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The Motivated Rejection of Science

haxor.dk Re:Suprising how? (771 comments)

"The fun part they didn't apparently check is that the 'Free Market' folks are also going to be the most likely to deny evolution....which is the ultimate 'free market'. "

I don't believe that the majority of purported "free marketers" are actually what they claim; I believe, that many who claim to be in favor of free markets, are mostly self-applying the label due to the usual American knee-jerk reaction to the "Socialism" bogeyman.

My run-ins with creationists in time fits this model rather well. They're not as much 'for' anything, as they are against its supposed polar opposite.

Then again, that does describe most people in the mainstream political chat-o-sphere these days...

about 2 years ago
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The Motivated Rejection of Science

haxor.dk Re:Science and conjecture (771 comments)

"Global warming" as the term is generally used is not science."

It was, but was changed to because the dense skulls typically encountered in debates involving skeptics and denialists, who seemingly cannot accept that "global warming" doesn't mean that the globe is warming everywhere and at all times (ie. the "omg we just had a snowstorm, global warming is a FRAUD, rage" kind of sillyness).

"Climate Change" is very much harder to intentionally misunderstand in an effort to muddy the debate.

about 2 years ago
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Armenia Makes Chess Compulsory In Schools

haxor.dk Been there.. (300 comments)

Yugoslavia did this as well before the end of the cold war.

more than 3 years ago
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Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

haxor.dk Re:Never, ever, ever, ever trust the government (275 comments)

Comparing bandwidth is so much like a penis contest; Hong Kong has had Gigabit for 5 years or more; same with Korea.

Enter price into the comparison, and you have an argument.

more than 4 years ago
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Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

haxor.dk Re:Never, ever, ever, ever trust the government (275 comments)

>In USA you have small government, no taxes and (snip)

The USA as a no-tax country, as you or others put forward, is a myth; the tax burden as a part of GDP is just under 30%, while in Europe, on average, is just over 40%.

That you get screwed on healthcare and by telcos is true, but a different matter.

more than 4 years ago
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Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

haxor.dk Re:Never, ever, ever, ever trust the government (275 comments)

>Excuse me, how does deregulation have anything to do with SEC incompetency? The financial services industry in America is one of the most regulated industries in the world.

Deregulation has nothing to do with it, but libertarians/free-marketers and their supposed nasty influence in the US halls of government is a easy dog to beat on, despite its non-existence (almost same non-existince that the people who put forward such silly notions demonstrate when their claims are challenged, as in this thread. Cue the tumbleweeds.).

more than 4 years ago
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Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

haxor.dk Re:The question is, (275 comments)

One free with every SUV bought!

more than 4 years ago
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Venezuela's Chavez To Limit Internet Freedom

haxor.dk Re:Way to go (452 comments)

>How is that a strawman?

Because of the massive dis-proportionality of the power being excerted in the cases you compare adn attempt to equivocate.

> The point was not the scope or extent of the power. The point was the arbitrary way that it is exercised and the fact that justification of its use is an afterthought if it is provided at all.

All humans are capable of such behavior, whether they are the parents of a child, sitting in a boardroom, or in government halls. On a side note, I usually see more such unjustified, either purely or by lies and coverups, behavior from politicians because of lack of accountability, also related to my earlier posts). But if this is your point, I must consider your argument largely irrelevant.

> It's the difference between "because I am in charge and I said so" versus "because I believe it's the most reasonable way to proceed, and here are my factual reasons explaining why I think so; please let me know if new evidence comes to light."

In the degree that morality and honesty matters, yes; in the degree that what matters are the consequences and harm from actions justified or not, the aforementioned dwindles.

>That distinction can be made whether the situation is "do we execute this possible terrorist?" or whether it's "how long should Junior be grounded?" So again, if your disproportionate concern for the scope of power has anything to do with the way authority is justified, or somehow makes my reasoning a strawman, you have not made your case.

