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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

7-Vodka Re:Free? (703 comments)

I think you mean "There's no way most of us can afford it because it's subsidized"

Prices are determined by where willingness to pay meets willingness to sell. Subsidies raise the willingness to pay and therefore raise prices.

In fact I remember from an economics class that this effect has been studied in farm subsidies, I wish I could reference that here but alas it has been a long time.

Let's not forget that fiat currencies and deficit spending also raise prices.

about three weeks ago
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Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

7-Vodka Re: Do users really care? (278 comments)

I see a lot of similar comments, but I liked yours so I'll address the themes here.

First, facebook is not the only problem. You're kidding yourself if you think it is. The list of technology companies that sucker their users are as long as the list of technology companies that sell 'the cloud'. Google, Yahoo, Microsoft etc.

Worse than this, the evil is not marketing. The real evil is the secret pact between the tech companies and the government's monopoly on the initiation of force, for the benefit of a minority of oligarch families. The elite's technology branch

The real evil is the patriot act, the capture of government, the capture of industry and the subversion of the constitution. All tech companies are a part of this, most willingly, some unwillingly or unwittingly and the only honest ones are forced to shut down.

The capture of the government and industry is nothing new, but it reached tremendous success in the 20th century. First they captured the congress and the judicial, then the executive, then the monetary system and then they really captured the executive with the JFK assassination. Don't forget where some of the recent oligarchs originated.

  • Are you against marketing?
  • are you for privacy?
  • are you for honesty as a virtue?
  • are you for Free Software?
  • are you for the constitution?
  • do you believe in free will? (or that you should act as if it exists)
  • do you believe in the traditional family?
  • are you religious?
  • are you for sound money?
  • are you an Austrian or a keynesian?
  • do you believe that there really is a 2 party system in the USA?

Do you see it yet? if you rule out the vast majority of the population based on internet usage, you're out of whack. Firstly because that's not the real problem.

Also, you might have MUCH MORE in common with someone who uises fb daily than on someone who doesn't, based on your OTHER principles and virtues.

It's like saying, "I'll only hang out with people who are atheists.". That's not enough. In 10 years time that could still be all you have in common. Or they could change their minds.

Finally I would just like to remind people that not only is the USA responsible for millions of deaths around the world, it now tortures people.

If you refuse to interact with people who support these acts, how will you ever change their minds?

Oh and just for good measure. A fucking surveillance blimp. The internet of things is coming to spy on you from the sky 24/7. Is it not enough that you've captured the mass media? If you were to only hang out with people who share all your principles or most important beliefs, you would not hang out with anyone.

Furthermore, having intelligent debate with people who disagree with you (and are virtuous enough to have an intelligent debate) is the only way that you can make any sort of real progress in self discovery and discovery of the universe. If your ideas an principles are not challenged, if you don't go back to first principles to figure what what's really important, if you don't re-assess your beliefs in the face of new evidence, you'll never improve.

about 1 month ago
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Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

7-Vodka Re: Do users really care? (278 comments)

... but then again, I don't really want to hang out with people who use Facebook anyway.

If you love to be an extremely social fool (and I don't, personally), then there are plenty of options besides Facebook, which I've already mentioned.

LOL what?

If you reject people with facebook and similar stuff and people don't share your principles, you've just rejected 99.9% of the human population. You must be a very lonely boy.

For those of us 'extremely social' people who you know actually have a few friends and get along with acquaintances, we can't go scorched earth on everyone.

It's not that we're not tempted, it's that the cost benefit analysis of a scorched earth policy sucks donkey balls. No matter how you slice it, being a shut-in is very sad.

about 1 month ago
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North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

7-Vodka You can't believe the defectors (166 comments)

Learn from the past. Iraqui defectors swore up and down that there were massive nuclear programs. They were physicists, they were believable, they testified in secret, in public, on TV. None of it mattered, they were proven liars after we invaded.

Claims from defectors require extraordinary evidence, especially when what's coming out of their mouths is what the government or the intel agencies want to hear.

about a month ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

7-Vodka Re:Muslims? (880 comments)

What's a terrorist act?

