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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

UPZ Need for long-term view of society (516 comments)

I hope that Mr. Gates sees that 'software replacing humans' even if accelerates is a problem only in the current model of capitalistic society. In this capitalistic society, humans have to compete with automation and software. We do have the resources to feed, clothe and shelter everyone on this planet. I think it's time to start talking about moving past a capitalistic economy. Otherwise, in search of never ending profits, we will destroy the people and environment around us.

about a month ago
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BP Finds Way To Bypass US Crude Export Ban

UPZ Inherent in nature (247 comments)

The goal of a corporation is to maximize profit at whatever cost to anyone else. The goal of a democratic government is to maximize the population's well being. The two are fundamentally opposed to each other by their very basic nature. But if you let the government run by people with a corporate mindset then it stops doing the job it was expected to do.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

UPZ Re: First blacks, (917 comments)

@Jane Yes, it's completely acceptable for a state to regulate prejudices. Much like state can regulate criminal behavior. There's no such thing as absolute freedom. Freedom is relative to what a democratically governed society thinks is acceptable, and there's nothing wrong with that.

about 2 months ago
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ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

UPZ Re:Netflix should know better (289 comments)

Cogent has a long history of instigating peering disputes with other networks. Normally I'd complain about Verizon's behavior but this is Cogent we're talking about. They have -zero- credibility.

I agree that Cogent is no saint, but the argument falls against Verizon here.

Verizon has a responsibility to the paying customer that Verizon do whatever peering is needed to deliver promised bandwidth. Why else does the customer pay Verizon - it's certainly not for access to Verizon's internal network. Granted, Verizon can't afford to peer with every mom-and-pop streaming service, but reasonable to expect peering with Cogent/Netflix when 30% of traffic on the internet is netflix. That's why an ISP is charges the end-user.

Now Verizon, being a near monopoly like Comcast, decides that it has leverage to double-dip. Verizon has a competing service in Redbox Instant, and it certainly is to Verizon's benefit that their competitor Netflix suffers. Proof is in that netflix has offered to put servers on Verizon's internal networks but Verizon is asking 10x the going rate. In other words, Verizon is trying to either a) extract exorbitant money from a competitor or b) degrade the competitor's service. Note, that other ISPs like TWC or google fiber or GreenLight don't seem to be having a problem, just Verizon.

This is why folks, it's an issue of principles of net neutrality and that monopolies should be tightly regulated (deliver traffic only, not content). To avoid conflicts of interest that result in harm to the end-user.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

UPZ Words (235 comments)

Are nice but only action means something. What happens six months from now when the topic is not making headlines?

about 2 months ago
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Ask The Linux Foundation's Executive Director Jim Zemlin What You Will

UPZ Libre for masses (58 comments)

What active effort being made to bring linux to the masses, and not just the technical few? Is there even such an organized plan in existence?

about 2 months ago
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Google Seeks To Throw Out UK Safari Tracking Suit

UPZ Screw Google.. (70 comments)

Bottom line: Google answers to the Chinese legal system (when it comes to censorship) but not to the British legal system (when it comes to privacy).

about 4 months ago
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NZ Police Got PRISM Data Before Raid On Dotcom

UPZ Re:Not only for "Terrorism" (208 comments)

Lol...they targeted Kim Dotcom with prism and missed Jamie Dimon and associates on Wall Streets. Who did more damage to the economy?

Is it incompetence or corruption folks? Obama went to Harvard and Eric Holder went to Columbia. So I guess we all know the truth.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins

UPZ Re:At the end of the day (634 comments)

Just goes on to show the huge disconnect between the government and the people.

about 8 months ago
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Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized

UPZ Re:And it's only going to get worse (835 comments)

Before things improve, they will get worse.

Probably and unfortunately. Public isn't interested in holding police accountable until the degree of brutality reaches to levels that everyone can see.

about 9 months ago
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How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality

UPZ Re: Commies occypied /. ? (272 comments)

So the author forgets to compare the amount of innovation that goes on in countries with strong IP laws versus those with weak IP laws. Like it or not, innovation is what improves the standard of living in the long run.

about 9 months ago
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EA Responds To Its Appearance In the 'Worst Company In America' Poll

UPZ Re:Nothing will change (208 comments)

They are not bastards, per se. EA's job isn't to look out for your interests but their sharesholders' capital. To the extent that both parties' interests are compatible, you will think that they are a good company, and vice versa (bastards).

