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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

dryeo Re:In other words... (226 comments)

I'm not even American and even I know that only Texas and Hawaii were ever separate countries that gave up their sovereignty to join the USA. It can be said that the original 13 colonies had a choice between signing the articles of confederation or being sovereign countries after the war of separation but as far as I know all 13 signed the articles of confederation and later the constitution.
Seems most of the rest were conquered or purchased territory rather then sovereign independent states that decided to join the USA. At that even some of the original 13 had to be reconquered and forced back into the union, which shows how much sovereignty they actually had.
As for expansion of federal power, its been ongoing ever since 1776 with notable events being the US Constitution, written up by a bunch of guys at the pub who didn't have a mandate to write a constitution (at least the 13 voluntarily signed it), Andrew Jackson who ignored the judiciary branch as he practiced genocide to add States to the USA, and the big one, Lincoln and the new Republican party who actually went to war to push the Federal agenda and after the war, occupied State Legislatures and forced them to pass amendments at gunpoint.

6 hours ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

dryeo Re:I'm shocked! (180 comments)

.Perhaps I don't quite understand your wording and this is not double speak, but assuming you wrote correctly this is a Government problem.

That's true, the government has been implicit in enclosing the commons since 1235 and without common land to drag cable/fiber across you can't just start an ISP.

The majority of monopolization in the US is due exactly to monopolization by Government intervention.

Perhaps we need to stop the government from giving the aristocracy (the rich) the right to own the land and infrastructure built on our land. Traditionally there was private land, eg your house and immediate property and their was common land for the use of all. Government has removed the common part and given it to the lords and now naturally those who own the commons want to profit off it.

2 days ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

dryeo Re:In Other News (180 comments)

Thing is the other providers are the same companies as own the ISPs.

2 days ago
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The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

dryeo Re:Falling energy prices and weak demand? (246 comments)

Here in BC the government cut income taxes by 25% and have been making up the shortfalls from hydro so prices are really going up. They also want to build a new large damn on the Peace river for liquifying natural gas for export (they think they're going to make a fortune exporting gas) which will jack up our prices and flood a lot of nice farmland.
We have some ideal country for solar which combined with hydro would help the load as it produces best in the summer when the reservoirs are low but the first test just started and wind hasn't even been looked at.

3 days ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

dryeo Re:How many years could he be charged with? (297 comments)

Canada illegally* extradited Marc Emery to America for the minor crime of selling seeds. I'm sure Sweden would illegally extradite Assange.
*Canadian law only allows extraditing when the illegal act is roughly equivalently illegal in Canada including sentencing. 5 years in prison is not equal to the $100 fine he would have got here. Of course we have a law and order government so breaking the law to enforce it is fine.
Funny enough during the time he was in jail, his crime was legalized in Seattle where he was tried.

3 days ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

dryeo Re: The problem with the all robotic workforce ide (304 comments)

The whole point of the argument was that as robots improve they will displace more and more jobs without creating sufficient new ones

People have been saying that about automation for centuries now, and they just keep being wrong.

Actually they've generally been right. The Luddite period was the beginning of 80 years of chronic underemployment, generations of people with horrible lives of poverty. The saving grace was expansion, stealing other peoples land and resources and giving it away to the poor and the capitalists, think of the States, expanding west throughout the 19th Century, giving the poor land to be not so poor with millions of people coming from Europe, tons of resources that were easily harvested and used to create jobs. I recently read that 6 million Italians came to America at the end of the 19th century, they came because their were no jobs where they lived.
Once that came to an end at the beginning of the 20th century, workers started to be removed from the workforce, kids first, put into school. This is still happening with more and more education being required for most any jobs, people are expected to spend close to 1/3rd of their life in school now. Many women also were taken out of the workforce about the same time with the idea that they would stay home and be homemakers.
When that didn't work, well there were windows to break, we call them world wars. The first WW consumed a lot of labour, and after we fixed the windows there was a major depression so we had another war which also employed a lot of people replacing windows. Afterwards we've had to fall back on cold wars and various other wars including the current war on terror, all basically breaking and fixing windows (or stockpiling them) to avoid the unemployment that comes with automation.
How many people are employed in the various security fields needed by the war on terror? And is this really a positive way to employ people? Soon we can all be employed at jobs like airport security or plain old informants.
Then there is removing people by jailing them (1% of adult Americans currently in jail) and declaring them unemployable afterwards. Also creates security type jobs

about a week ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

dryeo Re:The problem with the all robotic workforce idea (304 comments)

The problem is when person B has something that person A wants or needs (food) but person A has nothing that person B wants. With an army of robots, person B won't need anything from person A.
This has happened before, think of the Luddites, 80 years or so of chronic unemployment, no social net so legally all you could do was starve or work at a poor house for a bowl of porridge a day and the sentences were harsh if you stole something like a loaf of bread.
It also happened around the turn of the last century, money was spread around a bit more, children taken out of the work force and put in school (this is still happening with increasing education needed for any job) and women taken out of the work force and made into homemakers.
Now we're back to putting people back in jail, 2 million just in the States and also have segregation (whole class of people with limited rights called felons) so they can't ever work again, nor vote for change.
Even the old standby of war is becoming robotized and otherwise automated so can't even employ people as cannon fodder or cannon builders anymore.

about a week ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

dryeo Re:Homeland security would like a word... (213 comments)

Depends on who you are and who the people using the reservoir are.
If you're a regular or poor person, especially brown with an Arab sounding name, well the book will be thrown at you so hard it'll knock your head off.
If you're running a successful mining company and it's just a bunch of brown (or red) skinned poor people using the reservoir for water and the government was saving money by not inspecting that big tank, well even when it breaks the worst that will happen is you have to re-incorporate as a different company after much finger pointing.

about a week ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

dryeo Re:Don't allow jpg or gif or ... (299 comments)

To quote an AC up the page. http://tech.slashdot.org/comme...

