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Last.Fm Founder Criticizes Apple Over Music Subscription Fees

Xonstantine Re:Funny... (218 comments)

Why should writing and releasing a single 3-minute song mean living wage for a year?

Exactly.

And lets say that same song was legally purchased and downloaded 20,000 times in a year for 99 cents each download, which is a demonstration of even more real commercial success than 20,000 plays. Even $20,000 isn't a living wage, assuming that the artists were getting 100% of that (and they won't be, of course). So the reality is, if your piece of shit band is only getting 20,000 plays a year, your band simply isn't commercially viable and you need to find a day job. No one owes you a "living wage" for producing a product no one else wants.

more than 3 years ago
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Record Set For World's Youngest Chess Champion

Xonstantine Re:Surely they can't be serious... (214 comments)

Physiologically, men are more powerful than women (on average, and at the higher end of the bell curve as well).

But when you have a sex ratio of 10 men to 1 women, even if they both average out the same, chances are the "best" will come out of the male distribution group. Just basic math.

As far as I can tell, having played chess at the amateur club level and played some really good young players (2100+), both boys and girls, there is no secret sauce in chess that resides in the gonads.

more than 3 years ago
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Record Set For World's Youngest Chess Champion

Xonstantine Re:Surely they can't be serious... (214 comments)

The reason why there are so many better male chess players than women chess players is because there are a lot more boys and men playing chess than women.

Go to a major chess club some time and look at the sex ratio.

more than 3 years ago
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Record Set For World's Youngest Chess Champion

Xonstantine Misleading title is misleading (214 comments)

Not the world's chess champion, but the women's chess champion, which is altogether a lesser prize because the level of competition is so much lower.

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates Pilot Who Exposed Security Flaws

Xonstantine Re:Pretty sure... (394 comments)

I don't think there has ever been a time in the U.S. where intelligent and thoughtfulness prevailed.

Yes, we just accidentally blundered our way into being the world's premier superpower.

more than 3 years ago
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Bank of America Cuts Off Wikileaks Transactions

Xonstantine Re:Free speech? (467 comments)

You know moe, after your little insulting reply to my divest Israel comment, I was thinking of lighting you up (or down as the case may be) with my mod points.

But I actually agree with most of your other comments. In a quick reading, I can't decide whether or not you are liberal or libertarian, but on the off-chance you are liberal or left-leaning, I'd like to point out that the only dissenters in Raich v. Gonzales were from conservative members of the court (specifically, Thomas & Rehnquist, with the moderate O'Connor rounding out the dissent). Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer can almost always be counted on to be a vote for the statist agenda (unless it's intruding on abortion or homosexual activity). See Kelo v. New London for more of the same.

In any event, the Feds are going to come down like a hammer sooner or later on all of the states pushing their "Firearms Freedom Acts" and the SCOTUS will almost certainly uphold them doing so. Stare decisis is pretty well established, and if the growing of a few marijuana plants by a cancer patient who has never actually bought marijuana, and will never sell it can be somehow interpreted to be affecting interestate commerce, then it logically follows that a "Montana only firearm" will affect it as well, since the Federal government can argue that well that person would have otherwise bought a non-Montana made firearm. Incidentally, Thomas's dissent was pretty devastating in Raich v. Gonzalez. The Federal Government basically won the right to regulate anything and everything under the sun. Washing dishes...affects interstate commerce. Mowing your lawn? Same thing. We no longer have a government constrained by enumerated powers. We have an all consuming leviathan.

more than 3 years ago
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US Offers $30M For High-Risk Biofuel Research

Xonstantine Re:Uh, how about butanol? (183 comments)

tert-butanol has an octane of 89, which should satisfy most engines.

more than 3 years ago
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US Offers $30M For High-Risk Biofuel Research

Xonstantine Re:Uh, how about butanol? (183 comments)

Since butanol can be produced (an on an industrial scale certainly would be) from farm raised biomass... One suspects it's just a wee bit more complex than that.

But, knee jerk blaming the corporations and lobbyists is easier than actually trying to understand the issues.

