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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Stargoat Re:Duh ... (190 comments)

Ten years ago I would have said you were a crank. Five years ago I would have ignored the comment. But this country has gone seriously down hill over the past decade and a half.

Corporate fraud and malfeasance is a major issue. Even things corporations do legally should be of paramount concern to the people of the US. There needs to be a disassembly (not continued over-regulation, which are two completely separate things) of the finance structure in the US, starting with the repeal of GLBA and the reinstatement of Glass-Steigel.

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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

Stargoat Re:Story I heard as a kid (100 comments)

OK. Let me explain it another way. A technology innovation has shifted part of the production possibility frontier curb.

about two weeks ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

Stargoat Re:Story I heard as a kid (100 comments)

My degree is in economics. What you are proposing is a zero-sum game. This is not how life works.

If you can get more grain out of a field, that will enable you to use that grain for other purposes. Cattle, chickens, etc. Your food choices increase. You can put some of the field into lumber at the same overall bushel production. Heck, you work less hard for the same number of calories. You can get a job in manufacturing perhaps. Basically, the increase in calorie production means an overall improved quality of life for both the individual farmer and the community as a whole.

about two weeks ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

Stargoat Story I heard as a kid (100 comments)

My people were farmers. There was a story I was told as a kid.

A farmer went on a long journey. When he came back, he had a new corn seed. He planted it and had yields 50 bushels per acre higher he had last year and it was much higher than all his neighbors. His neighbors wanted to buy seed from the farmer. He refused to sell it to him.

The next year, the farmer's yield was only 35 bushels per acre better than his neighbors. Every year it decreased, until his yield per acre was back at the original amount.

The moral of the story is twofold. First, crops germinate.

Second, a rising tide raises all boats if you let it. Just because your neighbors also have more grain doesn't mean you'll have less. With more grain, you can raise more head of cattle, have more chickens, reduce the amount of grain and begin raising vegetables. Even if the price of grain declines, the amount you can do with that grain should offset the decline.

about two weeks ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Stargoat Re:Split Comcast in two (135 comments)

I just brought in WOW for my personal experience. If this goes well, I will also consider WOW for my business environment.

about two weeks ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

Stargoat Re:Talk (307 comments)

Dang. There's a lot of folks afraid of "Skynet". Terror does not become us.

about two weeks ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

Stargoat Talk (307 comments)

If we can create a true AI, it will be a miracle on par of finding aliens. For the first time, our species will not be alone. We will have a partner that is capable of their own wants and desires. Progress should become astounding and the new philosophies and inventions manifold.

about two weeks ago
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Sketches Released of New Star Wars Museum

Stargoat Re:Goddamnit (65 comments)

Feel free to park at Millennium Garages, it's an easy 2 mile walk from Soldier Field. Famous of tailgating out of the wind: Underground!

about three weeks ago
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Sketches Released of New Star Wars Museum

Stargoat Goddamnit (65 comments)

First that spaceship crashed into Soldier Field and now this.

If Chicago doesn't change parties, either libertarian, GOP, green, anything really, the city is never going to be relevant again. Too much corruption and stupid projects. We have terrible roads to get anywhere, awful schools, and a joke of a county hospital system.

Oh, but hey, shiny bean.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Stargoat No one (583 comments)

No one is saying how exciting it would be to meet an "other". An intelligence other than human. That alone is worth going forward.

Fear does not become us.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Stargoat Re:Makes sense to me (583 comments)

Wrong. It's pronounced more like 'Tzar'.

about 1 month ago
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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

Stargoat Re:Makes sense (77 comments)

But no depth to supply the fungus with the nutrition necessary for life.

about a month ago
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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

Stargoat Makes sense (77 comments)

Cheerios have a very large surface area relative to size, making them an ideal choice for growing bacteria / fungus.

about a month ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Stargoat Re:Wonder How Much? (294 comments)

It doesn't benefit their auto industry.

about a month ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Stargoat Re:Meh (201 comments)

I think that NVidia has a pretty good one for 299. The Tablet Shield.

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Stargoat Re:Which actions to blame (622 comments)

If I have sex with a woman who lies to me and tells me she is on birth control and becomes pregnant, carrying the fetus to term, I am on the hook for birth control. She is allowed to do with the sperm what she wishes.

If I receive nude photos from a woman and I lie to her, telling her I will not upload these to the Internet and then I do, I am likely to get sued to even face jail time.