1 year,18 days
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Dell Offers Ubuntu Option With Alienware Gaming Desktop

UPZ Re:Why so negative? (135 comments)

I'm constantly surprised at how some people can only see the bad side to any news.

Finally we're seeing mainstream acceptance of Linux as an alternative to Windows and yet people still complain. This is a great first step, a major manufacturer is putting Linux onto machines designed to be sold to the home in a competitive way. It can only lead to good things, more game manufacturers taking notice and developing their games for the platform, which in turn will make the hardware vendors made decent drivers.

And yet all some people can focus on is the fact that this machine doesn't suit their own personal special snowflake situation. the mind boggles!

Some people are unwilling to appreciate a "better" situation because it's not the "best" situation. An adult version of throwing temper tantrums.

1 year,18 days
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Happy World Backup Day

UPZ Re:Amazon Glacier for cheap offsite. (154 comments)

Amazon Glacier has really changed my backup strategy since this time last year

Amazon is cheap but NSA will backup your data for free. Chances are that all your data is already being backed up as we speak.

1 year,24 days
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Supreme Court of Canada Rules That Text Messages Are Private

UPZ I don't get why this is hard to understand (143 comments)

It's understandable that government has a job to do in keeping the country safe. But if you don't have a legitimate warrant, you are overreaching the authority that you have been given by the people. That's the point in opposing warrantless spying. How can anyone be in favor of both warrantless spying and democratic form of government?

1 year,28 days
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Growing Public Unrest Leads China To Admit To 'Cancer Villages'

UPZ Re:Industrial revolution standard procedure (174 comments)

Next we shall see environmental, wage, and health reforms, as these countries realize the need for sustainable management of their labor base.

And when that happens, their costs will rise too. It's not like manufacturing is magically expensive in the western nations for no reason (generally speaking).

about a year ago
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Former FCC Boss: Data Caps Not About Network Congestion

UPZ In summary.. (238 comments)

It's about using tax-payer money to build a network that is cut up into regional mini-monopolies where each monopoly can extract substantial prices for basic network use and even more exhorbitant prices for overages. All of which goes to line executive and shareholder pockets while tax-payer pays the cost of building the infrastructure in the first place. This is called corruption, folks!

about a year ago
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Automation Is Making Unions Irrelevant

UPZ Re:The rich, the robots, the rest of us (510 comments)

"When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich." --JJ Rousseau

Not if the rich have drones dropping bombs on you. The realty is that are increasingly headed towards a future where we are becoming obsolete - both in terms of our labor and brain. Either we find something else to put on the table to keep playing the game in a capitalistic economic system, or change the capitalism game itself. Once the rich have their drone armies, do you think they will really need/care about the rest of us?

about a year ago
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Mozilla Makes Prototype of Firefox OS Available

UPZ Re:What Is To Be Gained? (101 comments)

To be gained from Firefox OS is an operating system that neither sacrifices privacy or cost. Android may be "free", but in return google tracks everything you do on the phone.

about a year and a half ago
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China's Stealth Fighter Flight Test Successful

UPZ Also to note.. (161 comments)

..is the timing. They are showing off a new stealth fighter in time for their leadership's transition. The communist party is interested in projecting power during a critical/vulnerable time. Since their authority to govern is not derived from the "will of the people", these transition points are a time of increased vulnerability.

about a year and a half ago

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State Department's 'Keystone XL Report' actually written by pipeline contractor

UPZ UPZ writes  |  about a year ago

UPZ (947916) writes "The group Environmental Resources Management (ERM) was paid an undisclosed amount under contract to TransCanada to write the statement, which is now an official government document. The statement estimates, and then dismisses, the pipeline’s massive carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, because, it asserts, the mining and burning of the tar sands is unstoppable."
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