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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

bussdriver Re:Parent is Backasswords (263 comments)

The Mussolini's political party where Fascism comes from and while that famous quote of his "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism" can not have it's attribution proven; it is not far from the manifesto of HIS party that the man promoted. When I asked a poly sci professor whom was familiar with the Fascist party and it's book, he didn't think the quote was much of a stretch and it was not impossible for him to have said it. Fascism isn't "free market" corporatism it is a merging of the state and the corporations; it seems to be like communism from the outside especially since both inherently require lots of authoritarianism and on that spectrum they very similar to each other... It's a matter of perspective and priority/philosophy that differentiates it from it's perceived opposite.

I'm frequently pointing people to PoliticalCompass.org because there is no binary or even linear political scale. Simply because you are against communism it doesn't make you the opposite... besides, the opposite of communism is not fascism, but economic anarchy (the most free market possible...which never lasts just like communism because it's so unstable it falls apart... imbalance happens caused by the system which break the system from the start; either system. Even the most free market, the black market is never really free within it's own domain. )

Every system sold to the masses is based around basic socialism which is the argument that the needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few. Even free market Randians use the same argument, that more people are better off with their system so you should choose it over those "unrealistic" others and naturally they add additional appeals, premises and argument to that.

All systems are headed for shake up so inventing a lot in them is a waste of time; once robotics and AI surpass nearly every human job the economics and political schemes fail because they were built around assumptions that will be altered. I think the transition is going to resemble holy wars because a lot of these systems are at religious levels. (Just look at the Christians freaking out at this new pope preaching actual Christian values because it contradicts their other stronger political beliefs.)

4 days ago
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

bussdriver How about Experience? (153 comments)

Doesn't everybody learn from experience about jumping into fads at some point?

Is this just a problem for new IT being given power too soon or am I wrong and we have a lot of IT people who never learn?

4 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

bussdriver Tar sands is being stalled already. (392 comments)

It is being stalled and will continue to be for a little while longer. No, it's not completely stalled but it could be moving much faster than it is. I have a hard time believing Tar sands is economical at $40 / bl. I've never heard that low an estimate before. I remember when fracking was getting wonderful estimates and they ended up losing $ when higher more realistic numbers came out. (fracking is still cheap... although they leak so much doing it cheaply it does more harm than coal does. responsible fracking is much more costly; deciding on a compromise and transition scheme is tricky and the ideal compromise can't be done because of politics and selfish voters.)

I didn't discuss natural gas or H2.

about a week ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

bussdriver Parent is Backasswords (263 comments)

Fascism is corporatism! Learn some history.
Governments bossing around corporations is at the opposite side.

Furthermore, if you believe it is a democratic government then the government is "we" and therefore "we" collectively are exercising our control not losing it.

about a week ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

bussdriver Mod parent up. (298 comments)

Harrison Ford always pimps the movies he is in when they are coming out. Just recall or go look it up. Since it's in the contract and he is essentially PAID to promote it all he can do is soften the required praise he gives. After Indie 4 he probably feels the need for stronger support since his taste is continues to prove not so great.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

bussdriver Killing the messenger is a fallacy. (416 comments)

Killing the messenger:
It still applies just not in a clear way that fits with the name of the fallacy. The body of work has nothing to do with the author's unrelated actions; it would be a red herring except it has an irrelevant connection (the messenger; which is why it's not called, "kill the by-stander." In this case the messenger is his body of work and the message is his personal behavior.)

Parent disagrees with Physics?
Parent acts as if MIT is removing pornography videos. The disagreement is with the professors words online that are NOT in the educational materials taken down. Written materials only have his NAME, audio has his VOICE, videos have his IMAGE. Want to remove an ugly statue? Put his name on it!

I don't want to associate with MIT at all because they had a former Professor who harassed some people. Yeah, nobody wants anything to do with MIT...

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

bussdriver You can't appease extremists. (392 comments)

The "right" will fight all alternative power like they have ALWAYS DONE no matter what deals you give them today. Extremists don't give up.

With a growing industry with more lobbyists the alternatives sway the "right" (and "left") a little bit. The entrenched powers DO NOT want there enemies empowered; the unequal footing they have must be maintained. The "right" in this case is not actually extreme they are just the most corrupt on this issue. I guarantee they will shift when the $ moves in the other direction.

What needs to be done for progress is to drag the opposition kicking and screaming forward so over time they'll adapt and shift to new kinds of fear mongering after all their nay saying proves false. It has been done before (slavery, civil rights, introducing min wage, banning child labor, weekends off, etc.) Now with civil gay marriage all the straight civil marriages are not ending plus we are not surrounded in bestiality and pedophiles either. After the fear proves empty (and some more old people die) then we'll have gay Republicans will be demanding we ban Atheists from adopting children. It'll happen. History rhymes.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

bussdriver WTF is the far left? Reason isn't the left. (392 comments)

There is no real left or right paradigm; it is an illusion, like in the book Flat Land or the film The Matrix. It's at least 2 dimensional: up/down and left/right. The "far left" today doesn't even get press coverage - the Democratic party doesn't represent them; just tries to sucker them for votes. see http://politicalcompass.org/

Characterizing the correct answer as left/right is ignoring the whole problem and debating empty propaganda.

