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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

marvinglenn Re:Pulled Fox News ... (275 comments)

Think about someone who has a 100 IQ... and then realize that half the country is dumber than that.

Only if 100 is the median, not just the average.

about a month ago

Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

marvinglenn Re:Matters of Scale (213 comments)

Fund it with money creation.

Which is effectively taxation via inflation. We (USA) have particularly been doing this in recent times, with "Q.E." and the treasury buying their own bonds.

But this drives people to leave the American $ for holding on to the assets they've aquired. I'm seeing the purchasing of savings bonds being less in vogue than what I remember seeing from the generations before me. Real estate shoots up in price as a good way to store the value of your assets; which leads to people buying on speculation and other distortions in price less related to its actual value. Large foreign players are less likely to invest here, at least in methods that tie up their capitol in direct $ related assets, like China's purchasing of US Debt (which helped us get into this mess in the first place). All the talk of no longer trading oil on the global market in dollars. And the most recent development I've seen which I take as a significant crack in the dam, the move towards crypto currencies like Bitcoin.

about 2 months ago

Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

marvinglenn Re:Obvious (213 comments)

(Slashdot's Keynesian group think shows through strong in the moderation here.)

Situations where the tax loss is smaller than the cost saving are rares. Most of the time, austerity just kills the economy without any benefit.

I challenge your assersion of that claim.

Additionally I submit that government spending causes the players in the economy to act in a way that benefits them the most in receiving that government spending while supressing their drive to be purely efficient and productive. In the end, we end up with a bunch of players chasing the freebies from the government just because they're free rather than being productive and sustainable.

But you probably won't believe this until this spending kills the host, as the GGP post called it.

about 2 months ago

Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

marvinglenn chiming in to take a shot at TFA (1st link) (108 comments)

Along with all the other fine comments taking a shot at the linked article "Cord Cutting Fantasies", I too have something small to add...

[...] to maintain their current revenues.

The tone I read in the argument contends that the content providers are necessarily entitled to have the revenues they do. I dispute that presumtion. I think the revenues of some of the content providers is higher than it rightfully should be because of collusion and other illegitimate market powers certain providers have.

I cancelled my cable TV some months ago when the "introductory rate" ran out. (I was no longer a new customer but rather just a loyal on, so apparently I didn't deserve to receive any special consideration anymore.) The expiration of the discounts put my bill at a level that I was not willing to pay.

Open letter to Charter Communications: When you can offer me a la carte on the channels I want, then you may call to solicit me about adding services. Until then, I'll pay my internet bill and stop f-ing calling, because I often work swing shift.

about 4 months ago

Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

marvinglenn Re:Confusing position (514 comments)

Reverse discrimination.

Sorry, but discrimination is discrimination. There is no direction. It either takes place or it doesn't. Using the term reverse gives advantage and power to one group over another.

The modifier reverse implies that it's discrimination that's purported to be done for the purpose of correcting discrimination. It does not give any more advantage to one group, at least anymore than the original discrimination.

about 6 months ago

Twitter Capitulates To Governments, Censors Users

marvinglenn Re:twitter is probably used to imprison dissidents (91 comments)

the only really free speech is private speech

No, the only real free speech is anonymous speech. (Ask Donald Sterling how that "private" speech worked out for him.)

about 8 months ago

AOC's 21:9 Format, 29" IPS Display Put To the Test At 2560x1080

marvinglenn reduced fractions (217 comments)

21:9... this is not a 7:3 aspect ratio? Well, I'm holding out for the 42:18's.

about a year and a half ago

IAU: No, You Can't Name That Exoplanet

marvinglenn Rocky Mozell's star registry (142 comments)

So where's the IAU when I keep hearing this radio commercial for the bullshit "Internaltional Star Registry" from Rocky Mozell? Or did they already smack that one down, and all the suckers who keep giving him money to run commercials didn't get the memo?

about 2 years ago

U.S. ISBN Monopoly Denies Threat From Digital Self-Publishing

marvinglenn cryptographic hash (127 comments)

Especially for digital books, but to be used on the digital information that a regular book is printed from... a cryptographic hash of the book is the book identifier. Decentralized, unlikely to have a number collision, and the added bonus of a mechanism to make sure that the book you received is the book you wanted. The only thing that needs to be centralized is the decision of which hash to use, how to hash the data, and how to represent the hash as to the user.

about 2 years ago

The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States

marvinglenn a simpler solution (642 comments)

While TFA is an interesting approach, the simpler solution to one of the main thrusts in TFA (of having equal EC representation/distribution) is to simply change the EC to where each congressional district (or in this case, electoral district) is autonomous and controls its own vote independent from the rest of the state it's in.