Are we counting the US drone program when they blow the shit out of a civilian wedding? Do we count the ~1,000,000 people the US killed in Iraq? Or the hundreds of thousands of kids they killed with sanctions?

about a month and a half ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

7-Vodka Re:Fortunately (127 comments)

He also forgot about symbols and punctuation.

I call it right now. This is the name of my future language: " "
(I'll give you a hint, it's ascii 255, nbsp for short, or non-breaking space)

about 2 months ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

7-Vodka Re:Perception is a tool ... (328 comments)

You could say the ends justify the means.

However in this case you're not even bothering to judge their ends.

You have no problem with fear, intimidation, lies and fraud. Really. Coming from the people in the gang with the guns, who can lock you up or execute you.

Specifically in case you didn't know, government officials are corrupt and are quite frequently the bad guys. They hold a monopoly on the initiation of force and that's what they always use to back up their threats. Just do a search for asset forfeiture sometime, or swat raids, free speech zones, constitution free zones, no-fly list, patriot act, NDAA, federal reserve etc.

By the way, the ends don't justify the means.

about 2 months ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

7-Vodka Re:It's what you do with it that counts (184 comments)

Lulz, it's ok, they've redefined the word "collecting" to mean "using data for nefarious purposes" and so they can say all day they're not "collecting" anything on the general public and only have targeted "collecting".

about 3 months ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

7-Vodka Re:Honestly, who gives a fuck? (608 comments)

I give a fuck, actually. I'd like a wife. I'd like her to be a colleague. I'd like to think I'm not the only one.

To be honest that sounds fucking rapey as fuck.

about 3 months ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

7-Vodka And then the positive thinkers go on to win. (158 comments)

The negative thinkers can turn into over-achievers. Thinking that if they're really productive, they will get promoted.

Unfortunately for them, once they realize this is not the case, they get angry, frustrated, cynical.

Meanwhile the positive thinkers become high performers, who achieve less individually and in any given week and realize that working as a group and motivating people is more important than individual contributions. They stay in the game longer and turn into good leaders. They get promoted while the negative thinkers leave in search of the recognition they've earned but don't seem to get anywhere.

about 3 months ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

7-Vodka Re:Meh (201 comments)

I own and still use a verizon galaxy nexus. Unlocking was as simple as booting into the bios and choosing 'unlock bootloader'. Done. No software or hacking necessary.

You must be thinking of another phone. I've run many custom roms on this one.

about 3 months ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

7-Vodka How can you ever have rules (208 comments)

How can you ever really have rules, if you have rulers?

about 4 months ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

7-Vodka Re:Most Linux users just want Unix ... (303 comments)

FreeBSD is not Linux though.

Which isn't really much of a problem. Many, if not most, Linux users just want Unix functionality and don't care about the Linux brand itself, don't care about the GPL and its politics, etc. Hence the popularity of Mac OS X for many *nix users. It just so happens that for commodity PC hardware Linux is one of the more convenient *nix offerings.

Speak for yourself. I don't buy your claims to be able to speak for others.

about 4 months ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

7-Vodka Re:And we're surprised why? (392 comments)

How do you take his statement:

Cover up, incompetence, and Government. Why am I not surprised at all.

and somehow twist it to interpret it as making the claim that it's limited to government?

You must be very very dumb.

about 4 months ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

7-Vodka I've noticed... (460 comments)

I've noticed that all these pointless professional victim-hood articles are being published by this soulskill idiot.

Now I'm wondering why.

about 4 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

7-Vodka DId this zoe quinn sleep with someone at slashdot? (1134 comments)

Because these professional victim-hood stories are starting to make me want to unsubscribe this piece of shit website right about now.

about 5 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

7-Vodka Back for more money already? (1262 comments)

Professional victim that scammed people of $150k is back for more money.

Apparently people are dumb and she likes to fleece them.

about 5 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

7-Vodka Re:It's not a kernel problem (727 comments)

You realize there's not one single argument in your response right?

You wrote a paragraph full of opinions...

