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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (193 comments)

> Reagan is rong! Internet regulated but not taxed in US!

  We're tryiing to stop it from being. regulated and taxed. Give the government hacks time.

Remember:

Senator: What good is electricity to the house, anyway?

Engineer: Senator, in 20 years, you'll be taxing it.

1 hour ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (193 comments)

I envision some Democrats in the US wanting to pipe up about how brave Hungary is being, but will not do so less than a month before the election.

Search your feelings, Luke. You know it to be true.

1 hour ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:I can already see it (168 comments)

I bet it's called the X-Watch, has an x86 CPU and tries to cram the regular version of Windows into a 2" display with a tiny cursor controlled by a Kinect camera you wear on your head via the included X-BaseballCap.

Hehe. It's actually called the "M2, which is short for meeeeeeee tooooooooooooooo."

2 days ago
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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Simple solution ... (53 comments)

A world where government runs roughshod over corporate centers of wealth (alternate power centers in memespeak) will continue to grow at the behest of The People until they do away with these alternate centers completely.

Then you get dictatorship or communism, neither of which can hold a candle to freedom with capitalism-as-corollary of freedom.

2 days ago
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How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan To Combat Patent Trolls

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Fuck you american money (53 comments)

You happily take the product of our astounding invention rates, while shitting all over the process.

You, and Europe, and the rest of the world should be more like us, not the other way around.

7 billion people churning out inventions at the same rate as the 320 million in the US would be magnificent for increasing the quality and length of life.

Anything else is literally mass-murderous.

2 days ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Baby steps (348 comments)

It's about politics. With one swift cut, you can save billions and stop your predecessor from getting credit for a new moon shot.

Obama killed off one such endeavor of Bush's.

he ideas consist of sending autonomous robots to various locations in space to create infrastructure using local resources with advanced manufacturing technology, such as 3D printing. The new aspect is that someone in the White House is publicly discussing these concepts.

Well, it's about time. I've been saying for years we should launch robots and what-not up to Mars and construct a functional base with food and the ability to grow more, and only then launch humans up there.

This "giant moonshot" standard plan is idiotic and prone to failure.

5 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Well (180 comments)

I am unconcerned if facebook computers are trying to determine if I want to buy Pampers or Depends so computers can sell electrons to other computers to shove electrons in front of my face.

But claiming you have privacy from...just what now? Government, when you are feeding it back to government because government demands it?

What. The. Fuck.

That is the historical abuser of privacy we should be afraid of. Even privacy apps collapse immediately with just a wink from the onrushing government computerized panopticon juggernaut?

It's time for some kind of constitutional amendment to extend and require warrants to virtual property and locations online, to get around the loophole that it's "on some company's server somewhere, so you 'have no expectation of privacy.' "

And keep an eye on the weasel politicians who would water it down.

5 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:No profit in it (180 comments)

Ummmm.

We pay a "freedom tax" on property every year. You must pay money to the government or it will take your land away.

It's wrapped in memes of fire department, police, roads, but that's what happens at the end of the day.

At least a "privacy tax" to be exempt would give you the option of paying or not.

5 days ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership May Endanger World Health, Newly Leaked Chapter Shows

Impy the Impiuos Imp Note the economic leftist verbiage (130 comments)

TPP would even allow pharmaceutical companies to sue the U.S. whenever changes to regulatory standards or judicial decisions affected their profits.

It sounds more like it would allow them to sue over costly regulations and force them to justify them in court.

I am fine with that.

5 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Consistency (366 comments)

Science understands when life begins quite well -- they just don't includexthe purely religious concept of "ensoulment", nor the equally religious concept that there's a god out there getting mad about it.

Even if there were, the logic still holds -- God has no more right to force his will on you than any dictator (or socialist, for that matter.)

You ALL are part of the problem.

about a week ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Control (110 comments)

You should have seen the opening of the first draft -- "Washington DC: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

about a week ago
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First Demonstration of Artificial Intelligence On a Quantum Computer

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:There is no "working AI" at this time (98 comments)

Pattern recognition, decision theory, game theory, and partitioning are AI subjects. AI isn't just the mysterious general-purpose thinking machine always on the horizon.