Yes, butanol can be produced from farm raised biomass, same as ethanol. But as far as air time and subsidies go, it's ethanol, all the time. Therefore the logical conclusion is that the butanol lobby, such as it is, isn't nearly as effective as the ethanol lobby. To the point of not existing.

more than 3 years ago
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US Offers $30M For High-Risk Biofuel Research

Xonstantine Uh, how about butanol? (183 comments)

Pros:
1) Burns in gasoline engines without modification
2) Can be transported in existing gas pipelines (does not emulsify water like ethanol does)
3) Higher energy content per gallon than ethanol, only a little less than gasoline
4) Can be produced in the same manner that ethanol is (ie, fermentation)

Cons:
1) Does not have a farm lobby attached to it

more than 3 years ago
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Statistical Analysis of Terrorism

Xonstantine Re:Parent wan't a gerneralization. (265 comments)

What, did I strike a chord? Somehow, I don't think you would be quite so angry if so much didn't ring true. You're response is like a typographic DailyKos stereotype. So when is your little hero Obama going to close Obama?

more than 3 years ago
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Statistical Analysis of Terrorism

Xonstantine Re:Pointless comment (265 comments)

Then you must kill them to.

more than 3 years ago
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Statistical Analysis of Terrorism

Xonstantine Re:Parent wan't a gerneralization. (265 comments)

Terrorists worldwide won't suddenly throw their arms down and embrace us in a grand gesture of peace, love and understanding, numbnuts.

But it's a good argument for the divest-Israel crowd, isn't it? "The only reason why the Muslims hate us is Israel". Uh, no. Pretty much everything about our culture is abhorrent to them. Their religion commands them to make war on us until we submit. Israel has nothing to do with it.

more than 3 years ago
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Statistical Analysis of Terrorism

Xonstantine Re:Pointless comment (265 comments)

Once people cross a line, and decide they want to hurt our society, they will. Somehow.

Unless you kill them.

more than 3 years ago
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SSL Certificates For Intranet Sites?

Xonstantine Re:Private Certificate Authority (286 comments)

If you are using Windows on a network controlled by a DC, you can push the CA trust out through group policy...

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Silverlight 4 vs. Adobe Flash 10.1

Xonstantine Re:Silverlight at 60? (379 comments)

You already posted this further up as AC and I'm tired of your bullshit stats..

I don't think they are his stats.

Wow what a good sample of the web. 132 sites..

Um, considering they are measuring the browser features coming TO the website and not the website itself, it probably isn't a bad sample at all. But keeping grinding away on that axe. It might take you places.

about 4 years ago
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Human Rights Groups Join Criticism of WikiLeaks

Xonstantine Re:nice (578 comments)

Wish I hadn't already posted in this thread so I could mod you up.

about 4 years ago
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Monkeys Exhibit the Same Economic Irrationality As Us

Xonstantine Re:Irrational Market Behavior (254 comments)

I'm not sure if that's quite the case - the economic ideology of the free market and the economic ideology of centralized control are *both* confounded by irrational humans.

Exactly so. Irrationality can be a valuable competitive trait in a stratified social climbing framework where for one primate to succeed, another has to fail. There is a constant arms race over information and intellect between individuals, generations, and groups. If a person or group behaves in a perfectly rational way (re: perfectly predictable), then it becomes easy to counter that person or group, especially if you are smarter, have better information, or greater resources to bring to bear. Irrationality is a strategy of nullifying these advantages because it means that no matter how you think I might react, and whatever surprises you have lie in store for me, I might confound your predictions and react in a completely irrational and therefore unplanned-for-by-you fashion. As a contrived example, it's how otherwise incompetent leaders can sometimes stay in power, by arbitrarily executing or rewarding people for spurious reasons, raising one group up with favors, and bringing another group down when they become too successful, but with no discernible pattern to either.

about 4 years ago
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Monkeys Exhibit the Same Economic Irrationality As Us

Xonstantine Re:Irrational Market Behavior (254 comments)

I would argue that the intellectual basis of neo-conservative economics comes mainly from the "Rational Market Hypothesis", and is thus largely based on the assumption of rationality.

Pretty much all non-marxist economics, not just "neo-conservative economics" (whatever that is...which school exactly does that fall into, the Austria, Chicago, Keynesian?), follow the rational market hypothesis. Central control advocates (and marxists are among them) argue that they can "one-up" the market by having so-called experts dictate how much of what gets produced where and what the prices should be. They tend to have equally incomprehensible (and even more unworkable) models than the free-market economists do, and tend to get sidetracked by social justice issues along the way.

about 4 years ago
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Buried By The Brigade At Digg

Xonstantine Re:Well it is an alternate form of bumping (624 comments)

Ayers was almost certainly complicit in at least one murder.

He also founded the Weather Underground, which, aside from being a left wing terrorist organization, actually did murder people.

The modern radical left is a direct descendant from groups like the WU. Groups like ANSWER, for example. Hell, Obama had his "coming out" party in Ayer's house for Christ's sake. So, maybe "most of you on the left" don't give Ayers any thought, but clearly Obama did. Ayers wouldn't be such a boogieman on the right if he didn't espouse an ideology inimical to the values of most Americans and didn't have such a strong connection to the people currently in power. But he does.

about 4 years ago

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