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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

BrianPRabbit Re:Are you kidding (816 comments)

Do You have verifiable citations for those statistics?

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

BrianPRabbit Whenever I hear ... (1614 comments)

... a plan to "fix" the Bill of Rights, amendments which have guided and protected Americans for over two centuries, I get very leery.

about a week ago
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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

BrianPRabbit In My experience ... (133 comments)

Coverity is no the best "yardstick". Too many false negatives and too expensive.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

BrianPRabbit Re:Heading off the Republic Pedants (816 comments)

May I suggest AC acquire and use a dictionary. From the OED=>"republic (noun): a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch." Sounds like the United States. There is also Article IV, Section 1, of the constitution which reads in part, "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government"; so, if this guarantee has not been met, the first step is to "petition the Government for a redress of grievances" instead of throwing around insults; unless, of course, AC doesn't actually believe what AC wrote.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

BrianPRabbit Say it ain't so, Plucky! (816 comments)

[begin sarcasm]You mean having 1 voice in ~310,000,000 is negligible? Inconceivable![end sarcasm]

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

BrianPRabbit Re:Are you kidding (816 comments)

Cherry picking, even cherry-picking-lite with conditional words like "some", is easy. The question is whether this "some" represents a non-negligible amount.

about a week ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

BrianPRabbit No need to go this far ... (342 comments)

Placing a sales tax of, say, 1% would go far at discouraging any excessive amount of trading, for some definition of "excessive", while helping to shift the tax burden off Those less able to afford it.

about two weeks ago
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Sand in the Brain: A Fundamental Theory To Model the Mind

BrianPRabbit Ick (105 comments)

Can We stop conflating the brain with the Mind, please? The Mind is a philosophical concept and the brain is a physical organ. The two ideas are distinctly different and their conflation speaks of gross ignorance.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

BrianPRabbit Re:Good. (1037 comments)

I am not sure One can classify any system of faith, a.k.a. "religion", as either "good" or "bad" as a general rule; a large, if not overwhelming, factor is how the Adherant/Advocate interprets and/or applies said religion. For example, I know a large number of pacifist Muslims and the word "Crusades" come readily to Mind, as do the names "Mother Theresa" and "Osama Bin Laden". Like fire, religion is but a tool to Our benefit, individually and collectively; it is what We do with it which matters.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

BrianPRabbit Re:Good. (1037 comments)

I doubt religion was the problem either. Could it not be Anyone using religion to try to justify an injustice is really just an Asshole and would have found some other excuse if religion did not exist?

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

BrianPRabbit Skeptical About Skepticism (1037 comments)

The connection strikes Me as questionable because, if We are going to compare anecdotes, My faith has only strengthened the more I have used the internet. For example, game theory in some ways backs up Christianity's Golden Rule, one recent Slashdot article suggests religion packages multiple psychological and/or physiological benefits better than just about any other institution, information on M-theory (which I would not have been able to access as readily without the internet) suggests the universe originated in a way which may be inherently untestable just like religion, the vehemence with which Some present hostility to People of faith simply because such Persons are People of faith leads Me to wonder just how much do said professed "Skeptics" are "Skeptics" because They genuinely doubt all religions or whether They are "Skeptics" because They are what Some might call "Assholes". If the internet has caused Some to lose Their faith, it may be such Persons were pre-disposed to doubt to begin with and the internet merely gave that final "push" instead of the internet taking Someone devout and transmogrifying Them into, say, Richard Dawkins, Jr.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

BrianPRabbit Re:Obvious is obvious (1037 comments)

Explain FoxNews.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

BrianPRabbit Re:Desensitizing the masses (168 comments)

You might be right. The slow release has kept the story gong far longer than a quick dump would have, right up to the point Sen. Feinstein was livid at the idea the CIA spied on Her.

about three weeks ago
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What Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

BrianPRabbit Am I the only 1 around here ... (97 comments)

... not yet convinced Apple is even going to be selling a watch?

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Anti-Poaching Cartel Went Beyond a Few Tech Firms

BrianPRabbit Re:I'm calling bullshit. (137 comments)

Is Your sig on the level?

about 1 month ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

BrianPRabbit Welp ... (395 comments)

... That explains Kevin Trudeau.

about a month ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

BrianPRabbit Re:Overpopulation? (334 comments)

If things didn't die, we would have far too many creatures to live in comfort together.

Yeah, no. Predictions of overcrowding due to population growth have been made generation after generation and, as Julian Simon demonstrated in "The Ultimate Resource" and "The Ultimate Resource 2", all else being equal, such events not only do not happen on a global scale but they cannot happen on a global scale. The reason for such lack of occurrence is the fact, if demand growth outpaces supply growth for a particular product or service, the price of that product or service will increase to the point it becomes worthwhile for People to innovate alternatives, reducing the demand for the original product or service compared to where it would otherwise be and effectively increasing the supply of product or service available to fulfill what economic need the original product or service was meant to fulfill. In the case of food, We innovate ways of increasing food supply, such as thru semi-dwarf wheat which can grow in areas traditional wheat cannot. In the case of "where to stand", We innovate ways to increase the total surface area of the planet by, for example, constructing taller buildings and converting otherwise inhospitable areas into livable space.

about a month ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

BrianPRabbit Re:Irresponsible or what? (334 comments)

There's already far too many humans on the planet. If we stop dying there'll be nothing to eat and nowhere to stand.

Yeah, no. Predictions of starvation and overcrowding due to population growth have been made generation after generation and, as Julian Simon demonstrated in "The Ultimate Resource" and "The Ultimate Resource 2", all else being equal, such events not only do not happen on a global scale but they cannot happen on a global scale. The reason for such lack of occurrence is the fact, if demand growth outpaces supply growth for a particular product or service, the price of that product or service will increase to the point it becomes worthwhile for People to innovate alternatives, reducing the demand for the original product or service compared to where it would otherwise be and effectively increasing the supply of product or service available to fulfill what economic need the original product or service was meant to fulfill. In the case of food, We innovate ways of increasing food supply, such as thru semi-dwarf wheat which can grow in areas traditional wheat cannot. In the case of "where to stand", We innovate ways to increase the total surface area of the planet by, for example, constructing taller buildings and converting otherwise inhospitable areas into livable space.

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

BrianPRabbit Re:That summary has so much spin on it... (676 comments)

The Senate amendment replaced the entire bill. That's not an amendment. That's a senate bill with an inaccurate title.

The constitution places no restriction on what such amendments may do. Therefore, replacing the contents of the entire bill is constitutionally valid.

Further, the House did not pass HR 3590 as it was passed by the Senate, which makes the entire conversation academic. If the House didn't pass the bill, there was nothing to amend.

Incorrect: roll call vote #165, 21st of March, 2010, 219 to 212.

about a month ago

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Bruce Schneier: Break Up The NSA

BrianPRabbit BrianPRabbit writes  |  about 2 months ago

BrianPRabbit (2020846) writes "Bruce Schneier proposes "breaking up" the NSA and redirecting the target hardware/software surveillance to US Cyber Command and moving the surveillance to the FBI (subject to federal restrictions) while "Instead of working to deliberately weaken security for everyone, the NSA should work to improve security for everyone." Schneier notes "This is a radical solution, but the NSA's many harms require radical thinking.""
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