I didn't say the free market prevents monopolies. I said it prevents monopolies from acting against the interest of everyone else with impunity. Who are you to say that for a certain market you know how many companies should exist in order to best use the available means to reach the desired ends?

It is possible that in certain economic situations, the optimal number of companies serving the market is two, three, five or even one.

about 5 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: How can I convince my boss of the benefits of division of labour?

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  1 year,12 days

7-Vodka (195504) writes "I work as an engineer for a multinational company. For two years my group was divided in half to focus on separate products. My group exploited division of labour by subdividing into smaller functional teams. This greatly improved our quality of work, output and morale. Meanwhile the other group flattened out, making everyone jack-of-all-trades and interchangeable. Now the other group is going to swallow us whole and intend to dismember our functional teams. How can I best analyze the situation to explain why having formal specialization was so beneficial to us?
Obviously, there's a limited time window to make my case. Do I need a crash course in economics and management?"
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Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  about a year and a half ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "You can thank Glenn Greenwald for the astounding information below:

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

The documents show that:

  Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal;

  The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail;

  The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

  Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in Outlook.com that allows users to create email aliases;

  In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;

  Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport"."

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Balmer threatens Android and Linux with patents

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "In an interview with Fortune, Balmer first admits that vista was badly done then when asked about Google giving away Android for free versus Microsoft, which charges smart phone carriers, Ballmer took issue with that assessment, stating, "And there's nothing free about Android. I mean at the end of the day as we certainly have asserted in a number of cases you know there's an intellectual property royalty due on that. Whether they happen to charge for their software or not is their business decision."

Read the rest of the interview Here"

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The EFF Launches Panopticlick

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "I read via http://www.hardocp.com that the Electronic Frontier Foundation is conducting a new experiment called Panopticlick.
Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Follow the link to https://panopticlick.eff.org/ and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web.
As for myself, I suppose it's a bad thing that the message I receive is "Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 633,402 tested so far." However I'll check back when the database grows."

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Time publishes list of top 50 inventions of 2009

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 5 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "Time has posted a top 50 inventions of 2009 list. There are plenty of pictures and a few videos covering recent innovations which made the cut and also a few entries for worst inventions of 2009."
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Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 5 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "Xcel Energy customers who have their own solar panels are worried about a new fee being proposed by the company. The monthly fee to pay for transmission and distribution of energy would be charged to customers who have solar panels irrespective of their energy use for the month.

An Xcel Energy spokesman said that the fee is to ensure that regular customers don't subsidize the "connectivity fees" for the solar panel customers who don't pay their fees when they use no electricity. Unfortunately, when pressed the spokesman admitted that nobody actually pays a "connectivity fee" yet however they wanted to prevent the mooching from occurring in the future (presumably when they hit everyone with such a fee) and also called the absence of a connectivity fee for solar customers a "double subsidy" because many solar customers receive rebates to install the panels."
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Boston Tea Party Internet Money Bomb

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 7 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "Most political campaigns are run from the top down. Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's campaign is a self-organizing distributed movement with virtually no central control that uses the Internet as it's infrastructure. This campaign was receiving very little attention until last month when an independent supporter, Trevor Lyman, helped to organize a fundraiser that raised $4.3M on November 5th. Because the November 5th fundraiser had a Guy Fawkes theme and the political shock waves were massive, it was nicknamed the 'Money Bomb'.

Today December 16th Trevor has organized another Money Bomb fundraiser, this time to celebrate the Boston Tea Party. The big news is that the total number of donations and funds raised are already shattering all previous records. Please take this as an opportunity to get to know Dr. Ron Paul, a 10 term congressman from Texas and where he stands on issues. If like all of us who are breaking records today, you feel Dr. Paul has more to offer than any other candidate out there you will know what to do."

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Slashdot suggestions

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

There really need to be two new buttons on the story's title bars. One to allow bookmarking for later reading and one to allow bookmarking for later reference; creating two lists. Later, one can read stories they pre-selected when they didn't have the time to fully explore and one can also pull up stories as references easily.

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On the topic of self deception

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Yes, of course.
Who has time?
Who has time?
But then if we never *take* time, how can we have time?

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