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Satellites Reveal Hidden Features At the Bottom of Earth's Seas

Paleolibertarian Re:Dive! Dive! Dive! (54 comments)

How deep is a league? 5.55600 kilometers.

about three weeks ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

Paleolibertarian Like I want them to know where I am 24x7... (137 comments)

Which I don't. If I need them I'll call them. Only an idiot want's to be tracked.

Edwin

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Paleolibertarian Re:Very simple (635 comments)

My KA-BAR

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Paleolibertarian Re:How about your employer? (635 comments)

I still have a copy of SmartCam 3D. It's fun to program a 5 Axis machine.

about 2 months ago
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DOJ Complains About Getting a Warrant To Search Mobile Phones

Paleolibertarian Re:Scumbags, the lot of them. (178 comments)

Democracies fail because at base they are simply two wolves and one sheep voting on what's for dinner. The founders fully understood this which is why they created a republic. Eventually the Democrats showed up and became a force for "democracy" which is de-facto what we now have. We now have a democratic polity that votes to keep the good times rollin which means that with more wolves than sheep eventually you run out of sheep. Then the cannibalism starts which is very near where we are now.

I'm so glad that I am old and not that far from death so I can just sit back comfortably like a wolf and watch the chaos unfold in a splendid spectacle as the various interest groups fight over the few remaining productive scraps while the debt continues to mount. The really BIG wolves hold those debts and eventually they will battle it out for domination. This assumes that there doesn't come a new world revolution but that probably won't come until the last of the BIG wolves have died out, civilization is completely crushed and ground down to ashes. Without the abundance of natural resources the previous great civilization took advantage of, it will be very difficult for any new civilization to make much of itself.

Yes. Interesting times we live in. Very interesting times indeed.

Edwin

about 6 months ago
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US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

Paleolibertarian Re:Be careful what you wish for... (535 comments)

And somehow you have missed my point that whenever the government gets involved it is to the detriment of the consumer who cannot afford to employ lobbyists and other influence peddlers that the large corporations can.

about 9 months ago
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US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

Paleolibertarian Be careful what you wish for... (535 comments)

I have heard numerous arguments for so called "Net Neutrality" over the years but think about it. Do you really want the government forcing telecoms to treat ALL web traffic the same? Would that mean the lowliest customer gets the same bandwidth as the greatest? Just how much do you want to socialize the internet? Sure it seems like a small imposition, just to make sure they open all ports and don't throttle any. But eventually there will be special internet channels that come from the government at higher speed. Just so big-brother's face (or your J. Random Politician) can make sure everyone has unfettered access to official government sources.

Given the antics of the NSA and your favorite monolithic internet company collecting your data, allowing the government even more control over the internet seems a bit foolhardy.

Eventually it will work out so that even in small markets there will be more than one ISP. Pressure from consumers is already putting the brakes on some more monopolistic legislation in Kansas http://tech.slashdot.org/story.... A lot of people now have the choice to go to another ISP if they find some ports being blocked or "shaped" (doublespeak for throttled). When enough people switch, the offending ISP gets the message that they shouldn't be doing that.

If the government forces net neutrality then there will be less need for competition and less competition means worse service in the long run. It's much better in the rodeo than the stockyards.

about 9 months ago
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New Ford Mustang May Have Electronic "Burnout" Button

Paleolibertarian Re:lock front brakes + accelerate (290 comments)

We never had anything with enough power to break anything. We had to go to the strip and watch the nitro boys blow shit up.

about 10 months ago
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New Ford Mustang May Have Electronic "Burnout" Button

Paleolibertarian Re:lock front brakes + accelerate (290 comments)

This used to be called line lock. For 1/4 milers it was a help to get the engine revved up to the torque band while heating the rubber on the tires to get better traction. When the green light comes on you release the brakes and go.

When I was a kid we got tickets for negligent driving if we squealed the tires. The cops will have fun with this.

about 10 months ago
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After FDA Objections, 23andMe Won't Offer Health Information

Paleolibertarian Re:good riddance (146 comments)

Perhaps this is why the FDA put the kabosh on it. I am for the free market but providing misleading or wrong interpretation is not a good thing. Since they'll be providing the raw data perhaps a market for a better analysis will spring up. Hopefully in another country beyond the gentle protections of the FDA.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It?

Paleolibertarian Re:NSA (251 comments)

Wouldn't a local caching DNS server solve that problem? Once a lookup is in the local cache there wouldn't be any DNS latency. Only new lookups would be delayed.

about a year ago
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Book Review: The Internet Police

Paleolibertarian Re:"libertarian and criminal elements" ??? (27 comments)

That the media in general is conflating Libertarian with criminal activities is more a sign of the general public being brainwashed in the government indoctrination camps (public schools) to believe that security is preferable to liberty.

about a year ago
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We're Number 9! US Broadband Speeds Rise, But Slower Than Many Other Countries'

Paleolibertarian Re:LESS government, NOT more! (355 comments)

AHA! Another product of the government monopoly on education. The Idea that left to themselves vendors would "game the system" to the detriment of the consumer is actually MORE prevalent under government granted monopolies that otherwise. It is up to the consumer to be aware of what he/she is getting for their money. However, people have been lulled into the false belief that the government is the great protector.

Corporations, without the involvement of government via corporate shield laws, tend to be evil because the individual stockholders are shielded from the evil actions of the corporation. Without this shielding, every owner would be liable for the wrongdoing and would take steps to prevent the evil. Corporations are inherently inhuman because, by law, a corporation is a "person" and that person is only entity liable for damages cause by the actions of the corporation. Only in cases of clear criminality can individuals be held liable while the stockholders have no liability at all.

