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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

ArmoredDragon Re:Flip Argument (983 comments)

So just because the victim is a minority means they ARE wrong?

If not, what are we supposed to do, just ignore the justice system every time some people don't like the result?

yesterday
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

ArmoredDragon Re:Well of course (308 comments)

You still didn't explain who has both the $2500 and the will to buy those violins. Without this pesky detail no, there's no more wealth than at the begining.

It's simple, actually: The person who buys those violins created that value they used to purchase it elsewhere. Money is just a store of value used for trade, but in and of itself isn't valuable, and in fact is only worth whatever you think its worth.

Replicate the same analogy as GP did, only with somebody who makes shoes. That person who makes shoes buys a violin. Effectively he traded several pairs of shoes for a violin.

yesterday
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

ArmoredDragon Re:Well of course (308 comments)

Of course it is a zero sum game.
you cannot profit unless someone else LOSES that profit to you
It is possible to 'grow the pie', but not by eliminating customers

If you can grow the pie, then by definition it is NOT zero-sum. I don't mean to ad-hom, but what you said is just insanely stupid.

yesterday
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

ArmoredDragon Re:Well of course (308 comments)

Currently, that would more than halve our trade deficit, not a terrible thing,

It would also cut our GDP in half.

History has always shown that if you kneecap imports in *any* way, you also do the same to domestic production. It doesn't matter if the other trade partners retaliate or not; the whole purpose of imports is to acquire goods that can't be acquired domestically (either they flat out aren't available, or the domestic knowledge and/or infrastructure isn't present, so the foreign companies can create it cheaper.) These imported goods are then used as capital for domestic production.

If that wasn't true, it wouldn't ever be economical to import; we'd just rely entirely on domestic production.

yesterday
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

ArmoredDragon Re:Well of course (308 comments)

Look at the period between the market crash and Smoot-Hawley. It's relatively stable. Basically what we had during that period is comparatively the same as what we had in 2008. The jobless rate didn't really increase until after it passed.

yesterday
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

ArmoredDragon Re:Well of course (308 comments)

OMFUG! An economic LITERATE amongst the Randian clueless clones.
When did the web start growing up?
I mean, idiots are still calling for lower taxes, like 34 years of 78% lower taxes on the top 10% somehow created a lasting peace time boom (not).

You and AC are both wrong. Tariffs indeed caused it. Look at the unemployment rate for a good six months after the stock market crash. It was basically the same as what we saw in 2008. Not good, but not particularly bad. The depression didn't begin until Smoot-Hawley passed. Imports and domestic production rise and fall with one another. This is something even the most liberal economists agree with. So if you squelch imports, guess what happens to unemployment?

yesterday
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

ArmoredDragon Re:Well of course (308 comments)

The flaw in that plan is that domestic production and imports are known to rise and fall with one another. Anything that dampens imports in any way likely results in domestic job losses. The Smoot-Hawley act proved that pretty decisively.

Likewise, tariffs, and indeed any taxation on foreign goods just for the sake of being foreign, are an incredibly stupid idea. The great depression wouldn't have occurred if there was no such thing as mercantilism. We've seen worse stock market crashes than what preceded the depression, and none of the "protections" added after the fact were even needed to prevent economic collapse. If you look at the unemployment statistics for that period, you actually see it stable for some time after the market crash, (it was about the same as the numbers that we saw in 2008) but it doesn't tank until just after Smoot-Hawley passes.

yesterday
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Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

ArmoredDragon Re:Yeah right (128 comments)

That will eventually happen anyways once China's economy matures a bit more. The same thing has happened to a lot of other formerly developing countries, such as Japan.

2 days ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

ArmoredDragon Re:More proof ... (249 comments)

But I'm sure that there will be another study next week that links saturated fat with erectile dysfunction, toe cancer and bleeding from the eyebrows. And around we go.

What I hate the most about those "studies" is that a link doesn't tell you much about what is actually happening, and in many cases leads to very bad conclusions. All they really do is indicate a correlation, and diet fanatics go around spouting how what everybody else does is somehow bad. This leads to fad diets and other nonsense, up to and including the craziness that is the anti-GMO movement.