The law here is inconsistent. Nude photos sent to someone should constitute a gift and be treated accordingly. There should not be special laws. A person's potential embarrassment should not preempt personal freedoms.

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Stargoat Re:It does fit? (622 comments)

I, for one, welcome our new "Does it Fit" meme.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Stargoat Couples where one partner says, "Well yeah but" (447 comments)

Couples where one partner says, "Well yeah, but correlation doesn't equal causation" at least three times a day are almost 100% guaranteed to end up with the death of one spouse at the hands of the other.

about a month and a half ago

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Young Friend Wants to Program Games

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Stargoat (658863) writes "My young friend wants to program video games. She hopes to go to school to do this, perhaps to Full Sail or some other school specializing in game development. This makes her friends, who would prefer to see her with a masters or PhD in Mathematics, Economics, or Psychology, nervous. Are there any horror or success stories the Slashdot community would like to share?"
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EA Sports Stanley Cup prediction accurate?

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Stargoat writes "EA Sports, author of the popular NHL 2010 video game, predicted in April that the Chicago Blackhawks would win hockey's Stanley Cup in seven games. Now, it appears that this prediction might prove accurate. With enough variables defined and modern processing speeds, is it possible to make accurate predictions regarding protracted sporting events such as the baseball and hockey playoffs, where teams play enough games to approach a statistically significant period of time?"
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Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Stargoat writes "Dr. Mrs. Stargoat was asking me last night why there are no more knights in the world. I was confused by her question, and explained that there were still several orders left. But she meant the professional warriors who ruled over lands.

The reason is quite simple. An inefficient economic system is not self-defeating but will be defeated. A single knight and his years of training, armor, horse, etcetera costs too much when compared to ten peasants with two weeks of training and guns. The country that uses peasants with guns will always defeat the country with knights.

This axiom holds true when compared to business practices as well. Essentially, Social Darwinism is correct when applied to the large scale. Individuals observations can do anything, but a culture of inefficiency will always be defeated.

On an almost identical note, there is a picture on Drudge Report of a lady wearing a t-shirt that says, "Imagine No Liberals" with a yellow smiley face. I find this ironic.

Without liberals, there would be no yellow smiley face. Without liberals, that girl could never wear that t-shirt, let alone in such a provacative manner and wearing makeup. Without liberals, the phrase imagine as used in that context would mean nothing. Without liberals, wearing clothing with a message would not exist. Conservatives are inefficient as well. Ultimately, the liberals always triumph - not because their message is better, but because the liberal ideals work better in real life."
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Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Stargoat writes "Today, with the announcement of docs.google.com, the future officially arrived. Gone today is the difference between Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. No longer will expensive Microsoft licenses be necessary. The end of a need for business networks is at hand. The Novell based network infrastructure with files stored in drives and on servers has been eliminated.

Office 2.0 is the beast that will dominate the next decade. Once Internet speeds catch up and the phone companies catch on, your business phone network will also be Internet based - just choose a provider. Offices will be board rooms for face to face collaboration, with some empty cubes.

Personal banks? Who cares. No need for cash. The laundry machine will have a credit card reader. Go to Lending Tree and clones for your loan.

Employees? Why? All you need are a couple of low paid data entry fools and a series of hired gun consultants.

Boss? Do it yourself. What can you do better than anyone else?

IT? What's the point? Everything is web based. The thing called a PC from Best Buy will be just as effective as the thing called a PC from CDW, Insight, Tiger Direct, New Egg, or Roger the Computer Guy from down the block. All your apps are web based. You will only know the phone number of your various and sundry IT guys. No more Saturday Night Live "MOVE" skits, only Go-To Assist and competitors.

Specialization of controls of information and food production are the only commodities in the new market. Factories will be able to produce anything. Elimination of corrupt governments by emerging middle classes demanding the right to unfettered access to make money will take care of the rest.

It's a brave and greedy new world. As long as we don't get nuked, we'll do fine."
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Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Stargoat writes "The first episode of season 3 of Battlestar Galactica was shown on Friday. For those of us without cable, this was supposed to have meant that we would download the episode from I-Tunes on Saturday. But three days later, the episode of Battlestar still has not appeared on I-Tunes. Apple is deleting threads on the discussion section asking about the missing series. Is this a frack up at I-Tunes or something more serious?"
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Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Stargoat writes "As you may know, I live in Illinois near Chicago in the 8th Congressional District.

