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On Independence for Scotland:

Stargoat Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (189 comments)

I am pleased that Scotland has the opportunity to vote for independence, but believe it would be a stupid decision. The UK is a large, important country in Europe. They have the ability to influence world decisions with an infrastructure built up across two world wars and the cold war. Should Scotland spin off, the Scots themselves will lose world influence.

2 days ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

Stargoat Re:Interesting what he chose not to answer (102 comments)

I find this show difficult to watch, because it seems to mock the people and groups I grew up with. I have since married and become a bit more "normal", giving up my D&D and video game habits. I do not like seeing my friends (and my self) mocked. I do not believe I have ever met people as lovely, self-effacing and generous as those called geeks.

Those would have been valuable questions to ask.

2 days ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Stargoat Re:Perspective (320 comments)

If you were not an Apple user, your argument, indeed your wants, might matter. But you have chosen your "walled garden" and you must enjoy it. The theme music for your "walled garden" is the latest U2 Album. Enjoy your Bono.

3 days ago
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Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

Stargoat Re:Good luck. Nice knowing you. (78 comments)

I'm not so sure about this. I could see an argument being made where the cell phone carrier blocked the service, and not the PRC government. Yes, the carrier was told to do so by the government (or CCP, which are not necessarily exactly the same thing). But, according to the PRC constitution, they are not allowed to censor needlessly. Rather than have the government lose face, the carrier is found to have needlessly censored.

I do not believe that this would cause any changes down the road, but this case in particular could be interesting.

about two weeks ago
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California Blue Whales Rebound From Whaling

Stargoat Re:Hopefully good news (91 comments)

hmmm. You're making me hungry, boy. I want to eat me some whale.

about two weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Stargoat Re:PL = Honorable Institution. (226 comments)

A response that might be expected from an Alabama asshole with eye holes cut out of his sheets.

So much for the most metropolitan league on the planet. Provincial idiots like yourself are only one step removed from the buffoons tossing bananas at players.

about 1 month ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Stargoat Re:PL = Honorable Institution. (226 comments)

So because Suarez is in the UK, when speaking in his native tongue, he uses a word that sounds like nigger, he is automatically a racist? This word negrito, btw, a word Suarez's grandmother still calls him.

So much for the most cosmopolitan league in the world. It's no wonder that all the best players are leaving for Spain. I never thought the country of Wilberforce would be so racist in the 21st century as to make the USA look tolerant in comparison.

about a month ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Stargoat Re:PL = Honorable Institution. (226 comments)

The Premier League / FA is a bunch of racists. The hitjob they did on Luis Suarez for the use of his non-offensive word negrito (ie blackie, a South American equivalent of calling someone Red) smacks of the worst of Jim Crow. England should and eventually will be ashamed of this.

The Premier League / FA should also be ashamed that they allow so much corrupt Russian money to go flowing into Chelsea. That football club was bought and paid for by the blood of the Russian people. They have allowed Abramovich, the good buddy of dictator Putin, to run riot with stolen money.

about a month ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

Stargoat Re:Interesting (322 comments)

And yes, Authoritarianism does make the trains run on time.

For a little while.

about a month and a half ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

Stargoat Re:Money pit (322 comments)

I think you might want to review your history. The first French attempt under La Société internationale du Canal interocéanique almost brought France to its knees. It also was in large part responsible for a disturbing wave of antisemitism that swept France, as Jews were blamed for so much of the corruption.

A Nicaragua canal would in many ways be better than a Panama canal. Although the distance is quite a bit longer, there would be less of a need for locks than are used on the Panama canal.

about a month and a half ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

Stargoat Re:Good (183 comments)

Well, yeah. Didn't you know that women are always right and men are always wrong? Heck, all men are rapists anyways. We'd be better off without that entire gender. But until then, we'll tolerate men at best.

And if you do not believe this, you are a neanderthal savage.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Stargoat Re:Legitimate concerns (282 comments)

It has not occurred to you that the hate directed towards Israel is a natural result of the actions the Israeli government has taken over the years? The wholesale slaughter, indeed genocide, of the Palestinian people? The high seas piracy they commit frequently with without consequence? The assassinations, the hit jobs, theft of land, war crimes, etc etc.