2 days ago
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Intel Planning Thumb-Sized PCs For Next Year

ArmoredDragon Re:Probably not the same thing at all... (101 comments)

we won't need to move to a 128-bit OS like we had to go from 16 to 32 to 64-bit OSs.

We probably will, just not any time soon. I think 4GB of memory was unimaginable to most computer engineers when 16-bit was becoming the norm. In fact I recall reading an RFC where somebody argued that a 64-bit IP addressing system should be enough to address the combined memory AND hard disk of every computer in the world, therefore it's unlikely we'd need anything higher. (See IEEE RFC1475, section 2.1.) Only five years later that was changed to 128-bit, and five years (totaling a decade) after that it was settled.

You might think of the time period going from one architecture to another as growing exponentially longer with each generation. After all, 2^64 is exponentially larger than 2^32, and 2^16, and 2^8.

3 days ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

ArmoredDragon Re:Goddamn it! (276 comments)

You don't even have to do that. You can just take the MTA, which is an exam that is so easy they permit high school teachers to serve as proctors for it.

Right now I'm trying to get the MCSA for Windows Server 2012 R2, and it's a PITA. The biggest problem with it though is that there are NO training manuals for it that are sufficient. The Microsoft Official so called study guides sold at book stores are a joke. CBT nuggets/trainsignal are also insufficient. Microsoft's reasoning apparently is that you have to be very seasoned with Windows Server 2012 R2 before you can pass the exam. Problem is NO shops run Windows Server 2012 R2 yet. That won't happen until Server 2016 or whatever it ends up being comes out.

Which is annoying because I bought a voucher pack and I just can't find the right study materials for it, and it's about to expire in a few months.

about a week ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

ArmoredDragon Re:Early adopters (154 comments)

If any URLs were ever "clicked", it would probably be a result of gmail's rather aggressive anti-spam system looking for signs that it's a phishing site.

about two weeks ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

ArmoredDragon Re: First Post (328 comments)

I thought it was pretty funny the way Breaking Bad covered this one. DJ Qualls played that undercover DEA agent who said it was against the constitution to lie about not being a cop, and then proceeds to arrest Pinkman's dealer after buying.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

ArmoredDragon Re:Haha, very funny... (136 comments)

I don't think so. People with normal eyesight probably lack this ability entirely, mainly due to a lack of "hardware" that has to be developed over time. There was some research done that found that the visual cortex can eventually rewire itself to process audio instead. That said, you'd have to be blind at a relatively young age to "learn" this skill, and you'd also need a functioning visual cortex. (Some blind people are blind solely because of a non-functional visual cortex. If they ever picked up this ability, it probably wouldn't work as well if at all.)

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

ArmoredDragon Re:The right to offend ... (834 comments)

I remember there was a south park episode where Mr. Garrison says "Sorry I just don't trust anything that bleeds for 5 days and doesn't die." That would certainly count as "gendered bigotry" but I still think it's funny anyways. If I was in the mood for making a joke, I'd say it too (though I haven't.) My mom laughed when she heard it on south park.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

ArmoredDragon Re:Obama (706 comments)

Because Obama has spent the last year studiously doing nothing to upset conservative talk radio, in the desperate hope that Republicans might not make every campaign and anti-Obama campaign

So the Obama admin kowtows to pundits? Ok.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

ArmoredDragon Re:The idea is good even if the leaders aren't (706 comments)

Because while the Democrats tend to screw up the regulations, the Republicans like to pretend that regulations are never good even when there is are clear abuses going on that markets cannot adequately address.

That isn't true. They actually love regulation, see for example the laws they fancy that keep dealerships between auto companies and their customers. When they do want regulation, good or bad, it's usually reactive instead of theoretical. That is IMO a better way to go about it. If we always regulated based on theory, we'd never have video games today because of how much the democrats still to this day believe that they cause violence.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

ArmoredDragon Re:Obama (706 comments)

If Obama was really so serious about it, then why does he wait until he can't do anything about it to even SAY anything? Let alone do nothing the whole time, except appoint a former telecom lobbyist to the FCC?

about two weeks ago

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