Keystone helps sell shale oil cheaper. You just buy into the defeatist propaganda of the corporations to stand to gain (along with your so called "right" who were purchased and some "left" also who were purchased. The real reason lawyers make good politicians is they argue whatever position their boss wants like they believe it themselves.)

Higher costs for shale will delay it; hopefully, long enough to address demand with cheaper alternatives or enough sanity to ban it... Asbestos is cheap and we stopped using that! Assuming that oil is going to burn is as foolish as keeping the asbestos mines open in the middle of that debate (which was settled in science years before politics caught up; thank the vested interest lobby...) The cynical and wise strategic move is to STALL it out as long as possible so they don't invest in more expensive alternative routes - making it even less cost effective when keystone is stopped. That strategy does the most to stop them. (note: I'm not saying Obama's clever. It is a really clever plan and he just happens to be doing the same thing, so far.)

Extremists are never happy; don't know why you think giving each something they want is going to change anything!

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

bussdriver Google removing search results (416 comments)

Removing links is a form of censorship. In theory, nothing online ever disappears completely but it can move into extreme obscurity to rarely ever be seen again. His connection to MIT is historical fact and the products of their collaboration shouldn't be removed to please the thought police. It makes it harder to find or more importantly, much more difficult to DISCOVER when it's censored. Being a university, they are supposed to encourage discovery-- doubly so for a famous University known for discoveries trying to do more than just coast on past success.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

bussdriver Mod parent up. (567 comments)

EXACTLY. I love subpixel anti-aliasing so I won't rotate the display until that finally works but I've wanted to for years. My 2nd display is 4:3 and I've repaired it twice to keep it going. I'm largely waiting for enough idiots to buy UHD TVs to drive prices down (because those only look good in the store, when you sit 3m away you can't see the extra pixels but as a monitor I can put it to practical use.)

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

bussdriver Canada might be officially worse...but (105 comments)

The U.S. might be better than Canada in this example; however, in the U.S. the legal system, due process, and rule of law are mostly just buzzwords with little actual meaning. Snowden's leaks continue to prove it.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

bussdriver P.C. hurts society and this is just an example (416 comments)

So now we've become so extreme that the Universities that were guardians of free thinking have become the thought police and tools for censorship. Aiding vengeance of the political elite (corporations being some of the biggest but that's another topic) upon students it should be defending... I'm specifically thinking of Aaron Swartz where MIT was not an innocent party. Sounds far more governmental than like how a University should function, doesn't it??

I don't care if he was a rapist or serial killer! Where is the philosophy department when you need it?? (The only practical thing they are good for is defending freedom; aside from teaching.) Lets throw out everything NASA ever did under Wernher von Braun because he was a Nazi! If you only forbid work done during the "crime" then you have to throw out all the rocketry work he did for Germany and that kind of thinking would have had him completely passed over for working for NASA at all (because they'd not know his credentials since that info would have gone down the memory hole.)

People now are so fragile they can't even hear unpleasant news. I've been in hostile environments and was severely bullied so naturally most the stuff I see people complain about looks like pathetic wimps wanting attention as victims... appealing to the self righteous egotism of others looking to compensate / cover for their own hypocrisy which they are unable to face (because that again would be unpleasant... no wonder people want drugs over actual therapy!)

Being gay was a crime and to most people it's still a horrible sin against god. That didn't stop computer science; but today one has to wonder if those attitudes prevailed today how much we'd be set back?

about two weeks ago
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A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

bussdriver How about a socialist solution (66 comments)

How about having the government properly regulate the peoples' bandwidth instead of just acting as an auction house and industry lobbyist. (Wheeler was and the last guy now has his job! tag team!)

Government should digitize and drive everything as packets. Become the infrastructure like the highway system. Charge rates for bandwidth use so anybody could be a cell company - since it just costs for packets over the network. Same with TV as well-- in fact, TV should have been done in a similar way. Sure it would have delayed the transition.... perhaps this is the next generation transition we should be designing today! Wide band devices which can use all the TV and cell bandwidth to send IPv6 packets or something similar. At least we could have physics and science manage the system instead of whatever the owners can hack together in their purchased space.

Note: I realize with the use of the loaded word "socialist" I've just lost most American readers.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

bussdriver Ah, but then it's all about metrics! (346 comments)

Performance pay--- how do you measure performance? It is NOT a simple problem and no matter what you come up with humans are naturally talented at adaptation, they will survive and many will thrive by gaming your system. Seniority is the least hackable metric of all and so simple everybody knows it's inherent flaws - but EVERY metric is going to be flawed.