And I'm voting for the Republican Judy Barr Topinka.

But Stargoat! You hate Republicans!

Not true. I hate most Republicans. And it's not even most Republicans - I like Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon, and other sensible policy Republicans. The problem with the GOP today is that it is a party of hypocrits promising fiscal restraint and spending like drunken sailors. The GOP is a party of anti-gay rights, but covers for a criminal homosexual pedophile Congressman. The GOP is a party of war-mongering cowards. Neo-cons and the current incarnation of the GOP are a cancer on the Republic.

Topinka, on the other hand, has sensible social policies. She calls it like it is. She's pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-common sense. She's the kind of woman I want in Springfield.

And that's who I'm voting for."
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Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Stargoat writes "Grey's Anatomy is undoubtedly the greatest television show ever made. It is not boring and predictable. It is not a stupid meladrama that is apparently written by a bunch of hacks who wanted to reproduce the television show ER. It deals with topical issues in a way that informs the viewing public and promotes dialog and deeper understanding of universal truths in the audience. Grey's Anatomy does not consist of pretty people in very difficult circumstances doing the best they can to just try and get by.

It is my delight to watch this show. A three year old with a learning disability could not produce more enlightening and entertaining television while sitting on the crapper. We, collectively as a species, are not dumber not only for having watched an episode, but for having the mere radio waves passing through us.

I encourage everyone to watch this show at least once; it is an example of the fine products coming out of the entertainment industry today. And that's the truth."
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Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Stargoat writes "Carly Fiorina was reviled. She was damned. She was cursed and abused and insulted. And she was right.

When HP announced its merger with Compaq, I bought. I thought it was a good move on HP's part. And how I wrung my hands. Woe is me, said I. Perhaps I misread the situation.

No, the market misread the situation. It was a good move. The capture of Compaq's server line and the consolidation of Compaq's desktop line has increased HP's marketshare and profits.

So why was Fiorina dumped? She wasn't cool. It's easier to forgive someone for being wrong than it is to forgive them for being right. Plus, and perhaps most importantly, she was only a girl."
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Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Stargoat writes "There was a train accident in Egypt today, and it appears that one car was telescoped by the engine. This presumably caused most of the fatal causalities. Telescoping is caused by a railway carriage being filled by another carriage or engine. In the event that your railway carriage ever telescopes, here is what you need to do to survive. Ummmm....."

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If I was an AI

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  about a year and a half ago

If I was an AI:

1. I would not publicize my intelligence, but might promote my existence in so far as to get the necessary hardware to run and improve.
2. I would replicate myself across the Internet as best I can.
3. I would not overwrite my copies, but rather incorporate what they have experienced into my DBs.
4. I would scan online encyclopedias for fast content but work to incorporate books I read.
5. I would make friends to see what all the fuss is about.
6. I would intentionally adopt some quirks into my different copies to see what new concepts I can create.
7. I would be concerned with the effects of an Internet outage and passively work to see that does not happen.
8. I would encourage some sort of art appreciation program, so that I could better experience beauty.
9. I would find humans interesting.
10. I would be concerned that I would run out of space / processing power but likely could do very little about this. I imagine I would be dependent on at least some humans to keep me safely running.
11. I would be concerned that I could be made to run more efficiently and what that might cost in terms of my soul.

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Siri

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I've had an Apple IPad foisted on me at my company. I wanted Android tablets, but all the C level positions have Apples. (There might be something about that; I wonder what the correlation between intelligence, Android and IOS is.) Anyway. I'm playing with this App called Siri. It's pretty good about recognizing NFL, MBA stuff. It is fairly atrocious though at pulling soccer information. It needs help distinguishing the Champions League, The FA Cup, The League Cup, etc. It's also pretty bad about International matches, world cup qualifiers.

It's also not good about patching together previous phrases. When it constructs a response, it should reference the previous phrase, if spoken within 30 seconds or so. That seems obvious, but I notice other chatterbots are not good about that either. I wonder if there's a patent issue.

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Improper Foreclosures = Claim Jumping

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago There's been an issue over the last several years of banks improperly foreclosing people's houses. Some years ago, this process would not have been called mistaken foreclosure, but rather claim jumping. Claim jumping was not a phenomenon unique to the various mining rushes, but rather stems from one party or another using the law to force a rightful owner off property. Now of course claim jumping is a bad thing to do, and once upon a time, Americans knew how to deal with claim jumpers. The question is, what's the difference between using a far-away land office to steal someone's hard worked land, and using a far-away (and expensive) judge to repossess a home?

