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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

jbmartin6 Re:victorian clerks.. (274 comments)

No no no the "task chair" has no arms and is small and flimsy. The manager chair has arm rests, etc. I always took this to mean that the arm rest interfered with tasks getting done and thus it was OK for the manager to have them.

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

jbmartin6 Where is the teacher? (779 comments)

From the article, the incident took place while he was receiving math help from the teacher. From the sound of it, this crap goes on all during class. What a sad system that puts someone who needs a different approach to teaching into a class where kids mouth off and can't (or won't) be controlled.

2 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

jbmartin6 Re:Quite logical reaction (779 comments)

This is dead on, I had the same experience.

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

jbmartin6 Re:Revolt? (774 comments)

How about the founding of the Ming Dynasty?

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

jbmartin6 Re:Are you kidding (774 comments)

While this is true, there are generally two large parties that garner 60-80% of the seats, and these tend to be centrist parties with the same sort of minor differences that we see in the USA between Republican and Democrat. One drawback to the parliamentary system that I've seen is that fringe parties can have a disproportionate influence since neither centrist party has enough votes to form a majority on its own and needs to bribe them to join a coalition. At least, this is what I saw in Israel, and bribe is precisely the correct word. At one point it got so sickening that the two major parties formed a coalition instead.

2 days ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

jbmartin6 Re:Danegeld (319 comments)

As I recall, they got rid of the Danes by assimilating them. Eventually.

2 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

jbmartin6 I think we already knew this (593 comments)

The math is way beyond me of course, it sounds like it would be amazing to understand it. Kudos to the authors. And it is great to think there is a mathematical proof of this. But we already knew the conclusion was true in general by the fact that anything exists at all.

about a week ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

jbmartin6 Wrong approach (214 comments)

I can appreciate their sentiment, but as one poster said, are they going to stop using electricity? I think instead of saying 'divest from fossil fuels' which is a showy, noisy position that doesn't really achieve anything, they should take a more positive approach and urge the university to invest in alternatives, or even better urge the university to deploy solar technologies or something to be less dependent on fossil fuels for power.

about a week ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

jbmartin6 Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

"Libertarians believe in absolute liberty for everyone" is not correct. They don't believe in using violent coercion to violate the rights of others, aka the "non aggression principle". They do believe in all kinds of restrictions on liberty, such as private property rights, torts, fraud (as in against it), contract rights, self defense, etc. It is perfectly acceptable for a Libertarian to say "this cannot be called a marriage" What the OP didn't say was 'They should have a law against it' or 'people should be forced at gunpoint to acknowledge it'. Those latter two would violate the NAP. Nothing he said was a violation of Libertarian beliefs, now perhaps that is what he meant I can't speak to that.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

jbmartin6 Re:oblig... (402 comments)

That's funny to me, since I usually refer to the manned mission ideas of space exploration as "monkeys in a can"

about two weeks ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

jbmartin6 There is a solution (303 comments)

Sure, the current poles of 'no ads' and 'fully personalized targeted ads' are not compatible. That's why we have negotiations. And there is plenty of middle ground. It is just a question of how targeted we are willing to allow to support the free services we all love to use online. For example, an electronics site might feature ads targeted to electronics hobbyists. Is that so bad? Somewhat targeted at least. And it doesn't require any tracking. I know this isn't exactly the sort of thing we are talking about, it is the old way advertising worked.

about two weeks ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

jbmartin6 Re:It's a matter of trust (303 comments)

It takes a real psychopath to want to do to other people what they would never want done to them.

Why are you picking on psychopaths? This sounds like pretty much everybody.

about two weeks ago
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How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

jbmartin6 Re:Also how is the backhaul? (142 comments)

Well the local ISP WAN will be fine once Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV, etc. all live on it locally. In fact, do we really need an "Internet" at all once that is in place?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

jbmartin6 Re:Big deal. (387 comments)

Me neither! I think all this whining is very childish. So sorry champ that the world asked you to use your brain and try something new...

about two weeks ago
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Adaptation From Flash Boys Offers Inside Look at High-Frequency Trading

jbmartin6 Re:day trader loses to second traders (246 comments)

Nothing is stolen. The second party ends up with the same or more than they had before the whole thing started. The business may or may not be unethical, that doesn't make it theft any more than it makes it terrorism.

about two weeks ago
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Adaptation From Flash Boys Offers Inside Look at High-Frequency Trading

jbmartin6 Re:day trader loses to second traders (246 comments)

Yes, that is exactly what the article says. The OP was claiming that orders could be anticipated *on the same exchange they are observed entering* which is not true, as the article itself says when they got their expected fill on BATS.

about two weeks ago
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Adaptation From Flash Boys Offers Inside Look at High-Frequency Trading

jbmartin6 Re:day trader loses to second traders (246 comments)

While your first part is a roughly accurate approximation of what the article describes, your conclusions are incorrect in two respects. One, it isn't illegal to take publicly available information and trade on it. It isn't any different than if you read on cnbc.com that some CEO has cancer and you rush to your PC to sell the stock (driving the price down). I am in the shower when the story breaks so I miss my chance to sell at the same price as you. None of this is illegal. Your example of the two brokers is invalid since it is not the same situation. In that case, yes it is illegal since the brokers are working for the same firm and the buying broker is acting on proprietary information. THAT is illegal. And it has nothing to do with what the article is talking about. The distinction between public information and proprietary information makes the difference.

You are also wrong in that neither example is stealing. Draw whatever ethical lines you wish, but even in your worst case example there is no theft. You aren't entitled to buy anything at whatever price you wish, unless you have a contract. Someone depriving you of an opportunity to buy something at some price may or may not be unethical, but it isn't theft. If there is one copy of a book left in the store, and someone else buys it first, thus "forcing" you to buy a more expensive hardcopy, is that theft?

about two weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

jbmartin6 Only... (518 comments)

I heard an official on the radio state is was 'only' a couple hundred dollars more on the price of a car. F*** you, poor people!

about two weeks ago

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