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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

kthejoker Re:Greasing Palms. (280 comments)

The idea that we need to regulate me paying one person to transport me from one spot to another is, frankly, ridiculous.

Voluntary certifications? Fraternal industrial associations? Basic safety inspections ? Fine.

What reason is there for regulating commerce in this manner besides cartelization of the transport industry?

Why is it a crime for me to charge someone $40 to take them to the airport in my car?

about a month and a half ago

James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

kthejoker Re:Is it true... (355 comments)

Uhh, what?

In 1980, Namibia had a higher GDP per capita than Brazil. How'd you all increase your IQs so much in a single generation?

Your country has been saved my embracing open-market capitalist reforms in the late 1990s and an oil boom, and has nothing to do with how smart you are or the color of your collective skin.

about 2 months ago

Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

kthejoker Re:Now to understand what it means (2416 comments)

You already pick up that tab. People without insurance go to emergency rooms and medical clinics. They get treated and don't pay. Medicare and VA reimburse the hospitals for most of this "uncompensated coverage" (or "uncompensated care"); and most states have a fund that pays out to hospitals which provide a certain percentage of uncompensated coverage.

And of course if those payments are insufficient, doctors and hospitals just raise their rates, which is then passed onto insurance companies, which raise their premiums, which you pay.

more than 2 years ago

Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign

kthejoker Re:Wrong (745 comments)

I love it. "We organized better than you, we should get to pick our country's economic policy!" It's like yelling "Shotgun!" and demanding to drive the car off a cliff.

more than 2 years ago

Kepler to Investigate Newly Discovered Nebula

kthejoker Re:"last, gassy breath of a dying star" (38 comments)

Comedy 101: If you're going for offensive, you have to be funny.

Seriously, that was Limbaugh-esque in its complete laziness.

more than 3 years ago

AT&T To Introduce Broadband Caps

kthejoker Re:Net Neutrality?!? (538 comments)

No, they don't have any control over anything. It's only limited by your ability and desire to *pay* for that privilege.

Quit making up things that are not true. It lessens the real arguments, which are entirely economic in nature.

more than 3 years ago

MPAA Threatens To Disconnect Google From Internet

kthejoker Re:I think it's time (468 comments)

I love how you blithely limit the MPAA-members' financial clout to just their movie revnenue.

We're talking about Sony, Disney, GE, NBC Universal, Viacom, NewsCorp, and Time Warner here. They've got a lot more money than just the movie business, if they are so inclined to throw it around.

more than 3 years ago

Balancing Choice With Irreversible Consequences In Games

kthejoker Re:Unforgivable games (352 comments)

Aww, things I wrote 5 years ago now classify as "ancient"?

You cold, Internet.

about 4 years ago

Google To Add Pay To Cover a Tax For Gays

kthejoker Re:Paying straight people less, lawsuit? (1036 comments)

I'm glad you brought the legal ramifications of this to Google's attention! Here they were just blithely going around instituting policies without any sort of labor attorneys providing counsel, so it's a good thing you showed up to set them straight (no pun intended.)

Seriously, though, as a straight guy, I would never complain about this. I'm not even sure you could win a discrimination lawsuit, since your net income is the same. But the tax is unfair, and I don't want to be the guy with "loves to take advantage of his privileged status" on his resume.

more than 4 years ago

Google's Chrome OS To Launch In Fall

kthejoker Re:Can only guess... (375 comments)

Since Google's entire business model revolves around advertising (and thus, customer targeting), while Microsoft, Apple (and Linux, in a fashion)'s business model revolves around selling OSes, I think it would be pretty easy for MS or Apple to simply say, "We will never collect any data about our OS users' application usage, browsing habits, or other personal information."

Google simply can't afford to say that. So no, not exactly the same thing at all.

more than 4 years ago

Judicial Nominations In the Internet Age

kthejoker Re:Conversely... (114 comments)

Yeah, we have never elected Presidents and Congressmen whom we know to be cocaine users, adulterers, drunks, lechers, more-or-less murderers (Chappaquiddick), racists, sexists, anti-Semites, or just plain boors.

Oh wait.

more than 4 years ago

3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession

kthejoker Re:Diabetics (804 comments)

She couldn't say so the person who stopped her? It's in her file, they could look it up if they didn't believe her.

I mean, this is a stupid rule put in place by stupid people. Don't add to the stupid.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Isn't "Killing" Netbook Sales, According To Paul Thurrott

kthejoker Re:1 million (457 comments)

I will bet $100 that the iPad and all of its following generations will not push 50 million units within the next 5 years, starting from the point of first sale. They simply don't have the versatility required to break out that big.