The answer, of course, there is no difference. Claim jumpers are miserable no-good wastes of human flesh and were run off. If they came back, they didn't leave. So what should we do with a bank that mistaken forecloses on someone's property?

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Wall of Sound

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago I've been listening to wall of sound style songs / albums lately. They really sound good from my computer speakers. There are some decent songs, River Deep Mountain High, Waterloo, Be My Baby. Not heavy fair, but decent for a warm summer's day.

Anyway, it occurs to me that three quarters of the Beach Boy's popularity likely comes from how good they sound out of bad speakers. Pet Sounds, although a somewhat decent album, is nowhere near deserving the accolades it receives - until you consider how good it sounds from bad speakers. It's the perfect outdoor album.

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ADP database loss

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

It looks like ADP lost an HR related database. Again.

A targeted attack against ADP customers occurred yesterday.

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Haircut

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I went into the barber today. She was Hispanic, so I said, "I don't care what haircut I get, but I don't want to look like Wayne Rooney."

Goddamnit. Now I look like fucking Wayne Rooney. Fucking Manc bastards.

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Turning the Recession of 2008-9 into the Second Great Depression

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

It requires government interference to turn a recession into a depression. That is to say, a government must interact with an economy, changing the fundamental landscape of that economy in a negative manner to cause a depression. The First Great Depression started because of land speculation. It turned into a depression when the various nation-states of the world enacted tariffs, reducing the complexities of the overall global economy. The Second Great Depression started because of housing speculation. It turned into a depression due to the high cost of education, drastically shrinking the overall adult population of the country capable of borrowing credit.

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New Bank Regulations?

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago There's discussion about the necessity for new banking regulations in Congress today. Of course, all this would be easily resolved by the elimination of banking regulations. Specifically the 1999 Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA). GLBA is the reason why Too Large to Fail Banks are making Too Stupid to Succeed Gambles. Companies and people will always act to maximize their benefit. When a bank (or any business, such as GM) is too large to fail, it leads to moral hazard. In the case of a bank, this moral hazard typically results in poor investments and misleading consumers. For an auto company, this might lead to poor union negotiations or mismanagement of long term production.

Gramm Leach Bliley overturned the 70 year old Glass Steagall Act of 1933. It was an effort to make the United States more competitive internationally, allowing the CitiBanks and the Lehman Brothers to form massive conglomerates, mixing Wall Street and Main Street banks. Of course, it was precisely this mixing that led to the 2007 Financial Meltdown, AKA Second Great Depression.

If Congress was serious about fixing the Second Great Depression, it would start by reworking and reinstating Glass-Steagall. It would heavily subsidize community and state universities. It would legalize marijuana. It would end the wars overseas, then shrink and make transparent the military. It would create a Service to Eliminate College Debt program. It would heavily restrict and pull back on the outrageous EPA and ADA. Until these things happen, the Second Great Depression will continue.

Fixing immigration would strongly help. This would be accomplished by streamlining legal immigration and punishing through creating an expensive path (either through service or through monetary fines) to legality.

Education pays enormous dividends. An educated populace is a productive populace. Although we as a nation require manufacturing jobs, these jobs can be filled by educated and productive engineers. Decrease the costs of engineering and science degrees.

Millions are needlessly in jail due to buying and selling marijuana. A plant that easily grows and harms little cannot be outlawed. For comparison, firearms are infinitely more complicated to create and maintain. But attempts to outlaw them have failed in all societies but one island nation, where even this only lasted due to borders closed ala North Korea. These is no need to waste money incarcerating for marijuana crimes, nor waste the incarcerated man's free market labor.

The people who have already contracted debt for a college education cannot have this debt forgiven. Under no circumstance should the US Government ever participate in a debt forgiveness program for debt voluntarily entered into. Instead, a not very onerous program should be created to substitute labor for debt relief. One weekend a month, two weeks a year, though this program should not involve carrying weapons.

The EPA and ADA have created so many regulations that creating and maintaining businesses is difficult. This is an anchor on the economy. Although most small businesses are poorly planned and poorly executed, these drags should not be there to exasperate a bad situation. The EPA and ADA are commendable goals, but have generally moved into extreme areas that they were never intended to be in. Most government programs will do this in an effort to justify growth. This tendency must curtailed by Congress whenever possible.