You should pull your head out of the governments collective ass and learn how things work in the real world before you spout more of the drivel in your post.

Edwin

about a year ago
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We're Number 9! US Broadband Speeds Rise, But Slower Than Many Other Countries'

Paleolibertarian LESS government, NOT more! (355 comments)

Hasn't the government caused enough problems with granting monopolies to telecom companies. The whole industry needs to be totally deregulated. With deregulation comes competition and with competition comes better service and lower prices. The total over-regulation of telecom is the reason we have such lackluster service and higher costs. Telecom companies who have limited competition don't fear raising prices and don't need to improve service in order to attract new customers. Costs to business can be prohibitive. I still have clients that are still using ADSL (1.5 down and .5 up) because that's all they can get and that costs about $60/mo. Another has cable at 5/1 for $80/mo in a second office while the home office has decent cable from a different provider gets 50/4 which costs $200/mo and runs a VPN link between offices which is almost useless but at least they can get Terminal Services in the satellite office but the users complain a lot. Their only other choice is ADSL from AT&T which in a small town is only good for some light surfing and email assuming you have a lot of time.

Because governments limit the choices and regulate prices in a lot of cases we have crappy service. Can you imagine what it would be like if internet service were socialized? This country is already bankrupt. Can you imagine what a cluster f**k ObamaNet would be like? How about in Detroit?

Are you for real? Give me a break!

Remember, any government powerful enough to give you everything you want is powerful enough to take it all away!

Edwin

about a year ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

Paleolibertarian Anyone remember the KIM-1 (587 comments)

Before I got my IMSAI (used) i had a KIM-1 which had 4 KB of ram on a 6502 microprocessor, a hex keypad and a 4 digit 7-segment numeric display. The built in ROM bios on the board could create some funky hex letters to make it show HEX.

Spent a lot of time playing Hunt the Wumpus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KIM-1

about a year ago
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Obama Reveals Climate Change Plan

Paleolibertarian Re:A good start, but too mild. (577 comments)

I'll assume that the RIAA is something other than the Recording Industry Association of America. But I presume that you are talking about some regulatory body.

The fact that electricity bills have not gone up in 10 years, assuming that is true, is the result of the regulation of the electricity producers even in the face of their fuel costs increasing. The result is, profits get squeezed. while this situation can continue for some time it will eventually result in the company in question being forced out of business because of profit margins being to low to support the company. Then because the socialists in power must assure low cost electricity the government will have to socialize or subsidize or even take over the production of electricity. The true costs will be passed on to taxpayers which means that the electricity will be paid for by the people who pay the most in taxes as a result of the progressive tax system. This is all econ 101 but then politicians could never be accused of knowing anything about economics.

about a year ago
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Obama Reveals Climate Change Plan

Paleolibertarian Re:Obama calls it like he sees it (577 comments)

There's enough "stupid" which comes from both parties in roughly equal proportion. To paraphrase Martin Luther, Stupid depends on who's party is being gored.

BTW, I'm an anarcho-capitalist Libertarian.

I heartily accept the motto,—“That government is best which governs least;” and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I also believe,—“That government is best which governs not at all;” and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.
—Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

about a year ago
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Obama Reveals Climate Change Plan

Paleolibertarian Re:Why cap emisions? (577 comments)

The AGW is an hypothesis? Sure but there is no actual peer-reviewed proof of the AGW theory.

AGW is much more akin to a religion. A religion is a belief in something without any proof that the belief is true. There is no scientific consensus. All of the so called proof has been disproved by reputable scientists. But then what would one expect of the U.N. IPCC? Like any good religion no amount of proof against or lack of proof for the belief will have any effect on true believers.

Since we now have a true believer in the Whitehouse and a rubber-stamp liberal legislature we get stupid laws hoping to reduce the non-pollutant CO2 at great expense to utilities and consumers in the form of higher costs. I am NOT a conservative. I am a Libertarian and a lay scientist. I am also an atheist because there is no proof that a god exists. I.E. I am not a believer in things which are invisible and have no physical properties that can be measured or proven scientifically. But then most people don't understand science and couldn't distinguish fact from belief if their life depended on it which is frequently the case. I.E. God will not protect me from the evils of men or from my own foolish actions. God will not save you if you jump off a tall building without a parachute anymore than god will feed all of the people who will starve in the cold because of the actions of AGW believers.

In fact there is much historical and scientific data that shows quite the opposite of all the dire predictions of the AGW cultists. More CO2 in the air stimulates plant growth and extends the growing season in areas closer to the planets poles. There is no proof that more CO2 causes the so-called greenhouse effect. In fact the ice cores that the IPCC says shows an association between CO2 and higher temps actually upon closer examination show that higher temps PRECEED the increases in global CO2. There is a much greater association between solar radiation and higher global temps but the AGW cultists downplay this evidence by tweaking the weighting down of any data against AGW statistically to support their preconceived belief.

I could go on but again, like any good religion no amount of proof against or lack of proof for the AGW belief will have any effect on true believers.

I fully expect that the mostly true believers that seem to be on /. will also dismiss what I have said. Philosophically, it is impossible to prove a negative, but the lack of such proof doesn't mean that AGW is any more real than astrology. Any good scientist knows this. The proponents of AGW know this also but they are being foolish at best and dishonest at worst.

Edwin

about a year ago

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