Even if the two extra EC vote afforded each state are kept, I see this as a far better system than a strait popular vote system. Why? Because the EC has a side effect of doing something amazingly positive that few realize. It contains vote fraud to within the state it happens in.

Consider this for example: Imagine a politically corrupt jurisdiction in your state. Imagine that they start cranking out fraudulent votes. The votes they dilute are limited to the vote in their state. But in a popular vote system, they now dilute everyone's vote. By tweaking the EC system to treat congressional districts autonomously, the fraud is contained even further.

And since congressional districts are explicitly drawn to contain apportioned sections of the population (given a few constraints of not crossing state boundaries and the like), the goal towards equal vote weighting is more naturally furthered.

about 2 years ago

South Korean Man Given Suspended Sentence For Retweeting NK Propaganda

marvinglenn Emigration, not punishment (90 comments)

Instead of bothering with punishment in SK, why not just help him emigrate to NK? Maybe after he's lived there, he'll realize what a crap hole it is and try to help the place go Gangnam Style.

more than 2 years ago

NBC Erases SNL Sketch From Digital Archive For Fear of Copyright Lawsuit

marvinglenn Penis Song (128 comments)

Yet another piece of content going the way of the "Penis Song".

more than 2 years ago

US House Science Committee Member: Evolution Is a Lie From Hell

marvinglenn Re:Post bigotry here (1113 comments)

You can't be bigoted against an idea.

But if you hold a particular idea, can you be called a bigot and be summarily dismissed? And those ideas that are generally accepted to be bigoted never get a fair discussion because those that would argue in favor of them are marginalized and dismissed for merely advocating the idea.

more than 2 years ago

SSDs Cause Crisis For Digital Forensics

marvinglenn Re:trim/discard (491 comments)

Are you sure that the flash drives are actually looking at NTFS datastructures? Due to the proprietary and complex nature of NTFS, this sounds like something drive manufacturers would avoid like the plague.

Linux now has decent NTFS support. That lead me to believe that anyone who wanted to implement these GC routines would have enough (indirect) documentation of NTFS internals to do such.

more than 3 years ago

Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

marvinglenn Re:sad (2166 comments)

If the attacker turns out to be a tea party paranoid type, then I honestly believe people like Beck hold indirect responsibility for the attack. Incitement to rioting is a crime; so, in a (non-legal) way, is the winking threats and paranoia that's been on the airwaves for too long.

So what you're saying is... that you don't watch Beck, but you believe what his adversaries say about him. Okay. At least I know how informed you are.

about 4 years ago

The Right's War On Net Neutrality

marvinglenn Re:Lets call it what it really is... (945 comments)

The reality is that Net Neutrality has nothing to do with neutrality and everything to do with carriers wanting to enjoy common carrier protections without having to provide common carrier openess.

I don't have mod points, so I have to post. It's discouraging to see so much lefty-Flavor-Aid blather here at +5, and something like this only sitting at +4 (at the time of me seeing it).

about 4 years ago

US Government Seizes Torrent Search Engine Domain

marvinglenn Re:But Americans *SUPPORT* things like this (305 comments)

Since you didn't explicitly state this, and for anyone else reading this and curious about it, the clueless senator in this exchange is Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). (As suggested by the phone number included.)

more than 4 years ago

Congress Investigates Carriers' Debt Collections

marvinglenn wasn't there a feceral circuit precedent on this? (134 comments)

If I'm recalling correctly, the federal 9th circuit struck down the binding arbitration clause of the contract in a suit against Verizon, stating that a cell phone contract is a contract of adhesion, and that one can not sign away their rights to legal recourse. I'm sure read this from a story linked from a /. front page post. I don't have the time to find this, but hopefully my post will jog someone's memory and they'll get a +5 comment for recalling it.

more than 4 years ago

Court Says First Sale Doctrine Doesn't Apply To Licensed Software

marvinglenn Re:Bad consequences (758 comments)

You know what their response to that is? It's very simple: "Right, you're buying a license."

It probably is their response. It may be even more flippant... "Right, you're buying a box". Everyone need to push back and state that such is not the way to convey such in our language. That they need to explicitly state that the price is for the priveledge to enter into a license agreement with them for use of their software, and that a reasonable jury will interpret the language of "buying the product" to mean "buying the product".

Of course, I may still be under the misguided impression that our world still has a good percentage of reasonable people.

more than 4 years ago



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