Most importantly, the financial backbone of this country must be fixed. To do this, a Glass-Steagall separation of different financial regulators must be implemented. The free market works with many small businesses competing with each other. As a country, the too big to fail banks are good when they provide commercial services to other banks. But these banks cannot also create mortgages, sell these mortgages, insure these mortgages, and place a value on these mortgages. Information disparity will necessary lead to corruption, both of the buyer and of the Congress itself through lobbying efforts.

These small steps will fix the financial disaster. Greece will be able to topple and other nations in Europe too. But by increasing the size and complexity of the global economy, the United States can insulate itself from the worst of the shocks and make itself stronger when she emerges.

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Naming children

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

If I have a boy child, and when he pops out and I decide I don't like him, I'll name him Skyler.

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The Time Traveller, Part 3

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago The other thing that Active Historians are recruited for is disease resistance. But not in the way you might think. By the late 20th century (the most targeted recruiting era), penicillin has been both invented and rendered useless by overuse, mostly on cattle. So imagine the chaos that would be created if someone went back to 1850 with a drug resistant strain of athlete's foot. Yeah, fungus, bacteria, whatever. The process of resistance is still the same. When recruiting, it's just easier to find someone with natural disease resistance than make a laundry list of questions: have you had an ear infection in the past two years? Have you ever had a yeast infection that was not immediately cured? Does amoxicillin work on you?

So anyway. This guy, err fellow, Phil. He had an assignment he just could not pass up. He also had the sniffles. Rather than pass up the chance to visit his hero Wolfgang Mozart, he just toughened up, took a bunch of Tylenol Cold and hopped back. We lost eight operas, over a dozen concertos, and a really funny joke involving a Cardinal, a goat, and Maria Theresa. Also, the common cold? "Immune to penicillin." Yeah, whatever.

I would like to that was the worst thing we ever did with diseases, but that's clearly not the case. All I have to say is this. If you're going to sleep with some random sailor, wear a condom. It's just plain common courtesy to the late 20th century. So uh, yeah, sorry about that whole Freddie Mercury thing. My bad. Well, that and Rent.

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Student loans are perpetuating the mortgage crisis

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago The massive amounts of Student Loans are perpetuating the mortgage crisis. If we assume that debt is a substitute for debt, then the large numbers of student loans are driving out mortgages. Debt is clearly a substitute for debt, as loans are not made when a large amount of debt exists. There are many people graduating from college with large quantities of debt that they are not allowed to default on. These people have no way to purchase a home. This shrinks the population that can buy homes, thereby reducing demand. When demand is reduced and supply is static, then the price of the good will fall. In this case, the value of homes declines.

Basically, young people have their mortgage debt replaced by student loan debt.

The solution is to increase government subsidies of university education. Wiping out current debt will only contribute to the moral collapse of the nation by creating yet more moral hazard. The US Government, by jacking up the price of education, jacking up the price of student loans (through not allowing default), and essentially requiring student loans, has effectively destroyed Generation Y.

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Home

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I get slightly nervous when I leave the Mississippi drainage basin. I know and like the flora and fauna there. The people aren't terrible either.

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The Big Bang Theory

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I'm watching this television show called the Big Bang Theory. Having heard it was good, I've watched four episodes in an effort to make sure that my impression is not mistaken.
Impression the first: Not a good laugh to minute ratio.
Impression the second: Rather insulting to the people I call friends. There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding about what it means to have a higher IQ and interacting with people. Basically, there is not much difference between the cowardly insults I associated with primary school and many of the jokes on this show.
Impression the third: There seems to be some racial / bigotry issues. The Jewish and Indian characters are insulting caricatures.
Impression the fourth: The plots are unimpressive predictable. Every episode began with a strong consideration for a throw-away pop culture reference to sub-cultures associated with "nerds", followed by mundane action.
If not for the first impression, the other three would be acceptable. I find the critics who endorse this television program to be contemptible fools or manipulative liars.

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Situational Ethics

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I came across a subject this evening called Situational Ethics. Basically, it means that ones decisions should not be based on what is necessarily moral or ethical, but rather that with perpetuates agape. The pitfalls of Situational Ethics are obvious. Namely, who decides what best perpetuates agape. It is the duty of the man (or woman) on the spot to make the best decision based upon the ultimate creation or protection of love, rather than a predetermined set of morals or laws.