1) Take the date 3 months after the iPad is fully available in Europe and Asia.
2) Count the sales from that date 1 year forward.

It won't be anywhere close to the number of netbooks sold during that period.

Using the iPad's first quarter as some kind of predictive benchmark is foolish.

more than 4 years ago

TSA Worker Jailed In Body Scan Rage Incident

kthejoker Re:Actually, good for everyone else (352 comments)

Not for nothing, but that actor autographing scans story was bullshit PR.

But I agree with you in general.

more than 4 years ago

Wales Supports Purging Porn From Wikipedia

kthejoker Re:Start with this then... (263 comments)

Pornography is defined at least here in the states as being primarily for prurient interests and having no social or artistic value.

Heck, Wales uses the same criteria in the summary.

So Venus de Milo wouldn't count.

What else do you got?

more than 4 years ago

California's Santa Clara County Bans Happy Meal Toys

kthejoker Re:Double Nuggets with Idiocracy (756 comments)

The worst one for me is that they've moved the DVD section (almost all family-oriented) of our grocery store into the breakfast ceral aisle. So now every parent taking their kid to get cereal has to say "No" to all of those DVDs.

Terribly frustrating.

But I would never want government to say a grocery store can't do this. I can always choose another grocery store if it gets ridiculous.

more than 4 years ago

California's Santa Clara County Bans Happy Meal Toys

kthejoker Re:Welcome to Obamanation (756 comments)

First, "regulating everything" does not equal "massive government control." In fact, government's first and foremost job is to "regulate everything."

Secondly, that Obama has a philosophy of massive government control is news to me, I haven't seen anything to really indicate that that's the case, care to expand on that?

more than 4 years ago

Apple To Buy ARM?

kthejoker Re:Buying ARM for a leg? (695 comments)

First off, they do NOT have that right, because that would be an illegal restraint of trade.

You don't seem to understand that the basic concept of a "free" market involves things like "no extortion." So if Apple had the monopoly on smartphones, and went to Best Buy and said, "Either you stop selling Windows PCs or you can't sell any smartphones," that is an illegal restraint of trade, and that we as Americans WANT exactly that to be illegal. We don't want anyone to be able to get to the top, monopolize it, and then stifle innovation or competition through restraint of trade. They ALWAYS need to be competing for our business and our capital.

We want fair competition on all products, THAT is how a free market grows and prospers.

more than 4 years ago

Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

kthejoker Re:Point of no return markings (976 comments)

Your protestation is merely a technical one.

Expand the "point" to a "zone" that accommodates 90% (or more) of passenger vehicles. That zone will most likely be less than 50 feet in length. Bus and truck drivers should already be aware of their unique braking scenarios.

more than 4 years ago

Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

kthejoker Re:if you're in the intersection and it's red (976 comments)

I think what the OP is suggesting is that if you removed the yellow, you could just have a longer period of "all-red" during which people who had already committed to entering the intersection could do so and complete their travel.

So instead of green light -> 4 seconds yellow -> 2 seconds all-red -> another green light, it would just be
green light -> 6 seconds all-red -> another green light.

more than 4 years ago



With War Comes Cyberwar

kthejoker kthejoker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kthejoker (931838) writes "From this week's issue of The Economist comes a story about cyberwar in light of the recent scuffle between Russia and Georgia. It discusses some of the major issues surrounding state-level cyberwarfare, including whether a state-sanctioned DDoS is grounds for a military response, whether governments should start their own botnets, and what states are doing to defend themselves against it. From the article:

There have been suggestions that future wars could be waged in cyberspace, displacing conventional military operations altogether. Why bomb your enemy's power-stations or stockmarkets if you can disable them with software? So far there have been no successful attacks of this type, but that does not stop people worrying about them — or speculating about how to launch them.


12,000 Laptops Lost Weekly at Airports

kthejoker kthejoker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kthejoker (931838) writes "Apparently companies are even worse about losing our data than we suspected. From the article:

According to a study of 106 major U.S. airports and 800 business travelers published by the Ponemon Institute and Dell Computer, about 12,000 laptops are lost in airports each week. Only 30 percent of travelers ever recover the lost devices. Nearly half of the travelers say their laptops contain customer data or confidential business information.

Kinda scary ..."
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kthejoker kthejoker writes  |  more than 8 years ago

kthejoker writes "Until now, production of carbon nanotubes has been hindered by a fundamental problem: the inability to control the diameter and twist of the tubes produced. These structural differences have implications resulting in carbon nanotubes that are unsuitable for most proposed applications. Researchers at Northwestern University have come up with a method to "sort" carbon nanotubes using specially selected surfactants and ultracentrifuges. Looks like carbon nanotubes might be on the verge of true industrial scalability."


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