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US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion

micahraleigh Re:Just curious who decides.. (88 comments)

Why not put it to paying off the $18 TRILLION debt before investors loose all confidence in our ability to repay our debts?

yesterday
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

micahraleigh Re:COBOL (385 comments)

Languages don't dominate and oppress.

People do that.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

micahraleigh Re:Free? (703 comments)

If you can't spend the money you earn the way you want (e.g. on your kids) why bother?

If the kids don't have the competence to earn it, they will lose it. The lottery is an excellent example of poverty happening due to lack of self control and NOT access to capital.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

micahraleigh Re: Americans are really strange (703 comments)

Republicans are more likely to have university degrees (cf. Wikipedia article on GOP), but university profs are more likely to be Dems.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

micahraleigh Re: Americans are really strange (703 comments)

America's military is protecting you via NATO from Putin while Germany's taxes put you in college.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

micahraleigh Re:Free? (703 comments)

You don't get it. You are paying for it out your back pocket via taxes.

Even if you don't go to college yourself.

about three weeks ago
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Bill Would Ban Paid Prioritization By ISPs

micahraleigh Re:Fuck the libs! (216 comments)

Opposite. Adam Smith called his strategy "hands off" and "laissez faire" has been a household term since.

Regulatory intervention is the opposite of hands off.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

micahraleigh Re:Of course they did (255 comments)

I'll bite on this. People think net neutrality will enable them to watch and pirate more Game of Thrones. That right there explains 30% of the content on .\

Ordinary people don't care about net neutrality because they aren't draining the world's bandwidth ... but they should because they are paying for it as if they were.

about three weeks ago
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Entanglement Makes Quantum Particles Measurably Heavier, Says Quantum Theorist

micahraleigh Re:not real (109 comments)

Who said anything about communication? Quantum effects travel instantaneously. That's (part of what) spooked Einstein.

I would expect quantum and gravitational effects to travel at the same speed viz. Ockham's razor.

A more complex explanation could model it, but something more would be needed to persuade me.

about three weeks ago
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Entanglement Makes Quantum Particles Measurably Heavier, Says Quantum Theorist

micahraleigh not real (109 comments)

I don't buy it.

It takes about 8 minutes for the gravity from the sun to reach the earth, but quantum phenomena would travel instantaneously.

Different things.

That's a little anecdotal, but all truth is on some level.

about three weeks ago
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Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

micahraleigh Re:Again... (278 comments)

What's your take on the recent claim that WMD's were found, but W hid the discovery because they were manufactured in the US? It was on \.

I'm not sure what to make of that. I'm wondering if you either don't buy it or haven't heard that one.

about a month ago
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Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

micahraleigh Re:Again... (278 comments)

"The prior administration LIED"

All caps has the distinct connotation of trying to ram something down people's throats.

I'm not ready to swallow that Bush told us something he didn't himself believe ("It's not a lie if you believe it" cf. G. Costanza), but if I could do that how is our current WH exempt from:

(1) having the IRS agitate against people for one side of political beliefs and not the other

(2) broad, open warrants

(3) ordering the Syrian embassy security to an artificially low level (Paris had more security on deck)

And then call all of these things "phony scandals"?

I think you are using all capital letters because you realize you are in a little over your head here with your claims.

about a month ago
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Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

micahraleigh Re:this is disgusting (278 comments)

Without America the internet would be a small network used by a handful of university kids.

The govies are responsible for this. And people like me are being required to pay for it !!

about a month ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

micahraleigh Re:WTF UK? (360 comments)

I'm all for freedom of speech, but the UN doesn't care about anything more than taking over the world and promoting terrorism.

about a month ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

micahraleigh Re:How Would That Work Legaly? (187 comments)

As verbose as the law books are ... they leave a lot open to interpretation.

As they should.

For example: what is the difference between legally defined assault and a expression of free speech? (Btw, "assault" doesn't mean someone was actually hit, that's battery). The difference is whether or not a "reasonable person" would interpret an act intentionally threatening physical violence. There is no law book anywhere that defines how a "reasonable person" thinks and acts. Of course the question about whether reasonable people are happier remains open (I say "no").

So legal authority has really nothing to do with how things are defined by law.

If you are suggesting some kind of visible/empirical means must exist to draw the line (empirical is a fancy way of saying "judging by appearances", and empiricism is indistinguishable from sheer superficiality) you are looking for a visual confirmation of an invisible entity. You can't define "value" based on how court documents describe value, for example. Adam Smith laid it out perfectly when he said economics is driven by an invisible hand (i.e. you can't see what a consumer is thinking when they by something).

Human beings have had their rights taken away because they couldn't prove agency. This started during the French Enlightenment (circa 17th century) when people started making the first insane asylums.

about a month ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

micahraleigh Re:How Would That Work Legaly? (187 comments)

You're a person because you have agency.

Animals don't exhibit traits of agency (e.g. learned helplessness).

about a month ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

micahraleigh Re:Argentina has truly earned the title (187 comments)

The world applauds this move, but Argentina quietly loses the respect of individuals.

about a month ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

micahraleigh Re:Failed state policies (435 comments)

Your response basically reads to me like this:

A) Here is a very bad thing that happened under Batista.

B) Here is a terrible thing that happened under Batista.

Sure. I think the mafia and prostitution are bad. I fully concede all of that.

But were people risking their lives to raft themselves to Florida during Batista? Were the Castro refugees mindless hamsters? Would you tell them they don't know a thing about Cuba?

And why do the people from Cuba hate oversized government with a vengance? Would you tell those people they don't anything about Cuba either?

You are making a losing case, my friend.

Nationalism sounds too governmenty to me. So I wouldn't label my solution that way.

about a month and a half ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

micahraleigh Re:Failed state policies (435 comments)

Please explain to the childish hamster brain why all the cars in Cuba were built during the Bautista administration.

Are you really going to make the claim that Cubans are better off now than they were during the Bautista days?

You seem to indicate you think it is OK to just take foreign property in your response. Does that mean the US should just be able to seize whatever it wants from other countries as well? Or is this more like a one sided kind of thing?

about a month and a half ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

micahraleigh Re:implicit tone (217 comments)

I want a tone that OWNS opinions as if they were being written by a human being. That's a pretty natural style: if you like something, you should be able to tell people about it.

So I say hate on Microsoft if you believe they deserve it.

But as soon as you start taking oaths and vows like "reality", "inarguable", etc. you are in fishy territory, and I don't eat fish.

about a month and a half ago

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