Don't create your anti-free speech stance entirely on your pro-Israel anti-Islam bigoted belief.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Stargoat Re:Legitimate concerns (282 comments)

Words have an impact.

In the case of bullying it has led to multiple deaths. In the case of terrorist advocacy, it has led to repeated violent/racist protests that has led to countless people getting hurt and in some cases dying. No one should have the right to advocate violence against all members of an ethnic group. Just look at what's happening in France.

What you are proposing abridges freedom of speech. If a person decides to jump off a bridge because someone called them fat, too bad. We should have learned as a society that restrictions on actions do not make us safer unless those particular necessarily lead directly to harm of others. Advocating violence against an ethnic group, while reprehensible, should be protected speech. Shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater necessarily leads directly to the harm of others, so restrictions are acceptable.

What invariably ends up happening is government takes too much control. Just look at what's happening in England (to Tottenham's Yid Army or the ridiculously racist hit job the FA did on Luis Suarez for using the perfectly acceptable by South American standards word negrito). If you give government power, they will abuse it. Every time. The question should be: is the abuse worth it? In this case, definitely not.

about a month and a half ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

Stargoat And... (296 comments)

And how much time was lost from (1) employees needing to learn a new system, (2) reintegrating email onto a new client platform, and (3) finding a new way to conduct patching. (Microsoft, for all their deficiencies, is better than its competitors at keeping patches up-to-date. I'm looking at you, Apple.)

I'm not saying that the move may not be correct in terms of dollars and sense, but please answer these questions before blowing sunshine up my ass.

about 2 months ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Stargoat Re:Biden is talking coding?? (225 comments)

Joe Biden is a bit of a buffoon, but that thing about firing a shotgun through a front door is taken out of context. He was referring to someone's question about hypothetical end of days where target ID rules likely aren't such a big deal.

Biden did actually advocated firing a warning shot through a window, which is illegal and presumably not during the end of days. Not very clever, Uncle Joe.

It's kind of like the Al Gore Internet stuff. I am not Al's biggest fan, but the guy never said anything about inventing the Internet. Al Gore was instrumental in getting the Federal Government to begin using the networks, particularly for check processing. He saved the taxpayers quite a bit of money by doing this. Gore was one of the first elected officials to really get what the Internet was going to do for society.

about 2 months ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

Stargoat Re:Silly season much (131 comments)

No, we're all just shocked that they sold their boys. If it was girls being sold, it would not have made the papers or attracted the attention of the Chinese cops.

about 2 months ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

Stargoat Baikal? (143 comments)

Didn't Remington import for a number of years shotguns from a Russian company called Baikal? They were terrible guns for any use other than a club, poorly balanced and an action that made an I beam look flexible. But if you wanted a gun to club someone with, a Baikal was an awesome choice. It made a hellagood club - stout and durable. Thing was built like a tank.

about 2 months ago
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A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

Stargoat Re:Um.... (120 comments)

Considering how many doctors used to inoculate for smallpox, a lot. There's probably envelopes containing spores in old collections. Hope they're dead.

about 2 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Stargoat Re: Land of the fee (702 comments)

Yeah. That flag pretty much no longer flies over the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Last time I went into a court house, I was required to remove my belt. Somehow, the US made it through a foreign invasion, a Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and absolutely massive social upheaval without requiring people to remove clothing to enter into courts of law. But a few jackasses drive airplanes into some buildings and it's goodbye liberty, hello 'safety'. This 100% safe nonsense is destroying the Republic. We are less safe than ever and we have done it to ourselves. Government is the problem with our security, not to the solution to it

about 2 months ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

Stargoat Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (341 comments)

Yeah, that's not really true. H-1B workers routinely get paid less than their American counterparts, and once hired, seldom get raises and never talk back.

At a big corporation with dozens of lawyers on staff or retainer, the costs of bringing on an H-1B are minimal.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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  |  about 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  |  about 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....."

Journals

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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  |  about 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  |  about 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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