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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

fche Re:Slippery slope (194 comments)

"you can only argue about the intended target"

That also depends mostly on the user.

2 days ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

fche Re:Oh Geeez (194 comments)

"fraudulent" is quite an accusation. If you try to outlaw market crashes/corrections, you will kill the market, and then what of your retirement savings?

2 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

fche Re:Utilities Fighting Back (498 comments)

"Market fundamentalists would argue, 'let the utilities die. "

No, market fundamentalists would argue, let the mandated subsidies to solar etc. die first.

5 days ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

fche Re:Drones! Drones! Drones! (208 comments)

" I think it's self explanatory. " ... because that's where the money is ...

about a week ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

fche Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (212 comments)

"Americans please take note, this is what happens when you elect conservatives."

You missed the part where the Labour party supports the draft law.

about a week ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

fche Re:The pot calling the kettle black (260 comments)

Whine whine whine ... environmentalist research can be done outside funding & auspices of the federal government. Do it for "the truth", do it "for science".

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

fche Re:I agree, 100% (478 comments)

Ezekiel is one of the architects of obamacare. Expect nothing inconsistent from him with the idea of getting the old (expensive) people to just go and die already; that's the only way that obamacare can survive (and even that's a long shot).

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

fche Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (353 comments)

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Quantify, specify.

You like to eat don't you?"

Yes, but you're short on quantity & specificity on how it's to "society's benefit" to have (how many?) people live in rural areas.

Plus you will notice food is to some extent market-based, so people are paying for that "benefit" directly already. (Let's ignore stuff like food stamps or farmer subsidies, which don't exactly help quantify the benefits, only the costs.)

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

fche Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (353 comments)

"... Which will create a society of Haves vs Have Nots based on location. ..."

I suggest bearing a little more humbleness as to your predictions about areas' and peoples' economic judgements. If someone could precisely judge the degree of "cost exacerbation" or "enjoyment" of millions of people, that person would be a gajillionaire, not just a commenter. It is simply not for you to judge whether people in rural areas enjoy themselves as much as your urban peers, or should want to spend their money in ways you approve. You're not a dictator either (thank god).

And that's kind of the point. Where nature/reality/market dictates the different availability of certain services, let people who choose to live there absorb those consequences. Don't protect them from the consequences of their choices. They're adults, and will adapt.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

fche Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (353 comments)

"But you would condemn them to sub-standard living"

No. I would simply not support subsidizing them.
"sub-standard living" -- that's begging the question

about two weeks ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

fche Re:Great one more fail (600 comments)

"Or do you accept that a certain minimal number of children accidentally killing each other and dudes shooting themselves in the dick is the price we pay for freedom that is arbitrarily unregulated."

Yes.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

fche academic achievement as a proxy for intelligence (269 comments)

That choice of proxy needs some support, lest they end up accidentally gathering evidence that earning a 5.5 GPA in basketweaving does not correlate with unusual genes.

about three weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

fche Re:Cuba could have lifted it ages ago (540 comments)

Messrs. Castro and Castro may be a bit miffed about being called a mere "kid in the playground". Viva la revolucion and all that.

about three weeks ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

fche a prediction of not the future (211 comments)

"The new approach is to create a mathematical model ... And interestingly, the predictions closely match what researchers have found in practice"

Unless the mathematical model was built *before* any of those practical empirical test results, it is not at all interesting or surprising that the model happens to match the pre-existing data.

about three weeks ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

fche Re:you must not have done well in math class (214 comments)

" If guns are restricted, *everyone* has less access to them, including the bad guys."

What you refuse to accept is that "less" access to guns by bad guys is still ample for them to shoot good defenceless people. What you also refuse to accept is that bad guys may be armed by other-than-guns and still threaten the lives of good defenceless people.

about a month and a half ago

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