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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

SourceFrog Re:Let me FTFY (294 comments)

The problem isn't "speech" - the penalties against Tesla if they attempt to violate these laws by simply selling cars to members of the public, are not "speech" - they're a form of state-sponsored violence.

about a week ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

SourceFrog Re:re ext support (183 comments)

Fact: Win 8.1 is a giant step in tying a cloud service/tracking account for all that you now do in their OS

But here's the thing: Even after Windows' recent "giant steps" in the direction of spying on you like Google does, they are still nowhere even near even 2% of the amount of spying Google's products already do on you now, today.

about a week ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

SourceFrog Re:Only happens... (366 comments)

Me, I think the majority just lack morals.

about a week ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

SourceFrog Re:Only happens... (366 comments)

You're pretty fucking stupid then

That'll win hearts and minds in a political debate. (Though I happen to agree with you.) Voting either Republican or Democrat is a sign of either ignorance, or a lack of personal ethics.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

SourceFrog Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (836 comments)

So, let me get this straight.... the only thing that used to stop the issues with Capitalism was the government stepping in, but it's socialist if the government stops companies now so we can't do that

"Government" is not some uniform thing with uniform intentions, it's a group of people drafting policy. So in fact, you can have both government for the people (socialism) or government for the corporations (NOT capitalism, but corporatocracy). Corporatocracy and Socialism represent different types of government. They both happen to use the word "government" but they're quite different in nature.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

SourceFrog Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (836 comments)

You can call it whatever you want,

Not really; words have specific meanings. Either something is capitalism or it isn't, and we have to call things what they actually are. What we have now is increasing Corporatocracy, which by definition is a decrease in Capitalism. Many people confuse the former for the latter, but this is no accident, as there are ongoing deliberate attempts to confuse the public about the origin of the problem ... by spewing out propaganda that 'unregulated Capitalism' is the cause, they socially engineer the public to demand "regulation", when in fact they own the legislators who draft the regulations that carefully and cunningly just grant them further consolidation of power and artificial protection by the government.

about a week ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

SourceFrog Re:re ext support (183 comments)

Yeah, I hate Microsoft as much as the next guy, but I'd rather pay for an OS that doesn't spy on me than have a "free" one that does. Each to their own though .. some people are either happy to make that trade-off (which I can understand) or prefer to live in ignorance of it.

about a week ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

SourceFrog Re:I live in Worcester and would welcome competiti (232 comments)

This sounds to me like a case of two competing corporatocracies that both want exclusive control of a market. There are no 'good guys'.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

SourceFrog Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

I was going to say the same thing, but more politely. Patents are evil, destructive, harmful, unethical. If you're using them, you should do some introspection on your value system.

about a week ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

SourceFrog Re:Missing option (219 comments)

Even during the Dark Ages, civilization did not "end". People continued to live, trade, work, travel, invest, invent, discover, chat, create art, hang out in the local pub, debate things, marry, have children, there was still an economy and still jobs - in any objective definition of the word, "civilization" continued quite well even through the Dark Ages. Objectively, in the grand scheme of things, the Dark Ages (and other notable 'regressions') were just very tiny bumps on an otherwise overall trend of extraordinary general progression - it is simply impossible to escape this fact. 20,000 years ago we were doing scarcely more than living in caves and grunting around fires with stone tools. Now we've landed on the moon, routinely send robotic probes to ever corner of the solar system (and even now beyond), we watch live streaming video from video cameras orbiting our space station, we have thousands of jet liners in the air at any given time. Regression, schmregression - only in limited narrow perspectives are such small regressions all-defeating to the spirit.

I enjoy cynicism as much as the next guy, but if I have to be truly objective, it is just impossible to escape that the situation is not as pessimistic as it seems. Never in human history have we had such a large relatively educated population globally, with so much excess economic product to do interesting things like colonize other systems. Will there be bumps along the way? Of course - count on it - but overall, objectively, global civilization is in the best shape it's ever been. We've never had so many universities, so much research, so many engineers, so many doctors, so many scientists. Yes, there is a lot of depressing news, and yes there are global risks - but those risks are all the more reason to hedge our bets by aiming for (in the longer-run - e.g. 100 years) truly self-sustaining colonies on multiple planets.

