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Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

geoffrobinson looser immigration laws and laborers (303 comments)

Is it just me or would a wave of low-skilled immigrants be a disaster for people on the low-end of the economic spectrum who are already here? Or is Google only thinking about high-skilled immigrants, i.e. the ones they want to hire?

about 6 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

geoffrobinson Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

If it was a racist white-hooded rally that wanted to be photographed and a black photographer refused, would you have objected?

about 6 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

geoffrobinson Re:Compelling businesses (917 comments)

"Stop imagining up fringe cases"

i.e. "his logic is correct"

about 6 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

geoffrobinson Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

They believe participating in it would be celebrating and giving approval of something they don't approve of.

about 6 months ago
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The Search for Life On Habitable Exoplanets

geoffrobinson surely? (69 comments)

Our imagination does not give us "surely". The only thing they are sure about is how life works with water on Earth, which is why they are looking for water.

about 6 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

geoffrobinson Re:Keynsianomics (398 comments)

At some point, if you can't find a job, you need for the greater good to settle for what you can find. For example, after the construction bubble popped in housing, should we just keep construction workers on permanent unemployment? Or should we encourage them to do something different with their lives?

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Glue Sensors To 5,000 Bees In a Bid To Better Understand Them

geoffrobinson What We'll Learn (85 comments)

Bees hate having sensors on their backs.

about 7 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

geoffrobinson Re:Americans (324 comments)

I'm questioning how this wrecks bilateral relations if America does it when the other side is doing the same thing.

about 7 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

geoffrobinson Re:wait a second.... (324 comments)

Spying on foreign citizens is completely constitutional.

about 7 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

geoffrobinson Re:Americans (324 comments)

News flash: Europeans spy on American companies.

about 7 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

geoffrobinson Common law (934 comments)

We also get rights from nature (the right to protect ourself) or if you don't like that from English common law, which would include the right to self-defense. Or defence. Or some other British variant spelling

But the main point is not everything has to be explicitly in the Constitution for it to be a right.

about 8 months ago
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Earth's Orbit Reshapes Sea Floor

geoffrobinson 17 year pause (55 comments)

You take the 17 year pause in global warming and then you look at how many of those 97% of scientists predicted it, and then you come to the conclusion that maybe people don't know all the thousands of variables and calculations needed to be so certain. No need to consider orbital variations when you have actual data and predictions that didn't come true to work with.

about 8 months ago
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Sun Not a Significant Driver of Climate Change

geoffrobinson Re:Grasping at Straws (552 comments)

Considering the Arctic has 75% more ice than last year, I'll say I don't know. And since we know there's been no warming in 17 years, maybe some unknown other cause should be considered a possibility.

about 8 months ago
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Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

geoffrobinson Envy (653 comments)

What you are seeing is years and years of people planting the seeds of envy sprouting.

about 8 months ago
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US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil

geoffrobinson Hate to Burst the Bubble (439 comments)

I guarantee you that our "friends" spy on us, especially for economic information. The problem I have with the NSA is that they spy on American citizens. It is THEIR JOB to spy on foreign citizens and governments.

about 8 months ago
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US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil

geoffrobinson Re:This is not about spying or the best technology (439 comments)

Name me one other country in our same position who wouldn't bully other countries. Name me one country that would have as much of a history, for good or ill, of at being somewhat restrained in our use of power?

Russia, China?

about 8 months ago
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Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA

geoffrobinson Data You Freely Give (293 comments)

You give them that data freely. They are analyzing it. A distinction that is worth noting.

about 9 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

geoffrobinson Re:Worked for corporations... (641 comments)

Corporations are run by and owned by people, not by machines. They are treated as legal persons for very good reasons that go back hundreds of years for certain purpose. The Citizen United case was about speech, which the First Amendment allows regardless of the source. (Seriously, read the 1st Amendment. It just says "speech.") People also have freedom of association rights and their individual rights don't go away when they form groups.

Do you think the New York Times or Slashdot can get censored because the freedom of the press doesn't apply to them because they are owned by corporations?

about 9 months ago
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How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

geoffrobinson Once Data Gets to the Government (499 comments)

Once personal data gets to the government, I would fully expect scammers, identity thieves, etc. to get a hold of this.

about 9 months ago

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How Crony Capitalism is Undermining the Space Prog

geoffrobinson geoffrobinson writes  |  more than 2 years ago

geoffrobinson (109879) writes "An article in the conservative Weekly Standard raises concerns about the planned $18 billion Space Launch System (SLS). The program is being pushed by a bipartisan group of Senators. NASA claims it will only be used once or twice a year, so each launch will cost over a billion dollars. At the same time, SpaceX and Boeing are claiming they could have crew-capable vehicles sooner than NASA's 2017 estimate if they were adequately funded."
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Philadelphia Charging Bloggers $300

geoffrobinson geoffrobinson writes  |  about 4 years ago

geoffrobinson (109879) writes "The City of Philadelphia, suffering from budget problems like many municipalities, has started to charge their $300 "business privilege" tax against bloggers. Yes, in Philadelphia running a business is a privilege.

You have to pay the tax even if your blog takes in less than $300. "According to Andrea Mannino of the Philadelphia Department of Revenue, in fact, simply choosing the option to make money from ads — regardless of how much or little money is actually generated — qualifies a blog as a business.""

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IBM's Pilot Program for Internal Use of Macs

geoffrobinson geoffrobinson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

geoffrobinson writes "Roughly Drafted has obtained internal IBM documents detailing the results of a small pilot program for internal use of Macs. Positive and negative results were detailed. But, overall, most participants were happy with their experience. The pilot will be expanded this year. One advantage cited: they will be less reliant on Windows. So it seems a mix of Macs, PC's, and Linux boxes are in IBM's future. Given the history between the two companies, this is quite interesting."
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Beijing Police Launching Animated Web Patrols

geoffrobinson geoffrobinson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

geoffrobinson writes "And by "animated" they mean cartoons. From the Associated Press:

Police in China's capital said Tuesday they will start patrolling the Web using animated beat officers that pop up on a user's browser and walk, bike or drive across the screen warning them to stay away from illegal Internet content. Starting Sept. 1, the cartoon alerts will appear every half hour on 13 of China's top portals, including Sohu and Sina, and by the end of the year will appear on all Web sites registered with Beijing servers, the Beijing Public Security Ministry said in a statement. China stringently polices the Internet for material and content that the ruling Communist Party finds politically or morally threatening. Despite the controls, nudity, profanity, illegal gambling and pirated music, books and film have proliferated on Chinese Internet servers.
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Study: Martian Soil Has Signs of Life

geoffrobinson geoffrobinson writes  |  about 7 years ago

geoffrobinson writes "Reuters is reporting that a scientist from Germany believes Viking probe data shows signs of life. From the article: "But Joop Houtkooper of the University of Giessen, Germany, said on Friday the spacecraft may in fact have found signs of a weird life form based on hydrogen peroxide on the subfreezing, arid Martian surface. His analysis of one of the experiments carried out by the Viking spacecraft suggests that 0.1 percent of the Martian soil could be of biological origin." Houtkooper adds

We will have to find confirmatory evidence and see what kind of microbes these are and whether they are related to terrestrial microbes. It is a possibility that life has been transported from Earth to Mars or vice versa a long time ago.
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