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Comment Who should bear the cost of suicide? (Score 1) 190

About half of all our gun deaths are suicides.

As a libertarian, I refuse to put the cost of those suicides on everyone else.

If a person wants to end their life, it is their life to do as they please. Gun-owners are not responsible for the actions of suicidal folks any more than they are responsible for the slow suicide that is smoking, drinking, and eating to excess.

Comment Germany = United States? (Score 1) 190

Per capita statistics are almost entirely bullshit. Germany is lots smaller than the US and has far less diversity.

Put lots more people of differing socio economic backgrounds together and you will get "friction".

Pull out our top 10 most violent cities and we fall way down the list on gun violence.

Take a look at this video if you doubt me:

Comment You have more freedom than you think (Score 4, Insightful) 455

A friend recently showed me 20 acres of land in Texas for $8000.00. Sure there are no utilities and it is in the middle of nowhere, but it's cheap.

Through your own sweat, you could build a little house and live off the grid and off of the land.

I realize that the cost of that "freedom" from my corporate bosses would require lots of sweat equity.

My corporate job provides me with benefits, paid time off, and a relatively stable life. I willingly trade some freedom for those benefits - absolutely no one is forcing me to take that deal.

Where the brainwashing has occured is on the Democratic side. Every year Democrats convince more people that more things are "rights" and therefore the people are entitled to those goods and services - without having earned them.

The people forced to provide those goods and services for those that haven't earned them are the real slaves.

Comment Connectivity is different than control (Score 1) 202

These backbone providers transit data across their networks to other networks. It is not possible for them to know the security status of the devices sending or receiving that data.

To enable such detection, the entire structure of the internet would need to be redesigned to support that detection.

Could a backbone provider simply block encrypted data that government can't decrypt? Possibly, but that requires that the internet provider decrypt that data in real time and block any other encrypted data.

The biggest problem with all of these strategies is that you can simply nest your encrypted data inside a government approved data packet. You can decrypt the outer container only to find the contents are still encrypted and beyond your reach.

Outlawing encryption entirely is like asking math to become undiscovered. It simply isn't possible to control.

Comment That would be unenforceable (Score 1) 202

"Locked down" devices are hacked to allow unauthorized software all the time. But for argument's sake - lets assume a hardware provider does succeed in making unhackable hardware.

A law prohibiting internet connectivity would require that criminals obey the law - let me give away the ending to that story: Criminals will break the law.

Forcing such a prohibition via technical means would require re-engineering the entire internet - all the way down the OSI stack to the physical layer. Re-engineering internet, being the global network of networks that it is, would require the cooperation of every single government and every single network operator on the planet.

That is an unlikely set of circumstances for sure.

Comment Another clueless CEO (Score 5, Insightful) 202

John Chen is a bit like gun prohibitionists. It doesn't matter if government requires manufacturers to install back doors. Eventually someone will develop encryption software without a back door - and government will still not have a key.

Outlawing guns or encryption guarantees that only outlaws will possess those things.

Apple is smart enough to realize this. They understand that throwing their users under the bus now will not make us safer later.

Comment Why rehabilitate the unwilling? (Score 2) 118

If you are truly a free human being - it is your right to consume any substances you like. If someone wants to be an addict and they hurt no one else in the process, what right does anyone have to force that person into rehab or treatment?

It's a slippery slope - first we force addicts to become clean - next we force fat people to go to the gym.

It is far better to leave people, who are not harming others, alone.

Comment Remote users already have connectivity (Score 1) 75

Our remote users already have some sort of remote connectivity - hence the term "remote" user.

If your organization is bigger than one location, it doesn't really matter where your applications and data are hosted. Someone isn't going to be in the same building as your server farm and will need to access those applications and data remotely.

Comment The market was already correcting (Score 1) 186

Bad test results were already causing Theranos's partners to head for the door. This was a fraud that would not have continued even without government intervention.

Eventually Theranos would have had no customers for their defective product.

Markets work just fine. Doctors started to figure out pretty early on that Theranos's test results were not aligning with standard testing and practice.

As far as investors that lost their shirts - that's part of the risk of speculation. No government can take away investment risk. Just ask anyone who invested with Bernie Madoff.

Comment Why the wife and kids are on TMobile now (Score 4, Interesting) 145

Two months ago we decided to put service on our daughter's old iPhone. Verizon wouldn't simply let me add a $15/month line to our shared pool of data - they said my plan was "too old". Instead they wanted me to switch to a new plan, which would have raised my monthly total cost by $35/month.

Instead I moved my mom, wife, sister and daughter all to TMobile. We are spending $30/month less with an added phone and more data to boot. Binge-on is also nice since daughter and wife use youtube and Pandora quite a lot.

The coverage isn't quite as good as Verizon - but it is good enough.

Comment Natural monopolies (Score 1) 321

Monopolies can exist with and without government. The land leading to your house is a limited resource. There can only be so many roads, pipes, and wires leading to your house.

Those physical limitations lead to "natural" monopolies. Part of Government's role is to limit the damage that can be cause by natural monopolies.

For example, roads are mostly owned and operated by governments, yet many governments bid contracts in the free market to construct and maintain those roads.

It's an imperfect system for an imperfect world.

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