Mars is considerably less hospitable

Sure it's not paradise, and yes it won't be easy - but objectively, we have the technology *already*, and the means to create a small sustainable colony in the coming decades. There is nothing stopping us but collective will. That fact should be heartening and exciting to even the most jaded cynics (of which I count myself).

about a week ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

SourceFrog Re:More feminist FUD (238 comments)

Modded down for posting a fact, wtf

about a week ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

SourceFrog Re:Missing option (219 comments)

if we'd just not invaded Iraq, we would have had enough money to fund at least 100 manned Mars missions

Another way to look at cost: US annual GDP is over $17 trillion. Even a worst-case cost estimate of a manned Mars mission would be just 0.2% of just one year's gross economic product (or, 0.05% of global economic product). The idea that it's insanely expensive and unaffordable is simply not backed up by facts. War, on the other hand, is insanely expensive and destructive.

about a week ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

SourceFrog Re:Missing option (219 comments)

You're welcome to offer evidence to back up the idea that civilization is about to "implode", but honestly, I think that is unlikely .. civilization may stumble here and there, as if on a bumpy road, and it will pick up a few bumps and bruises, but "civilization" is overall doing very well and has been more or less progressing very well for at least 10,000 years - and we're now in a better position than ever in all of human history to consider starting to colonize other planets. We have the technology, and we have the money - the only thing we're waiting for is for enough like-minded people to just get stuck in and do it. The estimated cost of a manned Mars mission is in the low 'tens of billions' - we spent trillions just in the last 'War on Iraq' - if we'd just not invaded Iraq, we would have had enough money to fund at least 100 manned Mars missions. So yes, space travel is more than easily affordable.

about a week ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

SourceFrog Re:the solution: (651 comments)

So it won't hinder the cops ability to do their jobs if their guns were bright pink? I wager it's a LOT easier for a criminal to aim at someone carrying a bright pink gun in anything but the most brightly lit conditions.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

SourceFrog Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

The biggest irony is that nobody seems to care about actual dangers that actually harm children - for example, one of the top causes of teen death is suicide, and a major contributing cause is bullying - there is neither an outcry, nor political effort to even try come up with solutions - we cry "ZOMG think of the children oh noes, ban encryption and implement government surveillance" while simultaneously daily shuttling our depressed victimized alienated kids into the very school system that will inflict so much abuse on them that they commit suicide, without thinking anything of it, just telling them to "ignore" what is inflicted on them.

about three weeks ago
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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

SourceFrog Re: Mozilla is looking for new sources of revenue (106 comments)

It's simple, Google will renew the deal only if they calculate it benefits them to do so. Several years ago when nobody used Chrome and Firefox was a major browser they stood to benefit strategically from the search engine placement - however, it was a trojan horse, as with every search result delivered, came a blaring "Install Chrome" message. The long-term goal was to kill Firefox and always has been, to achieve dominance, as once they have majority browser share they can push all their own stuff and apply their mass surveillance on a large scale.

Depending on whose figures you believe, Chrome is probably now at around 45%, and Firefox at 20% ... so it's not a total coup yet, but Google's hand is much stronger now, Firefox's much weaker, there is less benefit to Google from the partnership. I'm guessing the partnership will still be of value to them but they may renew on a lower amount (I don't know where that $300 million claimed figure comes from as I doubt they publish this info but perhaps I'm wrong).

Unfortunately for all of us we're headed back to the situation we were in when Internet Explorer was at 90%, except with Chrome. IE6 was garbage but at least it didn't spy on everything you did. A healthy environment is one where no particular browser or OS is dominant.

about three weeks ago
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Interview With Facebook's Head of Open Source

SourceFrog "talk openly, develop openly" (29 comments)

The TODO group's motto. If the members of this group really cared about "talk openly, develop openly", they would release all their collectively owned software patents into the public domain. Until then, open source means 'you fix bugs for us, we still own the patents on the final product'.

about three weeks ago
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Interview With Facebook's Head of Open Source

SourceFrog Re:PR Stunt (29 comments)

Sorry for typos, 'parent cartels' should be 'patent cartels'

about three weeks ago
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Interview With Facebook's Head of Open Source

SourceFrog Re:PR Stunt (29 comments)

In some ways, it's worse than just a PR stunt, because patents effectively neutralize many of the benefits of open source - this effectively allows these companies like Google andF B to recruit developers to fix their bugs for free, while they make billions from the improved software - because they know the fact that it's open source doesn't matter when the big software 'parent cartels' own all the patents and cross-license, ring-fence and regulate to keep real competition out the market anyway. The serfs work for free while the lords live the high life.

Abolishing software patents would do more to benefit the software industry (and everyone on earth) than making every last piece of code open source.

about three weeks ago

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