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Comment Re: Bullshit (Score 1) 144

Why is it legal to have sex for free, but not for money?

Religio-fascists...

It's actually worse than that. Religion dictates under what conditions you're allowed to engage in sex both in the compensated and not compensated scenario. By definition, prostitution is out because it is not within the bounds of marriage. Sex with no monetary transaction is forbidden outside of the context of marriage. Furthermore, you're forbidden to marry again and thus have sex with more than one person in your lifetime. You can't have sex with someone of the same sex. And then we have the concept of unnatural sex which is left up to interpretation. And you may or may not be allowed to use birth control during sex. In general, if you are religious and you're not sure whether it's okay to have sex or not you would have to consult your pastor/high priestess/whatever or possibly pray to your preferred deity or deities. Or just don't have sex at all because it's just too complicated of a process to determine whether it's okay or not.

Comment Replacement for Social Security, Medicare, etc.? (Score 1) 1126

Wouldn't this be a replacement for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid except it wouldn't be a ballooning Ponzi scheme? 85% of all tax dollars already go to these entitlement programs. If we were to drop the existing entitlements and replace them with the living wage, it's not much different than what we currently have and everyone benefits not just old people. The problem with the current benefits is that young people are paying it to the old people. The payouts aren't really coming from the trust anymore because the payouts exceeded the money in the trust and the trust was "robbed" several times.

I'm not a big fan of unsustainable entitle programs but this one seems better than what we currently have because everyone would benefit more equally.

Side Note: It would be interesting to see the correlation of the increase in poverty as it relates to the existing entitlement programs by not providing enough incentive for people to plan for their retirement and old age.

Comment Merchandising, Merchandising, Merchandising (Score 1) 91

What do all three of those movies have in common? Merchandise that goes along with the film.

"Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made. Spaceballs-the T-shirt, Spaceballs-the Coloring Book, Spaceballs-the Lunch box, Spaceballs-the Breakfast Cereal, Spaceballs-the Flame Thrower."

Comment Tribalism (Score 3, Interesting) 198

I can't think of a better way to learn the concepts of tribalism and the emergent behavior associated with it. Of course, getting humans to see that at the roots of many concepts is tribalism: nationalism, religion, war, resources and how that's been at the heart of most human activity since early civilization is another thing. We sort of thing we're somehow distanced from that in this time but it's still going on. We don't have to look much farther than politics or getting together on Sunday to support our teams to see it in our living rooms. Perhaps promoting awareness of such things could cause evolution in our socioeconomic systems?

Civilization: a fun game modeled after a real game with significant consequences.

Am I the only one that thinks that "gentlemen" lining up in front of each other with muskets and shooting each other until only one side is left standing amidst bloody corpses is bizarre, disturbing and horrifying?

Comment Re: What Constitution? (Score 1) 309

The faster we get to a reboot the better.

The problem with this theory is do you know what a "reboot" really means? If said "reboot" happens I guarantee you (and your family if you have one) won't enjoy it and most likely by the time the correction you're looking for in a reboot happens, you won't be around. Are you hoping for a better future for your grand children or future generations or something like that?

I know what a "reboot" is. My great grandparents came to the United States during the Bolshevik Revolution.

Comment Re:What Constitution? (Score 1) 309

This is the fault of American citizens that believe more government regulation makes things better. This is the type of regulation you get. That is regulation that is not in the average law abiding citizen's best interest. Unfortunately, we have two major political parties that both desire bigger government to spend your hard-earned money with different agendas that are mostly not in your best interest. 89% of American citizens don't realize the pawns they are in this game. I sometimes wonder if by the time enough people get a clue it will be too late.

Comment Re:The message is clear: (Score 1) 309

How do you figure? In order for this to work, each operating system would have to provide some sort of "open" attack vector in the network stack from the internet. That's a HUGE security flaw. Or perhaps you're thinking all WIFI routers have to allow for an easy way for the government to defeat WPA2 from the proverbial FBI Surveillance Van? Only then if they can actually get into your network and get proper access rights can they even attempt to hijack the calls necessary to even attempt to do what you're suggesting.

I don't think the government really understands what it has done. It's actually going to make the situation WORSE for itself because it's going to prompt a lot of the white hats (maybe even black hats) to come up with more advanced security measures to protect law abiding citizens and guess what that will do? It will actually help the criminals too. A nasty side effect. This is the dark side of regulation due to ignorance and incompetence. It thinks it's doing some noble, moral thing but it's really not going to do any good and potentially cause more harm in the process.

Comment Re:Free Market (Score 1) 167

Libertarians don't keep their eyes open during events like this. They screw them shut and go "Oh it's still partially regulated and that's actually the problem"

This actually shows you don't know Libertarianism too well. If you watch Milton Friedman's lectures which are on youtube you'll notice he makes the distinction between "Limited Government Libertarians" and "Anarchist Libertarians". I'm pretty sure you're referring to the latter and I'm not a big fan of them either. Milton Friedman himself proclaimed himself a "Limited Government Libertarian". Even in the Ford Pinto controversy back in 1972, when Friedman was asked about whether Ford had any obligation to put the additional parts in the car to make it more safe, he said no. What he did say though was that Ford was morally obligated to make it clear to consumers how much more at risk they were of death because failure to do so is fraud. Fraud of course being determined by federal laws aka the government. If a person wants to make a choice to drive a car that is more likely to result in their death to save a few bucks, that's their choice. If the majority of the population isn't interested, there won't be demand for the car and they'll stop making it. Friedman also points out that many people smoke even though it's clear they are more at risk of death. He might have told such a person they were foolish but he would never have advocated a law banning smoking aka prohibition.

Comment No Alternatives in Most Areas (Score 4, Insightful) 167

For AT&T and Comcast, it's just business. At the moment, they have leverage in most areas. Most people don't have a comparable alternative to choose so they pick AT&T or Comcast. Comcast offers the best speeds. That's their value proposition over AT&T. When Verizon FIOS and/or Google Fiber show up to offer alternatives with not only faster speeds but no data caps, Comcast and AT&T will have to start actually competing in the free market or be put out to pasture.

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