Online performance is largely measured by CLICKS. The result is the trashy click bait we have today. An earth shattering investigative report which might take a year of a senior journalist's time (a REAL journalist) puts them at the bottom of the scale while some twit pushing rumors/gossip who can't spell has tons of clicked of trash gets to the top (and has the nerve to call what they do journalism.)

about two weeks ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

bussdriver Hybrid. Busses and trains make sense. (257 comments)

Cars are not mass transit; they take too much space and are individualized. Even if they are shared they are still a waste. If you can spend the $ then I can see why so many people prefer them.

Computer managed systems will make smart hybrid solutions possible in ways people apparently are not thinking about. I bet simulations can show their benefits already.

Quite simple: high traffic areas and locations will use bus and cars will handle low volume. Beyond that you have extremely high volume areas that are predictable where subways and trains make the most sense and the TRANSFER between methods. You don't need a local station anymore - bus stops can be figured by how many people need to meet up with the taxis and seamlessly TRANSFER. As long as you combine all 3 methods of transportation and automate the group you can save a lot by shifting the whole system to meet demand at the minimum cost. Everybody putting in their destinations into a smart phone with wireless pay/transfer means you just follow directions when to get on/off the auto along with any GPS you may need when outside the system... could even tie it into walking and bikes so the bus adjusts it's route to make it easier to catch you rather than you missing your stop.

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

bussdriver Mod parent up. (481 comments)

This is the 1st time I've heard of a public school teaching something practical in government. Most American's don't know what the 3 branches are, what the 4th estate is, or even bothered to vote. Not voting led to the arguments against it becoming stronger.

Not volunteering for police is EXACTLY what the ACLU should be teaching kids before they find out the hard way that real world police only care about the statistics used to measure their job performance. They can't waste time doing real work because they get punished for having low performance stats; they have to give you tickets over stupid shit because otherwise management thinks they are sleeping in their squad cars. Plus YOU the public vote for officials who tout empty stats like arrest numbers going up and crime going down .... NYC gained nothing from stop and frisk, the lower crime rate was national and the higher arrests were for stupid shit. The higher abuse, murder, etc didn't harm politicians because everybody thinks "that isn't going to happen to me" and "the victims probably deserved it."

about a month ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

bussdriver Benjamin Franklin + mod parent up (110 comments)

Benjamin Franklin's speech that ended the constitutional convention is often cut short but you will like it. He basically says all democracies fall to despotism and lets end the debate because what we have is good enough for now.

I don't have much faith that if Americans had to read some history that they are capable of learning from history enough to prevent it from repeating. Look at Vietnam and how easily Iraq happened despite a couple generations living thru that history.

The fall of Rome probably has many parallels given it took 100s of years to collapse while the USA is going to do it in less than 100. As far as functional democracy, that already is gone. Widespread success increases the rate of downfall as the citizens shirk their duties for selfish escapism. I bet TV would have tripled speed of Rome's demise.

about a month ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

bussdriver PERMITS ! everybody forgets permits! (516 comments)

Many places in the USA have corrupted permit schemes. You don't pay a permit for an expert to verify your changes and protect the public-- you pay a % based upon the cost of the renovation. It is a home change TAX under another name and that is why you need permits for the most basic stupid things and why inspectors ignore checking most of the BS stuff; plus they are running around justifying the tax checking things that do not need it or enforcing the stupid rules (along with the good ones.)

I just got finished paying a 15% permit tax on top of the 7.5% sales tax for changes I made which were not inspected other than asking what the general plan was. On a huge solar installation that would be crazy just to have them make sure a few wires were connected properly.

about a month ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

bussdriver Re:Possible (258 comments)

He could be an authoritarian thug with a nice image who actually wants to kill the internet. In which case, saying 1 thing while doing another will fool simpletons and the more sophisticated people who are biased by his message and history will think he was forced to compromise.

Also he might not care at all, which is often the case for politicians. They must appear to have a position on everything because the public expects leaders to fit silly ideals. Polls say he should sound 1 way and political conditions say he should act another way... Sometimes you go with the people against the money and most the time you do not; it's a trade off all the time on everything.

about a month ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

bussdriver Possible (258 comments)

I am not an Obama apologist; however, politics is not a simple game. A great many deals are made behind the scenes. His about face appointment of FCC wasn't unusual. The horrible and obviously corrupt looking choice of somebody who publicly appears to contradict him looks to experienced eye looks like a DEAL. He made a deal with somebody or some group to appoint their man to the position despite the political costs to himself... which means they had something quite valuable to trade. but what? Could be anything from an NSA blackmail (who was tapping him before he was a senator) to a huge "donation."

about a month ago

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Making graphene supercapacitors with a DVD writer

bussdriver bussdriver writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bussdriver (620565) writes "Researchers at UCLA found an easy cheap way to produce a graphene sheets by 'printing' them using a DVD Lightscribe laser on a coated CD or DVD. They then demonstrated a DIY super capacitor powering a LED.

A video demo by the professor on youtube and a short description is available here. The paper is on an
evil paywall Journal"

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