Some pattern recognition uses neural networks for training.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Two global problems solved in my lifetime! (564 comments)

Overpopulation is not a problem (in free countries, including economic freedom). People solve shortages and other problems faster than they become seriously impactful (pardon that word.)

This has been measured again and again and again and is a real effect. Julian Simon got famous making loud public bets with gloom and doomers. His minimum granularity was 10 years, and even that was really a little short for comfort to overcome multi-year cycles as well as buffer time for markets to respond to disturbances.

about a week ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:USA 1969 (314 comments)

"I don't need it; therefore nobody else does."

People reserve unto themselves the right to purchase things anonymously. It's a check on government power, a kind of spying.

How disturbed I am at the surity with which people view modern government as nearly perfected, and worthy of such spy powers, when nothing in all human history should give you confidence in that.

about a week ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

As commenters continue to blame Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities for allowing their nude photos to be stolen

No one is blaming them for "allowing their photos to be stolen" I didn't bother reading the rest if that's how you started.

Also, TFA is significantly longer than the tweet length you're used to thinking in.

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Getting tired of this shit (282 comments)

> "but the spirit of the law is good."

This is where I have to disagree. "Well-meaning" is the memetic addition to justify the same ol' same ol' corruption, but in a democracy.

The system is designed to be twisted and perverted, running undercover of "hey, they mean well!"

I do not extend to them the benefit of the doubt, and the remediation to fix the law (often created not by legislators but by regulatory agencies even more slow to respond, and sufferin regulatory capture) is completely inadequate and overwhelmed by the rent seeking.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Someone will complain about the political ones (144 comments)

No, but I'm fine with the Peace Prize being extended to people who work to increase freedom and rights.

about two weeks ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

Obama had nothing to do with his own prize -- it was a slap in the face to Bush.

Obama should have refused it because participating in such a political action by foreigners by playing their puppet in a play is beneath the Presidency.

about two weeks ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:The "public comment" is a charade (336 comments)

Keep in mind one of the two arguments to have regulatory authorities that make de facto laws without Congressional vote: "It strips it of politics".

We'll ignore for the moment this is a danger to freedom and democracy, and not a good "feature". Rather, realize these politicians could, to a man or woman, all oppose the regulation officially, to appease voters, while supporting it secretly.

None will ever lift a finger to repeal it (which happens only rarely) and will just stand there and say, "I didn't do it!" while leaders bury any attempts to change it.

about two weeks ago

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Lucas sues over portable laser

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "George Lucas has decided to sue a company that produces a powerful, portable laser that, coincidentally, happens to look like a lightsaber hilt. Or not. You be the judge.

It can set things on fire with the best of 'em, though, and, like a real lightsaber, should not be jammed in your eye.

Lucas filed a similar lawsuit last year regarding a laser that was too close to the Death Star, which was thrown out of court on technical grounds."

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Sony To Encase In Carbonite Half The Star Wars: Ga

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "Not surprisingly that it's gone unnoticed for several days, but Sony is apparently merging out of existence half its Star Wars: Galaxies servers. In spite of a number of innovative features (three health bars, choreographable dancing and music coordinatable between several players, "your own R2 unit and 3PO", programmable droids, and so on) a complete overhaul of the combat system, designed to simplify it and make it more action-oriented, actually drove away more people than it attracted. It soon thereafter retired to that great Sony one-fee-for-all stable of aging and also-rans in the sky.

Still on life support, it was preceded in death by Sony foster brother Matrix Online."

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Journals

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Citystyle

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Went back to City of Heroes after an 8 month interlude in World of Warcraft. Ahh, the freedom of high-speed, true 3D travel. Ooooh, the power of the scrapper class in feeling truly heroic and dominant on the battlefield. You can take your +85 strength swords that increases your damage by 1.2% and, in the words of the Lieutenant, cram it up your ass.

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