Or you have missed it. Shortly explained, I'm pointing out differences in consequences of actions of the three examples, not the moral basis.

more than 4 years ago
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Venezuela's Chavez To Limit Internet Freedom

haxor.dk Re:Way to go (452 comments)

>Really? which part of history is that, exactly? I can't remember any totalitarian regime that didn't have hordes of people inmigrating to neighboring countries.

Those that had the opportunity. Many millions did not (fx. the victims of the Ukraninian Holodomor or the killing fields of Cambodia), or died trying. The deaths at the berlin wall is a minor though notable illustration.

> Sure in the worst ones many people were caught, usually when they tried to hide in the same country instead of getting out, but children trying to find refuge from their abusive parents within their own home usually fare no better.

>As for corporations, I've only got four words for you: modern day United States

I'm unsure about what you are trying to say, but keep in mind that corporations that gain tyrannical powers invariably do so with the aid of government; in fact, corporations are creations of laws of government. In cases where you do not have the ability to not-choose products, "services" or bein in servitude of a corporation, it is by and large always due to, or with the blessing of, government.

more than 4 years ago
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Venezuela's Chavez To Limit Internet Freedom

haxor.dk Re:Way to go (452 comments)

>While Communism encourages this behavior, it does not hold a monopoly on it. Plenty of non-Communists in businesses and governments everywhere are this way. Remember that corporations are essentially dictatorships and that the type of politician who "knows what's good for you" does not ask whether you agree. Even "because I said so" parents and teachers exhibit this behavior (and condition people to accept it from a young age).

True, but a strawman. Corporations rarely hold the broad scope of powers that governments do. Parents ditto. (Consumers can choose to not buy from a corporation they dislike; children can typically run away from abusive parents and seek refuge with neighbours and family. Seekign refuge from government is another matter entirely as history will show you.). Also, both of the aforementioned rarely their their so-called dicatatorial powers to the excesses that governments do, especially government led by politically-religious folks ala Charvez.

more than 4 years ago
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Flash Vulnerability Found, Adobe Says No Fix Forthcoming

haxor.dk I'm on Ubuntu. (355 comments)

I use swf-dec and gnash.

Am I vulnerable?

Ok, that was retorical - bwahahah!

more than 4 years ago
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UN Officials Remove Poster Mentioning Chinese Firewall

haxor.dk Re:Someone please explain (409 comments)

>Someone please explain to me why China is getting treated with kid gloves?

Because they are the soon-to-be world #1 economy, and no politician wants to have his country slapped with a Chinese embargo (resulting in lost trade and thus tax and duties income) because they stepped on some sore toes.

more than 4 years ago
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100 Million-Core Supercomputers Coming By 2018

haxor.dk Re:human brain (286 comments)

Slightly over 9000.

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Allows Release of Full 4004 Chip-Set Details

haxor.dk Re:So, will it... (124 comments)

Sure, Linux will run on it. Just imagine a whole bunch of blades of these...!!

more than 4 years ago
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Internet Traffic Shifting Away From Tier-1 Carriers

haxor.dk Re:Holy Fuck, the free market works! Imagine that (153 comments)

"I have a great idea, let me build the next iconic WiFi network (NetX) that allows Cell and PC's to use the frequency - only to find out that 5 years later it causes cancer, or impacts health somehow to the detrminent of tens of millions of Americans.
That's capitalism???? That's irresponsible and wrong."

Your contention is that in the absence of government regulation, private companies (or in common parlance 'capitalism unfettered') will run rampant, and poison, cripple and eventaully kill their customers for short sighted profit.

You want to know something? That is pretty much what you already have today, despite this regulation that supposedly protects us. The real function that this 'consumer protection' does is to give free passes to big, well-connected companies to fuck consumers, and to burden their minor, less-connected competitiors to the point where they cannot market their alternatives that get held up in certification and testing, or they break under the administrative strain. Or both.

more than 4 years ago
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Internet Traffic Shifting Away From Tier-1 Carriers

haxor.dk Re:Holy Fuck, the free market works! Imagine that (153 comments)

The biggest source of monopolies is irrefutably the government, not "capitalism", which is pretty much a bogeyman concept in most political discussions.

more than 4 years ago

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