit style license now because they don't want to seem like they did it because of the fsf.
I don't think so, isn't satisfying the FSF a good thing?
When we write programs that "learn", it turns out we do and they don't.