top Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right
How much to tax from whom by what means: these are matters of opinion, as Gates says. Tax labor less, consumption more, and eliminate subsidy granted by silly tax breaks (such as 'carried interest') for the earnings of capital, especially finance capital.
What to do is the core of these kinds of discussions, just as it is with pollution impacts on climate. Exactly what is going on is not relevant.
Piketty is clueless about capital, except as to the point Mr. Gates restates: inequality is a NECESSARY part of capital and of progress by any means, inescapably so. But social cohesion is also, and at some point, inequality can undermine social cohesion, just as boneheaded support for cohesion can suppress progress.
top Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?
Gates has made a life out of taking good ideas and making them universally known and available, but as OPTIONS. Fearing capability is stupid.
I'm with Einstein: "There are two infinite things, the Universe and Stupidity, and I am uncertain about the first". The hoi polloi are not infinite although their stupidity may well prove to be.
Afraid of Bill? Are you kidding?
about a month and a half ago
top Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software
Free software can be problematic also.
For one, serious use isn't free...enterprise use requires growing or renting expertise. Many of the major stuff, such as Mozilla, are supported by groups that actually do at least in part require funding.
For another, all open licenses are not the same - can matter depending on what one intends to do
Yet another, sometimes unintended consequences like Heartbleed are included equally 'free' yea right.
Then there are things like shooter games and windows vs linux.
Finally, some of the commercial stuff works well in some respects,; Chrome is not bad on security although personally I do not like it's approach to customizations and store aps (Chrome is not exactly free it's part of the driving forward of the Googlezillan Empire)
Also, some political entities, being supposedly sovereign, actually support intellectual property in the sense that Windows or Nvidia or HP drivers are not penetrable by ordinary mortals, but at least most of the time developed in a coherent manner. I myself prefer the idea that inventors/investors/first movers will do at least as well without DMCA, but not everyone agrees.
top Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?
Are not the feelings thought words and deeds of others, their right to determine? Does what others do or any of the rest of it matter? I don't think so, provided whoever is on one's team and in one's ecosystem benefits sufficiently to tolerate you...
top "BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"
Yet another in the inexhaustible stream of BENEFITS from USB and Wireless technology! Love it!
top UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity
with the exception of direct and tangible harm to bodies, human health, liberty, and property, no conduct should be criminal in the first place. And if some folks find things that facilitate freedom conducive to their allegedly improper conduct, then I am all for it.
top A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting
About time something intelligent was tried.
People who have never paid for a product normally available only for sale ought to pay. Those who pay ought to be able to do exactly what they please with it. Including giving away free copies.
People wishing to exchange such free copies will find a way to do so, including by forming groups for that purpose, no matter what.
People whom attempt to PROFIT out of running such groups are another matter - these people are properly targets for lawsuits by the people who should be receiving that money.
top States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth
The places likely to raise a minimum wage are the places where stuff cots too darn much. Because people want to be there. Because they or parts of them are booming. So lower wage people are angriest there. And also there is where one finds both the most people whose wages are so high they don't care what stuff costs, and the most people ideologically inclined to think that it is legitimate for government to attempt to be charitable to the things they themselves believe deserve charity. Hence the minimum wage kikes don't cause unemployment at the low end, as the hikes are being CAUSED by employment at the high end.
Those who think any government should do anything besides what governments are intended to do - protect life liberty and property by providing military security and domestic order and law, and foster prosperity through sound currency, sound law and sound infrastructure - those people really need to either pay the bill for it personally, or convince a majority in 3/4 of the States to impose a national value added tax to fund their goal.
Otherwise to Hell with it, no matter what it is.
top US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers
Any firm that fires workers not relevant to it's continued prosperity and which fights tirelessly to hire those who would be, regardless of where they are FROM or in what so-called nation they live in, is a great company. Any politician not understanding that it is only such companies which create ANY of pensions, taxes, profits, goods, services, OR jobs, ought to get zero votes.
top Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers
First, it's not hard to get, if you are (1) close to the target or (2) the NSA or (3) a criminal or (4) hang around some in one of the first three groups.
Second, if people and institutions are tending to rely on this information to make decisions about particular individuals, they are just wrong. They ought not to and if they do they should be incarcerated fined and sued for damages.
Granted all that data can model groups, or insurance companies and many other similar activities just would not work. Useless in dealing with people one at a time, whether on has friendly or hostile intent.
Finally, people evolved and until recently - no more than 12,000 years ago - invariably lived so that all knew everything about everyone they dealt with. That is the normal for homo sapiens. Privacy, anonymity and so on are artifacts of incompetent technology, and seem thought to be of value because commonly said incompetent technology has been unwisely if not maliciously used.
Gossip isn't intrinsically malicious - just an effective way of pressuring people to conform, and the least violent and intrusive such thing so far discovered.
top Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails
Entirely agree. ALL
,laws and regulations are THEFT, as they enforce existing privileged positions, save only for those relating to the tendency and desire to PROHIBIT physical harm, property theft or damage, or the threat of either. Of course 'property' itself is a sort of privileged position as is physical health and life, but one DOES seem to need SOME ground rules in order to be able to interact with others.
top MIT Used Lobbying, Influence To Restore Nuclear Fusion Dream
Some things are too important to save money on. Fusion is one; space expansion is the other.
The Manhattan Project was an expensive undertaking, even for a rich country fully mobilized for war. Competing methods were given unlimited funds and two different methods were pursued to completion.
top Brownsville SpaceX Space Port Faces More Regulatory Hurdles
and so conducive to progress! LOL
top Updating the Integrated Space Plan
top Firefox 29: Redesign
I hate Chrome. Prefer text to icons, menu bars with words and bling (or
;chrome' as Microsoft calls it - the opposite of Google Chrome). I don't worry about speed, screen real estate, or browser security. I don't have to and I don't choose to.
top Finding the Next Generation of Teachers With "Innovative Microsoft Ads"
At least with business interest, chances are actual education is intended.
top The Limits of Big Data For Social Engineering
Not that I'm a fan of prejudice. But history, economics, power, and politics are all very useful very valuable and much more to my liking than arbitrary opinions about what constitutes a social ill or a social good. WE DECIDE what is good or evil BASED ON history, economics, power, and politics, AND WE SHOULD - it crowd sources morality, as Darwin and God intended - that's what morality IS - what benefits the herd and it's members, as determined by the behavior and the resulting history, economics, power, and politics of the herd and of it's members.
Go join a Church of your choice, fool, and leave the real world to realists.
top FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms
People have a right to live work and pay taxes where they please, to sell any good or service to anyone, and to buy any good or service from anyone, at any agreed price. NO ONE nor ALL PEOPLE have the right or the power to prevent or limit or regulate it.
top Book Review: Money: The Unauthorized Biography
The trust creates the money and the money must ENFORCE the trust, whether that starves all the poor or not. BALONEY!
top Through a Face Scanner Darkly
WONDERFUL idea! I think EVERYTHING should be recorded EVERYWHERE at ALL TIMES. End stupid arguments over who did what to whom!
top windows web page sticky notes: Question!
I wonder if there is such a thing as web page sticky notes for Windows. I have 17 windows going for various worlds of this MMPORPG game I play. I'd like to be able to post a "sticky note" of my plans, that would be called when I am on that same server again under that same identity. Don't know if this is possible or if it has been done. If 'yes' to either I'd like to know! (Don't know of any place else to ask where the folks would know the answer, and might tell me!)