That's a bit unfair. The Kinja commenting system is for all Gawker Media sites, not just Jezebel. Images in comment sections seems to be on at all the GM sites, so I'm not sure an individual site can turn them off or not

Which is why they're talking about switching software provider etc.

about a week ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

dryeo Re:You changed my mind, except government (216 comments)

From what I hear, many cable packages include paying ESPN and therefore the NFL. Same with many ISPs, they pay for ESPN and get the money from subscribers and now cell phone providers are offering streaming football.

about two weeks ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

dryeo Re:Oh good lady, and lord. (224 comments)

On the other hand, perhaps it's like the neutrino. fusion (or fission, I forget) equations didn't work out so as a fudge the neutrino was invented, a super small particle that didn't interact with normal matter.
I'm sure it was met with derision by a certain group, an imaginary particle that could travel through the Earth, how ridiculous and obviously the idea of fusion was wrong in some fundamental way.
Well eventually the neutrino was observed, mostly matching up with theory (it was actually more complex, coming in a few flavours) and now we have neutrino observatories buried deep under the Earth.

about two weeks ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

dryeo Re:You changed my mind, except government (216 comments)

It's amazingly hard not to pay them. You have to carefully pick where you live (property taxes supporting the local team and federal government passing special laws for them) and any content you consume (many cable packages include paying for ESPN which shovels money at the NFL and possibly even some cell plans include ESPN).
Easiest is to move away from N. America and if American, revoke your citizenship if you really don't want any of your money going to the NFL.

about two weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

dryeo Re: slowly (141 comments)

Not good enough, there will be big chunks of rock with viable microbes inside. Easy way would be to use the tractor beam to crash into Jupiter. more effective but harder, crash into the Sun.

about two weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

dryeo Re: slowly (141 comments)

because the conclusions of Silent Spring are somehow invalid and pesticides are so safe you could just gobble them up willy nilly?

Yes, the conclusions of Silent Spring *are* invalid. Rachel Carson was a left-wing nut job. And DDT actually is safe to eat. Read how the inventor went around the country eating a teaspoon (or was it a tablespoon?) of it at each speech. Did it kill him? No. Did he get cancer? No. DDT is safe and eliminating it costs about 1 million human lives every year because we can't control the mosquitoes spreading disease.

Where the fuck does this mis-information come from? The only legal use of DDT is for controlling disease vectors, eg killing mosquitoes. Of course it doesn't work very well anymore as due to indiscriminate use allowed the mosquitoes to build up tolerance to DDT.
And George Burns proved that smoking is harmless, smoked cigars and lived till a 101.

about two weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

dryeo Re: slowly (141 comments)

Even a gamma burst won't hurt those microbes living miles deep in the Earth. Sterilization through lots of heat seems like the only thing that'll end life on and in the Earth.

about two weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

dryeo Re:scientific theories that have lasted 500 years? (141 comments)

An example of science that hasn't changed much is the observation (shadows and geometry) by one of those Greeks that the Earth is a sphere of around 25,000 miles in circumference. We've refined it but the basic science has stood up quite well.
Probably some of our current science will be the same, refined but basically right.

about two weeks ago
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Spain's Link Tax Taxes Journalist's Patience

dryeo Re:A right to be remembered? (113 comments)

The fixed election dates aren't set in stone (constitution says within 5 years) and there are already rumours of a spring election. It's not like Harper follows the law.
Don't know if left wing is the best description of the Greens. Really trying to pigeon hole politics into 1 axis is such an oversimplification but good for propaganda purposes, it's amazing how the Americans have subverted the meanings of political groups and too many Canadians watch American TV etc.

about two weeks ago
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EFF: US Gov't Bid To Alter Court Record in Jewel v. NSA

dryeo Re:One way mirror (78 comments)

No government wants an informed public, especially during elections.

about two weeks ago
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EFF: US Gov't Bid To Alter Court Record in Jewel v. NSA

dryeo Re:Give this government MORE POWER AND MONEY!!! (78 comments)

I wonder how many people who find this behavior appalling want to give the government that behaves this way even more money and power?

HOW THE HELL DO YOU THINK THEY GOT THE POWER AND RESOURCES TO BEHAVE LIKE THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?!?

Selling drugs and weapons has been one popular way for government to raise money to behave this way. To think that cutting out the money to government would stop them shows a lack of knowledge of how these things work, the 3 letter agencies will be the last to get defunded and they're the best at self-funding

about two weeks ago

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