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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

JWW Re:Texas? (156 comments)

No state income tax for businesses.

Really, this plant is building components for the cars built in California. There is actually no relation from the manufacturing side to the selling side here.

This decision should be made puerilely on balance sheet issues that allow Tesla to make batteries and cars as cost effectively as they can.

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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

JWW Re:How many employees does Slashdot need? (271 comments)

New blood??!! Seriously?

Slashdot cut its teeth on basing MS. From the very beginning. Especially during the anti-trust dustup of the late 90's.

3 days ago
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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

JWW Re:Stockholm Syndrome (138 comments)

Can it really be Stockholm Syndrome though?

That would be like saying that with Stockholm Syndrome you are paying the hostages.

I think when money changes hands you would go, IMHO, from "hostage" to "collaborator".

5 days ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

JWW Re: Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (525 comments)

The idea that the largest most powerful entity to ever exist on this planet is only ever just trying to be benevolent and good, but is in danger because some people think it is too large is laughable. The corruption and regulatory capture you speak of are only possible BECAUSE the modern US government is an enormous leviathan.

The idea that libertarians would instantly reduce the government to nothing if they took power is laughable. Over 100 years if progressive bullshit have given us this opressive monster, it'll take more than just a few libertarians gaining power to turn our government into something reasonable again.

5 days ago
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Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

JWW Re: Reform to how we fund elections is primary (117 comments)

Thank you, that is a well thought out and reasoned answer. That's what I was looking for with my question to Lessig.

I can fully understand that term limits may be a "next thing" sort of activity for his PAC. But without an answer to my question, the answer could also be that he doesn't believe that they are important and will eventually be needed.

I really sincerely wanted to know his answer.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

JWW Re: How about (385 comments)

It never ceases to amaze me how Progressives can so blithely condemn BIG corporations and their answer to solving the "BIG Corporation" problem is always to give more power to the largest, most powerful organization on the planet. Because large size causes corruption in companies, but it must only cause nobility in governments, right?

about two weeks ago
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Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

JWW Re: If you take the bait (117 comments)

Exactly! I refuse it to support Mayday until they stand up for term limits. I asked a question about this in the "Ask Larry about Mayday" story. Then they used a "new and improved format" for his responses and dumped my +5 rated question.

Mayday, if they succeed will give us the same thing we have now, lifetime legislators. Their voucher system will end up a Massive advantage to incumbents.

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

JWW Title is wrong (42 comments)

The title to this article is wrong it should be:

Slashdot throws your questions in the fucking garbage and asks Lawrence Lessig a bunch of other stuff.

The trashing of any and all questions about term limits was unacceptable.

I was actually really looking forward to getting Larry's answers to OUR questions.

I couldn't be more disappointed.

about three weeks ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

JWW Re:Good idea (42 comments)

Yeah, God forbid a balanced budget amendment could come about from it.

After all we just have to get the money out of political campaigns, political spending by those wielding government power and government money must remain unencumbered, right?

about three weeks ago
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Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC, Part 2 (Video)

JWW Re:Didn't answer anyone's questions directly, did (42 comments)

Exactly.

Worst. Fucking. Slashdot. Q&A. Ever.

I got a +5 rated question about whether Mayday would support term limits on congress, and you didn't even fucking ask it and Larry sure as hell didn't say anything to indicate Mayday's stance on it.

Also, in the first video he sidestepped the answer about corporations making movies and writing books about candidates. Citizens United was a fucking LLC that made a political documentary, that's what Mayday is ostensibly fighting against. So don't fucking tell me that political documentaries would be unaffected.

And what the hell are vouchers going to fix when incumbents will end up receiving most of them anyway? Voters will just give their money to the person whose name they know. Its not going to stop old fossils from getting reelected to congress until they die.

This was a fucking promotional video created by Dice for Mayday PAC.

It sure as hell wasn't Lawrence Lessig answering my (or anyone else's) questions.

about three weeks ago
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Bye Bye Aereo, For Now

JWW Re: They where acting like the cable co / CATV (93 comments)

The charges that OTA channels get to charge cable companies a purely a protection racket. THAT is what should have been made illegal, not Aereo!

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

JWW Citizens United (308 comments)

Mr. Lessig,

Since it seems that your PAC espouses the belief that Citizens United is a horrible supreme court ruling, and noting that the key product of the Citizens United LLC was a Documentary, and also noting that almost all documentaries are backed by or produced by corporations of one form or another; aren't you explicitly calling for the total prohibition of political documentaries in our political system? Also, is the publishing by major corporations (this includes all publishing companies) of books that are about politicians or from politicians required to be banned to take money out of politics?

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

JWW Term Limits (308 comments)

Mr. Lessig,

Have you considered the potential side effect that if you are successful in removing "money from politics"? You will likely end up enormously empowering the position of incumbency, establishing a ruling class that once elected, no one will have the capabilities to truly mount a successful campaign against.

Incumbents have huge benefits and a large number of tools to communicate to the voters (who are of course their constituents, so they can even justify it).

My great fear is that campaign finance reform will do nothing to stem the tide of permanent, lifetime, politicians dominating our system. Even in the worst election for incumbents in a half century (2010) over 80% of incumbents won.

Will you support and make your backed candidates support a constitutional amendment to create and enforce term limits on members of Congress?

If Mayday can't support term limits, then I can't support it. In fact I may feel compelled to fight against it. I don't even really want money out of politics if it leads to lifetime memberships in Congress for the lucky ones that achieve office once, and then never lose again until they die.

about a month ago
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Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

JWW Re:Nothing new to see here. (209 comments)

You think the Fairness Doctrine would have prevented incumbents from having an advantage?!!?

That's rich.

The leading factor in taking out incumbents has been, like it or not, the Tea Party. The Tea Party is largely fuled by and supported by talk radio. The same talk radio that would't exist if the "Fairness Doctrine" were still in place.

It wasn't until after the "Fairness Doctrine" was removed that we could truly see and realize how horrible and awful an impact it had on free speech and expression in this country.

about a month ago
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Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

JWW Re:Nothing new to see here. (209 comments)

Correct. Plus if campaign finance reform is achieved and campaign speech becomes subject to severe limits, then incumbents will hold a massive and largely unassailable power to dominate campaigns over newcomers.

And with incumbency being a root cause to many of the problems in Washington, I won't support this PAC either until they make term limits a core part of the reforms they are calling for.

about a month ago
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US Supreme Court Invalidates Patent For Being Software Patent

JWW Yesssssss! (220 comments)

About damn time!

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

JWW Ummm (364 comments)

Google, how the fuck is this not evil?

about a month ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

JWW Re:A new Monoculture? (396 comments)

Then genetically engineering new strains of bananas is a good thing, no?

about a month ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

JWW Curious (422 comments)

I wonder how long it will take FWD.us to feel like they're paying to much to their American born Data Scientists and strive to replace them with H1B visa holders? Is that phase 6?

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

JWW Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

WHAT??!

Brat is actually the poster child for "getting the money out of politics." Cantor had him outspent 4 to 1. He was the little guy in this race.

From what I've heard about him, he's also very libertarian leaning. I think libertarian leaning Republicans have a bright future. I think the old guard and the social conservatives will have a hard time against them in the future as well.

about a month ago

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