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Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

jmd Nothing new here folks (207 comments)

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27074746

Actually I would argue that the period after WWII where a middle class emerged was an anomoly rather than a norm. And we Americans got so complacent we lost it and the oligarchy wrestled the power back into their hands. And the only reason that period happened was because 2 world wars and 1 depression temporarily destroyed capitalism's grip over people.

yesterday
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

jmd Underlying reasons (395 comments)

"said people may believe in conspiracy theories because they're easier to understand than complex medical information."

I'd be willing to guess the reason people believe in conspiracy theories has more to do with content on talk radio and other mainstream media than an inability to understand complex medical information. Show me a mainstream media outlet that actually distributes sound complex medical information. There is zero profit in this information.

I visited my cardiologist the other day. All he spoke of was statin meds. Never once did he mention diet, exercise, or stress. There is profit in statins. No profit (for them) in healthy living.

about a month ago
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The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

jmd Re:Better Than The Alternative (279 comments)

Billionaires should not have this much money in the first place. Money should be left in the hands of the people.

about a month ago
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The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

jmd Re:is anyone else.... (279 comments)

They are buying. They buy results.

Statin meds come to mind.

about a month ago
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The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

jmd Re:Social contract? Them's fighting words. (279 comments)

Soon Americans will call it .. Socialism Security!!

(At which point Americans will vote to take Social Security away from the government and put the money in the private hands of Wall Street banks.)

about a month ago
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The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

jmd This has been going on longer than a decade (279 comments)

We have slowing been destroying what it means to be a civic society for a long time. Not many people meet in the park these days to discuss ideas (or gossip) on Sunday afternoons.

And remember when Reagan said that "government is the problem". And all of those names on buildings at your local university? Someone's name on a building helps insure the university does that person's bidding.

So I have an idea.... why don't we stop giving our money to rich assholes or corrupt government assholes, and since neither will serve your interests, save your money. You will need it.

What this boils down to is we as a nation have decided that the government has very little role to play in our lives and we would rather have private enterprise run the show. With corrupt politicians this has become a self fulfilling prophecy. We used to own the government. Now private enterprise does. Watch as the US Postal Service is delivered to the hands of private enterprise in the next 10 years.

about a month ago
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Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3

jmd Asus C720 (103 comments)

The C720 works wonderful with Bodhi Linux :) I use it for traveling. Sometimes I run bfgminer on for the ASIC miners. Quite usefull when you dump ChromeOS

about a month ago
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AT&T, Audi Announce In-Car 4G LTE Plans, Starting At $99 For 6 Months

jmd Go ahead and encourage more distraction (74 comments)

http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html

about a month ago
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Genomic Medicine, Finally

jmd Try this (64 comments)

www.forksoverknives.com and watch the documentary. :)

Then we'll get on with science.

about a month and a half ago
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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

jmd NO (276 comments)

As Eleanor Roosevelt said: Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Lets get back to discussing Bitcoin..... the idea.

about a month and a half ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

jmd 3 Paragraphs in (794 comments)

And I stopped reading. Too many code words to keep me interested.

about 1 month ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

jmd Not recording? (921 comments)

I didn't inhale back in the 60s either.

On or off the issue is not what she is doing. But what she is perceived as doing.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

jmd Re:Bernie (631 comments)

I would take this a step further. Banks and the money people will adopt the bitcoin protocol and harness it for private use. Then they will discredit (as we see now) bitcoin until the general public thinks of bitcoin as a joke. Then, surprise! You will have JPMcoin. BofAcoin.

The fundamentals are great. It is greed that will determine if the idea of digital currency is to benefit the money people or the common people.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

jmd So far yes (631 comments)

What I don't trust is the servers that people store their coins/cash on. I transfer my BTC and cash in and out as needed. I invested in BTC. I mine BTC. I support BTC.

Anyone who reads any technology sites should know by now that computer systems are woefully unsecured. Why would anyone leave a few million bucks (or 20 for that matter) sitting on someone elses system.

The real irony of the exchanges disappearing is that people want an unregulated currency. Well, guess what comes along with unregulated currency? If you promote unregulated currency you had better be prepared to do the work yourself to deter theft, ponzi scheme or whatever snakes lay in the grass.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

jmd Is Bullshit.. (144 comments)

spelled with 1 *L* or 2?

Who really cares about theatrics?

about 2 months ago
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Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

jmd Re:AWESOME (129 comments)

Yep... not long ago i did this very thing. Now I get 20+ per day spam messages for an adult site.

about 2 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

jmd Welcome to the new capitalism (717 comments)

Neoliberalism

I'm glad I'm out of the race to the bottom.

about 2 months ago

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