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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

drfred79 Re:Capitalism. (224 comments)

What if your labor is robots? Capital doesn't need labor as much as labor needs capital. Just a fact.

about two weeks ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

drfred79 Re:Capitalism. (224 comments)

I agree with you. Capitalism is constantly recycling. But even if the government functioned under the profit motive and distributed it's profits to it's shareholders (the taxpayers) we'ed be in a way better situation. Canada is almost working under this concept. They plan to distribute the surplus to the middle and lower class.

about two weeks ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

drfred79 Re:Capitalism. (224 comments)

If the government was actually a corporation it wouldn't be losing money and it would function well at what it set out to do.

about two weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

drfred79 Re:Ah what the hell (334 comments)

You mean like North Dakota, Texas, and California?

about two weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

drfred79 Re:Wonderful news (334 comments)

You do understand the difference between a subsidy and a credit right? The fossil fuel industry is not receiving $40 dollars of every paycheck from the government. They are not having to pay part of the money they earned to the government because of credits that offset the cost of oil exploratory drilling. On the other hand, Fisker, which went bankrupt, received millions in Federal and State low interest loans. This money was never paid back and the taxpayers are on the hook.

about two weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

drfred79 Environmentalism is the new caste system (334 comments)

The poor pay a larger percentage of their income to fuel costs. Fracking lowers the cost of fuel. Therefore, I am for fracking because I am not in favor if a caste system. Environmentalists sounds like French pre-revolutionary land owners. They hate when the poor sully their lands with hunting for food.

about two weeks ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

drfred79 Re:I am SHOCKED, just SHOCKED... (451 comments)

A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/religion

No, I'm pretty sure I knew what I was talking about.

No one denies climate change, not even the deniers. The climate has been changing since the Earth was formed. Bill Nye is fighting a straw man. What the deniers dispute is humans having a majoritive effect on climate change. The science on that is not settled, especially when new papers are being published trying to explain a hiatus in the warming trend and the significance of the oceans in the atmospheric temperature. If the science on that was settled there would be no use for continued research.

about three weeks ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

drfred79 Re:"Social justice warriors" are the ultimate trol (571 comments)

You're correct that there are male feminists. But for this group their agenda falls almost exactly in line with other social justice warriors and progressives, which is more about LGBT rights than women's rights anymore.

about 1 month ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

drfred79 Re:Automated hate? (571 comments)

If they were American they'd be protected by the First Amendment. Censorship of unpopular speech is a slippery slope. The First Amendment isn't designed to protect everyone being super nice to each other, it's the opposite.

about 1 month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

drfred79 No replacement yet? (334 comments)

Sounds like they're putting the sled before the dogs if they're phasing out a rifle without a better weapon already tested and found better.

about a month ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

drfred79 Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (164 comments)

What all this has shown me is how a lot of the major video game site journalists despise their audience. Just like the XBox One launch and backlash and the Mass Effect backlash the gaming press have never been on our side. Tht's what is truly sad about Gamergate.

about a month ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

drfred79 Re: Transition period? (259 comments)

I don't think he's listening. His eyes and ears are covered by the American mythology of the invisible hand.

This whole time I thought Adam Smith was Scottish.

about a month ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

drfred79 Re:Why..... (259 comments)

A lot of countries do only tax on the revenues from their country. America is one of the few countries that tries to tax globally. That's why companies are leaving America.

about a month ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

drfred79 Re:Transition period? (259 comments)

I can be wrong but I thought since the money was coming through Ireland they were being rewarded with the most tax revenue. If they closed the loophole it was because of international pressure.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

drfred79 Re:no (174 comments)

Wrong. A VPN with an output in the same server farm as the game servers is actually bypassing other hops. You're essentially creating a one hop connection, thus reducing latency with a VPN.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

drfred79 Connectify.me (174 comments)

Disclaimer: I don't work for them or get paid. But I bought connectify.me. They are a Windows client app that manages multiple connections and bridges them. It should hypothetically smooth your connection and reduce latency. For the VPN you'd need to find out the location of the server you're connecting to and have your end point be preferably in the same city.

about a month and a half ago
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Solar Could Lead In Power Production By 2050

drfred79 Re:Solar Could be 50+% of production, but... (167 comments)

Your statement is what scares me about this world. You're saying that all the money is the government's it's just a matter of if they choose to take it. In one situation the oil companies keep the money they earned. In the other, government distorts the market and chooses winners. They are completely different.

about a month and a half ago
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Solar Could Lead In Power Production By 2050

drfred79 Re:Solar Could be 50+% of production, but... (167 comments)

Because you don't know the difference between a tax credit and a subsidy. Oil companies receive tax credits that reduce the taxes they pay. They still pay taxes, just less. Solar receives subsidies. Companies receive cash dollars from the government for solar projects. That's why I oppose solar subsidies and not oil tax credits.

about a month and a half ago
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Solar Could Lead In Power Production By 2050

drfred79 Re:AWESOME! (167 comments)

I agree. A poster below commented that we end solar subsidies and focus subsidies on batteries. That has so many applications that don't include frying birds or blanketing beautiful federally protected lands.

about a month and a half ago

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The Obamacare Rollout: What Really Happened?

drfred79 drfred79 writes  |  1 year,17 days

drfred79 (2936643) writes "Risk management expert Robert Charette was interviewed by the IEEE Spectrum website about his views on the rollout of healthcare.gov. Contrary to DHHS Kathleen Sebelius' testimony Robert Charette believes that it will take much longer to fix healthcare.gov:

Jones: Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius assured her inquisitors at a congressional hearing that her department has brought in experts that have a handle on the problems the site is facing. How confident should we be in Sebelius’ assurances?

Charette: Not very. They’re talking about dozens and dozens of items on their punch list—both in terms of functionality and performance issues. They’ve got just over 30 days to get through the list. Let’s just say that there are 30 items on it. What do you think is the actual probability of getting through testing them, making sure that the system works end to end and that there are no security holes all in a single month? How do you expect to get that done, knowing that every time you make a fix, there’s a high probability that you’re going to introduce an error somewhere else?

Jones: Let’s spin this forward a bit. How do you think this next month will actually go?

Charette: They said that they needed five weeks at the minimum to test it, and they’re still making all these changes. Where will that five-week window fit? If they had stopped right then and tested it for five weeks, they wouldn’t have been able to finish on time. And five weeks was probably the absolute minimum they needed, assuming everything worked. They’re patching the system as they go along and as Sebelius admitted, they’re doing very local unit tests (which, by the way, is what got them into this mess in the first place, with each contractor saying, "Well, my stuff works"). If they discover something major, they may have to run the whole system test again.

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