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Comment Re:False dilemma (Score 1) 826

Right, that's my point. There exists a "free-market" version of security, it exists in many third world countries.

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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.

Comment Re:Gates is boring (Score 1) 347

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. ^^

Comment Re:sweet (Score 1) 335

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.

Comment Re:Oddly Enough (Score 1, Insightful) 776

> 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.

Comment Re:BTDT (Score 1) 582

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...

Comment Re:"Pentagon Papers" is the cite you're looking fo (Score 1) 170

what i liked about that link: "Article I, Section 6 of the United States Constitution provides that "for any Speech or Debate in either House, [a Senator or Representative] shall not be questioned in any other Place", thus the Senator could not be prosecuted for anything said on the Senate floor, and, by extension, for anything entered to the Congressional Record, allowing the Papers to be publicly read without threat of a treason trial and conviction."
so if a senator/representative read a copyrighted work, would the press (or anyone) be able to publish it?

Comment Like any other language (Score 3, Insightful) 502

A student in a grade 12 programming class can write a program to create English sentences that at least sound ~ right. So in my honest opinion their is no reason someone could not create a program to create music.
Now getting a program that will write music that is as good as the greats is a huge accomplishment, don't get me wrong, but their is little reason to believe it is impossible.

Comment Re:If you use open source, you're a pirate... (Score 1) 650

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.

Comment Re:Forecast: Cloudy forever (Score 1) 287

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.

Comment Re:GS (Score 1) 459

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.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 4, Insightful) 183

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.

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