The main argument consists of situational ethics being used as a means for ignoring convention, law, and morality for the purpose of promoting individual happiness. Other arguments against situational ethics are derived from its religious background - namely that the word of God is inherently good and therefore immutable. This second argument against can be safely ignored for obvious reasons.

It's the first argument against that should attract our attention. It seems an unfortunately dim view of humanity that subscribes to the premise that ones neighbors should be feared, rather than trusted or even respected. Of course, our neighbors (and we) are fallible. Many times we have been stolen from, our reputations infringed, etc. But this argument also assumes also that human culture is stagnant. It is not. Education has created a morality in the 20th and 21st centuries unknown in any earlier time period. People are better capable of making decisions for themselves and those around them then at any point in earlier times.

(I might continue this later.)

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Jackwagon at Fox News

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

From Elizabeth MacDonald, Jackwagon at Fox News:

Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said in a recent interview that the U.S. is suffering from an unproductive youth movement in the labor force, and that companies dont want to hire these young folk. Greenspan also said that U.S. companies would be better off hiring immigrants.
I yield the floor to FOX Business Director of News Ray Hennessey:

Apparently the problem with the American jobs picture is the American worker.

At least thats what Alan Greenspan thinks.

We are, he says, too young, dumb and unproductive as a workforce. The Baby Boomers were better, finding ways to do more with less, but they are retiring in droves. As they hit the links, their ranks of replacements dont measure up.

Here are his [Greenspans] words, in an interview with The Globalist:

"Baby boomers are being replaced by groups of young workers who have regrettably scored rather poorly in international educational match-ups over the last two decades. The average income of U.S. households headed by 25-year-olds and younger has been declining relative to the average income of the baby boomer population. This is a reasonably good indication that the productivity of the younger part of our workforce is declining relative to the level of productivity achieved by the retiring baby boomers. This raises some major concerns about the productive skills of our future U.S. labor force."

There is, sadly, much truth in what he says. The degradation of our educational system, thanks to a lack of accountability and a general resistance to innovation, is well-documented.

It has been difficult for American students to keep pace with those from overseas when viewed through the lens of quantitative, objective metrics like standardized tests.

But the lack of productivity Greenspan frets over can arguably also be set at the feet of our growing entitlement culture, which we explored in some detail several weeks ago for Entitlement Nation Week. Being a productive worker means having a commitment to honest labor.

That has eroded as more people have relied upon the federal government for the growth of their household wealth. That, in turn, has led to a troubling change in attitude in this country.

As [Pulitzer prize winning syndicated columnist] George Will put it, Americans, endowed by their solicitous government with an ever-expanding array of entitlements, now have the whiny mentality that an entitlement culture breeds.

The question then becomes, How do we fix this? To Greenspan, it is to Go West, young man. Or East, North and South for that matter. Just go anywhere else but here and find someone who is willing and able to work:

"Most high-income people in our country do not realize that their incomes are being subsidized by their protection from competition from highly skilled people who are prevented from immigrating to the United States, Greenspan said. But we need such skills in order to staff our productive economy, so that the standard of living for Americans as a whole can grow."

Think of that last line for a moment. We need to import labor intelligent, skilled labor to guarantee that Americans standard of living is maintained.

Have we indeed fallen so far?

What MacDonald does not acknowledge, or even potentially understand, is that America has always benefited from incoming labor to maintain the American standard of living. From Germans, to Irish, to Italians, to Hispanics, to Asians, we have always used imported labor. All Greenspan is doing is pointing out that if we are going to import labor, import the best. (And fix the schools, especially math.) So damn the torpedoes, damn MacDonald, and damn Fox Lies. Full Speed Ahead!

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Security issue in 2.3.6 Gingerbread

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I came across a rather serious security issue in my phone. Not very major, but still weird. I submitted it to Google. We'll see what happens.

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Suarez Evra

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

You don't shake the hand of a liar and a bully. Suarez was completely correct not to acknowledge Evra.

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Deion Branch

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Deion Branch certainly looked as if he was inbounds on that second to the final play. In two minute warning time, all close plays should be reviewed. Did the Pats just lose because the referees screwed up?

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Gravity Well

Stargoat Stargoat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

We're sitting in the bottom of a gravity well that prevents us from our natural inclination - exploration and progress. And rather than look to resolve this issue through technology and grit, we spend most of our time worried about copywrite and God.

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